Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County meet Dec. 14

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) welcome Austin Cooper, director of Operations and Finance of the Secular Coalition for America, who will discuss the latest events and directions Monday Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Silver Star Diner, 210 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk.

Secular lobbyists track what is happening in our national government, and bring the public’s demand for fact-based policy and equal treatment for all to the attention of our legislators and public executives.

Cooper has roots in Connecticut. Her aunt and uncle Ann and Greg Pelton who live in Fairfield are elite swimmers. Her cousin Liz Pelton trained in Trumbull and is on the U.S. National Swim team.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Cooper’s studies included journalism and political science. She has 12 years of experience in the wide areas that organizations need to succeed, including finance, human resources, and operations management.

The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to amplifying the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. Its 17 voting coalition member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans.

Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

Located in Washington, D.C., the Secular Coalition for America lobbies the U.S. Congress, White House, and federal agencies on issues of concern to its constituency.

Cooper also is a supporting member of Break the Cycle, the Smithsonian, National Aquarium, National Park Service at Gettysburg, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition, and the Greater Reston Art Center. She also supports and volunteers for the Wangari Gardens and Camp Quest.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County espouses reason and compassion, seeks to promote humanism and free thought in our community. The group meets on the second Monday of each month, with speakers, discussion, and social time. Learn more at