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Meet CWA of Pennsylvania’s New State Director!

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I am very excited to introduce to you Dilonna Coran, CWA’s new Pennsylvania State Director. Dilonna is a 1977 graduate of Zion Bible Institute and currently serves alongside her husband of 42 years, Stephen Coran, as the co-pastor of Faith Fellowship Worship Center in Jersey Shore, PA.

Dilonna was born and raised in Maine, but right after marrying the love of her life, Steve, she moved to Steve’s home state of Pennsylvania. She now calls Pennsylvania home and says it feels like she has always lived there. Dilonna and Steve celebrate three beautiful daughters and ten “simply incredible grandchildren.”

Dilonna has served in various capacities of local and state politics, both as a campaign manager and chairperson for conservative political committees. She founded several non-profit profit organizations, including the Greater Hope Care Center, a life-affirming women’s ministry in Lycoming County, PA, and the Social Conservatives of Pennsylvania, a conservative political action group in central Pennsylvania.

A note from Dilonna:

I consider it a tremendous honor to serve as the Pennsylvania State Director for Concerned Women of America during this pivotal time in our nation.  Pennsylvania is known as the keystone state, and I believe that God desires to use our Commonwealth to help restore this nation as a light upon a hill.  Wedged in the rich history of Pennsylvania, I am reminded that from the very beginning, Pennsylvania was founded on religious freedom and a strong dependence on God.  Our nation’s freedoms always have been rooted in faith in Almighty God.  Biblical principles undergird the very framework and foundation of our constitution. I believe that since God’s grace has changed our lives, we then, as a result, change everything around us.  History reveals that true moral change comes when Christians get involved and because we love people, we must stay engaged.”

 Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

Join Penny Nance in Phoenix on February 6

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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 Phoenix next month for CWA’s Feisty & Feminine event. They invite you to join them on Thursday, February 6, for this amazing event. You will walk away equipped to be a powerful influencer in today’s culture.

Event details:
Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Registration 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Location: 1 W Firestorm Way, Glendale, AZ 85306
Cost: $5 which includes the registration fee and the book Feisty & Feminine.
RSVP: Register here by Monday, February 3.

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!

In Him,
Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

Spartanburg County Prayer/Action Chapter Kick-Off Meeting – Thursday, January 16

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Do you, or someone you know, live in or near Spartanburg County?  Either way, please read on. 

Hello, I am Madison Rainey, the new CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader of Spartanburg County. I am very excited to announce our kick-off meeting to be held next Thursday, January 16. 

No doubt you are as concerned as I am about the many moral issues threatening our community, state, and nation today. Most people want to work to create a better nation for our children and grandchildren but are unsure of the steps to take.

That’s why I am involved today, and why I invite you to join me at our kick-off meeting. Our Prayer/Action Chapter will meet once a month to educate ourselves on one of CWA’s seven core issues, and then pray and take action on the issue(s). Join us and enjoy fellowship with like-minded individuals.  If you are unable to attend our first meeting, be sure to contact me and ask to be put on my email list for future meetings.

When: Thursday, January 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Spartanburg, SC in the Duncan Park area. Contact me to RSVP and for the meeting location.
What: Kickoff Meet & Greet. There will be a brief CWA presentation, prayer, fellowship, and refreshments.
RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday, January 13. Contact me at [email protected].

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Please plan to attend and be sure to bring a friend!

If you do not live in the Spartanburg area, but would like information on how to start a chapter in your area, please reach out to CWA’s national office today. They will be happy to assist and train you as they did me.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Madison Rainey
Spartanburg County Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]

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!

 

Virginia has an Election! Help Us Get Out the Vote.

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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 so 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 – Early voting.
  • 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].

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

Phoenix CWA Morning Coffee Talk – Saturday, October 5

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[Whether you live in the Phoenix area or not, please read on.]

Earlier this month, we had a phenomenal time in Washington, D.C. while attending CWA’s 40th-Anniversary celebration. Our time in the nation’s capital included the anniversary gala where we heard from Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, CWA CEO, and President Penny Nance, and CWA Founder and Chairman of the Board Beverly LaHaye.

We attended a Capitol Hill briefing where we heard from five outstanding U.S. Senators. Following the briefing, we met personally with Sen. Martha McSally (R) and staffers in Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D) office. On Friday, we attended a full day of leadership training, which included a special lunch with  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as guest speaker. It was a once in a lifetime experience!  We are so very charged up about CWA and what we can do as women through both prayer and action.

