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The Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Needs to Hear From You!

By | Maine | No Comments

There is a hearing scheduled at the State House for next Tuesday, September 26, before the Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation (MLI) concerning LR 2395. This is the bill that amends the marijuana legalization act and lays the groundwork for the regulatory framework for retail marijuana.  The purpose of this hearing is to listen to the perspective of the people of Maine.  We need to send a simple message to the committee members: Recommend the legislature overturn the 2016 Question 1 vote!

Click here to read the draft bill.

The MLI committee chairs, Sen. Roger Katz and Rep. Teresa Pearce, keep talking about how they want to “get it right” to eliminate the black market. However, we all know that is not an attainable goal.  In their quest, it seems they are providing a lot of deference to the medical marijuana lobby, which obviously wants to make a profit.

This is detrimental to the citizens of Maine for many reasons such as:

  • It is against federal law
  • Makes it easier for underage children to possess
  • Revenues will not keep up with costs of law enforcement and regulation
  • Will entice unproductive out-of-staters to come to Maine
  • Can cause impaired driving
  • An opioid crisis already exists in Maine

I will be testifying on behalf of CWA of Maine concerning LR 2395.

The Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation needs to hear from you!

Take Action:

  1. Contact each member of the committee before next Tuesday and ask them to overturn the 2016 vote on Question 1. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. If at all possible, attend the hearing and/or present a testimony to provide a voice in defense of public health, youth, communities, and public safety. The hearing will be at the State House at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, in room 228.  Contact me if you plan to testify and I will give you further instructions.

 Please Pray: Father God, we ask You to protect Maine from marijuana and to convince our lawmakers to repeal legalization of recreational marijuana.  James 4:2 says, “We have not because we ask not.”

For health and wellbeing,

Penny Morrell

State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org

Senators Roberts and Moran Need to Hear From You Concerning Lower-Court Nominations

By | Kansas | No Comments

Earlier this month, at the Concerned Women for America (CWA) Leadership Training Conference in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to lobby our senators on Capitol Hill concerning the issue of lower-court vacancies.

There are currently over 140 vacancies in the federal district and appellate courts.  This is a unique opportunity to secure the judicial branch of government by ensuring the judges appointed to these seats are constitutionalists, not activists legislating from the bench.  Thanks to our hardworking grassroots volunteers, Concerned Women for America was instrumental in the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. CWA can multiply that impact across the federal lower courts.  However, gridlock in the Senate is slowing the confirmation process of judicial and executive nominees.

Solution: Reasonable gridlock reform should be enacted to allow a simple majority vote to open debate on legislation, while keeping the filibuster rule of a 60-vote requirement to end debate.

We have a golden opportunity to secure the federal judicial system’s foundation of constitutional jurisprudence and to fight back against judicial activism. There are over 140 judicial vacancies, 59 of which are considered judicial emergencies.

One problem is that there is gridlock in the Senate, and it is holding up the confirmation process.  A total of 206 judicial and executive branch nominees were confirmed during the first six months of Obama’s presidency. Meanwhile, President Trump has only secured 55 judicial and executive confirmations in his first six months.  At this rate, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) says it would take 11 years to confirm President Trump’s nominees.

The solution to the gridlock is reform.  We must maintain the integrity of the Founders’ intent for the Senate to be a slower-moving body, but update certain Senate rules and procedures to limit the gridlock.  Currently, the process is to have a 60-vote threshold to begin debate and 60-vote threshold to end debate.

CWA wants to keep the filibuster: The 60-vote threshold to end debate is a key tenet of Senate procedure to protect the voice of the minority party.  We want to end the 60-vote requirement to start debate.  This would allow the majority party to open discussion on legislation while protecting the minority party with the filibuster still in place.

Sens. Roberts (R-KS) and Moran (R-KS) both claim to be institutionalists.  This means they do not like to change what has been traditionally done.  Obviously, their approach has not worked well, because the opposing party has taken full advantage of this.

 

Please Pray for Sens. Roberts and Moran. Pray that they will see beyond tradition and realize what is necessary to allow constitutionalists, not activists, into our lower courts.

 Take Action: Please contact Sen. Roberts here and Sen. Moran here.  First, let them know that as a member of Concerned Women for America, you are grateful that the CWA of Kansas State Director, Barbara Saldivar, and her team met with the senators’ staffers on September 8 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the lower-court vacancies. Please reiterate the message that we want gridlock in the Senate to end. Also ask for consideration in ending the 60-vote requirement to start debate and changing it to a simple majority vote.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, action, and support of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659

director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org

Time to Sign up for the 2018 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

By | Virginia | No Comments

We thank God for our wonderful volunteers who facilitate our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project every year.  Some of you have been with us from the beginning.  Can you believe this will be our 10th year encouraging and praying for our state leaders?  CWA of Virginia is known at the capitol as, “The group who prays.”  What a testimony!

