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CWA Supports Grassley at Tense Town Hall Meeting in Iowa

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Monday, CWA’s Iowa State Director, Tamara Scott, Iowa native and National Field Director, Janae Stracke, and a handful of other CWA of Iowa supporters attended Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) 99th Town Hall Meeting, which concluded his 38th annual 99 county tour. As expected, the meeting was filled with liberal protesters and contention over the issue of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s pending confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Over the years, CWA of Iowa has attended many of Sen. Grassley’s town hall meetings to offer support for our shared conservative values, but this last meeting was certainly one of the more disruptive. The protesters were disrespectful, yelling, and interrupting both other attendees and the Senator. Several times throughout the hour-long meeting, frustrated attendees would chime in with a “Let him speak!” or a “Show some respect!” as protesters continued to disrupt what is usually a civil meeting with objections to Judge Kavanuagh.

When Stracke was called on to share a comment or ask a question, she started by thanking Sen. Grassley for making himself available to hear from the public face to face, something most senators are not willing to do. She apologized for the disruptive nature of this meeting and referred back to her experiences with protesters at the Kavanaugh hearings in D.C. the previous week. Stracke referred to one instance when a Kavanaugh protester could not make any claim against the judge’s record; rather, they could only talk about the issue of abortion. The point Stracke wanted to make was that there are no legitimate reasons to oppose Judge Kavanaugh based on his years of work and solid record. This was, of course, very upsetting to the protesters present at the meeting in Iowa and interruptions began.

In an effort to unite everyone on common ground, the last person called on to speak stood and asked to close the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, something that represents a lot, one being the right of everyone present to publicly disagree and voice their opinion. Unfortunately, even our Pledge of Allegiance is no longer common ground for some Americans; a handful of protesters started yelling in opposition to saying the pledge and ultimately kneeled as others in the room stood in respect the flag and what it represents.

This battle we are in spans much further than one issue. It runs far and wide, and as Ephesians 6:12 tells us, we know we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but rather “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” We must continue to fight on our knees in prayer and then stand to take action with our legs and voices. Offering support to your Members of Congress is just one way to do that; if you haven’t already, be sure to contact your senator and/or local media and let them know you support Judge Kavanaugh and want them to support him as well.

You can watch a Facebook Live of Tamara Scott and Janae Stracke following the town hall meeting here.

Field Update: CWA State Leaders at Kavanaugh Hearing

By | Blog, Iowa, Legal, Missouri, News and Events, North Dakota, SCOTUS | No Comments

This week some of our state leaders who helped with our Women for Kavanaugh bus tour were able to fly to D.C. to be present at Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings. These women were able to sit in for portions of the hearings and prayed over all of the proceedings. While in town, they all made use of their time here and made visits to some of their members of Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWA’s Missouri State Director, Bev Ehlen and CWA of MO supporter Sophie Shore met with staff and left notes for Sen. Blunt (R-Missouri), Representatives Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Billy Long (R-Missouri), Sam Graves (R-Missouri), and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri). The duo also stopped by Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Missouri) office and were not able to meet with staff, but left a message asking Sen. McCaskill to commit to voting “yes” for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWA’s Iowa State Director Tamara Scott and CWA of Iowa supporter Barb Hovland were also able to meet with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and personally thanked, encouraged, and prayed with him. Scott and Hovland were sure to spend some time in Sen. Joni Ernst’s office thanking her as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former CWA of North Dakota State Director and current North Dakota State Senator, Janne Mrydal, also made the trek to D.C. and when not in the hearings, she was able to visit in Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-North Dakota) office. She also put in multiple requests to meet with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), but was told they did not have time. Unfortunately, this is not a new response from Heitkamp’s office.

#WomenforKavanaugh gearing up for state battles

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This week has been full of #WomenforKavanaugh campaign planning and strategizing, and our excitement continues to build! CWA’s National Field Director, Janae Stracke, and General Counsel, Mario Diaz, have been on the phone with state leaders in key states to discuss local events, billboard ads, radio time, opinion editorials, and rallies in their states.

When strategizing for any CWA campaign, one of our main goals is to make sure we’re being good stewards of our funds. We do a cost benefit analysis and consider the return of investment. We want to make sure we get the most bang for our buck and end with measurable results.