Please join us on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for a Morning Coffee Talk. You will hear from the CWA Associate State Director of California, Ruth Smith, view some clips from the Gala, enjoy coffee and danishes with like-minded believers, and more!

Click here to view and print flyer.

Make plans to attend, and please invite friends and family!

As conservative Christian women, we must know our message; we must learn the issues and share our beliefs. Join us as together we learn how to have an impact on today’s culture.

What: Morning Coffee Talk
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: ISI (Integrated Solutions Inc.), 16602 N 23rd Ave #109, Phoenix, AZ 85023

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 3 if convenient, though not mandatory.

Hope to see you there!

Now if you do not live in the Phoenix area, but would like more information about how you can have a Morning Coffee Talk or start a CWA chapter in your area, please contact Michelle Minor in CWA’s national office at [email protected].

Blessings!
Paula Monahan
Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Phoenix CWA Prayer/Action Chapter

Kathy Roper
Co-Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Phoenix CWA Prayer/Action Chapter

Thank You for a Successful 19th Annual Day at The Capitol

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Last Wednesday, we had an amazing turnout for our 19th Annual Day at the Capitol in Raleigh. We had over 100 attendees participate in our lobbying efforts to override the veto of SB 359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  NC Values Coalition joined with us again this year for our legislative briefing, lobbying efforts, chapel time, and observance of a session of the State House of Representatives.

We were grateful to have abortion survivors, Gianna Jessen and Claire Culwell, join us when we lobbied legislators on SB 359.  You can watch North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore’s (R- Cleveland) press conference with Gianna and Claire here.

We also had the joy of presenting former North Carolina State Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg) with an engraved tray recognizing him as an honorary member of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina. CWA of North Carolina worked with former Rep. Brawley for several years on human trafficking legislation he sponsored. We greatly appreciate his work on the issue and his friendship with CWA of North Carolina.

Sadly, despite the heart-wrenching appeals and prayers, the efforts to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 359 in the House came up short.  Though the North Carolina lawmakers voted 67 to 53 in favor of overriding the veto, it failed to reach the three-fifths approval required to do so. The North Carolina Senate approved the override several weeks ago.

CWA of North Carolina would like to thank the following legislators:

  1. Speaker Moore for his resolute effort to garner the three-fifths vote necessary for the veto override.
  2. House members who voted in favor of the veto override, including House Democrats Charles Graham (Robeson) and Garland E. Pierce (Hoke, Scotland), who bravely voted against their caucus in favor of the override.
  3. Senate members who voted in favor of the veto override early in the session, including Democrat Senator Don Davis (Greene, Pitt) who also bravely voted against his caucus in late April in favor of the override.

Lastly, we want to thank each of you who joined us in Raleigh, as well as those who were praying with us from home. We continue to ask for your prayers and ask that you take the following action.

Take Action:
(When talking to legislators’ offices, be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.)

  1. Contact House Speaker Tim Moore and thank him for his efforts to override the veto. Also, urge the Speaker to call for another override vote before the session adjourns for the year on June 30.  704-739-1221/[email protected].
  2. Contact your state representative to thank him/her for voting in favor of the veto override, or to express disappointment if he/she voted against the veto override. Click here to locate your representative. Click here to see how your representative voted.
  3. Contact the three Democrats below who voted for the veto override and thank them for their brave vote.

Continue to pray fervently, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Save Our Children Rally and Noise Ordinance Update

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Rally for Life: Save Our Children
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina encourages our members and friends to attend the Save Our Children rally this Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. –  Noon in Charlotte. This pro-life event is in response to the proposed noise buffer ordinance (see article below) and the opening of Planned Parenthood’s new mega-clinic in Charlotte. Read about the new abortion facility here.

Let’s send a strong message to the Charlotte City Council and Planned Parenthood that the city of Charlotte supports life! This very important pro-life rally is hosted by the Douglass Leadership Institute, Black and Brown Coalition, and COGIC Family Life Initiative.

Please plan to attend and be sure to invite your friends!

