Dale DeBakcsy: Fighting Good News Clubs in Bay Area
Since 2001, the Child Evangelism Fellowship has succeeded in invading the American public education system with over 3500 Good News Clubs - after school programs that use public facilities to train children as young as 6 how to pressure other children into joining. In their training manuals, they refer to non-Christian children as "Spiritually Dead" and stress the tactical use of guilt to compel kids to "harvest" their friends, and yet there is no legal recourse when they decide to set up shop in a new school and teach children to regard their fellow classmates as sub-human.
Three years ago, they came to two schools in the Castro Valley School District. In this talk, Dale DeBakcsy, a regular contributor to American Atheist Magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, Free Inquiry, and The New Humanist, and Castro Valley resident with two children in the district, will talk about the fight against the Good News Club's incursion, what worked, what didn't, and how to prevent them from spreading.
After the meeting we will go for dinner at the Big Lantern at 3170 16th St. @ Guerrero & Valencia. Please join us.
When: Sunday, July 13th at 3:00. (Meeting will start promptly at 3:00.)
Location: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco
Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.
Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.
Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)
"God Fights the Plague" at the Marsh Theater in SF, Atheist Night, Saturday, July 12th
Dealing with Atheist Grief
Two years ago local playwright & actor Dezi Gallegos interviewed Larry Hicok, Northern California Regional Director of American Atheists and the Coordinator of Atheist Advocates of SF & East Bay Atheists. Struggling with his mother's diagnosis of cancer, Dezi wrote a play representing his desire for an afterlife, and his intellectual tendency toward non-belief. Central to the play is his depiction of Larry's trauma dealing with the sudden death of his wife on a hiking trail, all the while knowing she has ceased to exist.
Dezi has arranged for discount tickets on July12th for our community. After the performance there will be a short discussion of the ideas presented in the play. Tickets are available here. Use the code "atheist" for a $5 discount. When you select your ticket(s), the total will reflect the discount. Tickets normally begin at $15 on a sliding scale.
A rabbi who moonlights as a singing drag queen. An Elvis-worshipping witch. The California State Director of American Atheists. A man who found Jesus in the back of a bus…
“God Fights the Plague” is a comic and moving story about a young man who sets out to either find God or, once and for all, deny his existence. For this original documentary theater piece, 18-year-old Dezi Gallegos interviewed individuals from nine different religions and recreates their words, wisdom, and wit onstage. Join him on his journey and hear the questions and convictions that motivate your neighbors to believe in one god, no god, or many gods. Whatever your creed, his performance will rekindle your faith in humanity. “God Fights the Plague” is the story of God and us: the age-old quest to know why we’re here, where we’re going, whether our ship has a captain or if we’re sailing on our own.
When: Saturday, July 12th at 8:30 PM
Where: 1062 Valencia Street @ 22nd Street, San Francisco
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART
Atheist Political Activism in the Bay Area
Atheist Advocates of San Francisco, along with East Bay Atheists, spearheads atheist political activism in the Bay Area. In July we called for a protest at the Oakland Zoo, demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on city property. Several days before our protest, the Commandments were removed. We recently attended a Santa Clara City Council meeting, along with other activists, in support of removing a cross from a city park. We are working on crosses in Redwood City and Albany, both on public property. If you feel that social events, lectures and cultural events are not enough, you are our people. Please join us.