Next Meetup

The Concert Across America to Prevent Gun Violence (Riverside)
The Riverside County Brady Campaign and the Riverside Resistance Revival Chorus (plus talented friends) will present music that is inspiring. This is one of the concerts across the U.S. to advocate for an end to gun violence. The concert will include the song "Shine," written by two of the young women who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Guest artists include the Afro-Latin band "El Santo Golpe"; the Sam Marsey Trio; singer-songwriter Jenny Garcia; Rachel Mendivel and UCR ensemble; Ramona High Show Choir; North High Harlequins and others. Admission is free. The hour-long concert, hosted by ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong, will be followed by an "issues fair" that will include a voter registration booth run by the League of Women Voters and information about community organizations related to gun safety, suicide prevention and civil rights. Sept. 23 is the day Congress designated as a day of remembrance for murder victims. This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists to remember the victims of gun violence across the nation and in our state. Register on EventBrite below as well as signing up here. Dinner afterwards at a local diner.

Ramona High School

7675 Magnolia Avenue · Riverside, CA

What we're about

TED Talks and Tea is this year's forum form. We'll watch 2 TED talks together that are usually no more than an exciting 20 minutes and see some of the best talks leaders in their fields make. This is opened for discussion after each one, then we'll watch a quick secular comedy clip to wrap it up. We are a group that meets in small numbers so we can easily talk and learn about what each other thinks. We'll be seated at my table and have assorted teas and a light meal while we watch on TV.

We are skeptical at the very least and most of us are atheists and so non-believers in supernatural gods. We are a group that enjoys conversation and discussion without the platitude of "everything happens for a reason" coloring our outlooks. We are a group that offers safety from the disdain of the religious world that sometimes makes us feel very isolated. We want to learn more about science and how we humans fit in the world.We are a group that meets in small numbers so we can easily talk and learn about what each other thinks.

Here's what TED says about themselves:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Our Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

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