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CWA of North Carolina Recommends Three Pro-life Events

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We invite you to continue to stand with our state chapter as we battle cultural and legislative issues, and we invite you to join us in our upcoming fall activities.

#1 – 40-Days for Life

CWA of North Carolina recommends participating in 40 Days for Life.

Join CWA of North Carolina at the events listed below. Click here and put in your address to see if there are any additional events in your community.

For more information contact me at [email protected] 

Date: Wednesday, October 23 – Charlotte
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Planned Parenthood
700 S. Torrence St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

Date: Monday, October 28 – Raleigh
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: A Woman’s Choice
3305 Drake Circle
Raleigh, NC

Wednesdays (ongoing), Wilmington
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Planned Parenthood
1925 Tradd Court
Wilmington, NC

#2 – Note-writing ministry – And Then There Were None


CWA of North Carolina recommends And Then There Were None” note-writing ministry for the
months of October and November.

Many workers are leaving the abortion industry and finding the healing and help they need through And Then There Were None. Consider participating in praying for abortion clinic workers through a special note-writing ministry sponsored by And Then There Were NoneThis ministry was started and is run by Abby Johnson to help abortion clinic workers have the support they need to leave the abortion industry. We know prayers and handwritten notes are being used by God to reach these dear ones trapped in the abortion industry.

If you are interested in participating, please email our ministry contact, Kelly, at [email protected]. Please copy me at [email protected]. Detailed instructions and note-writing packets will be mailed to you.

#3 – Final 2019 Love Life Prayer Walk

Final 2019 Love Life Prayer Walk at three different North Carolina locations:
Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh (Also, this New York location.)

Saturday, November 16 Final Love Life Prayer Walk & Celebration (Three North Carolina locations.)
Date:  Saturday, November 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Parking begins at 7:30 a.m.
Praise and worship begins at 8:15 a.m.

Charlotte Location
1004 Palmer Plaza Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Greensboro Location
2401 Randleman Road
Greensboro, NC 27406

Raleigh location
1522 Jones Franklin Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

** Please RSVP to Love Life (and please let me know if you will be joining us at one of the locations)
** Wear your blue LOVE LIFE shirt if you have one.
** Carpool as much as possible.

PURPOSE: To pray that the abortion clinics will close their doors, for the saving of lives of the unborn, and the families of the unborn. We also look forward once again to demonstrate our support for LIFE, for the most innocent among us, and to celebrate what God has been doing this year!

Click here to view the video from last year’s Final Celebration Prayer Walk.

I will be at the Charlotte Love Life event and hope you will join me!

May the Lord bless you in all that you are doing in your service to God. Please contact me if you have any questions.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

SAVE THE DATE – Feisty & Feminine Presentation – November 16 – Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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As a Christian conservative woman, do you have the desire to make a difference in the culture? Do you feel isolated in your views, and do you wonder if anyone else is as concerned as you? Or, are you in high school or a college student wanting to lead your generation of Christian, conservative women to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on your campus and in your community?

We cannot allow the extreme feminist agenda to define what a conservative woman is. Modern feminism is destructive to women, families, and our country, so we need to be equipped to speak out against this radical narrative while maintaining our inherent femininity.

CWA’s CEO and President, Penny Nance; CWA’s Vice President of Field Operations, Tanya Ditty; and CWA’s Young Women for America National Director, Kelsey Gold will be in Pottstown this month to present CWA’s Feisty & Feminine Workshop. They invite you to join them, along with Wendy Burpee, Executive Director of the local Genesis Women’s Clinic on November 16 for this amazing event. You will walk away equipped to be a powerful influencer in today’s culture.

Click here to watch a message from Penny Nance.

Our time will be filled with presentations, breakout sessions, food, and fellowship. Together we will learn how to embrace our God-given femininity, intertwined with a little feisty, to deliver a message of truth and redemption.  

We are grateful to the JOY Builders Women’s Ministry at Berean Bible Church for kindly hosting this event.

Date: Saturday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Registration and breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Cost: $5 which includes workshop materials, the book Feisty & Feminine, breakfast, and lunch.
RSVP: Please register by Thursday, November 14. Click here to register or scan the code with your phone on the flyer linked below.

Click here to view the flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Please mark your calendar and be sure to invite your friends, your mother, your daughters, and your nieces.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

 

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Virginians: Are You Registered to Vote?

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Tuesday, October 15, is the last day to register to vote for the off-year elections in Virginia.

