This is my official announcement that I’ll be participating in Blogathon this year!
What is Blogathon? Well, Jen McCreight has been blogging every half an hour for 24 hours for the last three years to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance, and this year, she’s invited a bunch of other atheist bloggers to join her. From June 9th to June 16th, many bloggers are going to be doing some form of that (though most of us aren’t as ridiculous as she is). I’m going to be blogging every half an hour between 10am and 10pm on Tuesday, June 12th. The full schedule of bloggers can be found here.
Blogathon is part of SSA Week, a full ten days (it’s a metric week, ok?) devoted to supporting secular student activism. We want to raise $100,000 in these ten days, which will be doubled because of a very generous and awesome $250,000 matching offer from Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss. And by golly, we’re going to do it. You can check out the SSA Week page to find out all the other cool things that are going on.
Why is this important? Because the SSA is amazing. They help students creating welcoming and vibrant nonreligious communities on their college and high school campuses. They work to get students funding for speakers and events, give them ideas for meetings, and always remind them that they’re supported, that they’re part of a big, awesome, community of secular people who are changing the world. The SSA organizes conferences to get student leaders together, and helps out students whose administrations are making life difficult for them. My SSA Affiliate, the Secular Alliance at the University of Chicago, has been really important to me over the last three years, and will continue to be next year.
For all those reasons and more, I hope you donate to the SSA. Even five dollars helps. There should be a widget at the bottom of the page to donate, but if the html doesn’t work you can also go the Donation Page. If you mention my name in your donation, you can pick a topic for me to blog on. You can also pledge a certain amount per word, per post, per something else. Let me know if that’s the case in comments.
Even if you don’t want to donate, please spread the word. Share the images I have strewn through this post. Use the #SSAweek hashtag on twitter. Become a member of the SSA. Give me ideas for topics and/or keep me and Andrew Tripp, who’s doing the same thing on the same day, company.
I’m really excited for this, you guys, so please support me and an organization that means a lot to me.