Humanists of the Treasure Coast Message Board › HUMTC Meeting References and links 11-11-12
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I. Bob presented several videos on income disparity in the U.S. One video discussed the benefits of employee owned company.
Merle recommended a website for more information on this topic.
II. Yashi recommended the organization Move to Amend.
Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.
We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
III. Liz recommended the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
About FFRF - Welcome to the Freedom from Religion Foundation
The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion. In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women's right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery. The Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.
IV. Joe recommended Affordable Organics.
We are a FL based organic produce buying club, dedicated to good health & supporting American farmers. Our goal is to make fresh organic fruits & vegetables available at a price you can afford. We help you put your money where your mouth is !
V. Leslie recommended secular organizations for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Good without God: Atheists Assist in Aftermath of "Sandy"
Wed, 10/31/2012 - 12:44
Earlier this week a "monster" storm battered the East Coast. According to one source, storm "Sandy" claimed the lives of 57 people, caused up to $20 billion in damage and up to $30 billion more in lost business. An approximate 6.5 million people are still without power and blood banks are in need of donations.
The nontheist community is rallying together to lend a hand to those affected by the storm.
You can help. Here's how:
Those who can are encouraged to donate blood. A list of blood donation agencies can be found here, organized by state.
Foundation Beyond Belief has organized a donation drive for Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations here in the U.S. They have also organized donations for International Medical Corps to assist with disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Donations can be made through the organization's Humanist Crisis Response page.
The Freethought Society has partnered with the Texas Freethought Convention to collect and distribute money to help where needed. The Coalition for Reason and American Atheists have joined this effort. View their video requesting funds here. To donate, please visit the Emergency Relief Fund page on the Freethought Society website. Encourage others to donate by liking and sharing their Facebook page.
The New York City Atheists will hold a blood drive on November 6. For more information check their website in the coming days, which will be updated as power is restored to New York City.
Members of Secular Coalition for America member organizations and endorsing organizations are encouraged to check with their group leaders and local chapter affiliates to see how they can help with local relief efforts.
In this time of need for so many people in both the United States and the Caribbean, we urge you to lend a hand and show the world that we are indeed "Good without God."
Descriptions from Amazon.com
In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue by Lauren Weber
What does it mean to be cheap? When is it mature to stow money away and when is it miserly, even Scrooge-like? And how might Americans navigate the economic downturn in an era when everything seems disposable and when credit has felt dangerously unlimited?
In answering these questions, IN CHEAP WE TRUST combines a consideration of cheapness as it relates to personality, lifestyle, and philosophy with a colorful ride through the history of thrift in America, from Ben Franklin and his famous maxims to Hetty Green, the 19th-century millionaire named by Guinness as "the world's most miserly person," to the branding of Jews, Chinese, and other ethnic groups as cheap in order to neutralize the economic competition they represented. Weber also explores contemporary expressions and dilemmas of thrift, from Dumpster-diving to Keynes's "Paradox of Thrift" to today's recession-driven enthusiasm for frugal living.
This is a book in the tradition of Mary Roach and Andrew Solomon--a compulsively readable, popular biography of thrift itself.
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson
It is a well-established fact that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level, based on thirty years of research, takes this truth a step further. One common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree of equality among their members. Further, more unequal societies are bad for everyone within them-the rich and middle class as well as the poor.
The remarkable data assembled in The Spirit Level exposes stark differences, not only among the nations of the first world but even within America's fifty states. Almost every modern social problem-poor health, violence, lack of community life, teen pregnancy, mental illness-is more likely to occur in a less-equal society.
Renowned researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett lay bare the contradictions between material success and social failure in the developed world. But they do not merely tell us what's wrong. They offer a way toward a new political outlook, shifting from self-interested consumerism to a friendlier, more sustainable society.