Explore: Eyes on the Prize: S1E4 “No Easy Walk”

Objective:

For those who wish to lead and create a new paradigm for our movement or simply engage in a friendly manner with others, then this may be for you. What better way to learn than to observe the challenges the Civil Rights Movement encountered. During the month of February (which is also Black History Month) and half way into March, we will primarily interact via Facebook where I created a group page for us to collaborate. We will analyze 4 episodes, use reliable resources when making references and share our opinions in a friendly discussion. Then as a group on Facebook, we will take a poll, majority rules as to when and where the best place to meet face-to-face so to discuss how we can apply and move forward with what we learned.

On a side note, this is my 5th time watching this series and I am excited about watching it, again.

For more details and join in on the fun, go to the group Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/961984457209317/

Watch the series free online anytime at: http://freedocumentaries.org/search?q=eyes+on+the+prize

Series we will be focusing on:

February 23rd. Explore a Documentary Series: Eyes on the Prize: S1E4 “No Easy Walk”

March 1st. Explore a Documentary Series: S1E5 “Mississippi: Is This America?”

What to Expect:

1. We will apply critical thinking and analysis while exploring many topics, such as but not limited to:

2. The spark that started the Civil Rights movement in the United States during the 1950’s,

3. What the consequences were for the oppressors and those being oppressed,

4. Evaluate arguments and techniques used by both sides,

5. Examine how local, state and federal government played a role in the movement,

6. Draw conclusions on which tactics were and were not successful in the advancement of the Civil Rights movement.  

After viewing the episodes and discussing them on Facebook, we will come together and delve deeper by determining how our community can create and implement an action plan to overcome obstacles, how those techniques can be applied when doing outreaches or simply having one-on-one conversations with those who hold a belief(s) a deity(s). Some topics to consider on how to get our cause to move forward:

1. What obstacles did the Civil Rights Movement experience and identify what is in our way?

2. Identify what the strategies were/are successful and unsuccessful.

3. What are the traits of a good leader? How can they go from good to great?  

4. How do we get others to buy-in to removing barriers created by religion?

Explore an Online Documentary: Eyes on the Prize: S1E1 “Awakenings”

Objective:

For those who wish to lead and create a new paradigm for our movement or simply engage in a friendly manner with others, then this may be for you. What better way to learn than to observe the challenges the Civil Rights Movement encountered. During the month of February (which is also Black History Month) and half way into March, we will primarily interact via Facebook where I created a group page for us to collaborate. We will analyze 4 episodes, use reliable resources when making references and share our opinions in a friendly discussion. Then as a group on Facebook, we will take a poll, majority rules as to when and where the best place to meet face-to-face so to discuss how we can apply and move forward with what we learned.

On a side note, this is my 5th time watching this series and I am excited about watching it, again.

For more details and join in on the fun, go to the group Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/961984457209317/

Watch the series free online anytime at: http://freedocumentaries.org/search?q=eyes+on+the+prize

Series we will be focusing on:

February 9th. Explore a Documentary Series: Eyes on the Prize: S1E1 “Awakenings”

February 16th. Explore a Documentary Series: Eyes on the…: S1E3 “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails”

February 23rd. Explore a Documentary Series: Eyes on the Prize: S1E4 “No Easy Walk”

March 1st. Explore a Documentary Series: S1E5 “Mississippi: Is This America?”

What to Expect:

1. We will apply critical thinking and analysis while exploring many topics, such as but not limited to:

2. The spark that started the Civil Rights movement in the United States during the 1950’s,

3. What the consequences were for the oppressors and those being oppressed,

4. Evaluate arguments and techniques used by both sides,

5. Examine how local, state and federal government played a role in the movement,

6. Draw conclusions on which tactics were and were not successful in the advancement of the Civil Rights movement.  

After viewing the episodes and discussing them on Facebook, we will come together and delve deeper by determining how our community can create and implement an action plan to overcome obstacles, how those techniques can be applied when doing outreaches or simply having one-on-one conversations with those who hold a belief(s) a deity(s). Some topics to consider on how to get our cause to move forward:

1. What obstacles did the Civil Rights Movement experience and identify what is in our way?

2. Identify what the strategies were/are successful and unsuccessful.

3. What are the traits of a good leader? How can they go from good to great?  

4. How do we get others to buy-in to removing barriers created by religion?

Explore: Eyes on the Prize: S1E3 “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails”

Objective:

For those who wish to lead and create a new paradigm for our movement or simply engage in a friendly manner with others, then this may be for you. What better way to learn than to observe the challenges the Civil Rights Movement encountered. During the month of February (which is also Black History Month) and half way into March, we will primarily interact via Facebook where I created a group page for us to collaborate. We will analyze 4 episodes, use reliable resources when making references and share our opinions in a friendly discussion. Then as a group on Facebook, we will take a poll, majority rules as to when and where the best place to meet face-to-face so to discuss how we can apply and move forward with what we learned.

