Events in 2017

No Hate No Mandate March and Rally
January 21 in Buffalo, NY
Attended this Women’s March event with  CFI Western New York members and staff.

No Ban, No Wall Immigrant and Refugee March
February 5 in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo March for Science
April 22 in Buffalo, NY
Contributed to the planning team and helped manage exhibitors at the event.

National Urban League State of Black America Summit and 14th Annual Legislative Policy Conference
May 2–4 in Washington, DC
Attended presentations, trainings, and meetings on the Hill with the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals.

Lightning in a Bottle
May 24–29 at Lake San Antonio, Bradley, CA
Participated on a panel titled “What Is Humanism?” with Justin Gunn, John Dardis, and CFI Los Angeles‘ Jim Underdown as part of the Earth Activism hub events.

Philadelphia and New York City Trip
June 11–18
Hiked in Fairmount Park, visited friends, and attended Philly Pride events.

Netroots Nation
August 10–13 in Atlanta, GA

56th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
August 17–20 in Schwenksville, PA
My 18th year camping and attending the Fest.

Seattle Trip
September 15–18
Attended a friend’s 40th birthday celebration, explored downtown Seattle, and visited other friends in the Pacific NW.

PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference (PAStAHCon)
October 13–15 in Philadelphia, PA
Presented “The Science of Change: Evidence-Based Methods for Effective Activism.”

Stronger Together Western New York Book Club: March
November 1 in Buffalo, NY
Led a discussion on the graphic novel series March, a memoir of civil rights icon John Lewis’s early activism.

Skepticon 10
November 11–13 in Springfield, MO
Presented a workshop on how to build successful activism campaigns and joined Greta Christina for a workshop titled “Making Ourselves Relevant in the Resistance.”

Black Nonbelievers Convention at Sea
November 25–30 from Miami to Princess Cays, Bahamas, and Amber Cover, Dominican Republic
Part of a panel discussion with student activist Sean Omar Rivera addressing old-school and new-school organizing and activism in the secular movement.

Miami Trip
November 30–December 3 including Miami Beach and Coral Gables, FL
A friend gave me a tour of the region, and I went sailing for the first time.