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October 10 Special Meeting: Unrestricted Transgender Access

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A special meeting is set for Thursday, October 10, 2019, for the public to speak up on whether transgender students should be allowed unrestricted access to locker rooms in the District 211 high schools. District 211 is the largest high school district in Illinois with 12,000 students and five high schools.

The 6:30 p.m. closed session, followed by citizen appearances at 7:30 p.m., will be held at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center, 1750 S. Roselle Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067.  This will be the last public meeting before the school board votes on the policy change.

What’s at stake?
Under the current school district policy, transgender students being accommodated by being allowed to change in privacy stalls in the locker rooms meant for the gender for which they identify. However, the proposed policy states:

“No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.”

What does this proposed policy mean? If passed, transgender females (boys who believe themselves to be female) and transgender males (girls who believe themselves to be male) will be allowed to openly dress in the opposite biological sex locker rooms.

QUESTION:  What about the rights of thousands of biological females and males attending Palatine high school who may feel threatened, embarrassed, or violated with transgenders openly changing in full view in open dressing areas?

Parents and citizens living within the District 211 school district are urged to attend this Thursday’s hearing to oppose the policy. 

Prayer requests:

  • Ask forgiveness for the complacency of Illinois Christians for not standing for their faith and for electing ungodly elected officials to make policy in the public schools and state legislature.
  • Raise up an army of Christians to champion the cause of Christ.
  • Put a halt to the anti-Christ LGBTQ agenda in Illinois and America.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

License Plate Update, Thank You! and Save the Date

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Choose Life License Plates Update

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas and Christians for Life are co-leading the efforts to secure 1,000 Choose Life license plate orders by January 1, 2020. The Department of Revenue requires that at least 1,000 plates be sold for $40 each by January 1, 2020, before the plates can go into production.

Our efforts so far have included distributing 9,000 brochures, engaging the media (read here), inviting other groups to join in our efforts, hosting countless exhibit booths, and more!

Thank you to the 215 Kansans who have reserved their Choose Life license plates! With only three months to meet our 1,000-plate requirement, we need your help!

Take Action: 

  • Reserve your Choose Life license plate TODAY. Click here for all the details on how to reserve your plate. OR
  • Do all you can to encourage others to purchase a Choose Life license plate through social media, distributing brochures (contact us to place an order), and others. Contact us to find out how you can be part of this incredible live-saving project. You are needed!

Thank You for Coming to the State Capitol!

Last week, I sent an email urging pro-life citizens to attend the Joint Judiciary Committee hearing regarding reversing the Kansas Supreme Court’s nonsensical abortion decision – and you did not disappoint! Sen. Eric Rucker (R-District 20) and others told me how very grateful they were that many of you showed up for the hearing to show your support for life.

Take Action:
Save the date! Please plan to attend a second hearing on this very important issue that is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30. Watch for more details to come.

Pray: Ask our heavenly Father to help us meet our goals for the Choose Life license plates. Pray for the hearts of the legislators who serve on the committee of the life amendment, that they will stand on the side of life.

Our heavenly Father will grant the desires of our hearts if we humble ourselves and trust in Him and His ways. One scripture I have often found helpful in various situations in my life is Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.”

Thank you again for all you do, and may God bless you real good!

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

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

By | Arizona | No Comments
[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

Girls Sports Now in Jeopardy in North Carolina

By | North Carolina | No Comments

High school students are heading back to school in a couple of weeks, and those participating in high school sports, especially girls’ sports, are facing a new rule change by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). In their May 2019 board meeting, the NCHSAS voted in favor of allowing high school students to participate in athletics based upon their preferred gender identity.

Stated on the NCHSAA website, “It is the intent that all students are able to compete on a level playing field in a safe, competitive and friendly environment, free of discrimination.  The following rules and regulations are intended to provide every student-athlete with equal opportunities to participate in athletics.” The NCHSAA office claims that they receive “a couple” phone calls or emails a month regarding transgender and gender identity issues. This is Commissioner Marilyn Que Tucker and the Board’s justification for voting unanimously for this disruptive policy change.

