Secular Coalition for Arizona Kick-Off a Rousing Success

Secular Coalition for America Needs Your Leadership to Build More State Affiliates

“What an amazing night.”

- Comment from Shanti Claire on Facebook

The response to the kick-off was tremendous. At the event’s MeetUp and Facebook pages, the comments were extremely positive. Some highlights:

Great meeting! I'm excited and itching to start calling/writing my congresspeople!
     - Michael

Best meeting EVER! We have a long hard road ahead of us and I have the greatest respect for Sinema and Faircloth. Can't think of any two leaders better than them to finally bring legitimacy back to government.
     - Denise from Phoenix, AZ

Excellent! Much more, in fact, than I expected...can't wait for the next event.
     - DP AZ

What a great event. Two inspiring, knowledgeable speakers to get this movement started. So glad we are taking this on!
     - Denise from Gilbert, AZ

What a warm feeling to be among informed and enthusiastic folks. Let’s keep the momentum going.
     - Richard

At her blog at Salon.com, attendee Oryoki Bowl wrote about the importance of this kind of state and community-level activism:

I wanted to let you know, there are others out there, totally normal happy healthy functioning members of society who do not believe in God and who want a voice in government . . . I am glad I can finally connect with actual other people, meeting in public and talking, instead of having to find solace solely through the internet.

The positive online comments keep pouring in!

The movement for a saner and more secular America is blazing a historic new trail, a trail that will lead to Secular Coalitions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the end of the decade. On October 12, 2010, we took the first exciting steps on that trail with the establishment of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, the first Secular Coalition for America State Affiliate.

Sean FairclothWhat’s a State Affiliate? Secular Coalition for America’s purview is national, concentrating on federal policy – in Congress and within the administration. The Secular Coalition for Arizona will work with our national organization to carry out our shared mission at the state level, speaking out to Arizona's Members of Congress and to state officials as well. As a State Affiliate, they will work toward ending religious privilege and on representing the interests of Secular Americans.

Over 150 enthusiastic people were on hand for the big kick-off event that featured a powerful address from Secular Coalition for America’s Executive Director Sean Faircloth on the 10-year plan for reclaiming America’s secular heritage. Stirring opening remarks were offered by secular officeholder State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, just named byKyrsten Sinema Time Magazine as an up-and-coming new leader in their “40 under 40” special feature. And of course, the mission of the Secular Coalition for Arizona was passionately laid out by its founding Executive Director and Chair, Matt Schoenley.

But what about your state? Secular Coalition for America plans to establish State Affiliates in every state in the union, plus DC, by the close of 2019. We need smart, energized people on the ground who will take the necessary steps! That means we need you to participate in an organized, inclusive group effort in your state. In addition to the main event, Sean Faircloth led a grassroots training session in conjunction with secular activists in Arizona. These kinds of training events can be helpful in sparking a coalition in your state. 

If you’re interested in helping to lead this historic effort, get organized and let us know. Maybe you can be a pioneer that lays the foundation for your own state’s Secular Coalition.

As we come to the end of the year, it's important to remember that it takes significant financial resources to make these kinds of initiatives possible. Click here to lend your support today!

Matt Schoenley

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