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2011 SASHA Fall Conference this weekend! 7 Speakers – 2 Days – Free Admission: Visit SASHAconference.com for details.
Hello all! Three things for today:
The 2011 SASHA Fall Conference is this weekend! The keynote speaker is Nate Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps (the “God Hates Fags” people who picket soldiers’ funerals), who is now an atheist and LGBTQ-rights activist.
Other speakers include Dr. Darrel Ray, Dave Rosman, Annie Callicotte, Brandon Christen (see Brandon’s guest post on our blog here), fellow SASHA blogger and philosophy PhD student Seth Kurtenbach, and fellow SASHA blogger and evolutionary biologist/entomologist James Pflug. See the website at http://www.SASHAconference.com and the Facebook event here.
SASHA weekly meeting tonight! SASHA member Tyler Crossen will lead a presentation and discussion about LGBTQ issues through the lens of various world religions. See the Facebook event here. The meeting is 5:30 to 6:30 in the Agriculture Building, room 2-16.
The Secular Student Alliance, with which SASHA is affiliated, is making huge waves on Reddit right now, and they are springboarding this into a matching donation campaign. The best part is, NEW MEMBERSHIPS count toward the match, and student memberships are only $10! Reblogged with permission below is an article by JT Eberhard about it.
As of right now, the SSA’s facebook page has gone from 6.5k likes up to 14,045 likes. This is a valuable currency in the 21st century, which I’ll explain momentarily.
Progression so far.
Kenny Flagg, a leader with the Freethinkers of The University of North Dakota put this image on the r/atheism subreddit after 1am this morning. Overnight we get a gaggle of international traffic.
This morning it hits the front page of reddit and we start getting domestic traffic. Also, Christians start hammering it with downvotes.
FtB picks it up and now we’re outpacing the down votes, muahahahahahahaha! Thanks everybody!
Now, why is this influx of new traffic important? It’s important because we just announced a $20,000 matching offer from Ron Verstappen, and new memberships to the SSA count as donations! With all these people now having an eye on the SSA, we stand to be in a better position to support student activists in 2012!
So this is what I would like from all you lovely readers. Spread the word! Spread the word that we want four things:
1. Like the SSA Facebook page. You do not need to be a student to do this, you need only support our cause.
2. Upvote the reddit article to push back against all the Christian down votes.
3. Become a member of the SSA ($35/year, $10/year for students) and/or donate to the SSA. You do not need to be a student to become a member! The upcoming generation of secular activists requires the support of the previous generation!
4. Spread the word even further! Tweet about it. Facebook it. G+ it. Shout it from the mountain tops. Get a pic. Do a blog! Tell them the taaaaaaaaaaaaale!
We’ve had 7.5k new likes in the last 11 hours. If all those people threw in $2.50, we’d have the match. What happens in the next 24 hours will have a large impact on how successful student activism is for the next year! Let’s make this happen!
See JT’s original post here.
See you tonight at the meeting & at the conference this weekend!
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Dave Muscato is Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is http://www.DaveMuscato.com.
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