May Beer Not God
Please join fellow East Bay Atheists at Era Art Bar & Lounge for another evening of Beer Not God. This is a totally unstructured way to get to know fellow east bay atheists, freethinkers, skeptics, and humanists in a casual, friendly setting.
Era Art Bar & Lounge lies under the radar, yet is easily accessible as it is just off of the major intersection of Broadway and Grand in Uptown Oakland. There is free street parking after 6:00pm, and it is just a short walk from the 19th Street Oakland BART station. We meet upstairs, and there is a happy hour through 7:00 pm so go to the bar, ask for the HH specials, grab a drink and head up the stairs to the comfortable seating we take over.
As a heads up to those of you looking ahead, the June meeting will be our first anniversary of BNG. But since I'll be out of town through the 10th, I'm planning on having the anniversary party on 6/11.
When: Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00 PM
Where: Era Art Bar & Lounge, 19 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
The Disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair (at North Berkeley Library)
This month we watch the A&E documentary, The Disappearance of Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Possibly no other 20th century atheist has influenced our movement as much as Madalyn. This video examines how she and her family were kidnapped and eventually murdered by ruthless men pursuing revenge and wealth.
(Please note the temporary location and time change. The downtown library meeting room is not available in May & June. We will return there in July.)
When Madalyn and her family first disappeared, rumors abounded about them running off with American Atheists’ money, as they founded and controlled the organization. These ideas even gained credence in the atheist movement, as Madalyn had a way of making not only friends, but enemies. The police did very little to solve the case. Instead the truth was discovered by a private detective, working with a reporter for a local newspaper, along with the efforts of an IRS agent who honestly wanted to discover the truth about the missing funds. The way in which they were able to uncover the crime resembles a complex mystery. Unfortunately it also tells a story of the brutal murders of Madalyn, her son and granddaughter.
Following the documentary we will discuss the crime and the contradictory nature of Madalyn's leadership.
Afterwards we will go to lunch at a nearby affordable Chineese restaurant, Lilly's, 1580 Hopkins St., (between Monterey Ave & California St) in Berkeley. Please join us.
When: Saturday, May 18th, 11:00 AM
Location: Public Meeting Room, Lower Level, North Berkeley Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins
BART Access: From the downtown Berkeley BART Station, take AC Transit 25 at Shattuck & Center toward El Cerrito (8 minute ride to Hopkins & The Alameda). Click here to plan your trip.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in the neighborhood. Avoid some streets that may be restricted to two hours.
Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 22nd. Details will follow.
Information: Larry Hicok, Coordinator: 510-222-7580
Ski Grabowski, Treasurer: 510-652-8350
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Atheist Political Activism in the Bay Area
East Bay Atheists, along with Atheist Advocates of SF, spearheads atheist political activism in the Bay Area. In July we called for a protest at the Oakland Zoo, demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on city property. Several days before our protest, the Commandments were removed. We recently attended a Santa Clara City Council meeting, along with other activists, in support of removing a cross from a city park. We are working on crosses in Redwood City and Albany, both on public property. If you feel that social events, lectures and cultural events are not enough, you are our people. Please join us.