Democrats Playing Election-Year Politics with the Violence Against Women Act

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CWA’s Vice President of Government Relation, Doreen Denny wrote the following Op-Ed about the Violence Against Women Act.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) spent months collaborating on a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Their attempts to bring bipartisanship back to the process after the House majority rejected such collaboration were noble.  But their effort came to a “screeching halt” when Senate Democrats called a press conference to announce they were sponsoring the House bill instead.

“Once again, the Democrats are putting politics ahead of people and have decided to move forward on the House-passed VAWA bill,” Sen. Ernst announced.  This is a bill which Senate Democrats know full well is a non-starter for Senate approval.  Rejecting any history of bipartisanship or restraint, House Democrats loaded their reauthorization bill, H.R. 1585, with gun control, unemployment entitlements, and expansive ideological mandates.

Sen Ernst went on to explain how her good faith efforts with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were derailed as a political calculation. “Election-year politics are in full swing, and the grim reality is Democrats cannot afford to be seen giving Republicans a win. The far-left agenda of the House has hijacked the process.”

The politicization of something as significant as the Violence Against Women Act should have no place in the development of policy. Women victims of violence should be the last thing used as a pawn for political gain.  And yet that is exactly what the Democrats have done again this year.

This is not the first time VAWA has been held hostage in high-stakes partisan politics. It happened last year as VAWA was set to expire during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is a coalition of activist groups who guard the programs and funds for VAWA grantees. For years, they have worked in lock step with the Democrats to promote a progressively leftist agenda on VAWA and to demand that the same money go to the same providers. They are not fools in playing political games.

At the height of the Supreme Court battle, NTF sent a letter to Senate Republican leadership “to apprise you of our intention to disengage from negotiations over VAWA” to protest the handling of Christine Blasey Ford.

NTF laid out ground rules for how the Judiciary Committee should proceed with  Ford, concluding that, “Justice demands a fair process that treats Professor Ford far better than with the derision, scorn, and humiliation to which Professor Hill was subjected 27 years ago.”

Following their Kavanaugh defeat, the left cried foul at the “expiration of VAWA” and used it as a weapon against congressional Republicans in the 2018 election. Their prize: a House takeover, Speaker Pelosi, and a VAWA reauthorization bill showcasing their leftist policy agenda.

Considering how VAWA has been politicized over the last decade, it should come as no surprise that Sen. Ernst’s noble effort to work with the Democrats on an improved and modernized Violence Against Women Act broke down.  It didn’t surprise us. NTF is back on message demanding that the Senate pass the left’s wish list: unbounded unemployment benefits that could bankrupt states, gun confiscation orders that could disarm vulnerable women, and expansion of transgender rights giving biological men who claim to be women access to female domestic violence shelters and prisons, compromising the safety of women who have no other place of refuge or escape.

Meanwhile H.R. 1585’s partisan overreach falls short of important improvements that the Senate should correct. It overlooks meaningful protections for emerging threats to women in our country including female genital mutilation, honor killings, and forced marriages.  It deletes sex trafficking as a form of sexual assault against women and girls. It lets pimps off the hook and ignores the acceleration of threats from online predators.  It rejects full transparency and accountability in VAWA grant programs, including the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds that have gone every year to Planned Parenthood.

So long as Democrats choose to put election-year politics above safety, protection, and justice for women survivors, the effort to put a stronger VAWA on solid ground for the coming years will be futile. It’s time for Democrats to stop using VAWA to score political points and embrace a truly bipartisan reauthorization bill that can reach the President’s desk this year.

See Additional Pieces Written by Doreen Denny.

Update on Palatine School District Transgender Policy

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Palatine School District Votes in Favor of Unrestricted  Transgender Access in Public School Locker Rooms

 

Last month, I wrote you about a special meeting of the Palatine School District to consider opening restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. to those of the opposite sex.  I wanted to provide you a quick update as to the outcome of the meeting.

