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This Week: American Atheists Seeks Public Policy Director, Various Deadlines, Update Your Group Leadership

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American Atheists Seeks Public Policy Director

American Atheists is a non-profit and nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to the separation of religion and government and the equality of atheists. They seek a qualified individual to take a leadership role in the development and implementation of its public policy activities.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample related to public policy or a public policy issue to [email protected]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 3, 2013. Learn more about this position.

Various Deadlines

You should know by now that registration for our Annual Conference this summer is going up in two days for both locations! Don't miss the early bird pricing of $39/student or $125 for a group of 5 students. Register for both locations here before May 15th.

The scholarship essay contests from the Freedom From Religion Foundation are coming up. Those of you in high school need to submit essays by June 1st. College students under 25 need to send their essays in by June 15th but graduate/mature college students can wait until July 15th. Don't miss this opportunity for free school money! Learn more about the contest at the FFRF website.

The SSA affiliate teams who held their first Light The Night fundraiser and told us about it, via Brag It Up Form, will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for their entire group. Make sure to send us photos and let us know your Light The Night team information. The winners will be contacted May 15th, so make sure to get the form in by that date.

Update Your Group Leadership

It is important for us to know your group's current leadership's contact information so that we know the right people to send important information to relay to their respective group. If your group recently changed leaders, you can always use our Group Leadership Listings Update form.

You may also take the liberty to add any new leaders from your group to receive these emails. Simply enter their email(s) here.

Group Photo of the Week

Members of SSA at the University of California - San Diego (and Jesus) during their last supper at Round Table Pizza.

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Members of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU Brag It Up! Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done! Brag It Up!
SSA Leaderspace
Stay active during the summer with the help of our summer activities page!
Newest Affiliate
Western Brown Secular Student Alliance
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Funding Finder

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Chris Highland

Chris is an instructor in 'natural spirituality' and an instructor for Cherry Hill Seminary. He received a Master's Degree through the Graduate Theological Union - Berkeley. He also published nine books including Life After Faith. Chris can speak on the need for Natural Chaplains and many other topics.
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This Week: Light The Night Supplies Request, Stay Active During Summer, Join Leadership Space

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Light The Night Supplies Request

The Light the Night fundraising materials are finally available! Please go here to request leaflets, posters, goal thermometers, and donation boxes for your team. You will have to verify your team with us to get the materials, so make sure you either create or join a team. You are always welcome to join the Secular Student Alliance National Team as well. Don't forget the drawing for a pizza party. If you hold a Light the Night fundraiser at your school and tell us via Brag It Up Form, you will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for your group. Winners will be announced May 15th so get those forms in before then!

Stay Active During Summer

The summer solstice is fast approaching but luckily you don't have to waste the year's biggest and brightest days without the company of your group. Just because most of you are heading into your summer break, doesn't mean your group should go inactive until the fall. There are many ways to stay active over the summer.

Camp Quest is a great way to give back to the younger generation while also having fun doing outdoor activities. CQ is a network of camps for freethinking youth around the country. You can volunteer at CQ as a counselor or organizer. Your group can also go on a field trip. Search our activity packets for more ideas.

Dave Muscato has also written a beautiful article detailing many things your group can do to stay strong during the summer.

Join Leadership Space

Add your group's new leaders to the SSA LeaderSpace on Facebook.
One of the greatest services we offer is for our affiliates to get in contact with each other, so we started our Facebook LeaderSpace group. Join today and keep in contact with other SSA affiliate leaders all across the country. This service is a great way to get advice from your peers who have had much of the same experiences as you. This is also a great way to spread the advice of your own leadership experience.

Group Photo of the Week

SSA at WestTexas A&M University during an impromptu counter protest when a preacher invaded their campus shouting hateful things about women, homosexuals, minorities, and science. Read more about this story.

