Hey Rural Freethinkers… We’ve Got Your Back

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Happy June, and more importantly, HAPPY PRIDE, Secular Fam!

Have you ever noticed that when evangelical extremists try to make memes to promote their bigotry, they somehow fail in the most fabulous way?

I love that for them.

This month, I had the privilege to attend two Pride events in rural spaces, and it was so energizing! One of our goals is to get out as much as possible to areas in Arizona outside of Maricopa County. So if you live in a rural area and are involved with a rural advocacy organization or are interested in starting a secular group in your area, please, let us know!

Be sure to check first to see if we have a liaised group in your area, because Secular AZ partners with several state-wide secular groups. Most of them are social, many are service-oriented, and a few get involved with secular legislation. Check them out! Especially if you’re in an area where you feel like you’re the only atheist/agnostic/humanist in your county.

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.