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Regional Atheist Meeting (Oakland)

American Atheists Presents the West Coast Rapture RAM

May 21-22


What’s an atheist to do on Rapture Day (May 21st)?

  • Celebrate with other heathens and skeptics
  • Plan a secular future with like-minded people
  • View the $27,000 billboard at the foot of the Bay Bridge mocking two millennia of false predictions that the world was about to end
  • Be inspired by and meet some of the country’s top atheist speakers, entertainers and thinkers at the most exciting atheist conference ever held in this region


Don't get left behind. Register Now!


This is an event for the entire West Coast secular community, especially for those in California. Two days of community building, activism, networking and fun!



Our speakers will include:

  • Matt Dillahunty (co-host of The Atheist Experience)
  • Greta Christina (blogger and AlterNet correspondent)
  • Brian Dalton (Mr. Deity)
  • Troy Conrad (comedian)
  • Rebecca Watson (SkepChick)
  • Jen McCreight (blogger)
  • David Eller (professor and author)
  • Mark Boyd (founder, Central Valley Alliance of Atheists)

And from the Secular Student Alliance:

  • Ashley Paramore (Campus Organizer)
  • Andy Cheadle (Assistant Campus Organizer)
  • David Byars (founder, De Anza College's SSA Chapter)
  • Lewis Marshal (president, Standford's SSA Chapter)


Where: Oakland Masonic Center at 3903 Broadway (wheelchair accessible)

When: Registration starts at 8:15 AM on Saturday. This is a two-day event!


A schedule will be posted shortly, but here's some things to keep in mind:

  • This is a two-day event, with speakers startingn at 9:00 on both days
  • Registration starts at 8:15 AM on Saturday
  • Party Saturday night after dinner
  • Breakfast with the speakers on Sunday -- a benefit to support Camp Quest West
  • Conference ends at 1:00 PM Sunday.


  • $49 for the entire weekend
  • $39 for American Atheists members
  • $20 for students (for advance purchases)
  • All tickets $59 at the door so Register Now!



A catered lunch and dinner are optional, but highly recommended as local restaurants will not be able to accommodate all participants and most are not in close proximity. Both meals together are $25, and tickets are available when you register online.

Special Event: The Sunday breakfast is being hosted by Camp Quest West. This is a very special event. because you'll get to eat breakfast with the speakers.  A limited number of tickets will be sold... purchase them here before we run out.


Public Transit:

BART to MacArthur Station. Get a bus transfer ticket inside BART for the very short bus ride. Take the 57 bus on 40th Street outside the station. Exit the bus at 38th & Broadway, one block from the venue. From downtown Oakland it is a short bus ride on Broadway on the 51A line directly to the Masonic Center. The same line runs from Berkeley to the venue.



Just down the street is a large public parking garage that charges a maximum of $18 for the day. (Don't worry, it is not just for Kaiser visitors.) There is limited street parking in nearby residential neighborhoods.



There are several hotels in the area, less than a quarter mile away. The closest is the Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland, but the nicest nearby is probably the Oakland Marriott City Center.



Contact Larry Hicok at [masked] or[masked]-7580.

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  • David D.

    Last chance to purchase tickets for the Sunday breakfast, and eat with the speakers like Matt Dillahunty and Mr. Diety.

    Only 10 tickets left! All proceeds support Camp Quest West.

    May 16, 2011

  • Paul S

    These big events are a blast. Filled with knowledgeable, informed, active rational minded people. I have attended events around the country and loved them. So when a good event happens locally, go for it. . You learn a lot and feel connected to a huge community.

    May 15, 2011

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