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This Week: The $15 for '15 Campaign!, Keith Lowell Jensen's Performances Available, Darwin Day 2015

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The $15 for '15 Campaign!

The Secular Student Alliance is a non-profit organization and relies almost entirely on donations to continue to operate and serve our many student affiliates and individual secular students. That's why we are asking for $15 a month during 2015 to help us continue to achieve the great things we do. Students may not have the means to contribute but it would help us a lot if you spread the word through social media and elsewhere!

Learn more about the $15 for '15 campaign and share the campaign stories as well. Send people here to contribute. Use the hashtag #15for15 when sharing!

Keith Lowell Jensen's Performances Available

We are now able to offer copies of comedian Keith Lowell Jensen's Cats Made of Rabbits as well as Atheist Christmas with full public screening rights to affiliate groups!

SSA affiliate groups may now borrow the films from SSA national at no cost, complete with public screening rights. You can show the film in any way that you’d like. We include a copy of the public license agreement so that your campus has the documentation it needs. This opportunity is available right now! However, we do have limited copies on hand, so please request a copy as soon as your group has an idea of when you would like to screen the movie.

Check out all the movies you can screen to your group from us on our webpage!

Darwin Day 2015

Darwin Day is just a few short months away, so it's never too late to start planning an event in honor of that day.

Darwin Day is about celebrating how science and reason make our lives better. Darwin Day is not just about celebrating the Theory of Evolution and the connectedness of all life but is a celebration of scientific explanation. Charles Darwin used his life as an example of a pretty impressive break from the always more comfortable traditional norm in favor of the evidence.

You may hold many different types of events for Darwin Day. You can bring a speaker to campus or simply have a little chat and reflect over the importance of the day. Moreover, you can combine multiple events into a day-long celebration, or even a Darwin Week! We have lots of ideas in our Darwin Day hub. We will also have branding materials to send out soon, so look out for those!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Eastern Illinois University Society for Freethought stop by the SSA's table at Skepticon 7.

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Registration is now open for Interfaith Youth Core's Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey called IDEALS.
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Kearney Secular Student Alliance!
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Murali Balaji

Murali Balaji, Ph.D. is Hindu American Foundation's Director of Education and Curriculum Reform. A Fulbright Specialist and former journalist, he has taught at Temple University, Penn State University, and Lincoln University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Mass Communications, overseeing assessment and curriculum building efforts. A longtime advocate of minority issues, Dr. Balaji is the author of several books and the co-editor of the seminal anthologies Desi Rap (2008) and Global Masculinities and Manhood (2011). A native of the Philadelphia area, Dr. Balaji earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in Mass Communication from Penn State.
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This Week: Call to Action: Social Justice in Ferguson, Final Chance to Remove Your Mask!, Identifying An Ethic of Interfaith Cooperation

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Call to Action: Social Justice in Ferguson

In the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer that shot and killed Michael Brown this week in Ferguson, Missouri, we have heard from many of our student leaders who want to take action and are looking for guidance. We at the national Secular Student Alliance have several calls to action for our students and student groups who are frustrated, angry, hurt, and feel compelled to act. Check our website for some ways you can get involved.

Final Chance to Remove Your Mask!

This is a final reminder for the Openly Secular Remove Your Mask video contest which ends December 1st!

Prizes amount to $3,000 in cash! First place winners will win $1,000, second place winners will win $200, and there are three $100 prizes for runner up winners. There are separate student and non-student categories. Videos featuring individuals and groups of two or more people are allowed, however all people must be 18 years or older.

Check out the website for more information and to submit your video. 

Identifying An Ethic of Interfaith Cooperation

The Interfaith Youth Core developed a great resource on tying in one's own theology or ethical philosophy into why they practice interfaith cooperation. The purpose of this resource is to further strengthen the pluralistic basis for interfaith by narrating a mutually enriching rather than mutually exclusive basis for persons of different spiritual identities. The perspectives represented are: Christian, Islamic, Humanist, Jewish, Hindu & Sikh.

Many opportunities of interfaith cooperation stem from one's own religious literacy. Studying this resource will help your group better negotiate and parlay with religious student groups interested in interfaith community service opportunities or simply entering a space of mutual understanding and respect.

Learn more about how secular students can get involved with interfaith opportunities on our website!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Students for Free-thought at the University of Michigan - Flint at their campus Intercultural Center. The center provided a space for students to express themselves following the non-indictment of Darren Wilson including writing letters to be sent to the family of Michael Brown and politicians.