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Members of The Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University Brag It Up! Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done! Brag It Up!
SSA Leaderspace
Students applying for Leadership Travel Aid for our Columbus location are being waitlisted as of today. You are still free to request aid for our Vegas venue however. Also keep in mind that registration rates go up May 15th for both locations, so don't miss the early bird pricing!
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Knox
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Project Grants

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Dale McGowan

Dale McGowan Ph.D. edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents. He also serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief
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This Week: SSA Week 2013, The Student Non-Discrimination Act, We Are Atheism Campaign

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SSA Week 2013

Help the SSA promote SSA Week! We have launched a full scale fundraising effort today through May 6th to help you! Help us help you by spreading the word about SSA Week on Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #SSAWeek), Reddit, Youtube, blogs and on other social media sites. We have tons of images to help.

If you write operate a blog, participate in blogathon! If you want to participate any other way or have an idea to help the SSA raise awareness and funds, please contact our Development Associate Jessica Kirsner for more information. 

The Student Non-Discrimination Act

Representative Jared Polis reintroduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) on April 18th. The bill, if made law, will prohibit discrimination against and harassment of public school students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (a good thing for those of us who don't want our tax dollars to go towards any type of discrimination). If you want to encourage your representative to support the bill, you can find their contact informatioin here - just put in your zip code. Try to contact their office in D.C. if possible. You may also use this form made by the American Humanist Association if you prefer.

We Are Atheism Campaign

Do you want to participate in a fun engaging group activity, express yourself and your identity and help others do the same? Then you should consider being part of the We Are Atheism campaign. On the website, you can upload a video or essay and see what other people have posted as well. We also built an activity packet for a group photo version of the We Are Atheism campaign (with contributions by DePaul Alliance for Free Thought). So check these resources out and start doing awesome things!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from SRJC Atheists & Skeptics Club at Santa Rosa Junior College after the When Are We Human Enough to Matter? debate between Dr. Malcom Potts and Scott Klusendorf.

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SSA Leaderspace
Join us for our 2013 Annual Conference! Registration rates go up May 15th so don't miss the early bird pricing!
Newest Affiliate
Lewis & Clark Law School Secular Legal Society
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Business Cards

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Featured Speaker
Lauren Youngblood

Lauren Anderson Youngblood joined the Secular Coalition for America in 2011, bringing with her several years of experience in journalism. She would be happy to speak to your group about communications or about the Secular Coalition for America.
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This Week: Light the Night Champion For Cures, AHA Student Travel Scholarships, National Day of Reason

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Light The Night Champion For Cures

Become a Champion For Cures for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and cancer patients everywhere by participating in the Light The Night Walk. There are many ways to get started after you create or join a team:

  1. Chocolate for a Cure
  2. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Store
  3. CafePress

Keep in mind that LLS will regularly send specific local opportunities to your email as you register. Also make sure you see their list of prizes for raised funds, and if you have a smart phone, download their fundraising app.

Learn more about the Light The Night Walk at our Light The Night page.

AHA Student Travel Scholarships

The American Humanist Association welcomes high school and college students to their 72nd Annual Conference! Student registration is just $25 and includes access to all events and sessions during the conference from May 30th-June 2nd.

The AHA Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about the work of a national freethought organization, meet secular celebrities, and network with leaders in the movement!

They also have hotel rooms at discounted rates. The deadline for reservations is April 26. Check here for more information.

National Day of Reason

The National Day of Reason was created in response to the National Day of Prayer, which is a federally designated day of observance. The NDoR was started by the American Humanist Association and is observed the same day as the NDoP.

The constitutionality of the NDoP law has been challenged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF is currently appealing an appellate court's decision to dismiss the case.

Find the National Day of Reason page on Facebook. You should also check out our Activity Packet for great ideas on how to celebrate the NDoR. Look at the events people are posting about the day on the website or create your own!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Arizona at Sabino Canyon.

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Members of The Secular Student Alliance at West Texas A&M University Brag It Up! Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done! Brag It Up!
SSA Leaderspace
You DON'T want to miss our awesome two location conference this year. Click the image to learn more!
Newest Affiliate
TCU Freethinking Frogs
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Featured Service
Tabling Supplies
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Featured Speaker
Jt Eberhard
JT Eberhard was the former high school specialist with the Secular Student Alliance, is the author of the blog What Would JT Do?, and has been a contributing author to AtheismResource. JT is an accomplished speaker having given plenary talks at Skepticon, which he co-founded, the American Atheists National Conference, various college campuses and much more.
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