The Institute for Global Education will do an altar for the Grand Rapids Public Library Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Altars are built on October 26 and will be on display from October 27 to November 1.
There will be a workshop at IGE (1118 Wealthy St SE) on Saturday October 22 at 2pm to design our altar. Isabel Villaire will help.
We need names of people to include with days of birth and death, pictures, a few sentences on how they were important to IGE and ideas of what we should include (e.g. books, globes).
So far people who have been suggested include:
Betty Reid Ford
Constance Powell Locke
Ed Prong (9/29/1918 – 9/16/2016)
Jesu Malinowski (spelling needs to be corrected)
Phillip Villaire (2/6/1936 – 2/4/1993)
Sr Hellen LaValley
Sr Jackie Hudson
Donations to IGE in their honor are welcome. Use PayPal on the Web Site or send checks to
Institute for Global Education
1118 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Please pass this on to friends and encourage them to participate, give us names and visit the library for the event.
Last time, we traveled to the The Jim Crow Museum of Racial Intolerance in Big Rapids. The intent of the museum is to promote healing, social activism, and the discussion of race and relations.
Since it is difficult to process alone and frankly upsetting, let’s talk about it. Let’s think deeply about better ways and places to live, learning from the ugliness of the past rather than dwelling upon it, while potlucking with coffee and good people.
We will be asking: What has changed in your lifetime? What did your elders tell you? Does discrimination alter what we actually, physically, perceive? Do we live in a police state now? Are we, or can we be, post-racist? How does racism compare to sexism, nationalism, immigration or homophobia? Where does policy and poverty factor in to all of this? What are we hardwired to do and what can we do about it? What are your thoughts on social engineering (for good)?
If you are white and full of yourself, we might throw peanuts at you!
Then we will go forth, braver and more buoyant, tummies full (maybe with peanuts). B(us)YOB if it helps!
Freethought Cafe is at Institute for Global Education, 1118 Wealthy St. SE noon – 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9
Oct 16 we will meet at 1819 Oakwood for a special Halloween screening of Arsenic and Old Lace, with “elderberry wine” for everyone! Coming in costume encouraged! Cary Grant lookalikes encouraged to attend!
Fighting Cancer Fundraiser for Chester Lowe
Institute for Global Education Office, 1118 Wealthy Street (just west of Wealthy Theater)
showing “Free State of Jones”
offering pizza and beverages
Sunday Oct 9, 2 PM
Freethought Cafe Field trip to the Jim Crow Museum of Racial Intolerance
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Carpool to Big Rapids (less than an hour drive) and tour the museum at Ferris State. We will meet to discuss what we saw and felt in two weeks on October 9.
Meet at 11 a.m. in the lot on the corner of Ann NE and Monroe NW. We will want to get to the museum before the homecoming football crowds come in.
Vision For Black Lives: Discussion & Action Group
Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
at Institute for Global Education, 1118 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Centering Black voices, let’s come together to review the incredible document “A Vision for Black Lives”, a massive collaborative effort initiated by The Movement for Black Lives.
Let’s discuss how this could work in Grand Rapids based on priorities and goals of local Black leadership, and collaboratively work towards creating an action plan.
Please review the demands document at https://policy.m4bl.org/beforehand.
IMPORTANT: White SURJ participants: come to listen, bring a snack to share, drinks to share, and notepads and pens to share.
Contact Marie at (616) 446-3622
Justice for Rasmea Odeh–Tuesday, September 22 update, 7:00pm at IGE
Institute for Global Education is at 1118 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Rasmea Odeh is the target of U.S. government repression because she stands for equality, freedom and justice. Rasmea Odeh is a “serve the people” leader of the Arab American community in Chicago, an icon of the Palestinian liberation movement, and a determined activist for equality and justice for women and all oppressed peoples.
Two years ago the U.S. government raided and arrested her, put her on trial for a minor immigration paper work problem, and is attempting to imprison and deport her. In an unfair trial where she was not allowed to talk about being tortured by the Israeli Military, she was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in prison and then deportation to a country other than her own. This trial was overturned by an appeals court in Cincinnati. A victory for the movement in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh.
At 69, Rasmea Odeh embodies the life long struggle of the Palestinian people to be free from colonization and occupation. We ask you to come here a report on her case, build the solidarity movement with Rasmea Odeh, and attend her next court hearing in Detroit on Tuesday, November 29 in front of Judge Drain.
Tom Burke with the Committee to Stop FBI Repression at www.StopFBI.net will make a short presentation and then discuss organizing solidarity with Rasmea Odeh.
Dunbar’s Number Theory on Sunday from 12-2pm
Does Dunbar’s Number theory offer insights into why humans act as we do?
Are there implications for our cities, workplaces, or government? This discussion will have no formal moderator and may go anyplace! Will Free Will be pondered? You bet!
Potluck as usual!
Everyone is welcome 🙂
Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.
Upcoming Free Thought events:
September 25, 2016 we will road trip to the museum in Big Rapids
We will have a discussion on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 12-2pm
IGE Talks vote
IGE Talks -Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 pm
“How to vote… step one, register.”
This IGE Talks follows up on our popular July IGE Talks, “Meet Your Candidates for the Aug. 2 Primary
Joy Murphy of the AARP voter education program and a precinct chairperson will tell you everything you need to know about the election process. The League of Women Voters is slated to appear also. We present no candidate or proposal information, just procedural information. There’ll be time for public questions and discussion and snacks. And we will have voter registration forms.
Web site: www.igegr.org
Chris Hedges “The Algebra Revolution”
View this interesting talk by Chris Hedges about the times of revolution we are living in at this moment. There will be time for discussion before and after the video.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
6:30pm at the IGE Office, 1118 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506