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*Notice* Enjoy the food, family and fun this holiday weekend! Keep in mind our offices will be pretty quiet until December. Stay safe everyone!
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Secular Student Alliance at San Diego State University
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Kelley Freeman

Kelley Freeman is a former student leader of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of South Carolina. During her time at USC, she began networking with other progressive organizations on campus and founded Forward Progressive Alliance on campus (largely as a response to an overwhelmingly religious Carolina Welcome Week). A few other campuses have since started progressive alliances. Nowadays, she works for the Secular Student Alliance as their Communications Associate and cohosts Secular Start Up with her coworker Gordon.
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This Week: Join The Rethink Prize Contest & Win Money!, Humanist Service Corps Taking Applications, Student Press Release Resource

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Join The Rethink Prize Contest & Win Money!

 

Lex Bayer and John Figdor, authors of the book Atheist Mind, Humanists Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century, are running the ReThink Prize contest. As part of the promotion for the book, they are asking members of the general public who identify as secular to submit ten top beliefs to live life by in the 21st century. Participants can also vote for their favorite beliefs of other contestants. Ten contestants with the best beliefs will win $1,000 each. All the rules for the contest can be seen on their page. Submission ends November 30th, so enter soon!

Want more chances to win money? The Openly Secular Remove Your Mask video contest (which also ends November 30th) is still going on!

Humanist Service Corps Taking Applications

Beginning in the summer of 2015, the Humanist Service Corps will support Songtaba and other Ghanaian human rights organizations working to restore dignity to women who have been accused of witchcraft and banished to "witch camps." Although the women are relatively safe from violence once they are in exile, the living conditions are deplorable. They do not have access to basic education and health care, and they are unaware of or are unable to exercise legal protections under Ghanaian and international laws.

Applications for this service trip end December 15th. Go to the Foundation Beyond Belief website for more information on this great opportunity.

Student Press Release Resource

If your group has a really cool event coming up, or you’ve done something noteworthy, not only should you Brag It Up to us, you should also send out a press release! Press releases can seem rather daunting, but no worries - we have an exceptionally comprehensive resource for you on how to write press releases. We even have a fill in the blank press release for you model your own after!

If you’re still stumped on how to write or send a press release, we also have a real live human being for you to talk to! Kelley Freeman is our Communications Associate and can answer any questions you have about media, proofread your press release, and get you local contacts you can send us your press release! Feel free to email her with any questions at communications@secularstudents.org.

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Members from Occam's Razors (at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville) tabling even when it's cold. Now that's dedication!

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Jason Heap

Jase (Jason) is the current applicant to become the first Humanist Chaplain in the history of the United States armed forces. After being away from America for nearly 15 years, he has recently returned to serve as the National Coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason, based in Washington, DC. Through his work with UnitedCoR, Jase nurtures nearly 80 local Coalitions of Reason, in addition to supporting nearly 800 cooperating and affiliated groups within these local coalitions.

Jase is a Humanist celebrant, a regular contributor to Humanist.com, and gives regular volunteer time to chaplaincy work with student organizations at major American and British universities.
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This Week: Remove Your Mask Deadline Extended!, American Atheists Scholarships Announced, Winter Celebrations

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Remove Your Mask Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the Remove Your Mask video contest has been extended to December 1st!

There is a total of $3,000 in prizes! First place winners will win $1,000, second place winners will win $200, and there are three $100 prizes for runner up winners. There are separate student and non-student categories so feel free to tell your non-student friends about the contest with no added competition.

Videos featuring individuals and groups of two or more people are allowed, however all people must be 18 years or older. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Win money simply by sharing your story with the world.

Check out the website for more information and to submit your video.

American Atheists Scholarships Announced

Each year, American Atheists awards three scholarships to recognize student activism: two $1,000 O'Hair Scholarships, four $500 President's Scholarships, and two $500 Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. The 2015 Scholarship Application is available for download on their website. The scholarships will be presented at their 2015 National Convention in Memphis, TN. Winners will receive free convention admission.

Applications and essays are due February 1, 2015. Send your essay to scholarship@atheists.org.

Winter Celebrations

There are many ways secular winter holidays to observe. Check out the page on our website detailing a list of winter celebrations welcoming to secular people.

Want more? Openly Secular has a toolkit on being secular during the holidays and the American Humanist Association has a full calender year worth of secular holidays to check out. These are great resources so check them out!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio and their beautiful lawnless GotG display!

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Stephanie Guttormson

Stephanie joined the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science in March of 2013. She is a trans woman, living full time as her proper gender in Feb 2014 and began her medical transition in March 2014. Was the leader of an award winning student group at the Metropolitan State University of Denver that developed widely successful unique events such Food for Freethought and The Pseudoscience Fair. She also brought in notable names such as Michael Shermer and James Randi to speak on campus.
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