Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - April 2019

MEET THE NEW BOARD

The MHA held its annual membership meeting at Surin of Thailand in Jackson on February 16. At the meeting, we said goodbye to two valued board members and welcomed two new board members into the fold.

The MHA would like to thank outgoing President Kim Gibson and Secretary Tom Dennis for their hard work and dedication to the MHA. Kim and Tom played an integral role in the MHA’s growth over the last several years, and we are forever grateful. If you see Kim and Tom out and about in Jackson, please thank them for everything they have done on behalf of the MHA.

We are also excited to welcome our new President, Eric Reisman, and new Secretary, Romy Aguilar. Eric and Romy have already brought some exciting new ideas to the table and we can’t wait to see what the next two years bring.

We would also like to congratulate Amy Craig on winning a tight election for Vice President. Amy served as VP for the last two years and is excited about serving another term.

President Eric Reisman giving a speech at the annual membership meeting

President Eric Reisman giving a speech at the annual membership meeting

Secretary Romy Aguilar giving a speech at the annual membership meeting

Secretary Romy Aguilar giving a speech at the annual membership meeting

Vice President Amy Craig giving a speech at the annual membership meeting

Vice President Amy Craig giving a speech at the annual membership meeting


AN UPDATE ON THE IGWT LICENSE PLATES

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Humanists from around Mississippi have contacted the MHA regarding the state’s standard license plates, which include the phrase “In God We Trust.” The MHA became aware of this issue in May of 2018 and has been working behind the scenes to get the state to offer another option without the religious phrase at no additional cost.

Former MHA President Kim Gibson contacted the AHA on our organization’s behalf close to a year ago, and the national organization sent a demand letter to Governor Phil Bryant. The governor did not respond to the letter and the IGWT license plates were released as planned. 

The AHA took an additional step on March 29, 2019, by sending a second demand letter to Mississippi Department of Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. In the letter, the AHA made it clear that the issue might have to go to the courts if the state doesn’t comply with the demands.  

The MHA is currently gathering plaintiffs in case the issue needs to be litigated. If you would like to sign on, email us at mha@mshumanists.org

Also, check out our press release and blog post on the topic.


DO SOME GOOD WITH THE MHA

The MHA has been working hard to do some good in our community. We are actively gathering supplies for those in need as well as organizing and attending various volunteer events in the Jackson area.

MHA board members have been an active presence at Smith Park in Jackson on Friday nights, where we help feed the homeless. R U Hungry organizes this weekly event, and we are excited to lend a hand each week.

We have also been collecting supplies for various organizations at our events. We started by collecting supplies for the Jackson Homeless Women’s Outreach Project, and we were amazed by the number of donations we received.

We are currently collecting supplies for the Ronald McDonald House. If you have supplies to donate, please bring them to one of our events.

Top 10 Needs:

1. Share-a-Night Donation ($8 a Night)
2. Postage Stamps
3. Paper Towels
4. Liquid Laundry Detergent
5. Individual Snack Food Items
6. Self-Squeeze Mops
7. Individual Breakfast Food Items
8. Floor Cleaner (Mr. Clean Type)
9. 33 Gallon Trash Bags
10. Kleenex

Additional Items Needed for the Office/Kitchen/General House:

  • Disposable Gloves (Exam Type)

  • Liquid Automatic Dishwashing Detergent

  • Casserole Size Plastic Storage Container with Lid

  • Disposable Forks, Spoons, and Knives

  • Disposable Plates and Bowls

  • Disposable Cups (12 oz. or larger)

  • TN-420 or TN-450 Toner Cartridge

  • Office Depot Gift Card

  • 933 XL Color and932 XL Black Print Cartridge for HP Printer

  • Standard Size Bed Pillows 

  • Discount Store Gift Cards


MONTHLY EVENTS

HATTIESBURG BRUNCH - APRIL 28

Hattiesburg Brunch will be at Chesterfields, 4646 Hardy Street, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. RSVP and we will save you a seat. Look for the silver colander once you arrive.

BOD MEETING - APRIL 30

MHA’s monthly Board of Directors Meeting will be held on April 30 at 6:00 PM at Panera Bread, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS. The location is to be determined. Stop by and share your ideas to help make the MHA the best it can be.

VOLUNTEER DAY - MAY 11

MHA Volunteer Day will be at the Mississippi Food Network, 440 W. Beatty Street, Jackson, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SECOND SUNDAY BRUNCH - MAY 12

MHA Second Sunday Brunch will be at Cultivation Food Hall, 1200 Eastover Drive, Suite 125, Jackson, MS.

HUMANIST HAPPY HOUR - MAY 15

MHA Humanist Happy Hour will be from 6:00 PM to 8 PM at Green Ghost Tacos, 2820 North State Street, Jackson, MS. Look for the silver colander and pull up a chair.


JOIN THE MHA

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).

 

Mississippi Humanist Association – We Believe in Good!