National Secular Movement Update Call
National Secular Movement Update
Newsletter and Call
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The House will vote today on whether to renew the Violence Against Women Act. The Secular Coalition sent an action alert yesterday urging representatives to vote “YES” on the Senate version of the bill and “NO” on the House substitute amendment that would allow for federally-funded employment discrimination through faith based charities. The Secular Coalition and many of its member organizations also signed on to a Coalition Against Religious Discrimination letter to all House Members urging them to adopt the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act.
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent an email to all of his constituents promoting the recently passed National Prayer Breakfast, with a video of him speaking on the House floor about "the importance of faith." A portion of his email read, "Even in its infancy, prayer was shaping our nation’s history, and that tradition of prayer continues today with both chambers of the U.S. Congress opening each day with prayer. Prayer is deeply rooted in the traditions of our society and rooted in the very fabric of American history." We have scheduled a meeting with his office for March 26.
The House Ways and Means Committee has announced 11 working groups for fundamental tax reform. The SCA will be participating and submitting comments, developed from our "National Summit: Correcting Religious Privileging in the Tax Code" in December, including Politicking from the Pulpit, Direct Tax Privileges and Financial Disclosure Exemptions.
The SCA has completed our draft comments to the Department of Health and Human Services' final rule on contraceptive coverage requirements and exemptions for religious employers. Comments are due in early April and we will request member, endorsing and affiliate groups sign on to the comment letter. More information to follow!
The Secular Coalition is working to formulate a Model Secular Guide for Legislatures, a comprehensive document that will be distributed to policy makers and elected officials, outlining model policy and approaches to governing from a secular perspective. The Task force is forming and has a 30 minute call every Friday at 2 pm. To participate, call-in at 559-726-1300, code: 199568.
...is shaping up to be one of the most unique events in the movement this year-- and one that you certainly won't want to miss! The Secular Summit will allow attendees to engage directly with legislators, thought-leaders and other decision makers on the issues important to the secular community. We are expecting two members of Congress, a representative from the White House and a host of other movers and shakers. Confirmed guests include:
Following the Secular Summit, attendees will receive lobbying training and have the opportunity to lobby their lawmakers on Capitol Hill face-to-face! It's going to be an event you won't want to miss.
When: April 24-26, 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency Washington, DC on Capitol Hill (discounted room rates available for attendees!)
How: REGISTER NOW!
Do you live in the Philadelphia area?
If so you won't want to miss our "Intimate Lunch with Richard Dawkins" on March 12 in Philadelphia, PA.
Only 25 seats are available for this intimate dinner with Dr. Dawkins, so register now for the Philadelphia event!
Table of Contents:
Please join our movement today! Follow this link to the SCA sign-up page.
II. Secular Events and Calendar
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Secular and Related News
Have something to add to the calendar? Contact [email protected]
VI. SCA State Chapters
To join in, call in to 530-881-1400 and enter the participant code 978895 on your state’s scheduled date and time.
VII. Policy and Research Documents
Reminder: The Open Access on-line Research Library at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture, Trinity College, Hartford, CT is available to everyone in the movement. Go to www.secularisminstitute.org. This is the academic website for ISSSC. From there you can access (top right) all the reports and materials on the American Religious Identification Survey series since 1990.
Contact Barry Kosmin ([email protected]) Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society or Jenny Kalmanson (jenn[email protected]), who sits on the Board of the American Humanist Association, with any additions or suggestions for this list.
Powerpoints, brochures, scorecards, and other resources are now available on the website. These speeches will be free and available to everyone in the movement. The Secular Coalition is looking for helpful research papers, to link to from our website and to determine where additional research needs to be done. If you are aware of any, please send information to [email protected]
VIII. Secular Coalition Expansion
American Atheists is working to win a booth and two registrations for Netroots Nation, a progressive political convention with training and networking opportunities within the progressive community. To help out, follow this link and then "Like" AA to cast your vote. American Atheists thanks you!
Secular Women announced its current organizational goals: Advocate for women’s bodily autonomy and sovereignty, Promote secular women by providing opportunities to network and connect with other women in the secular community and Increase the financial stability and ensure the longevity of Secular Woman. For more info on secular women visit http://secularwoman.org/about
Looking to work in the movement? Society for Humanistic Judaism and Camp Quest have exciting new job opportunities! SHJ is seeking a part-time HuJews Youth Program Associate, whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the organization's youth conclaves. Description and more information here.
Camp Quest is hiring a second full-time staff person! Learn more and apply here. They are also accepting applications for volunteer camp counselors for our summer sessions. Those who are interested can apply here. If you're interested in sending your children (ages 8-17) to Camp Quest this summer, registration is now open!
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 protected].
Stiefel Freethought Foundation’s generous donation of $100,000.00 is giving hope to Clergy Project members who feel trapped and unable to find secular employment. “Adam,” a founding member of the Clergy Project, closeted atheist and an active Pastor, is the first recipient of the Employment Transition Assistance Grant.
Foundation Beyond Belief is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! We are encouraging the secular movement to take part in their Light The Night Walks and help raise money through the Foundation Beyond Belief team. More information at http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/LLS-lightthenight
Foundation Beyond Belief staff will be reaching out to other secular organizations in hopes of incorporating their charity efforts into this report, and to provide a year-end summary of non-theist charity giving. The LLS LTN initiative headed by Todd Stiefel and supported by many national secular organizations has made it extremely likely that nontheists will reach $1 million in organized charitable giving in 2012.
Please contact Dale McGowan at [email protected] if you would like your group's charity effort to be included.
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Contact Executive Director, Edwina Rogers, at Edwina@secular.or[email protected] or by phone at 202-299-1091 ext. 207 or cell: 202-674-7800.
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