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Starting the second week in January of 2018 our EAL participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the eight week legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent, or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.

Each year, we recruit over 100 volunteers to help us out with our EAL program, and this year is no different.  Ideally, we would have 143 volunteers to cover 40 Senators, 100 Delegates, Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General.   Will you volunteer for this inspiring ministry?

Once signed up, participants receive a packet near the end of December or beginning of January.  The packet includes instructions, the name and biography of their assigned legislator, and eight CWA of Virginia EAL postcards.

Year after year, we receive many letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement they received.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at jstasulli1@gmail.com or call me at 434-525-6705.  I will need your name, address, phone number, and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for the brochure.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Janet Stasulli
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Virginia
434-525-6705
jstasulli1@gmail.com

Maine Victims of Crime ~ May We Hear From You

By | Maine | No Comments

This is a follow-up to our prior e-alert regarding Marsy’s Law.  In case you missed it, I am resending this information with an urgent request:  Please let me know of any upcoming event(s) in September and October that we can attend to promote and inform citizens on this bill.

Victims of crime in Maine deserve rights they don’t currently have.

Marsy’s Law has been introduced in Maine, and we need your help to convince legislators and voters in our state of its necessity.  This law would place an amendment in the Maine Constitution stating exactly what rights are available to victims of crime.

In order to accomplish this, we must get the bill passed in the Legislature.  Then, it would be placed on a ballot to be voted on by Maine citizens. For this to happen, we are looking for you and others, who are victims of crime, to tell your stories about how the perpetrator was advised of his rights, but you, the victim, had none.

We need the legislature to vote at least  2/3rds majority in favor of Marsy’s Law so it may qualify to be placed on a ballot for the 2018 election.  Then, all that is needed from the voters is a simple majority to pass.

Click here for more information on the Maine Legislature’s website regarding L.D. 1168.

“RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims’ Bill of Rights”

Take Action:

  • Write your story and share it with legislators and others, including me.
  • Inform me of any events we can attend to promote Marsy’s Law.
  • Click here to find both your Senate and House members’ names and contact information.  Let them know you support Marsy’s Law, L.D. 1168 and explain why. Let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information on to friends and family and ask them to participate.

Pray:  Please pray for the success of Marsy’s Law to help victims of crime.  Proverbs 3:27 “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”

Summary of Bill: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to enact a Victims’ Bill of Rights, designed to ensure specific rights for victims of crime.  The purpose of this resolution is to place into the Constitution of Maine various rights regarding notification of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to prompt and full restitution.  This resolution requires a court to grant a request by the victim to enforce the rights of the victim and to provide a remedy for violations of the victim’s rights, including the appeal of a sentence.  This resolution does not provide a victim a cause of action for compensation or damages against the State or a political subdivision of the State, including the courts, or any officer, employee or agent of the State or a political subdivision of the State.

To view other victim’s testimonies, click here.

 View Marsy’s Law’s website here: https://marsyslaw.us/marsys-law-state-efforts/maine/

Thank you for helping Concerned Women for America of Maine empower victims of crime to receive the rights they are entitled to by sharing your story and by educating lawmakers and voters on the necessity of this law.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015
https://concernedwomen.org/state/maine

Please Join Us in Thanking North Dakota Attorney General Stenehjam for His Pro-Life Stance!

By | North Dakota | No Comments

Thank you, North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem!

Mr. Stenehjem joined 20 other state attorneys general to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the release of videos made by Center for Medical Progress, which showcase what truly happens within Planned Parenthood clinics. The Center for Medical Progress is a group of citizen journalists who are dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics.

The friend-of-the-court brief, filed on behalf of the states, by Arizona AG Mark Brnovich says the justices should lift an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals barring the release of the recordings.

Other states joining Brnovich’s brief include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Take Action: Please contact Mr. Stenehjem and thank him for his stance to protect the unborn children hurt by Planned Parenthood.

