Secular Coalition for New Mexico Monthly Conference Call


Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America New Mexico Chapter

Conference Call Agenda

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

Wednesday, September 19th at 2pm MT


Welcome message

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

Agenda available at 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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico 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.

Government Update


Susana Martinez, Republican elected in 2010. New Mexico governors have a two-term consecutive limit and must wait one term out of office before running again.  

New Mexico State Legislature

Part-time legislature, convenes on the third Tuesday of January for no longer than sixty days (odd-numbered years) or thirty days (even-numbered years)

Session ended February 16th

November Elections

U.S. Senate

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) is not running for re-election

Candidates: Martin Heinrich (D) and Heather Wilson (R)

Toss-up race

U.S. House of Representatives

All 3 seats in the U.S. House are up for election

The Democratic Party holds 2 seats and the Republican Party holds 1 seat

New Mexico State Senate

All 42 seats up for election

Democratic Party holds a 28-14 majority

Possible majority change, 9 incumbents noy running for re-election, 5 Democratic and 4 Republican

New Mexico House of Representatives

All 70 seats up for election

Democratic Party holds a 36-33 majority

Possibly majority change, 12 incumbents not running for re-election, 9 Democratic and 3 Republican


State Legislation

HJR 22- A constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and to provide that same-sex marriages officiated in other jurisdictions will not be recognized by the state.

HB 302- Was the fifth anti-evolution bill to be introduced in a state legislature in 2011. The bill would protect teachers from discipline for "informing students about relevant scientific information regarding either the scientific strengths or scientific weaknesses" pertaining to "controversial" scientific topics, such as evolution. A thinly veiled attempt to create the false impression of scientific controversy and protect religiously based critiques of widely accepted scientific theories in publicly funded schools.

Chapter Development Status

Initial call summary:  low turnout, need to spread the word


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

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 [email protected].

Resources Status

Website still under construction

Temporarily:>States>Your State>New Mexico

Legislation tracking through CQ Statetrack

Conference Calls

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


Facebook Page

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

National Secular Calendar - 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 New Mexico's state chapters page for updates

Spread the word about the next conference call!

Next Conference Call Date and Time

October 17th at 2pm CT

Third Wednesday of the month

Same call in number and code

My contact information

Kelly Damerow

Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204

Thank You!



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