Reminder: It is election season in Virginia, where voters will go to the polls in November to elect state legislative races only. Virginia’s off-year elections are critically important, and that is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls this November! CWA of Virginia is partnering with conservative organizations across the state to get out the vote through voter registration and voter turnout efforts.

Important Virginia Voting Registration 2019 Deadlines

  • Tuesday, October 15: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration.
  • Tuesday, October 29: Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2: Deadline to vote in-person absentee.
  • September 21 – November.  Voting absentee – in person.
  • November 5 – Election day. 

Get Involved in Virginia!
#1- Ensure YOU are registered to vote
Go to the Virginia Department of Elections to check the following:

  • Voter registration status
  • Mail-In application and ballot status
  • Poll Location
  • Registration form

#2- Encourage others to register to vote.  Let them know about the link above so they can check to see if they are registered; encourage them to register and to vote.

We would LOVE to hear back from you if you have registered, if you register as a result of this email, or if you encourage others to email.  Contact me at [email protected].

Thank you!
Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

CWA of Virginia Recommends These Two Events

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There is a disturbing trend happening in many of the Northern Virginia school districts. Most recently, the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) school board has been making policy changes that expose our children and our neighbors’ children to sexually explicit materials and inappropriate and dangerous situations.

“Gender Identity” Policy Alert
In May 2015, the FCPS school board added “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy (Policy 1450) which opened the door for students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex for which they identify rather than their biological sex. FCPS allows principals and administrators to make decisions about accommodating transgender students’ bathroom and locker room usage on a case-by-case basis. Students are given no advance notice if a student of a different biological sex will be using the same facilities that they use.

Sexually Explicit Curriculum Alert
Parents should also be aware of troubling content in Family Life Education (FLE), Fairfax County’s sex ed curriculum. In ninth grade, students are taught that “gender assigned at birth” may be different than one’s biological sex. One eighth grade lesson mentions anal sex four times. A fifth grade lesson refers to needle sharing and sexually transmitted diseases. Parents can opt their students out of FLE. However, they are often unaware of the content, trusting that their school system is teaching age-appropriate content to their children.

Even if parents do opt their students out of Family Life Education, their students may still be exposed to sexually graphic material. Assigned high school English literature sometimes includes passages containing bestiality, incest, pedophilia, and gang rape. Book titles may be listed in a syllabus, but teachers are not required to inform parents when students will be reading books with this inappropriate content.

Action Items:

  • Contact your school to find out how to opt your student(s) out of FLB.
  • Ask your school the process for checking out copies of student-assigned textbooks so you can review the content.
  • Consider attending one or both of the CWA of Virginia recommended events listed below. These events will help educate parents and communities about what is happening in our public schools, specifically in Fairfax County.
  • Vote your values and vote in the November 5 school board elections.

Event: Parents Beware: What Fairfax County Public School Board has in store for your child

Wednesday, October 9 in Springfield
Click here for event flyer.

Tuesday, October 22 in Burke
Click here for event flyer.

Pray
Please pray for the parents and children of Fairfax County that the Lord will give them extraordinary discernment. Please pray for Fairfax County School Board members by name.

Thank you in advance for both your prayers and actions concerning this issue.

Sincerely,

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

 

CWA of North Carolina Attend Gala and Leadership Training

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I wanted to share with you about our recent Concerned Women for America 40th Anniversary Gala and Leadership Training in Washington, D.C. We gathered from all over the nation to:

  • Lobby our senators on two federal issues: The Equality Act (encouraging them to vote against it) and the Equal Campus Access Act that we favor.
  • Attend the elegant evening gala at the Trump International Hotel. There were over 500 in attendance to hear Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Founder and Chairman Dr. Beverly LaHaye, and President and CEO Penny Nance. President Donald Trump sent complimentary greetings by video.
  • Attend the Friday luncheon featuring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • Attend CWA leadership training.
  • Visit the beautiful new CWA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and enjoy a time of worship and fellowship.

(Click on the links above to listen to speakers’ remarks.)

Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation with hundreds of thousands of members across the country and hundreds of Prayer/Action Chapters nationwide. Maintaining a strong organization and adhering to our mission for 40 years is a remarkable accomplishment. CWA’s longevity in the public policy arena is not the results based on human strength and ingenuity – it’s the result of CWA’s persistent prayer coordinated with taking action on issues that has resulted in the Lord blessing our efforts.

A summary of our history is available hereWatch One American News’ (OAN) interview with Dr. Beverly LaHaye and Penny Nance regarding the origin of our organization and the issues we face today.

