Take Action: How to be An Effective Citizen Lobbyist!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sarah LevinPHILADELPHIA — The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to present Legislative Associate Sarah Levin with the Secular Coalition for America (SCA), the first national lobbying group advocating for nontheists, at its next gathering on Thursday, April 9, 7:00 PM at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr).

Levin’s presentation “Taking Action: How to be a Citizen Lobbyist” will take a look at the newest demographic of religiously-unaffiliated Americans, a group that comprises the largest “religious” demographic in the country, with its numbers continuing to grow each year. As a result, it’s now more important than ever to organize and train secular activists at the local level to impact public policy. Come and hear how can you make an impact as a secular activist, how even busy folks with families can incorporate secular activism into their hectic lives, and how one event in Washington, D.C. can inspire and prepare you to become engaged in the political process.

Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Levin’s activities this past year at the Secular Coalition for America include being the Project Manager of the #KnitABrick Campaign and the Video Coordinator for the Openly Secular campaign, preparing weekly updates on secular community activities for the SCA National Update Call, producing and editing media materials as needed including op-eds and videos, managing the SCA Internship program, and conducting outreach to secular and allied communities throughout the United States to build a grassroots base of support.

She also has a blog — Applied Sentience, A National Platform the Next Generation of Humanist Thinkers — at http://appliedsentience.com/author/sarahmarielevin. As the Parent &Community Coordinator for AmeriCorps/VISTA, Levin implemented 36 bilingual English/Spanish educational workshops tailored to low-income immigrant and refugee families in southern Arlington, Virginia; recruited local experts in the community to voluntarily lead workshops on a range of topics, including family literacy, financial literacy, and navigating the American school system; generated a 150 percent increase in average workshop attendance within seven months; liaised with parents enrolled in Greenbrier Learning Center’s after school program; provided crisis assistance in cases of homelessness and domestic violence; established and maintained relationships with nonprofit organizations in the community; interpreted presentations from both English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English as necessary; and designed and distributed bilingual promotional materials.

Levin graduated cum laude from American University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a regional focus on the Middle East. While there, she was a leader of the Rationalist and Atheist student group. She also serves as the Secular Student Alliance’s Volunteer Network Coordinator for secular student groups in the Washington, D.C. area.

Levin will be speaking on ThursdayApril 97:00 PM at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr). A SEPTA stop is located across the street from the library. For more information, contact:

 

Glen Loev, Freethought Society Vice-President                 

Phone: 610-420-2808                                                         

Email: Glen@FtSociety.org


Tom Melchiorre, Freethought Society Board Member
Email:  
FreethoughtSociety@TomMelchiorre.com
Phone: 610-960-2558

 

March-April 2015 FS Newsletter

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In the newsletter you will find the following articles:

  • Protesting BSA Assemblies in Public Schools by Margaret Downey
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation Weighs In
  • More Help From Friends
  • Homophobia in American African Migrant Churches by Leo Igwe
  • The Real Life “Evil Spell” That is Killing Haiti by Billy Almoza
  • Two Movie Recommendations by Dennis Middlebrooks
  • Religious Bullying: Money Before Spirituality by Alberta Parish
  • Secular Coalition For America 2015 Lobby Day Flyer
  • The Freethought Society’s 2015 Multi-Month Calendar
  • Donation, Information, and Volunteer Page

Click here to read the March-April 2015 Newsletter

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!  If the newsletter inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number, email address, and mailing address.

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations. We want supporters to stay informed at all times. To keep updated about events, meetings and issues, please sign up to participate in the FS Discussion List.

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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

West Coast Friggatriskaidekaphobia Party Feb. 13, 2015

The Backyard Skeptics, the Freethought Alliance and the Freethought Society have joined together to bring the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Party (Fear of Friday the 13th) on Friday the 13th of February, 2015.  It will be held at the Howard Johnson Inn Fullerton Hotel and Conference Center, 22 W. Houston Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832  (714) 922-1700. (Discounted Rooms available while they last- mention “Friday the 13th Party)

Cost is $13.13 for Early Registration, $15 at the door.  