Event details:
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Cherry Park, 1509 Baxter Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
For more information: contact Rev. Kevrick McKain at 919-935-9220

Update on Charlotte’s Noise Ordinance
As I previously wrote, the Charlotte City Council is seeking to implement a new noise buffer ordinance at the “A Preferred Women’s Health” abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive. Should this ordinance be passed, it would silence the pro-life voices of the Love Life ministry or any other pro-life groups who wish to pray in front of the clinic.

This past Monday, a large and diverse group gathered at the Charlotte City Council meeting to speak out in opposition to the proposed ordinance. A vote on the ordinance is scheduled for Monday, June 24.

Take Action: Help stop the proposed sound ordinance by contacting the Charlotte City Council.

1. Please call and email the city council members to voice your opposition to this proposed unconstitutional ordinance. Tell them no further restrictions are needed on sound ordinances and to vote NO on this issue. The names of the council members and their respective contact information are listed below. Be polite but firm and communicate clearly.

Vi Alexander Lyles
Mayor
704.336.2241
[email protected]

Julie Eiselt
Mayor Pro Tem
704.336.4099
[email protected]

Braxton Winston​
At-large Representative
704.336.3185
[email protected]

James Mitchell, Jr.
At-large Representative
704.336.3430
[email protected]

Dimple Tansen Ajmera​
At-large Representative
704.336.2777
[email protected]

Larken Egleston​
District 1 Representative ​
704.336.3433
[email protected]

Dr. Justin Harlow
District 2 Representative
704.336.6105
[email protected]

L​aWana Mayfield​
District 3 Representative
704.336.3435
[email protected]

Gregory A. Phipps
District 4 Representative
704.336.3436
[email protected]

Matt Newton
District 5 Representative
704.336.3432
[email protected]

Tariq Bokhari​
District 6 Representative
704.336.3431
[email protected]

Edmund H. Driggs​
District 7 Representative​
704.432.7077

2. Voice your opposition to the proposed ordinance by attending the Monday, June 24, Public Forum and Council Meeting, currently scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte – Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Wear your blue Love Life shirt if you have one. Stay tuned to any further details that may be announced.

Pray:
Pray when you make your phone calls and send your emails. Pray that our pro-life voices will be bold and well communicated.

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper …” (Isaiah 54:17)

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Arlington Public Schools Crafting Harmful Policies for Children

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In direct opposition to many parents, Arlington Public Schools (APS) is crafting transgender and gender nonconforming policies for children as young as kindergarten under the guise of nondiscrimination. These policies are being quietly pushed in Arlington, Virginia, and if successful, could be coming to your schools very soon.

Background:
You may have read this controversial news story earlier this year about the reading of the book I am Jazz to a kindergarten class at Ashlawn Elementary school in Arlington. The book, about a transgender child, was read to five-year-old kindergartners by a transgender woman who had been invited into the classroom through a relationship the county has formed with a transactivist rights organization.

After hearing about the book reading, parents began to investigate what was going on in the school and why they were not given the option of opting their child out of such a reading. What they learned was that the APS school board was working on a policy proposal they said was in regards to transgendered students’ safety and civil rights. However, should this policy be adopted, under the guise of nondiscrimination, the integration of transgender curricula and ideology will be forced upon every young child at school without parental consent.

In response to the proposed new policy, a group of politically and religiously diverse Arlington county parents came together to form the Arlington Parents Coalition to expose what is happening in the school system. Read news coverage here and here.

Action Items:
Whether you have children currently in school or not, you are a tax paying citizen and therefore have the right to voice your opinion.

  1. Please complete the APS survey on their proposed policy changes. This is an opportunity to voice your opposition to the proposed changes. The deadline to complete the survey is this coming Tuesday, June 11.
  2. Visit the Arlington Parents Coalition There you will find specific action items to fight back against the enormous overreach by the APS.
  3. If you do not live in the APS district, stay alert to similar proposed policies in your communities, and be sure to let me know of any concerns.
  4. Please pass this e-alert onto those you know. Encourage them to both pray and act.

As women and mothers, we love our children and cannot imagine the anxiety when a child is hurting about their identity. I can only feel love and compassion for children who feel as if they identify as the other sex. These children must be loved and supported by other children, teachers, and adults in their lives. God says in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Our charge, directly from the Lord, is to care for those who are hurting.

However, we can love and support gender-dysphoric children (who make up less than 1% of the population) without advocating for the ideological transactivist indoctrination of the other 99%.