Approximately 500 parents and students attended the Palatine District 211 board meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the controversial policy which states:

“Students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

Though some parents called for a district-wide referendum, the board approved the policy by a vote of 5-2, with two board members dissenting. This ends a four-year battle to lift a requirement that transgender students use privacy stalls in District 211’s five high schools.

The new rule will take effect when second semester classes begin in January 2020.

Please pray for the protection of the children of the Palatine School District. Pray for their safety and for their minds and souls as they are taught the indoctrination of the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

The UN Is Pushing Abortion On Developing Countries, But The Trump Administration Is Fighting Back

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CWA’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, wrote the following Op-Ed published in the Daily Caller.

Once again, the United Nations is pushing abortion into developing countries under the guise of “accelerating” progress for women. And once again, the Trump administration is fighting back.

Backed by Western organizations and money, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), Norway and Kenya staged a summit last week in Nairobi to reflect the narrow interests of abortion proponents. Among supporters are the abortion-promoting organizations Plan International, the Gates Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Women Deliver, the U.N. Foundation, and She Decides.

Coming on the heels of the September U.S. Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage, the summit seems a direct contradiction against 21 U.N. member states committed to “not support … ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents.” In response to the summit, the U.S. issued another statement on behalf of eleven countries reaffirming a commitment to protecting life and protesting that the priorities of the event do not enjoy international consensus.

The  Nairobi Summit claims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) which negotiated reproductive health and population issues with representatives from 179 countries. But U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter wrote pro-abortion groups actually used this year’s summit as “a vehicle to try and further their agenda” saying they “are attempting to rewrite ICPD’s … language … with an alternative set of commitments that go beyond what was agreed to by member states in the original ICPD.”

Read Dr. Garrison’s entire Piece Here:

CWA Supports the Trump Administration’s stance on Israeli Settlements

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CWA Supports the Trump Administration’s

stance on Israeli Settlements

 

Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the U.S. agrees with President Reagan’s administration that Israeli settlements are not inconsistent with international law.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, and Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for Concerned Women for America released this statement:

“We applaud Sec. Pompeo and the Trump administration for their right stance in declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem consistent with international law. The U.S. will no longer view Israeli settlements as illegal, cancelling a legal position adopted by the U.S. State Department in 1978 by the Carter administration. We stand with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, who most closely shares our democratic values.”

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CWA of Kansas Commemorates National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer

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Before we get caught up in the upcoming season of busyness, let us cultivate a humble heart with fasting, repentance, and prayer on Thursday, November 21.

We invite you to join us in a National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer in honor of the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Together let us observe and reaffirm our 16th President’s heartfelt plea to the supreme authority and just governance of Almighty God.

“Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.”

Fasting before we feast is a reminder that God provides everything that we need. It reminds us of who we are and who God is. It also reminds us that as we hunger physically, we also hunger spiritually. And when we repent, we are promised forgiveness. Not any ordinary forgiveness, but a complete pardon from our sins and the payment they require. Now that draws us to our knees in Thanksgiving. God has fully provided for us in Christ!

This is why our hope is not in government or elected officials or even in a grateful attitude. But, instead, our hope is firmly in Christ alone.

Mark your calendar on Thursday, November 21, the week before Thanksgiving. Whether in your car, home, classroom, or office, let us repent and seek God on behalf of ourselves and our nation

Click here to view the double-sided informational flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Blessings to you and yours during this Thanksgiving season!

In His Service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

Sign Up Today: 2020 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign

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“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made
for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who
desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”- I Timothy 2:1-4

Because Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington believes prayer is crucial to revival and restoration of a nation, we are asking you to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Campaign for the 2020 Washington legislative session. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of our state legislators as we pray for them each day and encourage them through our weekly postcards.

Washington has 147 state legislators (49 senators and 98 representatives). Our elected officials need to know that people like you and me – who understand the power of prayer and what a refreshing word does for the soul – will be praying for them.

