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Our collective voice for a just secular world

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In the last two weeks Secular Student Alliance supporters have sent 250 emails to Betsy DeVos and the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights opposing the rollback of protections for trans students!

If you sent a letter, THANK YOU! (If not there is still time!)

Of course, we won’t stop religiously motivated attacks on students with one campaign and a couple hundred letters. But we are making our voices heard, and we must keep doing so.

Because if we don’t fight for secular schools, who will? You can be sure that religious fundamentalists make their voices heard. Our job is to make it clear there are other voices and points of view in these fights. We need to prove to decision makers that we exist and that we won’t be silent while a rabid few try to bring us back to the Dark Ages.

We’re going to keep asking you to send letters, sign petitions, and speak out. We also need you to donate so we can keep this work going.

We’re funded by our supporters - that means you! When you make a donation, you allow us to keep running campaigns, supporting campus groups, and building the next generation of secular leaders.

Unfortunately there are many more fights to come. Fund us so we can be ready to respond.

So please, give today.

It wasn’t about drinking fountains then and it’s not about bathrooms now.

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We all knew the attacks on our education system were coming. One of those attacks has happened.

In one of his first education-related acts, President Trump rescinded the federal guidance clarifying that Title IX non-discrimination protections apply to gender identity.

This is a serious assault on students, and we can’t stay quiet. That’s why we’ve partnered with the National LGBTQ Task Force to ask everyone to write a letter to the Department of Education, opposing this decision.

Forcing students to use the wrong facilities can cause serious harm. Trans and gender-nonconforming students are regularly harassed, and are the targets of discrimination and sometimes violence. Suicide rates among transgender youth may be ten times as high as among youth in general, and dozens of transgender people are killed every year just for being themselves.

We believe every student deserves the respect and dignity of using restrooms and locker facilities that match their gender identity.

We must act to prevent this rolling-back of non-discrimination protections.

Take Action

More than just an issue that affects students and our members, we believe that fighting for trans rights goes to our core values of civic engagement, cooperation, inclusion, and humanist ideals.

Let us also be clear about who is leading this crusade. The Religious Right continues to try to hijack the government to regulate all our lives according to their own version of reality. A version of reality that ignores the wonderful complexity of the human experience, and continues to ignore modern science, gender theory, and the general progress of humankind.

This is a situation where a fervently held set of incorrect beliefs is driving a great deal of misery.

Join SSA and The Task Force in this fight: Click here to send an email to the Department of Education and voice your concerns.

March for Science

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It’s no secret: the Secular Student Alliance has a mad crush on science.

We also can’t contain ourselves when it comes to civic engagement.

And with all the love in the air today, we wanted to tell the world how totally twitterpated we are about the March for Science.

Its mission is to advance publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

We could not have said it better ourselves--and we’ve been trying for 17 years.

The people of the world don’t all share the same religion or even all have a religion.  But we do all share this world and the same humanity, and forging a shared understanding of our humanity and the world we share, is the best tool we’ve discovered to bring about a better future.

That’s why we’re overflowing with love for the March for Science. We want to be at the March in DC and all of the dozens of satellite marches all over the world.  And we want you to join us!  

While science is one of our loves, it’s the notion of making science something we all own, share, and understand, that’s really got our hearts throbbing.

Get Your Group Involved!

  • Once you find out where your nearest march is, let us know if you need any financial assistance to get there. We want to make sure you can make it!
  • Then, request some protest supplies from us, so that you can make your group’s support stand out!
  • And on that note, if your SSA-branded group doesn’t have an SSA banner handy for the march, please request one to take with you.

See you on April 22nd!

2017 Call For Nominations

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The Secular Student Alliance Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations for the slate of candidates to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the principal decision-making body of the Secular Student Alliance. The Board determines the mission, vision, goals, and policies of the SSA. It also directs the Executive Director, who is responsible for day-to-day operations and directs the other staff.

This year there are four four-year non-student seats open and one two-year student seat available. The details of this procedure are articulated in our Code of Regulations.

In order to be considered for nomination to the Board of Directors:

  1. You do not have to be a student, unless you are being nominated for one of the student-reserved seats. To be eligible for a student seat, at the time of the election, you must be enrolled at a high school, be seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree, or have earned an associate's or bachelor's degree in the past two years and six months.
  2. You do not have to identify by any particular label -- "atheist" or "humanist" or anything else. You just have to support our mission, the key points of which are normalizing secular identity, and spreading secular values via student activism, with a focus on engaging intersecting causes (e.g., STEM, interfaith, and social justice).
  3. You do not have to live in any particular place -- the Secular Student Alliance is incorporated and headquartered in Ohio, but nearly all the Board's business is conducted by email or phone.
  4. But you do have to be an organizational member of the SSA -- you received this email because you are a current organizational member (we sometimes call this being an "active supporter" in our promotional materials).
  5. You do have to be smart, energetic, and passionate about the secular student movement -- this is not an honorary position, and you should run only if you intend to participate actively.
  6. You do have to be good at working via email and phone -- with the exception of two in-person meetings per year, almost all of our business is conducted electronically.

The Nominating Committee especially encourages applications from candidates from marginalized groups and candidates with professional experience in fundraising or accounting.

If you'd like to be considered by the Nominating Committee, please fill out this form by Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. If you would like to recommend someone else to the Nominating Committee, please feel free to send an email with the individual's name, contact information, and reason for the suggestion to nominating@secularstudents.org.

After reviewing the answers submitted to these questions, the Nominating Committee will select a set of candidates to be elected by vote of the Board at our February 2017 Board meeting.

Board terms start on April 1 and end after two years for student seats and four years for non-student seats, on March 31.

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