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This Week: Affiliation Renewal Is Tomorrow!, Secular Movement Internships, FBB's Week of Action

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Affiliation Renewal Is Tomorrow!

Affiliation renewal will start tomorrow! Monday, so take a look at your schedule for next week and set aside a time to fill out the Affiliation Renewal! The Spring Renewal should take about 30 minutes to complete. Affiliation renewal is required for all SSA affiliates. If your group does not complete the form, its affiliation with the Secular Student Alliance will be lost (as well as access to our services and resources).

It makes a lot of sense to do the affiliation renewal with all your group's officers present, so the form will best reflect the status of your group. Set a bit of time in your schedule to filling out a renewal form in the next two weeks. We hope to hear from all of you!

Secular Movement Internships

There's so many ways to get your foot in the door in the secular movement! Check out these opportunities and more before you let the chance fly by!

Spread the word to your group members about these opportunities and keep checking our jobs page to see similar opportunities!

FBB's Week of Action

Foundation Beyond Belief is organizing a Week of Action April 24th-30th, the week leading up to the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason (May 1st) to encourage people to #choosetoACT.
 
You can check their website for events in your area , plan your own event, or do something nice for a single person. If you need ideas, Beyond  Belief Network staff have provided an extensive list of ideas and resources to help you plan and execute your Week of Action event.
 
Please spread the word about Week of Action and if you have an idea that others can participate in, register it on the Week of Action website.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from William Paterson University Secular Student Alliance sporting the coolest t-shirts with Dan Barker of Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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Lyz Liddell
As a campus organizer with extensive experience in organizing and supporting student groups, Lyz is an enthusiastic supporter of the student freethought movement. Serving as the director of the SSA's campus organizing programs makes her an excellent resource on how your group can make the most of its affiliation with the Secular Student Alliance.
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This Week: Kalei to speak at SSA - East!, SSA seeks Summer Interns, IFYC's Better Together Campaign

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Kalei to speak at SSA - East!

We are excited to announce Kalei as one of our speakers at the 2014 SSA Annual Conference in Columbus. There has been a lot of talk about the situation at Pisgah High School. Even though an SSA group will not be forming there, Kalei is still very excited to be a part of the larger secular movement. Don't miss your chance to see and hear Kalei in person. Register for our conference at SSA - East today!

SSA seeks Summer Interns

Did you know the SSA hires new interns every summer? This year we are looking for interns that specialize in Resource Development and Video Editing. The internships are 40 hours a week at $8/hour. The internship will be based in our office in Columbus, OH.

To apply for any of these internships, please vist our website for more information. Applications are due no later than April 14, 2014.

IFYC's Better Together Campaign

Here is a cool campaign to be a part of as a warm up to Ask An Atheist Day on April 17th. Every year our friends at the Interfaith Youth Core launch the Better Together campaign as a way for students to show their support for pluralism. You can watch their video update to get some ideas on how to be involved. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #BeBlue to stay updated or post your own interfaith type events. Better Together Day is April 10th.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from DePaul Alliance for Free Thought. Check out the We are Atheism Group Photos activity packet they made!

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Jamie Kilstein

Jamie Kilstein, a comedian and co-host of Citizen Radio, has attacked organized religion on MSNBC, Showtime, and pretty much anytime he gets a chance. He also believes it's important to make sure Atheists don't become weird basement dwellers and fight for the rights of Women, LGBT, the poor, Arabs, and pretty much everyone Washington f*cks over.
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This Week: Conference Schedule Online!, Ask An Atheist Day 2014, Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

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Conference Schedule Online!

The general programming for SSA's 2014 Annual Conference is now online. If you want to take a sneak peak at what will transpire this summer visit our West and East conference schedule pages. We will announce speakers, specific workshop and track information shortly so keep an eye out on those developments.

Ask An Atheist Day 2014

The spring break season is starting now but by the time it is over for most schools Ask an Atheist Day will be right around the corner! The day is intended to be an opportunity for the general public to approach nontheists and ask questions about secular life. This year, Ask an Atheist Day falls on April 17th so start thinking about reserving time for it now. You can learn more about the day on our website.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarships

Every year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation offers thousands of dollars to students through their three scholarship essay contests. You can read how they gave away over $33,000 in scholarships in 2013. The contests are for students in high school, college and graduate level or age 25-30. Each have their own essay topic and offer prizes of up to $3,000. Learn more about the contest, check out previous winners, and get submission details at the FFRF website.

Don't wait for this opportunity to pass by, submit an essay for your scholarship now! The first deadline is June 1st 2014.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Penn Secular Society passing out logical fallacy bingo cards to attendees of a Ravi Zacharias talk on campus.

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Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a passionate advocate for civil discourse about life's big questions. In youthful passion, attempting to respond to what she believed at the time to be God's call, she joined Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity at age 19. She lived as a nun for twenty years in Rome, the South Bronx, Washington DC, and Winnipeg, often living with Mother Teresa for weeks at a time. For more details about her nun years, An Unquenchable Thirst makes a great read (with more sex and political intrigue than most would expect in a book about a woman who has been a nun).
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This Week: Last Call for Student Speakers, AAI seeks Social Media Administrator, AA 2014 Convention Video Contest

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Last Call for Student Speakers

The deadline to submit a student speaker form for the SSA Annual 2014 Conference ends March 2nd.

We have many options on what topics your potential speech can cover and you can also make up your own topic. If you're nervous about public speaking, don't worry! Visit our speaking prep page for tips on public speaking and other forms of preparedness. If you are picked to speak at our conference, you may be eligible for free monies to help you (and/or your potential group) attend and your registration fee (which goes up in May) is waived. So register to be a student speaker now!

The form is only for current students, recent alumni, and group advisors.

AAI seeks Social Media Administrator

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) seeks a candidate to manage its social media channels and campaigns and to assist in membership management. This is considered to be a part-time contract position consisting of 15-20 hours per week.

The position will be as a contractor to AAI and be paid a rate of US $800-$1,200 per month, depending on experience and other skills brought to the position.

Position to be open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a resume and up to a page explaining your interest and the background you bring to this position to: [email protected].

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AA 2014 Convention Video Contest

American Atheists is seeking to waive registration fees to their own convention (in Salt Lake City this year) to ten lucky students with their video contest. Jaclyn Glenn talks about the contest on YouTube. All you have to do is make a short video, upload it to YouTube and email American Atheists the link.

Suggested topics include what atheism means to you, why it is important to fight for separation of religion and government, and why we should choose you as one of the contest winners. You may cover all three topics, or any other related topic as you see fit, as long as you do within a one minute timeframe.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014. See more details about the contest here!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University take a group photo with Seth Andrews. Seth is on our Speakers Bureau by the way, check him out.

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Victor Harris

Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene since 1999, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot College, and a 2006 graduate of Cal State University Hayward with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.
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