Prayer Items:
Please pray for the parents and children of Arlington. May the Lord give them extraordinary discernment. Please pray for Arlington 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

2019 Final Wrap-Up: Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly

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Elections Matter

The Democrats have a super majority and were able to pass some of the most harmful bills in our state’s history. The bills below passed the Illinois House and Senate and most if not all will be signed into law by Gov. J. B. Pritzker.

Legalized Recreational Marijuana
HB 1438, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and will allow anyone 21 years or older to legally use recreational marijuana. Click here to see how your state representative voted. Click here to see how your state senator voted.

Partial-Birth Abortion
SB 25, the Reproductive Health Act (Partial-Birth Abortion bill), will do the following:

  • Repeal the Illinois abortion law of 1975, including criminal penalties on doctors who commit abortion.
  • Repeal the partial-birth abortion ban, thereby allowing babies to be killed up to the time of birth.
  • Removes any regulations on clinics that commit abortion.
  • Repeal the Parental Notification Act of 1995.
  • Allows DCFS to use public funds to pay for abortions, which would be in addition to Medicaid.

Click here to see how your state representative voted. Click here to see how your state senator voted.

LGBTQ History Mandate for K-12 Public School Children
HB246 mandates that students will learn the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in American and Illinois History. It also mandates that textbooks in the textbook block program include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. 

Click here to see how your state senator voted.  Click here to see how your state representative voted.

Expansion of Gambling
SB 69, greatly expands gambling in Illinois. Gov. Pritzker had this to say about the bill, “This session we legalized sports betting and expanded gaming, leading the Midwest in a new industry and setting us up to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for our state.”

SB 69 will allow for:

  • A casino in Chicago
  • Legalized sports betting in Illinois
  • Slot machines at both city airports
  • Smaller casinos in the south suburbs of Waukegan, Rockford, Danville, and Williamson County
  • Authorized slot machines for horse racetracks
  • Sports betting at casinos and tracks 

Click here to see how your state senator voted.  Click here to see how your state representative voted.

While it was a discouraging end to the 2019 Illinois spring session, I take heart in CWA’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, Beverly LaHaye’s, words to the grassroots, “God didn’t call me to win, He called me to fight. And I have to be faithful to what I am called to do.”  So, I want to thank each one of you who faithfully prayed and took action when asked.

We stand on God’s mighty promises of hope, and we can strengthen ourselves in the Lord through the examples of mighty men of old who came before us:

In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psalm 22:4-5

 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

The only hope for America is Jesus.  For America to reverse course, we as a nation must acknowledge Him as sovereign Lord of our nations. There is much work to do to instill Biblical values in an increasingly secular state and nation.  We must continue to do our part as Concerned Women for America of Illinois through prayer, education, and action! 

Please pray that:

  • Christians will become active in public discourse and the political process.
  • Children’s minds will be protected from the LGBTQ agenda.
  • Young adults will not fall prey to marijuana, hard drugs, and the lure of riches via gambling.
  • Pastors and believers will actively fight for the welfare of our youth.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

Georgia’s Heartbeat Passes!

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We are thrilled to report that this afternoon, March 29, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 92-78 to send HB 481, the “heartbeat bill,” to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature. The Governor worked to help pass this bill and is expected to sign it.

HB 481 will protect unborn children from abortion as soon as they have a detectable heartbeat (about six weeks). While not perfect, this is by far the most significant piece of pro-life legislation passed in Georgia since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973.

Republican senators and representatives by and large held firm to their pro-life principles and withstood strident demands from pro-abortion forces (including Hollywood) to vote in favor of the culture of death. You can see the various votes here once the final vote is posted on the website. Please take a moment to contact the members of the legislature who voted YES and thank them for their faithfulness.

We encourage you to send a special word of thanks to the bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), and Governor Kemp for all their work.

  • Kemp’s contact information: No contact form or phone number available. Please write to The Office of the Governor, 206 Washington Street, Suite 203, State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334
  • Setzler’s contact information: Phone 404-656-7857 | E-mail [email protected]

And thank YOU all for your calls, your emails, your Capitol visits, and especially your prayers to get this bill over the finish line. You made the difference!

