Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

2004 Schedule

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 2004 SEASON

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January 13 (1) 27 (2)
February 10 (3) 24 (4)
March (5) 23 (6)
April 13 (7) 27 (8)
May 11 (9) 25 (10)
June (11) 22 (12)
July 13 (13) 27 (14)
August 10 (15) 24 (16)
September 14 (17) 28 (18)
October 12 (19) 26 (20)
November (21) 23 (22)
December 14 (23) 28 (24)

(1) Tuesday, January 13, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street click here for map ]. Karen Pence will show a 45-minute video about the US involvement with al Qaeda that should be of great interest.

(2) Tuesday, January 27, 2004: We will be toasting Tom Paine with an evening of celebration in honor of his birthday, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Come join us in our annual re-dedication to the principles, politics and punditry of Thomas Paine, apostle of Reason. Prof. Thomas Riggins, in honor of Thomas Paine's birthday, will give a brief discussion of his most important thoughts based on his books The Age of Reason and Rights of Man.

(3) Tuesday, February 10, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner, conversation, and a celebration of Charles Darwin Day with a discussion on how the human mind evolved. The meeting will feature a showing of a PBS video entitled "The Mind's Big Bang".

(4) Tuesday, February 24, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. Joe Fields and Beth Lamont will show a CD of the hilarious Bush in 30 Seconds ads sponsored by the MoveOn.org group, plus a 65-minute interview with Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, whose platform is consistent with every Humanist principle. [Note: Half-Moon Foundation has created an historical archive of Bush in 30 Seconds videos here.]

(5) Tuesday, March 9, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. Beth Lamont will show a DVD-Video of the Robert Greenwald film "Uncovered: The War On Iraq", presented by MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress in association with Artists United, wherein high-level Government experts speak out, many who were there, and most with over 20 years each of US Government service, to reveal with stunning clarity the whole truth about what was known in the White House before going to war in Iraq - the real threat to America!

(6) Tuesday, March 23, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. Tim Bailey, Speakers Bureau Facilitator at the NYC Bill Of Rights Defense Campaign, will give a talk entitled "The State of our Civil Liberties". Tim, who holds a Masters Degree in Teaching, with a focus on political science and economics, and who has taught as an adjunct at Baruch College (CUNY) in New York and at Pusan National University in Korea, has been a political and social activist for over 15 years. He has been directly involved in various human rights causes including United For Peace & Justice, the Coalition Against US Military Intervention in the Middle East, the Portland Women's Crisis Line, the Multnomah County District Attorneys Office - Rape/Domestic Violence Unit, and S.E. Uplift (anti-racism).

(7) Tuesday, April 13, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. Chapter member Joe Fields will show a DVD from the PBS television series Evolution: Great Transformations.

(8) Tuesday, April 27, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(9) Tuesday, May 11, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Our speakers Dorothy Klein and Joseph Fields will ask the question: What prompts George Bush's consistent dishonesty and duplicity? They will be discussing the works of author Katherine Yurica, who describes how the religious right is planning to take over America. According to Yurica, Bush is surrounded and mentored by a gang of expert liars, members of "The New Messiahs," whose names are drearily familiar. They are experts in "The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuit of and maintaining political power." Karl Rove rereads The Prince by Machiavelli yearly and quotes liberally from it into Bush's ear.

(10) Tuesday, May 25, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. Chapter member Joe Fields will show a DVD from the PBS television series Evolution: Great Transformations.

(11) Tuesday, June 8, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Our speakers Dorothy Klein and Joseph Fields will ask the question: What prompts George Bush's consistent dishonesty and duplicity? They will be discussing the works of author Katherine Yurica, who describes how the religious right is planning to take over America. According to Yurica, Bush is surrounded and mentored by a gang of expert liars, members of "The New Messiahs," whose names are drearily familiar. They are experts in "The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuit of and maintaining political power." Karl Rove rereads The Prince by Machiavelli yearly and quotes liberally from it into Bush's ear.

Special Note:

A FREETHINKER'S TOUR OF NEW YORK
On Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 1 PM, Susan Jacoby and CFI-New Jersey Coordinator Barry Seidman invite you to join a tour of New York historic sites of importance in the history of American freethought. The walking tour will be led by a professional guide, using a "script" written by Ms. Jacoby. Convene at the entrance to the Gramercy Park Hotel (2 Lexington Avenue), on the site where Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic," lived with his wife, Eva, during the 1890s.
The two-hour tour will end at a bar in Greenwich Village where the memory of Thomas Paine who died nearby - is still celebrated every year by humanists and secularists of every stripe. Drink a toast to the first American freethinker stigmatized as an atheist.

Fee is $12. Reservations are a must, as space is limited.

Call Susan or Barry for additional information or to make a reservation.

