Sarah Levin is the founder of Secular Strategies. She is also a lobbyist and coalition builder. Sarah has made it her life’s work to fight for legislation protecting secular points of view.
Gerardo (Gee) Matamoros is a SMART Regional Coordinator, president of the SMART NYC Board, and self-described newfound activist. He is impacting his community through his passion and dedication to ensuring SMART is an option for everyone in recovery.
In this podcast, they talk about:
- Sarah growing up in a political family that loved to talk about religion and politics at the kitchen table
- Sarah being introduced to SMART when she worked for the Secular Coalition for America
- Being the engine of the secular movement
- Gee grew up in different countries and came to the US for college
- Gee’s stint with “naughty” substances and finding SMART
- What brought Sarah and Gee together
- Advocating for separation of church and state and evidence-based policy
- Explaining to law makers why Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) should be supported in recovery
- Ending the stigma of addiction for people in recovery
- The First Amendment cases that protect choice in recovery pathways
- Shifting the burden to the courts to ensure secular recovery options are given to people
- Gee’s outreach and awareness efforts in NYC
- Newfound energy in rallying people to get involved in SMART’s legislative changes
- Why it’s important to learn the ecosystem of decision makers in your community and make SMART known
- Telling your story because your voice matters to lawmakers at all levels
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