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Better Than Hitchhiking :: This Week


What did you do for Darwin Day? It’s one of the most celebrated events in the secular calendar, and everything we know about how to celebrate it came from you students! Tell us about what you did for Darwin Day and how you did it in a Brag It Up! We’ll feature your stories and pictures on social media and here in the This Week email to all student leaders!

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Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that your school doesn’t provide you funding to get to SSA Con. Somehow they overlooked the professional development and skill building we emphasize, or the fact that they routinely provide travel funding for groups. What are you to do? Why fundraise of course! Fundraising can seem daunting, but there are ways to do it that cost your group little to nothing, and can generate revenue for all sorts of purposes. Find out about fundraising on our Fundraising Resource page!

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Your group was able to get costs for SSA Con registration and lodging, but darnit, the flight is just outside your budget! Scrap the whole thing, right? WRONG! The SSA offers student leaders travel aid up to $400 for individuals or $600 for a group! The only thing you have to do is ask for it. We’ll be accepting applications until May 31, 2017, but apply sooner, because it’s always very high in demand, and we only have so much to give out. Apply for SSA Leadership Travel Aid today!

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We're Proud Of

"In the American imagination, black women are the poster children for disreputable, irresponsible motherhood and Latina 'illegals' are a close second. From birth to adolescence, every girl of color must navigate a political climate in which Ronald Reagan's racist welfare queen caricature casts long shadows."

Sikivu Hutchinson

Sikivu Hutchinson, PhD, is an educator, writer and senior member at the LA County Human Relations Commission. As coordinator of the Women's Leadership Project and Young Male Scholars' youth programs, she has successfully assisted first-generation, foster care, undocumented, homeless, and LGBTQ students of color go on to college and careers. She is a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire, and her articles have been published in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, and The Humanist Magazine. She is also the author of several books. At SSA Con 2016, Dr. Hutchinson was presented with the SSA Backbone Award in recognition of her role as an individual within the secular movement who is a guide and inspiration to secular students and student groups. Watch her acceptance speech!

Make SSA Con Great Yet Again :: This Week


What are you great at? Wouldn’t it be great if everyone else was as great as you are? SSA Con 2017 is your chance to make secular students great again! We are now accepting applications for student speakers until March 31. We especially love to see applications on issues of intersectional activism, or those that go beyond the basics and into the next level of organizing. Accepted speakers also get their registration cost for the conference waived! Apply to be a speaker at SSA Con today!

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Are you going to SSA Con? Then join the SSA Con Facebook event! Share it in your student group so your members can find out more about it and plan their trip to Columbus. Remember, group registration is just $124.99 for groups of five, a $50 discount off the registration price for five individuals. So not only is it more fun to bring more of your members, it’s cheaper too!

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Lots of people are marching lately, and with good reason. Many of our cherished institutions are at risk, and science has been one of the most attacked. We can fight against that. On April 22, 2017, over 220,000 people will be participating in the Science March on Washington, and you can too! Join the Science March Facebook event to find out about the main event and sister marches that might be taking place near you!

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"Equality is the heart and essence of democracy, freedom, and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools and colleges, government, politics, and before the law. There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom."

Asa Philip Randolph

Excerpt from keynote address to the Policy Conference of the March on Washington Movement meeting in Detroit, Michigan, September 26, 1942.

A. Philip Randolph is renowned for being the union organizer central to organizing the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. famously delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Although he recognized the power of using religious rhetoric to urge people to action, Randolph’s secular humanist philosophy ran against the grain of the civil rights movement. In his later years, Randolph remained a humanist. The American Humanist Association named him Humanist of the Year in 1970. He signed a public declaration of humanist principles, the Humanist Manifesto II, in 1973. Read more about Randolph in FFRF’s tribute piece to him.

The Best Weekend for Secular Students :: This Week

Every year at SSA Con, hundreds of secular students and community leaders gather to share ideas and learn from each other. Our primary goal is to train student leaders and activists from across the United States in grassroots organizing and leadership skills.
This year, SSA Con is being hosted at The Ohio State University Union in Columbus, OH the weekend of July 7-9. Student registration is only $34.99 for individuals, or $124.99 for groups of 5 ($50 discount)!
Not only can you expect to network with fellow leaders from around the nation and learn practical skills for organizing, we are also bringing you an incredible lineup of professional activists, academics, and movement celebs! Here’s a taste:

Hypatia Alexandria! Cofounder of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree) and founder and president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Northern Virginia.

Diane Burkholder! Cofounder of Kansas City Freethinkers of Color and social advocate for misrepresented and marginalized communities, particularly focused on issues concerning young adults, LGBTQ, people of color, and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Chris Stedman! American writer and interfaith activist who serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community.

David Smalley and Brandy Madden! Hosts of Dogma Debate and founders of the Secular Media Group.

So what are you waiting for? Register for SSA Con 2017 today!

We Want To Talk To You! :: This Week


Wondering what to do for Spring 2017 or how to do it? Why not have a chat with our crack team of Campus Organizers? Gordon Maples and Pete Zupan are here to help your group live long and prosper. They have a wealth of knowledge about group running and would be happy to pass it along. Reply here to set up a time to talk with your campus organizer!

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Darwin Day is coming soon, and one thing that will be perfect for advertising your awesome event is Darwin Day tabling supplies! We’ve got posters, stickers, and a bunch of other stuff your group can order that people will naturally select as they pass by. Order your tabling supplies today!

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Also coming up around Darwin Day is Valentine's Day. Help all those budding young couples out by running a condom distribution with your group! It’s not nearly as hard as it sounds. Look at our Condom Distribution Guide for pointers on running your own!

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Secular Students and Skeptics Society!

"All the tabling for this event was great: 'What do you mean you're bringing Satan to CU?' 'What's this all about?' Many people were wary at first, and it was fun to inform people about Satanism, to teach them to not judge a book by its cover."

Shawn Polson, President

SSaSS brought Lucien Greaves, leader of the Satanic Temple, to their campus at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Greaves event was their first major speaker in years, and the group was surprised at the work it took to coordinate the event. However, they came together, even through finals week, to get funding, a venue, and poster around campus. The school was wary about letting their name be on posters for the controversial speaker, but the group used that controversy to their advantage by getting into the local paper and tabling around campus. Lucien talked about Ten Commandments statues and the After School Satan Club to the 75+ attendees, and afterwards went out to eat wings and sing karaoke with the group at a local bar. The entire event went off without causing the apocalypse. To learn more about what The Satanic Temple actually promotes, check out their FAQ.


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