Friends of Houston Skeptic Society, the Humanists of Houston, are hosting student activist Zack Kopplin at their monthly meetup this month. Zach is the recipient of both the NCSE Friend of Darwin Award (http://ncse.com/evolution/master-educator-young-activist-honored-by-ncse) and the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/05/30/zach-kopplin-receives-hugh-hefner-first-amendment-award/) for his efforts in fighting creationist legislation, and for serving as an advocate for evolution at the state and national level.
At only 18 years old, he is currently spearheading a campaign to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act (http://www.repealcreationism.com/), for which he has received the support of 78 Nobel laureate scientists as well as over 70,000 online signatures (http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-louisiana-to-teach-real-science-in-public-schools-not-creationism-and-climate-change-denial).
Zack has made numerous radio, podcast, and television appearances to further these efforts, including on MSNBC’s Hardball (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/05/28/zack-kopplin-appears-on-hardball/) and the Melissa Harris Perry Show (http://video.msnbc.msn.com/melissa-harris-perry/46697684#[masked]). He has also appeared before the Louisiana State Legislature as well as the Louisiana Texbook Advisory Council, where he successfully appealed (http://richarddawkins.net/articles/548764-louisiana-school-science-your-support-needed-please) to prevent the adoption of anti-evolution textbooks in his home state.
Join HoH as Zack shares his endeavors, and details his ongoing efforts to fight the encroachment of religious fundamentalism in the public school system.