Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - May 2018

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“IN GOD WE TRUST" PART OF NEW LICENSE PLATE DESIGN

MHA AND AHA ARE FIGHTING BACK

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Governor Phil Bryant announced the State Seal of Mississippi, which includes the phrase “In God We Trust,” will be part of the standard license plate design, starting in January 2019. Those who do not want “In God We Trust” displayed on their vehicles will be forced to pay extra for a custom tag. This is essentially a penalty for non-religious Mississippians to pay.

MHA President Kim Gibson reached out to the American Humanist Association for guidance on this matter, and AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent Governor Bryant a letter explaining that the new license plate design is against our constitutional rights. The legal center doesn’t intend to stop with the letter. If Governor Bryant chooses to move forward with the design, the AHA will explore legal options.

You can also join in the fight against this unconstitutional plate design. We are urging our members to call Governor Bryant at 601-359-3150 to let him know it is his job to represent all Mississippians, not just the ones that share his religious beliefs.

You can find out more about this issue on our website. Please visit our site and stay tuned for additional developments. Also, let us know if you have any questions about this issue as it develops. Remember, MHA is here to fight for your rights, and we will do everything in our power to prevent this from coming to fruition.


YOU'RE INVITED TO A BABY SHOWER

PATRICK AND RANDI JEROME ARE HAVING A GIRL

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Former MHA Communications Officer and current member Patrick Jerome and his wife Randi are having a baby girl, and we couldn’t be more excited. We know Patrick and Randi are going to make amazing parents, and we hope you can come out and celebrate with them.

MHA Member Romy Aguilar is throwing Patrick and Randi a baby shower at Cathead Distillery to celebrate. It will be on May 19 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Snacks will be provided, and you can buy drinks, sodas, and water at the venue.

The Jeromes are registered at Target (tgt.gifts/BabyKatJerome). If you want to pick out your own gift, their nursery colors are gray, light/medium pink, and violet. The theme of the nursery is flora and fauna.

Come out and have a good time with MHA members while celebrating the Jeromes. This is an exciting time for their family, and it would mean a lot to them if we joined in the celebration.


APRIL EVENT ROUND-UP

WE LOVE SEEING CURRENT MEMBERS AND NEW FACES

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April was a great month for MHA events. We had an excellent turnout at our events and enjoyed meeting new friends and socializing with current members.

We kicked off the month with MHA Second Sunday Brunch at Table 100 in Flowood. Between the live music and the food, it was a brunch to remember. If you have yet to attend one of our Sunday brunches, consider joining us some time. It is always a lot of fun, and a nice way to meet new people.

Humanist Happy Hour was at Sal and Mookie’s this month. We were excited to meet some non-members at this event. It’s always nice to get to tell others about the MHA.

Then, we finished the month at MHA Sunday Brunch in Hattiesburg at Patio 44. This is shaping up to be one of our most exciting events. We are pleased with the turnout in Hattiesburg. It proves there are humanists all over the state. Where can we expand to next?


MONTHLY EVENTS

HATTIESBURG BRUNCH - MAY 20

Hattiesburg Sunday Brunch will be at Chesterfield’s, 4646 Hardy St., from 11 AM to 1 PM. Look for the silver colander. We look forward to seeing you there!

HUMANIST HAPPY HOUR - MAY 23

Humanist Happy Hour will be from 6 PM to 8 PM at The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, 655 Duling Avenue, Jackson. Look for the silver colander and pull up a seat. We can’t wait to see you!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING - MAY 31

MHA’s monthly Board of Directors Meeting will be on May 31 in the Community Room at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. Members are encouraged to attend so they can contribute their ideas for policies and activities. 


JOIN THE MHA!

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It is more important than ever to join the MHA. There is strength in numbers, and with your help, we can create a stronger community and a stronger voice in the state of Mississippi. Yearly membership is only $25 for individuals and $40 for families. As a member, you will help in shaping the MHA mission and meet some new friends at the same time. Also, your membership dues will help us make an impact in the state. Every dollar of donations and fees work to support humanism in Mississippi.

For more information about joining the MHA, renewing your membership, or donating to support humanism here in Mississippi, please check out our website at www.mshumanists.org.


For information on all MHA events, you can find more info on the website,  on Twitter (@MSHumanists), Meetup.com, and Facebook (@MississippiHumanist).