The first public meeting of M.ake E.very L.ife T.hrive (MELT) took place last week, at Culver’s meeting room in Northfield, Minnesota. Despite a weather advisory resulting in blowing snow and poor road conditions, many attended to contribute their thoughts concerning: what social issues matter most to them; how to fulfill MELT’s mission to positively impact society; and ideas to spread MELT’s message through creative marketing.
At the meeting it was discovered that the top social concerns for the eleven MELT members in attendance were: gender inequality at work and in pay; immigration and the Mexican wall; access to and success in education; gay marriage and the LGBT community; human rights for indigenous/people of color; hunger; respect for other points of view/people; the destruction of Obamacare/limiting healthcare for others; Planned Parenthood/access to healthcare; mental health; job creation – long-term; hate crimes; religious freedom; international competitive strategy; lack of access to affordable housing; the abuse of social media/cyber crimes/social media noise; guns and violence prevalence; drug abuse; lack of teen opportunities for work and guidance; violence against women and children.
For the next meeting in February, current and future members have been asked to bring two volunteering ideas that address the issues listed above or simply strike them as good opportunities for MELT to make a positive difference in someone’s life. Members in attendance will vote on which opportunities should be discussed as a group at the meeting. Remaining volunteer opportunities will be addressed as time permits.
MELT is a humanitarian organization founded in 2016 in reaction to the country’s increase in aggression and hateful rhetoric toward many people. It is the mission of MELT to “Make Every Life Thrive” by answering hate and fear with a narrative and actions that promote well-being, inclusiveness, and equality for all in every aspect of American life.
Monthly meetings for MELT will be conducted in Culver’s meeting room in Northfield. MELT hopes to eventually open additional chapters in other parts of Minnesota as membership grows. The meetings are announced and organized through Meetup.com in an effort to reach people in the area who are seeking others also interested in social activism. MELT is a non-partisan group and welcomes people of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds to join.