Location visible to members
This meeting's agenda will be: (1) To share information about the religious right wing's activities here in New York State (including New York City) and New Jersey. (Diane has been researching this recently.) (2) To brainstorm ways we can educate NYC-area gays, Pagans, atheists, etc. about the religious right wing.
Too many New Yorkers, including gays, Pagans, atheists, etc., are ignorant about the religious right wing. Many people assume -- wrongly -- that the religious right wing is dead or dying. Hence too many people assume, for example, that it's a foregone conclusion that the New York State same-sex marriage bill will pass in the State Senate, and that we, the people, don't have to do anything to help make it pass -- or to keep it in place once it is passed. In fact, as recently as November 2008, the religious right wing had sufficient muscle and money to scare the Californian populace into voting for Proposition 8 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_8_(2008)), an anti-gay amendment to the California state constitution. Since then, the religious right wing is now focussing on New York State.
How can we make people more aware? Let's brainstorm ways to do this.
Our meeting, over dinner, will be preceded and followed by some time for informal socializing.
We welcome all who oppose the religious right wing. We especially welcome people who can inform us about issues affecting their own particular minority group or subculture.
We'll be meeting at a diner on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, closer to 7th. (The exact address will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group.) The nearest subway stop is 23rd Street on the 1, 2, and 3 lines (7th Avenue). Other nearby subway stops are 23rd Street on the F line (6th Avenue), and 23 Street on the E and C lines (8th Avenue).
Ask a waiter for "New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry."
We'll be at a table (or possibly a booth) near the BACK of the diner. There will be some NYARBB literature on the table.