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Jane Robbins
Legislative Liaison

New Prayer/Action Chapter to Launch in Ball Ground, GA

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia is excited to announce the launch of a new Prayer/Action Chapter in Ball Ground, Georgia, and we invite all interested women and like-minded men to our inaugural meeting.  The chapter will be led by our new Prayer/Action Chapter leader, Kimberly Hoechstetter.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Gospel Outreach Church, 835 Mineral Springs Road, Ball Ground, Georgia 30107

We will discuss the necessity of Christians being prayerfully engaged in cultural and governmental affairs, and then pray and take action on timely and relevant issues impacting our culture.

If you live in the Ball Ground area, we invite you to join us.  Please e-mail the CWA of Georgia state office if you have any questions.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Light Up the Switchboard in Opposition to “Hate Crimes”

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HB 426, the “hate crimes” bill, could be voted on by the full House on Thursday, March 7. This very dangerous bill, sponsored by Republican State House member Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), needs to be stopped in its tracks.

Talking Points on HB 426:

  • Violates equal protection by treating some victims as more worthy of protection than others.
  • Punishes thoughts, not actions. Hate crimes bills ignore that the act is already a crime; instead, they ramp up punishment because the perpetrator was thinking something which the government disapproves. Empowering the government to assess and approve/disapprove thoughts is a very totalitarian concept.
  • Injects identity politics into Georgia criminal law.
  • Will inevitably be used against Christians, as has happened in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • For the first time in Georgia Code, enshrines “sexual orientation” as worthy of special protection.
  • Does not define “sexual orientation,” leaving that term open to expansion. The American Psychological Association and other LGBT activists are already pushing to have pedophilia reclassified as a sexual orientation.

Immediate Action Needed!
Just two calls are needed on the bill.

  1. Contact Rep. Chuck Efstration, the bill sponsor, and urge him to pull the bill. Phone: 404-656-5105 | E-mail ([email protected])
  2. Contact your House member and urge him/her to vote NO on the so-called “hate crimes” bill should it come to the floor for a vote. Click here to find your House member. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Please pray against the Enemy as David did in Psalm 55:9, “Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words … ”

Thank you for taking the time to make the two calls.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Jane Robbins
Legislative Liaison

Urgent!  Five Bills Need Your Voice!

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This Thursday, March 7, is Crossover Day in the Georgia state legislature. Crossover Day is the last day a bill can be considered for the session unless it has passed at least the House or Senate. Both the House and Senate are making it their priority to move really bad bills, such as horse racing, “hate crimes,” and the cultivation of marijuana bills, while allowing religious freedom and pro-life legislation to languish in committee.

Your voice is needed on the following bills.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
SB 221 is a state-level religious freedom bill that mirrors the 1993 Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.  Sponsored by Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone), SB 221 provides religious liberty protections for people of all faiths living in Georgia.

Immediate Action Needed!
SB 221 must get a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Monday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. or it will not get a vote in the Senate before Crossover Day. Please contact the Lt. Governor and the chairman of the committee and urge them to stand on the side of religious freedom and allow the bill to be heard.

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (Republican) – Online contact form | Phone: (404) 656-5030
Chairman: Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) – E-mail: [email protected] | Phone: (404) 463-1314

Living Infants Fairness & Equality Act (LIFE Act)
HB 481, sponsored by Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), and its companion bill SB 218, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White). This legislation recognizes the humanity of children beginning at conception and prohibits abortion from the point of a child’s having a detectable heartbeat.

Immediate Action Needed!
Contact your Georgia state senator and/or House member and ask that a vote on these bills take place before Crossover Day. Click here to find your legislators. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

“Hate Crimes”
Republican State House member, Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), is the sponsor of HB 426, a “hate crimes” bill. Should this bill pass, the government would go beyond punishing crimes and instead punish thoughts that it disapproves of. In many places, “hate crime” laws are already being used to intimidate and punish people who honor natural sexuality and value marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If a person speaks out against various sexual behaviors, they may be accused of “hate speech” and promoting “hate crimes.”

Immediate Action Needed!
HB 426 could be voted on the House any day. Contact your House member and urge him/her to vote NO on the so-called “hate crimes” bill. Click here to find your House member. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Horse Racing
The expansion of gambling is a real threat in 2019. Republican State Senator, Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), is the sponsor of SR 84. The resolution is poised to be voted on by the full Senate this week.