An athlete in North Carolina desiring to participate as a transgender is required to submit a “Gender Identity Request” form as well as the individual’s written statement, documentation from others, list of medications and/or treatment, and necessary health care professional’s written verification. The form is referred to the NCHSAA Gender Identity Committee for consideration; the Committee approves the request if the student is found to be genuinely identified as the gender indicated in the request. Nothing in the policy requires testing for levels of testosterone.

Without question, boys competing against girls results in an unfair, unsafe, and aggressive advantage for women now competing in sports and for athletic scholarships. How can there possibly be any equal playing field? Indeed, almost 50 years ago, Title IX closed that gap when it became a federal law in 1972 when passed by Congress to establish that women and girls have equal opportunities in education and athletics.

Concerned Women for America has written about this threat to girls’ sports here and here.

Action Item:
Your voice is needed today to speak out against the NCHSAA policy. If allowed to continue, it will set back all the advances and opportunities of female athletes.

Please take the following actions:

  1. Contact Marilyn Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, and urge her to reverse the policy. Phone: 919-240-7375 | E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Contact your child’s school district superintendent and athletic director, along with your child’s school principal. Let them know you support Title IX as it was intended in 1972 and not to insert gender identity into women’s sports. Urge them to contact Commissioner Marilyn Tucker and request she reverse course on this discriminatory policy.

Please pray that Christians will be emboldened with a great outcry to stand up for our children, especially our girls. “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9)

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director

Peoples’ Veto – Prayers and Financial Support Needed

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Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about the grassroots efforts to overturn two very bad bills signed into law: L.D. 820, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill, and L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill. CWA of Maine is joining forces with several pro-life organizations and groups to overturn the bills through a People’s Veto. You can read my interview with Breitbart News concerning the People’s Veto here.

Overturning L.D. 820 and L.D. 1313 is an enormous task. We need 80,000 signatures of registered voters in Maine on a petition for each bill. The petitions must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office within three months from the adjournment date of the Maine legislature. The legislature adjourned June 20, 2019, so the clock is ticking.

This week, I received the Peoples’ Veto petition for L.D. 820 from the Secretary of State and am now ready to gather the needed signatures to overturn the legislation (as seen to the left). Our coalition also received the petition for L.D. 1313 from the Secretary of State.  The task at hand is worthy of our time, effort, and financial sacrifice which is why I am writing to you today.

 

We estimate the cost of printing the L.D. 820 petition and my travel around the state to distribute the petitions and train activists on how to properly collect signatures for the petitions to be approximately $2000.  Would you consider making a special contribution to offsetting these costs? Your investment is cultivating a culture for life in the state of Maine.

Take Action:

Please pray and ask God what He would have you give to help us overturn these horrible anti-life bills passed by the Maine legislature this year. You can contribute two ways: donate online or send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917. If you contribute online, please email me and let me know that you have done so and how much.  This will ensure your donation will be put towards this project immediately.

Please Pray: Dear Father, we ask that You supply the necessary funds to accomplish the task at hand.  We also ask that You stir the hearts of the people of Maine to sign the petitions. Thank You for Your promise in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

To God be the glory, great things He has done.  I look forward to hearing from you and working with you in this very important overturning of L.D. 820, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill and L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill. 

“The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, but is terror to the workers of iniquity.” Proverbs 21:15

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director

2019 Maine Legislative Wrap-Up: The Wins and the Losses

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To begin, I want to thank every one of you who answered the call to action during this legislative session. We had so many issues in which to take a stand. There were sweet victories and major losses – and we are grateful that you walked alongside Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine through prayer and action throughout the entire session. I can’t tell you how many legislators have commented that they have never seen so much public participation as they witnessed this year.  I pray we have awakened the sleeping giant!

Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Below is the status of the bills CWA of Maine actively worked on in 2019, the first half of the 129th legislative session.

  • D. 37 “An Act to Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed.
  • D. 94 “An Act to Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools.” CWA of Maine supported.  The bill died in committee.
  • D. 141 “An Act to Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle.” CWA of Maine supported. The bill did not move but could be brought up again next year.
  • D. 185 “An Act to Provide a Method for a Student to be Excused from Standardized Testing.” CWA of Maine supported.  The bill died in committee.
  • D. 326 “An Act to Decriminalize Engaging in Prostitution.” CWA of Maine opposed. The bill died in committee.
  • D. 396 “An Act to Support Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault by Increasing the Time Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Kits Must be Stored.” CWA of Maine supported. The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 433 “Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual.” This is a state-level Equal Rights Amendment. CWA of Maine opposed. The bill passed.
  • D. 820 “An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine.”  CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 1025 “An Act to Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 1261 “An Act to Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals to Perform Abortions.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 1313 “An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor. 

