Secular Coalition for Oregon Monthly Conference Call


Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America Oregon Chapter
Initial Organizing Conference Call Agenda
Call-in number: (530) 881-1400      Participant Access Code: 978895
Tuesday, November 13th  at 4:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm PT

  • Welcome message
  • Who is here and not here that needs to be here?
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
    • Agenda available at state page.
  • Thank you for joining us for this historic event. The inaugural Secular Coalition for Oregon 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.
State Government/Election Update
  • Capital city is Salem
  • Governor
    • John Kitzhaber, Democrat elected in 2010
  • U.S. House
    • All incumbents kept their seats
  • Oregon Legislative Assembly
    • Oregon State Senate
      • 14 of the 30 seats were up for election
      • Party split remained the same, Democratic Party holds a 16-14 majority
    • Oregon House of Representatives
    • All 60 seats were up for election
    • Democratic Party picked up 4 seats in the previously split House and now holds a 34-26 majority
  • Does anyone know any legislation or regulation in Oregon we should be watching?

Overview of the State Chapter Model SCA's Support for the Chapters
  • Conference Calls
    • Initial organizing calls
    • Focus on setting up the structure, identifying leadership, discussing how the legislature in Oregon operates and the best ways to meet the needs of the Secular Coalition for Oregon
    • After Official recognition
    • Future monthly calls will become a way to educate and inform: track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations.
    • Agendas available online
    • Call replays available online
  • Bill Tracking
    • CQ Statetrack
    • Full bill text and details
    • Committee hearings calendar
    • Customizable reports
    • Automatic web publishing
  • Website
    • Temporarily:>States>Your State>Oregon
    • Conference Call dates, time, numbers
    • Call replays and Agendas
    • Sign up to receive alerts
    • subdomain
    • Uses our template, but you will be able to update information
    • Technical set-up work still needs to be done, hope to have up soon
  • Use of our logo and name Secular Coalition for Oregon
  • Email Address for Chair/Co-Chairs
  • Executive Committee Chair's name at
  • Gmail Group Mailing List
    • For leadership to discuss which issues they should address and to coordinate action
  • Facebook Page
    • Set up for each state
    • Will add leadership as admins
    • Can schedule events
  • 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

What the SCA is doing until the next call:
  • Coordinating the lobbying needs of Oregon with best practices in organizational development and lobbying to create the best structure for Oregon
  • Outreach

What you can do:
  • Contact us if interested in leadership
  • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
  • Like the facebook page
  • Check out your state chapters page for updates

My contact information Thank You!

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