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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 10, 2021

California State Capitol Building

2021 Schedule

Oct 7 (Thu) at 6 pm:
Volunteer Dinner

A special volunteer-only dinner to thank those who have given their time to make Freethought Day a success. We'll dine at 6:00 PM. Learn about volunteering.

Oct 9 (Sat) at 10 Am:
Leadership Day

Volunteers, leaders, and advocates are invited to join us from 10 AM - 4 PM for a day of networking, workshops, information sharing, and more.

Oct 9 (Sat) at 7 pm:
Fundraising Reception

Our Fundraising Reception features live entertainment, an open bar, appetizers, and desserts, and the company of many of our speakers. Join us for an amazing evening that supports this event.

Oct 10 (Sun): Freethought Day 2021

The following details are being updated from our prior year and will likely be changed.

Please note that our schedule is subject to last-minute changes, and we're still filling in a few surprises.

10:30

Capitol Tour

Pre-Registration required. Ends at 11:45am.

11:00

Registration Opens

Visit the community tables, authors, and registration to buy books, gifts, and more.

11:45

Pre-Ordered Lunches Arrive

Available for purchase when registering online, until Oct 10.

Noon

Victoria de la TorreIntroductions, Victoria de la Torre, Secular Celebrant, Emcee

Welcome, opening remarks, and recognition of our sponsors.

12:05

David Diskin

Opening remarks from the president of California Freethought Day.

12:10

Recognition for Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-6)

Jared HuffmanFor the last several years, Jared has done an outstanding job representing California’s secular population. In an interview with the Washington Post, he identified as a Humanist. Most recently, he challenged the notion that Congressional witnesses must first declare an oath to God prior to their testimony.

Rep. Huffman regrets that he cannot attend the event due to recent surgery. He will be providing us with an acceptance speech which we will read at the very start of Freethought Day.

12:20

Sean O'Brien

Sean will be performing as Robert Ingersoll (1833 – 1899), a lawyer, Civil War veteran, politician, and a very well known public speaker... often advertised as "The Great Agnostic."

12:25

Hemant MehtaHemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist

Hemant has been featured on CNN, FOX News, and in the Wall Street Journal, and served on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Student Alliance.

12:55

Break

1:05

Authors' and Podcasters' Panel

Thomas Westbrook Erin Louis ɘlbe spurling Timothy Savage Dawn Lawson
Thomas Westbrook Erin Louis ɘlbe spurling Timothy Savage Dawn Lawson

1:40

Scholarship Essay Winner

Juniper NeffJuniper Neff, a senior from Stockton, CA, will be reading her winning scholarship essay.

1:50

Raul MartinezRaul Martinez, Comedian

From Las Vegas, Raul helped launch the GODLESS Comedy Show and was an ACLU plaintiff in a case that secured the right for atheists to perform marriages in Nevada.

2:20

Debbie GoddardDebbie Goddard, Vice President, American Atheists

With 20 years as an activist and organizer, Debbie helps people get involved through workshops, campaign-building, diversity and outreach, conference planning, and more.

2:50

Break

3:00

Community Panel

Join us as we recognize many of the non-profit organizations that are present at California Freethought Day.

3:10

Community Awards

We will be presenting two very special people with awards:

Chris Holland Jerry Sloan
Chris Holland Jerry Sloan

3:20

Sarah GilloolySarah Gillooly, VP for State Outreach and Engagement, Americans United

With time spent at both ACLU and Planned Parenthood, Sarah is an expert in political strategy, advocacy, and lobbying.

3:50

Group Photo

Bring your banners and signs for our annual group photo.

4:00

Hello Again

Hello Again

A tribute to the power pop, new wave band of the late 70s and 80s, Hello Again will remind us just how great The Cars were. Their singles like My Best Friend's Girl and Just What I Needed are sure to bring you back to the era while tapping your feet. These experienced musicians just performed at The Pepper Festival in Auburn and we're excited to have them join us.

4:30

Break

4:40

Freethought Day Committee

Remarks and Door Prize Giveaway!

4:50

Monica MillerMonica Miller, Attorney, American Humanist Association

The legal director and senior counsel of the AHA, Monica has vigorously defended the separation of church and state in over 25 federal cases, including a few that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

5:20

Sean O'Brien

Sean will be performing as Robert Ingersoll (1833 – 1899), a lawyer, Civil War veteran, politician, and a very well known public speaker... often advertised as "The Great Agnostic."

5:25

David Diskin

Closing remarks.

Read the bios of our speakers, authors, and entertainers.