African Americans for Humanism DC Monthly Meeting

"The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others." African Americans for Humanism

This month's African Americans for Humanism meeting is scheduled for July 28, 2012 from 1pm till 3pm. We will be using the Harriet Jacobs Room in the Hill Center located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., about 1 1/2 blocks East of the Eastern Market Metro Station.

Many of today's most divisive social and political issues are framed as "human rights" issues but many of us have only a general idea of what those rights really are. So this month we will be discussing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its possible implications for the Black community. The document can be found at the Umited Nations web site, www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a thought provoking topic. I was also relieved to be able to voice my opinion and beliefs with other open-minded individuals.

    Mr. Parker, thanks for hosting the meeting :-D

    July 29, 2012

  • Lucette S.

    It would be interesting to compare the rights recognized by the US with the rights recognized by the UN. I think that the US has not agreed to sign several declarations of rights endorsed by many other countries. I am thinking of the rights of children for instance. There must be many other cases. Could we discuss that?

    July 27, 2012

  • Lucette S.

    I see the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a statement of the rights that every human being is entitled to. It has an educational value, since many countries are far from respecting these rights and thus their citizens may not even know that one can imagine such rights. The importance is not dependent on the UN as an institution or a bureaucratie, but it represents a consensus between the member States of the UN.

    July 13, 2012

  • ralphellectual

    I don't know whether the UN matters at all now.But the UN was once deemed at least symbolically important for the freedom struggle. In 1951 the left-wing Civil Rights Congress presented a petition to the UN charging the US government with genocide "against the Negro people of the United States". The documentation for the case is contained in the book WE CHARGE GENOCIDE. Leaders of the Civil Rights Congress included William Patterson, Paul Robeson, and Howard Fast.

    July 12, 2012

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