Secular Coalition for Wisconsin Chapter Conference Call

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Call: 530-881-1400 Enter Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Wisconsin Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, October 10th at 1pm CT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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
    • Herb Kohl (D) is not running for re-election
    • Political reporting puts the race as a toss up between Tammy Baldwin (D) current U.S. representative, and Tommy Thompson (R) former Wisconsin governor
  • U.S. House
    • All 8 Wisconsin seats in the House are up for election
    • 5 of the 8 seats are held by the Republican Party
  • State Senate
    • 16 of the 33 senate seats are up for election
    • Democratic Party holds a 17-15 majority
    • Majority could possibly change
  • State Assmebly
    • All 99 seats are up for election
    • Republican Party holds an 58-39 majority
    • Majority switch considered unlikely

 

Issues/Events
  • Ballot Measures - 
    • Voter ID Amendment
  • Any other issues we should know?


Chapter Development Status

  • 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
      • Interested individuals: Hank Zumach, Josh Kemp, Nick Schweitzer
      • Anyone one else interested? Email Kelly@secular.org
    • 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  Kelly@secular.org
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • WI.secular.org still under construction 
      • Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>Wisconsin 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Initial organizing calls - Focus on 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 on the Wisconsin chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - available soon
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Wisconsin 
    • 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
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 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
    • Check out Wisconsin’s state chapters page for updates
    • Like the Facebook page
    • Spread the word about the next conference call!

 

Next Conference Call Date and Time
  • November 14th at 1pm CT
  • Same call in number and code

 

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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