RSVP and Pay $13.13 now by clicking here:  www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=FJKB5XERPY5YG  (Payment collected by the Freethought Alliance via PayPal.)

See the flyer below for full information, entertainment, guest lists and more. For more information, please visit or contact us via www.Friggatriskaidekaphobia.comFtSociety.org or the FreethoughtAlliance.org.

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January-February 2015 FS Newsletter

Click here to read the newsletter:   January-February-2015-FS-News-Web

In the newsletter you will find the following articles:

  • The First Secular Day of the Dead Celebration by Margaret Downey
  • The Lively Celebration of the First Secular Day of the Dead  by Victoria de la Torre
  • Photos of the First Secular Day of the Dead  
  • Voting Beneath the “Head of Christ”  by Wayne Trotta
  • Advocating for the 2014 West Chester, PA Tree of Knowledge by Margaret Downey
  • The Las Vegas, Nevada 2014 Tree of Knowledge by Margaret Downey
  • The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014 Tree of Knowledge by Margaret Downey
  • Promotional Flier for the February 13, 2015 Anti-Superstition Bash and Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Event by Carol Everhart Roper
  • School District Under Fire for Hosting Scouts Assembly  by Tim Cwiek  (First Published in the Philadelphia Gay News on December 11, 2014)
  • The Movie Scene by Dennis Middlebrooks
  • The Freethought Society’s 2015 Four-Month Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

Click here to read the newsletter:   January-February-2015-FS-News-Web

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!  If the newsletter inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number, email address, and mailing address.

Special events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations. We want supporters to stay informed at all times. To keep updated about events, meetings and issues, please sign up to participate in the FS Discussion List.

Check for upcoming events at the FS Meet Up page.

Like FS on Facebook!

Follow FS on Twitter.

The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

The 2014 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge event 12/7/2014

The 2014 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge

Book This Event for a Secular Holiday Season

ToK2014Please plan to celebrate the 2014 winter season in a festive freethought fashion by attending a Tree of Knowledge decorating special event! The Tree of Knowledge will be placed in the lobby of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) at 11:00 AM on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The Freethought Society (FS) is proud to join with EHSP for this celebration of openness, education, and freedom of conscience. EHSP is located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

The Tree of Knowledge will be decorated around noon following an EHSP program featuring an address by Hugh Taft-Morales entitled, “Great Awakenings.”

Taft-Morales will explore the First Great Awakening that brought an angry god to America at the beginning of the 18th century, the Second Great Awakening fueling public social reform early in the 19th century, and the 20th century wave of progressivism that woke government up to its responsibility for ordinary citizens. Taft-Morales will conclude by advocating for a contemporary “great awakening” of secular government and a culture of humanism and freethought.

The Tree of Knowledge became a winter symbol for the nontheist community in 2007, originally placed on the lawn of the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Despite appeals for openness and acceptance, Chester County Commissioners have prevented the nontheist community’s symbol from being included in any the traditional winter holiday display since 2010. EHSP welcomed The Tree of Knowledge display with excitement and full support for the diversity it represents.

Margaret Downey, President of FS said, “This is the fourth year that we’ve celebrated the winter season with a Tree of Knowledge at the Ethical Humanist Society. It started as a symbol of inclusion and sharing in this region but The Tree of Knowledge has since become a tradition, not just in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but throughout the world.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring two color copies of the front of a favorite book to the December 7th event. A laminator and other craft materials will be available for those color copies to be made into an ornament. The ornament can be placed on the Ethical Society’s Tree of Knowledge or used for a home display.

Downey and FS board members Jennifer Taylor and Patti Butcheck will be making the ornaments at 1:00 PM in the upstairs meeting room.

Enjoy the Taft-Morales EHSP presentation on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM, and stay for The Tree of Knowledge decorating party and noon! Both events are free and open to the public.

 

To view photos of previous Tree of Knowledge displays, see:       https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xaadwcswcszxvij/AAA2JyLkjtUEpQJq6lV72DZta?dl=0

For more information, contact:

Margaret Downey, FS President

Phone: 610.793.2737

Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org                                              

Hugh Taft-Morales, EHSP Leader

Phone: 215.735.3456

Email: LeaderHugh@phillyethics.org