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.