National Secular Movement Update Call
National Secular Movement Update
Newsletter and Call
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After 10 years, last week we said goodbye to our founding President, Herb Silverman, and welcomed our new president, David Niose. We welcomed Amanda Metskas as our new vice president and Patty Guzikowski as our new secretary.
The Secular Coalition is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 Lobby Day and Secular Summit! Lobby Day will be held on Capitol Hill from April 24, 2012 through April 26, 2013. Register, book your hotel, and get more information at the Lobby Day site.
Last week the 113th Congress was sworn in. Executive Director, Edwina Rogers and Government Relations Manager, Chris Lombardi attended numerous events and met directly with more than 30 Senators and Representatives.
The Supreme Court announced the dates that it will hear challenges to same sex marriage legislation. On March 26 the Court will hear one hour arguments on California's Prop 8 and on March 27 the Court will hear one hour arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Secular Coalition is keeping a close eye on two recently introduced bills: one a bill to establish that life begins at fertilization, The Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 23) and the other a bill to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment (H.R. 127) thereby allowing churches and exempt organizations to explicitly endorse political candidates.
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II. Secular Events and Calendar
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Other News, Blog Posts, Press Releases
Have something to add to the calendar? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For press inquiries, updates and other media related information, contact email@example.com.
Legislative and Regulatory Update Calls
Contact Chris Lombardi, Government Relations Manager for the SCA, with additional suggestions or information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VI. SCA State Chapters
State Chapter Updates
If I have missed a major conflict with your state's call date and time, please let me know by emailing me at Kelly@secular.org or by phone 202-299-1091 ext. 204.
With David Niose taking over the role of President of the Secular Coalition for America, the American Humanist Association was in need of a new president! That role now goes to Rebecca Hale, co-owner of EvolveFISH.com in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to Hale's new role as president, she will also serve as a member on the AHA board of directors. American Atheists has announced it will offer $4,000 in scholarships to students who demonstrate atheist activists in their communities and schools. AA will offer four scholarships: a first-place award of $2,000, a runner-up award of $1,000 to atheist students going to college and a $1,000 scholarship for LGBT atheist activism. Also, American Atheists has is looking for a new Public Relations Director.
Want to share your organization's efforts with the SCA? Email updates, alerts, announcements or other items you'd like to share with the community to email@example.com.
Foundation Beyond Belief has experienced another record quarter of humanist giving with totals for Q4 of around $60,000. The organization is currently evaluating its 2012 giving total for all programs but expect it to be well over $500,000 including LLS and its crisis response programs which were also very successful in 2012. See this link for a wrap up of FBB's 2012: http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/node/1569.Is your organization doing good work for the community? Let us know! Lauren@secular.org.
Contact Executive Director, Edwina Rogers, at Edwina@secular.org or by phone at 202-299-101 ext. 207 or cell: 202-674-7800.
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