Most legislators who propose that a particular day be named for some concept tend to home in on some particular concept, cause or constituency. But this year in Maine, State Representative Scott Hamann has introduced a bill that at least in principle appeals to everyone. If passed, HP 1067 would institute the first Wednesday in April as Everyone Matters Day. The preamble to HP 1067 recognizes that people are judged and discriminated against on the basis of all kinds of status, as children and as adults, in all sorts of settings, online and offline. Therefore, the idea is that on the first Wednesday in April, people will remember that “Everyone Matters” and that we will “promote respect and support everyone’s right to be who he or she is without being shamed, judged or attacked.”
This potentially most universal of bills hasn’t even received a committee hearing, avoiding a nasty collision of earnestness and sarcasm in 2015, when the first Wednesday in April falls on April Fools’ Day.