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The Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

Sometimes it's the traditional things that win friends on campus, like a bake sale! Nothing more innocent than a bakesale, right? Well, in the case of the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you'd be wrong. AHA held a "Blasphemy Bake Sale" where they baked and decorated cupcakes and brownies, and made little flags with swear words or sexual slang terms  and sold them for $1 each. The proceeds then went to the Women's Medical Fund!

Officers bought ingredients ahead of time and set a time for baking and then advertised it to members. At their baking nights, they made the flags out of toothpicks and paper and went through all the swear words they could think of, then sexual terms, and then sex acts - AHA at UW-Madison ended up with quite a variety of flags. They planned to meet up at a location to sell on a Friday/Saturday night when lots of people are out and advertised that they were raising money for the Women's Medical Fund.

"We learned that being really enthusiastic and full of energy is easy for a few hours, but by the end of the night the officers who had been there the whole time were tired and not as enthusiastic. Officers need to be in shifts to keep sales up throughout the night," said Cassidy Slinger, Volunteering Chair of AHA at UW-Madison. 

Regardless of how tired some of their officers may have been by the end of the night, AHA at UW-Madison still raised $120 for the Women's Medical Fund - that's 120 different cupcakes (and swear words)! AHA at UW-Madison says this is the most they have ever raised at one time. 

We think ATSU Secular Student Alliance is Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

University of Cincinnati SSA and Freethinkers and Skeptics at Missouri State are Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

Earlier this year, the inaptly named Center for Medical Progress released highly edited videos where actors pretended to be from a biotechnology company and talked to Planned Parenthood staff about fetal tissue. The videos have since shown to be false, and every investigation into Planned Parenthood has shown that there has been no wrong doing, but that hasn't stopped legislators around the country attempting to defund Planned Parenthood at the state and national levels. Defunding Planned Parenthood would not lower the abortion rate, but would rather withold funding from vital programs like breast and cervical cancer screenings, STI testing, education, and more. Defunding Planned Parenthood would take away low cost health care to people who need it most. 

We at the Secular Student Alliance national office are proud to stand with Planned Parenthood, and this is why we are proud to present both the University of Cincinnati Secular Student Alliance and Freethinkers and Skeptics at Missouri State University with Awards for Outstanding Activism! Both groups were a part of rallies or protests in favor of Planned Parenthood.

The University of Cincinnati SSA teamed up with a local off-campus group, the Tri-State Freethinkers, for their rally on the University of Cincinnati campus! They gathered in front of the Tangeman University Center and held signs in support and shared stories of how Planned Parenthood has helped them. What was great about this event in particular was seeing all types of people involved in this rally - parents, children, university students, and people from the community all came together in support. They even got some local media coverage! Great work, University of Cincinnati SSA and Tri-State Freethinkers! We hope that your organizations continue to work together to pursue such great work. 

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