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Strategy Session -- Strengthening Our Work Together: Secular and Faith-Based
Within the reproductive advocacy movement, there has been a long-standing tension between faith-based and secular organizations about the relative value of using religion as a framework for advocacy. Much of this stems from an understandable distrust of organized religion formed as a result of the harms some religious leaders have caused in people’s lives, the significant role played in anti-abortion legislation and assaults on abortion providers and clinics, as well as the disrespect some people of faith have toward atheists.

This webinar discusses these tensions and explores specific strategies to strengthen the allyship and collaboration needed for more effective and comprehensive advocacy.

Dec 2, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sam McGuire
Sam McGuire has a varied background in counseling, education, event planning and volunteer management. As American Atheists’ National Field Director, she works with local grassroots activists, volunteers and affiliates to help them engage on emerging local civil rights issues, advocate for state level legislation, and build thriving communities. Sam became involved in secular organizing and activism following the 2012 Reason Rally, first becoming a founding member of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH) and later President of the regional organization. Sam has volunteered for the American Humanist Association, Camp Quest Chesapeake, and the Secular Coalition for America. In 2016, she was the volunteer coordinator for over 200 volunteers for Reason Rally, as well as helping coordinate on-site logistics. She was elected to the Board of Directors and as President of the Reason Rally Coalition.
Maggie Siddiqi
Maggie Siddiqi is the senior director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Her role is focused on advancing a progressive vision of faith and religious liberty and engaging a network of faith leaders to advocate across CAP’s policy areas. Siddiqi has over a decade of experience in national organizations serving American Muslim communities, advancing interfaith relations, and engaging in faith-based advocacy campaigns. She started her career by interning for U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and serving as a field organizer in President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Siddiqi has a master’s degree in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Wesleyan University. She earned graduate certificates in Islamic chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary and in nonprofit management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.