Secular Coalition for Minnesota Monthly Conference Call

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 13:00 - 13:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

 

Secular Coalition for America - Minnesota Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, October 17th at Noon CT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Minnesota 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 Minnesota monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the 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
    • Senator Amy Klobuchar running for re-election
      Democrat, first elected in 2006
      Predicted to win
  • U.S. House
    • All 8 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
      The Democratic Party holds 4  seats and the Republican Party holds 4 seats
  • State Senate
    • All 67 seats up for election
      Republican party currently holds a 37-30 majority
      Possible chamber majority switch: 16 incumbent senators have been paired together and there will be eight open seats with no incumbent.
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 134 seats up for election
      Republican party currently holds a 72-61 majority
      Possibly chamber majority switch: 30 incumbent representatives have been paired together and there will be 15 open seats with no incumbent

 

Issues/Events

  • 2012 Ballot Constitutional Amendment: “Shall the Mississippi Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Mississippi?”
    • Mississippi United for All Families- coalition including faith organizations, advocating to vote against this amendment
  • Any other issues or events?

Chapter Development Status

Wrap Up

  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Outreach!
    • Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee interested individuals in contact with each other
  • What you can do:
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    Next Conference Call Date and Time

    • November 21st at Noon CT
    • Same call in number and code

     

    Contact Information

    Thank You!

     

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