Secular Coalition for North Carolina Monthly Conference Call
Secular Coalition for America North Carolina Chapter
Conference Call Agenda
Call-in number: (530) 881-1400 Participant Access Code: 978895
Tuesday, September 18th at 2:00 pm ET
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 North Carolina 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.
13 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
Currently the Democratic Party holds 7 seats, 4 of which are considered to be in play by the New York Times
Republican Party holds 6 seats
Walter Dalton (Democrat), former Governor Perdue's lieutenant governor
Pat McCrory (Republican) Mayor of Charlotte 199-2009
Barbara Howe (Libertarian) Candidate for North Carolina House in District 32
All 50 seats up for election
Republican party currently holds the majority with 31 of the previous 50 seats
11 incumbents retiring: 6 Democrats and 5 Republicans
All 120 seats up for election
33 incumbents retiring: 16 Republicans and 17 Democrats
Chapter Development Status
Initial call summary: 19 callers from all over the state, variety of organizations represented
Joe Donovan, 15 years of advocacy experience with NC General Assembly
Joseph Stewart, VP for FreeThoughtAction, co-founder NC Secular Association
Jeremy Tranka, VP of Central NC Atheists and Humanists
William Keener, co-founder Recovering From Religion Metrolina chapter
Anyone one else interested?
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].
NC.secular.org still under construction
Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>North Carolina
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
Selecting 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 North Carolina's state chapters page for updates
Spread the word about the next conference call!
Next Conference Call Date and Time
October 16th at 2pm
Third Tuesday 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