2018 CFI Michigan Civics Day (Lansing)Date:
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Radisson at the Capitol – Michigan II Room (2nd Floor)
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI United States
Phone: (616) 706-2029
Are you tired of hearing about yet ANOTHER state law infused with religion? Feel you need to GET MORE INVOLVED in the civic process? Feel it’s PAST TIME your elected representatives actually know where you stand on issues as a Secular Citizen?
- $20 for CFI Members (Planet Level and above)
- $25 for Non-Members
- $10 for Students
2018 CFI Michigan Civics Day Schedule (Tentative)
- 8:00 am-8:30 am: Check-In & 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)
- 4:00pm Tentative: Guided Tour of the Capitol.
- 4:30pm-5:00pm: REcap & Download (Meeting Room at Radisson)
Special Guests & Speakers:
- Jason Lemieux, Director of the Governmental Affairs at Center for Inquiry
- Andrew Franks, Co-Chair, Secular Coalition for Michigan
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 schedule for the Civics Day will be announced closer to the event.
- 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 in the Michigan II Room 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.
About Jason Lemieux
Director of Governmental Affairs, Center for Inquiry Michigan
Jason Lemieux is the Director of Government Affairs at Center for Inquiry. As a veteran of both the U.S. military and Capitol Hill, Jason leads CFI’s efforts in advancing public policy based on reason, science, and humanist values. As a former U.S. Marine and serving three tours of duty in Iraq, Sgt. Lemieux led an intelligence and infantry team in Ramadi. Coming home, he served as a spokesperson and board member for Iraq Veterans Against the War. Jason earned his master’s degree from Columbia University in International Affairs, and was a fellow in the congressional offices of Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), and most recently served as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Jason’s written work has appeared in Time Magazine, New York Daily News, and Huffington Post, and he has appeared on PBS Newshour, Al Jazeera English, and even Fox and Friends.