Secular Coalition for North Carolina Monthly Conference Call

Location

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America North Carolina Chapter

Conference Call Agenda

Call-in number: (530) 881-1400      Participant Access Code: 978895

Tuesday, September 18th at 2:00 pm ET

 

Welcome message

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 North Carolina 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 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.

Our chapters will bring together secular Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

Government Update

November Elections

Federal

13 seats in the U.S. House are up for election

Currently the Democratic Party holds 7  seats, 4 of which are considered to be in play by the New York Times

Republican Party holds 6 seats

Governor

Candidates:

Walter Dalton (Democrat), former Governor Perdue's lieutenant governor

Pat McCrory (Republican) Mayor of Charlotte 199-2009

Barbara Howe (Libertarian) Candidate for North Carolina House in District 32

State Senate

All 50 seats up for election

Republican party currently holds the majority with 31 of the previous 50 seats

11 incumbents retiring: 6 Democrats and 5 Republicans

State Assembly

All 120 seats up for election

33 incumbents retiring: 16 Republicans and 17 Democrats

Chapter Development Status

Initial call summary: 19 callers from all over the state, variety of organizations represented

Leadership

Executive Committee

Interested individuals:

Joe Donovan, 15 years of advocacy experience with NC General Assembly

Joseph Stewart, VP for FreeThoughtAction, co-founder NC Secular Association

Jeremy Tranka, VP of Central NC Atheists and Humanists

William Keener, co-founder Recovering From Religion Metrolina chapter

Suggested individuals:

Jennifer Lovejoy

Mary Snow

Amanda Grant

Christina Warren

Karl Schranz

Anyone one else interested?

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 me Kelly@sec[email protected].

Resources Status

Website

NC.secular.org still under construction

Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>North Carolina

Conference Calls

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

Logo

Facebook Page

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

Issues/Events

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

Selecting 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 North Carolina's state chapters page for updates

Spread the word about the next conference call!

Next Conference Call Date and Time

October 16th at 2pm

Third Tuesday of the month

Same call in number and code

My contact information

Kelly Damerow

Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204

Thank You!

 

 

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