In this case, the timing has worked in our favor, and we plan to center our main efforts around several state fairs, which automictically increases our constituent interaction. Every state is important in this battle, but we will be focusing extra efforts in Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, Missouri, and Montana. If you or someone you know wants to join forces with CWA’s #WomenforKavanaugh campaign or donate to the campaign, visit www.womenforkavanaugh.com or email us at [email protected].

Something you may also consider is writing a letter to the editor for your local paper expressing your support of Judge Kavanaugh. You can find helpful talking points at www.womenforkavanaugh.com.

SCOTUS Update: On the Ground in Iowa

By | Blog, Kennedy, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS, Vacancy | No Comments

This week, Concerned Women for America of Iowa were in Webster County and Fayette County to attend Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) first town hall meetings since Justice Kennedy announced his resignation. As expected, this was a big issue at the meeting. Our National Field Director, Janae Stracke, and Field Coordinator, Amelia Koehn, who also happen to be from Iowa, were able to attend the meetings and speak on behalf of our thousands of members, some of whom were also at the meetings.

Both meetings were standing room only due to the large crowds of people. Janae shared that she must have chosen to sit right where the recruited planned parenthood supporters were sitting because they seemed to be all around her. Several of them stood to speak in support of abortion and expressed their fear of losing so-called “reproductive rights” in relation to the new supreme court vacancy.

However, when Janae stood and thanked Sen. Grassley for his fair and balanced work as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encouraged him to see President Trump’s nominee through a fair and evenhanded process, the crowd’s agreement was obvious. They erupted in applause after Janae spoke, showing their support for CWA’s stance rather than the fear-tactics of Planned Parenthood. Janae’s comments set off a chain reaction and several other attendees then went on to speak in favor of Sen. Grassley seeing Trump’s upcoming nominee through a smooth and fair process.

At the meeting the next morning, both Janae and Amelia were able to speak in support of Sen. Grassley and after the meeting, a handful of other audience members approached them to thank her for speaking. Janae was also able to speak to Iowa Public Radio.

This is just the beginning! Throughout this confirmation process, Concerned Women for America will continue to encourage, equip, and mobilize people all across the country. We invite you to join us!

CWA Field: Equipping the Next Generation

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Penny Nance joined CWA of South Carolina, State Director Tonya Shellnutt in Greenville, South Carolina, this week to equip the next generation.  With over 40 women in attendance, ranging from college students to moms and grandmas, it was a wonderful and multi-generational collection of female leaders. The event focused on how each of us, no matter our age or season in life, are living our Esther moment.

Penny shared that now, more than ever, we need to be courageous and brave while speaking up with a redemptive message. Each one of us has a place in equipping the next generation regardless of our age.

CWA’s collegiate arm, Young Women for America, was introduced and received with enthusiasm. The girls attending who are currently enrolled in college were excited about getting chapters started on their own college campuses.  Every attendee received a free copy of Penny’s book, Feisty & Feminine, a Rallying Cry for Conservative Women, an empowering tool for new student leaders.

The event concluded with a wonderful time of prayer for CWA, YWA and Penny.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Feisty & Feminine Workshop, feel free to contact us!

CWA State Organizations are hard at work

By | Blog, California, Georgia, Maine, News and Events | No Comments

January has brought a new year, and state legislatures across the country have started to convene. The 2018 sessions have already presented new challenges to the Biblical principles we value, but our state directors are already working diligently and strategically. Specifically, CWA of Georgia, California, and Maine have taken strong positions on several important bills which would positively or negatively impact their states.

The Georgia General Assembly convened on January 8, and CWA of Georgia’s State Director Tanya Ditty has made it a priority to monitor religious freedom, marijuana cultivation, gambling, and LGBT issues. She is supporting HR 447, which, if passed, would declare pornography a public health crisis. Additionally, CWA of Georgia is supporting SB 233, which is a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  They are also taking on the issue of so-called “hate crimes”.

Our state directors Marlo Tucker, from CWA of California, and Penny Morrell, from CWA of Maine, have already presented opposition to their state legislatures concerning abortion bills. CWA of California has strongly opposed SB 320. If passed, this bill will allow access to chemical abortions on all state-college campuses. CWA of Maine has opposed LD 1763, which would allow non-physician healthcare personnel to perform abortions. This would not only add to the number of abortions performed, but it could subject the women undergoing these procedures to additional risks.

