Secular Coalition for California Monthly Conference Call

Location

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - California Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, September 26 at 1pm PT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at California chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for California monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

 

State Government Update - November Elections
  • U.S. Senate
    • Dianne Feinstein (D) is running for re-election, predicted to win
  • U.S. House
    • All 53 seats representing California are up for election
    • The Democratic Party holds 34 seats and the Republican Party holds 19 seats
    • 12 of the 53 districts are considered competitve: 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 36th, 41st, 47th, and 52nd districts
  • State Senate
    • 20 of the 40 total seats are up for election
    • Democratic Party holds a 25-15 majority, expected to hold
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 80 seats are up for election
    • Democratic Party holds an 52-28 majority, expected to hold

Issues/Events
  • Sacramento Freethought Day
    • Saturday, October 6 from 10am - 7pm at the Ben Ali Shrine Center
    • Government Relations Manager Chris Lombardi 
      • Speaking Saturday at 4:10 pm
      • Lobby Training Sunday at 2pm
  • Voices United Concerts by Americans United
    • Bakersfield, September 29th at 2pm
    • Garden Grove, Stpember 28th at 7pm
    • Los Angeles, October 1st at 7:30pm
    • Santa Rosa, September 30th at 7pm
  • Any issues or events happening in California?

Chapter Development Status
  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • No set number of members or roles 
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • Examples of Helpful Skills: leadership skills, familiarity with local groups, monitor legislation, conduct lobbying visits, mobilize grassroots, IT or website knowledge, social networking familiarity, comfortable speaking with press 
      • Co-chairs: Roger Schlueter, Caleb Weaver
      • Interested individuals:  David Diskin, David Beadle, Tom Manger, Rachael    Harrington, Michelle Huey, Cathy Holzinger, Debbie Allen, Charles Bailey-Gates, Aliyah Fuller Levin, John Figdor
      • Anyone one else interested? Email Kelly@secular.org
    • Volunteer List
    • Those who do not wish to be on the Executive Committee, but still want to play an active role and help out once there is work to be done, please email Kelly@secular.org
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • CA.secular.org still under construction 
      • Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>California 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Build montum, confirm leadership, track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations. 
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the California chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - viewable on California chapter page and Facebook page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for California 
    • Future Resources 
      • Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts 
      • Informational resources – Research, fact sheets and policy papers 
      • Trainings and Guides – media and lobby trainings and guides 
    • National Resources 
      • Powerpoints –available at secular.org/resources 
      • National Secular Calendar – secular.org homepage
      • National Secular Update Weekly Conference Call - Thursdays at Noon 559-726-1300 Code 199568
Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place for executive committee
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Putting interested leaders in contact 
  • What you can do:
    • Email Kelly@secular.org if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the California chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for California Facebook page
    • Spread the word about the next conference call!

 

Next Conference Call Date and Time
  • October 24 at 1pm PT
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month
  • Same call in number and code

 

Contact Information
  • Kelly Damerow
  • Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
  • Email: kelly@secular.org
  • Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204
Thank You!
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