Why donate to CVAAS?

Donations along with memberships and sales allow us to create quality events and bring excellent speakers right here to Fresno.  We also use our budget to table at local venues, support the local secular and skeptical community, and to demonstrate that local religious leaders can not, and do not speak for everyone in the San Joaquin Valley.

Did you hear about the time that CVAAS helped Michael Shermer and Dinesh D’Souza have a debate about God right here in Fresno?


Maybe you heard that CVAAS members invited James Randi to have breakfast with us?  Mr. Randi not only graciously accepted, but for over two hours he entertained us with very sharp conversation and answers to our questions.  Plus, he did a little slight-of-hand magic.


It was pretty cool.  But that’s just the kind of thing we do here!


Wouldn’t it be great to travel to one of the big secular and skeptical events that happen outside of the San Joaquin Valley?  We could go to the Reason Rally in Washington DC, or to Skepticon in Springfield Missouri.


But for most people even Las Vegas with Jame’s Randi’s “The Amazing Meeting” seems too far away, and far too expensive.


This is one of the reasons why CVAAS is committed to bringing noted and popular skeptical, secular and science speakers to Fresno.  We want to give everyone the chance to meet some of our best minds in the rational community.


Past speakers at the CVAAS annual Heretic’s Barbecue include Brian Dunnin, Ed Brayton, James McGaha, and Eddie Tabash.


CVAAS has had to turn down opportunities because we just couldn’t stretch far enough to make them happen.  We came very close to turning down the opportunity to host Aron Ra for beer and pizza right here in Fresno because our budget was at its limit.


But we got this crazy idea – what if we asked for people to “chip in?”


The results were better than we could have hoped.  Within 48 hours we had met our goal.


Also, we had a good response from people who wanted to donate to us, with no muss or fuss.  This makes it easy.


So give us a hand.  Help us out.


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Past speakers at the Heretic’s Barbecue
Speakers for Heretic’s Barbecue 2016
Dinner with Aron Ra Oct. 20, 2016



9th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue


9th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue!
Saturday, October 29

wineryThis is our biggest Heretic’s Barbecue EVER!  CVAAS has pulled together a great event  for the secular and skeptical community of the California Central Valley!

Join us for a day of wine, food, fun and secular speakers in a beautiful winery setting outdoors in the cool October weather.  You deserve to have a cool glass of wine after a hot summer!

ticketsOur new venue is the very beautiful and family friendly Moravia Wines and Event Center.  There is an elaborate playground for children  and horse shoes and bean bag toss for everyone.  As always, board games and crafts will be available – including create your own T-shirts and a pumpkin decorating contest with paints and markers.

We will have books and other items for sale, plus door prizes and several raffles.  And yes, bottles of wine will be included with our prizes.

HostTableHost a table at the Heretic’s Barbecue!
Want to promote your organization, club or business?
There are a limited number of tables available.  
Check the CVAAS store for availability.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Time: 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Location: Moravia Wines & Event Center – 3620 N. Bishop Ave, Fresno CA 93723  (See Map)
Ticket Prices: Adults: $19.00.  Children 12 and under: $5.00.  Get $5.00 off with Membership.
Tickets: Get them from the CVAAS store!

Questions?  email, or call 559-892-0102


Heina Dadabhoy

Heina Dadabhoy
Heina Dadabhoy
Heina spent their childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in their right mind would have believed that they would grow up to be an atheist feminist secular humanist.

She has been an active participant in atheist organizations and events in and around Orange County, CA since 2007, and on the national stage since 2011.

Heina is a speaker and panelist on a range of diverse topics including feminism, race, LGBT issues, the challenges of deconversion, Islam, non-monogamy, strategies for inclusivity, and the various intersections of the above.

You may have heard them at Skepticon, the American Atheists National Convention, the Huffington Post Live, and Have Your Say on the BBC World Service or read about them in the New York Times. They are currently writing A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam.

You can find Heina online at her blog, “Heinous Dealings”.

Ashton P. Woods
Ashton P. Woods
Ashton P. Woods
Ashton is an Activist and native of New Orleans, LA that now resides Houston, TX. He began his life as an activist during his freshman year of high school and never stopped fighting for those who are the most marginalized.

Ashton’s willingness to fight comes from his thirst to selflessly create change and spread universal equality. Because he knows what being marginalized looks and feels like,

Ashton openly identifies as Gay/SGL, Atheist, HIV positive & unapologetically Black. While none of these things completely define Ashton, they highlight intersectionality and teach that being Black is not a monolith. 

In Ashton’s View justice must be intersectional and it is highlighted by his involvement in the Black Lives Matter Movement, SGL/LGBT rights, and equality for all when it comes to discrimination and overall fairness in society. 

Ashton will be participating from Houston Texas via two-way teleconference on our big projected screen.

You can find Ashton’s website here.

Jess & Jordan Fitzpatrick
Jess and Jordan
Jess & Jordan Fitzpatrick
Jess Fitzpatrick is the Vice-Chair of Trans-E-Motion. As a community organizer in Fresno Jess works to support and educate the transgender community, their friends and their families.
Jordan Fitzpatrick has been certified as a domestic violence counselor and is the social media coordinator for Trans-E-Motion. Jordan organizes events, presentations and outreach for the transgender community.
Jess and Jordan were married on June 18, 2016!

Jess & Jordan can be found on the Trans-E-Motion website.

Rational Horizon 05 – Sean and Mark talk about being at the Reason Rally and SkeptiCal conference

Mark and Sean talk about their experiences at the Reason Rally and the SkeptiCal Conference. Special musical appearance by singer bassist Joey Fabian.

Reason-Rally-Header-LogoSean visited the Reason Rally in Washington DC on June 4, 2016, and Mark was one of several CVAAS members who hosted a table at the Skeptical Conference in Oakland, CA on May 15, 2016.

small-avatarSean and Mark discuss these events, the people they met, and what they learned.

As a bonus, singer and bassist Joey Fabian has provided the podcast music for this episode!  If you like Joey’s music, check him out on iTunes.  You can also find him on Facebook, and at his website.

7th Annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference – April 30th

OCFAlogoThe Freethought Alliance Conference is a yearly conference, and the only conference held in Orange County, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

This year the OCFA will host 15 speakers – the most speakers that this conference has attempted.  The list of speakers includes Mr. Deity’s Brian Dalton, SciBabe Yvette d’Entremont, CFI-LA Executive Director Jim Underdown, Camp Quest West president David Diskin, and the creator of the “Don’t believe in God?  You are not alone.” billboard campaign – Jan Meshon.

You can see the complete speakers list by clicking here.  

Although the conference is an all day event on Saturday, there are other events too.  

Friday night there will be a pre-conference party at the Spaghetti Factory in Fullerton. Sunday there will be a day trip to the Mt. Wilson observatory for a telescope tour.  

Admission fees have been reduced from previous conferences, starting at $50 (and including a buffet lunch) or $25 for students.

You can register for the conference from the conference website.  Just click here.  

You can also let other CVAAS members know you are planning to go to this conference by RSVPing through our Meetup website here.  

The event will be held April 30th, 2016, at the Howard Johnson Inn & Conference Center, located at 222 W Houston Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832.  (Click here for map)