Would you commit to adopt one of our state legislators and pray for him or her daily during the sixty-day session (January-March)? In addition to praying for your assigned legislator, you will send him/her a weekly pre-printed postcard that contains a Scripture verse or quote and space for you to write a prayer or personal note of encouragement. 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.

CWA of Washington has implemented this program for many years with great success.  Legislators have responded with humble appreciation.  Faithful prayer warriors are necessary and needed. Sign up today and we will assign you a legislator and supply you with the postcards and instructions.

Any questions? Contact me at 425-869-1923 or e-mail me at [email protected].

Time to take action: 1.) Fill out this form and mail to CWA of Washington, P. O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA  98072.  Or, e-mail the information requested in the form to [email protected]. 2.) Consider giving by writing a check to “CWA” with “CWA of WA” in the memo line. Or, give online. 3.) Then, encourage others to do the same!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

CWA Impeachment Run-Down and Prayer Guide

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In case you’ve missed it, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives started public hearings in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. If you have watched any of the impeachment proceedings, you have seen hostile partisan politics. The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee carefully curated a list of people and conducted a closed-door selection process of witnesses. They passed a partisan impeachment resolution and have denied Republican witness requests, namely the whistleblower and Hunter Biden. The Committee televised the first public hearing on Wednesday, November 13, on the Democrat’s claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the 2016 election by withholding aid. These impeachment proceedings are nothing like we have seen before, so we wanted to give you a who, what, when, and how to pray guide:

THIS WEEK: Focusing on U.S. officials who handled policy in Ukraine and back the whistleblower complaint.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WHO: William (Bill) Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Watch video of the first hearing here.

Today, Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
WHO: Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

NEXT WEEK:
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
WHO: Jennifer Williams, aide to Vice President Mike Pence
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council director for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucuses, and Belarus
Kurt Volker, former Special Envoy to Ukraine
Tim Morrison, former National Security Council adviser

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
WHO: Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union
Laura Cooper, Defense Department official
David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Thursday, November 21, 2019
WHO: Fiona Hill, Former National Security Council Russia Adviser

How to Pray: Pray for truth and justice to prevail and for unity in our nation.
Pray for wisdom and conviction for all leaders.
Pray for President Trump and his advisors.
Pray for House Intelligence Committee Leaders, Members, and staff – Republican and Democrat
Pray for the witnesses who will be testifying
Pray for the media to be accurate and truthful in their reporting, to not perpetuate a false narrative.

How to Watch: https://www.c-span.org/

CWA resources:
Our General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq – The Impeachment’s Partisan Stench
CWA’s “Use Your Voice” Podcast launching next week will focus on Impeachment.
Join us Live Tweeting during each hearing over the next week on our Twitter.
Check our Social Media platforms for daily updates- Facebook and Instagram.
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The Impeachment’s Partisan Stench

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The putrid smell of malicious, partisan politics is all over the U.S. House of Representatives’ sham impeachment proceedings. It is unavoidable. Try as one may, the fetor coming from every statement, every report, every interview, every room, and every hallway is too much for any reasonable observer to withstand.

The outrageously hostile, personal (even beyond partisan) opposition to President Donald J. Trump from day one has been sort of mystical. On January 20, 2017, the day of President Trump’s public swearing-in ceremony, a Washington Post headline read, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” That’s how much faith the mindless opposition had on their efforts to find something, whatever, to remove him from office.

He is worse than Hitler, you see, came the justification. The conclusion that he is a threat to our democracy was accepted, approved, and promoted by the mainstream media as obvious. The suffocating blather in cable news has been non-stop. It has completely exposed them.

Even when the facts do not align with their argument, they will push through with the narrative. The excellent economic numbers, record unemployment, his work on prison reform, nothing the president does is any good to his opposition. Similarly, the lack of evidence is also no obstacle to the faithful.

