Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Monday February 8 2021 7 00 PM

Bad bills are being introduced across the nation (and a few positive ones). Join us for our monthly meeting tomorrow at 6:30 pm to learn more! Alison Gill, Vice President of Legal & Policy for American Atheists will provide us an update on Project Blitz and other efforts by the religious right to introduce and pass dangerous legislation across the country. We’ll also hear an update on state legislation for Ohio and Kentucky and how our states scored on the State of the Secular States report. View on Meetup.

The temperatures are cold but the legislatures are heating up!

Bad bills are being introduced across the nation (and a few positive ones).  Join us for our monthly meeting tomorrow at 6:30 pm to learn more! Alison Gill, Vice President of Legal & Policy for American Atheists will provide us an update on Project Blitz and other efforts by the religious right to introduce and pass dangerous legislation across the country. We’ll also hear an update on state legislation for Ohio and Kentucky and how our states scored on the State of the Secular States report.  View on Meetup.
 
 
January's Events & Updates
 
We recently lost a long time atheist and friend in Matt Kovach.  For many years, Matt organized dinner events as head of the Cincinnati Atheist Meetup Group (CAMG). Matt brought the atheist community together by hosting dinners and the annual picnics at Mount Echo Park. These events brought atheists together to chat, laugh, and connect.  Matt taught us about the importance of building community.  The tradition of the annual atheist picnic has become part of the Community of Reason’s annual events as our COR Community Cookout.  We currently have the event scheduled for September 2021. 

January’s Science on Tap featured the Oxbow Inc., a non-profit conservation organization in Indiana and Ohio.  The Oxbow wetlands are 5 square miles of floodplain/agricultural land that provides food and shelter to all wildlife.  This hidden gem hosts 290 species of birds, and 472 species of plants.  Kayaking (especially when it floods) and hiking are welcome.  The presentation featured many beautiful pictures of wildlife and pristine landscape, while learning about the history and inhabitants of the protected area.  Hopefully there is a visit in our future! 

Our first Adventures in Time & Space: Year of Your Birth was a lot of fun! Several participants included important dates for women’s rights including the Reed v. Reed decision which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex in 1971 (which has now been expanded by the Bostock decision to include gender identity and expression). Roe vs. Wade was a landmark decision in which the Court ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. We continue to see this challenged in several states.  We also learned about the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which granted women the right to obtain credit cards separate from their husbands. Can you guess in what year that was passed? Scroll to the bottom to find out!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
  • Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm -  ASL: Signs from Heathens - Conversation Practice

  • Saturday, February 13 at 7pm - Explore the World: Russia

  • Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - Archeology and Native American Remains

  • Friday, February 19 at 7pm - Movies that Matter and Discussion: Unseen

  • Saturday, March 6 at 9am - Community Service: Imago Earth Center Nature Preserve

Visit us on meetup.com to view the full COR Calendar!
 
 
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