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Welcome Message Agenda available at the new Nevada state site! 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 Nevada conference call! The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c) (4) representing secular and non-theistic 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 non-theistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.Nevada Leadership
Executive Committee Co-Chair - Raul MartinezCo-Chair - Mel LipmanCo-Chair - Michael Gobaud Communications Chair - Tech Chair - Legislative Chair - Anyone who is interested in a either a leadership position within the Secular Coalition for Iowa or if you'd like to play an active role by volunteering, email [masked] for more information.
Supporting/Participating GroupsHere is a list of supporting groups from Nevada. (Excel file) Resources InformationSCA State Website Email – [masked] SCA Calendar page secular.org/calendar. Facebook page facebook.com/SecularCoalitionForNevada.Secular Coalition for Nevada- NEW State Websites launched! State Legislative Report/ bill tracker & much more is now available on the NEW state website!Events September 14 - 5th Annual Atheist Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) September 20-22 - Apostacon (Omaha, NE)October 4-6 - 2013 Carolinas Secular Conference October 19 - Secular Assemblies of the Northeast (New Haven, CT) Local Events:
Are there any additional events pertaining to the Secular Coalition for Nevada?
The Nevada state legislature is out of session, scheduled to resume regular sessions in 2015.
Some legislation of note:AB 230 - Relating to education; requiring the board of trustees of each school district to establish a comprehensive, age- appropriate and medically accurate course of instruction in sex education. In this bill, comprehensive sexual education is defined as abstinence based.AB 254 - Part of a larger education bill, this bill revises provisions governing the apportionment of money from the State Distributive School Account and the count of pupils for the purposes of basic support to provide for the payment of vouchers for certain pupils to attend nonsectarian private schools. Given that it says nonsectarian instead of non-religious, there is a decent change that state money could be used to pay for religious private schoolsACR 9 - Providing for the compensation of the clergy and the coordinator of the clergy for services rendered to the Assembly and Senate during the 77th Session of the Nevada Legislature.
Nevada HeadlinesACLU targets Lyon sex ed policy (Reno Gazette Journal)Nevada Key Issues
Right now, SC-NV is working on identifying key issues to lobby on. Are there any issues of particular concern to members present that you would like to see the Secular Coalition for Nevada focus on? Are there any local issues that we should know about?
How can we reach out to other groups to build our coalition? What should our strategies be? Web-based outreach through social media and the website Identifying liaisons around the state
For DiscussionList building/ outreach: Gathering contact info for local NV groupsNevada Leader Business CardsAre there any coalitions we need to join?
Student Groups Here is a list of Secular Student Alliance Groups in Nevada!
Model Secular Policy Guide
SCA will be launching its Model Secular Policy Guide this fall with a House and Senate briefing!
This guide will cover the policy issues that SCA lobbies on and details where and why we stand on them As part of the briefing, we will be discussing state chapters and the key role they playWrap Up & Sign Up Like and Share the Facebook page – Secular Coalition for Nevada Sign up for the NEW state site here. We are testing the new sites, so we ask that you explore them & report problems or bugs to [masked]Sign up on our website to receive info and updates for the stateSign up for National alerts and updates Email [masked] if you are interested in leadership or volunteerism. Contact Information (state-church/secular news and events) Secular Coalition for America offices - (202) 299-1091.
Secular Tax Reform The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees continues to seek public comment on Tax Reform issues and have received approximately 900,000 comments. We are asking all supporters to please go to taxreform.gov and file a comment regarding the need for churches to file 990 disclosure statements with the IRS. These public comments are limited to 140 characters or less. Not sure of what to say? Take a look at our tax policy page with information on financial disclosures, faith-based initiatives subsidies and the parsonage exemption. There you will find more of our briefing papers, including Secular Tax Reform Lobby Paper, SecularTax Reform Issue Statement, Comments Submitted to the Charitable/Exempt Organizations Tax Reform Working Group on April 15, 2013. Still not sure what to write? Here's one suggestion: "Level the playing field for secular and religious nonprofits by requiring the same tax forms and rules for all. http://bit.ly/11PVJO7"
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AnnouncementsSCA can now lobby on issues of abortion!SCA has hired a new full-time Lobby Assistant. We welcome Diana Castillo to the team!Schedule Next CallSee "Resources" above to download Donation Form and Sign-up Sheet PDFsOur National Secular Movement Update Call takes place every Thursday from 12PM - 12:30PM (ET) Phone Number:[masked] Code:[masked]If anyone has any announcements that they would like to make regarding activities or information pertaining to Iowa please feel free to jump in!
Contact Information (state-church/secular news and events) Diana Castillo, Lobby Assistant - [masked]
(202)[masked] ext: 203 Kelly Damerow, Research and Advocacy Manager - [masked]
(202)[masked] ext: 204 Edwina Rogers, Executive Director at SCA – [masked]
Cell: (202)[masked]; Office (202)[masked] ext: 207