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Members of Tarrant County College - North East Campus Secular Student Alliance Brag It Up!


SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time. We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series. If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!


Tarrant County College North East - Secular Student Alliance was able to set up four local speakers for their meetings, and one for Darwin Day free of cost. They had speakers come talk about raising gender-conscious freethinkers, community building, misconceptions about non-believers and neuro-science. Their Darwin Day event featured the paleontologist in charge of a local Archosaur dig site. Over 100 students came for this speaker.

Secular Student Alliance 2013 Freethought Backbone Award Winner: Bobbie Kirkhart


Bobbie KrikhartNo social movement we know of has made any real difference if it consisted of only one generation. The Secular Student Alliance works hard to connect activists of all generations with each other. 

Every year we take the time to recognize someone who has not only gone before us but has lived the kind of life we’d like to live ourselves.  In the form of the annual Freethought Backbone Award, the Secular Student Alliance recognizes an activist who has contributed to the movement in such a profound way that determination, courage, and intelligence merely begin to describe what they needed to reach their goals.  We use this award to recognize someone who has racked up some serious time working to advance the secular cause.  Past winners include Ellery Schempp, Michael Newdow, Larry Jones, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, and Herb Silverman.

Our hearts are filled with joy as we announce that long-time atheist activist Bobbie Kirkhart will be the winner of the 2013 Freethought Backbone Award.  The award will be presented at the Columbus location of our Annual Conference on July 12-14th, 2013 at the Ohio State University.

Lunch With An Atheist (Presented by William Paterson University Secular Student Alliance)


In April 2013, William Paterson University Secular Student Alliance was able to host Luch With An Atheist thanks to a Project Grant from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group.

On April 18th 2013, the William Paterson University Secular Student Alliance had an Ask An Atheist Day event. We entitled it “Lunch With An Atheist.” To throw this event, we got our school to approve about five hundred dollars to our club to handle the costs of food. The Secular Student Alliance national organization also gave us $162 to help with the cost of security and supplies for the lunch. 

We began advertising for the lunch about a month early with fliers and social networking. The first thing we did was make two events on Facebook. One “Lunch With An Atheist” event in our club's Facebook group visible only to club members. This could be used for planning the event and coordinating when members would show up.

Boy Scouts Exclude Growing Atheist Demographic as Membership Declines


While the Boy Scouts of America might have taken a step toward tolerance by allowing gay members, they chose to continue discriminating against another set of eager youth: atheists. The Secular Student Alliance, a national nonprofit devoted to organizing nonreligious students, called on the Boy Scouts to end their discriminatory practice of refusing to let atheist youth join. Boy Scout membership is declining as the percent of young Americans without religion rises.


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