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

CWA of Kansas Recommends Two Great Pro-Life Events

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You Are Invited to Attend the National Day of Remembrance Memorial Service for Aborted Children and the Life Chain

October 5 and 6, is a pro-life weekend in Kansas! On Saturday, October 5, a memorial service is planned at the Heart of America Memorial Wall for the Unborn in Topeka. The service is in response to the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. On Sunday, October 6, people around the state will stand up for life by joining hands with other pro-life individuals at the 2019 Life Chain.

Here are the details for both events: 

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Heart of America Memorial Wall for the Unborn, 1216 SE Republican Ave. Topeka, KS – Bring your lawn chairs.
(Many of you may have attended a memorial service in our area earlier in September.)

Topeka Life Chain
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  Tables will be set up along Wanamaker (starting at the corner of 21st and Wanamaker) in Topeka where you may pick up signs.  Bring lawn chairs, water bottles, umbrellas, and whatever you may need.

Click here to find a Life Chain event in your area.

The events provide a great opportunity to stand for life. I will be attending both events in Topeka and hope you will be attending in your area.

Thank you and many blessings.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

Important Judiciary Hearing on the Pro-Life Amendment to the Kansas Constitution

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Kansas pro-life citizens are urged to attend the Joint Judiciary Committee hearing to be held next week regarding reversing the Kansas Supreme Court’s nonsensical abortion decision. You can read more about the court decision here.

Your presence at the hearing will send a strong message that life is a top priority for Kansans.

Joint Judiciary Committee Hearing
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kansas State Capitol, 8th & Van Buren, Topeka –room #578

Make plans to attend, and be sure to invite a friend!

Thank you, and I hope to see you next Monday.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

September Prayer/Action Alert: Watch and Stand Fast

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Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Benjamin Franklin gave this advice, “A Nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved.  It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” This quote supports what our Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” America rose to greatness because our Founders built this nation on Judeo-Christian principles – principles that promote and protect individual rights. We must preserve these rights for future generations.

Register Today for October 19 Event: For Such a Time as This
We invite you to attend CWA of Washington’s upcoming event on Saturday, October 19 – an event to equip you to be a 21st Century Esther “for such a time as this.” These were the words Esther’s Uncle Mordecai used to encourage her to stand before the king to protect God’s people. We invite concerned women and like-minded men!

The event topics are the “War on Christians” and “One Nation Without God.” We will hear from State Rep. Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden) and enjoy a drama presentation by Faith Heroines.  Our event will begin with a delicious lunch, followed by an exciting afternoon intended to educate and encourage you to be on the winning side of today’s spiritual battle to preserve and protect our families.  You must pre-register for the event and to reserve your seat for lunch. The deadline to register for the event (including lunch) is Saturday, October 12. If you just want to attend the event (no lunch), the registration deadline is Thursday, October 17.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) for more information and to register for this event.  You may also mail a check made out to Concerned Women for America with “CWA of WA meeting” on the memo line to P. O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA 98072. Cost per person: $25 with lunch (11:00 a.m.) or $5 attendance only (Noon).

Pray
Please pray that concerned Christian citizens will engage in the spiritual and cultural battles happening all around us. Pray for our nation to remain “One nation under God.”

Volunteer
We have several volunteer opportunities with CWA of Washington:

  • Do you desire to see our country radically affected through the energized efforts of prayer warriors? Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or forming a social media and email team to communicate CWA of Washington alerts by volunteering as a Home Team Captain.
  • Do you enjoy the legislative process and have a desire to work on family-related and pro-life issues here in Washington? Consider becoming a Legislative Liaison to coordinate our response to legislation through our state alerts, thus encouraging members to write, e-mail, call, and show up to testify on bills related to our seven core issues.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA of Washington team.

Take a Stand for Life!
The next 40 Days for Life runs September 25 through November 3. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Click here for details.

Take a Stand for Truth!
Encourage students to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day on Thursday, October 3. Click here for details.

Partner with Us
Concerned Women for America of Washington strives to keep you informed about state issues related to your family. Please support us with a gift either to our mailing address below or give online. If you wish to mail a check, please write it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line. Thank you for your prayers and support for such a time as this. You are appreciated.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

Action Alert: It’s Time to Ask for Vetoes

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CWA of California September Legislative Update

The 2019 state legislative session is now over, and the news is mixed. A few bad bills are being held over until next year, though, several dangerous measures are now on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. It’s Time to Ask for Vetoes!

Please read more about these egregious bills below and contact the governor asking for his veto. He has until October 13 to sign or veto bills. If he does nothing, they will automatically become law without his signature. So, we MUST ask for vetoes – and soon. He could act on these any day.

