Writer and activist Alix Jules presented a program, Race and Racism in America, which explored topics including racial tones in culture, religion, and their effect on US politics. He reviewed some of the current stats and prevailing theories that continue to shape racial dynamics, while examining the concept of privilege in the Era of Trump. The writer also shared a candid, but humorous look at why Humanists often struggle with finding proper footing when discussing these topics. Jules touched on the backlash against PC culture and why words like “diversity” became a pejorative.
This program was underwritten in part by a Harvey LeBrun Chapter Grant through the American Humanist Association.
Phillip Drum was at the top of the speaker roster at the Rally preceding the March for Science – Wilmington. Phillip is a board member of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear, and board treasurer. HFCF was the nonprofit sponsor of the March for Science, providing fiscal management, organizational support, administrative volunteers, and a large contingent of marchers.
Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear is a chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which is a nonprofit organization that “advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists and freethinkers.” There are chapters and affiliate groups of the AHA around the country, and ten of these are in North Carolina. As a chapter of AHA, HFCF maintains a close level of relationship of AHA and is in substantial agreement with the AHA’s policies, goals and mission. Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) encourages members to become effective community-centered humanist activists. Our goal is to be “a grassroots community that can work as activists, think as intellectuals and live as friends [with] real potential to move us toward a humanistic future.” We applaud members who let elected officials know their views, especially in support of secular government, and speak up in support of humanist values through advocacy, involvement, making our voices heard – write a letter to a politician, contribute to editorial columns, attend political events and become a participant in local action groups. The AHA has great tips on leveraging your power as a community activist. HFCF spearheads local social action with a Humanist perspective, champions thoughtful intellectual discourse through meetings and discussion groups, and organizes community-building social events. We encourage our members to also become annual members of the AHA. Your $45 annual AHA dues gets you access to great information about Humanism, supports grassroots humanist advocacy in Washington and around the nation, upholds legal advocacy in defense of the First Amendment and humanists’ rights, advances humanist education and scholarship and increases humanist visibility through national advertising and online communications. You will also receive the AHA newsletter, and American Humanist magazine.