Atheists to Flood Capitol Hill Friday

Secular Coalition’s Lobby Day to Draw Hundreds of Nonreligious Constituents to Congressional Offices   

WASHINGTON, DC—Hundreds of atheists are expected to converge on Capitol Hill this upcoming Friday as part of the Secular Coalition for America’s lobby day. The Lobby Day for Reason will begin at 8:30 am on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency, located at 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

The Lobby Day for Reason will offer nonreligious and secular-minded individuals a morning of free lobbying training followed by the opportunity to meet with congressional staff to discuss issues related to the separation of religion and government. The event is free to attend, but participants had to preregister.

More than 280 nontheistic Americans from 36 states and the District of Columbia registered for the event. More than 150 meetings with Congressional staff are scheduled--as of today there are 50 meetings scheduled with U.S. Senate offices and over 100 meetings scheduled with the offices of U.S. Representatives. The Secular Coalition staff plans to continue adding meetings until the days immediately preceding the Lobby Day for Reason.  

"We wanted a wave of nonreligious and secular voters to flood the halls of every congressional building—and that’s just what we are going to have,” said Amanda Knief, government relations manager for the Secular Coalition for America, who will be training constituents in lobbying. “Secular and nonreligious Americans are part of every congressional district in the nation and we aim to educate our elected officials that we are here, we vote, and that we care about our country just as much as any other American. Only by participating in the very system that is working against our communities right now can we hope to change things.”
 
Lobby Day for Reason will encourage and support secular and nontheistic Americans to speak out to the elected officials who were put in office to serve all of their constituents regardless of religious beliefs. The Secular Coalition for America will support these taxpaying Americans as they put faces to the nontheistic and secular communities and tell their federal representatives that they are voters and are paying attention to issues.

Lobby Day for Reason will coincide with the Reason Rally, taking place on the Washington Mall on Saturday March 24, 2012, expected to be the largest secular gathering in American history, co-sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America. 


Contact: Lauren Anderson Youngblood, SCA Communications Manager, Office: (202)299-1091 x205,
Cell: (202) 630-9725, Email: lauren@secular.org 

NOTE:
Please email lauren@secular.org if you plan to attend Friday. Press who were unable to RSVP are still welcome.

 

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