Women in Secularism Conference 2016

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I just saw the dates for the Women in Secularism Conference. It’ll be in Arlington, VA September 23 – 25, 2016. I heard about it from my African American for Humanism group on Facebook:

AAH is excited that racial justice activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie is coming to the Women in Secularism 4 conference this September! From the article below:

“Black women are not merely important to this movement—they are its single most critical faction.”

“Fortune named her one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders…Her activism applied pressure to the Clinton and Sanders presidential campaigns to develop concrete platforms around racial justice and revitalized the national discussion about police brutality against people of color.”

“The company she keeps reflects her understanding of gender diversity and also her sense of inclusivity and expansiveness…’Everybody ain’t black and straight and going to church,’ she says.”

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Register now for Women in Secularism 4, September 23–25, 2016 in Arlington, VA, just outside of DC.

Atheists Give

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I’m thinking about starting a small charity. I love buying cute baby/toddler/kid things when I see them at good prices at thrift stores but I don’t have any reason to buy more things. Since I like to shop and there are people that need things, perhaps this would be an easy way to for me to do something I enjoy while helping someone else as well.

“1 out of 3 parents had to decide whether to provide diapers or food for their child.”

I found these pages that list organizations that provide help for low income families:

Baby2Baby

Homeless Housewife

Need Help Paying Bills

Cloth for All (free cloth diapers)

Cotton Babies Love (free cloth diapers)

Giving Diapers Giving Hope (free cloth diapers)

 

I’m wondering if this might be something I need to do.

Atheists Make GREAT Parents

Atheists-RockI just saw this article and, for obvious reasons, I love it:

We don’t need Bible verses to tell our children how to be good or nice or kind, or how to give back to others, to help those less fortunate, to accept people who are different from them. When you tell your kid that you’re on earth for as long as you’re on earth, and no one really knows what happens after, it can be liberating. It can be simple to explain that the most important thing you can do with the time you’ve got is make it count, and try to leave things better than you found them.

The article basically says that you don’t need to have a belief in god to be a good person and raise amazing kids. This isn’t news to me, but it might be new to some.