Activism and education are, first and foremost, about raising the profile of atheism and normalizing atheism in the public discourse. With our community projects, billboard campaigns, and educational resources, we encourage the millions of atheists who are “in the closet” to come out as atheists and be proud of embracing reality.

State Legislation Tracking

American Atheists closely monitors state and federal legislation which affects our constitutional rights and the wall of separation between religion and government. Some of these bills advance religious equality, while others foster discrimination or create special privileges for religious people and organizations. For more information about legislation we’re tracking, including an interactive map, please visit our State Legislation Tracker.


AtheistVoter is one of American Atheists flagship programs, aimed at increasing atheist participation in our nation’s political system, pressuring all levels of government to pass legislation that preserves and protects the absolute separation of religion from government, and training local activists to engage with their elected officials to show grassroots support for protecting our secular government.

For questions about about AtheistVoter, please visit the AtheistVoter website or contact National Program Director Nick Fish.

Local Activism

With our Affiliate and Local Partner program, we work with local activists and community members across the nation to provide access to resources, leadership, and organizational support. Our work with Affiliates and Local Partners helps to continue to grow our community and benefits both the local groups and American Atheists. American Atheists has more than 170 Affiliates and Local Partners located in 46 states. For more information about our Affiliate and Local Partner program, please contact National Affiliate Director Greg Lammers or visit the Affiliate and Local Partner page.

American Atheists State and Regional Directors help to work with their communities and engage with the national organization to build lasting relationships and partnerships between local activists and American Atheists. Their work on the ground helps to mobilize support for our civil rights and awareness campaigns. A complete list of our State Directors is located here. For questions or more information, please contact Director of State & Regional Operations Ken Loukinen.


American Atheists holds an annual National Convention at locations throughout the United States. Our national conventions bring together members of the atheist community from all over the nation and world to celebrate reason, rationality, and atheism. Past speakers include Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Chris Kluwe, Greta Cristina, Cristina Rad, Matt Dillahunty, and many others.

Previous National Conventions have been held in Austin, Texas; New York City, New York; Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC; and Des Moines, Iowa. The American Atheists 2014 National Convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and our 2015 National Convention was held in Memphis, Tennessee.

Our 2018 National Convention will is Easter Weekend in Oklahoma City, OK and features a keynote appearance from Hugh Laurie! Check out the convention page for more information!