Community Solstice Luncheon -- Chip Berlet on Trump, Populism, and Fascism

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**NOTE: DUE TO HEAVY SNOW and difficult travel expected on its original January 7 date in Cambridge, we have POSTPONED this LUNCHEON to SATURDAY JANUARY 14 at the same time (1:30pm buffet lunch and 2:30ish Speaker).

PLEASE RECONFIRM YOUR RSVP HERE by changing your 'yes' to 'no' if you don't think you can make it next Saturday! Thanks!


One of our oldest continuous traditions at Greater Boston Humanists is putting on our Winter Solstice Luncheon, as always a way to recognize the holiday season, a new year, and the return of lengthening days in our hemisphere, with the Earth's tilt.

We'll share a buffet lunch at our newest gathering place for such events, the India Pavilion Restaurant in Central Square Cambridge, on SATURDAY January 7 at 1:30 pm. This year our Solstice Luncheon is being co-sponsored by Sunday Assembly Boston and the Boston Atheists. All members of the humanist and atheist, non-theist and secular community are invited to join us for this community event.

Our after-lunch speaker will be Chip Berlet, on "Trump, Populism, and Fascism"

"As President, Donald Trump, a classic demagogue, will continue to use right-wing populist rhetoric to build an angry mass base that includes fascist forces unleashed and empowered by his bigotry and fraudulent conspiracy theories of liberal and progressive treachery. This is a toxic and dangerous reality that threatens democracy itself. We need to unpack these concepts to craft a practical toolset for resistance."

Berlet, co-author with Matthew N. Lyons of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, has written for the Progressive, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe. His scholarly studies have been published in book chapters & journal articles in four languages.

SIGN UPs: The Lunch Buffet at India Pavilion is $14 a person (includes tax and tip). To assure your place, please only say you will attend (RSVP) ON MEETUP here, IF you are sure you are coming and will be paying for the buffet meal! Please only RSVP through one of the 3 group's MeetUp pages if you are member of more than one of these group on MeetUp. If you are not on MeetUp, you can also contact Stuart through our Greater Boston Humanists Facebook page to RSVP.

Payment at the time of arrival will be accepted either as cash or as checks payable to Greater Boston Humanists. If you wish to buy separate drinks (other than water) that can be done directly with the restaurant. Vegetarian options are included in the buffet, but if you have any questions please contact the restaurant. Thanks!

PARKING is at meters along Green Street and in 2 lots off Green St. Parking should not be an issue at 1:30 PM. Please bring a lot of quarters although the parking lots should now have service boxes that accept credit cards. Of course, Central Square is easily accessible by Metro/T, and the restaurant is just a block from the Central Square station.