Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania Monthly Conference Call

Location

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

 

Secular Coalition for America Pennsylvania Chapter

Conference Call Agenda

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

Tuesday, September 4th 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 Pennsylvania 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.

State Government

Pennsylvania General Assembly

In session through November 30th

In recess right now, will reconvene September 24th

Overview of the State Chapter Model

A Secular Coalition for America state chapter is unlike any other nontheistic state organization-it brings together interested organization and individuals for the exclusive purpose of lobbying.

Relationship to the SCA

Chapters are part of the SCA

Don't need to file any tax documentation

Covered under our C4 tax exemption

Have C4 Lobbying privileges to educate and lobby on ballot initiatives, legislation, regulations, meet with policymakers, etc.

Cannot "electioneer" - endorse or speak out against specific candidates

Same Mission- to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

Similar Purpose - accomplish its mission through cooperation between local groups and coordinated state lobbying activities.

Chapters are representatives of the SCA

As lobbyists we must be the diplomats of the secular movement

Nonpartisan, respectful, diplomatic

We believe secular values are American values

Fundraising

Fundraising challenges prevent chapter growth

SCA will do all the fundraising and provide all resources the chapter needs

Donations will go to the SCA for the benefit of the state chapters

Official Chapter Recognition

Once your state chapter is organized, the executive committee and a representative of the SCA will sign a memo of understanding officially recognizing the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania and giving the group access to our resources.

Membership/Leadership

Executive Committee

Co-chairs: Justin Vacula and Brian Fields

Anyone else interested in being a part of the Executive Committee?

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@secular.org.

Database

Sign up to receive action alerts to be part of a grassroots campaign when particular issues arise. Sign up online here.

 

Secular Coalition for America's Support for the Chapters

Conference Calls

Initial organizing calls

Focus on setting up the structure, identifying leadership, discussing how the legislature in Pennsylvania operates and the best ways to meet the needs of the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania

After Official recognition

Future monthly calls will become a way to educate and inform: track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations.

Agendas available online

Call replays available online

Bill Tracking

Pennsylvania's General Assembly has Bill Tracking and Daily Session update emails. There is a 10 bill limit for tracking.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/DSU/subscribe.cfm

CQ Statetrack

Full bill text and details

Committee hearings calendar

Customizable reports

Automatic web publishing

Website

Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>Pennsylvania

Conference Call dates, time, numbers

Call replays and Agendas

Sign up to receive alerts

PA.secular.org subdomain

Uses our template, but you will be able to update information

Technical set-up work is happening now!

Use of our logo and name Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania

Email Address for Chair/Co-Chairs

Executive Committee Chair's name at secular.org

Gmail Group Mailing List

For leadership to discuss which issues they should address and to coordinate action

Facebook Page

Set up for each state

Will add leadership as admins

Can schedule events

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

PA Nonbelievers Conference

September 28th - 30th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg, PA

Atheistpa.org

Eliza Kashinsky, Chief of Staff of the Secular Coalition for America will be speaking

Signing ceremony to sign the Memo of Understanding that officially recognizes the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania!

Religious child care bill

Senate Bill 1134 introduced by Senator Corman, similar bill in the House

It would relax the requirements for religiously affiliated child-care centers

Met with the Early Care and Education Consortium last week, we plan to coordinate efforts on this bill

Outlook- the bill will likely be tabled for 2012 and picked up again in 2013

What the SCA is doing until the next call:

Building the website

Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination

Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other

What you can do:

Email Kelly@secular.org if interested in leadership or volunteering

Sign up on our website to receive info and updates

Like the Facebook page

Check out Pennsylvania's state chapters page for updates

Spread the word about the next conference call!

Next Conference Call Date and Time

October 2nd at 2pm

First Tuesday of the month

Same call in number and code

My 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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