Every year, the national Secular Student Alliance hears about the amazing things our affiliate groups are doing. When we hear of a group doing something especially awesome, we give out an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. Today, we're spotlighting the Students for Free-thought at the University of Michigan-Flint and all the amazing things they have done this semester, which have earned them an Award for Outstanding Activism!
The Students for Free-thought at UM-Flint kicked off their semester by participating in a Hands Up, Don't Shoot event this past August in response to the situation in Ferguson, standing with the Black Student Union and other groups at a rally against police brutality and racial profiling.
Back in October, we highlighted their campus "Stop the Stigma" chalking campaign to reduce stigma around abortion and pro-choice chalking in response to a pro-life chalk day. On the same day the Students for Life erected their crosses, Students for Free-thought erected a sign which read, “Safe and Legal Abortions Save Lives. Anti-Choice Laws cost the lives of more than 47,000 women every year. Where are the crosses for these women?”
Early in November, they joined their campus' Feminists for Global Equality group for a Prom Dress flag football event, which raised money for the local YWCA Safe House for Flint.
A week later, they also hosted FFRF Co-President Dan Barker for a talk entitled "Losing Faith in Faith", which was well-received and a rousing success!
On Thursday, November 20th, the Students for Free-thought at the University of Michigan-Flint sponsored a dialogue on the American War on Drugs, which discussed, among other things, the militarization of the police and the harm of racial profiling.
Students for Free-thought also raises money every fall with a book sale and other events for the Jeremy James Combs Memorial Scholarship, a yearly scholarship they give out in memory of one of their members who passed away in December 2011.