They have moved away from the Russia “collusion” theory now, but, boy, it was as true as the sun as they covered it. Throughout the investigation, the big bombshell was always about to be revealed. I, like many other Americans, thought they must have something really big.

No. The Mueller Report came and went. They have moved on now. To Ukraine. Maybe this one will stick. The same players are driving the new angle on why Trump must be removed, promising again that the big reveal is just about to happen. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) still leads the effort. And we are supposed to believe this is all an impartial, duty-driven effort?

Have some self-respect.

The Constitution sets a high bar to impeach a president. Article II, section 4 says, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Really hating the president does not seem to meet that bar.

Neither does this phone call on which they keep hanging all their hopes. After reading the transcript the president himself released, it is reasonable to conclude that there is nothing there. Sure, those with a predisposition to hate the president can read into it all they want. But the reality is that the facts do not amount to anything nearly close to an impeachable offense.

Actually, the more facts are known the worse it looks for the accusers. The money was not withheld; there was no investigation; the president of Ukraine denies feeling any pressure, and there is a whole lot more to this story than this simple phone call. There has been a whole lot of money and corruption and fraud through many years in Ukraine, including the fact that they played a role in the 2016 election. And we are supposed to just ignore everything because “Trump must go”?

To make matters worse, the way they are conducting the investigation with secret hearings, selective leaks, and denying the president any representation is completely according to the previous personal, partisan, emotionally driven efforts. It is most certainly not in the best interest of the country, trying to avoid any appearance of impropriety. It is a fundamentally unfair process, motivated by partisan political rancor, and Americans would do well to reject it, regardless of political affiliation.

Would any reasonable person think it just to remove the president from office under these set of facts as a whole?

Now we are starting to hear more about the alleged whistleblower, and, surprise, surprise he is a Democratic operative whose lawyer said in 2017, “A coup has started,” and “I predict [CNN] will play a key role in [President Donald Trump] not finishing out his full term as president,”  and “We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.” Seriously?

His prediction of the media’s role is eerie.

Those of us who witnessed the dastardly attack on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination up close are hard-pressed to ignore the glaring parallels – the stealth coordination between one party and the accuser, the innuendo and hearsay taken as gospel truth, and the media’s complicit role! It is shameful.

To think of the media’s role during the Kavanaugh hearings and their treatment of the ABC/CBS Epstein sexual abuse cover-up this week is maddening.

We have learned nothing except to distrust one another even more. I mourn for the loss of trust in the media we have experienced through it all. Same with Congress’ impeachment efforts against the president. How can any sane person have any confidence in this fishy process?

It stinks.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

Virginia EAL

Encourage and Pray – Now more than ever!

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Just this week, my Bible study has been in the book Esther. How appropriate.  Esther 4:14 says, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  We are royalty, and our father is the KING! He has positioned us at this time to do incredible things for His kingdom’s purposes, and I cannot think of anything more powerful and more honoring to our Lord than to pray for our elected officials.

We are calling on all past, present, and new Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) volunteers to gear up for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session that begins January 8 and volunteer to prayer for a legislator.   You are necessary, and you are needed. Our elected officials need to know that people like you and me – who understand the power of prayer and what a refreshing word does for the soul – will be praying for them.

The goal of the EAL program is to encourage each member of the State House and Senate, by praying for them regularly and sending them a postcard each week throughout the legislative session.  Our goal is to cover all those “in authority” in Virginia – 100 House members and 40 Senate members. 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.

Click here for more details about the EAL program.

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 physical mailing 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, which you will receive late December.

The late Reverend Arthur Hopkins said this about prayer, “Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends.” So, let’s storm the gates of heaven on behalf of our state leaders. Let’s let our “petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior …” 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Please tell me YES – that you are willing to pray for eight weeks for a legislator!  We need all hands on deck.

