Featured Speakers

The National Day of Reason Sacramento is extremely happy to present an amazing and diverse list of speakers for our first rally on May 01, 2014. Here are the confirmed speakers for our event in alphabetical order by last name.

Barri Babow

Barri is active in the Sacramento freethought community, is co-outreach coordinator for the Sacramento Coalition of Reason and a founding board member of the Sacramento chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. She was diagnosed with cancer in late 2010 and completed active treatment in 2011. She enjoys outdoor sports and ran in her first half marathon last month. Barri will be talking about her experience being a freethinker going through cancer treatment.

David Diskin

David Diskin

David Diskin is the president of Camp Quest West, having also served as Program Manager and Cabin Counselor for three years. David is also on the Executive Committee of the Secular Coalition for California, the volunteer coordinator of the San Francisco Atheist Film Festival, and is the lead organizer of Sacramento Freethought Day.

Camp Quest is a national organization whose local affiliates provide week-long summer camp programs to children in secular families. With over a dozen locations throughout the United States, including two in California, they are the only national organization that is focused on the children of the secular movement.

David Fitzgerald

David Fitzgerald is an atheist activist, writer and national public speaker. He was the co-founder & director of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco’s oldest annual Darwin Day celebration, “Evolutionpalooza!” Today he works for the Secular Student Alliance and co-runs The Godless Perverts Story Hour. He is also author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All and The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion series.

Andrea “Andi” Griffith

Andi wrote “52 Answers to Superstition, Religion, and Ignorance”, which became a best-seller in 2012. In it she delivers advice on dealing with the challenges facing atheists in a humorous, intelligent, and sometimes snarky way. She says that a sense of humor is an absolute necessity for getting through anything.

Ash Khosrowshahi

Ash Khosrowshahi

Originally began his separation of church and state advocacy as a member and President of the Agnostic and Atheist Student Association at the University of California, Davis. Once receiving his bachelors degrees in mathematics and philosophy, he went on to complete law school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (commonly known as Boalt Hall), where he focused his education and work on constitutional and civil rights issues, including working as a clerk for the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin. He currently is a Bridge Fellow at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of California, assisting with federal capital habeas cases, and contributes to the Legal Watch section of Sacramento Reason.

Cleo Kocol

A published poet and novelist and was an activist in the women’s movement.  Named Humanist Heroine in 1988, she also served on the American Humanist Association’s national board and founded the Feminist Caucus, AHA. She belongs to several local freethought groups and has been a member of the AHA and FFRF since 1979.

Tom Manger

Lead organizer for Secular Coalition for California, the only freethinking group that is a 501c4 non-profit, able to lobby for secular causes.  He contributes a column to Sacramento Reason each month, listing state bills we should be watching out for and is the organizer for Secular Lobby Day (also happening May 1).

Judy Saint

Judy Saint

Judy is the National NDOR Coordinator for AHA, very involved in the local freethinking community and an all around dynamo. She is the president of the Sacramento chapter of FFRF, on the board for several local secular organizations and in her spare time prepares and edits the popular Sacramento Reason monthly newsletter.

Kate Woolley

Kate Woolley

Kate is a mom, community volunteer, real estate agent and student at Sacramento State University, pursuing a degree in Government.  Kate is also a candidate for Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education Trustee in area 1 and supports the separation of church and state, especially in our public schools.

“I am not an atheist, but I honor and respect every person’s right to their own beliefs.”

Kate’s work with the United Nations Association in Sacramento harmonizes with the ideals of the Day of Reason and its focus on tolerance and peace building.  Many global conflicts originate in religious differences.  It is time to cultivate a positive secular democracy that celebrates diversity.