By ERB

Understanding the complexity of poverty takes a deep connection to a reservoir of empathy most individuals are taught to trade for survival, or convenience. John doesn’t embody this one bit.

 

John believes that human dignity is best uplifted by handing out food and blankets rather than bibles and proselytizing. Upon encountering the unmasked reality of Catholicism in the Philippines, then Lance Corporal John Jackson faced a life-altering experience. Seeing poverty, starvation, famine, disease, and other indignities brought John to realize the God he was raised with was apathetic, narcissistic, and ill-intended, or possibly non-existent. Yet nobody blamed God for the circumstances begetting their indignities. This moved John to activism to motivate people to think for themselves, challenge their beliefs, and openly express their views.

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by Mark W Gura

Atheist Alliance of America delivers with its extensive reach, connections, and experience, Atheist Alliance of America (AAoA) now offers exciting new content to its members and to the public while serving as a facilitator for secular activists and community organizations at all levels to achieve their own objectives.

New as well as established activists can help the public and take advantage of our national platform. Our programs include our Atheists Helping the Homeless, training in street epistemology, critical thinking, secular and even in disciplines such as mindfulness meditation. We’re also putting together a speaker’s bureau and placement program for those who are interested in incorporating traveling into their activism. Individuals and groups alike may wish to collaborate with AAoA, seek a formal affiliation, or come directly under the AAoA banner.

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Atheist Alliance of America and the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Science and Reason are pleased to announce David Silverman as the 2017 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award.

Mr. Silverman has helped unite the atheist community and has tirelessly advocated for political and social justice causes for more than 20 years. He is President of American Atheists and was the creator and Executive Producer of the 2012 Reason Rally. He has appeared on dozens of major news programs including Hannity, Tucker Carlson, The O’Reilly Factor (spawning the famous “WTF meme-face”), The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, FOX and Friends, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many more.

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by Justin Clark

Aron Ra, the atheist activist and science communicator, has resigned as President of the Atheist Alliance of America, according to an article from his blog. He has decided to move on from the organization to focus on an increasingly busy schedule related to his Texas State Senate run. “So in an effort to minimize distractions, I have resigned as President of Atheist Alliance of America to concentrate on my increasingly busy State Senate Campaign. Yes, I’m really doing this despite how much of a long shot this is,” Ra noted.

 

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Atheist Alliance of America (AAoA) recently underwent the most significant changes since its inception nearly a quarter century ago. For those who are unaware, AAoA had historically been run by an affiliation of separate atheist organizations, which, as one might imagine, presented extra responsibilities for the affiliates and challenges for AAoA when it came to making substantive decisions in a timely manner.  In early 2016, Mark W. Gura and the Board successfully petitioned the Affiliate Council to relinquish their decision-making authority so that AAoA could control its own future in a democratic fashion. This marked an enormous turning point for our organization, and we are deeply appreciative of the kindness our affiliates and collaborators have extended to us over the years, and for the gracious manner in which they supported our request for autonomy.

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