(12) Tuesday, June 22, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Chapter member Peter C. Wong will speak on the subject "Science in Traditional China (2000 B.C. to 1500 A.D.)". The usual worldwide accepted view of the growth of modern science is the complete ascendancy and dominance of the Western World from roughly 1500 A.D. to the present. This statement may be true, but the excessive euphoria generated by some ultra European centered academics on their claim of inherent superiority in every aspect of civilization and culture across time and space is uncalled for because it is patently untrue! Based on the works of science historian Dr. Joseph Needham and the collaborative efforts of his more than 25 international associates resulting in 20-plus giant volumes on science and civilization in China, Mr. Wong will summarize and compare the pre-scientific achievements of both civilizations (the West and China) up to 1500 A.D., the rough date for the real takeoff of modern science by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, etc.

(13) Tuesday, July 13, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(14) Tuesday, July 27, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(15) Tuesday, August 10, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street, to view a videotaped interview with Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Orlando Requeijo Gual, of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN. Originally, we had hoped to have the opportunity to speak with him in person, but he has returned to Cuba for a short while.
Dr. Larry Gell has created and provided this interview, which has already been shown on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) public access cable television via the Time Warner and RCN systems. Additional information on this three-part television series can be found on the Web site of the International Agency for Economic Development (IAED).

(16) Tuesday, August 24, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

Special Note:

HUMANIST ACTIVITIES PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE DURING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

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LIBRARIANS ARE "FREEDOM FIGHTERS"

Hooray for Librarians! We Humanist/Freethinkers, who challenge authority and revere the pursuit of truth, will be delighted to learn of a new service by Librarians who object to tactics of the Bush administration.

Librarians from across the U.S. have created a Radical Reference Library and are answering questions in real time. The main goal of this service is to assist demonstrators and activists at the convergence surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York City August 29 thru September 2, 2004. Library workers will utilize their professional skills and tools to answer questions from the general public, journalists, and activists.

Service will be provided via this Web site, blog, e-mail, chat, phone, in the street and (what?) Ouija board. <G> They're also going to archive protest material and do all those other librariany things. For more information go to the Radical Reference Web site.

Ms. Magazine Online says: "Librarians are more freedom fighters than shushers."
MARCH FOR WOMEN'S LIVES

Join us on Saturday, August 28 for New York City's biggest, strongest march for reproductive freedom ever, in the March for Women's Lives! Assemble at 11 AM at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn and step-off Noontime across the Brooklyn Bridge to Rally for Women's Lives to demonstrate at 1 PM in the City Hall Park in Manhattan.

We will be marching to call attention to issues of reproductive health, global family planning, real sex education, safe and legal abortion, birth control options, and access to health care, and to insist these issues are part of the national political dialogue!

Women of all backgrounds in New York and across the country are facing more serious health threats than ever before — barriers to health insurance, difficult access to birth control and family planning services, dangerously biased sex education programs and assaults on safe and legal abortion. We know that only by joining forces will we span the gap to a healthier future for the women, men and young people of New York.

New York City is the birthplace of reproductive freedom. Join us to let elected officials know they need to take women's health seriously, and to show that New Yorkers care deeply about reproductive health and rights!

More information from Planned Parenthood can be found here.
PROTEST WITH THE ATHEISTS

The NYC Atheists are creating their own demonstration against the Republican National Convention on Sunday, August 29 from 9 AM to 11 AM, starting on 8th Avenue (between 30th and 31st Street). Let's join them!

It's a prime demonstration location, the nearest to Madison Square Garden.

Bring your own banners. You'll think of something pithy to say about church/state issues! Is George Bush's Christian God telling him to kill innocent Muslims? Is this administration trying to fulfill prophesy and bring about the conditions for "Armageddon"? Believers have screwed things up for centuries! It's time for Non-believers to set things right and lead the world in peaceful pursuits! Humanists especially want Peace on Earth...they have no where else to go!

This march is sponsored by the NYC Atheists, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and educational association. Its meetings and membership are open and all are welcomed (both Non-believers and Believers), i.e. atheists, agnostics, humanists, free thinkers, skeptics, separation-of-church/state advocates, and individuals who are questioning and searching beliefs.

Detailed information can be found on the NYC Atheists Web site.
READ "NOT IN OUR NAME" DECLARATION

Also on Sunday morning August 29 at 10 AM at Union Square there will be a reading of the Not In Our Name Declaration, a statement to the rest of the world that we patriotic Americans protest the atrocities perpetrated by this administration in its bombing of civilians and wiping out whole villages. This reading is initiated by Clark Kissinger's Not In Our Name group. He says:

As U.S. humvees roll through the streets of Najaf blaring, "leave town or die" and the FBI interrogates activists and the NYPD selects dozens of protesters to be surveilled 24/7, everyone who has a voice that can move people needs to think deeply about what kind of world we want to live in.

There is a great moment to be seized. A few clear voices of conscience could puncture the whole atmosphere of lies and intimidation and open up a path for people here to send an undeniable and unmistakable message to the people of this country and the people of the world that we say NO!

