WELCOME TO THE SOCIAL ACTION PAGE!

From the sorority's first public act of participating in the historic Women's Suffragist March just six weeks after its founding in January 13, 1913 through today, our sorority is committed to the betterment of our society through social action.

The Social Action Committee has been enlisted by Grand Chapter to help mobilize the African-American family for the 21st Century. The Committee has created links with other organizations within the greater St. Louis community that share the sorority's vision of public service. The committee will support the work of these local organizations and agencies that are active in educating and empowering African-Americans in social, economic, political and cultural issues. The Social Action Committee also provides ongoing information and updates to enhance functional knowledge of and involvement in social action issues.

Additionally, the Social Action Committee will tackle issues surrounding political awareness and involvement.  In these areas, the Social Action Committee will address quality of life issues and effect positive change on legislation affecting the African-American community. The committee will also seek to open channels of dialogue with public policy makers, jurists, and legislators through participation in Delta Days at the National level as well at the State level.  Some of the initiatives of the committee includes the following:

  • Sponsoring voter registration and voter education programs
  • Combating voter suppression
  • Political Awareness and Involvement
  • Affordable healthcare and access to quality health
  • Gender equality
  • Racial profiling

Please continue to check this page for our local initiatives and social action information. 
Email this committee at socialaction@dstslmac.com.














HOT TOPICS
There are many policy issues of concern that we are facing today. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has taken a stance on these topics but it's important for you to know what topics affect YOU and your family.  Some of those issues are:

  • Gun Reform and Control
  • Modifications to Voter's Rights
  • Changes to Policies Effecting Senior Citizens

We encourage you to research these topics thoroughly and continue to advocate for change.  Decisions made regarding these issues affect not only the current generation but future generations to come.  In the words of our 10th National President, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height:  
 
"We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity."

We've got work to do!











KNOW YOUR BALLOT
CREATE A SAMPLE BALLOT

The League of Women Voters, a frequent partner with the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter, has a wonderful website called vote411.org that helps voters make an informed decision about the issues in their community.  The website allows visitors to create a personalized ballot based on their polling location.

URGENT
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE UNDER THE ACA


November 1st was the official start of open enrollment for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, this open enrollment period is much shorter than in previous years.   The 2018 Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. 


Visit www.healthcare.gov to enroll in a 2018 insurance plan. 

 


Enrollment and Application Assisters

 

Get Covered Connector tool

 


Dates and Deadlines for 2018 Health Insurance


November 1, 2017: Open Enrollment Begins.

First day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2018 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace


December 15, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2018 coverage. 

After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.


January 1, 2018:  2018 coverage starts, if premium paid












ADVOCACY FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
IN MISSOURI
The Social Action Committee wants YOU to help us advocate for the Affordable Care Act in Missouri.  Senator Roy Blunt needs to hear from concerned voting citizens of Missouri on the damage that can be done to our families and communities by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

The Social Action Committee has prepared a document with talking points that can assist you as YOU draft your letter to Senator Roy Blunt.  Some of those include:

  • The replacement of lifetime caps on coverage
  • Pre-Existing Conditions will no longer be covered
  • Financial Burdens on Emergency Rooms

Help us advocate for the Affordable Care Act to remain for our community!

Click here for a sample letter with more talking points.

Click Here for the contact information for Roy Blunt
















HOW TO ADVOCATE
There is POWER in your advocacy!  Make phone calls, send emails and mail letters to your local officials to influence CHANGE in your community!  

The National Social Action Commission has asked all Deltas to contact state and federal elected officials to advocate for the reform of gun laws to prevent or decrease gun violence in our communities. The Commission has provided a position statement and talking points on the issue. 

Sorors are asked to submit copies of their messages to the Social Action Committee by the November chapter meeting to be considered for a $25 gift card. The Committee will award a $25 gift card to the soror who submits the most effective message. Sorors may submit their entries to socialaction@dstslmac.com

CLICK THE BELOW LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION!











VOTER REGISTRATION
WHAT YOU NEED TO REGISTER

You'll need your Missouri driver’s license number, Social Security number, and birthday. 

You can register online or at your local elections office.



THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE POWER OF 22!!
WE'VE STILL GOT WORK TO DO!!

SLMAC sorors across the city of St. Louis shared their voting pictures as a part of our Get Out the Vote campaign on November 8th!

Even though the election is over, there is still more work to be done!  The Social Action committee will continue to provide information on Voter Registration, Voter Education and Advocacy.  Local elections will take place in the spring of 2017 so being informed and registered to vote is paramount!  


Be prepared for the next wave of information for the spring elections.



THE CHARISMATIC AND COURAGEOUS CENTRAL REGION 
SOCIAL ACTION NEWSLETTER

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