Summer events

Some members have expressed interest in Summer Sunday Brunches. Let’s try having one this Sunday June 7 at 11am at The Cafe: Facebook event.

Sunday Brunch at The Cafe in 2008

Sunday Brunch at The Cafe in 2008

I hope we can regain some of the people that stopped attending when we switched to campus dining. Let me know if you prefer an alternate time or location and we can try to accommodate as many people as possible. Also let me know if you’d like a ride.

We can start planning the Superstition Bash at the Brunch. We’ve already experienced one major setback – there are no rooms in the MU available on Friday Nov 13 from about 6-11pm that will work for our event. If you know of anywhere on campus that might work or anywhere off campus that is inexpensive, please let me know ASAP. Also, let me know if you want to help with planning but can’t attend Brunch. To start, we need a few people to find contact info for potential speakers and donors.

There are a few events coming up that we could attend as a group. Let me start by saying that LGBT equality is important for secularists because the only arguments against it are religion based – that’s why it seems appropriate to support LGBT equality as a group. Plus, it’s fun. Please let me know if you want to go, as interest starts coming in, I will create Facebook events. Feel free to send this to anyone who might be interested.

Saturday June 13 6pm-midnight Pride Street Party! In the heart of the Historic East Village with entertainment and dancing. $3 for a wristband to drink if you are over 21 (passes for both the street party and Sundays festival are $5).

Sunday June 14 noon-6pm Pride Fest 2009, parade at 1pm. Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers will have a booth and march in the parade. Let’s show support for both LGBT rights and our fellow secularists by marching with IAF and/or helping to man their booth near the Simon Estes amphitheater. They need people to do shifts 10:30am-6pm.

On to a less fun but very important event: Marshalltown Community Theater is preforming a stage version of The Laramie Project (about the murder of Matthew Shepard) July 24-26, July 30 at 7:30pm and Aug 1 at 2pm. The director, Tom LaVille, says that Westboro Baptist Church (the one that protests at soldiers’ funerals) plans to picket the theater (although I didn’t find this on WBC’s calendar when I checked a few days ago). Let me know your availability and hopefully we can find a show that we can attend as a group. Tickets are $10 for students, but we can get a group discount from the director.

Hope you’re having a great summer so far.

Protest against proposition 8/ Rally for gay rights

Tori and I are on the left

Tori and I are on the left

On a bitterly cold November 15th,  OneIowa put on a protest against proposition 8 and a rally for homosexual rights this Protests/rally was not only organized by OneIowa but was a nationwide string of protests, all on the same day.   At the protest/rally we heard from: the director of OneIowa (which bills itself as “the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization” to quote from their website), State Sen. Matt McCoy Iowa’s only openly gay state legislator,   the director of PFLAG in Iowa I think, the UU pastor that married Iowa’s only legally married same- sex couple, that couple, and Ben Stone the director of the Iowa ACLU.  the press estimated there to be approximately 100 people at the event, however I felt there was closer to 200 people.

Vigil for LGBT Rights

In response to the many rights-removing amendments and initiatives that passed across America on November 5, the Wesley Student Center of the Collegiate United Methodist Church has organized a silent vigil. It will take place on November 12 at 5:30pm around Lake LaVerne near the Memorial Union.

Let’s show the people in California and Florida that we, in Iowa, can move past bigotry and fear to support equal rights for everyone. Gay and straight, Christian and atheist, we can work together to make the world a better place. Invite your friends!

You can find the Facebook event here.