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Bay Area Atheists/Agnostics/Humanists/Freethinkers/Skeptics Message Board › 5/21-22 Atheist Regional Event Details & Volunteers

5/21-22 Atheist Regional Event Details & Volunteers

Larry H.
Group Organizer
Pinole, CA
As the Organizer for your atheist Meetup group, I am writing to ask for your help . . .

Excitement is building for the Rapture Regional Atheist Meeting (RAM) Meeting to be held May 21-22 in Oakland but there is a lot of work to be done and we need help from our members to do it. This is an easy and fun way you can play an important active role in our community. Now is the time to get involved!

First things first, if you haven't already registered for the event, please do not wait to pay at the door! At the door all tickets are $59. Online tickets range from $20 to $49. Purchase your tickets and meal now at:­

(We highly recommend that you purchase the meal option on Saturday. There are not enough restaurants nearby to efficiently handle our people, and you will probably miss a speaker if you leave for a meal.)

I promise you will not want to miss this event! The speakers are top-flight and there has never been anything quite like it in this region. We are fortunate to be able to host such luminaries, with ample time to mingle, network and build our regional atheist movement. There are several actions we will be building for, not the least of which is the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., in the Spring of 2012, that was just announced at the American Atheists National Convention and is being co-sponsored by thirteen national secular organizations. Plus American Atheists nationally has more in store that you will hear about at the meeting. Locally, on June 25th we will have a contingent in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual Transgender Pride Celebration with its apropos theme, "In Pride We Trust."

The secular movement is on a roll and our Rapture RAM is the event that will put you on the ground floor of regional action. Ask anyone who attended American Atheists' National Convention and you will hear the excitement about the new visibility and direction the organization is taking under the helm of our dynamic new President, Dave Silverman. Come see what all the hubub is about -- and have some serious fun while you're at it!

Our Rapture event is getting attention in the mainstream media with TV, radio and newspaper coverage locally and nationally, thanks to the 68-foot billboard in San Francisco, and the word is spreading like wildfire through the national atheist media. But we need your help spreading the word about it as widely as possible.

Help promote our Rapture event: You are key to generating a buzz!

Spread the word about our Rapture Meeting through your network of friends, family, neighbors, political colleagues and others. Remember, this is a regional event, so don't hesitate to contact folks throughout the West Coast.

If you email people about this event, we suggest you not simply forward this document. Rather we suggest you create a new email with this subject:

Exciting Atheist Rapture Even in Oakland

In the body of the email you could use this text, editing it as you please:

(begin suggested text)

I wanted to let you know about an event I think you will enjoy. It is a two day Regional Atheist Meeting on May 21-2 in Oakland, focused on the Rapture. It will include major national speakers and a Rapture Party in the evening, complete with a talk by Mr Deity Himself. The speakers will include:

Mr. Deity, aka Brian Dalton

Matt Dillahunty,The Atheist Experience TV Show

Greta Christina, atheist blogger extraordinaire David Eller, Author of Natural Atheism

Jen McCreight, BlagHag blogger

Plus Stuart Bechman, Mark Boyd, David Byers, Troy Conrad, Lewis Marshall, & Rebecca Watson

Here is a link to the event:­


P.S.: For ongoing information about regional atheist events check out:


(end of suggested text)

We have posted a copy of the publicity flyer for you to download at our website:­

Please help distribute the flyer as widely as possible. Here are some suggestions:

Flyers: Print copies of the flyer and bring them to events you attend, give to friends, neighbors, and any interested non-believers

Announce the conference and party at events and meetings you attend

Postering: Print copies of the flyer and post them as widely as you can, including:

College Campuses




Telephone Polls in busy neighborhoods

Grocery Stores and Farmers Market

Use your imagination!

Online promotional activism:

Post the link to your Facebook Wall and any Pages/Groups you administer or participate. Encourage friends to attend and repost about it.

Facebook: Send me a friend request on Facebook so that you can get updates on this and other regional activities.­

Indicate that you're attending the event on Meetup because this really encourages others and then click the "Promote this Event" link to post it to Facebook and/or Twitter with any remark you want to add to encourage people to attend.­




Posts in Internet Forums or Newsgroups

Write Letters to the Editor and call Talk Radio Shows to address the Rapture myth and publicize our conference

Please post about your experiences spreading the word on our Meetup Group and share any additional ideas you have with others there.

Volunteer to help with the Region Atheist Meeting (RAM)!

We need all kinds of help before, during and after the RAM. If you are willing to lend a hand, please fill out the Volunteer Form below. To do so hit Reply and then please delete all the text other than the form. When you are done, email it back to us at

Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to seeing you May 21- 22 in Oakland!

Larry Hicok


Volunteer Form

Instructions: Click "Reply" to this email, fill in the form and return it ASAP


Home phone:

Cell phone:


Facebook URL:

Twitter Name:

Reddit Name:


Organizational/Website affiliations:

Skills that might be useful for us:

Available: (Put an X before all that apply)

Before the event (for publicity, errands, and other organizing details)

Event Setup (Friday night and early Saturday AM)

At the event (i.e., tickets, tabling, food service, etc.)


Vicinities where you can post flyers (and hopefully keep them posted!):

Notes & Suggestions:

Names and email addresses of people to whom we should send publicity:

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