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Action Needed: Local Control of Missouri’s Public School Districts at Risk

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Time-sensitive – Comments Deadline is Wednesday, January 15

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the revised proposed rule, 5 CSR 20-100.295 Missouri School Improvement Program 6 (MSIP 6), for public comment on December 16, 2019. If enacted, the proposed rules changes will diminish local control and centralize the management of our public school districts.

DESE’s MSIP 6 webpage describes the difference between its current standards (MSIP 5) and the proposed standards: “The most recent generation of MSIP (MSIP 5) focuses on student performance [emphasis added] metrics – output measures. The next generation will continue to emphasize standards for student performance but will also emphasize leading indicators – inputs in economic terms – that will ensure healthy school systems and the continuous improvement process.”

In other words, DESE is effectively proposing standards that will diminish local control and centralize school district management at the department.

Take Action:
Make your voice heard by providing your comments concerning the proposed rule change. Click here to enter your comments. The public comment period deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. You may use the sample language below or respond in your own words. You can read the entire proposed rule available on the website to consider other standards for comment.

The number of responses DESE receives is VERY important. As a reminder, the first proposed rule requiring schools to teach gender diversity was withdrawn because DESE received almost 1500 responses opposing the proposed change.

Sample comments:

DESE’s proposed MSIP standards change Missouri’s school district accreditation standards to effectively centralize authority over districts at the state level in violation of Missouri law. That is, several proposed standards limit the discretion of local school boards to manage districts and determine personnel needs by requiring boards to structure their purpose and personnel organization in specific ways in order to be accredited.
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The proposed MSIP 6 standards create a double standard in which local districts are held accountable for compliance with state statutes, but DESE evaluators are not accountable for standards that are themselves incompliant with Missouri statutes. Furthermore, word choice used in several standards, for example, stakeholders (which is not defined in Missouri statute and may include non-resident representatives of advocacy organizations) rather than taxpayer (which would require representation of residents), allows DESE evaluators to determine the definition of terms; thereby increasing its power to control the influences affecting policies districts will be compelled to implement to score well on MSIP 6 evaluations.
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The proposed MSIP standards should be reviewed for alignment with Missouri law and ensure the protection of local school board authority.

Thank you.
Bev Ehlen
State Director

Sen. Morrell

Attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! Rally on January 15

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CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Click here to watch a 90-second video by SB 673 bill sponsor Sen. Mike Morrell. Sen. Morrell explains the bill and discusses the senate committee hearing and the rally.   

Click here for background and action items for SB 673.

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

CWA LAC’s Actions on Iran and U.S. targeted killing of Soleimani

By | International, News and Events, Politics/National Sovereignty, Uncategorized | No Comments

Concerned Women for America has been busy these last eight days to keep you updated and your voice heard in the midst of the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani and subsequent events. Here are highlights of the work we have done this week to cover this momentous event.

Talking Points

On Friday, January 3, we sent out briefing points to ensure you had a detailed explanation of the targeted killing of Soleimani and the context surrounding these events. Realizing this is a significant moment in history, we want to make sure you have real-time knowledge of what’s happening and what it means for the United States and your family.

Briefing:

CWA International hosted a briefing Tuesday, January 9, with The Heritage Foundation’s Senior Research Fellow on the Middle East, Jim Phillips, for our staff, state leaders, and supporters. Jim gave us an in-depth presentation on Soleimani, Iran’s threat to the United States, their low-intensity war of terror led by Soleimani, Iran’s history of aggression, the threat to Israel and the impact of the death of Soleimani on all of the above. Check out Jim’s article in the Daily Signal for some of his insights on the situation: “How US Strike Against Iranian General Changes Rules of Game in Iraq, Region.”

Hill Letter

CWALAC sent a letter to the House opposing Thursday’s vote on H. Con. Res. 83, the war powers resolution seeking to undermine the President’s ability to react in a timely manner to protect American personnel and facilities and downplay the immediacy of the threat presented by Soleimani. It is important to note a concurrent resolution, like this one, is non-binding—this bill is nothing more than a pseudo-press release by House Democrats. Unfortunately, this bill passed, largely along party lines 224-194, with eight Democrats opposing and three Republicans supporting. One of the Republicans supporting, Rep. Mat Gaetz (R-Florida), said he supported the strike on Soleimani but feels Congress should be consulted for any further action.

(Here is a great article on this resolution and the War Powers Authorization in context of recent events with Iran)

We the people

CWA of Washington Recommends This Upcoming Rally

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Alert: The rally scheduled in Olympia for Wednesday, January 15, has been canceled due to the weather forecast for snow. Click here for more details.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washingtonrecommends attending the2020 Freedom Rally in Olympia next week to show your opposition to the state of Washington’s government overreach into our lives.

