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Meet a staffer: Editorial assistant helps keep FFRF members informed

FFRF Editorial Assistant Casandra Zimmerman, left, enjoys an evening with her friend Elizabeth at the Grateful Shed venue in the Wisconsin Dells.

Name: Casandra Zimmerman.

Where and when I was born: Dodgeville, Wis., in 1997. My caesarean delivery was scheduled so the doctor would be able to attend the opening season of deer hunting.

Education: Associate’s degree in liberal arts, a certificate in gender and women’s studies from Madison College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Family: I love my parents and brothers, but I want to give a shout-out to my grandmother, Rita Zimmerman, who is part of the reason I care about FFRF’s mission in the first place.

How I came to work at FFRF: I got lucky enough to work here because of my experience with writing and editing and my belief in the separation of state and church. I was still living in Milwaukee when I got the job.

What I do here: I am the editorial assistant/content writer. I write press releases and action alerts and send them out to members and media. I do various other tasks like writing the FFRF Victories report for Freethought Today and managing the Twitter account.

What I like best about it: Working with a purpose and not making money for a greedy corporation.

What gets old about it: Moderating Facebook comments or driving on John Nolen Drive every day. I can’t decide which is worse.

I spend a lot of time thinking about: Dogs and traveling.

I spend little if any, time thinking about: Whether there is an afterlife.

My religious upbringing was: Catholicism, loose Catholicism. While I had to attend an after-school religious ed class and have maintained a never-ending core of Catholic guilt, my dad was nonreligious and my mom wasn’t extremely strict or conservative. 

My doubts about religion started: When I was 5 or 6. I started to question the logistics of God and Christianity. Then, I wondered why Catholics hated so many people. Then, finally, at age 12, I made up my mind that I don’t believe a god or gods exist and religion wasn’t for me.

Things I like: Coffee, travel, music, cozy couches. Preferably all simultaneously.

Things I smite: Spending an extended period talking about myself. People with no empathy or compassion.

Favorite quote: “We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” — Novelist and poet Charles Bukowski.

Future plans/goals: Spending as much time as possible doing what I love with the people that I love.