Secular Coalition for Texas Monthly Conference Call


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:00 - 15:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Texas Chapter Conference Call

Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, October 23 at 2pm CT


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Texas chapter page at
  • 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 Texas monthly conference call!
  • 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 to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.


State Government Update - November Elections

  • U.S. Senate
    • Incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) is not running for re-election
    • Political reports favor Ted Cruz (R) over Paul Sadler (D)
  • U.S. House
    • Texas gained 4 seats after the 2010 census
    • All 36 Texas seats in the U.S. House are up for election
    • 23 of the 32 seats are held by the Republican Party
  • State Senate
    • All 31 seats are up for election
    • Republican Party holds a 19-12 majority, expected to hold
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 150 seats are up for election
    • Republican Party holds an 100-48 majority, expected to hold
  • Texas State Board of Education


  • Texas Freethought Convention
    • October 19 - 21st in Austin
    • Speaker: Brian Walker, co-chair of the Secular Coalition for Texas!
  • Any issues or events happening in Texas?

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
Position First Name Last Name
Co-chair Brian Walker
Co-chair Steve Bratteng
Legislative chair Terry McDonald
Co-media Donna Swafford
Co-media Kevin Butler
General EC member Sam Elliott
General EC member Drew Convery
General EC member Olfa Hamdi
General EC member Michael  Van Strien
General EC member Brian Stacey
General EC member Paul  Elliott
Media back up Matt Dillahunty
General EC member Nick Lee
    • 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 Brian or Steven at [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • still under construction 
      • Temporarily:>States>Your State>Texas 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Initial organizing calls - Focus on 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 on the Texas chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - viewable on Texas chapter page and Facebook page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Texas 
    • 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

Wrap Up

  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
  • What you can do:
    • Email Brian or Steve if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the Texas chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for Texas Facebook page
    • Spread the word about the next conference call!


Next Conference Call Date and Time

  • November 27 at 2pm
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month
  • Same call in number and code


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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