On a side note, this is my 5th time watching this series and I am excited about watching it, again.

For more details and join in on the fun, go to the group Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/961984457209317/

Watch the series free online anytime at: http://freedocumentaries.org/search?q=eyes+on+the+prize

Series we will be focusing on:

February 16th. Explore a Documentary Series: Eyes on the…: S1E3 “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails”

February 23rd. Explore a Documentary Series: Eyes on the Prize: S1E4 “No Easy Walk”

March 1st. Explore a Documentary Series: S1E5 “Mississippi: Is This America?”

What to Expect:

1. We will apply critical thinking and analysis while exploring many topics, such as but not limited to:

2. The spark that started the Civil Rights movement in the United States during the 1950’s,

3. What the consequences were for the oppressors and those being oppressed,

4. Evaluate arguments and techniques used by both sides,

5. Examine how local, state and federal government played a role in the movement,

6. Draw conclusions on which tactics were and were not successful in the advancement of the Civil Rights movement.  

After viewing the episodes and discussing them on Facebook, we will come together and delve deeper by determining how our community can create and implement an action plan to overcome obstacles, how those techniques can be applied when doing outreaches or simply having one-on-one conversations with those who hold a belief(s) a deity(s). Some topics to consider on how to get our cause to move forward:

1. What obstacles did the Civil Rights Movement experience and identify what is in our way?

2. Identify what the strategies were/are successful and unsuccessful.

3. What are the traits of a good leader? How can they go from good to great?  

4. How do we get others to buy-in to removing barriers created by religion?

Roy Zimmerman, Satirist Musician Performing in his “This Machine” Tour

Join us as members of the Inland Empire Coalition of Reason* host Roy Zimmerman, a modern atheist, satirist and minstrel extraordinaire as he pokes fun at that which should be laughed at and does it in rhyme at the same time! Such a nice break from the ordinary with a rare, local, live performance and an exceptionally good reason to enjoy a night out during the week with yummy Mexican foods, new friends and good friends.

ROY ZIMMERMAN: “THIS MACHINE” TOUR

“This Machine” is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. The title is a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility of change.” Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. more YouTube links:

“Creation Science 101” –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwiPsgRrOs

“The Big Republican Tent” –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVM5LpJH5do

“To Be a Liberal” –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qgiNPVpSM

“My Vote, My Voice, My Right” –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-X-uBIqeVM

Can the kids come for the show? Take a look at the links of Roy performing his originals and you decide. I would have brought mine. Roy is timely and topical in his pieces as well as sly and witty. It’s a whole lot of fun right down the street. Come out and order from the menu at Mexicali, manage your own tab and have a nice meal, a fine Margarita or iced-tea and first rate LIVE, secular entertainment. 

All gate proceeds go to the artist.

6:15 PM                    Drinks and dinner

7:00-8:30 PM         “this machine” BY roy zimmerman

Tickets                     $15 at the door – Cash or Paypal Online

No host bar and food. Please indicate your party when ordering for separate checks.


*A coalition of regional, atheist organizations organizing to promote the knowledge that an atheist community exists, to volunteer together, share ideas, discuss secular philosophy and to show religious people who we are while also respecting the privacy of all our members who have not told their family or friends how they feel about religion.  To see more click here:  IECoR

IEAA (Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics)

FAR (Freethinkers Around Redlands)

VVAAST (Victor Valley Atheist, Agnostics and Skeptical Thinkers)

SSA (Student Secular Alliance) of RCC and UCR

Greater Riverside Skeptics Forum

Secular Women of Greater Riverside

Morongo Basin Freethought


Third Sunday “Skipping Church” Luncheon and Distinguished Speakers Series

Join us when we host firebrand Jane Roberts of FAR (Freethinkers Around Redlands)  as she speaks about her activism in women’s big issues when religion got in the way. She reminds us that women’s issues impact all of us in ways we may not be aware. She shows us how critical the world’s need for women’s health and reproductive care is.

Nobel Peace Prize nominated (2005) Jane Roberts was awarded the 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow through Civic Ventures which encourages older Americans to have socially useful “encore” careers (www.encore.org) for her work as co-founder of 34 Million Friends of Women. In 2009,Jane received the Global Citizenship Award from the United Nations Association, Southern California Division. She was named one of the Women of the Year for MS Magazine in 2003. She has spoken at venues and conferences around the world. The retired French professor and tennis instructor lives in Redlands, CA and is a member of our allied group, FAR (Freethinkers Around Redlands) through their membership in IECoR (Inland Empire Coalition of Reason).

