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This Week: Light The Night Registration Week, President's Interfaith Challenge, Project Interfaith Ravel/Unravel Campaign

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Light The Night Registration Week

Light The Night Registration Week starts today! Now through August 11th any team members or captains registered by the end of the week will be entered in a raffle for one of five $25 Amazon.com gift cards. The Team Captains of the four largest teams will each receive a $100 gift card, and all Team Captains will all be entered in a drawing for a $25 American Express gift card.

All incentives are compliments of Foundation Beyond Belief - check their page of incentives for more. If you don't have a team yet, join one at or start your own by following this guide. Most of the student teams from last year have been imported but lack a team captain. Let us know if you wish reinstate one of those teams rather than making one from scratch or if you have any other questions about the Light The Night Walk. Visit our Light The Night page for more information. 

President's Interfaith Challenge

The national Secular Student Alliance highly encourages both interfaith and community service on campus and so this opportunity is perfect for secular students! Mark September 23-24, 2013 as the dates for The Third Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering. The event will take place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The gathering will be an opportunity for students, staff, and administrators to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component.

Registration and more details can be found here. You might also want to look at the invitation. You can also fill out the registration form and email it to [email protected]. Keep in mind that the challenge only applies to college students and only up to five people can represent a college/university so it is a good idea to register ASAP. If you have any questions about this event, feel free to email us.

Project Interfaith Ravel/Unravel Campaign

Not enough interfaith in your system? Fortunately we have more for you. We're excited to introduce Project Interfaith's Ravel/Unravel Campaign. Check out an intro video to the campaign here and the current list of campaigns here.

Ravel/Unravel Campaigns allows for users to run their own video campaign in their communities and social networks using the Ravel/Unravel questions, a discussion guide for campaign participants, and the Ravel/Unravel site. We'd love to have our affiliates create a campaign! Feel free to download the instructional flyer on how to create a campaign.

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Members from Secular Student Alliance at Northwestern University with JT Eberhard.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Nathan Phelps speaking on the harm of prejudice.
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Faisal Saeed

Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi-born writer currently living in the United States, and was born in 1991. He is an advocate for freedom of thought, science, reason and the free market economy. Al-Mutar is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. He is currently at work on a book called Dogma, which represents the dangers of unsubstantiated beliefs.
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This Week: Rapid Response Organizer Campaign, Hug An Atheist Week, 2013 Atheist Humanist Conference - PA

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Rapid Response Organizer Campaign

The SSA is proud to announce our campaign to fund a Rapid Response Organizer (RRO) position to join our team. The RRO will be designed to travel to and mitigate the mistreatment of secular high school and college students in person, as well as amplify some of the amazing works these students are undertaking. 

We estimate the total annual cost of the RRO will be $100,000. Our current goal is to raise this amount by September 25, 2013. Please help us spread the news around! Learn about how you can get involved at our Campaign Site! And check out some of our promo videos from Todd Stiefel and Daniel Koster.

Help us promote this new position on social media by sharing your group starting stories and letting the world know how a RRO could have helped your group.

Hug An Atheist Week

Hug an Atheist Week is an event from October 1-7 during which local nonreligous communities are encouraged to have at least one Hug an Atheist fundraiser benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The event was inspired by Illini Secular Student Alliance, where the group held a successful month-long Hug An Atheist fundraiser for LLS during their Light The Night event. Hug an Atheist Week allows your community to participate in an international partnership between the secular community and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The LLS provides financial support for scientific research, educational efforts, and patient care. These are services which speak to the values of humanists everywhere. Hug an Atheist events are service events fundraising for a great cause which simultaneously serve to break down stereotypes and stigmas surrounding nonreligious individuals.

Read More about Hug An Atheist Week and see how you can get involved with LLS and Light The Night!

2013 Atheist Humanist Conference - PA

Summer is about to end but that doesn't mean the conferences have to go with it! The second annual Atheist Humanist Conference will be coming to Philadelphia, PA on September 13th-15th. There are student tickets available for $30 each. All the information can be seen on their website. Check out their schedule, speakers, hotels and Facebook.

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Members from Secular Students at Central College during their Holiday Party in honor of the FSM.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Greta Christina speaking on Activism Burnout Prevention and Treatment.
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Lori Fazzino

Lori is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with her BA in Sociology. She is currently working on her Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she studies the processes of deconversion through narratives of Evangelical apostates as well as mental health. Lori is a former Catholic turned Evangelical Christian who helped found a church, was a youth internship director and worship leader, and considered becoming a youth pastor. Lori can speak on several issues related to religious Christian culture.
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This Week: SSA Store Limited Items, IFYC Leadership Institutes, The Atheist Voice

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SSA Store Limited Items

If you missed our Annual Conference in the West and East, you can still purchase the limited time items available now to anyone via our store. There you can find Surly necklaces ($18 each), SSA Conference T-Shirts ($12 each) and books from author and new Regional Campus Organizer David Fitzgerald.

