Poverty, Hunger, Racial Inequality Supersized Amid Coronavirus

Before the coronavirus outbreak, food insecurity was already a serious problem in the United States. In 2018, 1 in 9 residents were food insecure—that’s 37 million people, including 11 million children. Poverty already hindered the well-being of 38.1 million U.S. residents, including 16% of the nation’s children. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons…

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Anti-Homeless Laws Across the U.S. Criminalize Survival

U.S. cities with a high number of people without housing keep passing new laws to push unhoused people out of view. Camping is often banned, as well as sleeping in public and living in vehicles. People are routinely evicted from encampments, many losing their belongings. Government restriction of these essential, life-sustaining activities criminalizes the very…

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Food Insecurity Rising Rapidly: Who Is Being Affected?

Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food to live an active, healthy lifestyle. It might mean that sometimes you have enough food and sometimes you have healthy food but rarely do you have enough healthy food. Food insecurity is at the worst…

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Fire devastates enormous Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

More than 400 people are missing and 15 confirmed dead after a fire at the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. An estimated 45,122 people have been affected — mostly all Rohingya, who fled Myanmar from ethnic cleansing in 2017. Many are seeking shelter in nearby camps, friends or families’ shelters, and learning centers, according…

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June & July Beyond Belief Network Roundup

Volunteers in the Beyond Belief Network (BBN) have been staying busy this summer despite the pandemic, and so have we. So busy, in fact, we fell behind on publishing our monthly BBN roundups! We won’t let volunteers’ hard work go unrecognized, so this month we’ve put together a BBN Roundup looking at what secular volunteers…

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Compounding Disasters During COVID19

Disasters don’t happen in isolation. Never has that been more true than today. Hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes are not cancelled because we are dealing with COVID-19. There is no part of disaster response and recovery in 2020 that will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A pandemic means responding to emergencies is harder and…

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The Radical Past and Present of Mutual Aid

In the past couple months, you may have noticed an explosion of mutual aid societies responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—groups which share housing, food, health care, goods, or transportation while drawing attention to the politics of inequity. The idea is nothing new. Frequently-cited historical examples of mutual aid organizations include unions, 19th century Friendly Societies,…

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As Blood Supply Dwindles, Humanists Call on FDA to Reevaluate Further its Discriminatory Blood Donation Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Mon., May 4, 2020) Barker, TX. — Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), an international secular humanist charity whose work includes recovery efforts following disasters and humanitarian crises, is partnering with the American Humanist Association (AHA) to ask for further reforms to the U.S. FDA’s anti-gay blood donation policy.

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COVID-19 or Not, My Sister’s House Services Are Essential

My Sister's House was FBB's 1st Quarter Humanist Grant recipient in the category of Human Rights. It’s kind of ironic: COVID-19 and My Sister’s House's 19th anniversary. The theme of My Sister’s House 19th Anniversary Gala this year was “together”, and together we are all impacted by the coronavirus. My Sister’s House services are needed…

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Sew, you want to help stop COVID-19? Read this first.

Spurred on by news reports of the extreme shortage of protective equipment for healthcare workers, some individuals and organizations are sewing cloth face masks to help fill the gap until supplies of commercial face masks are replenished. Some desperate hospitals are encouraging mask-making and providing volunteers with sewing templates.

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