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The program begins at 3:45 PM PDT/6:45 PM EDT with a 15-minute Thomas Paine-themed concert by songwriter and recording artist James Klueh.
BYOB to participate in toasts throughout the event.
Melissa Myers (representing CFI) and Margaret Downey (representing FS) are the event co-hosts.
After an introductory statement from Congressman Jamie Raskin, co-sponsor organizations will welcome everyone to the event (Annie Laurie Gaylor, Robyn Blumner, Mandisa Thomas, Gary Berton and Margaret Downey). A summary of the life and work of Thomas Paine will be presented in sections by co-sponsor representatives:
Mandisa Thomas (AHA)
Tom Flynn (CFI)
Andrew Seidel (FFRF)
Margaret Downey (FS)
Gary Berton (TPNHA)
Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will show the progress of the Thomas Paine statue project and Dan Barker, co-president of FFRF, will perform his original song The World is My Country. After a short break a question-and-answer portion of the event will begin. Toasts and favorite Paine quotations are welcome.
Published on 5/22/21 at 12:30 AM