COP failure & mental health

Young people are entitled to feel despondent. A humanistic approach can help address hopelessness and defeatism. Newham Recorder opinion piece published 24.11.21

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Our pale blue dot and COP26

A plea published on the eve of COP26. Humanist opinion column, Barking & Dagenham Post 3.11.21.

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Compulsory worship anomaly

The time is ripe for reform of the law which requires state schools to hold a daily act of Christian worship. Opinion piece Barking and Dagenham Post 29.9.21

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Wanstead Festival success

The return of Wanstead Festival to Christchurch Green was a huge success. Cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, more people than ever flocked to this uplifting and fun community event in September.

The East London Humanist stall was one of over 100 stalls, along with a beer tent and performance stage. Features on the stall included the ‘Are you a Humanist?’ quiz, completed by several dozen visitors, many of whom discovered that it is a term which best fits their world view.

Picture below is the Mayor of Redbridge, a member of the East London Humanist group, along with the humanist ‘chaplain’ he appointed earlier this year.

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Combating zealotry everywhere

Religious zealots everywhere are intent on rolling back hard won rights of women and others whether it be Afghanistan, Texas, or here. All the more reason we, who are free to do so here, should engage in the struggle to defend and extend them. Opinion piece Newham Recorder 8.9.21

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Bangladesh Independence Celebration in Tower Hamlets

East London Humanists were delighted to be in invited to take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the independence of Bangladesh organised by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 29 July 2021.

The celebrations were in accordance with the secular principles and ideals on which the state was founded when independence from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was achieved in 1971 following a long struggle.

Approximately a third of the population of Tower Hamlets is of Bangladeshi heritage, the largest concentration of Bangladeshis in the UK.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets with friends and family
A dance dating from the independence struggle
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Happy World Humanist Day!

A piece to mark World Humanist day which takes place on 21 June each year.Newham Recorder 24.6.21.

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Humanist ‘Chaplain’ first for Redbridge

The appointment of the first Humanist Chaplain by the new Mayor of Redbridge was celebrated in the Ilford Recorder Faith Column on 6 May 2021

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The seriously annoying anti-protest bill

Criminalising the right to annoy comes under scrutiny in this East London Humanist opinion piece for the Barking and Dagenham Post (14.4.21)

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People v Statues

Thoughts on the Government’s crackdown on dissent from East London Humanists – (Newham Recorder opinion piece 7.4.21)

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