THREE-DAY SECULAR SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN SACRAMENTO

MEDIA ADVISORY

October 6, 2015

Contact: David Diskin, Chair of the Board for Sacramento Freethought Day, 209-610‑0651, [email protected]

Beginning on Saturday, October 10, 2015, a multi-day summit will be held in Sacramento, including a “freethought festival” on the lawn of the California State Capitol Building. Atheists, Humanists, and “nones”, will gather to advocate for progressive values, support the development and advancement of nontheistic thought, support the separation of church and state, encourage rational thought and scientific inquiry, and provide a safe environment where Humanists, other non-theists, and those who are open to the values of secularism can work together to move society forward with a firm reliance on reason and humanity.

THREE DAYS:

+ Secular Leadership Day (Saturday) aims to energize secular advocates and group organizers of California and equip them with new tools and techniques to grow the secular community, improve their organizations, and network with one another.

+ Freethought Day (Sunday), a free event, brings together hundreds of atheists, Humanists, and “nones” to enjoy a day full of great speakers, live entertainment, and community awareness. The event is family-friendly with children’s activities, and donations are accepted.

+ Secular Advocacy Day (Monday) connects secular constituents with their elected officials to express secular values, representing the estimated 33% of Californians who are non-religious.

WHO:
Some of the featured speakers for the weekend include:
+ David Diskin — Chair of the Board of Sacramento Freethought Day, and Coordinator of the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason
+ Jason Torpy — President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (www.militaryatheists.org)
+Tom Manger — Executive Member of the Secular Coalition for California (ca.secular.org)
+ Mandisa Thomas — President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. (www.blacknonbelievers.wordpress.com) and Coordinator of the Atlanta Coalition of Reason (www.atlcor.org)
+ UnitedCoR’s Executive Director — Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason (www.unitedcor.org)
+ Chris Johnson — Director of the Documentary “A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God”

Speakers’ bios and more can be found at: www.freethoughtday.org

WHEN:
Saturday, October 10th at 10:00 a.m. through Monday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
+ Saturday: Disclosed to Registered Participants, Members of the Press
+ Sunday: California State Capitol Building, South Lawn
+ Monday: California State Capitol Building, Room TBA

WHY:
Freethought Day recognizes that religion and dogma have no place in government, and that the separation of church and state is vital to our growth as a nation. The day also celebrates science, critical thought, and a strong commitment to our community.

The three-day event provides an opportunity for non-believers to stand together and gives us a public voice, allowing us to reach out and connect with even more people who share our philosophy, and helps us continue the journey of building a strong and vibrant Humanist community. When we discover that we’re not alone, we are encouraged to enthusiastically live lives in a way that reflects our values. What makes life for Humanists, atheists and other non-believers so exciting is the infinite discoveries – unbounded by supernatural beliefs – that await to be revealed through reason, logic and open-minded curiosity.

We’ve all seen posts on social media about bad science, overblown anecdotes, far-fetched hoaxes, and fear mongering. Skeptical thinking, for many people, is at an all-time low. People are getting heath advice from self-proclaimed dietary experts and pushers of alternative medicine. The effects are hurting us from low vaccination rates to a stagnant fight against climate change. And worse, the public perception of science, non-religion, and the secularity of our Constitution is polarizing and volatile. To help change this for the better, our theme for 2015 is “Spread the Reason“.

MORE INFORMATION:
More information about the summit can be found at www.freethoughtday.org.

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Sacramento Freethought Day at www.freethoughtday.org combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It’s a festival of freethought with speakers and live entertainment, family activities, an authors’ panel with Q&A, and more!

Sacramento Coalition of Reason at www.sacramentocor.org represents sixteen non-theistic groups and is proud to help secular individuals find groups and events so that they can meet like-minded individuals throughout the Sacramento region.

The United Coalition of Reason at www.unitedcor.org is a non-profit organization that helps local nontheistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, increase membership, and have a greater impact in their local areas.

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For more information, please contact:
David Diskin
Chair of the Board
Sacramento Freethought Day
(209) 610-0651
[email protected]

UnitedCoR’s Executive Director
Executive Director
United Coalition of Reason (based in Washington, DC)
(202) 744-1553
[email protected]