|Sent on:||Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:31 AM|
It was a windy weekend, but that's not why I was blown away. Detroit Grassroots Atheism had over two dozen volunteers helping each other out at the 2012 Motor City Pride Festival and Parade! Now I could complain that only ten people RSVP'd on the website, but that might seem ungrateful... [grumbles to self]. The booth volunteers did a top job pamphletting and talking to folks, and helping to transport, set up, and tear down our booth.
Some people say that organizing atheists is like herding cats. I prefer to think that cats don't need to be herded, and neither do atheists. Everyone took responsibility for what needed to get done, and worked together without anyone having to shepherd them. That's an atheist for you!
It was personally satisfying and inspirational to see so many atheists in the parade. Some people drove over an hour to get there. There were more atheists in the Grassroots Atheism parade unit than there were musicians in the marching band. Those who participated can now proudly proclaim that they were the first atheists to march openly in a Michigan parade. Those who couldn't be there can be proud that they were well represented.
Thank you to all the people who volunteered and all the people who supported us in this endeavor. Photos of the event are posted on our website here: http://www.meetup.com/GrassrootsAtheism/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=8827182. A special thanks goes out to Minority Atheists of Michigan, who participated in the early planning of this event all the way through to completion. Every time we present ourselves in public we make a positive impression on what people think about atheists and atheism, and we give comfort to all of the atheists out there who feel beset and alone.
Organizer - Detroit Grassroots Atheism Project