Secular Activist Lady Went Down to NOLA

Happy Wednsday, Secular Fam! I hope y’all got some tacos on Tuesday… because even though the Rapture didn’t happen, tacos should be everyone’s priority on Tuesdays.

I was invited to NOLA by one of my FAVORITE national secular organizations, the Association of Secular Elected Officials (ASEO). They are a 501c3, formed in 2020, with the intention of providing a network for elected officials who identify as secular.

Maybe they’re atheist, agnostic, humanist, or maybe they’re even religious folks who care about the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause. You should definitely check them out because they offer a ton of resources, and it’s free for elected officials (both past and present) to join.

Since I’d never been to New Orleans, I decided to arrive a couple of days early to do a bit of sightseeing. So without donning a fanny pack or wearing a neon Bourbon Street t-shirt, I set out to do all the touristy things. I did a city bus tour, checked out some Catholic cemeteries (nothing happened! I came out unscathed!), and enjoyed SO MUCH MUSIC on Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street (BTW, while you should definitely check out the spectacle that is Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street is where it’s at).

Click here to read more on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.

Author: Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.