Atheist Solidarity Day June 21

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Atheist Solidarity Day June 21

It ultimately is a day of protest, celebration, and awareness raising. Only in solidarity can atheists create a world in which atheists everywhere can be open about their lack of belief in god and not fear any harmful consequence.

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It's an atheist holiday and awareness campaign. It's a global and annual day to stand up together as one and provide support for those who struggle to be non-religious in their communities. It's a day of celebration for those who have the freedom to be open about their beliefs while at the same time raising awareness about those who don't have that freedom. There are many around the world who have to hide their lack of belief in god because of social pressures, taboos, threat of violence, and even death. Everywhere there are people who have to hide out of necessity.

This day will be a day where atheists around the world wear the atheist ribbon (half scarlet red half black) pinned to their shirt or anything that identifies themselves as an atheist such as the "Scarlet A". As we get more and more publicity every year it will be easier and easier for others to stand out and express themselves.

On June 21 people will be paying more attention to the repercussions that some may suffer identifying themselves as an atheist. It will be a day that when repercussions happen atheists around the globe will stand up and demand it end. On this day we'll write letters to the media, we'll protest, we'll make it more well known, we'll cast an eye on those who oppress. To be successful publicity is important. It's a day to party and be responsible. Create awareness in clever ways. Have a party in a public place and invite the public. Run a fundraiser in the community. Do anything to get more people to see that atheists are just like everyone else. Do things to break the stereotypes people may have. Be fun and show your community what you think is important.

Ideas on ways to identity yourself on this day: wear a half scarlet red half black ribbon, get something from http://store.richarddawkins.net/ (proceeds to go to a non-profit foundation), or from http://www.cafepress.ca/atheistday , make signs, or anything to identify yourself as atheist.

This day belongs to everyone. No one controls it or its agenda. It will take it's own path. Hopefully every year more and more people will celebrate this day. Feel free to use this facebook page to organize local events. Just post your location as a topic in discussions. Offer ideas. Join this group. Encourage others to join. Write about it in your blog. Promote this day everywhere.

Eventually this day could be a day were all atheists stand up in solidarity worldwide in order to help more come out to those around them. Together we can help change the world where eventually atheists everywhere can stand up fearless and celebrate our freedom every June 21. This event nicely compliments World Humanist Day. (The main reason for the date) See outcampaign.org for related information.

Solidarity can be shown all year long!! June 21 is the day we celebrate and focus our solidarity for yearly events and projects.

The black and red colors were mostly chosen as a homage to one of the first "Scarlet A" pictures on outcampaign.org. It was a red A on black background.

Ribbon designs and related images can be found at: http://bit.ly/aQ8goS

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2014 at 4:31am

Not a bad idea, though where I'm going to get a half-scarlet / half-black ribbon from, I have NO idea!  One thing I have been considering for a while is an atheist lapel pin, rather after the stylized circle-A of Seth Andrews' The Thinking Atheist.

Comment by Ghazal Ladani on June 20, 2014 at 4:03am

Happy Atheist Solidarity Day

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Comment by The Big Blue Frog on June 23, 2011 at 2:56pm
I got a lot of great comments from fellow skeptics on my ribbon icon on Facebook, and not a single one of my fundie-gelical friends or relatives commented on it. Go figure!
Comment by Thomas Anderson on June 6, 2011 at 1:26am
people already wear ribbons across the continent on this day in solidarity, have been for years, only they are red, black, white and yellow.
Comment by Mike Smith on June 21, 2010 at 11:54am
Happy atheist solidarity day!
Comment by Little Name Atheist on June 21, 2010 at 9:42am
Hey hey! Today's the day!
Comment by Mike Smith on June 12, 2010 at 4:54pm
Thanks. I gave them a quick note. Hopefully they add it! Who knows, it's still a very new thing.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on June 12, 2010 at 4:50pm
You might want to write the Institute for Humanist Studies folks, who maintain the Secular Seasons calendar online. That's where the Celebrate! group got most of its info.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on June 12, 2010 at 3:53pm
Good on you! There are way to many big egos floating around in atheist circles these days. I like it that you're remaining anonymous.
Comment by Mike Smith on June 12, 2010 at 3:42pm
To answer your questions.
Who started it? - Technically me. But I am and have chosen to remain anonymous. (I'm not Mike Smith) Who really started it are the thousands of people this year who are celebrating it for the first time. I wanted it to be something everyone helped start. Not associated with any group or person.
History? - So far none! This is the first year and so far over 2,000 people seem interested. It's getting a lot of positive feedback and I hope each year it gets bigger and bigger. A time for atheists to show solidarity with each other to make a positive difference. I believe that it's only in solidarity can we actually change things.
 

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