Thank-A-Famer Thanksgiving Food Donation 2013

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For the second year in a row, Southern California atheists give thanks to those who provide the bounty we enjoy each Thanksgiving—the farm workers, who are too often unable to provide for their families what they provide for the more prosperous.

Twenty needy families, identified by the United Farm Workers Foundation received the food and supermarket gift certificates sufficient to provide holiday meals, complete with turkey and trimmings.  Norman Abshear, Atheists United Board Member, has organized the group’s food drive activities for several years.

He talks about the program with enthusiasm:  “We prefer to give this way so that families can celebrate in the privacy of their homes. This year we will be helping more families than ever before. Thanks to donations from Atheists United members, they will receive more than 500 lbs. of food and hundreds of dollars worth of supermarket gift cards.“ In addition to members’ donations, funds are provided by the Riseman Foundation.

AU President Michael Khalili added, “As secularists, we don’t give thanks to supernatural beings. Instead, we thank the people who labor to make this holiday possible.”

It’s thanks to public donations that we’re about to make this event possible. Click here if you’d like to donate.

Winter Solstice Party with Musical Performance, Great Food and More!

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Date: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:00 am.

Reasons Greetings

Join us for our annual Winter Solstice party. We’re going to have great music, great food and a fun time!

Voices of Reason Winter Solstice
Voices of Reason, an a cappella / choral music group for atheists, humanists, and agnostics, will be performing several songs live.

Buck Bowen
Buck Bowen will also be performing a song called The Dragon In My Garage. It’s adapted from Carl Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World and illustrates the similarities between an unfalsifiable claim and, well, NO claim at all!

Peter Boghossian Manual Creating Atheists
Special guest Dr. Peter Boghossian will join us to talk about his new book A Manual for Creating Atheists. The book provides reader with the tools to talk people out of faith and into reason. Peter is a full time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University. He has an extensive publication record across multiple domains of thought. Peter is also a national speaker for the Center for inquiry, Secular Student Alliance, and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Atheists United Blood Donation Drive

Donate blood at our quarterly donation drive during the meeting. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will bring their mobile blood donation truck to collect blood for sick patients. On average, each pint of blood collected will help the life of 3 people. Donations will be accepted throughout the party, from 10:30am – 3:30pm.

Click here for details about blood donation.

Toy Drive Winter Solstice
Toy donation for kids. This is a great time to donate toys to our Toy Loan Center and AU Kids program. The Toy Loan Center is a place where anyone can borrow toys for free, like a library. It would also be great to have extra toys for the AU Kids program.

Atheists United Celebration

We’ll also have a fun game to play. So, mark your calendar and join us! (more…)

Light The Night Walk in Hollywood on October 5th

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The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, AAHS, Atheists United and many others from the Los Angeles Freethought community have joined forces to fight cancer by participating in the Light The Night Walk in Hollywood on October 5th.

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.

Click here to visit the team page and participate in this worthy cause.

Atheists United Members Open Their Veins For The Cedars-Sinai Bloodmobile

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The Atheists United blood drive during and after the August 25 general meeting was a resounding success. The Cedars-Sinai Bloodmobile with its staff of very pleasant nurses and technicians was on site from noon until 6 p.m. (more…)

Bittersweet

Michael KhaliliI have unfortunate news to share. After serving a term as Atheist United’s president for two amazing years, I am unable to run again. Sadly, I am moving to New York City in January for work-related reasons. For many years, I’ve been working with my sister and her business partner on their comedy podcast Keith and The Girl. Over the last few years the work level has been increasing and, in order to continue the growth of the site, I need to be closer to them and live in NYC. (more…)

Toy Loan – Request for Volunteers

Date: Saturday, September 14th from 8:30am until 11:30am
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We recently started the Atheists United Toy Loan Center and need volunteers to help make this program a success.

The Toy Loan program is like a lending library for toys. Children visit a local Toy Loan center and borrow a toy. The program helps families save money by borrowing toys instead of buying them. It also builds good character in children by encouraging honesty, patience, courtesy, promptness, cleanliness, cooperation and responsibility. It does this by rewarding children with special points when they follow the rules. After several weeks of accumulating points, a child earns a brand new toy to keep.  (more…)

AIDS Walk 2013

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MEETING AREA: We’ll meet at the same place as last year. Up the stairs near the parking lot. In front of the tables of the teams that start with an “A”. Call Gula if you can’t find the group 310-999-3396

Atheists United is participating in this year’s annual AIDS Walk fundraising event in West Hollywood. The money raised by AIDS Walk Los Angeles supports AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County. (more…)

Toy Loan Center Launch

Date: Thursday, August 8th at 2pm

Toy Loan Toys

The Toy Loan Program is like a toy library, where children can borrow toys for one-week periods and enjoy play-time with toys that would otherwise be unavailable to them. In addition to being able to borrow toys for free, children are rewarded for returning items on time and adhering to the program’s code of honor. (more…)

General Meeting: Brother Richard of Atheist Nexus Fame

Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 11 am

Richard Haynes "Brother Richard"

“There and Back Again”

A journey from atheist, to fundamentalist Christian, and then back to atheism.

Richard “Brother Richard” Haynes is a writer and public speaker living in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised in a nonreligious home, but as a teenage runaway, had a “born again” religious experience. Almost immediately, Richard became an evangelist and personally led hundreds of individuals to Christ. Richard went on to receive a degree in Biblical Studies, and became an associate minister in a 12,000-member Atlanta mega-church. (more…)

Special Event: Leo Igwe – Founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement and the Nigerian Skeptics Society

Human rights advocate Leo Igwe is back to give another powerful talk on Sunday, July 7th at 3 pm!

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Leo Igwe has been beaten, arrested on trumped up charges, forced to watch his family mutilated and has suffered innumerable more minor hardships as a “reward” for his work on behalf of the children of Africa.

During his last visit we heard how thugs, employed by Helen Ukpabio, follow him to oppose, sometimes violently, his defense of the children she has sentenced to loneliness, starvation, and sometimes death by labeling them witches. Now Leo is coming back to share even more about the work he’s been doing in Africa as the founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement and the Nigerian Skeptics Society. (more…)