Secular Coalition for Wisconsin Chapter Conference Call

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Call: 530-881-1400 Enter Code: 978895


Secular Coalition for America - Wisconsin Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, November 14th at 1pm CT


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the 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
    • Tammy Baldwin (D) won the seat
    • She was one of the sixe religiously unaffiliated members of the 112th Congress
  • U.S. House
    • All 8 Wisconsin seats in the House were up for election
    • 5 of the 8 seats are held by the Republican Party
    • No party affiliation changes, as Mark Pocan (D) won Tammy Baldwin's seat
  • State Senate
    • 16 of the 33 senate seats were up for election
    • Democratic Party lost 2 seats and the majority
    • Republican party now holds an 18-15 majority
  • State Assmebly
    • All 99 seats were up for election
    • Republican Party picked up 2 seats and now holds a 60-39 majority

  • Atheists, Humanists & Agnostics @ the University of Wisconsin - Madison applied to their Student Services Finance Committee and was funded to the tune of $67,000 for the 2013-2014 school year.  
  • Any issues we should know?

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • No set number of members or roles
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • Examples of Helpful Skills: leadership skills, familiarity with local groups, monitor legislation, conduct lobbying visits, mobilize grassroots, IT or website knowledge, social networking familiarity, comfortable speaking with press
      • Interested individuals: Hank, Josh, Nick, and Leslie
      • Anyone one else interested? Email [email protected]
    • 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  [email protected]
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • still under construction 
      • Temporarily:>States>Your State>Wisconsin 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Changing call schedule in 2013 for more evening and weekend calls
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the Wisconsin chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - available soon
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Wisconsin 
    • 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
    • Outreach
    • Identifying 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
    • Check out Wisconsin’s state chapters page for updates
    • Like the Facebook page
    • Spread the word!
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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