Phone: 701-328-2210

Email: attorneygeneral.nd.gov

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance.  From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling places He watches all who live on Earth – He forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” (Psalms 33:12-15)

Linda Thorson

State Director
CWA of North Dakota
director@northdakota.cwfa.org\
http://nd.cwfa.org

Gov. Rauner Signs “Transgender Birth Certificate Bill” into Law

By | Illinois | No Comments

Transgender men and women can now legally pretend to be the opposite sex by acquiring falsified birth certificates.

Anti-Family Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1785 into law last Friday, scoring a huge victory for the LGBTQ community.  This law will make it even easier for men and women, who currently think they are the opposite sex, to acquire falsified birth certificates.  In May, HB 1785 was passed by both Illinois House (63-43) and Senate (32-22).

HB 1785 amends the Vital Records Act to allow gender-dysphoric persons to change their gender on their birth certificate with a declaration from a health care worker or mental health professional that states the person has undergone “gender transition treatment.” Click here to read the final bill for yourself.

As you may recall, Rauner ran for office as a fiscal conservative with “no social agenda.”  Regrettably, voters believed him.  Since becoming governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner has supported and signed every anti-life, anti-family bill into law.

Please Prayer:

  • Pray for God to intervene in Illinois government, removing legislators from office who do not support pro-life, pro-family bills.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of our Governor, his family, and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • Pray for the church to awaken and publicly defend righteousness.

Take Action: 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 says, “Be strong and courageous!  Don’t be afraid or discouraged … for there is a power far greater on our side!  We have the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles for us.”

Debbie Leininger

State Director
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
il.cwfa.org
815-297-2918

Become involved in CWA of Illinois!  Contact me at director@illinois.cwfa.org.

Watch for more information concerning our 2018 Encourage-a-Legislator program.  Now, more than ever, our legislators desperately need your prayers and encouragement.Bottom of Form

Hawaii Dependent on Outcome of California Supreme Court Case to Defend their Crises Pregnancy Centers

By | Hawaii | No Comments

California: On September 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is scheduled to consider whether to grant cert. (a hearing) in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. The suit challenges the state of California on an unconstitutional law that mandates and compels prolife pregnancy centers to refer for abortion, just like Hawaii’s S.B. 501 does.

Hawaii: Attorney Jim Hochberg, along with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), has filed a case against the state of Hawaii for passing a similarly unconstitutional law, S.B. 501. This requires crisis pregnancy centers to refer patients for abortions against their moral and religious convictions.

This California case will, of course, set precedent for the Hawaii case because both states fall under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Please pray regularly for these cases.

Prayer Requests 

  1. Pray SCOTUS will agree to hear the California case.
  2. Pray that at least four Supreme Court justices will vote in favor of granting the California appeal.
  3. Pray for each Supreme Court justice by name:
  • John Roberts, Chief Justice, appointed to the high court by President George W. Bush
  • Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice, appointed by President Ronald Reagan
  • Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, appointed by President George H.W. Bush
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Samuel Alito, Associate Justice, appointed by President George W. Bush
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice, appointed by President Donald Trump
  1. Pray for wisdom and guidance for Attorney James Hochberg, NIFLA’s attorneys and ADF’s attorneys.
  2. Pray for the prolife pregnancy centers in our state. Pray for courage as they continue to stand against the current law.

Take Action:

  1. Find out if there is a crisis pregnancy center in your area. Pray for them regularly and even send them an encouraging card.
  2. Forward this to others who may want to join us in prayer.

For Life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
director@hawaii.cwfa.org
hi.cwfa.org

Montana Locker Room Privacy Act Petition Needs Your Signature

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Montana Locker Room Privacy Act Petition Needs Your Signature

 We have been asked to partner with our dear friends at Montana Family Foundation to get the message out about an important opportunity to help ensure privacy, safety, and dignity to all boys and girls in Montana schools.  High school girls should never be forced to shower with a boy, even if he does think he’s a girl.  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening in school districts across the United States, and now the issue has reared its head right here in Montana.

We need your help getting the Montana Locker Room Privacy Act on the 2018 ballot.  This will require we get 25,000 signatures from registered voters across the state.

The Montana Locker Room Privacy Act, if passed, will allow boys and girls to be safe and secure in showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and hotel rooms that conform to their biological gender.  There are also allowances in this bill, such as single stall accommodations, for trans-gender students who feel uncomfortable in a standard locker room setting.

Take Action: Please go to lockerroomprivacy.com and download the petitions, then READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY – so that the signatures you collect count! If you have any questions, please call Montana Family Foundation at 406-628-1141.

