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This Week: Rapid Response Organizer Campaign, Hug An Atheist Week, 2013 Atheist Humanist Conference - PA

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Rapid Response Organizer Campaign

The SSA is proud to announce our campaign to fund a Rapid Response Organizer (RRO) position to join our team. The RRO will be designed to travel to and mitigate the mistreatment of secular high school and college students in person, as well as amplify some of the amazing works these students are undertaking. 

We estimate the total annual cost of the RRO will be $100,000. Our current goal is to raise this amount by September 25, 2013. Please help us spread the news around! Learn about how you can get involved at our Campaign Site! And check out some of our promo videos from Todd Stiefel and Daniel Koster.

Help us promote this new position on social media by sharing your group starting stories and letting the world know how a RRO could have helped your group.

Hug An Atheist Week

Hug an Atheist Week is an event from October 1-7 during which local nonreligous communities are encouraged to have at least one Hug an Atheist fundraiser benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The event was inspired by Illini Secular Student Alliance, where the group held a successful month-long Hug An Atheist fundraiser for LLS during their Light The Night event. Hug an Atheist Week allows your community to participate in an international partnership between the secular community and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The LLS provides financial support for scientific research, educational efforts, and patient care. These are services which speak to the values of humanists everywhere. Hug an Atheist events are service events fundraising for a great cause which simultaneously serve to break down stereotypes and stigmas surrounding nonreligious individuals.

Read More about Hug An Atheist Week and see how you can get involved with LLS and Light The Night!

2013 Atheist Humanist Conference - PA

Summer is about to end but that doesn't mean the conferences have to go with it! The second annual Atheist Humanist Conference will be coming to Philadelphia, PA on September 13th-15th. There are student tickets available for $30 each. All the information can be seen on their website. Check out their schedule, speakers, hotels and Facebook.

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Members from Secular Students at Central College during their Holiday Party in honor of the FSM.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Greta Christina speaking on Activism Burnout Prevention and Treatment.
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Lori Fazzino

Lori is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with her BA in Sociology. She is currently working on her Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she studies the processes of deconversion through narratives of Evangelical apostates as well as mental health. Lori is a former Catholic turned Evangelical Christian who helped found a church, was a youth internship director and worship leader, and considered becoming a youth pastor. Lori can speak on several issues related to religious Christian culture.
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This Week: SSA Store Limited Items, IFYC Leadership Institutes, The Atheist Voice

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SSA Store Limited Items

If you missed our Annual Conference in the West and East, you can still purchase the limited time items available now to anyone via our store. There you can find Surly necklaces ($18 each), SSA Conference T-Shirts ($12 each) and books from author and new Regional Campus Organizer David Fitzgerald.

Please note - we have a very limited amount of shirts and therefore shirt sizes available.

As always if you are having any trouble or burning questions, send them to us. You'll need to have the login information from your free student membership and sign in on our site to access the store. If you are not yet a member, be sure to become one now!

IFYC Leadership Institutes

The Interfaith Youth Core has two more Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) in New York, NY and Atlanta, GA. ILIs equip students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses. We highly recommend attending if you are interested in connecting more with religious groups on campus.

Registration is $299 (lodging and travel not included). Check the registration pages for discount and scholarship information. The fee may be waived or reduced if you can demonstrate need and present a strong application.

NYC ILI: August 11-13, 2013
Final Registration Deadline: July 30, 2013

Atlanta ILI: January 31, 2014 - February 2, 2014
Los Angeles ILI: February 15-17, 2014
Official Registration Launch on August, 15, 2013.

Email [email protected] for questions or check their faq page. Click the image to learn more.

The Atheist Voice

The Atheist Voice is a website run by Hemant Mehta, who also runs the Friendly Atheist blog. This new website provides a platform for discussion for atheist leaders, authors, bloggers, activists, and everybody else who is passionate about atheism, and secularism.

Do you want to appear in their video series? The Atheist Voice is accepting interview requests from Atheists with coming out stories to possibly be in an upcoming documentary. You may have to be in the Chicago area in order to complete an interview but check the form for details.

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Members from Southern Illinois University Carbondale Secular Student Alliance promoting safe sex.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from David Tamayo speaking on Hispanics and American Atheism.

