• Triad NC Chapter presents "Mis/disinformation: What it is, why we believe it, and how we can do better"

     

    Mis/disinformation: What it is, why we believe it, and how we can do better

    02/25/2021
    7:00PM Eastern

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83290228050?pwd=SDJoeW9aMEtEcXVuVWNtOGV3REdrdz09  

    Hu Womack and Roz Tedford will present on mis/disinformation. Their presentation covers: -What mis/disinformation is and how it works: Who uses it, what are the mechanics of it, how it is a system. -Why we believe it: How the human brain is wired to be susceptible to mis/disinformation, cognitive biases, logical fallacies, etc. -How we can be better: Ways we can change our own habits to be better consumers of information.

    Hu and Roz teach for-credit classes on social science research and mis/disinformation and together they have taught lifelong learning courses and many workshops on mis/disinformation on campus and across the community.

    Hu Womack is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a BA in English and Studio Art. Hu received his MBA from the Babcock School at Wake Forest in 2000 and completed his MLIS degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2008. He currently serves as a member of Research, Instruction Services team, teaching for-credit courses in the library's information literacy program, and serving as the library liaison to the Sociology and Communication departments.

    Rosalind has her BA (Psychology/English) and her MA (English) from Wake Forest University and her MLIS from UNC-Greensboro. She has been a full-time staff member at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library since 1994 and currently serves as the Director for Research and Instruction Services. In addition to managing the research and instruction programs at Wake Forest she teaches for-credit information literacy courses and is the liaison to the Politics and international Affairs department.

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  • Orange County, CA Chapter's Online Event with guest speaker Eddie Tabash

    Eddie Tabash speaking on the US Supreme Court
    Can We Salvage Church/State Separation at All?

    Saturday, February 20, 2021
    2:00 pm Pacific

    On Zoom

    Eddie Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1994. He is chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry. He is known for his expertise regarding with the religion clauses of the Constitution. He has authored numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to treat believers and nonbelievers equally. He is also one of the more well-known atheist debaters in the United States.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org or visit our website at www.au-oc.org

  • Rochester, NY & Houston, TX chapters present Eddie Tabash

    Rochester & Houston Chapters
    Americans United for Separation of
    Church and State

    Winter Zoom program
    February 1, 2021  8pm Eastern/7pm Central

    "A Two Thirds Religious Right Majority on the Supreme Court: Can We Salvage Church-State Separation at All?"

    featuring guest speaker

    EDDIE TABASH
    Constitutional lawyer,  Member: Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Chair: Board of Directors of Center for Inquiry

    Register for the Zoom link

  • Triad NC Chapter presents Dr. Katy Harriger on "Executive Overreach"


    Dr. Katy Harriger, Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, has agreed to speak to us on “Executive Overreach”. This is another program not directly related to mainstream AU issues, but in these unusual times our Board agrees it is helpful to process all that our country has had to face in such a short span of time.

    Our scheduled program will be one day after the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, and some of us think the past president has extended executive privilege far beyond what is normal and even democratic. Of course there are others who would disagree. The subject is so important we do need to have a discussion, and we thank Dr. Harriger for contributing to that discussion.

    7:00 PM Eastern on Zoom

    For more information, please visit our website at https://www.aunctriad.com/

    The zoom link for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89273855744?pwd=WXdTbDVieXBpdnVIc0tZV0RHM1RTQT09&fbclid=IwAR1aYbnK827of-AyAw_GXIG-k60rR6VH3QYtiq6242i8tsuXI76Vs8Vx04g

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Screening of film: White Noise

    Orange County, CA Chapter hosting
    Screening of film: White Noise

    01/16/2021
    2:00 pm Pacific

    Zoom

    One week after the 2016 presidential election, white nationalists gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate. “Hail Trump! Hail our people!” the far-right leader Richard Spencer said from the podium to cheers and Nazi salutes. White Noise, The Atlantic magazine’s first feature documentary, is the result of a four-year commitment to investigating and exposing the roots of the rising white Christian nationalism in the U.S. and abroad.

    The result is a deeply reported journey through the underbelly of the alt-right, bringing viewers an unfiltered, clear-eyed look at a powerful extremist movement. The past four years have shown that even as the alt-right fractures and reinvents itself, the ideas it has unleashed have succeeded in infiltrating mainstream political discourse and shaping the direction of America.

    White Noise explores the seductive power of extremism. Hatred feels good. But the fix is fleeting. As the film progresses, the subjects reveal the contradictions at the heart of their world. Lauren Southern advocates for traditional gender roles, but resents the misogyny and sexism of her peers. Mike Cernovich warns that “diversity is white genocide,” but he has an Iranian wife and biracial kids. Richard Spencer swears he’ll lead the white-nationalist revolution — until it’s more comfortable for him to move home to live with his wealthy mother in Montana.

    Samuel Perry, co-author of the new book “Taking America Back for God,” says no other factor better predicts a vote for Trump than adherence to a Christian nationalist ideology. Poll data shows it is also a stronger predictor of Americans’ attitudes about race, gender, Islam, family/sexuality issues and mask-wearing than traditional political ideology.

