Month in a Box
Supporting Marginalized Populations
In October we focus on supporting marginalized populations because there are several holidays that bring attention to the challenges faced and successes achieved of various groups. Marginalized populations are those excluded from mainstream social, economic, cultural, or political life. People may be excluded due to race, religion, political or cultural backgrounds, age, gender, or financial status. Humanists recognize that all individuals have universal human rights that must be respected and protected. October is also Freethought Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Useful Dates for October
Collect Needed Items
There are various types of drives your group can do to provide materials to groups in need. Consider collecting school supplies for teachers, food for food pantries, or clothing for homeless shelters. Or connect with a retirement home to see what materials or volunteer time they would like.
Meet a Freethinker Event
Throw an event in a public space that invites people to learn about humanism and freethought, meet freethinkers, and find out about famous freethought writers like Mark Twain, George Eliot, Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, etc. You will both spread humanism and promote your group (make sure to include how people can connect with you). Group members can share stories on how they became freethinkers, pass out literature, and answer questions. Invite local news to cover the event and post about it on social media to get more publicity.
Build Connections to local Native Communities
Make plans to attend an event hosted by a Native group, organization, or cultural center in your area. Find out how your group can be of assistance regarding the issues nearby groups are working on or struggling with and invite others to join you in action.
Incorporate Pronouns into Group
Consider ways to incorporate pronouns into your communications to help normalize their usage and make your group more welcoming. Ex: mentioning pronouns when introducing yourself at gatherings, including pronouns in email signatures, offering a place for pronouns on name tags, and adding pronouns to membership lists. For resources on how to explain why pronouns are important, see https://pronounsday.org/resources.
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Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife. ― Tim Gunn
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone. ― Audrey Hepburn
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ― Helen Keller