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Pennsylvania Activist to Receive Humanists Making a Difference Award

Lyn Alexander to Be First Recipient of American Humanist Association Award

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee, bmagee@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 ext. 105
Bob Lennon, hagpbl@gmail.com, 609-209-6870

(Washington, DC – July 3, 2013)—The first recipient of the Humanists Making a Difference award from the American Humanist Association will be Lyn Alexander of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. She is being recognized for her efforts to educate lawmakers and the public about the effects of fracking, starting a free book giveaway program, volunteering with libraries, and working on local revitalization efforts.

The award will be presented to Alexander on July 28 at the 7th annual Unity Picnic, an event hosted by the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason. The event will be held at the Flourtown picnic area of Fort Washington State Park from 1-5 p.m. Because Alexander has been a regular participant in the celebration, it is a fitting moment to recognize Alexander’s commitment to not only the secular world but the greater community in the region.

“The Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia is proud that Lyn Alexander has been selected to receive the American Humanist Association’s first ever Humanists Making a Difference award,” said Bob Lennon of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. “Lyn has shown humanist values in the care she takes to promote ideals that help others and to make the community a better place to live.”

For more than three years, Lyn has tirelessly worked to educate legislators and the general public on the issues relating to fracking. This includes attending rallies, often working with people on a one to one basis; publishing and updating a detailed report on fracking issues.

Lyn has also participated in several community related issues such as volunteering at libraries, local revitalization efforts and started a free book giveaway program.

The 7th annual Unity Picnic is welcome to all atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics and the general secular community.

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The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 170 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.