Janet Robey
Associate Director

An Honor and Opportunity for CWA Staff Meeting President Trump

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On a Friday in November, some of our staff had the honor and opportunity to meet President Trump as he boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. The President expressed his great appreciation of our work at Concerned Women for America and took the time to pose for pictures. Thank you Mr. President.

See President Trump’s Video From our 40th Anniversary Gala

 

CWA of California November Legislative Recap

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First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4

That’s it for this year.  The California legislature has adjourned until January 6, when the 2019-20 session will reconvene in Sacramento. In the meantime, you may wish to seek opportunities to meet your state assembly member and senator at local events or visit their district offices. Whether they share your values or not, it is important to let your representatives in Sacramento know you are praying for them and to share your views on legislation and issues in your area as well.

Last month, we asked you to request vetoes on several bills. Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed the bills that Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California opposed with one exception – AB 624. We are so grateful for this victory.

VETOED: AB 624 – Student ID’s to Contain Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Numbers
As mentioned, Gov. Newsom vetoed Asm. Jesse Gabriel’s (D-L.A.) troubling bill, AB 624, requiring all public and charter school identification cards for students in grades 7-12 and post-secondary institutions to include a resource number for “sexual and reproductive health care information” consistent with requirements of the CA Healthy Youth Act. Read the Governor’s veto message here. The Governor was not pleased that the bill left the choice of the hotline number up to the individual school or district, stating, “There are many agencies across this state that refuse to give women information about all of their reproductive health care options.” Presumably, because AB 624 did not specify the agency, schools could choose a pro-life pregnancy clinic rather than, or in addition to Planned Parenthood, or the like. The Governor did not feel the schools had the “appropriate expertise” to make this decision. We may see a similar bill introduced next year and will be watching as new measures are introduced.

SIGNED: SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
By 2023, all of California’s public university campus health clinics will be required to provide medication abortions. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino) will be expensive, deadly for unborn babies, and dangerous to the physical and emotional health of young college women. Please pray that the Lord will speak to the hearts of our college students so that they will act responsibly in relationships. Pray for women facing unplanned pregnancies to choose life.

SIGNED: AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
AB 175 (Asm. Mike Gipson, D-Compton) gives foster children as young as ten years old prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care, including gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” These at-risk children will now have 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.” New requirements will be placed on foster parents that may conflict with their religious beliefs, such as using the names and pronouns of the child’s choice contrary to their biological sex.

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

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

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Reminder: Join CWA on Saturday, November 16, at the Love Life Celebrations in North Carolina!

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I hope you will join me in Charlotte on Saturday, November 16, to celebrate Love Life’s 40th-week Celebration Prayer Walk. There will also be Celebration Prayer Walks in Greensboro and Raleigh, as well as in New York City. Our recent e-alert gave some information, but please click here for more details.

As we have prayer walked with Love Life numerous times since partnering with them in 2017, it is always a joy and an honor to join the thousands on the final celebration day to complete the year. Please consider joining the celebration of life walk this Saturday.

Prayer Walks in Three Cities:

  1. Charlotte – 1004 Palmer Plaza Lane, Charlotte, NC 28211
  2. Triad (Greensboro) – 2401 Randleman Road, Greensboro, NC 27406
  3. Triangle (Raleigh) – 3249 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606

* Important Parking Information for Charlotte Only * (Free shuttles are available.)
Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 4855 Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Larger lot)
Oakhurst Baptist Church, 5037 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205 (Smaller lot)
Parking is not permitted on Latrobe Drive.

Click here to RSVP for this free event and to review event information and parking information. Be sure to email me to let me know you will be attending.

Other details:

  • Bring your friends and family!
  • Wear your blue Love Life shirt if you have one.
  • Carpool as much as possible.
  • Arrive early. Parking begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Praise & Worship begins at 8:15 a.m.

I hope to see you in Charlotte on the16th!

“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).