Over-reaching government affects at least four of CWA’s seven core issues: family and the definition of marriage, education and parental authority, sexual exploitation and the sexualization of our children through public school curriculum, and religious liberty. CWA’s mission is to enable our members to apply Biblical principles to all levels of public policy and, when government oversteps their authority, to pray and take action to protect our families.

Rally Details:
Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: Noon (Prayer on the Capitol steps at 10:30 a.m.)
Location: Steps of the State Capitol in Olympia, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98504
Click here for all the details.

Not all issues addressed at the rally are within CWA’s core issues. However, the four issues mentioned above are important enough for us to support this rally.

“…since we have such hope we use great boldness of speech.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

I hope you will join me at the rally next Wednesday, January 15.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
[email protected]

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!

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“Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention … I should tremble for the result of a second.” “the most violent partisans,” and “individuals of insidious views” would strive to be delegates and would have “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our Country.  – James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville, 1788

HJR1005 is a bad bill that would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as repeal of the Second Amendment or abolishing the Electoral College.  It could even re-energize the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of the 1970s that would solidify tax-payer funded abortion in the Constitution. (CWA of Virginia and Georgia are currently dealing with the ERA and working to defeat it.)

Please read our new brochure “The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!” to understand this topic.

HJR1005 was defeated in House State Affairs committee, Wednesday, February 6.  Click here to view the votes.  (We wanted a No vote.) However, even after the defeat in committee, the sponsor “smoked” it out of committee for a full debate, and a vote on the House floor is scheduled for Monday, February 11.

We must defeat HJR1005!  Don’t delay, let your two representatives know where you stand, and then please forward this e-alert to others to do the same.

Please take action TODAY and through the weekend!

Contact your two representatives and ask them to oppose HJR1005.  Consider using some of the talking points listed below.

Contact Information:

When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in subject line: OPPOSE HJR1005.

When communicating with your legislators always be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on their e-mail address.

Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.

In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby today or Monday morning at (605) 773-3851 and leave a message for your two House representatives.

Please join us in prayer.  Pray for clarity and wisdom for our House of Representatives.

Talking Points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution. Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal Government, Fiscal restraint — All the goals the Constitutional Convention is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution. It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Constitutional Convention would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Constitutional Convention could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates? Would California get more than South Dakota?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Constitutional Convention consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Your e-mails and phone messages are very important. Again, please share this information with your friends.

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-6914
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Value them Both Amendment Hearing, January 21, 2020

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Next Hearing on the Pro-Life Amendment to the Kansas Constitution: Tuesday, January 21

Kansas pro-life citizens are urged to attend the House Federal and State Committee hearing on Tuesday, January 21, regarding reversing the Kansas Supreme Court’s horrible decision on abortion.

Click here to read the proposed amendment (HCR 5019.) You can read more about the court decision here. You can read my testimony and view media coverage from the previous hearing hereMany of you attended the interim hearings on this issue last year, and your presence at the hearings sent a strong message that life is a top priority for Kansans. We are asking you to attend this next hearing as a statement that life is still a priority.

House Federal and State Affairs Committee Hearing Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kansas State Capitol, 8th & Van Buren, Topeka – Room #346S

Additional information about January 21:

  • We are asking everyone who can attend to wear purple, if possible.
  • We are also encouraging attendees to visit the offices of their state representative and state senator to voice support for the amendment. Please write down the names of your legislators and their office numbers before you come. You can find your legislators here.
  • Talking points will be available at the registration table when you walk in on the ground floor. Look for the CWA of Kansas volunteers as you enter the building.

Take Action: Make plans to attend, and be sure to invite a friend! We want our legislators to know now is the time to pass the amendment so that it can be placed on the November 2020 ballot.

Please Pray: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that this joint hearing will go the way You have planned. We pray for those who will testify – that You will give them the words to speak. We also pray for the committee members that their hearts will be receptive to the testimonies given that support life. We are so thankful for Your presence and we give You the glory. The outcome of all of this is in Your hands.  Amen

Thank you, and I hope to see you on January 21.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

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The Abortion Industry Does Not Speak for Women

By | Briefs, LBB, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS | No Comments

This month, Concerned Women for America (CWA) filed an important amicus (friend of the court) brief in June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee at the United States Supreme Court standing up for the millions of pro-life women around the country who want to make sure the Justices know that the abortion industry does not speak for them.

Believe it or not, that is often what the abortion industry claims to do, with the blessing of the Court. Big Abortion has created a whole legal industry out of challenging any and all laws that seek to protect women by regulating the abortion procedure to make it safer for women. As predicted by Justice Powell in Singleton v. Wulff (428 U.S. 106, 119 (1976)), in abortion cases, the Court has “invit[ed] litigation by those who perhaps have the least legitimate ground for seeking to assert the rights of third parties”— in this case, women.

The same abortionists who spend millions of dollars fighting against a simple requirement to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals so they can properly follow up with patients that experience complications during an abortion, claim before the courts to have a relationship with patients close enough to justify them representing women in court.

