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Field Notes

by DJ Grothe


The following article is from the Secular Humanist Bulletin, Volume 19, Number 1.


The last academic quarter has seen the Field Department of the Council for Secular Humanism working at a frenetic pace to keep up with demand for grass-roots activism support and speaker requests. Cities visited by various staff members of the Council include Columbus and Cleveland, Indianapolis, Chicago, Albany, Milwaukee, Toronto, New York City, Denver, Boston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, San Francisco, and Laramie, Wyoming. Other trips the Field Department has planned this semester include Phoenix and Washington, D.C., featuring a high-profile campuswide debate at Georgetown University between best-selling author and critic of secular humanism David Noebel and DJ Grothe, the Council’s national field director.

The most uplifting aspect regarding all this fieldwork is the enthusiasm and support of the thousands of secularists and humanists who attend our public meetings, often co-sponsored by a local secular humanist society associated with the Council.  We are all grateful to be part of an organization so vital to the growth of the movement in this way.


New Online Activism Tools

The Council at the Center for Inquiry has made it easier to get involved with secular humanist activism—our new online grassroots activism service allows you to follow crucial debates and bills on the floor of Congress, easily write or e-mail letters to elected officials, and then to take action, in addition to getting involved in the Council’s occasional letter-writing campaigns. Stay on top of legislation that freethinkers, humanists, and skeptics care about and have your voice heard by visiting www.secularhumanism.org and clicking the “Action Alerts” button. 


Exciting Growth

In the past quarter, the Field Department of the Council for Secular Humanism has begun launching Secular Humanist Societies in:

  • Savannah, Georgia

  • Battleground, Washington

  • Glaslow, Virginia

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Nashville, Tennessee

  • Southfield, Michigan

  • Moreno Valley, California

  • Bay City, Texas

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Austin, Texas

  • Jackson, California

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada

If you are in one of these cities, be sure to get involved by contacting the Field Department today!


Get Involved

Subscribe to Free Inquiry, the world’s leading journal of secular humanist opinion.  Share a gift subscription with a friend, student, or library near you. Join the Campus Freethought Alliance as an off-campus supporter.  View the details at www.campusfreethought.org.

By continuing to support our outreach and educational efforts, both on and off campus, you help guarantee that the secular humanist voice is loud and strong in today’s society.


DJ Grothe is national field director for the Council for Secular Humanism.


Glen Curry
Glen Curry, president of the Freethought Society of Wisconsin (a group associated with the Council for Secular Humanism), re-uses a Council sign from the Godless Americans’ March on Washington in support of his group’s marching at a peace rally in Milwaukee.


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