Secular Coalition for Iowa Monthly Conference Call
Secular Coalition for America Iowa Chapter
Conference Call Agenda
Call-in number: (530) 881-1400 Participant Access Code: 978895
Thursday, September 20th at 3pm CT
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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
Dropped from 5 to 4 seats after the 2010 census
All 4 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
The Republican Party holds 2 seats and the Democratic Party holds 3 seats
Iowa State Senate
26 of the 50 seats up for election
Democratic Party holds a slight 26-24 majority
Iowa House of Representatives
All 100 seats up for election
Republican Party holds a 59-40 majority
Chapter Development Status
Initial call summary: low turnout, need to spread the word
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
Davin V. Jones
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 [email protected].
IA.secular.org still under construction
Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>Iowa
Initial organizing calls
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 online
Looking into forums
Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts
Informational resources - Research, fact sheets and policy papers
Trainings and Guides - media and lobby trainings and guides
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
Any issues or events anyone would like to mention?
What the SCA is doing until the next call:
Getting resources in place
Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other
What you can do:
Email [email protected] if interested in leadership or volunteering
Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
Like the Facebook page
Check out Iowa's state chapters page for updates
Spread the word about the next conference call!
Next Conference Call Date and Time
October 18th at 3pm CT
Third Thursday of the month
Same call in number and code
My contact information
Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204
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