Please pray for all of our state leaders and the many other pieces of legislation they will be working on throughout the year. Pray for them as they continue to stand for truth and fight for Biblical values.

If you would like to get involved with CWA in your state, please contact the National Field office at 202-488-7000.

Even the media can’t deny the numbers

By | Blog, North Dakota, Planned Parenthood, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

CWA is committed to fighting for life and will never back down or be intimidated by big-money organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

The fight to shift our hard earned tax dollars (half a billion to be exact!) from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Clinics is as much a PR battle as it is a legislative one. Public policy is downstream of public opinion— your voice matters!

Every petition you sign, every phone call you make, every conversation you have, every letter you write, and every Rally you attend, is you influencing change. We saw firsthand the difference you make in North Dakota— the media often ignores our events, but with the crowd that showed up, they simply couldn’t avoid covering the story. You can view some of the news stories about the event here, here, and here.

Remember CWA is simply a voice for you on Capitol Hill. We work to keep you informed on what’s going on and how you can help influence change— but we need YOU to stay engaged and help change the world for Christ’s glory.

CWA Statement on President Trump’s Newest Judicial Nominees

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Today, the White House announced a new list of federal judicial nominations. Below is a statement from Concerned Women for America:

“President Trump continues to fulfill his promise to the American people by appointing supremely qualified, constitutionalist judges for judicial nominations. We are thrilled to see that Justice Gorsuch was just the beginning. The president’s faithfulness on this issue renews American’s faith that our judicial system will remain true to the Constitution– reviewing law rather than legislating from the bench.”

From Judge to Justice: Gorsuch Confirmed with Bipartisan Support

By | Defense of Family, Education, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Press Releases, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Washington, D.C. –Today, Judge Gorsuch, soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45 to be the next Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States with bi-partisan support.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“Today we witnessed a historic victory for our country. One that proves government ‘for the People, by the People’ is alive and well. The Senate overcame historic partisan obstructionism and restored original Senate precedent.

“On behalf of our members, I want to thank Leader McConnell, as well as Sen. Grassley, for their decisive leadership, which gave the American people a voice in November on the kind of justice they believed should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

“I also want to thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate a constitutionalist judge to the Supreme Court. It is hard to imagine someone better suited to serve on our nation’s highest court than Judge Gorsuch.

“Judge Gorsuch follows the law wherever it leads, regardless of personal opinion or political preference. His constitutional jurisprudence makes him an ardent defender of the rights that keep us free.

“Judge Gorsuch will elevate the proper role of the judiciary and refuse to legislate from the bench. He is what America needs in this time of partisan dysfunction and obstructionism from the far left-the bipartisan support for his confirmation is proof.

“I would be remiss not to thank the Democrats who had the conviction to listen to their constituents rather than toeing the party line. I applaud their willingness to rise above the political fray in favor of their constituents.

“In spite of partisan gridlock, we see the symphony of the three branches of government and their checks and balances function as our Founders intended.”Our prayers continue to be with Judge, soon-to-be Justice, Gorsuch and his family as they begin this new chapter.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Not One Reasonable Reason to Oppose Gorsuch

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Washington, D.C. –Today, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will draw to a close.Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say on the performance of Judge Neil Gorsuch at his hearings to become the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Senate Democrats have tried every way they can to show from Neil Gorsuch’s record one reason to vote against him. But they have come up empty. There is not a single reasonable reason on Judge Gorsuch’s record to vote against him.

“Now, we know many object to President Trump or Steve Bannon or the Republicans’ treatment of Judge Garland, and they will choose the unprecedented, radical position not to vote for Judge Gorsuch as a result. But, looking at his record, he comes out of now his third day of hearings unscathed.

“He has been thoughtful, poised, reasonable, independent, caring, empathetic, and humble. He has shown himself to be beyond all reasonable doubt a mainstream nominee worthy of each and every senator’s vote.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America around the country that I represent are united in asking all senators to put politics aside for once and act in the best interest of our country by voting for Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.