Humanists were represented at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in London Borough of Waltham Forest on 27 January, it is believed for the first time. EL Humanists member Ruth Kaufman spoke alongside the Mayor and other religious and secular speakers. Ruth is the humanist representative on Waltham Forest’s SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education).
Ruth introduced her contribution by pointing out that “people with no belief in God also were murdered in the Holocaust, also mourn, also must remember, and also must do all they can to prevent more genocide, more of man’s inhumanity to man.”
Ruth went on to read from the works of acclaimed author Primo Levi, a Jewish atheist captured fighting for the Italian resistance and detained at Auschwitz for 11 months. She concluded with his words: “We must be listened to: … It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.”
Ariane Sherine has had a fascinating, diverse career. From singing with Duran Duran, to writing for The Spectator and Guardian, to writing for TV comedy shows. One of her most memorable and far-reaching ideas was the 2009 Atheist Bus Campaign which went ‘viral’ and was copied in countries around the globe. Read more about Ariane here.
Ariane will be talking about her life, and her much-acclaimed recent book ‘Talk yourself better: A confused person’s guide to therapy, counselling and Self-help.’ She describes the hate mail she received from extreme Christians, her nervous breakdown, and her road to recovery. There will be a book-signing session at the end.
This should prove a fascinating, entertaining and enlightening evening. Free and open to all.
Doors open at 7.00 for tea and chatting. Join us at the convivial
George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further
The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station(Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access
Wanstead Library was packed out on 25 Nov for the Climate and Environment Hustings organised by East London Humanists. The panel – John Cryer (Lab), Noshaba Khiljee (Con), Ashley Gunstock (Green) and Ben Sims (Lib Dem) – set out their respective platforms. They were quizzed by a 100 strong audience of local residents.
The candidates were left in no doubt about the importance the audience placed on urgent action being taken to tackle the climate and environment emergency.
There was a range of responses. However, the candidates were at one in expressing concern. Each candidate gave commitments to treat the issues with the seriousness they deserve. And before the meeting started local climate activists persuaded each to sign a climate action pledge.