Immediate Action Needed!
Make two very important contacts regarding SR 84.
Contact Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (Republican) and tell him not to allow SR 84 to be voted on by the full Senate. The Lt. Governor campaigned on the promise not to expand predatory gambling in Georgia, and he has the power to stop this very dangerous bill.
Online contact form | Phone: (404) 656-5030
Contact your state senator and urge him/her to oppose SR 84 should it come to the floor for a vote.Click here to find your senator. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Cultivation of Marijuana
Republican State House member Micah Gravely (R- Douglasville) is the sponsor of
HB 324, a bill that will allow the cultivation of marijuana in Georgia. This is another very dangerous bill that must be stopped.

Immediate Action Needed!
HB 324 could be voted on the House any day. Contact your House member and urge him/her to vote NO on the marijuana cultivation bill. Click here to find your House member. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Please pray that the Enemy’s plans would be thwarted at every turn on horse racing, “hate crimes,” and the expansion of marijuana.

Please pray that religious freedom and life will be advanced in the state.

Pray for each legislator as you contact him or her on any issue.

Thank you for taking the time to make calls and send e-mails on five important bills.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Jane Robbins
Legislative Liaison

Georgia: We Need Your Help TODAY to Stop the Equal Rights Amendment!

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40 years ago, Concerned Women for America (CWA) formed as an organization and became the leading conservative voice for women across America. The battle at that time is the same battle raging in Georgia today: a fight to ratify an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  CWA opposed the ERA then; we do so today, and we need your help to stop it from moving forward in the Georgia legislature.

In America women enjoy equal rights and protection under the law. So, what is the driving motivation behind the ERA? It is not about equal rights; it is about the promotion of a gender-neutral agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women. This very dangerous amendment removes all differences — social, biological and sexual — between males and females while granting enormous flexibility to increasingly activist judges to interpret the amendment as they deem appropriate.

Consider these ERA basics:

  • Misleads publicized purpose – the ERA is not about equal rights for women. If it were, it would duplicate the 14th Amendment.
  • Contradicts years of social science — men and women are different.  The ERA would remove all legal distinctions between sexes. It does not mention “women.”
  • Wipes out all ability to use any laws using gender as a defining characteristic.  This would overturn workplace and family laws that protect women, privacy laws that define who may use gender-oriented bathrooms and locker rooms, and religious freedom laws. The ERA would integrate same-sex and bi-sexual attraction into the U.S. Constitution.
  • Read CWA’s ERA talking points.

Please take action!
There are two identical ERA resolutions in the Georgia senate: SR 55, sponsored by Sen. Nan Orrock (Democrat-District 36) and SR 66, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (Republican-District 45).  Our voices must be clear and unrelenting in our opposition. Please do the following:

  1. Contact Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and respectfully ask him to oppose both ERA resolutions and not to allow committee hearings on either resolution. Be sure to tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.  Phone: 404-656-5030/ Online contact form
  2. Contact your state senator and respectfully ask him/her to oppose the ERA. Click here to locate your senator. Simply type in your address to find his/her contact information. Be sure to tell him/her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.
  3. SR 55 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully ask them to vote “NO” on SR 55 should it have a hearing.
  • Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro), Chairman  Phone: (404) 463-1314/E-mail
  • Sen. Bill Coswert (R-Athens), Vice Chairman  Phone: (404) 463-1366/E-mail
  • Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia), Secretary  Phone: (404) 656-0089/E-mail
  • Sen. Bill Heath (R-Breman) Phone: (404) 656-3943/E-mail
  • Sen. Harold V. Jones II (D-Augusta) Phone: (404) 463-3942/E-mail
  • Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon) Phone: (404) 656-0045/E-mail
  • Sen. William T. Ligon, Jr. (R-Brunswick) Phone: (404) 463-1383/E-mail
  • Sen. Elena Parent (R-Atlanta) Phone: (404) 656-5109/E-mail
  • Sen. Michael Rhett (D-Marietta) (404) 656-0054/E-mail
  • Sen. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) Phone: (404) 656-7454/E-mail

4. Pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please keep this important issue in prayer. Pray for the Lt. Governor, your state senator, and each member of the committee as you contact them. Pray they will have the wisdom and courage to oppose the ERA.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.   

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia

Meet the New State Director of CWA of Virginia, Toni DeLancey!

