Margarets election as covered in Atlanta Freethought News

AAI has a New President

In an August 28 press release, Atheist Alliance, International (AAI) announced that its board has unanimously elected a new president, Margaret Downey, from Pocopson, Pennsylvania.  (AFS is a member group of AAI.)  She replaces Bobbie Kirkhart, who served as president since 2002.  Downey has a long record of advocacy and litigation to establish the civil rights and civil liberties of non-theists.  She is founder and president of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Atheist Anti-Discrimination Support Network.
In assuming the presidency of AAI, Downey said her goal is to help build a strong coalition of Freethought organizations into an effective national voice for an inclusive society. “This nation was founded with the hope and expectation of creating one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” Downey said. “That goal can be realized only if all citizens are treated equally before the law, with no governmental preference shown for skin color, national origin, age, gender or religious opinion.” AAI, founded in 1991, is an umbrella organization for local, autonomous, religion-free groups.  Its purposes are to help establish and strengthen the religion-free community and to achieve visibility and acceptance for Atheists as respected contributors to discussions of public policy.

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Source: Atlanta Freethought News - September 2006