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Fred Edwords

Fred Edwords is the National Director of the United Coalition of Reason, an organization that promotes cooperation among local groups in the community of reason and helps raise their public profiles. A former Executive Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), former editor of The Humanist magazine, and past president of Camp Quest. Edwords can speak on a variety of topics, mostly relating to Humanism.
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This Week: SSA Annual Conference Success!, FBB Fall Internships, 2013 National Student Power Convergence

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SSA Annual Conference Success!

We conclude our Annual Conference this week. Again, we could not have done it without the help of all the volunteers, speakers, members and supporters and most of all the students! We had over 250 attendees at the conference in Columbus making our attendance grand total this year almost 400!

We still have a few Columbus and Vegas conference shirts available for purchase. Simply log onto our store or email us and we'll be happy to work with you. 

FBB Fall Internships

Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for 3-5 fall volunteer positions from August 7th to January 21, 2014. The time commitment is an average of 8 hours a week and all work is done remotely. 

Experience in the nonprofit sector is a plus, as is experience in grant writing or other development capacities. Although interns will do work in several areas of Foundation operations, each internship includes a primary focus area, special project, and cause area vetting assignment.

This opportunity is an excellent way for students to get their foot in the door of the secular movement! View a detailed description of the internship here, testimonials from former FBB interns here and finally apply here. The application is due July 20th. For more job and internship opportunities in the movement, check out our jobs page.

2013 National Student Power Convergence

The convergence is for student and youth organizers who are invested in building a movement that encompasses multiple issues (student labor solidarity, student loan debt, LGBTQ issues, immigration, climate etc). With an awareness and appreciation for intersectionality - and a vision for building local power - across their state, and as part of a national network. The event is being held in Madison Wisconsin from August 1-5.

The organizers of the NSPC are looking for interested students to attend. Registration, food and housing is free. Just sign up and get there by August 1st.

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Students leaders and secular activists from all across the country at our 2013 Annual Conference - SSA East!

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from David Fitzgerald speaking on violence and sex in the Bible.

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Mr. Diety

Brian Dalton, better known as Mr. Deity, stars in a show on Youtube of the same name. A former Mormon, Mr. Diety uses the show in order to make people think about what they really believe. He promotes the idea that in order to determine what is good, right, and true, we must use reason, inquiry, and wisdom; whereas Western religion is institutionally at war with not only those concepts but virtually all the great ideas and values which have inspired and informed the great democracies of the West (human rights, liberty, equality, tolerance, justice, knowledge, science, and due process).

Brian charges an honorarium in the range of $750 to $1,000. The prices are negotiable.
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This Week: SSA East - This Weekend!, SCA Action Alerts, Institutional Memory

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SSA East - This Weekend!

 

Our 2013 Annual Conference is nearing its big finale in Columbus! If you missed the deadline yesterday, you can still register if you show in-person. We can't guarantee housing or meals for in-person registrations however. In preparation for the big weekend, you might want to check out the schedule and download the conference book. Also be sure to RSVP on Facebook and show off to your friends. See you all later this week!

We are still selling SSA West (Las Vegas) Conference shirts for both Men and Women at our store. Get them before they're gone!

SCA Action Alerts

Do you love politics and secular issues and want an easy way to follow them both? Our friends at the Secular Coalition for America send action alerts that can be sent straight to your email. You'll receive a notice the moment something is happening on Capitol Hill, with the easy and immediate ability to contact your legislators.

Just click on the image and enter your email in the box to the right to sign up. You can unsubscribe at any time or even update preferences.

Institutional Memory

Institutional memory is the collection of facts, concepts, experience, and know-how held by a group of people. It transcends the knowledge held by any one member of the group and requires ongoing transmission to stay alive. Institutional knowledge is very important to student groups. It must be communicated from one set of leaders to the next, or it is lost. In an effort to save groups from being forced to reinvent the wheel - a process which some groups do not survive - the SSA publishes the Group Running Guide. However, as group leaders, you play the most vital role in passing along your group’s institutional memory and culture.

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Group Photo of the Week

Members from Morris Freethinkers and student organizers at The Midwest Science of Origins Conference.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Juan Mendez speaking on having a career in politics.

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James Croft

James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard. He is a candidate for an Ed.D in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and an MA in Education from the University of Cambridge. He grew up on Star Trek, Sagan, and Shakespeare, and is a proud gay Humanist. James is happy to speak on topics relating to the secular movement, humanism and humanist education among other topics.
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