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2019 Advocacy Day (Lansing)

April 25, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Radisson at the Capitol – Regency 1 Room (2nd Floor)
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Are you tired of hearing about yet ANOTHER state law infused with religion? Feel it’s PAST TIME your elected representatives actually know where you stand on issues as a Secular Citizen?

Then you need to be at the 2019 Advocacy Day!
Advance Registration Required. 

  • $20 for CFI Members (Planet Level and above)
  • $25 for Non-Members
  • $10 for Students

2019 CFI Michigan Advocacy Day Schedule

  • 8:00 am-8:30 am: Check-In (Meeting Room at Radisson) & Continental Breakfast (included with Registration)
  • 8:30am-9:30am: Advocacy Training – Learn How to Effectively Lobby Your Representatives
  • 9:30am-10:00am: Updates & Talking Points on Current Legislation Restricting Secular Rights
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Scheduled Group Lobbying Meetings with State Representatives and Senators and visiting Committee Meetings. (Lunch Break around 12:30pm – depending on meeting schedule)
  • 3:00pm: Guided Tour of the Capitol (will last approximately 45-60 minutes.
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm: Wrap-up Meeting (Meeting Room at Radisson)

Special Guests & Speakers

Sarah M. Levin will be presenting at our Advocacy training.  She is the Director of Grassroots and Community Programs for the Secular Coalition for America.

New to Advocacy or Lobbying? Don’t Worry! We’ll be there with you every step of the way, and the training session will give you everything you need to know to speak confidently about your views as a secular citizen. We need YOU there to show our elected officials that secular individuals are HERE in Michigan, and we’re proud to be secular citizens who Vote!

The day will begin with an Advocacy Training session and presentations by our special guests. Afterwards attendees will meet with legislators in teams depending on appointment schedules. We will take care of arranging meetings with the district representatives of attendees, as well as those in leadership roles in the House and Senate and those serving on Committees dealing with current legislative priorities. A guided Capitol Tour and a location for attendees to meet for lunch are being arranged.

The full line-up for the Advocacy Day will be announced closer to the event.

Register Online Today!
(Advance Registration is Required)

Registration includes:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Advocacy & Lobbying Training Session
  • Citizen Advocacy Resources
  • Attendee Packet with Legislative Focus Talking Points
  • Guided Capitol Tour (for those who are interested)

The Training Session will be held on the 2nd Floor of the Radisson at the Capitol (location info above). Meetings with Legislators will take place at the Capitol Building, the Senate office Building or the House office Building (all within 2 blocks of each other – so wear your walking shoes!).

We will also arrange Carpools for those who are interested in sharing the ride from around the state.

CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event.

About Sarah M. Levin

Director of Grassroots and Community Programs, Secular Coalition for America

Sarah Levin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University, where she served as president of the university’s Secular Student Alliance affiliate. Since joining the Secular Coalition in 2013, she has managed and grown the Secular Coalition’s state advocacy program and implemented various grassroots campaigns on the national and state level, including: the 2014 “Knit a Brick” campaign to protest the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision; the 2015 (now annual) Bad Bill Madness; and a new political party organizing initiative, launched in 2016 when the first ever Secular Caucus was established at the Texas Democratic Convention and three secular policy resolutions were incorporated into the party platform. Prior to joining the Secular Coalition, Sarah completed her AmeriCorps service by serving low-income immigrant and refugee families as a community liaison at the Greenbrier Learning Center in Arlington, Virginia. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys learning new languages, planning her next trip, and putting Frank’s Red Hot sauce on everything.