The Statement of Conscience is even more relevant now than it was before the war started.
CANDLE/FLASHLIGHT VIGIL

If you have any energy left by evening, come join others on the bike path that surrounds the city, in a candle/flashlight vigil/march, sort of a silent funeral procession, grieving for the needless deaths, and for the tragic loss of respect of our beautiful country by the rest of the world; respect that we may never regain. Many developing nations modeled themselves after our ideal of freedom and democracy; what irreparable damage has been done, now that we are promoting hypocrisy instead.

Whether people just gather and stand a while or move along the path, it could be an impressive sight if thousands of us join in. We would be symbolically containing the Republicans who are inside of our circle.

A little dirge music from some Dixieland bands would add a nice flavor. We might even make 34th Street a focal point for starting and stating our collective intent, but folks could join in at whatever Westside or Eastside bike path is closest to them. In spite of the bright city lights, can you imagine what our lights on the relatively dark path would look like from the air? If the media picked up on the idea, protesters might even get on the 10 o'clock news with their anti-war message.
VIEW "WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION"

And for the following Tuesday night, MediaChannel and Media For Democracy 2004 are pleased to invite you to a private screening at the Times Square "Truth Convention" featuring the New York premiere of WMD: Weapons Of Mass Deception, Danny Schechter's dissection of the media "coverage" of the Iraq War.

The screening — timed to coincide with the Republican National Convention — will take place at Loews Cinema 1, eight blocks north of the GOP Convention and a real world away.

There were two wars going on in Iraq — one was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and disarm WMDs - Weapons of Mass Destruction; the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs, Weapons of Mass Deception. Visit the Web site at www.wmdthefilm.com for the trailer narrated by Tim Robbins.

Here are the coordinates: Tuesday, August 31, 7 to 9 PM, at Loews Cinema 1, 8th Avenue and 42nd Street, at Times Square.

Please also come to an after-screening reception at the Film Center Cafe at 9th Avenue and 44th Street.

WMD: Weapons Of Mass Deception

(17) Tuesday, September 14, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

The following event may be of interest to Humanists.

For detailed information please visit the Our Voices, Our World September 21, 2004 Web page.

See you there!

Our Voices, Our World
Celebrating the U.N. International Day of Peace
September 21, 2004 starting  promptly at 7:00 PM

Featuring
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
(Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace)
Adotei Akwei
(Africa Advocacy Director of Amnesty International)
Marianne Williamson
(Co-Founder, Global Renaissance Alliance; author, A Return to Love)
Clarence Jones
(Speech writer and lawyer for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.)
"A Million Voices One Peace" - We Rise
sung by Gemma and choir voices
in a wave across 80 countries climaxing in NYC tonight!

Tad Daley, J.D., Ph.D.
(Former Deputy to Senator Alan Cranston, Advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, former Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Dennis Kucinich)
Susan Zipp
(Earth Charter Initiative)
PLUS

The Peace Wall by Randy Taran and Willow Zarlow
PURE (dancers and drummers for healing and peace)
Raquy & the Cavemen - Middle Eastern Drumming
Blacksmith - Rock Inspiration Blues
AND
Achilles Members (International War Veterans)

with other visionary speakers, performers and special highlights
at Avalon
47 West 20th Street in Manhattan
Northeast corner of 20th Street and Sixth Avenue

(18) Tuesday, September 28, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(19) Tuesday, October 12, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (downstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(20) Tuesday, October 26, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (downstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(21) Tuesday, November 9, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. We will discuss the results of the presidential election. Come share your thoughts.

(22) Tuesday, November 23, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (downstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation.

(23) Tuesday, December 14, 2004: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (downstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for dinner and conversation. Discussion will center around United Nations and human rights violations in Fallujah.

Bah, Humbug! Humanists, Freethinkers, Atheists!

Are you already annoyed out of your mind with this seasonal insanity?

Let's commiserate and have our own celebration on Saturday night, December 18th from 7:00 PM until who knows? Some will call it a Solstice Party; some say a Humanlight Celebration, but whatever you call it, let's get together and cheer each other up.

The Party is in the Upper Westside home of Irene, a gracious Chapter Member, who is providing delicious eats and drinks, (but she'd appreciate your $10 donation toward the cost). Give her a call for address and directions and to let her know how many are attending.

What do Freethinkers do for enjoyment? You've got it! So, whatever you're thinking about, plan to share it with the group. Please bring or suggest your favorite group game, activity, share your talent, or bring questions for challenging your fellow party goers.

Hope to see you there!

(24) Tuesday, December 28, 2004: And what a Party it was! Dozens of Humanists Celebrated the Solstice at Irene and Karen's December 18th Party. Jovial sharing of eats and drinks and ideas went on until the midnight hour when we reluctantly parted with the promise to most certainly get together again soon. Come and join us next time.
  
This Tuesday's HSMNY Meeting, December 28, 2004, will be at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street, at 6:30 PM as usual with the topic for discussion: New Directions, New Dedication to Countering the Negative Influences around Us. Come bring your input, ideas and plans for this soon to be upon us brand New unused Year. Hope to see you there!

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