For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785

Center for Inquiry Hosts Second Annual Civic Days at the Capital

July 14, 2009

Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2009)—The Center for Inquiry’s call for members to Walk the Halls on the Hill in Washington, D.C. and exercise a citizen’s responsibility to participate in their government has been met with enthusiasm from around the country.

Participants will enjoy a full four days of events and citizen lobbying from July 18 to 21. Activities begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Inquiry, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. For the full schedule, click here or visit (under the Civic Days title on our Featured Events list).

Issues to be covered in legislative meetings include The Credibility Project (an analysis of purported climate experts who deny global warming); the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell); and the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

“It is important for our country’s leaders to know that a large percentage of the population believe in the opportunities and obligations citizenship in the United States demands to maintain our democracy as our founding leaders established in the Constitution,” said Paul Kurtz, founder of the Center for Inquiry.

Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, said that CFI's Civic Days presents a chance for those who wish to become involved to learn more about participating and lobbying at the national level.

“Citizen participation in the workings of our government is more than just a right—it is the duty of those who would have their voices heard for the continuous betterment of our country,” Lindsay said. “As CFI continues to increase its presence and influence in the nation’s capital through our Office of Public Policy, we are pleased to offer our members an inside look at our efforts, gains, and ongoing battles.”

The Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy asks U.S. Congressional members to base law and policy on empirical evidence and the scientific method where possible and to maintain the integrity of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on separation of church and state. For detailed information see

For more information:

Contact: Toni Van Pelt
Phone: (202) 546-2330
E-mail: tvanpelt [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational, a nonprofit, educational, advocacy, and scientific-research think tank based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism, founded in 1980; and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP), founded in 1976. The Center for Inquiry’s research and educational projects focus on three broad areas: religion, ethics, and society; paranormal and fringe-science claims; and sound public policy. The Center’s Web site is .