Central Valley Coalition of Reason

Have you heard of ValleyCoR?

On May 4, 2011, several secular groups in the San Joaquin Valley joined together with the United Coalition of Reason to form a local coalition – the Central Valley Coalition of Reason – also called “ValleyCoR”. 

CVAAS was one of these three groups.

Together with UnitedCoR, these groups announced their formation with the prominent placement of a billboard in Fresno.  Located on the Northwest side of the corner of Saginaw and Blackstone, this billboard demonstrated that secular organizations exist in and around the San Joaquin Valley, and invited members of the secular community to join.

valleycorOf course, this was seen by the local news as a very controversial statement and the resulting 2-week news cycle generated by local television networks and newspapers highlighted exactly the necessity of raising our community’s awareness of the secular, skeptical and freethought communities.

Since our first formation, a few secular groups have folded, and have been replaced.  And ValleyCoR has grown geographically from a “local” community to one that stretches from Bakersfield to Fresno, and perhaps soon beyond.

The most recent organization to join ValleyCoR is the Atheist Society of Kern.  This group is well established and serves several hundred secular people in and around Bakersfield.

Who are the members of ValleyCoR?  Check out the ValleyCoR.org website and see!

“Religious Philosophy” Mark Boyd interviewed on KVPR

Christianity in the California Central Valley gets a lot of attention.  In this August 2009 program Terry Phillips interviews guests with different perspectives.  

These guests include Reverend Kurt Rye of the Fresno Buddhist Temple; Amanda Peterson, President, Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno; and Mark Boyd, President & Co/Founder of the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics.

During Mark’s interview, Terry asks what is an atheist and what is a skeptic.  And Mark explains the beginnings of the atheist visibility movement, and why the motto “In God We Trust” is exclusive of some citizens, while the motto “E pluribus unum” is inclusive of all Americans.

Terry Phillips is no longer with Valley Public Radio, and his show, “Quality of Life” is off the air.  However, you can listen to archived shows of “Quality of Life” through the Internet Archive.