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Join the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the city on the bay for its 41st annual convention!

FFRF's annual national convention will meet in San Francisco the weekend of Nov. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, just two blocks from the bay. 


Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and the author of New York Times bestseller Make Trouble. As President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, Richards has worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health care and to build a healthier and safer world for women and young people. After starting her career as a labor organizer, working with women earning the minimum wage, she went on to start her own grassroots organizations, and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time. He has written several classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received the Queen’s Knighthood for his “services to literature.” He is also one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech. His novels include The Satanic VersesThe Moor’s Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her Feet and 2008’s The Enchantress of Florence. His masterwork of magic realism, Midnight’s Children, won the presitigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. He is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton. Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life is a children’s novel and a companion to Haroun and the Sea of Stories. His latest novels are Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, which was a New York Times besteller, and most recently The Golden House, a novel that “depicts Obama’s and Trump’s U.S.” 

Adam Savage is co-host of "Myth Busters," on the Discovery Channel and is master of many trades. Savage has acted, designed, sculpted, anchored TV shows, and has been an educator. Savage's special effects have been on view in a dozen feature films, including the "Matrix" sequels and "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

John de Lancie, an actor, director, producer, writer, singer, musician, and voice artist, will be receiving FFRF's first "Clarence" award — a statuette version of FFRF's 7-foot statue of Clarence Darrow on display in front of the site of the Scopes trial, in Dayton, Tenn. De Lancie spoke at the dedication. Well-known for portraying "Q" in the TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," he has many film credits, including: "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle," "The Fisher King," "Fearless," "Multiplicity," "Women on Top" and "The Big Time." De Lancie has appeared in numberous television shows including "The Librarians," "Breaking Bad" and "The West Wing."

Sarah Haider is a co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America. Born in Pakistan and raised in Texas, she spent her early youth as a practicing Muslim. Haider directs EXMNA's Normalizing Dissent tour, and travels the United States and Canada to cover a range of issues related to apostastacy in Islam. She is currently a columnist for Free Inquiry magazine. In addition to atheism, Sarah is particularly passionate about civil liberties ad women's rights. She will receive a Freethought Heroine Award.

Ensaf Haidar is the wife of persecuted Saudie freethinker and blogger Raif Badawi. Haidar has become a secular activist in her own right, establishing the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom to spread progressive values in the Middle East and working tirelessly for Badawi's release. She will be receiving the second annual Henry Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism Award of $10,000.

Bailey Harris, 12, a sixth-grade student at Salt Lake City's Open Classroom, will be receiving the $5,000 Beverly and Richard Hermsen Student Activist Award. When Bailey was 8, she was watching the episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" in which host Neil deGrasse Tyson said, "The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life - the same star stuff." Inspired, she immediately went up to her family's computer and started writing what would eventually become the beautiful picture book, My Name is Stardust. Her father, Doug Harris, gets a co-credit on the book. 

Julia Sweeney, one of FFRF’s honorary directors, will perform a new stand-up routine called “Julia Sweeney:Older and Wider” for the FFRF audience. She is a “Saturday Night Live” alum who created and portrayed the androgynous character “Pat,” which spun off the feature film “It’s Pat.” She also created and performed several award-winning one-woman shows, including “God Said, Ha!”, “In the Family Way” and “Letting Go of God,” which was about her journey from Roman Catholic schoolgirl to atheist. She has also been in several movies, including “Pulp Fiction.”

Leighann Lord, a veteran stand-up comedian, who will do stand-up routine at the convention. Lord has been seen on Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, HBO and "The View." She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of Dict Jokes: Altrnate Definitions for Words You've Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Veery Funny Lady. Lord was the New York City face of the African-Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and its Millions Living Happily Without Religion Campaign. Author Chris Johnson has featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life

Debra Deanne Olson, who, with Dr. Craig West Wilkinson, just authored a book about her atheist grandfather, The Honorable Culbert Levy Olson: Governor of California 1939-1943. She is a political, environmental and peace activist and held volunteer positions on both of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns. She was a national senior advisor and a fundraising consultant for the Kucinich for President campaign in 2003. She is founder of Peace Solutions. 


FFRF registration, always a deal, is only $60 per member, $65 per companion, and students and children free. Take advantage of FFRF's meal and registration package on the form below to save $20 (and get a chance to socialize with other members). Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch are on your own. The menus for the two Saturday meals (with veggie, vegan and gluten-free options) are: Breakfast — Chef's bakery selection, scrambled eggs, Hobb's bacon, breakfast potatoes, juice and coffee.
Dinner — Potage Parmentier (potato leek soup), crispy shallots, chive creme frainche, Champagne brown butter chicken, tarragon mushroom fond, Cipollini onion and Comte risotto, steamed broccolini, French pear tart, frangipane and vanilla cream.

Register here.


Reserve rooms now to avoid disappointment! Rooms (at $235) are being held for Friday and Saturday nights, and a slightly more limited number for Thursday early-birds. Call to make your reservations: toll free 1-888-421-1442 and use the code "Freedom From Religion Foundation." 


Arrange your travel schedule for the convention's expanded hours and to take in a little sightseeing as well. The official starting time is 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, continuing through Saturday night. FFRF's membership and state representative meetings take place Sunday morning with a noon adjournment. The convention will include irreverent music, complimentary appetizers on Friday afternoon and a complimentary Friday night dessert reception, plus the popular drawing for "clean" (pre- "In God We Trust") currency on Saturday night.


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