Secular Coalition for South Dakota Monthly Conference Call

Location

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 15:00 - 15:30
Call In Details: 
530-881-1400 code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America South Dakota Chapter

Initial Organizing Conference Call Agenda

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

Monday, October 8th at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/ 1pm MT

 

 

Welcome message

Who is here and not here that needs to be here?

Explanation of conference call style and recording

No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.

Agenda available at secular.org state page.

Thank you for joining us for this historic event. The inaugural Secular Coalition for South Dakota 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

Governor

Dennis Daugaard, Republican elected in 2010

South Dakota State Legislature

Session ran January 10 through March 19

Senate has 35 members which serve 4 year terms. Controlled by the Republican Party with 30 Republican s and 5 Democrats

The House of Representatives has 70 members who serve 2 year terms. Controlled by the Republican Party with 50 Republicans, 19 Democrats and 1 Independent.

35 Senate seats and 70 House seats up for election in November 2012.

State Legislation

Opening South Dakota Assembly with a prayer

SD HB 1223 - Would exempt from sales tax certain handling fees paid by religious organizations to approved relief agencies.

National issues sweeping the states

Reframing discrimination as "religious freedom" or "religious liberty"

Similar authorization of discrimination, this time by medical professionals with "Rights of Conscience" bills

Does anyone know any legislation or regulation in South Dakota we should be watching?

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 South Dakota and giving the group access to our resources.

Membership/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

Lobbying Rules for South Dakota

LOBBYIST : seek the introduction of legislation or to promote, oppose, or influence in any manner the passage by the Legislature of any legislation affecting the special interests of any agency, individual, association, or business, as distinct from those of the whole people of the state,

Lobbying Registration Information:

Cost: A lobbyist must have an official name badge which is issued when they register, and they must wear the badge at all times when lobbying. Lobbyists must also file a written authorization from their employer stating that they are authorized to lobby on the employer's behalf. The registration fee is $40

Online Link: http://sdsos.gov/content/viewcontent.aspx?cat=adminservices&pg=/adminser...

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.

SCA's Support for the Chapters

Conference Calls

Initial organizing calls

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

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

State house bill tracking

 CQ Statetrack

Full bill text and details

Committee hearings calendar

Customizable reports

Automatic web publishing

Website

Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>South Dakota

Conference Call dates, time, numbers

Call replays and Agendas

Sign up to receive alerts

SD.secular.org subdomain

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

Technical set-up work still needs to be done, hope to have up soon

Use of our logo and name Secular Coalition for South Dakota

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

What the SCA is doing until the next call:

Coordinating the lobbying needs of South Dakota with best practices in organizational development and lobbying to create the best structure for South Dakota

Conducting outreach

Identifying leadership

What you can do:

Contact us if interested in leadership

Sign up on our website to receive info and updates

Like the facebook page

Check out your state chapters page for updates

Spread the word about the next conference call!

Next Conference Call Date and Time

November 12th at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/ 1pm MT

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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