with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
Pat Debrovner presides
A menacing darkness looms over us. The political climate is both repressive and chaotic.
All that we cherish, all that we have struggled for is being precipitously undone, leaving those who cherish freedom and democracy in fear and maybe despair.
But as humanists I think we agree that the future is not predetermined. The future is always an open future, and political currents that flow in one direction can change their course and move in another.
In this time of darkness, I recall that out of the evil of European fascism and the unprecedented violence of the Second World War, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed, and we experienced a period of tremendous growth and social progress.
Perpetual resistance is in order. Moreover for progressives, change may not be the requirement of the moment, but rather a firm commitment to our basic norms -- rights, freedom, dissent -- and all things needed to safeguard a society which is decent and worth having.
Shared charity: International Rescue Committee