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Leading with Reason: A Young Woman’s Journey as an Atheist City Council Member (Grand Rapids)

May 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


As if the 2016 election season wasn’t interesting enough already, the citizens of Wyoming, Michigan elected a twenty-three-year old atheist to their city council. Marissa had no prior experience in politics, but managed to win the November 8th election against the incumbent.

Marissa will be sharing her experiences so far on the council, what inspired her to run for office in the first place, and the importance of getting more young people involved in politics – particularly those who are nonreligious.

Meetings are open to the Public and are held in the Auditorium on the lower level. Please use the door on the south side of the building on the lower level (by parking lot).

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Sports Bar, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible via a lift immediately inside and to the left of the lower level door.

Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Jennifer Beahan at jbeahan@centerforinquiry.net or 616-706-2029 at least three days prior to the event.

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About Marissa Postler

2nd Ward City Commissioner, Wyoming City Council

Marissa Postler was just elected to Wyoming, Michigan’s City Council, representing the second ward of the city. She is the only atheist on the council, the only woman, and the youngest council member ever to serve in the city of Wyoming. She is also currently wrapping up her undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University, where she plans to graduate next May with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She hopes to pursue a career teaching music in public schools while also continuing to serve as a city council member.