Thanks so much for volunteering to monitor your local area for potential violations.
Your help is desperately needed and this will take very little time depending on the meetings you monitor.
The mission of this site is to protect the wall between state and church. To do this, we provide a tool to document the activities at local government meetings. The reports this site can generate will serve several purposes. First, it provides a clear window into the trends that may be occurring regarding sectarian invocations for anyone who wishes to see the data. Once we have a moderate amount of data, the site will have a portal for any Internet user to see how each of the meetings we are monitoring are doing.
Reports on these trends let activists know if there is a recurring problem that should be addressed. This site will also be used as a tool to notify government bodies that they are being monitored. It also will serve as a resource if legal action is needed. With the click of a button, we will be able to see the history of a particular organization’s invocations and take appropriate action.
It’s really simple to do and takes so little time. Follow these 4 steps to get started. If you have any questions along the way, please let us know. We’ll gladly walk you through any part of the process.
- Determine which government meeting you would like to monitor (city commission, county commission, school board, etc.). This can be done using the search engine of your choice. You want to find the ‘Board Meetings’ of the organization. You may need to contact their office to ask where you can find this information online. Before selecting a meeting to monitor, consider the following:
- Some meetings are broadcast on local cable channels, some are streamed live online, some have video archives of past meetings online, and others just have the agenda and minutes posted. The more technology resources that an organization has, the more likely you will find video online. The larger government meetings are the ones on cable TV and this is usually indicated on the website where they list their upcoming meeting information.
- You need to be able to view or attend the first 5 or 10 minutes of each meeting in person or by video/audio because some of the potential violations are not captured in the minutes. Please try to select a meeting that you can attend if there is no video posted online. NOTE: You do NOT need to attend meetings to record video or audio and we do not recommend doing this.
- Meetings are usually scheduled on weekday evenings at regular times each month. Check the meeting schedule to ensure it doesn’t conflict with your work or personal schedule in case you have to attend in person or watch live on TV or the Internet.
- Bookmark (add to your Favorites) the website location where you can watch the meetings and/or read the minutes and agenda.
- Email us at email@example.com to let us know which meeting you would like to monitor and send the links to the meeting page online.
- Meetings will be assigned first come—first serve basis.
- If you don’t have a preference or if your preferred meeting is already being monitored, we can help you find another organization to monitor
- It may take up to 24 hours, but we will register you on the site and enter the information for the organization you will be monitoring.
- The email you receive once you have been added to the site will have further details and instructions.
Web Links to Check Out:
Remember to let us know if you have any questions!
If you don't see a board or council on the list above, contact us, we probably need someone to monitor it!