Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Monday March 8 2021 3 23 PM

Interested in getting into politics at either the state or local level? Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday March 9th at 6:30pm to learn more. Roberto Henriquez ran for state representative in Kentucky. Roberto will share his experience with us and answer questions about running for public office. Roberto is a rockstar activist as the leader of Indivisible NKY District 4, a former teacher, current System Analyst, and a proud member of the Community of Reason. RSVP on Meetup


Interested in getting into politics at either the state or local level?  Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday March 9th at 6:30pm to learn more.  Roberto Henriquez ran for state representative in Kentucky. Roberto will share his experience with us and answer questions about running for public office. Roberto is a rockstar activist as the leader of Indivisible NKY District 4, a former teacher, current System Analyst, and a proud member of the Community of Reason.


February Events and Updates


At February’s Science On Tap, we learned how the Cincinnati Museum Center's archaeology and anthropology collections adhere to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).  It was hosted by CMC’s archeologist Tyler Swinney.  Federal law has provided for the repatriation and disposition of certain Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. By enacting NAGPRA, Congress recognized that human remains of any ancestry "must at all times be treated with dignity and respect."   Can you guess when NAGPRA was enacted by Congress?  Scroll to the bottom to find out.

On a lovely sunny day last weekend, eight COR volunteers helped the IMAGOnature preserve in Price Hill get ready for spring.  Nina and Dan were part of a crew building an organic human-sized art structure out of honeysuckle bushes.  Desiree, Dianne, KC and others created a home for native bees as well as plant seedlings.  Imago’s mission is to foster a deeper harmony with Earth by providing educational experiences, creating opportunities for discussion and community building, and conserving natural areas.  

During Explore the World: Russia we learned about the beautiful onion-domed cathedrals of Russia, the history of vodka and the role of religion in Russian life. In the world of Russian true-crime, we discussed the assassinations of the Romanovs and the poisoning of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. We rounded out the evening with a look at the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot and the protests that got them arrested. A very fun and informative evening for all!  Join us for the next Explore the World collective learning experience on Saturday March 20 when we honor women’s history month.


UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Monday, March 8th at 7pm - Katherine Stewart: Power Worshippers: the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism.  This is an online event hosted by Humanists and Freethinkers (HFFC).  Registration is required.

  • Sunday, March 14th at 6pm - Science Based Yoga For Relaxation and Fun-Virtual

  • Monday, March 15th at 7pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - March - Birding In Ohio

  • Saturday, March 20th at 11am -  Heathens in Nature: Desiree's Birthday Hike at Imago Preserve

  • Saturday, March 20th at 7pm - Explore the World of Women in honor of Women's History Month

  • Thursday, March 25th at 5pm - Everything You Need to Know About Redistricting.  This event is hosted by the ACLU of Ohio.  Registration is required.

  • Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Study Group


AMERICAN ATHEISTS CONVENTION


It’s easier than ever to be a part of the annual American Atheists National Convention (AACON)!  Making the best of the COVID situation, American Atheists is hosting several virtual events as part of the convention Friday April 2 - Sunday April 4.  Additionally, there will be educational speakers, workshops and social events throughout Atheist April! 

Sneak peak!  Registration is now available.  Ticket price is only $25 for regular admission, and $10 for students!

Full schedule and speaker list to be announced soon.

 


ACTION CENTER


Take action for a better world!  There’s a lot going on at the federal level and at the state level.  Here are some simple actions you can take today to show your support and/or opposition to proposed legislation.

Federal
The Equality Act (H.R. 5) is a bill that would expand national civil rights laws by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act has passed in the House and your senators need to hear from you! Contact them and tell them you support the Equality Act! 

Ohioans contact Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman.

 

Kentuckians contact Senator Rand Paul and Senator Mitch McConnell.

Ohioans
The Ohio Fairness Act (OFA) was introduced this week! The OFA would add nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Ohioans by making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Contact Senator Manning at (614) 644-7613 and tell him that you support the Ohio Fairness Act and that you want to see it get a committee hearing.

What's the difference between the Equality Act and the Ohio Fairness Act?  Do we need both? Learn more at the Ohio Fairness Act press conference.

Kentuckians
Oppose Kentucky Senate Bill 83. This bill would allow any worker in a healthcare setting to refuse to provide services based on a religious or philosophical belief.  To learn more read the Op-Ed written by Jen Scott that was published by American Atheists.


PHOTOS FROM IMAGO COMMUNITY SERVICE


Six of our amazing volunteers!
Planting seeds to sprout for the spring!
Nina is stripping bark off a honeysuckle branch while Dan assists!

 


ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION


Answer:  The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted by Congress in 1990.  Yes, it took until 1990 for this legislation to be created concerning how the United States handles sensitive items such as Native human remains and cultural items. NAGPRA requires Federal agencies and institutions that receive Federal funds (including museums, universities, state agencies, and local governments) to repatriate or transfer Native American human remains and other cultural items to the appropriate parties by consulting with lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations on Native American human remains and other cultural items.


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