One of the most requested things that you, the students, wanted to see at SSA Con was a resource about running a winter celebration. Well, we listened, but rather than a twenty minute session about it, we thought we could do one better. For the first year ever, we’ll be running Solstice in July at SSA Con! Right after the closing session on Sunday, July 9th, we’ll be hosting a festive lunch, Secret Sagan gift giving, and a special Solstice ritual. Sign up for it when you register yourself or your group for SSA Con. You won’t won’t want to miss the first ever Solstice in July!
April is coming up, and there are lots of special days worth celebrating in it. But if there’s one day you should mark off, it’s April 20th: National Ask an Atheist Day! On this day, groups around the country set up extra special tables on campus with games, food, art, and activities to make people aware of the secular presence on campus. Not only is it a great day for members, but it's a fantastic opportunity to get new ones and to build bridges with persons of faith. Find out what you can do to start prepping for your group’s Ask an Atheist Day!
Summer will be here before you know it, and many of your group leaders might be graduating. That’s why you need to start thinking about your next round of leadership NOW! Far too many groups run an election the last few weeks before graduation, and bring in rookie leaders with no mentors. In our 17 years of existence, that’s always been a recipe for disaster. Look at our Leadership Transition resource to keep your group going strong!
"When you stand up for right, right will prevail. I was on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during Bloody Sunday in 1965, and I am still standing up for right today." Mrs. Avery, after being arrested for protesting Alabama state legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid in October, 2014.
Annie Pearl Avery!
Born in Birmingham, AL in 1943, Mrs. Avery's roots in the Civil Rights Movement began as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was one of the first to be arrested in the 1965 attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, now notoriously known as "Bloody Sunday". She was honored at the 2015 50th anniversary of this tragic event. Mrs. Avery’s work in the Civil Rights Movement has been chronicled in various publications, including the October 2013 issue of Essence magazine, and Hands On the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in the SNCC. She currently gives personal tours of the Slavery and Civil War Museum in Selma, AL. Mrs. Avery will be receiving the 2017 Backbone Award at SSA Con for having lived a life of activism motivated by secular values.