To contact Gov. Newsom, call 916-445-2841 or go to his contact page and fill out the online form here.

SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
Early abortions should not be part of the mission of California’s public universities. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva’s, D-Chino) will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California and California State University campuses. This bill is deadly to tiny preborn babies, dangerous for the mothers, and unnecessary. There are already abortion clinics near every one of these campuses. Further, the California Department of Finance issued its review of this bill after Gov. Newsom promised to sign it. That review shows significant costs over and above the “private” funding called for in the bill. For the UC system alone, the report lists $7.8 million in start-up costs and millions more annually – at taxpayer expense! Please ask the governor to veto SB 24.

AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
Asm. Mike Gipson’s (D-Compton) foster care bill, AB 175, would allow 10-year-olds to review their foster care plans and require that all foster kids have prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care,” including “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” It also gives these at-risk children the right[a]t any age, to consent to or decline services regarding contraception, pregnancy, and perinatal care, including, but not limited to, abortion services and health care services for sexual assault without the knowledge or consent of any adult.” The bill also requires foster parents to participate in training for cultural competency and sensitivity involving LGBTQ issues and to use names and pronouns preferred by the child – regardless of how it may conflict with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience. Help protect foster kids AND foster parents by asking Gov. Newsom to veto AB 175.

AB 624 – Student ID’s to Contain Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Numbers
Jesse Gabriel’s (D-L.A.) troubling bill requires that all public and charter school identification cards for students in grades 7-12 include a resource number for “sexual and reproductive health care information” that is “comprehensive and medically accurate” and consistent with requirements of the CA Healthy Youth Act. It is anticipated that most schools will use hotlines for Planned Parenthood or similar organizations. Students should not be forced to advertise for Planned Parenthood. Please ask Gov. Newsom to veto AB 624.

Please pray with me!  Prayer is a powerful force!
Lord, please bless us as we raise up our voices in California. May Your Biblical standards set the morality of our state.  In Your Word, Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Empower us, Lord, with the courage to speak up for what is right, according to your Word. Lord, we ask that Your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers, action, and donations to our work in California! You are both needed and appreciated.

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Join Us! Feisty & Feminine Workshop–Topeka–September 23

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You Are Invited to Attend our Feisty & Feminine Workshop

Are you concerned about the many moral issues threatening our community, state, and nation?  There is a cultural battle raging in America, and CWA is on the frontline protecting our values through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Are you ready to join us in these efforts? It’s time to put your gloves on for the cultural fight we are battling.

Please join us next Monday to discover how, together, through prayer and action, we can make a difference. Whether or not you have attended a previous Feisty & Feminine workshop, we invite you to join us at next week’s workshop. It is time to step up, or reengage, and learn the issues well so we can pray and act accordingly.  

Feisty & Feminine Workshop
Date: Monday, September 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Crestview Community Center, 4801 Shunga Drive, Topeka, Kansas

Come meet CWA of Kansas’ new Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator, Mary Meens, and hear from CWA of Kansas Legislative Liaison, Michelle Schroeder, and Shannon Golden who will be speaking on current state issues. Topics include the cause of sex trafficking, proposed pro-life amendments, and the Equality Act as it is being brought forward in Kansas.

Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works … encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Thank you, and I hope to see you next Monday.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

Praying for California’s Students

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California’s children are now back in school. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California  is praying for California’s students and stands with you in concern for the declining quality of education, the deterioration of parental rights, the increasing emphasis on sex education, and the godless philosophies being taught. We are concerned for the children who must attend schools that denigrate their beliefs and their values. Please join us in praying for the children of California.

As parents of a first-grader, sixth-grader, and eighth-grader, my husband and I expect a standard of excellence for our children’s education – a stirred passion for learning, mastery of subjects to reason clearly, and the ability to speak and write convincingly.  We expect schools to partner with parents to prepare our children to be productive members in society, yet according to U.S. News, our great state of California ranks near the bottom of the nation in math and reading scores and 44th in the nation for pre-K-12 education.

Now more than ever, prayer is needed to plead the blessing of protection and deliverance from evil in our California schools.  CWA  of California joins with Pray for Safe Schools (P4SS) to pray for our children.  We recommend using P4SS’s eight prayer points as you pray for California’s students.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or a community member, please lift up our students regularly.  California’s children are our future leaders.

United with you in prayer,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Join Our Encourage-A-Legislator Program – It’s Easy!

