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Meet Lyz Liddell, the Exec Director of the 2016 Reason Rally

Are you planning or considering to attend the 2016 Reason Rally being held on June 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.? Do you seek more information and help in planning your trip? If so, you are invited to attend the Thursday, March 31, 2016 meeting to get answers to all your questions.

Join us at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010 on 3/31/16, at 7:00 PM.

Bring your questions and ideas, whether you plan to spend the entire weekend in the Washington, D.C. area or are just attending the Reason Rally one-day event. We will be discussing food, volunteers needed to represent The Freethought Society, activities, and addressing all concerns. We will also connect to Lyz Liddell, the Executive Director of the 2016 Reason Rally, via Skype. She will take questions from the audience and give us an update on who will be speaking and performing. She will also provide an overview of all the related Reason Rally activities being planned before, during and after the event.Lyz-Liddell-3

Please visit the Reason Rally 2016 website at ReasonRally.org.

March April 2016 Freethought Society

Click here to see the March/April 2016 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine. In this publication you will find the following articles:

  • The Thomas Paine Memorial Foundation Receives Boost!
    by Margaret Downey
  • From Fearful Times to Thoughtful Rhymes
    by Buck
  • Bowen Letters/Emails to the Editor: Why and How by Bob Hoffman Deconstructing “God Bless America”
    by Tim Law
  • It’s Freethought Society Nomination Time/Descriptions and Nomination Form
  • The Freethought Society’s 2016 Four-Month Calendar
  • Flyer for the Reason Rally Bus Effort
  • Flyer for the Freethought Society Participation in the Reason Rally
  • Donation, Information, and Volunteer Page

 

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 Ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number 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

January February 2016 Newsletter

Click here for the January-February 2016 Newsletter

In the newsletter you will find the following articles:

Chester County Commissioners Reject Nontheist Winter Holiday Symbol, Again! by Margaret Downey

The Integrity and Humility of Science by Hugh Taft-Morales

Photos of the 2015 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge Event

Photos of the 10-Year Anniversary of the Kitzmiller/Dover Decision

A Public Nontheist Veterans Day Celebration by Margaret Downey

Photos of the 2015 Verterans Day Celebration

The Freethought Society’s 2016 Four-Month Calendar

Another Fantastic Secular Day of the Dead Event by Margaret Downey

Photos of the 2015 Secular Day of the Dead Event

Reason Rally Bus Flyer

Reason Rally Donation Flyer

Donation and Information Page

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 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

Stephen Eric Bronner presents his topic

It is our pleasure and honor to host Stephen Eric Bronner on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 as he presents his interesting topic, “The New Bigot.”  

Stephen Eric Bronner

Stephen Eric Bronner

 

Bronner will address the way in which there is a new and more important form of bigotry targeting groups that have always been victims, but with a different type of language. Unless the tactics of the new bigot are understood, it becomes even more difficult to oppose this type of prejudice.

The presentation will take place at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn MawrPennsylvania 19010 at 7:00 PM.

 

Bonner is a professor in the department of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is currently Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the Graduate Faculties of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Rutgers University. He is also Director of Global Relations, Executive Committee of the UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights.

Sole Searching

Want to help? Please visit our Helping Hands page to learn more about how the Freethought Society continues to give back to our community, and how you can make a difference!

Sole Searching

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to continue another project to benefit the homeless community. Donate your gently worn shoes at an FS event or at a monthly meeting. All donations will be acknowledged with a “thank you” and receipt that can be used for tax deduction purposes.

Large boxes filled with shoes will be delivered to a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania. Please note that shoes with high heels are not appropriate for donation.

The more sturdy the shoe, the better! Boots, work and sport shoes are best. Please do not donate over-used and/or dirty shoes.

Thanks in advance for looking through your closet and locating shoes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider yourself sole-searching. There is no such thing as an out-of-style shoe in the homeless community. All flat-style shoes can be of use and will be greatly appreciated.

Please “step up” to participate and imagine what it is like to “walk in the shoes” of a homeless person.

Sole Searching

Jump into the Jean Pool

The Freethought Society (FS) is proud to continue the “Jeans Only Clothing Drive.” Donate your gently worn jeans at an FS event or monthly meeting. Jeans are too heavy to ship, so an inperson donation is necessary. All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes. When FS fills a large box with donated jeans, the box will be delivered to a homeless shelter in Pennsylvania. This type of “Jean Therapy” can benefit many people who are in need of sturdy clothing. FS seeks all sizes, including jeans for children, young adults and seniors. Please do not donate stained, ripped or torn jeans. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to donate to this effort.

Watch Meetup, the FS Discussion GroupFacebook and the quarterly newsletter for announcements about the next opportunity to donate. Local businesses can be asked to participate in this collection. Let’s find merchants who are willing to help. Please contact FS to request a poster that can be used to gather jeans from the public-at-large.

Jump Into the Jean Pool

Partnering to Help the Homeless

The Freethought Society’s (FS) Helping Hands Committee has partnered with a local homeless shelter to provide needed items. Safe Harbor is a homeless shelter located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Safe Harbor is located at 20 North Matlack Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The facility has been open for over twenty years. During frequent visits to the facility, no religious literature or symbols are displayed. Safe Harbor is known specifically as a secular non-discriminatory 501(c)3 non-profit organization. There is no religious testing for services, the facility does not promote, endorse or support any particular religious belief. All visitors are welcome.

There are many jobs to do at Safe Harbor. Volunteers are needed for laundry duty, health advocacy (scheduling doctor appointments, providing transportation to doctors and hospitals, etc.), cleaning, and maintenance of the facility. Please visit www.safeharborofgwc.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Twice a year (in celebration of Spring and/or Winter), FS would like to provide some of the following items needed at Safe Harbor:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Windex, bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, Clorox wipes, all-purpose spray cleaner, dish detergent, Brillo pads, Magic Erasers, cleaning rags

Women’s Needs

  • Panties, sports bras, socks, slippers, feminine hygiene products, pajama pants

Personal Care Items

  • Deodorant, razors, shaving cream, Tylenol/Advil, cold medicine, cough drops/lozenges

Food Items

  • Individual snack packs, coffee, creamer, cups, sugar/sugar substitute packets, powdered juice mix, iced tea mix

Men’s Needs

  • Boxers, undershirts, socks, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, pajama pants

Miscellaneous

  • Bus tokens, paper towels and napkins, tote bags, duffle bags, backpacks, hats, scarves, gloves

Donations can be given at any FS meeting. The items will be delivered to Safe Harbor. A tax-deduction receipt will be provided to donors requesting one.

Helping the Homeless