Atheist Organizing and Activism in Small-Town Minnesota
Our guest speaker for March will be Ken Kressin. Ken organized the Cannon Falls Freethinkers group about three years ago – shortly after an episode at his daughter’s high school set him on an unexpected journey. Before that, Ken was an apathetic atheist and was unfamiliar with the basic tenets of skepticism, humanism, or atheism. Ken now considers himself an atheist acDvist and organizer in Cannon Falls. He has helped motivate dozens of residents to write over a hundred printed letters to the local newspaper on the subject of religion and non-belief. Much of his summer and fall was spent protesting against the Minnesota marriage amendment–eventually becoming a conspicuous counter to the activities of the local Catholic Church.
His family and other area atheists have helped organize and support local events; including Roy Zimmerman concerts, weekend camping, highway cleanup, and book club meetings. Ken will share these experiences and how they might apply to new atheist organizations in small towns, what is different about small town organizing, and how these new organizations might work together with Minnesota Atheists and the larger atheist community to increase our overall visibility, impact, and contribution.
Please join us!
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Where: Roseville Library 2180 Hamline Avenue Roseville
1:00-1:15 – Social Time
1:15-1:45 – Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 – Break
2:00-3:30 – Kressin Presentation
4:00 – Dinner at Panda Garden Buffet