Please note - we have a very limited amount of shirts and therefore shirt sizes available.

As always if you are having any trouble or burning questions, send them to us. You'll need to have the login information from your free student membership and sign in on our site to access the store. If you are not yet a member, be sure to become one now!

IFYC Leadership Institutes

The Interfaith Youth Core has two more Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) in New York, NY and Atlanta, GA. ILIs equip students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses. We highly recommend attending if you are interested in connecting more with religious groups on campus.

Registration is $299 (lodging and travel not included). Check the registration pages for discount and scholarship information. The fee may be waived or reduced if you can demonstrate need and present a strong application.

NYC ILI: August 11-13, 2013
Final Registration Deadline: July 30, 2013

Atlanta ILI: January 31, 2014 - February 2, 2014
Los Angeles ILI: February 15-17, 2014
Official Registration Launch on August, 15, 2013.

Email [email protected] for questions or check their faq page. Click the image to learn more.

The Atheist Voice

The Atheist Voice is a website run by Hemant Mehta, who also runs the Friendly Atheist blog. This new website provides a platform for discussion for atheist leaders, authors, bloggers, activists, and everybody else who is passionate about atheism, and secularism.

Do you want to appear in their video series? The Atheist Voice is accepting interview requests from Atheists with coming out stories to possibly be in an upcoming documentary. You may have to be in the Chicago area in order to complete an interview but check the form for details.

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Members from Southern Illinois University Carbondale Secular Student Alliance promoting safe sex.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from David Tamayo speaking on Hispanics and American Atheism.

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Fred Edwords

Fred Edwords is the National Director of the United Coalition of Reason, an organization that promotes cooperation among local groups in the community of reason and helps raise their public profiles. A former Executive Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), former editor of The Humanist magazine, and past president of Camp Quest. Edwords can speak on a variety of topics, mostly relating to Humanism.
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This Week: SSA Annual Conference Success!, FBB Fall Internships, 2013 National Student Power Convergence

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SSA Annual Conference Success!

We conclude our Annual Conference this week. Again, we could not have done it without the help of all the volunteers, speakers, members and supporters and most of all the students! We had over 250 attendees at the conference in Columbus making our attendance grand total this year almost 400!

We still have a few Columbus and Vegas conference shirts available for purchase. Simply log onto our store or email us and we'll be happy to work with you. 

FBB Fall Internships

Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for 3-5 fall volunteer positions from August 7th to January 21, 2014. The time commitment is an average of 8 hours a week and all work is done remotely. 

Experience in the nonprofit sector is a plus, as is experience in grant writing or other development capacities. Although interns will do work in several areas of Foundation operations, each internship includes a primary focus area, special project, and cause area vetting assignment.

This opportunity is an excellent way for students to get their foot in the door of the secular movement! View a detailed description of the internship here, testimonials from former FBB interns here and finally apply here. The application is due July 20th. For more job and internship opportunities in the movement, check out our jobs page.

2013 National Student Power Convergence

The convergence is for student and youth organizers who are invested in building a movement that encompasses multiple issues (student labor solidarity, student loan debt, LGBTQ issues, immigration, climate etc). With an awareness and appreciation for intersectionality - and a vision for building local power - across their state, and as part of a national network. The event is being held in Madison Wisconsin from August 1-5.

The organizers of the NSPC are looking for interested students to attend. Registration, food and housing is free. Just sign up and get there by August 1st.

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Students leaders and secular activists from all across the country at our 2013 Annual Conference - SSA East!

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from David Fitzgerald speaking on violence and sex in the Bible.

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Mr. Diety

Brian Dalton, better known as Mr. Deity, stars in a show on Youtube of the same name. A former Mormon, Mr. Diety uses the show in order to make people think about what they really believe. He promotes the idea that in order to determine what is good, right, and true, we must use reason, inquiry, and wisdom; whereas Western religion is institutionally at war with not only those concepts but virtually all the great ideas and values which have inspired and informed the great democracies of the West (human rights, liberty, equality, tolerance, justice, knowledge, science, and due process).

Brian charges an honorarium in the range of $750 to $1,000. The prices are negotiable.
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