Amanda Scott, a student member of the SSA and winner of an Award for Outstanding Activism, talks about she chose to join our $15 for '15 campaign. You can join the $15 for '15 campaign and be a part of our future!
My name is Amanda Scott, and I am a student member of the Secular Student Alliance. Over the last month, they have shared stories with you from people who are passionate about their work as part of their $15 for '15 campaign. I wanted to share with you why I, as a student and activist, chose to join this campaign with a donation to the Secular Student Alliance.
You can join the $15 for '15 campaign here!
You probably remember my story. After coordinating an effort against displaying an "In God We Trust" plaque at the Mobile Government Plaza in Alabama, the local CBS affiliate posed a question about me personally to their viewers on Facebook. They asked, “What are your thoughts on a local woman who wants to see an atheist motto placed next to the words 'In God We Trust' at Government Plaza?”
In response, members of the local community commented, “Shoot her for treason,” “Go jump off a bridge,” “Get a rope,” “Whatever happened to stoning people in the city square?” and “If you don’t believe in God, how can God or the word God offend you? I wish people like this would walk into traffic.”
The secular community rushed to my defense. The Secular Student Alliance recognized my activism by honoring me with an Award for Outstanding Activism, and passed on hundreds of emails telling me how they admired me for standing up for secular principles and withstanding the backlash from my local community. These messages of support keep me motivated to keep being a secular activist!
Donating to the Secular Student Alliance’s $15 for ’15 campaign is my way of giving back to the organization that gave me support when I needed it the most.
Join me in ensuring secular students have the support they need by giving $15 per month throughout 2015. Some people can give less, others more. Wherever you are at, come and join us.