Humanism & Activism (+Fun)

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Humanism & Activism (+Fun)

Time: August 26, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. NY State Office Building
Street: 163 West 125th Street, 8th Floor - Room #807
City/Town: Harlem-NYC, USA 10027
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Phone: 646-820-CFIH (2344)
Event Type: presentation, discussion, &, social, gathering
Organized By: Harlem Humanists & CFI-Harlem
Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2012

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Event Description

Our monthly discussion meeting, with casual meal to follow, is this Sunday. It will be the chance to touch base before fall schedules make many of our regular folk (especially our educators) distracted for months. This is also a great chance to share ideas before the presidential electoral comedy ramps up to absurdist tragedy.

Our discussion theme this month is Activist Humanism. And vice versa. We'll be joined for the first part of our meeting by long time Harlem secularist and activist Nellie Hester Bailey. Then she'll leave us to go downtown and literally continue her activism; and we'll turn our attention to the potentials for action we can see locally, nationally and internationally. 

We'll also look at new stories for the "This redefines delusion - Bat-$h#t Crazy - file". Bring you're own recent news items. 

RSVP - CFI-Meet Up or Richies List



We define ourselves as a skeptical and critical community. Critical thinking and skeptical inquiry guide our approach to understanding the world and, hopefully, even ourselves. 


Many who claim a Natural(ist), Rational(ist), Secular(ist) and Human(ist)-centered worldview find ourselves with the challenge of how to live and create our vision of society, guided by open curiosity, reason, science and - yes! - also creative inspiration, imagination, humor and awe. 


Many  - but not all of us - are motivated by the questions: 


  • Do we have an ethical obligation to step out of mere self-satisfaction and into action?
  • How do we live our humanism through activism? What are the practical obstacles, advantages and disadvantages?
  • How do we use our tools for testing, thinking and creating sustainable solutions to deliver progress, excellence and justice? 




Joining us in our discussion about putting humanist values to work is Nellie Hester Bailey.  She's a long-time Harlemite. More importantly, she's a thinker, organizer and communitarian, in the tradition of Hubert Harrison and other humanists who laid the ground work before the Harlem Renaissance and since. Nellie's legacy begins with co-founding the Harlem Tenants Council in 1994. This has been a national and international model for tenant-led housing justice. 


For her community-based efforts she's been awarded the Alston Bannerman Fellowship in 2001; the Union Square Award for Grassroots Activists in 2001; and a 2005 Proclamation from the New York City Council for services rendered to indigent tenants in all boroughs.


Her local work has global reach. Nellie Bailey was an International Election Observer in the first South African free elections in 1994; a delegate at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995; and led a Harlem delegation to the 1996 UN Conference on Human Habitat II in Istanbul, Turkey.


She is also currently one of the guiding forces behind Occupy Harlem. Broadcasting from our own back yard, Ms. Bailey hosts the weekly radio program "Inside Housing" on WHCR 90.3 FM Radio in Harlem.


Nellie Hester Bailey will share the link between her own secular humanist and activist histories. This will be the jumping off point for us to explore similar potential connections in our own lives.


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