AU Rochester established in 2003, is a successor to the Monroe Citizens for Public Education and Religious Liberty, “MCPEARL”,
founded in 1967. MCPEARL focused on keeping public funding in public schools only, and opposed public school sponsorship of religion. Marty Laties took a strong leadership role in these early days and became chair of MCPEARL in 1971.
Rochester has traditionally been a center of religious and civil rights activism. Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony both made their homes here. The Center for Inquiry and the National Women’s Hall of fame are an easy day trip away.
The Supreme Court case Greece v Galloway was first litigated here by Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens.
Now a new generation of smart, hard working, committed people have taken up the torch and are focused on protecting our fragile democracy from religious extremists.
We are people of all religions and none.
We live as ourselves and believe as we chose.
We believe religious freedom is a fundamental right.
We believe religious freedom will help build a better democracy.
We are opposed to religious extremists and their lawmaker allies.
We believe the fundamental right to be treated equally under the law depends on the separation of church and state.
We have board meetings on the first Monday of each month. These are currently held online.
We have educational programs 3 or 4 times a year. These are currently online but will be held in person when it is safe to do so.
- Robert Goldstein, President/Treasurer
- Barry Swan, Secretary
- Ronald Wood, Board Member
- Gail Bosso, Board Member
- Richard (Dick) Hoppe, Board Member
- Christopher Erbland, Board Member/ Social Media and Website Administrator
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rochester Chapter
P.O. Box 92613 Rochester, NY 14692
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