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January 2019

 

2018 was a busy first year! We were, at times, overwhelmed with state/church violation reports. Some of these reports we have had experience with and can tell the person who reported what their best course of action would be, or investigate their concerns ourselves while keeping their identity confidential. Other, more egregious reports, we take directly to our legal council to get a clearer legal review of the violations.

We also had a great year of community service and activism!

. We donated a van full of winter-wear items to Michiana Five for the Homeless. We donated another van full of winter clothes to the Shepherd’s Cove Clothing Pantry that are given for free or at a small cost to community members who need them. Teaming up with Michiana Skeptics for an Adopt-A-Family fundraiser was a huge success. We raised over $1,700.00 and were able to help 6 local families who needed help over the holiday.

 

ACTIVISM


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NIA HOLIDAY DISPLAY AT THE COUNTY-CITY BUILDING IN SOUTH BEND

After requesting multiple times over several months and finally having the FFRF lawyers send them a letter, it looks like the county-city building has no choice but to allow us to install our NIA holiday display in their lobby alongside the nativity scene and FFRF's Bill of Rights Nativity. Happy Holidays!


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elkhart central public high school

NIA has tabled and sponsored three LGBTQ events where we handed out free swag and celebrated PRIDE with the community. We've tabled three "Families Belong Together" rallies across Northern Indiana where we supplied hundreds of free protest signs. Most recently, we tabled the IUSB Welcome Back Fair and talked to dozens of college students (and professors) who were overjoyed to learn there is a community of like-minded people supporting them and fighting for their rights. Every single time we go out into public, we are enthusiastically welcomed by fellow atheists and our rational religious allies and always sign up new members. We will be looking for more tabling opportunities in the future. Let us know if you have any suggestions!


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homeless protests

After requesting multiple times over several months and finally having the FFRF lawyers send them a letter, it looks like the county-city building has no choice but to allow us to install our NIA holiday display in their lobby alongside the nativity scene and FFRF's Bill of Rights Nativity. Happy Holidays!


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DEMANDING EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC SPACES

For the last three years, Courtside Ministries has set up a "Need Prayer?" table on the Elkhart County Courthouse lawn every Friday morning to interact with (sometimes even pestering) the foot traffic going in and out of the courthouse. Hey, we have a table! So we contacted the county commissioners and requested equal access to that public space. After shutting down their excuses why we couldn't have equal access, and catching them in a few lies, they have no choice but to allow us equal access or allow no one equal access. We plan to set up a table soon. How that will work is currently being discussed.


COMMUNITY


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HELPING THE HOMELESS

NIA is working with Michiana Five for the Homeless to supply new and gently used winter clothing to the homeless and needy in our community. You can bring a donation to any of our events for donation. This is an ongoing clothing drive as the need in the community is constant. Michiana Five for the Homeless is a religious organization ,but they do not discriminate when it comes to the homeless they serve or to any member of the community who wishes to support their efforts. “We do not care who you are or what your personal beliefs are, if you care about the homeless in any way whether it’s for religious beliefs or simply humanitarian beliefs, we need you, and we’re glad to have your support!” NIA is more than willing to workwith any religious organization when our end goals match and they don't discriminate along the way. The non-christian community is not well served when it comes to social services. If you now of any secular or non-discriminating religious organization we can work with, let us know!


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HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED

NIA is working with Michiana Five for the Homeless to supply new and gently used winter clothing to the homeless and needy in our community. You can bring a donation to any of our events for donation. This is an ongoing clothing drive as the need in the community is constant. Michiana Five for the Homeless is a religious organization ,but they do not discriminate when it comes to the homeless they serve or to any member of the community who wishes to support their efforts. “We do not care who you are or what your personal beliefs are, if you care about the homeless in any way whether it’s for religious beliefs or simply humanitarian beliefs, we need you, and we’re glad to have your support!” NIA is more than willing to workwith any religious organization when our end goals match and they don't discriminate along the way. The non-christian community is not well served when it comes to social services. If you now of any secular or non-discriminating religious organization we can work with, let us know!


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ADOPT-A-FAMILY

NIA is working with Michiana Five for the Homeless to supply new and gently used winter clothing to the homeless and needy in our community. You can bring a donation to any of our events for donation. This is an ongoing clothing drive as the need in the community is constant. Michiana Five for the Homeless is a religious organization ,but they do not discriminate when it comes to the homeless they serve or to any member of the community who wishes to support their efforts. “We do not care who you are or what your personal beliefs are, if you care about the homeless in any way whether it’s for religious beliefs or simply humanitarian beliefs, we need you, and we’re glad to have your support!” NIA is more than willing to workwith any religious organization when our end goals match and they don't discriminate along the way. The non-christian community is not well served when it comes to social services. If you now of any secular or non-discriminating religious organization we can work with, let us know!


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links to educational resources

We have a lot of atheist and secular resource links on our website: https://northernindianaatheists.com/education/ - If there are other educational resources you would like to see us promote, please let us know.


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speakers and lectures

NIA is an affiliate of American Atheists with access to their speakers bureau. We are looking forward to booking educational presentations and lectures.

 


SOCIAL


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join us for our first social event

Join us Wednesday, September 5 from 7-9pm at The Indiana Whiskey Company (under 21 welcome!), 1115 W Sample St, South Bend for an informal discussion about everything above and more! "More" being $5 drinks and free Bruno's pizza. Don't forget to bring a winter clothing item, socks or underwear to be donated to people who are homeless in Michiana.
https://www.facebook.com/events/203851030464651/
https://www.meetup.com/Northern-Indiana.../events/253817838/


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We'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to email any questions, comments, suggestions, state/church violations, anything you'd like to discuss to Troy Moss at president@northernindianaatheists.com

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!