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Sociologist Hochschild: 'Red' America and a Growing U.S. Political Divide

  • When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
  • UNO University Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive., New Orleans, LA view map

Acclaimed sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of the bestselling Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning in the American Right, will speak at the University of New Orleans in an event that is free and open to the public.

Hochschild’s latest book examining the widening political divide in America is the result of time she spent immersed with families and residents in "red" America, including spending five years in Lake Charles, La., where she attended fish fries, gumbo cook-offs, Pentacostal church services and rallies in support of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The result is a well-reported and empathetic look at the people, experiences and thought behind the Tea Party phenomenon. The book was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award.

Professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley who has authored other groundbreaking and award-winning sociological studies such as The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home and The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes WorkHochschild said she was inspired to write Strangers in Their Own Land after a decade of witnessing and wondering about what was propelling so many in the nation’s poorest states to oppose federal aid and embrace the ideals of the political right.

This a third party event and is not sponsored by NOSHA. We endeavor to promote educational events that might be of interest to our community.


Free Screening of "Jackson", Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

  • When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
  • Tulane's Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University , New Orleans, LA view map

Abortion remains legal in the United States, but anti-abortion efforts have succeeded in making it virtually inaccessible in some places and in the Deep South, often unthinkable. At one time Mississippi had fourteen abortion clinics. Now only one remains.

Since the passage of Roe v. Wade more than four decades ago, the self-labeled "pro-life"movement has won significant cultural, political and legal battles. Now, the stigma of abortion is prolific in Mississippi and women in poverty and women of color are particularly vulnerable. Jackson is wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South and explores the nuanced nature of abortion in America’s Bible Belt.

Shannon Brewer is the director of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state. Barbara Beaver runs the Center for Pregnancy Choices and is a leader of the anti-abortion movement in Mississippi. April Jackson is a young mother of four children faced with another unplanned pregnancy.

Jackson is an intimate, unprecedented look at the lives of three women caught up in the complex issues surrounding abortion access. Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson captures the essential and hard truth of the lives at the center of the debate over reproductive healthcare in America. 

This event is sponsored by Newcomb College Institute and Students United for Reproductive Justice.

This a third party event and is not sponsored by NOSHA. We endeavor to promote educational events that might be of interest to our community.


The Next Right Thing 2017 - Inauguration Day of Dissent

  • When: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 10:30 am
  • Congo Square, Armstrong Park, New Orleans, LA view map

It is proposed that everyone get together on Inauguration Day and celebrate, through political street theater, open, artistic, and creative dissent, and some truly epic good times, the fact that we are not like "them". The goals are to air grievances, network with like minded people, and to lay a foundation for future resistance. 

The Next Right Thing will be a uniquely New Orleans demonstration of joyful resistance and ruthless satire designed to put the nation and the world on notice that we are still here and that we will resist. Good people of good will enjoying good music, good art, and good times. Happy warriors!

The purpose of this event is to share ideas, organize, and build a mass demonstration worthy of our colorful heritage. Invite people to join us who you believe will contribute to the success of the action and who can bring additional groups into the coalition.

Be prepared to engage in a Day of Dissent channeling the spirit and satire of Mardi Gras aimed directly at the new regime and the insanely irresponsible government it is installing. 

Come to Congo Square and be part of the experience!


Secular Humanism 2017: Where Do We Go From Here?

  • When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
  • Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

There's a new sheriff in town and it looks like things are going to change around here, right? Since our monthly meeting falls on the weekend of the Presidential Inauguration, we thought it would be helpful to focus on letting everyone talk about how secular humanism will respond on a personal, local and national basis to the changes coming from a new administration.

This will be a group conversation, so everyone is encouraged to attend whether or not you wish to contribute to the dialogue. 

IMPORTANT: We are NOT meeting in our usual space at the Jefferson Public Library this month. We have a room at the Loyola Uptown campus: Monroe 152 

NOSHA meetings are free and open to the public.

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Last Supper Dinner Club - January

  • When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
  • La Casita, 8400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, New Orleans, LA view map

Dine with Deniers!

We will be heading to La Casita for Mexican food and good conversation. Happy Hour at this delightful spot runs until 7pm, with half-price drinks and appetizers.

You can check out the menu here:

Please keep your RSVP updated to help us make sure that we have enough seats and good service! (Reminder: please join Meetup so you can sign up for our activities.) 

See you there!


NOSHA in 2017 - Hail and Farewell

As we move into a new year, we would like to remember and give many thanks to those who are stepping down and welcome those who have stepped up to help NOSHA with our organization going into 2017.

Both Grant Smith and Ricky Adams are leaving our board of directors after many terms of service. Smith has been a tireless volunteer at our monthly meetings handling our directional signs and Adams initiated the design and ongoing maintenance of our fun and functional website as well as being an enthusiastic "regular" at many of our social activities. Rita Premo finished her service in August as our board secretary and made herself indispensable by volunteering to take our out-of-town speakers on a tour of the city before our afternoon meetings.

Each one performed a vital role in the ongoing success of our operations and we couldn't have done it without them! We all wish them well in their new endeavors.

Our new members are Anne McKinley and Glenn Pearl who joined us in December and September respectively. McKinley brings a lot of organizational experience to the table and has already become instrumental in our Last Supper Dinner Club and our Book Discussion Group. Pearl will take over the general maintenance of our website and also has been a key organizer of our volunteer activity with Second Harvest Foodbank over the past couple of years.

We are very lucky to have them both!

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