The Reason Rally is Here, Right On Time

We made it. It’s a hazy, humid day in Washington, DC, and there’s a stately gray hue over the Reflecting Pool, as thousands of staff, volunteers, and technicians put the final touches on setup for the 2016 Reason Rally. Months of planning, outreach, negotiations, promotion, meetings, and fundraising, capped off with a few crazy days of packing, coordinating, traveling, and other last minute scrambles have led to this moment.

Whether you’re checking in from afar, or your here at the Lincoln Memorial, this is where you can keep yourself up to date on all the goings-on: highlights from speeches, on-the-ground interviews and images, interactions with enthusiastic attendees, and hopefully-witty and insightful commentary from the CFI team. That team, by the way is comprised of the impossibly charming Nora Hurley, CFI web guru Matt Licata, and me, communications director Paul Fidalgo.

I was here four years ago for the first Reason Rally. I was brand new on the job, and I was overwhelmed by the excitement, passion, and sheer numbers of that event. That Rally sought out to show the country that the American nonreligious population was not going to be ignored, and would not be relegated to the sidelines. It worked. The country took notice, and it’s been talked about ever since.

This time around, we need a Reason Rally more than ever. Irrationality, science-denial, and dogma-driven policies are clogging up our politics, crackpot conspiracy theories are threatening to go mainstream, and around the world, secularists are under mortal threat.

I think this Rally will be bigger than the last. I think the impact will be deeper. We’re going to bring it to you from as many angles as we can. Anything could happen! (For example, we still don’t have power in the press tent. That could be a problem.) Check in often today, and whether you’re at home or out on the Mall, we hope you have a great Rally.

Prepare Ye, For the Reason Rally is Nigh!

It’s hard to believe, but the 2016 Reason Rally is just about here. Advocacy Days and other related events are already underway, and freethinkers from around the country are packing bags, in transit, and making sure their phones are charged.

But the main event, the Rally itself, starts Saturday morning. That’s the time to start checking in here at for news, updates, images, and incredibly witty and insightful commentary throughout the weekend. Here’s a rundown of who is expected be speaking and when.

Of course we’ll also be on Twitter at @center4inquiry, on Facebook, and yes, we’ve even started posting to Instagram (finally!) as @center4inquiry. So follow us on all the things, so that whatever platform you prefer, CFI will be there to keep you informed and in the center of it all.

If you’re coming to DC, we wish you safe travels, and wherever you are, check back in on Saturday!

Starting June 4, This is Your Home Base for the Reason Rally

The Reason Rally - June 04 2016 - United Secular Americans The 2016 Reason Rally is almost here, and whether you plan to be there in person or just want to keep up with the day’s events from home, you’ve come to the right place.

CFI LIVE will be your central hub for all things Reason Rally. Starting June 4, this site will be updated frequently throughout the event with news and highlights, interviews with speakers and attendees, insights and commentary from CFI’s on-the-ground team, and the sights and sounds of what is likely to be the biggest celebration of the nonreligious in history.

So bookmark this page now and come back Saturday, June 4! Because whether you’re sitting comfortably at home or witnessing the event firsthand, whether you’re tapping at your phone on the National Mall or kicking back with a laptop 1000 miles away, you’ll be keeping up to date and in the know throughout the Reason Rally, right here at

See you June 4!