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More South Dakota “Encouragers” Needed

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It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator campaign for the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 18th year of Encourage-A-Legislator!  Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning, and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard, pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote.  Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him/her.  Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation.  Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign this year, please reply by e-mailing director@southdakota.cwfa.org, noting your commitment and providing your physical address.  You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

 

 

Sign Up Today to Be Part of the CWA of South Dakota’s Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign!

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“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”.  (I Timothy 2:1)

Dear CWA Friends,

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 18th year of Encourage-A-Legislator!  Some of you have been faithful encouragers with us from the very beginning, and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard, pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote.  Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him.  Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation.  Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

Post Election Thoughts From CWA of South Dakota

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“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

We are all relieved knowing the election is finally over, and we are pleased with the results.  Pundits and pollsters are scratching their heads trying to understand how they missed this one. They were certain they knew who would be our next President. After all, numbers do not lie.

What they fail to understand is that we serve a God of miracles. While the experts were polling voters and pushing their pencils, Christians were on their knees. Prayers were being offered to the Lord–from personal prayer and fasting, to the smallest prayer group, to Franklin Graham’s prayer rallies at every state capitol. Believers took II Chronicles 7:14 to heart and sought His forgiveness that promised the healing of our nation. God heard the prayers of His people and instead of sending the wrath that we deserved, He sent His grace and mercy.

We look forward to working with a conservative Congress and President to accomplish family-friendly policies and to protect life and our liberties. Do you recall the days following the terrorist attacks of 9-11 when our nation came together, even in unashamed concerted prayer? For two consecutive Sundays, our churches were filled with Americans who had not seen the inside of a church for years. Sadly, this did not last long, and we fell back into our slumber.

I pray that complacency will not set in again. This may be our last opportunity to restore our nation to its prior greatness, where Jesus Christ is King. We must once again allow the words of II Chronicles to be etched upon our hearts–and truly continue to “seek His face.”

America, America God shed His grace on thee.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Four of South Dakota’s Ballot Issues Need a NO Vote

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Dear Friend,

Election Day, November 8, is fast approaching.  We wanted to remind you that Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) has taken a stance on four of the ten ballot issues which appear on the November 8 ballot.

We support a NO vote on the following:

Constitutional Amendment T – Legislative redistricting. T takes the power of creating legislative districts away from the 105 elected bipartisan members of the Legislature and gives it to a new nine-member unelected and appointed board.

Constitutional Amendment V – Non-partisan elections. Under this measure, party affiliation of candidates will not be identified on the primary and general election ballots. CWALA believes voters, who are aware of each party’s principles and policies, have a right to know to which party each candidate adheres.

Initiated Measure 22 – Campaign finance laws. According to the Defeat 22 website, IM22 will allow big-spending politicians to take millions of our taxpayer dollars and send it to political campaigns.

Initiated Measure 23 – Right to work. IM23 would force employees to pay fees to labor unions against their will, and ambiguous language in the measure causes uncertainty about its impact on our state “right to work” law.

For further study, go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website for the 2016 Ballot Question Pamphlet.

More educational documents are available:

Check our Fall Newsletter for the stances of the two Presidential candidates on the Sanctity of Life, Planned Parenthood, and the Supreme Court Justices.

 

I don’t need to remind you how imperative it is that we pray about this election.  Not only will this election affect the next four years, but with the inevitable appointment of several Supreme Court Justices, this election will shape our nation and our liberties for many decades to come. Join CWA’s 30 Days of Prayer Challenge by clicking this link.

Please join our efforts to make sure that South Dakotans get-out-the-vote!

Thanks in advance for your prayer and action!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend out sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan.

For Freedom!

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWALAC
sd.cwfa.org
director@southdakota.cwfa.org

As Election Day Approaches – See What Each Party Platform Stands For

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As Election Day approaches, do you have questions?  Do you need more information to become an informed voter?

CWA has prepared a 2016 Party Platform Comparison. The fourteen issues compared are: Sanctity of Life; Gender; Education; Freedom of Religion; National Sovereignty; Israel; Military; Immigration; Gun Control; Health Care; Fiscal Responsibility; Environment; Criminal Justice and Anti-Trafficking; and Election and Campaign Laws.

Access this document today on our website under 2016 Party Platform Comparison. Print out as many copies as you need using 8 ½ x 14 inch paper.  Print double sided and fold. Or respond e-mail us to request printed copies.

Here’s just one example of the differences between the Parties on the issue of LIFE:

2016 Republican National Party Platform, page 24: “We respect the states’ authority and flexibility to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other health care and family planning programs so long as they continue to perform or refer for elective abortions or sell the body parts of aborted children.

2016 Democrat National Party Platform, page 34: “We will fight Republican efforts to roll back the clock on women’s health and reproductive rights, and stand up for Planned Parenthood.”

Early voting begins September 23!  Please, first and foremost pray. Pray for our great state and country.  May all Christians earnestly seek the Lord before November 8!

Be sure to take action today!

  1. Ask your church if you can hand out copies or make available the 2016 Party Platform Comparison. (Yes, it is legal for churches to distribute. It will not affect a church’s tax status because it presents information from both parties in a nonpartisan way.) After gaining approval, print your own copies or e-mail me to receive the number of copies needed.
  2. Donate to Concerned Women for America of South Dakota. Your gift, in any amount, will put this comparison in the hands of hundreds of voters before November 8, thereby educating the electorate. Please send your tax-deductible donations to the address below, or donate online through our website now! Simply click on “DONATE TO YOUR STATE.”

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director
P.O. Box 343
Leola, SD 57456
(605) 380-6914
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

South Dakota AG Jackley Announces Lawsuit Against Obama’s “Bathroom” Mandate

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“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”  –Noah Webster

South Dakota has joined with nine others states in a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s directive regarding a “bathroom policy.”  The lawsuit is against the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.  The President’s directive mandates that schools must permit “transgender” students to use the shower room, locker room or bathroom facilities corresponding to their “gender identity.” The mandate threatens loss of federal funds under Title IX for non-compliance.

Attorney General Jackley stated in his press release that the Obama mandate is a “solution that goes beyond his [Obama’s] authority.” The complaint by the ten Attorneys General explains the merits of the lawsuit and basically discredits the Administration’s unconstitutional attempt to create new law.

The Obama Administration has once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Administration is redefining “sex” and “gender” as it appears in Title IX, to fit into his misguided agenda.  This is something lawmakers who drafted Titles VII and Title IX never even considered.  “Sex” refers to male or female–our DNA and anatomy that is unchangeable.  “Gender” is a social construct and is determined by how one feels.

Pray that this lawsuit will stop the President’s agenda and thereby protect our students while helping those confused about their sex to receive compassionate counseling.

Take Action

  1. Boycott Target. Concerned Women for America is part of the Target Boycott effort resulting from Target’s decision to allow open access to their public restrooms.
  2. Read Linda Schauer’s published letter to the editor as it appeared in the Aberdeen American News.