In 2002, 34 Million Friends of Women was started as a protest against the withdrawing of $34 million dollars approved funding from UNFPA (United Nations Family Planning Association) by George W Bush for seemingly personal, religious reasons to appease his political base (Berkley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, Volume 18 /Issue 1). In response, Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham independently came up with the idea of asking 34 million Americans to reach out to the world’s women with one dollar. This has become 34 Million Friends, a grassroots effort which has garnered more than $2.7 million, saved lives, lessened misery and sent a wonderful message to the world from the American people.

“My ultimate goal is a worldwide grassroots movement dedicated to ensuring the full humanity and individual rights of women and girls. This is too important an issue to leave to governments alone.”

What happens when the world decides to ignore gender-based violence, or out of control population growth? What happens to the existing problems when global warming is added to the mix? Jane likes to quote the former Ambassador to Africa for HIV/Aids, the Canadian lion Stephen Lewis: “I challenge you to enter the fray against gender inequality. There is no more honorable or productive calling. There is nothing of greater import in this world. All roads lead from women to social change.”

Luncheon Menu:

Enjoy a catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread, and dessert from “All Catering Services – Latin/European Cuisine” chef Reynaldo Velasquez. Coffee, iced tea, sodas and lemonade will be on hand. Please be sure to RSVP about staying for the luncheon. You will be prompted to reply about lunch when you RSVP on line – not on the mobile APP. 

Program: 

12:10 PM– 12:30 PM—Coffee* and conversation in Those Skeptical Kids” space (the adjacent foyer) while we set up** See the new items available for sale, or sign up to volunteer, read the new bulletin board.

12:30 –  12:45 PM—Doors open, come on in, find your seat, chat with friends

12:45—Welcome – Rebecca Kitchings

     A call for Those Skeptical Kids to be excused to their space for fun and activities –  Kathy and Lauren

    Announcements

         Member Updates

         Group Activities

            Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful – Joel

            Redlands Group FAR- Jill

            Women’s Secular Group – Charlene

            Pub Quiz – Joey

            Outreach and Fundraising – Greg

   Skeptics Forum –  Reb

   Humanists of the Inland Empire – Reb

   $2 For “Lunch at the Library” during Summer Reading – Reb

   Second Thoughts – Reb

1:00 –  1:45 PM—  Lecture 

1:44  –  2:00 PM—-Q&A

2:00  –  3:00 PM— “Luncheon buffet is ready” announcement 

3:25  –  4:00 PM —Breakdown, clean-up, put away, carry back, load up, head out, library closes. Help us anyone? You’ll make friends with this part!

* Coffee is ready as soon as the library opens and we get there with fresh, rich, hot, homemade coffee and decaf.  Also, cold bottled water is ready to be had. Want to help us unpack it and set it up? Just look for the roller bag marked “Coffee” and the blue tote marked “coffee service”.

**Volunteer to set up/break down

If you can come at 11:55 and help set up and/or stay after to knock down you will be deeply cherished for the rest of your life.

Prices are as follows:

$5 Lecture only

$8 Lecture and beverage bar 

$18 Lecture, catered luncheon, and beverages  

FREE Catered luncheon for Those Skeptical Kids (for kids 15 and under with their parent – please advise numbers/ages when you RSVP.) and special kids activities.

Lecture, Luncheon, beverages, and a $2 “Help Feed Riverside’s Hungry” donation – $20

Note: Only your lecture costs and donations are tax deductible. Food and beverages are not because those fees cover only the costs of the items. Donation receipts are available for your convenience.


Parking:

Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays (excluding the Mission Inn). There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:

And remember, “Skipping Church” Luncheons always take place on the Third Sunday, so mark your calendars!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA.  MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

Ontario Reign Hockey game

We’ve decided to take advantage of the LivingSocial offer for a neutral zone ticket, hotdog, and soda for $23. To make sure we’re all seated together, we’ll purchase all the tickets on one order.

After RSVPing here, you can secure your spot by paying $23 in person or via PayPal to Christine or Lauren.  If you would like to pay via PayPal, please send us a message. If for some reason you cannot attend after you pay, please be aware that the $23 is only refundable if we can find someone to take your spot.

Please note: RSVPs close on 2/15 at 7pm. This is to allow ample time for the ticket purchase and reservations.

Friday night games also happen to be 20 oz of beer for $2, if that’s an influencing factor for you.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA.  MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

The Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics is a community for the non-religious. We are good without God