Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Monday July 12 2021 1 17 PM

COR hosted a booth at NKY PrideFest in Covington on June 6th. The mood that day was upbeat and festive with beautiful weather, music, drag shows, and more. During NKY PrideFest, COR had about 100 people sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. The event was our first time using the purple canopy that we purchased over a year ago and also the first time COR hosted a table at an event since 2019. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and hope to see everyone, both new and returning, at our upcoming events.

Hello Reasonable People!

A special thank you to those who are receiving this newsletter for the first time. COR hosted a booth at NKY PrideFest in Covington on June 6th.  The mood that day was upbeat and festive with beautiful weather, music, drag shows, and more.  During NKY PrideFest, COR had about 100 people sign up to receive our monthly newsletter.  The event was our first time using the purple canopy that we purchased over a year ago and also the first time COR hosted a table at an event since 2019.  We hope you enjoy this newsletter and hope to see everyone, both new and returning, at our upcoming events.  If we transcribed your information incorrectly, please contact us at communityofreasonohky@gmail.com

Join us on Tuesday, 13th at 6:30pm for the COR Monthly Meeting: Reproductive Rights are Human Rights.  Taylor Albright (she/her), Regional Field Manager for Planned Parenthood, will give us an update on redistricting, reproductive rights, and these cities that are "banning abortion".  RSVP for the COR monthly meeting here!
 
RECENT EVENTS & UPDATES
 

At our June monthly meeting, COR President Jen Scott gave us a June Pride Month preview as well as discussing the history of Pride from Stonewall in 1969 to the present day.  Locally, Cincinnati Pride celebrations began in 1973.  The LGBTQ+ community has a number of flags representing different segments of the community including the original Rainbow Flag in 1978, the Transgender flag, Bisexual flag, and the Progress flag.  Finally she talked about legislation making it harder for LGBTQ+ youth to participate in sports and other areas.  Be sure to contact your representatives to urge them to promote good legislation such as the Equality Act and voice opposition against discriminatory laws.

The speaker for June’s Science On Tap was Margaret Powers-Fletcher PhD, who spoke to us about Covid and vaccines.  Maggie is an Assistant Professor of the Infectious Diseases Division at the UC College of Medicine.  Notably, she was also part of the clinical trial team for the Moderna vaccine. During the Moderna trials, they analyzed COVD data for language patterns to identify hotspots including how language about the virus changed over time.  One example of this is when hydroxychloroquine became part of the public discussion about the virus until most scientists rejected the effectiveness of this drug in fighting COVID.  Both Moderna and Pfizer are mRNA vaccines.  During the Moderna trials, scientists were thrilled to discover that none of the severe cases of illness were happening in the vaccinated group.  To the present day, both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines substantially reduce severe illness.  Maggie informed us that the COVID vaccines were developed so quickly due to over a decade of vaccine research.  

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to announce that the Confederacy lost the Civil War and that slavery had been abolished in the United States.  This year, excitement was high for the anniversary as 2021 is the first year that Juneteenth was recognized as a Federal holiday.  Juneteenth celebrations typically include speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, religious services, and festivals with food, music, and dancing.  The day is also celebrated outside the United States and is used to recognize the end of slavery as well as to celebrate Black culture and achievements.  Members of COR observed the holiday by attending a Juneteenth festival held in conjunction with the Black-owned business Esoteric Brewing Company.

Trivia Question:  What was the first state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday?  Find the answer at the end of the newsletter.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

All event information can be found on COR website or Meetup Calendar.

  • Thursday, July 15th at 7pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Sunday, July 18th at 10:30am - Field Trippin': COR Goes to the Cincinnati Zoo!

  • Wednesday, July 21st at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - “Life on Mars: What and how might we find it?

  • Wednesday, July 28th at 7pm - Wednesday in the Woods. Live Music Burnet Woods: Pancaribbean Trio

  • Thursday, July 29th at 6:30pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Study Group

  • Saturday, July 31st at 11am - Reasonable Discourse Book Club: Qualityland

  • Sunday, August 1 at 9am - Heathens in Nature: South 80 Park

  • Saturday, August 7th at 5pm - Explore the World: Asian Food Fest

Visit us on meetup.com to view the full COR Calendar!
 
ACTION CENTER
 
Take Action! Here are the ways you can be civically engaged this month!

Good news: Thank you to everyone who took action when we rallied to stop the inclusion of the anti-trans youth sports bill in another bill that was moving in Ohio.  We stopped that one for now.  

Ohio HB  61 still exists as a separate bill. This bill would ban trans youth from participating in sports. Contact your representatives and ask them to oppose this bill.

Bad news: A medical conscience bill became law in Ohio. An amendment to include this language was added to the Ohio State Budget after public comments were closed. Very similar to Kentucky SB83 that we strongly opposed and stopped earlier this year, this law allows any medical provider to deny a service based on “moral or religious” grounds. The amendment stayed in place despite the abundance of concerns raised by reproductive rights, LGBTQ+, atheists, humanists, hospitals, and some religious leaders. 

What do we do about it? COR President Jen Scott plans to meet with other community leaders to determine next steps on challenging this horrible license to discriminate. More information on the law

 
RECENT COR HIGHLIGHTS
 
Ready to go at the NKY PrideFest with Dan, Jen, and Desiree.  
Desiree and Jen setting up the COR canopy at NKY PrideFest. 
In case you couldn't tell, the "official" COR color is purple.
Naomi, J.T., Dan, Jen, and Jeff at the MultiFaith PRIDE Celebration.
COR was one of the co-sponsors of the event. 
All newsletter photos including this one are of vaccinated individuals.
 
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TRIVIA ANSWER
 

In 1980, Texas was the first state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday. Nearly all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, now acknowledge or observe Juneteenth at the state level.  However, only six states — Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Washington and Oregon — have made Juneteenth an official state holiday, meaning state workers get a paid day off.  As mentioned earlier, Juneteenth is our newest federal holiday.  

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