Secular Coalition for New Mexico Monthly Conference Call
Secular Coalition for America New Mexico Chapter
Conference Call Agenda
Call-in number: (530) 881-1400 Participant Access Code: 978895
Wednesday, September 19th at 2pm MT
Who is here and not here that needs to be here?
Agenda available at secular.org state page
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 New Mexico monthly conference call!
Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country.
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 New Mexico 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.
Our chapters will bring together secular Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.
Susana Martinez, Republican elected in 2010. New Mexico governors have a two-term consecutive limit and must wait one term out of office before running again.
New Mexico State Legislature
Part-time legislature, convenes on the third Tuesday of January for no longer than sixty days (odd-numbered years) or thirty days (even-numbered years)
Session ended February 16th
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) is not running for re-election
Candidates: Martin Heinrich (D) and Heather Wilson (R)
U.S. House of Representatives
All 3 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
The Democratic Party holds 2 seats and the Republican Party holds 1 seat
New Mexico State Senate
All 42 seats up for election
Democratic Party holds a 28-14 majority
Possible majority change, 9 incumbents noy running for re-election, 5 Democratic and 4 Republican
New Mexico House of Representatives
All 70 seats up for election
Democratic Party holds a 36-33 majority
Possibly majority change, 12 incumbents not running for re-election, 9 Democratic and 3 Republican
HJR 22- A constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and to provide that same-sex marriages officiated in other jurisdictions will not be recognized by the state.
HB 302- Was the fifth anti-evolution bill to be introduced in a state legislature in 2011. The bill would protect teachers from discipline for "informing students about relevant scientific information regarding either the scientific strengths or scientific weaknesses" pertaining to "controversial" scientific topics, such as evolution. A thinly veiled attempt to create the false impression of scientific controversy and protect religiously based critiques of widely accepted scientific theories in publicly funded schools.
Chapter Development Status
Initial call summary: low turnout, need to spread the word
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
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 me [email protected].
NM.secular.org still under construction
Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>New Mexico
Legislation tracking through CQ Statetrack
Initial organizing calls
Setting up the structure, identifying leadership, spreading the word about the calls and building momentum
After Official recognition
Educate and inform: track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations.
Agendas and Call replays available online
Looking into forums
Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts
Informational resources - Research, fact sheets and policy papers
Trainings and Guides - media and lobby trainings and guides
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
Any issues or events anyone would like to mention?
What the SCA is doing until the next call:
Getting resources in place
Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other
What you can do:
Email [email protected] if interested in leadership or volunteering
Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
Like the Facebook page
Check out New Mexico's state chapters page for updates
Spread the word about the next conference call!
Next Conference Call Date and Time
October 17th at 2pm CT
Third Wednesday of the month
Same call in number and code
My contact information
Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204