2019-11-01 - 2019-11-30

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  • Start: 2019-11-01
  • End: 2019-11-30
  • Event Category Humanist Action Kit

Kindness

November is a good time to consider how we can better incorporate kindness into our lives. As holidays approach, we can practice traditions that bring us together in celebration and appreciation of our different cultures. As the days get colder, we can become more aware of the people who don’t have warm and safe homes to return to each day. As we plan for the end of one year and the beginning of the next, we must also find ways to be kind to ourselves. Challenge yourself and your group to perform at least one act of kindness each day. How will you spread kindness today?

Useful Dates for November

Native American Heritage Month
In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. Useful teaching resources can be found here.
November 9 - Carl Sagan's Birthday
Born on November 9th, 1934, Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. He is best known for his work as a science popularizer and communicator. Sagan published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books.
November 10 - World Science Day for Peace and Development
Celebrated every November 10th, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives and the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.
November 13 - World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.
November 13 - Birth Control Day
Celebrate birth control and appreciate how it empowers people to make decisions about their bodies and their future. By talking about birth control we can remove the controversy and acknowledge how much it makes possible for individuals, couples, and families everywhere. More than 99% of women 15-44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method (Guttmacher, 2018). There are many different forms of birth control for the whole gender spectrum. Find more information and ways to get involved at https://powertodecide.org/thxbirthcontrol.
November 16-24 - National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (https://hhweek.org) is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events. Find out about homelessness in your state.
November 19-23 - Church/State Separation Week
Church-State Separation Week takes place during the week of Thanksgiving and offers active citizens an opportunity to educate others about the importance of this subject. Our Appignani Humanist Legal Center aims to “provide the zealous advocacy that humanists and others need to defend constitutional rights and strengthen the wall of separation between church and state.” You can report a violation of church-state separation here. AHA also works closely with Secular Coalition for America, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Freedom from Religion Foundation, and American Atheists on some cases.
November 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance, also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been observed annually on November 20 since 1999 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people. Additionally, during the week before TDOR, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise visibility for transgender people and address issues the community faces.
November 24 - Evolution Day (anniversary of publication of Origin of Species)
Evolution Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the initial publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on November 24, 1859. By highlighting Darwin’s contributions to science, the day’s events are used to educate about evolutionary biology. It is similar to the better-known Darwin Day, held on the anniversary of his birth (February 12, 1809).
November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

Activities

Help End Homelessness
Homelessness is a multifaceted issue that requires work locally and nationally to solve. Check out National Coalition for the Homelessness and National Alliance to End Homelessness for resources on letter writing, protecting homeless people’s rights, and keeping homeless people out of prison. Also, contact your local shelters to see what materials are needed (i.e. toiletries, clothing, towels, bedding, food, etc.) and organize drives or fundraisers. Consider having a care package party to make kits for the people you see on the street each day (could include toiletries, food, wet napkins, lotion, and contact information for local shelters).

Recognize the Native Inhabitants of Your Area
Research the native inhabitants of the land where your group meets and your members live. Visit https://native-land.ca to help you find data on the area’s Indigenous history, original language, and tribal ties. Learn about how they lived, if there are still active representatives in the area, and how you can honor their culture. Here is a worksheet to help your group learn more about local indigenous people. You could open meetings with a statement like this: “We acknowledge that we occupy the traditional territory of the [tribe name] people, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations, and express our appreciation for their elders past and present. We take this moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today.” Invite local tribe representatives to talk at a meeting, teach you about their culture, and inform you of other ways to recognize and support indigenous people. Face the true history of Thanksgiving with books and interviews from indigenous people.

Sleep Out to End Youth Homelessness
On November 22, 2019, find or organize a Sleep Out to raise awareness about youth homelessness and raise funds to provide housing and other services to youth in need. Register at https://sleepoutamerica.org, spread the word that your group is sleeping outside and invite folks to join you and/or donate to support the cause, then sleep out and learn more about the struggles homeless youth face every day.

Spread Evolution Education with Darwin’s Apostles
Pre-order latest book from Humanist Press: Darwin’s Apostles: The Men who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted and How the Battle Continues (on sale November 24th). Not only is this a great book group discussion, but it will generate useful ideas on how you and your group can promote evolution education. The authors, David Orenstein and Abby Hafer, will be presenting and signing books at AHA Speakers Series at our DC headquarters on Darwin Day, February 12, 2020.

Social Media Toolkit

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Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows. ― Robert Green Ingersoll

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ― Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert comics

I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way. ― Lady Gaga