Secular Coalition for Arizona Official Request for Gov. Brewer to Veto SB1062

View the original veto request here.

 
The Honorable Janice Brewer
Arizona Governor
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Ask Governor Brewer to Veto State-Sanctioned Religious Discrimination

Take Action Today

The Arizona Sate House and Senate passed concurrent bills (HB2153/SB1062) this week that will codify religious discrimination into law.

The bills, pushed by The Center for Arizona Policy, is so extreme that versions of the proposed law have recently been rejected by other state legislatures, even in conservative and religious states such as Idaho, Ohio, and Kansas.  This is just another bill in a long list of extremist bills that don't represent average Arizonans.

This bill has the potential to invite the types of boycotts seen under SB1070 and as far back as our refusal to recognize Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day that lost us the Superbowl. Tell Governor Brewer we can't afford another state scandal due to our discriminatory laws.

Discrimination Bill is Moving Quickly - Please Contact Lawmakers TODAY

Please send a message to the 60 members of the Arizona House of Representatives today. HB2153, the discrimination bill, will be heard on the House Floor at 1:30pm. We've made it easy to contact your lawmakers:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50691/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13150

Secular Day at the Capitol

Join the Secular Community at the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, February 18, at 12:30PM.

Address: 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix

We will have a tour of the Arizona House of Representatives and we will be introduced to the Arizona House of Representative Members during the House Floor Session.

Please join us in solidarity to show the Arizona Legislature that we are a strong, unified voice for Arizona's Secular Community.

RSVP

Weekly Update from the Secular Coalition for Arizona 2-7-14

Rep. Ruben Gallego Gives Secular "Prayer" on AZ House Floor
Representative Ruben Gallego took a personal point of privilege to deliver the following statement on the House Floor yesterday (February 6, 2014):
The purpose of our opening prayer is to ask for something important. I’m asking that whichever God you pray to or whichever value system inspires you, let’s stay focused on the work we came here to do.  

There are a lot of versions of the Golden Rule in a lot of religions and secular traditions. They all say we should treat people like we want to be treated.

Arizonans and their families want to be treated like their state government is here for them. They want to know we’re going to fight for them. That we’re making Arizona a place of prosperity and opportunities. Let’s practice the Golden Rule today and get to work.
Representative Mach welcomed Secular Students and Secularists to Arizona House of Representatives
During the same floor session that Rep. Gallego made the personal point of privilege, Rep. Mach welcomed and introduced her guests from the Secular Student Alliance and the Secular Coalition.  Thank you to Representative Mach for the warm welcome!

Join us for Secular Day at the Capitol!

Secularists Laud Win for AZ Women

Secularists Laud Win for Women’s Healthcare
Phoenix, AZ -  The following statement was issued today by Zenaido Quintana, Chair of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear arguments in Isaacson v. Horne.

“We applaud and appreciate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear arguments in Isaacson v. Horne, thus letting the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stand.  

Abortion bans are not only bad policy because they prevent a woman from making her own personal, private decision about her health and medical care, but because they violate women’s constitutional rights. 

Laws and regulations of women’s healthcare must be based on scientifically sound medical research and driven by a compelling government interest, not sectarian religious beliefs.”

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The Secular Coalition for Arizona is a statewide, grassroots organization representing the Arizona nontheistic community – a vibrant and growing community of Arizonans who self-identify as atheists, agnostics, Humanists, freethinkers, and other labels of personal choosing.  For more information, visit www.secularaz.org

Register for our web-based Legislative Advocacy Training (1/24, 12PM)

Here's to Another Legislative Session!

Arizona's Fifty-First Legislature begins its Second Regular Session on Monday, January 13, 2014.  We're ready - Are you?

Register for the Secular Coalition for Arizona "Legislative Training" here

 
Did you know that you can sign up to comment on bills from home using the "Request to Speak" system on the Arizona State Legislature website? 

Secularism Advances in Arizona!

Arizona’s secularists have reason (and now, reasons) to celebrate. For the first time ever, we defeated a stunning 80 percent of the bills backed by the Religious Right’s lobby, the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), widely considered one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the state. This confirms that when we organize, and articulate sensible views supporting church-state separation, we can win.

Here’s what CAP said to their supporters in a recent email: This was “a disappointing end to what's been one of the most challenging legislative sessions in memory.” We couldn’t have been more pleased to have had such an impact!

Click here to download your copy of our session wrap up summary and read all about it.

And you are part of the team that made this possible.  If you are a member of one of our allied organizations; if you sent an email because we asked; if you ever gave a dime to us, then you helped make this happen.

Help keep us fighting for you. Click HERE to make a donation.

Arizona's Secular Scorecard is Here!

This past legislative season, SC Arizona lobbied against ten anti-secular bills. Thanks to your efforts and the efforts of our allies, half of these bills died in committee, and only five went to a full floor vote. Of these, only two were signed into law. 

How well did your state lawmakers represent your secular values? Find out who your legislators are HERE, then check their rating on our secular values scorecard!


2013 Legislature Scorecard

Announcing our Summer Intern!

Secular Coalition for Arizona is pleased to announce the hire of our summer intern, Jessica Draper! Jessica is currently a sophomore at the University of Arizona where she is pursuing a degree in Political Science along with two minors including Gender and Women's Studies and Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

Born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona, Jessica grew up in a predominantly Mormon area where she herself was baptized Mormon at the age of eight. At 11 years old, she dropped religion altogether and became a self-proclaimed atheist.

As a college freshman in the Fall of 2012, 19-year-old Jessica started a Secular Student Alliance group on her campus and currently resides as president. Through the creation of that group, she has become more involved within the secular community. With a family background rooted in harmful religious fundamentalism, Jessica intends to continue increasing her involvement in advancing the goals of the secular movement. Jessica can be reached at: jdraper@email.arizona.edu.

Our internship program is one of the most important ways SC Arizona helps train secular leaders for the future. Please consider a DONATION to support this important program.

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