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Our July 2016 newsletter is now available for download on our newsletter page.

Be sure to sign up for our e-mail list to get advance notification of events.

Upcoming meetings (at USNH, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, Link to map of USNH location unless otherwise noted)

When What
Saturday, July 2nd
2:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Raptor Force

Humans have had a unique relationship with raptors, nature’s aerial killing machines, for more than four thousand years, first through the ancient sport of falconry, and, more recently, as scientists and engineers have turned to these mighty birds — from golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and the peregrine falcon — as the inspiration for the latest in aircraft design. Using the tricks and tactics of raptors as their model, engineers have devised fighter jets with unprecedented maneuverability and stealth.

In Raptor Force, you’ll learn the secrets of these astonishing aerialists, and how they’ve mastered, more than any other type of bird, the art of soaring. And with the help of engineer and falconer Rob MacIntyre’s ingenious miniature television station — a camera, transmitter, and battery small enough to be harnessed onto the backs of raptors — you’ll see for yourself what it’s like to fly with these deadly aces.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 4th
7:00 PM
New Haven area social dinner at Turkish Kebab House, 1157 Campbell Ave., West Haven Link to map of Turkish Kebab House restaurant location.
Saturday, July 16th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson

We will discuss “The Social Conquest of Earth” by E.O. Wilson.

Copies of the book are widely available in public libraries in Connecticut, and at local and online booksellers.

Monday, July 18th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Education, Social Action, & the Kids’ Service Team

For our July monthly meeting we are joined by Lurline deVos is the founder of the Kids’ Service Team. Together with her husband P.J. Deak they have taught social justice values to young people and coordinated projects for over 20 years that involve children and teens in “taking responsibility for the kind of world in which we live.”

Furnishing apartments for refugees; cleaning rivers; feeding the homeless; standing up for workers rights; using love to confront hate groups on the streets of our cities. Young people can be inspired to find both a role and a place in shaping the world in which we all live. Come participate in a presentation and discussion of how young people are using the praxis of education and action to bring Humanist values to life: striving toward a world of mutual care and concern, committed to diversity, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence, enriching the lives of others, and inspiring hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all. This presentation will include video, photos, quotes and conversation about teens and children with Humanist values engaged in the ongoing effort to help humanity “progress towards its highest ideals.”

We’ll start with a half hour of coffee and conversation at the new time of 7:00 PM. Our main talk will follow brief announcements at 7:30 PM.

Thursday, July 21st
6:00 PM - Doors open
7:00 PM - Screening

TRAPPED

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut presents a special film presentation followed by a Q&A at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.

“U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America. Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn’t be any higher. TRAPPED follows the clinic workers and lawyers, including those who took their case to the Supreme Court, who are fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women, many of whom are poor and uninsured.”

You surely heard that the Supreme Court just overturned Texas’s extremely onerous TRAP law, HB2. But this law was only one of the many TRAP laws in the U.S., including one right here in CT!

The post-film Q&A session will include healthcare providers, politicians, and our organizing partners the Humanist Association of Connecticut and Catholics for Choice, to discuss reproductive rights in Connecticut and across the country. HAC President Carol Siddall will be representing the non-theist view during the panel discussion.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; film starts at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are: Theatre seats – $15; Table seats – $40; Students/Unwaged – $10. Please book online at http://thebijoutheatre.com/ or by calling 203-332-3228.

Sunday, July 24th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

July board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

Notes

Dinners: If you're planning to attend one of our social dinners, please RSVP to editor@cthumanist.org, so we can give the restaurant a rough head count.

Book Discussions: You can download a list of the book selections for July to December 2016 here.

You can RSVP for the dinners and most HAC events via meetup.com.

Titles selected for our book discussions can be found in most local libraries or ordered from bookstores such as Barnes and Noble.

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