Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Monday September 13 2021 1 49 PM

Join us for our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30pm for Francis Wright - The Red Harlot of Liberty. Our speaker this month is Desiree Willis, Vice President/Treasurer for Community of Reason. Outspoken abolitionist, unabashed feminist, and unapologetic atheist, Francis Wright was called the Red Harlot of Liberty in young America. Come learn more about Fanny Wright's upbringing and arrival in America. Learn about her work to end slavery, her campaigns to help women start to acquire equal rights and her writings and speeches to spread free thought in the United States. During her lifetime, she was one of America's most famous and remarkable women.

 
 
 
 
 
 

THE COMMUNITY OF REASON NEWSLETTER:

Connecting the Curious

 

Join us for our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30pm for Francis Wright - The Red Harlot of Liberty.  Our speaker this month is Desiree Willis, Vice President/Treasurer for Community of Reason.  Outspoken abolitionist, unabashed feminist, and unapologetic atheist, Francis Wright was called the Red Harlot of Liberty in young America. Come learn more about Fanny Wright's upbringing and arrival in America. Learn about her work to end slavery, her campaigns to help women start to acquire equal rights and her writings and speeches to spread free thought in the United States. During her lifetime, she was one of America's most famous and remarkable women.  This event will be a Zoom online event only.  More information and sign up here.

COR COMMUNITY COOKOUT

Save the date! Sunday, September 19th from 11:30am-3:30pm we are hosting our Annual COR Community Cookout at Mt. Echo Park.  The Community of Reason is continuing the tradition of an annual gathering of atheists, humanists and other nonbelievers at Mt. Echo Park. This tradition was started by Matt Kovach, founder of Cincinnati Atheists.  COR will provide grilling supplies and meat options, buns and condiments. Sign up here to RSVP for the COR Community Cookout. Also, please sign up here to let us know what food items or supplies you can bring as well as volunteer.

COR ELECTIONS

Look for details on the upcoming 2022 COR elections! Reminder, in order to vote in the elections, your COR voting membership needs to be up-to-date by October 1, 2022. To renew or become a voting member, go to our COR website.  Not sure if your membership is up to date? Contact Jen Scott.

 
RECENT EVENTS & UPDATES
 

COR hosted its first tie-dye party on Saturday, September 4th. Attendees enjoyed good conversation while dyeing their items.  We tie-dyed special Community of Reason shirts as well as other cotton items. All of our gear including shirts are located at our Threadless store.  Click for Threadless link.  Next COR tie-dye party is scheduled for May 2022.  We will post more information as the date gets closer.

Science On Tap featured Larry Mendoza who discussed the sociological, historical, cultural, and evolutionary significance of snakes.  He has been keeping snakes for over 20 years and uses his animals to educate the public about snakes through the Virginia Herpetological Society   Many cultures worshiped snakes.  Greeks regarded snakes as sacred and used them in healing rituals.  Snakes are an important part of our ecosystem.  However, people will kill non-venomous and native snakes out of fear.  Snakes don’t want to mess with humans - they just want to live their lives.  There are over 3800 species of snakes.
 

Trivia Question:  How do snakes hear and smell?  Answer at the end of the newsletter.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
All event information can be found on COR website or Meetup Calendar.
  • Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - Ice Age In Ohio

  • Thursday, September 16th at 7:00pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Thursday, September 16th at 6:30pm - Curious Brains: The Terrill/Ash Site

  • Sunday, September 19th starting at 11:30am - Annual COR Community Cookout.  Sign-up and volunteer information listed earlier in this newsletter.

  • Saturday, September 25th at 11:00am - Reasonable Discourse Book Club: Supreme Inequality by Adam Cohen

  • Thursday, September 30th at 6:30am - Signs from Heathens: ASL Introductory Class

  • Saturday, October 2nd at 1pm - Pumpkin Crafting

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 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!

Redistricting in Ohio:  Jen Scott and Donna Hermann testified in favor of fair district maps at the Cincinnati Public Hearing.  Unfortunately, the Redistricting Committee didn’t listen to the people (again) and have introduced new district maps that are even worse.  

Dan Dusa and Jen Scott attended a protest of the August Mason City Council meeting.  Mason is considering enacting an anti-abortion ordinance similar to ones in Lebanon, Ohio and in many Texas cities.  It is our understanding that this legislation is still being considered by Mason City Council.  Click here for more information about how these bans are harmful for women and local businesses.  

In case you missed it, Project Blitz is back in the News. The latest legislative playbooks for the Christian Nationalist agenda were made public.  More information.

The outrageous news out of Texas regarding reproductive rights and voting rights is alarming.  Follow us on Facebook and check our events calendar regularly to find out ways you can help challenge these efforts by the religious right. 

 
RECENT COR HIGHLIGHTS
 
Some of the tie-dye shirts created at the Lets Get Colorful! COR Tie-Dye Party.
Donna Hermann speaks out for reasonable and fair district maps in Ohio.  Currently the State of Ohio is working on updating legislative districts.
Jen Scott at the Mason City Council protest.
 
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TRIVIA ANSWER
 
Snakes do not have eardrums, but they do have inner ear structures complete with cochleas and are able to hear by feeling the vibrations alongside their jaws as they slither on the ground.  Instead of nostrils, snakes smell with a special organ, called the Jacobson's organ, on the roof of their mouths. Snakes use their tongues to grab chemicals (which smells are made of) from the environment.  Their forked tongues help them determine the direction of the scent.
 

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