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Hello! My name is Toni DeLancey, and I am so excited to be your new CWA of Virginia State Director.

I probably got started with CWA like many of you! In March of 2017, during my daily prayer time, I felt God lead me to find a pro-life women’s group in which to become involved. Sanctity of life has always been my hot-button issue, and through my journey with the Lord, I have learned to listen and be obedient. I did what I felt He asked me to do and searched online that very day, learning all I could about CWA. I didn’t hesitate to reach out to National about getting involved.

In September of 2017, after several months of praying and chatting with leaders at CWA National, I applied to become a Prayer and Action Chapter leader. In October of that same year, Northern Virginia Prayer and Action Chapter held its first meeting in my home. The NOVA prayer and action chapter has women members from Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Arlington and Alexandria and is growing in numbers with women who love God and want to see our nation and state adhere to Biblical principles.

I’m so honored to be your State Director during this pivotal time. CWA’s founder, Beverly LaHaye, started CWA in opposition to ERA in 1979; now, 40 years later, ERA is back and my very first issue. Proponents are well-organized in Virginia and have momentum. In fact, as Tanya Ditty told you, last Wednesday I testified at the State Capitol in Richmond in opposition to the ERA before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and also participated in a press conference on Thursday alongside other like-minded pro-life pro-family groups. (Click here to view video of my statement posted on the Concerned Women for America Facebook page.) Please do all you can to stand with me in opposition to the horrendous legislation that hurts women.

I want to thank Janet Robey, who was CWA of Virginia’s State Director for many years, for agreeing to be the Associate Director. I feel so blessed to be able to learn from her valuable counsel from years of incredible experience leading this state so well. I am also grateful to Janet Stasulli for her amazing work running such an organized and effective Encourage-A-Legislator program. To all the other leaders and members of CWA Virginia, I’m excited to meet each one of you and work together to further God’s kingdom here in Virginia!

I know together we will do great things, and I want you to be a part of this momentum.

Please pray about how God might use you for His glory here in Virginia. I will be reaching out soon to fill steering committee roles as well as asking you to consider being a local Prayer/Action Chapter leader. More about that later, but in the meantime, I ask for your prayers for our effectiveness through our efforts in Virginia and that the Lord will be glorified in all that we do.

In Christ,

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

CWA of Georgia Responds to Amazon’s HQ2 Pick

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Dear friends,
For over a year, Georgia courted Amazon to bring its second headquarters (known as HQ2) to the state. And for over a year, as CWA of Georgia fought tirelessly to pass a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), all we heard was Amazon would never do business with Georgia if a religious freedom bill were to be passed and signed into law.

This week, Amazon announced they would locate their new HQ2 in three states – two of which have RFRA laws!  CWA of Georgia joined in a press release with other faith-based organizations in response to Amazon’s announcement.  You can be assured that CWA of Georgia will continue to be on the front lines in 2019 working aggressively for the passage of a state-level RFRA.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

URGENT: 5 Things You Can Do For Kavanaugh Confirmation

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We are at a pivotal moment in the fight to restore a proper balance to the nation’s highest court through the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Here are five things you can do to help Judge Kavanaugh:

  1. Write a note of encouragement to Judge Kavanaugh: Brett Kavanaugh and his family have been through so very much.  May our words be like cool water and shelter in the midst of a ferocious firestorm.  CWA will ensure your comments get to Judge Kavanaugh.
  2. Sign petition (women only): It is important for women to speak out in support of Judge Kavanaugh. The higher the volume the more our voices, as women, will be heard.
  3. Email a letter of support for Judge Kavanaugh to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) TODAY even if you’re not from Arizona—he is asking to hear from women across the county.
  4. Contact our U.S. Senators again. Let them know that you support Kavanaugh and want them to vote “yes!” Leave a message if no one answers, and be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America.

Sen. Isakson: Email and then call him at (202) 224-3643 or 770-661-0999
Sen. Perdue: Email and then call him at (202) 224-3521 or 404-865-0087

  1. Attend Women for Kavanaugh event this Friday, October 5 in Washington, D.C.  (Women only.)  If you cannot attend, pray.  Pray for a high volume of attendees. Note that the time on the link refers to the time of the pick-up and drop off of the busses.  The time of the event is yet to be decided.