Pray:  Dear Lord, We ask for clarity for our confused culture.  We know your word says, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’” in Mark 10:6. So today, Lord, we pray that you would touch the hearts of Montanans who understand the importance of fighting to protect our future generations and understand the importance of preserving the Montana way of life.

Sincerely,

Janae Stracke
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

Maine Victims of Crime – We Need Your Stories

By | Maine | No Comments

Have you been a victim of crime in Maine?  Did you have all the rights throughout the legal process that you should have?   As it stands now, it is not a requirement that a victim be notified of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution, the right to prompt and full restitution, and more.

The Victim’s Bill of Rights, known as Marsy’s Law, has been introduced in Maine, and we need your help telling Maine legislators and voters how important this is.  This law would amend the state’s constitution to create equal rights for victims of crime.

We must get a bill passed in the Maine Legislature.  Then, it will be placed on a ballot for approval by Maine citizens.  In order for this to happen, we are looking for you and others who are victims to tell your stories about how the perpetrator was advised of his constitutional rights, while you, the victim, had none.

In order to succeed, we need at least a two-thirds majority of legislators to vote in favor of Marsy’s Law when they reconvene in the upcoming year. Only then can it be placed on the ballot for the November 2018 election.  If this happens, all that is needed from the voters is a simple majority to pass.

This is a bipartisan bill, sponsored by the Maine Senate President, Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo), and the House Majority Leader, Erin Herbig (D-Belfast). Click here for more information regarding the bill, L.D. 1168.

Take Action:

  • If you are willing to share your story with legislators and others, contact me within the next two weeks.
  • Stay informed of any events you can attend in support of Marsy’s Law.
  • Click here to find both your Senate and House members’ names and contact information.  Let them know why you support Marsy’s Law, L.D. 1168. Remember to let them known that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information on to friends and family and ask them to participate.

Pray:  Please pray for the success of Marsy’s Law to help victims of crime.  “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27)

Summary of Bill: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to enact a Victims’ Bill of Rights, designed to ensure specific rights for victims of crime.  The purpose of this resolution is to place into the Constitution of Maine various rights regarding notification of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to prompt and full restitution.  This resolution requires a court to grant a request by the victim to enforce the rights of the victim and to provide a remedy for violations of the victim’s rights, including the appeal of a sentence.  This resolution does not provide a victim a cause of action for compensation or damages against the State or a political subdivision of the State, including the courts, or any officer, employee or agent of the State or a political subdivision of the State.

To view other victims’ testimonies, click here.

Click here for more information about Marsy’s Law.

Thank you for helping CWA of Maine empower victims of crime to receive the rights they deserve by sharing your story and by promoting this bill to legislators and voters.

Penny Morrell

State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015
me.cwfa.org

A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do

By | North Carolina | No Comments

I think I joined Concerned Women for America (CWA) back in 1985.  As I am not normally a “joiner” of groups, this one particularly intrigued me as I became involved with a small group of women who held a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.  I was impressed at how humble and “concerned” they were about the growing secularization of our nation.

Each was of a different denomination: one Catholic, two Episcopalians, and two others of mainline denominations. They were united by their faith in Christ, seeking, through prayer and action, how to “witness” their Biblical faith to others without being offensive. However, in today’s world, offense is taken at anyone who goes against the worldly position of the left!

For the last decade, I’ve been a Prayer/Action Chapter leader  and continue to “witness” in the political world by reminding people of Ronald Reagan’s great maxim:  “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

CWA’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, did a wonderful job of illustrating the hypocrisy of the recent politicization of yet “more rights” that, of course, negate the rights of so many others!  Read her op-ed, Do Transgender Rights Trump Women’s Rights? The Left Needs to Decide, on Foxnews.com.  Our daughters deserve better than this false utopian worldview.  They deserve our continued prayers for safety, knowing that our Lord blesses them with an innate sense of modesty that gives them His protection.

Penny’s humble, yet straight forward and intellectual response to the issue of “women’s rights” is continually refreshing and once again reminds me why I am a part of this leading organization.

As concerned women, may we continue to stand strong against the world that aims to tear our femininity away.

Bonnie Dougherty, Commander, USN Ret. and Southern Pines CWA of North Carolina Prayer Action Chapter Leader

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A note from Jill Coward, State Director:  A special thanks to Bonnie for this inspiring word.  If any of you reading this today are interested in information about a CWA chapter in your area, contact me, and I will be happy to connect you with the closest group.  Also, if you are feeling a stirring from the Lord, pray and ask Him if He would have you start a chapter. I would love to pray and talk with you about it!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org