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2020 convention canceled: FFRF sets sights on 2021 Boston gathering

Gloria Steinem
Margaret Atwood

Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, others from 2020 have agreed to speak at next year’s event

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and related safety concerns, FFRF’s 2020 national convention scheduled for San Antonio in November has been canceled.

FFRF’s annual meetings of the membership and state representatives will take place online.

We plan to hold a fabulous post-pandemic celebration — including the lineup advertised for this year — at the Boston Plaza Hotel over the weekend of Nov. 19-21, 2021.

We are pleased to confirm that headliners Gloria Steinem and Margaret Atwood are expected to speak at the 2021 convention.

Also, others who had planned to speak in 2020 have let us know they will be joining the convention in 2021, including author and journalist Katherine Stewart, secular studies professor Phil Zuckerman, and author and advocate Megan Phelps-Roper.  We will be updating information on next year’s gathering, although it’s still too early to register.

If you reserved a room at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio using the FFRF room bloc, your reservation has been automatically canceled. You should receive a notification from the hotel. (If you reserved a room through other means, on dates not included in the room block or at another area hotel, please be sure to double-check or cancel directly.)

All registration fees have been refunded by FFRF. Thanks to the many members who donated it as a gift!

We are now working on the challenges of conducting our first online annual membership meeting this fall, followed by an online state representatives meeting. The membership meeting will include some fun items, highlights of the year and legal accomplishments.

Private Line, our twice-a-year newsletter, will be mailed in the fall with full details on how to register for the online annual membership meeting. We look forward to “meeting” with you later this year.

We appreciate your patience. Stay tuned for details! Stay safe, and we’ll see you Nov. 19-21 next year at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.