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Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration
On Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST)/4:00 PM (EST), people will gather on Zoom to celebrate the birthdate of an often-forgotten Founding Father, Thomas Paine. Hailed as “Freethought Hero,” and great patriot, the January 29th event will be, as far as we know, the very first Zoom celebration of his birth. Zoom connections will be made from all over the world and everyone will be invited to deliver a toast in celebration of the life and work of this amazing champion of reason, independent thought, and revolutionary ideas.
The newly-formed Thomas Paine Memorial Association (TPMA), a 501(c)3 organization is sponsoring the event with the purpose of educating the public and installing statues of Thomas Paine in Washington, DC and other places of significance to the life of Thomas Paine. The American Humanist Association, Center for Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Freethought Society, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association are cosponsors.
During the Thomas Paine Birthdate Celebration, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation (SFF) is pleased to offer an opportunity to TRIPLE any donation that is received. A $17.76 donation will be matched to become $53.28, and a $1,776 donation becomes $5,328! Donate at: https://thomaspainememorial.org/donation. Todd Stiefel will open the program with a few words about his triple-match offer and why the statue project is important.
Actor Ian Ruskin will speak about his experiences portraying Thomas Paine and will share an overview of his “Walk in the Footsteps of Thomas Paine” tour that took place in England.
TPMA president Margaret Downey will be talking about the many Thomas Paine-themed activities she has sponsored. Sculptor Zenos Frudakis will join the festivities and closing remarks will be delivered by Congressman Jamie Raskin. Educator, songwriter, and recording artist James Klueh will perform two Thomas Paine-themed songs prior to the interactive social hour.

Jan 29, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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