Secular Coalition for Tennessee Monthly Conference Call


Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 15:00 - 15:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America Tennessee Chapter

Conference Call Agenda

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

Tuesday, September 18th at 3:00 pm ET / 2:00 pm CT


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 Tennessee 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 Bob Corker running for re-election

Republican, first elected in 2006

Predicted to win

All 9 seats in the U.S. House are up for election

The Democratic Party holds 2  seats and the Republican Party holds 7 seats

State Senate

16 seats up for election

Republican party currently holds a 20-13 majority, unlikely to change

4 incumbents retiring: 3 Democrats and 1 Republicans

State Assembly

All 99 seats up for election

Republican party currently holds a 64-34-1 majority, unlikely to change

11 incumbents retiring: 4 Republicans and 7 Democrats

Chapter Development Status

Initial call summary: 18 callers from all over the state, variety of organizations represented


Executive Committee

Interested individuals:

Tracy A. O'Neill, lobbyist

David Roop, leader in Tri-Cities Atheists

Bryan Anderson

Mark Demonbreun, VP of AU Nashville chapter

Kate Cervantes

Clay Crownover

Tina Shang

James Phil Oliver

Maggie Groeschl

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 [email protected].

Resources Status

Website still under construction

Temporarily:>States>Your State>Tennessee

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

Logo (Thank you Kate Cervantes!)

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


Stewart County and Williamson County Republican Party Resolutions objections:

Hiring of Samar Ali to head the international section of the state's economic development office.

Ali, a Muslim lawyer, is a former White House fellow, a Tennessee native and was the first Muslim president of Vanderbilt's student body.

The Williamson Resolution objected, stating the Governor "elevated and/or afford preferential political status to Sharia adherents in Tennessee, thereby aiding and abetting the advancement of an ideology and doctrine which is wholly incompatible with the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution"

CSICon in Nashville, October 25-28

The Conference Dedicated to Science and Skeptical Inquiry

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 Tennessee's state chapters page for updates

Spread the word about the next conference call!

Next Conference Call Date and Time

October 16th at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT

Third Tuesday 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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