June Festivals: Volunteers Needed
Saturday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Minnesota Atheists will have a booth at the Juneteenth Festival again this year. It is one of the ways in which we reach out to communities that are underrepresented in the organized atheist movement. Juneteenth commemorates the day, in 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The festival takes place at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis (east side of Hwy. 94 North and 49th Ave. North). (Note: The Camden Bridge crossing the Mississippi River on 42nd Ave. N. is closed for repairs.) If you would be willing to help staff our booth, please contact August Berkshire at (612) 284-4495.
Twin Cities Gay Pride Festival & Parade
Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27
This is the first of five Gay Pride festivals that Minnesota Atheists participates in every year. Equal treatment under the law for all citizens (guaranteed by the 14th Amendment) has become one of the most visible state/church issues of our day. A victory by any group is a victory for all of us.
We’ll be staffing a booth in Loring Park in Minneapolis on Saturday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. We’re looking for 18 volunteers to help staff the booth in two-person, two-hour shifts. Please contact Matthew Richardson at (612) 522-5078 if you can help.
On Sunday at 11:00 a.m. we’ll participate in the Pride March in downtown Minneapolis. The parade lines up along 3rd St. S. and proceeds down Hennepin Ave. to Loring Park.
Everyone who staffs our booth or marches with us gets a free Minnesota Atheists t-shirt! We welcome members of all freethought groups to march with us (though parade rules will only allow our Minnesota Atheists sign).
We hope to see you at one or more of these events. Let’s get this summer off to a great start!