Voices of Reason - Amanda Knief: Lobbying for Secularists
To ensure our voices are heard over the money of paid lobbyists, unions, and coalitions, more involvement is needed by nonbelievers and secularists in our government processes. The Citizen Lobbyist is American Atheists' managing director Amanda Knief's handbook for any secularist who wants to learn about how to be active in local, state, and federal government and have a voice in creating public policy.
The program will feature practical hands-on training about how to write a lobby paper and to have an effective meeting with an elected official or staffer. Knief will provide practical tips that on how to lobby elected officials to advance our issues.
The program will also feature the Center for Inquiry's lobbyist and Director of it's Office Public Policy Michael De Dora who will provide information on CFI's work and how you can get involved.
Amanda Knief is a public policy and constitutional expert on religious freedom and civil liberties. She has worked as a legal counsel and legislative drafter for the Iowa legislature and the lobbyist for the Secular Coalition for America, and is currently the managing director and in-house counsel for American Atheists. She has a JD from Drake University Law School and a BS in journalism and science communication from Iowa State University.
- Public Admission + The Citizen Lobbyist book $10
- FOC Admission + The Citizen Lobbyist book $9
- Public Admission $5 advance registration / $7 at the door
- FOC Admission Free (Registration required)
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The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.