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This Week: Chase Community Giving, Interfaith Leadership Institute, We Raised Six Figures with LTN!

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 Help SSA Get $50,000!

The Secular Student Alliance has been nominated for the Chase Community Giving Program! This means we have the opportunity to get up to $250,000 in grants! Here is how it works:

From now though Sept. 19th, everyone gets two votes that they can use on Facebook: simply click here to go to our page and vote! No sign-up is necessary. Be sure to let the members of your group know, so they can vote! We have lots of tools for you to spread the word available at:

http://www.secularstudents.org/chasecommunitygiving

If you "share" the Chase Community Giving page, you will be granted an additional vote that can be used to help out the SSA other secular organizations like Camp Quest or Foundation Beyond Belief. Also if you are a member of Chase banks, you get two additional votes. You'll have to log in to Chase to get the votes.

Voting runs until Sept. 19th. Vote for the SSA now and spread the word!

Interfaith Leadership Institute

The Interfaith Youth Core, one of our partners, is hosting their 10th annual Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California Oct. 28th-31st. This should be of interest to the students in that area as atheists are an important part of interfaith dialogue. If you need financial assistance, you may appy for a project grant to help with the expenses of travel. Registration is $50 off until Sept 12th. Register here for the institute!

Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) are four-day intensives that equip students and their campus allies, inclusive of staff, faculty, and administrators, to be movement builders for interfaith action.

Click here for more info.

We Raised Six Figures with LTN!

The Foundation Beyond Belief team has raised more than $125,000 toward the million dollar goal by the end of the year towards Light the Night. Secular students like you and others all over the country are helping us in this effort!

 

In celebration of the great work that has been done and in order to encourage even more: Foundation Beyond Belief, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation are doing something special for the walks through September 9th to the 15th (Light the Night Walk Kickoff Week). More free stuff! Help the FBB team raise money and you'll have the opportunity to win prizes courtesy of the LLS!

  • Starting on September 9th and ending the 15th, the first 50 people to email their fundraising webpage to 20 or more people and cc: Breanna Baer will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card!
  • The top 10 individual online fundraisers during Walk Kickoff Week, raising a minimum of $250 each, will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!
  • The top overall fundraiser between September 9th and October 9th will receive a free iPad 2 if they raise $5,000 or more!

In addition to all this great swag, don't forget Stiefel Freethought Foundation's ongoing incentives for all of our teams: The top fundraising teams overall will have the opportunity to direct up to $5,000 in grants!

 

Click here to register a walk team, a virtual team or join or donate directly to an existing team by clicking on the team. The walks start now, find a walk in your area.

 

Group Photo of the Week

Members from East Carolina University Secular Student Alliance tabling at ECU's organization fair "Get a Clue".

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The SSA is now selling t-shirts for dirt cheap--only $5!  These make great t-shirts for your affiliate group!  You can have your group name screened on the back by a local screen shop if you want fancier shirts customized for your group.  These shirts are also great for fundraisers, membership perks, and for showing your secular awesomeness!

You need a free student membership account to log in and buy.

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? 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 Mike Gobaud speaking on how sustain a group and recruiting new members.

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This Week: Dedicated Day of Service, N.O.S.S. Volunteer Positions, Buy SSA Stuffs

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SSA Affiliate Store

We’re excited to announce our new store!  In addition to the cool gel bracelets, SSA stamps, and extra tabling supplies, we’re now selling our classy lapel pins and some brand new SSA t-shirts!  We understand that students are short on cash, so we’re selling our swag at the price we get them in bulk--no markup, just savings to help you show your secular pride.  Did you know that, before shipping, you can get 90 stickers, 10 gel bracelets, 10 buttons, and a t-shirt for just $20? That’s a crazy good deal! Check out everything else we’re offering!

To access the store, sign in our site with your free student membership information.

Light the Night Virtual Teams

Want to make a Light the Night team but are too far away from a walk in your area? Create a virtual team! It is still perfectly possible to be a part of the Light the Night fundraising. Walks are starting soon. Check out this page to find out if and when there are walks in your area. Register a team (make sure to put FBB and SSA in your team name) and hold a fundraiser. The fundraising can be done completely online through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media. Find out more about LTN.