Please take note and then take action! 

Elections have consequences for life, family, and religious freedom.
Take time to review the voting record of your state legislators (see #2 on how to) on the bills listed above and then contact your legislators thanking them for votes that supported life, family and religious freedom or expressing concern on votes that expanded abortion rights, attacked the family and took aim on religious freedom. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

  1. The contact information for your legislators is available alphabetically by the town in which you live. Click here for your representative member and here for your senator.
  2. Information on each bill may be found on the Maine Legislature’s website here.  Simply type the bill number in the white box and click Search. You will then be able to read the bill, how the legislators voted, testimonies given on the bills, and more.
  3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please join me in pray: Father God, thank You for encouraging Your people to take an active role in protecting family, faith, and freedom. Many of the bills proposed and enacted are egregious in your sight.  With your help, we will remain diligent in making a difference in our state. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Again, thank you for making your voices heard on these important topics.

God bless,
Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

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

CWA of Louisiana Hosts Encourager Awards Breakfast and Lobby Efforts

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana recently recognized state and federal legislators with Ambassador Awards for their work to advance CWA core issues. Additionally, each of the Ambassador Award recipients was asked to recognize their greatest encourager as part of the event. The award ceremony was held in Baton Rouge on May 8.

Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, stated, “As an organization, we really appreciate our lawmakers who align with our faith-based policies. We realize that it is often difficult to stand for Biblical principles in this culture, and the most successful legislators usually have solid encouragers who stand with them through thick and thin. These ‘Encourager Awards’ allow us to recognize both the legislators and those people who have supported them in so many ways. It was truly an honor to host this event.”

Ambassadors were each recognized by listing some of their major accomplishments in support of the core issue for which they were awarded. Beautiful bronze statues of a woman in prayer were given to each of the recipients as a token of appreciation and to remind the legislators that CWA members are praying for them. The recognized “Encouragers” received Louisiana state flags, which had been recently flown over the state capitol.

The Ambassador recipients and their recognized encouragers:

Defense of Family – State Sen. Beth Mizell
Encourager – Julie Stewart

Fight Sexual Exploitation – State Sen. Ronnie Johns
Encourager – Father Jeff Bayhi

Religious Liberty – Congressman Mike Johnson
Encourager – Patrick Johnson (deceased)

Sanctity of Life – State Rep. Katrina Jackson
Encourager – Dorinda Bordlee

Education – State Rep. Beryl Amadee
Encourager – John Amadee

National Sovereignty – Congressman Clay Higgins
Encourager – Becca Higgins

Support for Israel – State Rep. Valarie Hodges
Encourager – Carla Roberts

Leadership Award – State Sen. John Milkovich
Encourager – Carola Milkovich

Keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Garrison spoke of her work on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She cited numerous studies and experiences to highlight the importance of bringing the Biblical perspective into what is typically an overtly humanist worldview.

Two Legislative Victories!
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was up for a vote on the floor of the Louisiana senate the afternoon of the awards breakfast. Dr. Shea Garrison joined other Louisiana conservative leaders in speaking to Louisiana senators at the state capitol on the dangers of passing the ERA.  CWA’s presence was felt there, as was the groundwork laid earlier by State Director Sancha Smith and her team. The ERA failed to pass by an unexpected vote of 26 “Against” and only 9 “For” the amendment!! State Sen. Beth Mizell was the only senator (brave enough) to stand and speak out against the ERA during the debates on the floor. Earlier in the day, Sen. Mizell received CWA Louisiana’s recipient of the Defense of Family Award.

Rep. Valarie Hodges, who won CWA of Louisiana’s award for Support for Israel, was the sponsor of HB 245, a Louisiana anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions bill which “authorizes a public entity to reject the lowest bid on a procurement contract when a vendor engages in a boycott of Israel.” The bill was heard in the afternoon of the awards and it passed unanimously in the State House of Representatives! CWA of Louisiana lobbied for the passage of the bill.