For Life and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

SD Capitol

CWA of South Dakota Recruiting Encouragers

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“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  I Timothy 2:1

 

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) campaign for the 2020 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 21st year of Encourage-A-Legislator, and many of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning. We appreciate your faithfulness.

 
We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Prayer is also needed to help encourage and sustain our state legislators. Here are a few comments we received from legislators regarding EAL:

“Better than gold!”

“It truly is a blessing to learn that our efforts are being covered in prayer!
We all need the grace, wisdom, and discernment that only the Lord can provide.”

 

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the three-month session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him or her. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.
 
Your efforts will encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA of South Dakota. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.
 
Click here if you wish to participate in our EAL campaign. Be sure to include your name and physical mailing address.  You will receive your postcards and instructions before the opening of the 2020 South Dakota legislative session early in January.
 
God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.
Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota

Penny Nance on World Radio: TV Ratings Need Reform

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CEO and President Penny Nance weighed in on The World and Everything in It radio this week on the subject of TV Ratings. The host commented: “Television content for kids has more and more profanity and violence in it and the T-V ratings stay the same.  But that’s exactly the way Hollywood likes it.”

Hear the Entire Radio Show Here:  

 

Judicial Nominations Cap the Trump Legacy

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Right at the top of the list of President Donald J. Trump’s legacy is his amazing work on judicial nominations. In just under three years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed the most circuit court judges in a president’s first term since 1980. With several confirmations this week, one out of every four circuit court judges are now a Trump nominee.

The Senate has confirmed a total of 159 judges with more ready to be confirmed at any moment. Forty-five of those are circuit court judges, 112 to the district court, and, of course, two Supreme Court justices.

This week, the President took some time to celebrate the great work their team has been doing on this front. Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Vice-President of Government Relations Doreen Denny was at the White House to mark the occasion.

CWA supporters have been crucial in the Trump Administration’s success through our support of the many judicial nominees. The two Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were most prominent, of course.

Which brings us to the most important point about the Trump legacy. It is not about the numbers. It is not about being a Republican or a Democrat. The fact is CWA’s support and the President’s success is worth celebrating because of the type of judges the president has nominated. His commitment to nominating constitutionalists who refrain from interjecting personal policy preferences into the judicial decision has been unwavering. That is why his number will have such a great impact for all Americans, regardless of political persuasion.

When judges are committed to the text of the Constitution and the laws as written, everyone wins. Remember, the danger of the “living, breathing constitution” is not that the Constitution is amended (the Founders indeed provided a way for the Constitution to be amended, since they knew this must happen—that’s what the Bill of Rights is), it is how it is done. For unelected judges to simply amend the Constitution at their pleasure breaks the most fundamental tenets of our Republic. It is “we the people” who are the “supremes” under our Constitution, not unelected judges.

Therefore, with judges who abide by the text of the Constitution and the laws as written, everyone should feel empowered. They are free to persuade their fellow citizens of their preferred policy positions and work through the legislatures to see that those changes are made. To continue to allow judges to implement one side’s preferred policy changes by judicial fiat is to live under judicial tyranny.

President Trump noted this in his remarks this week saying,

“This system was designed to protect citizens against the unjust concentration of governmental power … [but] when judges assume the role of a legislature, the rights of all citizens are threatened. … When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking, or the consent of the governed. As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy—imposing unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement.”

That’s music to my ears.

President Trump also noted that the average age of his circuit judges is less than 50 years old—10 years younger than the average age was for President Obama. This means that this legacy will have a lasting effect on the judiciary. We simply cannot overstate how important this is for the protection of our freedoms.

This success should also highlight for us how important the next election will be. Part of the reason for the president’s success was the rule change made by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who opened the door to get rid of the filibuster of judicial nominees. That reality will benefit whoever is in office. If someone committed to judicial activists is elected President, he too would be able to confirm judges at a faster pace, especially if the same party controls the Senate, as President Trump has enjoyed.

This issue must remain at the top of our minds as we consider our choices for the next election.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.