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  • Houston Chapter presents "Election 2020: What's Next for Church-State Separation?"

    Election 2020: What's Next for Church-State Separation?

    featuring

    Maggie Garrett
    VP of Public Policy, Americans United

    Richard Katskee
    Legal Director, Americans United

    Sarah Gillooly
    VP of State Outreach and Engagement, Americans United

    Thursday, December 17
    7:00 pm CT

    Register here for the Zoom link

    The Trump years took a serious toll on the separation of religion and government. His administration's misuse of religious freedom to harm others was unprecedented, and he packed the federal judiciary with judges who are willing to deny many Americans their constitutional rights in the name of "religious freedom."

    AU is calling on President-Elect Biden to reverse Trump's harmful policies and to adopt policies that respect the separation of religion and government. AU has adopted an agenda for the Biden administration to restore and protect religious freedom that includes repealing the Muslim ban, prohibiting denial of health care based on providers' religious beliefs and protecting taxpayer-funded employees from religious discrimination.

    What will change as a result of the election? What can we realistically expect, with so many of Trump's judicial nominees having lifetime appointments?

    During this post-election briefing, AU VP of Public Policy Maggie Garrett, AU Legal Director Richard Katskee, and AU VP of State Outreach and Engagement Sarah Gillooly will discuss and answer questions about AU's plans, expectations and strategies.

  • Maryland Chapter's Annual Meeting

    Annual AU Maryland Meeting

    12/01/2020

    8pm (Eastern)

    Online with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/rja-dexs-igv

    All Maryland AU members are invited to the annual meeting. We will review the past year, and discuss plans for 2021. Meeting will be on Google Meet. No account necessary.

    For more information, please email aumd.info@gmail.com or contact us via our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AUMaryland

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Event featuring Hans Johnson

    What The Election Means for the LGBTQ Community

    11/21/2020

    2:00 pm (Pacific)

    Zoom

    Hans Johnson leads nonprofit advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. In 2014, after building a diverse base of outspoken leaders throughout California, he won a multi-year campaign to pass the nation's first statewide ban on polluting, single-use plastic bags. For 25 years, he has integrated and meshed community-based and nationally supported campaigns, working closely with foundations, clergy, and interfaith, labor, LGBT, immigrant, civil-rights, reproductive justice, and environmental organizations, and socially responsible business for victories on ballot measures in more than half the states.

    His commentary appears on Huffington Post and daily op-ed pages around California and throughout the country. And do check out his recent piece in the Washington Blade: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/09/11/lgbtq-the-letters-republicans-didnt-utter/

    With increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals and institutions claiming a right to discriminate—by refusing to provide services to LGBT people and women—based on religious objections. The discrimination takes many forms, including the following:

    • Religiously affiliated schools firing women because they became pregnant while not married
    • Business owners refusing to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees
    • Graduate students, training to be social workers, refusing to counsel gay people
    • Pharmacies turning away women seeking to fill birth control prescriptions

    How do we think this will change in January 2021? Join us on Zoom to hear what Hans is expecting following the monumental 2020 election.

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  • Saint Louis Chapter Event featuring Rachel Laser & Richard Katskee

    The Saint Louis Chapter of AU presents

    A Post Election look at Church-State Issues

    featuring

    Rachel Laser, President & CEO of Americans United

    &

    Richard B. Katskee, Legal Director of Americans United

    Wednesday, November 18

    7pm Central

    On Zoom

    RSVP here for the link

  • Rabbi Merrill Shapiro presents "From Democracy to Theocracy: Following the Supreme Court's Yellow Brick Road"

    In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers can be forced to fund religious schools in states with private school voucher programs. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Supreme Court ruled that “ministerial exception” means teachers at private religious schools aren't protected from employment discrimination. The Supreme Court protected people in Louisiana who are seeking abortions, BUT in Trump v. Pennsylvania, the court allowed the Trump administration to issue exemptions to the Affordable Care Act, allowing employers and universities the right to use religion to deny their employees and students birth control insurance coverage. In Bostock v. Clayton County, the court affirmed that LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, but did not determine if discrimination that is motivated by an employer’s religious beliefs is still forbidden. The Supreme Court seems now designed to promote theocracy over democracy.  Is there hope? 

    MEET THE SPEAKER: Rabbi Merrill Shapiro is Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is the founding President of the Atlantic Coast Florida Chapter of AU. Shapiro is past president of the Flagler County Democratic Club and the Flagler Area Ministerial Association. Currently he serves as President of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society. He is a friend and member of the First Coast Freethought Society and authors a column in their newsletter. Merrill currently resides with his wife, Robyn, in Palm Coast, Florida. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

    EVERYONE WELCOME

    This is a virtual event via Zoom. You can login to the meeting starting at 6:15.

    • Meeting ID: 886 8978 1454
    • Meeting Password: 703825
    • To phone in, call: 929-205-6099