The SSA has met its $250,000 match challenge – with 11 days to spare!
The Secular Student Alliance, with whom I’m interning this summer, received a very generous challenge match offer from Jeff Hawkins (inventor of the Palm Pilot & Palm Treo) and Janet Strauss. We intended to meet this challenge by August 1st. As of 6:40 PM today, July 20th, a final donation of pushed us to $250,015.39, meaning the SSA will receive the $250,000 doubling!
I can’t begin to tell you what amazing news this is for skepticism and the secular movement as a whole. Some figures show that 1/3 of people under 30 doubt the existence of a god, and this is especially true for students. The SSA’s work in helping students find a sense of community, engage in activism, find a secular outlet for service & volunteer work, and a secular place to educate themselves and the public is second to none. I am so inspired every time I think of the SSA and the work they are doing.
If you’re not familiar with the SSA, please check out their website. Get to know the staff—they are AMAZING people—and like their Page on Facebook. Look at the services they offer to student groups—both high school and college—and the library of resources, as well. I speak from experience in saying that I know that our student group would not be nearly where it is without the SSA’s direct help in every step along the way.
The work the SSA are doing is so important. If you care about secularism and secular issues, become a supporter. As secular activists, this is where our attention should be, and I join the rest of us at the SSA in thanking you for being behind us.
Dave Muscato is the 2012 Writing Intern for the Secular Student Alliance in Columbus, Ohio. He is also Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou studying economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday and twice monthly for the Humanist Community at Harvard. His website ishttp://www.DaveMuscato.com. Opinions posted here do not necessarily reflect the views of MU SASHA, the Secular Student Alliance, nor the Humanist Community at Harvard.
Danielle Muscato is a civil rights activist, writer, and public speaker. She has appeared on or been quoted in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard Magazine, and on MTV News, VH1, NPR, MSNBC, ABC, "The Real Story" with Gretchen Carlson, The O'Reilly Factor, Huffington Post Live, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Raw Story, CNN, CBS, and Howard Stern
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