Humanist Action Kit
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
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.
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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