Humanist Action Kit
Human Rights Day
December is known as a time for families and friends to come together in celebration of many different holidays. It is also an important time for people to come together in support of human rights and understand how best to protect them. As the Humanist Manifesto III says: “Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.”
Useful Dates for December
Celebrate Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice parties can be as simple as a dinner out together or as extravagant as a performance with multiple acts. Some groups like to play games, sing songs, hold raffles, decorate trees, share what they’re thankful for or are looking forward to in the new year, and reflect on the year they shared together. Make sure you take pictures to remember the good times and share on social media and your website so you can attract more people to join you at future events.
Participate in Toy and/or Coat Drive
As the days get colder and many families struggle to get by, it is always greatly appreciated when people are able to raise money for or donate toys and/or warm clothing. Find out about local drives or start your own. Perhaps members of your group could together craft toys or knit scarves, providing both a social activity and a service project.
Write Season’s Greeting Letters
December can be a difficult month for people who are far away or estranged from their family and maybe unable to gather with friends. Consider gathering your group for a letter writing event so you can spread some cheer to people in prison, hospitals, senior centers, orphanages, or serving our military overseas.
Recommended Books & Movies
Children’s Simplified Version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Story of Human Rights