What we’re about
The Humanist Association of San Diego
Humanism in San Diego Since 1970
Welcome to the Meetup page for the Humanist Association of San Diego. "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of Humanity" (Humanist Manifesto III).
The Humanist Association has been meeting since 1970 to foster Humanist community, advocate civil rights and the humanist philosophy, promote critical thought and science education, and to work to become better people in the process.
Each month we get together to discuss current events, hold workshops on ethics, investigate the history of humanism and freethought, offer a monthly lecture and speaker series, perform service in our community, and go for hikes and enjoy other outdoor activities. We also put on plays, host traveling lecturers, and put on a regular regional conference.
Lastly, who are Humanists? We are people of good will pursuing being citizens in the human race to the utmost of our abilities. We celebrate the human potential to do such good, the capacity of the human mind to create great works of art and thought. We cherish the efficacy in cooperation to make this world a better place in the here and now with an eye on the future.
Not all Humanists are Atheists, and not all Atheists are Humanists, though a lot of us are in both camps. At its core, Humanists find the God question irrelevant in terms of morality and ethics. Humanism is more than an ontological statement, but a progressive philosophy that strives to make this one life a wonderful and fulfilling event for all whom live it.
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- Coffee & ConversationLink visible for attendees
So much happens during the week that it can be difficult to keep track of or even make sense of it all. Every Saturday evening we get together (on Zoom) to discuss current events from a Secular and Ethical Humanist perspective.
Come for a well-curated and moderated discussion that varies from fluff to deeply engaging topics all harvested from the headlines of the day.
Humanists are known for our compulsion to talk and argue for social justice and human rights. This is your chance to do so, make friends, and have some great laughs.
We cover a lot of ground over the course of four hours so feel free to pop in (or take off at anytime).
Meeting ID: 245 738 9929
- Serving Homeless People of San Diego720 15th St, San Diego, CA
We talk about how thoughts and prayers aren’t enough, so it is important for us to show what actually makes a difference in the lives of people who need help. By demonstrating that we are invested in improving the world around us, we should be able to break down stigma and negative preconceptions about atheists.
Henceforth we've been looking for opportunities for showing our presence for community service, especially with Homeless Outreach for quite a time. We are looking forward to lending our support to an existing non-profit organization "Streets of Hope" and giving a lasting, positive impact on society at large.
This would be a weekly event every Monday night. Although we would love to see many of the Humanists reaching and helping the humans on the street, a lot of times the number of volunteers is way more than we could have anticipated. We would like to limit the number of volunteers to 10 for now.
Please RSVP and if the number of volunteers is reached the limit, and you still wanted to be part of this, please add your comments to this event, we could try to reach out to the NGO to add more volunteers from our group.
What to Bring?
There is no need to bring anything to help the team serve the homeless. Just show your presence.
However, if you would like, you could bring:
- Bottled water
- Toiletries and Hygiene items
- Clothing, especially socks
- Sleeping Bags
Helping by cash to the homeless is not encouraged.
Parking: Although we do meet at Smarts & Final parking, we do not recommend parking at Smarts & Final's parking. There are plenty of spaces available for street parking near the store.
Responses on messages: Apologies to those who tried before and who are trying to reach us through Meetup Messages, we are not able to check the messages often. It is very rare, when Naresh or the Streets of Hope's Homeless Outreach Organizer, Dan is not present at the event. But to everyone's surprise, this event(Streets of Hope's Homeless Outreach) has NEVER missed any Mondays for the past 11 years(Including COVID times and riots). That would mean that no matter if we are not able to respond, feel free to reach there and mention our group. Everyone is invited.
- Weekly Humanist Association Leadership MeetingLink visible for attendees
Every organization has some housekeeping to do.
The Humanist Association has been around since 1970 and we are putting a lot of work into building it up. Every Tuesday at 7pm we hold a leadership and strategy meeting to go over upcoming events, projects, assess how the organization is doing, and to brainstorm on how to better serve our community.
We open these meetings so everyone has an opportunity to help grow our group and to have your interests and efforts reflected in what we do. We're a democracy and your voice is important.
For those of you who wish to get more involved at the administrative and leadership levels, this is your chance to help out and leave your mark on the direction of our community.
Meeting ID: 245 738 9929
- Online: The Supreme Court at WarNeeds location
Online Event by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Date: Thursday, September 28, 10-11 AM PDT
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-supreme-court-at-war-tickets-716066392857
About this event
If history does repeat itself, it’s worth taking a look at the Supreme Court’s past. Has there ever been a Court as consequential as the one presiding today? Were there justices who had similarly close ties with politicians and donors? A new book argues that the answer is yes — a similar supermajority reigned supreme in the past.
By the summer of 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had appointed a nearly unprecedented seven of nine justices. This Court was progressive and made decisions that bolstered voting and reproductive rights. But on some occasions, the Court bowed to Roosevelt’s will, even approving the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Court at War details the little-known story of how Roosevelt altered the nation’s highest court, as well as the long-lasting consequences.
Join us for a live event with the author, Georgetown Law professor Cliff Sloan, on Thursday, September 28, at 1 p.m. ET to learn about the close ties between Supreme Court justices and their political allies during the Roosevelt era and how this practice continues to this day. Sloan will offer his unique perspective as someone who has served in all three branches of the federal government to guide the conversation from the Roosevelt Court to today’s Court.
Cliff Sloan, Professor, Georgetown Law School; Author, The Court at War
Moderator: Liza Goitein, Senior Director, Brennan Center Liberty and National Security Program
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