Agenda

Day 1
14 Jun 2017

Secular Awards Dinner

Our Secular Awards Dinner will be held in partnership with the Newseum Religious Freedom Center. At this exclusive event, we will honor the members of Congress, the media, and everyday activists who have shown courage fighting for secular values, nontheistic Americans, and the separation of church and state. This VIP event is your chance to mix and mingle with the lawmakers and leaders who are shaping national politics. Tickets for this event must be purchased separately from (or in addition to) registration for the Secular Values Summit and Lobby Day on June 15.
Day 2
15 Jun 2017

Welcome Session

Our Executive Director, Larry T. Decker, will offer opening remarks to kick off the day.

Secular Power Panel

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed by Congress in 1993 to protect the free exercise of religion. Since then, the law has been exploited by the religious right as a basis for imposing their beliefs on others, most notoriously in the 2015 Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision. In our Secular Power Panel, three RFRA experts will explore the impact law has had on public policy, how it has shaped our fight for a secular government, and how it continues to pose a grave threat to true religious freedom.
Rabbi Jack Moline
Nick Little
Marci Hamilton

Johnson Amendment 101

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed into law the “Johnson Amendment,” an amendment to the tax code introduced by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson that has ensured nonprofit nonpartisanship for over 60 years. The Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. For decades, the Johnson Amendment has ensured that the charitable contributions of donors to these nonprofits are not used to engage in partisan politics. President Trump has promised to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment and his allies in Congress are determined to pass legislation that would repeal it. Since houses of worship are not required to...
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Tiffany Gourley
Sarah Levin
9:45 am - 10:00 am

Break

Lobby Training

A master class in political activism taught by the Washington experts. Our lobby training will teach how to effectively engage lawmakers and their staff about the issues. This hands-on course will ensure that you go into your meetings feeling prepared, confident, and ready to make an impact.
Mark Dann

Breakout Sessions

By popular demand, these breakout sessions will give you an opportunity to rehearse for your meetings and ask us questions. Practice makes perfect and this session will give you time to prepare with fellow attendees from your state.

Lunch

You can’t be an effective advocate on an empty stomach! Lunch is included in the cost of registration and will be served at the Washington Court Hotel. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Lunch will also feature a keynote address by Dan Diaz, an advocate for end of life options.
Dan Diaz

Walk to Capitol Hill

Beginning at noon, we will march as a group from the Washington Court Hotel to Capitol Hill. From there, you will split off into your assigned group to attend meetings with your congressional offices.

Lobby Meetings on the Hill

Apply your new citizen lobbying skills in meetings with your members of Congress or one of their key staffers. These face-to-face meetings with congressional offices are crucial for educating them about the issues and the growing constituency of secular Americans.

Secular Happy Hour

In one day you learned about the legislation impacting our secular government, got a crash course in how to be an effective citizen lobbyist, and made a political impact by meeting with congressional offices. It’s time to celebrate your success with fellow Lobby Day attendees at our Secular Happy Hour!