Speech! Speech! (and more)
The Council for Secular Humanism Expands Resources for Secular Humanist
by Ed Buckner
In keeping with the Councilís commitment to strengthen
our support of local secular humanist and freethought societies across the
United States and Canada, we are broadening our support to local allied groups
in the following four areas: administration, promotion, networking, and
programs. Field Director DJ Grothe is leading this effort, but many others are
supporting the effort also.
The administrative support the Council provides the
local secular and humanist societies will consist of broadening our leadership
and activist training of local secular humanists and freethinkers and in
providing comprehensive print and Web-based resources on the organization and
leadership of the local societies. The Council will also continue making
available various fund-raising opportunities to provide financial resources for
local group activities and outreach.
Promotion support includes the continuing education
of our local activists and leaders in public relations strategies, as well as
providing access to the Councilís Communications Department and publicity
machinery, under the guidance of Katherine Bourdonnay, communications director
for the Council (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This support is central to our plans to further empower local groups to garner
more media attention and to make more of an impact in their local media outlets.
The Council will increase the networking support we
provide by actively encouraging more contact among the local secular humanist
societies in a region and with the Campus Freethought Alliance groups there.
This networking will be central to developing a growing secular humanist
community, both on- and off-campus, one that appeals to all segments of the
As part of its program support, the Council provides a
Speakers Bureau, coordinated by Austin Dacey (email@example.com).
Council speakers are available to all kinds of organizations, not just to local
secular humanist and freethought societiesóbut we are especially eager to
serve local secular humanist needs.
Whether your group is seeking programs for entertainment,
education, fund raising, organizational leadership training, or activism
support, we have resources to help you. The following headquarters staff of the
Council travel, at least occasionally, to provide programs to local secular
humanist and freethought societies:
Norm Allen, Executive Director, African
Americans for Humanism;
Joe Beck, host of Humanist
Perspective and Director of Secular
Tim Binga, Director of Libraries
for the Center for Inquiry;
Katherine Bourdonnay, Communications Director;
Ed Buckner, Executive Director;
Tom Flynn, Editor, Free
DJ Grothe, Field Director.
Other speakers, including staff members from the Centers
for Inquiry in Los Angeles
and New York City and
Council board members Eddie Tabash and Jan Loeb Eisler will be available for
speaking engagements on various subjects. There are usually modest costs
involved, to help cover travel and lodging. However, the Council is committed to
working within the budgets of the local secular humanist and freethought
societies in our network. Contact Austin Dacey for details.
If your local secular humanist or freethought group is
interested in profiting from the above resources of the Council, or if you are
interested in exploring the process of developing a secular humanist or
freethought society in your area, e-mail or call DJ Grothe, field director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We at the Council for Secular Humanism are excited to be
leading the growth of secular humanism worldwide, and we look forward to working
with you in the months and years ahead to promote the ideals of secular humanism
and free inquiry. If you have any questions or would like further information
about how to get involved, please e-mail me (email@example.com)
or call me at (716) 636-7571 ext. 215.