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A Call to Prayer

I Timothy 2:1-2 instructs us to pray for our leaders. CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program offers our members and friends the vehicle to do this in an easy and meaningful way. It ensures consistent prayer for each legislator, and it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not normally agree with us.

As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer. This next legislative session, CWA of Virginia plans to deliver those prayers.

The Program

The goal of the EAL program is to encourage each member of the State House and Senate, as well as state-wide office holders, by praying for them on a  regular basis and sending them a  postcard every week throughout the legislative session, beginning the second week of January (six-week session in odd years and eight-week session in even years.) Our goal is to cover all those “in authority” in Virginia, 100 House members, 40 Senate members, and three statewide officeholders.

The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities. Many good relationships have started through the EAL program.

We provide the name and address of the assigned legislator(s) and the postcards, and you commit to praying for your assigned legislator(s) every Monday morning the Virginia General Assembly is in session and then mail an EAL postcard on that day.

Answer the Call

Sign up today to be an encourager—it couldn’t be easier! Sign up by simply giving Janet Stasulli, CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator, a call at (434) 525-6705 or email her at [email protected] and provide her with your name and address Be sure to specify how many legislators you would like to encourage. She will be happy to enlist you as an encourager and send you a packet of postcards and instructions.

Consider making this a family project by involving your children.

Please encourage your friends and family to sign up as well.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 First Things First

“As the State Director for CWA of Virginia, I understand that prayer must be our number one priority. We must be willing to spend time on our knees before running out the door. So often we can get caught up in the many issues that come before the state legislature. This is why CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator program must stay a priority. Please join us as we keep first things first!”

Toni DeLancey

State Director

“I am honored to oversee this program once again. Since its inception in Virginia in 2009, we have received wonderful feedback from both legislators and encouragers alike. Now more than ever, our leaders need our prayers and encouragement.  I hope you will join us.”

Janet Stasulli

Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator

Click here to view and print brochure.

 

CWA of California August Legislative Update

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FAITH Can Move MOUNTAINS
Matthew 17:20

We pray you are having a wonderful summer. Perhaps a family vacation or getaway to refresh!

Speaking of vacation, the California legislature began its summer recess on July 12 and will reconvene on August 12 to complete the year’s legislative business. Right now, is a great time to visit your assembly member or state senator in his or her district office or at local events. You may wish to share your concerns about the pending bills that they will be voting on next month. Let them know you are a Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California member and are praying for them.

Here is the updated status of several bills we have been actively opposing, with current action:

SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
Early abortions should not be part of the mission of California’s public universities. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva’s, D-Chino) will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California and California State University campuses. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the previous version of this bill as unnecessary. It still is, but Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to sign it. Help us stand for life!

SB 132 – Transgender Prison Bill
Under SB 132, inmates could be moved from men’s to women’s detention facilities based on their desired “identity” and “with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy.” The text states, “At any time, [an inmate] may inform facility staff of their gender identity, and facility staff shall promptly repeat the process of offering the individual an opportunity to specify the gender pronoun and honorific most appropriate for staff to use in reference to that individual.” They may then be housed in a single or double cell, dorm, in protective custody, or the general population based on that individual’s perception of health and safety.

SB 132’s author, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), says this law is required for safety. We, too, believe it is important that no one be harmed in the course of his or her incarceration, but that safety should extend to women in female facilities who may be at risk when forced to share facilities with biological males who perceive themselves to be women – and without diagnosis or surgery.

Please Take Action: SB 24 and SB 132 will both be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in August, and then likely head to the Assembly floor. Call your assembly member and ask a “no” vote on both bills. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your Assembly member here.


AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
Asm. Mike Gipson’s (D-Compton) foster care bill, AB 175, would allow 10-year-olds to review their foster care plans and require that all foster kids have prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care,” including “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” It also gives these at-risk children the right “[a]t any age, to consent to or decline services regarding contraception, pregnancy, and perinatal care, including, but not limited to, abortion services and health care services for sexual assault without the knowledge or consent of any adult.” The bill also requires foster parents to participate in training for cultural competency and sensitivity involving LGBTQ issues and to use names and pronouns preferred by the child – regardless of how it may conflict with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience.

AB 493 – LGBTQ Teacher In-Service Training
California schools are already required to have anti-bullying policies in place to respect all students.  Teachers are currently receiving such training. AB 493, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), requires all California public schools, including charter schools, to provide online in-service training to all teachers and certificated staff in grades 7-12, and adopt strategies to increase support for LGBTQ students. This will likely become on-site training if funding is provided for grants outlined in the bill and many schools are already implementing such training K-12.

