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$250,000 Challenge for 2013!

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**UPDATE: We have met Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss's $250,000 matching challenge! Thanks to all of you who have helped us meet this challenge.**

Dear friends,

We have exciting news to share with you!

Secular Student Alliance Supporters Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss saw the SSA’s incredible growth last year. They know that Secular Students are key to the movement’s future.

This Week: Atheist Census, Atheists Giving Aid, Out for the Holidays

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Atheist Census

(We sent this last week, but the website was hit with a DDOS attack shortly after we sent the email, so we're giving you another chance to be counted.)

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is pleased to announce the launch of Atheist Census.  Atheist Census is a global project to count and capture a snapshot of the world’s atheists.  The census records people's preferred title (e.g. atheist, rationalist, humanist, freethinker, etc), religious background, education level, age, gender identity and country. Please note that entries in Atheist Census are not personally identifiable. 
 
Help us demonstrate the atheist presence around the world!  Please contribute to Atheist Census and spread the word to your secular friends and group members!

 

Atheists Giving Aid

Many people have been asking how they can help after the tragedy that happened in Newtown, Connecticut last week. One of our affiliate groups, Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics at University of Kansas has teamed up with We Are Atheism and American Atheists to create a fundraiser for the families of the victims. If you're interested in helping, please check out their page. Since we know students cannot always contribute financially, consider sharing this with friends or family members who may be able to help.

Out for the Holidays!

The staff will be in and out of the office sporadically until the beginning of 2013. If you need something done soon, try to it send soon, or you may have to wait for a response.

Have a great winter break, and enjoy whatever holidays you choose to celebrate! By the way, this is the last This Week of 2012! See you next year!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at Mesa Community College host a Stone a Heathen event.

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Newest Affiliate
Secular Students of Ozarks Technical Community College
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Featured Speaker
Andy Thomson
Dr. Thomson is a psychiatrist in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has a private practice of general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry as well as serving as a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Virginia Student Health Services. Dr. Thomson would love to speak on suicide terrorism, psychology of religion, and many other topics.
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This Week: Atheist Census, Two Conferences, and Atheist Scholarships

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Atheist Census


Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is pleased to announce the launch of Atheist Census.  Atheist Census is a global project to count and capture a snapshot of the world’s atheists.  The census records people's preferred title (e.g. atheist, rationalist, humanist, freethinker, etc), religious background, education level, age, gender identity and country. Please note that entries in Atheist Census are not personally identifiable. 
 
Help us demonstrate the atheist presence around the world!  Please contribute to Atheist Census and spread the word to your secular friends and group members!
 

Two conferences?!

In case you've somehow been under a rock for the past week, we announced that we are holding TWO conferences in 2013-- one in Las Vegas (#SSAWest) and one in Columbus, OH (#SSAEast). Here's the main page for both conferences. You can get tons of information there.

It seems so far away though, you think! We know, and we're just as anxious for summer to hit. But in the meantime, you can ask your parents for a plane ticket to the greatest secular student conference ever for Christmas! Apply to speak! Get your group ready by fundraising or submitting a Leadership Travel Aid application! We can't wait to see you there!

 

Atheist Scholarships

You're about to leave for winter break, and what do you plan to do with all your time? Hopefully between eating, spending time with family, playing video games, and internetting, you can get some productive planning done for next semester.

Luckily, there are scholarship opportunities available for you! You can find them on our scholarships page. The earliest is due on January 10th, so spend your winter break wisely and hopefully get some money for school out of it!

Group Photo of the Week

Rekindle Reason: A Community of Atheist and Freethinkers at the University of Pennslyvania held an Ask-An-Atheist event!

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Darwin Day is going to sneak up on you! Start planning today!
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Newest Affiliate
Panther Creek Secular Student Alliance
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Tabling Supplies! (Order them now for next semester's recruitment!)
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Featured Speaker
Jamila Bey
Jamila Bey is a journalist based in Washington, DC, where she hosts the weekly radio show The Sex, Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR With Jamila.  A sought-after speaker and writer, Jamila’s areas of expertise include health and family policy, and all issues concerning the First Amendment.  She particularly enjoys reporting on issues concerning religion and the separation of church and state.
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Thank you!

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Dear friends,

Thanks to your generosity, we have met Ron Verstappen's $20,000 match!

Because of your support we are able to help thousands of secular students. We have grown to more than 385 hard-working affiliate groups, with 58 of these at high schools! These students are dedicated to pushing the secular movement forward.

Without your support we would be unable to help these students become leaders in their communities. Thank you so much for your generosity. And if you missed Ron's matching offer, it is never too late to donate! Next year is primed to be even bigger and better than this, with more conferences, more affilaite groups, and more students helped than ever before.

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