(Denver, Colorado, August 5, 2014) "Don't believe in a god? Join the celebration."
These words, superimposed over an image of a crowd of conference attendees, now appear on a prominent billboard at 21st and California Streets in Downtown Denver. It will remain up through the third annual Colorado Secular Conference.
This conference is being held Friday evening, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, in Aurora, Colorado, at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast at 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014. The theme is "Celebrating Secular Diversity" and includes a lineup of national secular speakers and local activists. More information is available at http://www.cosecularconference.org .
The billboard has been placed by the Colorado Coalition of Reason (COCORE), an alliance of twenty-eight atheist, freethought and humanist groups working together across the state. They are each listed and described at https://unitedcor.org/colorado/page/groups.
This campaign is the latest in a nationwide effort. Previous billboard and bus ad campaigns have been launched in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
"The point of our ongoing nationwide awareness campaign is to reach out to the millions of atheists and agnostics living in the United States," explained Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason. "Such non-theists sometimes don't realize there's a community for them because they're inundated with religious messages at every turn. We hope our effort will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren't alone."
Reaching out to the like-minded isn't the only goal of the coalition: "We hope people across Colorado will discover we are a regular part of the community," said Tom Kellogg, coordinator of COCORE. "We live all over the state and are your friends and neighbors, family members and coworkers. You might even find some of us sitting next to you at community events."
"Being visible is important to us," Edwords concluded, "because, in our society, atheists and agnostics don't often know many people like themselves. Moreover, if traditionally religious people can be open about their views, why can't we be open about ours?"
For high-res images of the billboard, free for media use, go to www.COCORE.org .
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The Colorado Coalition of Reason is made up of twenty-eight atheist, freethought and humanist groups working together across the state to foster a sense of community among the like-minded and raise public awareness that people who don't believe in a god can be decent citizens who contribute to the larger society.
The United Coalition of Reason is made up of 75 local coalitions nationwide and works to raise the visibility and sense of unity among non-theistic groups.
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He is available for interviews near the billboard.