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Hello Members and Friends!


Welcome to July!

Hope you all are ready to attend some excellent programs we have scheduled this month. 
 

*Reminder* We will not be having our regular monthly meeting in July or August. We will be having our usual social events and other activities that come up in the next couple of months.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

SHoWLE @ Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps Camps

Friday, July 12, 2019  8:00 PM
Levis Square Madison at North St. Clair Downtown Toledo
 

Join SHoWLE as we participate in the Lights for Liberty vigil protesting the migrant concentration camps. Bring a sign and/or a battery operated candle.

We will be meeting with other protesters at Levis Square Downtown Toledo.

“We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.”




Humanist Nooner - Plate One

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Plate One - 420 Madison Ave Toledo, OH 43604

Join host Doug Berger each month as he explores some of the fine eating establishments in the Toledo metro area for lunch.

Looking for a fun time without a boring meeting, then Humanist Nooners is the place to be.

Although the food isn’t free, the conversation will be and it is open to the public. Meet some other Humanists and Freethinkers. You can even ask Doug about Humanism and freethought. It might also be nice to bring a can good to donate a local Food bank and some ideas for our next food adventure.

This event is open to the public



 
More Upcoming Events

Toledo Humanists Disappointed Gary Johnson Refused To Vote On Six-Week Ban Resolution


Toledo City Council passed a resolution on June 26th that condemned passage of the six-week abortion ban by the state legislature back in April. The Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie support the passage of the resolution. The issue we have was the refusal of Council member Gary Johnson to vote. He fled the council chambers so he didn't have to vote on the resolution.

Johnson is quoted in the Toledo Blade:

"I'm somewhere in the middle. I believe that abortions should be legal, they should be safe, and they should be rare," he said. "I have two adopted children, and I refuse to sit there and condemn somebody for their thoughts, and when you put condemnation in a resolution I will not vote for it if my conscience won't let me."

"I am very proud of what I did which was just refuse to vote on that particular issue," Mr. Johnson said.


We don't believe any elected official should refuse to vote on a pending issue and we believe he is misinformed in his reasons to refuse to vote.

SHoWLE President Douglas Berger sent to following email to Mr. Johnson:

On behalf of our membership, we are disappointed you refused to vote on R-296-19 "Opposing and Condemning the Enactment of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly's Six-week Abortion Ban through Substitute Senate Bill 23" last night during the council meeting.

You claimed to the Toledo Blade that "I believe that abortions should be legal, they should be safe, and they should be rare….". The six-week abortion ban and the other dozen or so anti-abortion laws passed in Columbus since 2013 will not make abortion rare, legal, or safe. That has been the agenda of the majority in the state house.

These bans will hurt real people and not just their feelings. We are disappointed you put the feelings of anti-abortion people above the basic human rights of women to make their own decisions about their own bodies. These bans coming from Columbus are not based on any real rational government purpose and are absent any science backing.

You decided not to vote and that inaction doesn't absolve you of the issue and we won't soon forget it during your next election.


A letter-to-the-editor about our concerns was published in the Toledo Blade on July 5th.

Tabling Downtown

President Douglas Berger setup an informational table downtown, next to the 10 Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn, on June 21st for World Humanist Day.

He spoke to several people and handed out some branded material. The weather was perfect too. We debuted our new logo table cloth.




We Got A Grant

SHoWLE was awarded a $500 grant from the American Humanist Association to use to expand the chapter. The money was used to purchase a logo printed table cloth and button maker machine. Look for the new items coming at future events and meetings.

Toledo Pride Festival Table Volunteers Needed

SHoWLE will be having an informational table at the Toledo Pride Festival on August 17th from 11 am to 7 PM. We are in most need for help to setup before noon and tear down around 7 PM. If you can give us at least an hour during the festival that would be great. The event will be held in Promenade Park downtown Toledo.



No experience required. We just talk to people about Humanism, about our group, get contact info, and hand out literature. 

We will contact you closer to the event as a reminder.

If you can help, fill out the form at the following link:

https://form.jotform.com/91873989337175

Remember SHoWLE This Prime Day

Prime Day at Amazon is July 15th. SHoWLE is part of the Amazon Smile program. You can pick us to support when making purchases through smile.amazon.com 



Add Us To Your Kroger Plus Card

SHoWLE is now part of the Kroger Community Rewards program. Add us on your Kroger Plus card, using our group number XC299, and we get a small percentage of your total purchases donated.

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Joining the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie gets you the following benefits:
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  • A monthly meeting with like minded people
  • Ability to guide and vote on the direction of the group
  • Serve in leadership positions and on our Board of Directors
  • Discounts on sponsored events and group merchandise
  • Regular communications about meetings, events, and other topics of interest to the group before the general public
We have two membership plans:

$10 for an Individual
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Just see a Board member at our next meeting or event or click on the button below to pay online or to get information on mailing it in.
 
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If you are looking for meaning and solemnity to life celebrations, gatherings, and communities from a secular perspective, please contact Shawn Meagley at Secular Occasions. She is committed to helping humanists through the most important times in life including birth, love, loss, morality, and mortality. Each celebration or ceremony is personalized to be meaningful and professional with a humanist approach.

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Please help us provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting ethical and reasonable secular world views through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

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Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie
PO Box 6433
Toledo, OH 43612-0433

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The mission of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie is to provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting an ethical, reasonable, and secular approach to life through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

We envision a Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan where secular people are respected and integrated in broader society, live values of reason and compassion, and enjoy a friendly humanist community.
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