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Making Connections – What Humanism is to Me

Making Connections – What Humanism is to Me

About five or six months ago, I made it my mission to determine what humanism means to me. I read literature (well, a little bit anyway), studied, and talked to others, but nothing quite felt right. I was trying to define something that seemed unidentifiable.

I know, that’s just what you want to hear from the MHA’s Communication Officer, right?

My belief that humanism is undefinable changed one Friday night as I stood in the middle of Smith Park with a roll in one hand and a homeless man’s hand in the other. Suddenly, the entire concept of humanism came down to a single word for me.

Mississippi Has a Homeless Crisis, and We Can Help

Mississippi Has a Homeless Crisis, and We Can Help

Last night, close to 1,500 Mississippians didn’t have a place to call home. Some stayed in shelters while others struggled to find a spot to rest in a park or on the streets. Still others likely stayed up all night, afraid to close their eyes underneath the dark sky.

Many are adults on their own, attempting to figure out how to survive. Others are families working to stay together during terrible circumstances. Then, there are unaccompanied children, trying to navigate a harsh reality as they move closer to adulthood.

Benefits of Donating Blood to Mississippi Blood Services

Benefits of Donating Blood to Mississippi Blood Services

If you’ve flipped on the local news recently, you likely realize that Mississippi is facing a critical blood shortage. It’s gotten so bad that Mississippi Blood Services is offering incentives to get people to donate blood. For example, if you donate through Aug. 18, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win $1,000.

t would be nice to win that money, but you don’t have to take home a cash prize to benefit from donating blood. Check out these benefits and head to your local donation center.

4 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Mississippi Today

4 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Mississippi Today

As humanists, we have a lot of issues that are important to us. We want to help as many people as possible, and we can have a hard time figuring out where to start. What can we do that will have the biggest impact?

If we truly want to make a difference, we need to start in our own communities. Here are some ways we can make a difference from the ground up in the Magnolia State.

Mississippi Humanist Association/Big House Books Partnership

From the Mississippi Humanist Association

You can read whenever you like. You can read whatever you like. You can go to stores full of books, you can have books delivered to your home, you can walk into a library, stacked floor to ceiling with free books. It’s hard to understand what an amazing freedom this is until it is taken away from you.
There are almost 29 thousand Mississippians in prison. That’s a larger population than Pearl or Clinton. But each and every one of those prisoners is a person, a human being.
Reading and writing are two of the most human acts imaginable. Yet many of these men and women in our jails have no access to the books that they need in order to be fully human in a setting that is too often dehumanizing.
Big House Books is a Jackson organization that supplies people in prison with the books that they request. They’ve been doing this for more than a year, providing hundreds of book-filled packages to prisoners across the state.
Today, the Mississippi Humanist Association is announcing a cooperative venture with Big House Books. Our members can buy books that are on request - or valuable packaging supplies - for Big House Books, through their Amazon wishlist. And remember - if you use Amazon Smile, the MHA is a verified charity that can receive those donations.
MHA members can also donate any books they wish by bringing them to any of our social events or functions, and we’ll handle the transportation to BHB.
Since these donated books could potentially be a burden to BHB if they had to pay for the packing and shipping, the MHA has agreed to fund the shipping. With more donations from you, we can help BHB ship more books. Your membership fees are our biggest source of income, so joining up now would be a great help to this effort.
Once we know how many books are on hand, we’ll announce a packing party at Big House Books.
Until then, we’ll be accepting your books at our events, Big House Books will be accepting donations through their wishlist, and we’ll be putting money you set aside for Big House Books into the packing fund. Just indicate that you want your donation or membership fee to go into the Big House Books fund when you donate or join by putting “BHB” in the note or telling us if you join in person.
Freedom and education are vital humanist values, and this is a great way for our members to reach out and help people in need of both. We are letting people know that humanity has a purpose - to make this world a better place to live for all of us.
The wishlist can be found HERE.  All you have to do is click on the Big House Books address when you check out, and it will automatically be shipped to their midtown office.


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