Activism

Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton

Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton

I meet a lot of inspiring people and sometimes when I’m really lucky they come over to my art studio, eat vegan cake with me and let me photograph them. This was one of those times. My friend Carrie Poppy introduced me to a really cool woman by the name of Claire Knowlton. Claire does a lot of activism and she has thought deeply on where to put her efforts. During the last week of April she ... »

Help Without Heaven

Help Without Heaven

As part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people out there doing great things. Miri Mogilevsky and Courtney Caldwell are two very inspirational ... »

When Corporations Attempt “Autism Awareness”

When Corporations Attempt “Autism Awareness”

This post by Chelsea K originally appeared on Grounded Parents, where you can read the entire article, including updates, and leave a comment. It’s the weekend. You want to go out to eat. You don’t want takeout. You want to sit down and feel fancy, dammit, even if your kids are climbing on you with food smeared on their faces. Maybe you’re thinking about going to Chili’s. I... »

Give Blood and the Week of Action

Give Blood and the Week of Action

Hey friends! I’m back with another inspirational tale of the people out there, hitting the streets and doing good stuff for their communities. So take a cyber walk with me, out past the skeptic forums, beyond the YouTube videos and far, far past the last remains of the Reddit comment threads. Forget, for just a moment, all about the horrible people on the internet, and focus on the few, the ... »

Take A Walk

Take A Walk

Surly Amy here with some simple advice. Life got ya down? Feeling blue? Bored? No car? Sick of the internet? Nothing on TV? Just beat that video game? Hate all the people around you? The solution to all of those problems might be as simple as taking a walk. I know exercise is hard and not all of us can run marathons like our pals Elyse or Julia can, but sometimes just taking that first step is all... »

Do Better Challenge: Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless

Do Better Challenge: Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless

This post shows you how easy it is to actually make an immediate difference in someone’s life. I have been talking with Brittany Shoots-Reinhard who is coordinating The Week of Action with Foundation Beyond Belief. The idea being that whether you pray or reason in the first few weeks of April, spend the last week actually doing something to help your community. They have a wonderful list of ... »

Do Better Challenge: Ian Cromwell and Boys 4 Real

Do Better Challenge: Ian Cromwell and Boys 4 Real

Hey friends! Last week I kicked off my official Do Better Challenge where I asked you all to rise above the negativity we are often bombarded with, and do something good for your community. I started of the challenge with some very simple instructions, just say something nice to someone. A lot of you rose to that challenge and some went far beyond. I got a lot of really great feed back from reader... »

Is there a secular argument against abortion?

Is there a secular argument against abortion?

Yesterday, an article was published about atheists at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). Featured prominently in the article was Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists. In it, Dave was quoted as saying, “I will admit there is a secular argument against abortion. You can’t deny that it’s there, and it’s maybe not as clean cut as school prayer, right to die, and gay marri... »

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