The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is providing incentives for student teams fundraising for Light the Night. First place student team for instance gets $1,000 and an award plaque. There are many other prizes to go for too. Take a look at the other incentives provided by The Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

We are also going to send a basket of goodies to all of our affiliates who create teams and raise $100 or more by next Wednesday. If your existing group or new group raised $100 or more by 9/10 we'll send you a surprise gift full of goodies. Let us know if your Light the Night team is not shown here.

Secular Coalition for America State Chapters

The Secular Coalition for America, one of our partnering organizations, is expanding to the state level. In an effort to combat violations of church & state at the non-federal level, (and since there are so many) the SCA launched state chapters. The mission of the Secular Coalition for America is to increase the visibility of and respect for non-theistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

For more information on state chapters and when there will be a state conference call for your state, check here. Also sign up for their custom emails.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Law Student Alliance visiting a fellow college of law at The Ohio State University.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? 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 Sarah Maddox and Ben Blanchard speaking on how to table for your group like a pro.

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Ian Bushfield is the president of the British Columbia Humanist Association, a blogger and advocate for humanist values - especially science. He would love to speak on Humanism among other things.
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This Week: Dedicated Day of Service, N.O.S.S. Volunteer Positions, Buy SSA Stuffs

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Dedicated Day of Service

Since many of our groups express an interest in volunteering, we thought we would bring this to everyone's attention. Now, we already know there is a national day of service coming up (Sept. 11th) but if you would rather do community service a little later, Redditgifts has a growing list of meet ups you can find (around Sept. 22nd). You can join a separate meet up or host your own service idea. Our affiliates who are also a part of Volunteers Beyond Belief should seriously consider being a part of this.

Of course one way to get involved is to start a Light the Night group. There are simple instructions here and a more in depth activity packet here.

N.O.S.S. Volunteer Positions

The National Organization of Secular Scholarships (N.O.S.S.) is a scholarship fund set up to assist atheist, agnostic, secular humanists, freethinkers, and skeptics alike find the funding they need for their education. The award will be given to multiple individuals based on community involvement, and atheist activism in their community. The scholarship requires an essay, and the subject varies from time to time.

N.O.S.S. is a start-up organization which is looking for volunteer positions in web developing and Facebook organizing. Multiple positions in each category may be hired. These positions could later turn into full time hires in the future.

Check out our jobs page to for more information on these positions.

Check out their Facebook page.

Buy SSA Stuffs

See anyone wearing our lapel pin during the 2012 annual conference? Now you can buy one on our buy supplies page! The lapel pins are $5 each and look fantastic fastened to just about anything. Other items for sale are our SSA stamps which cost $10 bucks each (available for a limited amount of time). Use them to stamp forms, hands or other objects with relatively flat surfaces. We also have baby blue gel wristbands which you can buy. Every $3 gets you 10 fashionable bands. You can wear them anywhere and show off your SSA pride!

Buy them today! By the way, Don't forget - you can get still standard tabling supplies for free (if you are affiliated) at www.secularstudents.org/tablingsupplies.

 

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance @ San Jose State University with speaker Ted Cox.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! The latest video comes from Herb Silverman speaking on the religious landscape in America.

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Stand up for students' rights all year long!

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Dear Friends,

SSAUCF CaptionedA few weeks ago, the Secular Student Alliance received a letter from a high school teacher who called students “deviants” for trying to start a secular group on their campus, claiming they did not deserve equal protection because of their secularism. We were outraged by this attack on students’ rights, so we brought the situation to the school’s attention. Pointing to the law, the moral landscape, and the bullying that secular students often face, we made it clear to the school that discrimination against secular students cannot be tolerated.

The administration agreed with us.  The teacher backtracked and pledged never to discriminate against students for any reason.  The administrators reaffirmed their commitment to diversity and the rights of all students to form clubs.  They spoke with the teacher to emphasize that he could not treat students differently because of what they do— or do not— believe.

We do everything within our power to make sure secular students are able to form safe and supportive communities. We hear of students being treated wrongly by teachers or administrators throughout the entire year. You can make sure we are ready to help students throughout the entire year by becoming a Monthly Supporter. For as little as you would spend on a cup of coffee, you can ensure secular students receive the resources they need. Sign up by visiting:

www.secularstudents.org/monthlygiving

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