The California Department of Education will develop the training materials, and active participation is required. Staff attendance will be tracked by the state. Teacher testimonies of their experiences in the training that is already occurring include shaming of traditional beliefs regarding sexuality and gender by the instructors. How pervasive this is will depend upon the school district.

CWA of California does not support the bullying of any student for any reason, and, we do not support requirements that teachers participate in training that conflicts with their closely-held religious beliefs or conscience and requires them to affirm such behavior. These two are not at odds, nor should they be seen as such.

ACR 99 – Resolution Denying Change Is Possible
Last year, CWA of California opposed AB 2943, which would have prohibited “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) for adults (such therapy for minors was banned here in 2012 by SB 1172.) AB 2943 was pulled from consideration by the author, Asm. Even Low (D-San Francisco), before its final floor vote. He indicated he wanted to work with pastors and other members of the faith community who objected to the bill’s premise that counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction is deceptive or even harmful and hoped to find “common ground.”

This year, Asm. Low has introduced a resolution, ACR 99, that does not have the force of law, but makes untruthful claims—and may pave the way for stronger legislation next year. SOCE, or restorative therapy, generally involves talk therapy for unwanted desires, yet ACR 99 makes broad statements about the pejorative term “conversion therapy” being “ineffective, unethical and harmful.” Practices associated with that term have not been utilized by any professionals for decades. ACR 99 denies that thousands have experienced change using restorative therapy, essentially denying the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.

Please Take Action: AB 175 and AB 493 will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee in August, and then likely head to the Assembly floor. Call your state senator and ask for a “no” vote on AB 175 and AB 493. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your state senator here.

ACR 99 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 12. Please contact members of the committee (find them here) and ask them to oppose ACR 99. If passed, it will proceed to the Senate floor, so please also call your state senator and ask him or her to oppose the resolution.

Please pray with me!  We know prayer is a powerful force!
Please pray that the hearts of our California lawmakers would be open to Biblical truth, that they would vote not to further these efforts, but to stop them in their tracks. In so doing, they would save lives, protect precious children, preserve rights of conscience, and not oppose the work of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers, action, and donations to our work in California!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

August 2 Prayer/Action Alert: For such a time as this…

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I pray this letter finds you hopeful, praising, and trusting God and His holy word. As you know, the battle between Biblical and secular worldviews is intensifying. Liberalism, progressivism, false religions, and those who are coming against Christians and their beliefs seem intent on destroying the Judeo-Christian traditions upon which our nation was built, whether in the spiritual, moral, or public policy realm. Nevertheless, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington continues to stand in the gap in the cultural war to promote and protect Biblical values among all citizens. Thank you for your participation. Together we will continue to

Pray
Please pray that concerned Christian citizens will begin to engage in the spiritual and cultural battles happening all around us.

Volunteer
We have several opportunities to engage as volunteers with CWA of Washington:

  • Do you desire to see our country radically affected through the energized efforts of prayer warriors? Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or forming a social media and email team to communicate CWA of Washington alerts by volunteering as a Home Team Captain.
  • Do you enjoy the legislative process and have a desire to work on family-related and pro-life issues here in Washington? Consider becoming a Legislative Liaison to coordinate our response to legislation through our state alerts, thus encouraging members to write, e-mail, call, and show up to testify on bills related to our seven core issues.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (425-869-1923) if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA  of Washington team.

Save the Date
CWA of Washington is hosting an event in Everett on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Our guest speakers and drama presentation will educate you on the current war on Christianity and the tactics employed by those who wish to silence Biblical truth. The event will equip and encourage you to stand in the gap for Judeo-Christian values “for such a time as this.” Please set aside October 19 and plan to join us for lunch and an afternoon of education, inspiration, and fellowship with likeminded people! Watch for more information to come.

Take Action
Your Help is Needed: Conscience Care Rule — Action Center

In July, we had a huge victory surrounding the Title X program and a finalized rule we asked for your help generating comments on last summer. Yet again, we have the opportunity to back up the good work that President Trump is doing through the official rulemaking process.

We need your help commenting on this proposed pro-life rule so that it will move forward. Click here for more information on the Conscience Care Rule. The deadline to post comments is Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Partner with Us
Concerned Women for America of Washington strives to keep you informed about state issues related to your family. Please support us with a gift either to our mailing address below or give online. If you decide to mail a check please write it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of WA” on the memo line. Thank you for your prayers and support for such a time as this. You are appreciated.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington