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Sent on: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:50 AM







WHERE:  SLC CONFERENCE CENTER - 352 Seventh Ave. (Bet. 29 & 30th Sts.)


COST:      We appreciate a donation of $5 to help defray the cost of the conference center.  Students and unemployed exempt.


American Atheists’ Prez, Dave Silverman, 

Will Speak at NYCA’s Annual Meeting


Silverman, Winner of NYCA’s ‘Atheist of the Year’ Award 

to Tell Exciting Plans 



Maybe 2012 should be dubbed the Year of the Atheist, with the big Reason Rally coming up in March in Washington DC and Atheism realizing its significant moment on America’s stage.  But short of that, New York City Atheists Inc. is happy to announce that its 2011 Atheist of the Year Award goes to Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists Inc. (AA) for his outstanding first year in office, his bold, exciting, fearless campaign to bring closet Atheists out into the open, his daring nationwide billboard project and his triumphant 2011 convention.


Silverman will accept his award at the NYCA Annual Meeting on January 26.  He will also tell us about the upcoming Reason Rally in Washington, which he notes “will be the largest Atheist event in world history.”  Silverman will explain why Atheist groups decided to have the rally, its purpose and what we hope to gain from a movement perspective.


Dawkins to Be a Headliner


Silverman notes that directly following the Reason Rally in March, American Atheists Inc. will hold its annual convention in Washington DC, and, he says, “We intend it to be the largest and greatest AA convention ever, with Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers and Taslima Nasrin as headliners.”


The theme of the 2012 AA convention in Washington will be--and it is the theme closest to Silverman’s heart--coming out of the Atheist closet. “We will give people tools on how to come out of the closet, to help them with their everyday lives.”  And, confides the young president, “We will be featuring a closeted Atheist preacher who will come on stage in disguise and talk about what it’s like to live a lie.”


NYCA’s president Kenneth Bronstein will give a review of our accomplishments during 2011 and present our projected goals for 2012. We welcome your ideas and suggestions for new events or new programs; we work together for a better NYCA each year.


Be There and Be Counted!


Be there!  Come and join with us in our celebration of the joys of Atheism. Join us in our mounting drive to put Atheists on the world stage and become a force to contend with in American politics.  


The time is Now, in this election year, to come out, to let our voices be heard, to show the nation that we are, in numbers and in patriotism, out there, powerful and activist. 


Join us! Let your voice of Reason be heard along with that of your Atheist brothers and sisters!




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