The HumanistsMN membership elected a new board at the May annual meeting, including a new president, Harlan Garbell, and vice president, Suzanne Perry. Nick Haylund and David Guell were re-elected treasurer and secretary. Two new at-large members, Jerry Smith and Mitch Thompson, joined the board, and Ellie Haylund was re-elected.
National Day of Reason Event Marks New Humanist Collaboration (Photo Gallery)
By Suzanne Perry
HumanistsMN for the first time this year joined hands with two other humanist organizations to plan a major event at the Capitol to observe the National Day of Reason, which honors the principles of secular lawmaking and separation of religion and government.
Momentum Grows on Campaign-Spending Curbs: Federal and State Bills Introduced
By Vicki Barnes
Humanists of Minnesota has endorsed efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to restore our ability to regulate campaign spending and curb the influence of money in politics. This would reverse damaging Supreme Court rulings, including Citizens United, which struck down restrictions on political spending by corporations and billionaire donors on free-speech grounds Vicki Barnes, Minnesota state coordinator for American Promise, reports on recent legislative developments.
NEW HUMANIST VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: FOOD PACKING AT THE FOOD GROUP WAREHOUSE
By Nathan Curland
Last month, Humanists of Minnesota launched a new monthly volunteer opportunity for its members. We secured a two-hour monthly slot at the Food Group’s Warehouse in New Hope to pack food boxes for the secular nonprofit’s 170 statewide food-shelf partners.
Let’s Build the Power of Secular Voters
By Suzanne Perry
Want to help counter the political influence of the Religious Right? Humanists of Minnesota has a deal for you! Several of us met in August with representatives of the Secular Coalition for America, which is working to build the power of secular voters across the country. We agreed to follow up by organizing a voter-registration drive and encouraging our members to sign up for the coalition’s Rapid Response Network.
A HUMANIST JOINS THE FIGHT TO COUNTERACT BIG MONEY IN POLITICS
By Michael Anderson
When I joined Humanists of Minnesota in January, I had no idea what I was getting into. And it’s all good! One of the first events I attended as a member was a presentation in February by Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, with Social Action Team leader Meline Juarez.