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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 15, 2017

California State Capitol Building


In celebration of our 16th anniversary, we are proud to have booked some amazing speakers:

Featured Speakers:


Sikivu Hutchinson, African-American Feminist Author


Larry Decker, ED of Secular Coalition for America


David Smalley, Podcaster and Activist


Jessica Xiao, Asian-American Feminist, Writer, Humanist


Elizabeth Lagesse, Arrested for Protesting


David Tamayo, President of Hispanic American Freethinkers

Special Guests:

  To be announced.

Community Panel:


Melissa Pugh, United COR

  More to be announced.

Live Entertainment:

  To be announced.

Victor Harris, Poet

  Uncle Sam

Author and Podcaster's Panel:

  Thomas Smith, Serious Inquiries Only

Elbe Spurling, Author

  Rebecca Hensler, The Secular Grief Support Handbook
  Candace Gorham, Author
  David Fitzgerald, Author
  Richard Carrier, Author
  More to be announced.

And don't forget:

  • Leadership Day on Saturday for those in leadership and advocacy roles at the local and state level
  • Supporters' Reception on Saturday evening where you can meet many of our speakers and enjoy wine, dessert, and more

David Tamayo

David TamayoDavid is the founder and president of Hispanic American Freethinkers, the first and only national organization of its kind. David was also the Vice President of the Reason Rally Coalition, and has an extensive background in the support and growth of the secular movement.

He has an MS in Information Technology fro the University of Virginia, and is the CIO for a large aerospace engineering company in Washington D.C, and was a sponsor of the Langley High Shool Cybersecurity Team that competed in the U.S. Air Force's National CyberPatriot Competition.

David is currently working on a documentary about Latino beliefs in the United States.

Watch his interviews with August Brunsman and Matt Dillahunty, both on YouTube.

Speaker Bios are Coming soon!

Special Guests

Coming soon.

Community Panel

Our Community panel will share the stage at 2:20 PM, introduce themselves and their organization, and answer questions from the audience.

Melissa Pugh, United Coalition of Reason

Melissa PughMelissa Pugh started her atheist activism when she was a member of the Atlanta Freethought Society, working tables at Atlanta's Gay Pride weekend and bringing international speakers to the Atheist Alliance of America 2015 Conference.

In October of 2015, she was appointed the president of Atheist Alliance of America and left to study biology at Chicago State University. She is now the Grassroots and Outreach Coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason, is the Sponsorship and Outreach Representative for Mythicist Milwaukee, is the Chicago Coalition of Reason Coordinator, and is an active member of The Satanic Temple