Secular Coalition for New York Monthly Conference Call


Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 13:00 - 13:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America New York Chapter

Conference Call Agenda

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

Tuesday, September 18th at 1:00 pm ET


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 York 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 Washington 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

November Elections


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is up for re-election

27 seats in the U.S. House are up for election

NY lost 2 seats after the 2010 census

State Senate

All 63 seats up for election (previously 62 seats)

Republican party currently holds the majority with 33 of the previous 62 seats

2 Republican incumbents retiring: Owen H. Johnson from Senate District 4 and James Alesi from Senate District 55

State Assembly

All 150 seats up for election

18 incumbents retiring: 10 Republicans and 8 Democrats

Chapter Development Status

Initial call summary: 16 callers from all over the state, variety of organizations represented


Executive Committee

Potential Co-Chairs:

J Michael Malec, located in Albany, former lobbyist for the ACLU

Interested individuals:

Dr. Steve Jonas?, professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook

John Rafferty, president of the Secular Humanist society of New York

Anyone one else interested?

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

Resources Status

Website still under construction

Temporarily:>States>Your State>New York

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 if interested in leadership or volunteering

Sign up on our website to receive info and updates

Like the Facebook page

Check out New York's state chapters page for updates

Spread the word about the next conference call!

Next Conference Call Date and Time

October 16th at 1pm

Third Tuesday of the month

Same call in number and code

My contact information

Kelly Damerow

Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America


Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204

Thank You!



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