About The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics
It can be pretty lonely for a rational thinker, skeptic or non-believer living in California’s South to Central Valley. Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Bay Area and Sacramento all have well defined Atheist, Freethought, and Secular Humanist communities – but from Bakersfield to Stockton it often feels as if religion dominates and pseudoscience flourishes.
But that’s not true. As Christopher Hitchens noted during his “God is Not Great” book tour, every time he gave a talk in a new city, half of the people who attended his talks thought they were the only Atheists in town. This is also true in the Central Valley.
The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics includes those who do not see a need to resort to the supernatural in order to discover meaning in life. We believe that human rights and ethical questions are best examined from a human perspective, and that morality makes better sense when it is based upon empathy and sympathy for others instead of being based on blind religious dogma. We believe fringe and pseudo scientific claims should be examined through the lens of objective scientific inquiry.
- We serve as a place for non-Theists and their supporters throughout the California Central Valley to meet – both online and in person. We provide mutual support, advice, and conversation with other like-minded people.
- We are interested in being a “voice” for those Atheists, Agnostics, Secular Humanists, and other non-believers in the Central Valley who feel like no one is speaking for them.
- We wish to to point out when the local government strains or steps outside of First Amendment limits.
We are concerned with the differences between Science and pseudoscience, and with promoting reasoning, critical thinking and the methods of science in education, medicine and local government.
- We hope to encourage local debate by staging events and bringing speakers to the Central Valley.
CVAAS holds a yearly election for all offices on the first Sunday of September. Although the person holding each office may change, the email addresses and duties of each office do not.
- President: Mark Boyd
- Chair of all business meetings. Directs CVAAS. Creates and implements business agenda with CVAAS organizer input. CVAAS organizer. Financial cosigner. Public relations.
- Vice President: Cart Duncan
- Vice-Chair of all business meetings. Acting Chair when President is absent. Assists agenda implementation. CVAAS organizer. Public relations.
- Secretary: Jennifer Dunbar
- Records and publishes meeting minutes. Makes minutes available to membership. Publish annual financial report to membership. Provide notice of votes and elections and their results. Take roll or keep a register when deemed necessary. Assists agenda implementation. CVAAS organizer. CVAAS Steering.
- Treasurer: David Costa
- Banker for CVAAS. Financial cosigner. Provide annual financial report to Secretary. Provide financial updates as needed. Event cashier. Assists agenda implementation. CVAAS organizer. CVAAS Steering.
- Member-at-Large: Bruce Mackenzie
- Membership representative to CVAAS officers. Event and new member greeter. Assists agenda implementation. CVAAS organizer. CVAAS Steering. Helps out wherever help is needed.