CWA’s brief highlights the research of Prof. Teresa Collett, J.D., the Director of the University of Saint Thomas Pro-Life Center, which surveys all cases since Roe involving federal challenges to abortion laws. The research reveals that “women have consistently challenged abortion-related laws related to public funding and laws requiring parental, spousal, or judicial consent prior to performance of an abortion while showing little or no appetite for attacking laws aimed at providing women with more information on abortion and its alternatives; safer, cleaner abortion facilities; and ethical, competent providers.”

“In the three years between 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided, and 1976, when Singleton v. Wulff was decided, women were more likely than doctors, hospitals, or clinics to file challenges to abortion-related laws… Since 1976, [when the Court opened the door for abortionists to represent women’s interests,] there have been sixteen years in which there were no cases filed by women alone, and thirteen years in which they have brought only one” (citations omitted).

“From 1973 to 2019, women or girls have filed an annual average of 2.1 cases per year. In contrast, providers have filed an average of 9.1 cases per year; women and providers have joined in the same lawsuit in only 1.6 cases per year.”

“[T]here are almost no cases filed by women alone challenging conscience rights, informed consent requirements, fetal disposition laws, and provider regulations generally. This pattern suggests that women either generally support or at least do not oppose laws like the one before this Court today that are aimed at providing them with more information, safer, cleaner facilities, and more skilled providers” (citation omitted).

Given this research, the Court should reexamine its “third party standing” standards when it comes to abortion cases. It is just another area where, as Justice Anthony Kennedy candidly acknowledged, the “longstanding maxim[s] of statutory interpretation ha[ve], in the past, fallen by the wayside when the Court confronted a statute regulating abortion.” Third party standing should be presumptively denied in such cases, requiring abortion providers to prove their close relationship with the women they seek to represent in order to stand before the Court asserting women’s interests.

Oral arguments for the case have been set for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Stay tuned for more information on our activities surrounding the arguments. As always, I will be at the Court to bring you an up-to-date report.

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R.I.P ERA says CWA

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel announced an important opinion on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), declaring the ratification expired and no longer pending in the States for action. In a Memorandum for the General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, DOJ declares dead any effort by Virginia to become the “38th” state as the new Democrat-controlled legislature pledged in its opening session. It also overrules congressional efforts to revive the ERA ratification by removing the deadline as proposed in legislation pending on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say in response to DOJ’s opinion:

“The Justice Department has hammered a nail in the coffin of state and congressional efforts to resurrect the age-old Equal Rights Amendment. DOJ’s opinion declaring the ratification dead underscores what even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has already concluded: if the ERA has any future, the process must start over.

“Concerned Women for America says, “R.I.P ERA.” Women deserve fairness and equality under the law, but Congress should not waste its time on an ERA that could in fact undermine the progress we’ve made over the last 40 years. If legislators are truly concerned about women, they should spend their efforts focusing on measures to uphold the dignity and status of women as uniquely female, not turn back the clock on gains we’ve made and ERAse women.”

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See some of CWA staff’s recent tireless efforts nationally and in local areas combatting the ERA:

WUSA9 News Story featuring Virginia State Director Toni DeLancey

Press Release from Virginia’s CWA State Director Toni DeLancey on DOJ’s Ruling on the ERA.

Press Conference featuring Virginia’s CWA State Director (Begins at 21 minutes and 45 seconds)

National Public Radio Piece featuring Vice President of Government Relations Doreen Denny running on NPR stations throughout the country.

Press Release from South Dakota’s CWA State Director Linda Schauer applauding that State’s Attorney General ERA lawsuit.

Associated Press Article featuring CEO & President Penny Nance that appeared in nation’s newspapers throughout the country.

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Breaking! CWA of Virginia Responds to DOJ Ruling on the ERA

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Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia represented you in Richmond by participating in the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! rally/lobby day to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I spoke at the morning press conference, and our CWA of Virginia team lobbied state legislators to discuss our opposition to the ERA.

While we were working to oppose the ERA efforts, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel ruled that the Equal Rights Amendment ratification from 40 years ago is dead! Read my press release here.

Thank you for your support in prayer and action!

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

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]

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California: Let’s Bring It On!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

I want to first and foremost thank you for your generous support to Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California. It is the beginning of the month and we are already on the move mobilizing our members to action!

Let me tell you about Senate Bill 673 (Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga) – a bill that needs our phone calls, our word of mouth to spread the news, and most of all, our prayers to pass the Senate Education Committee hearing on January 15.

Background: The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) that was passed in 2015 requires that sexuality education be taught once in middle school and once in high school. The problem with AB 329 is that it allows for the youngest in our schools to be exposed to the dangerous sex education agenda beginning in kindergarten (and even transitional kindergarten (TK)). Further, the bill removed the ability of local school districts to adopt opt-in policies for sex ed – at any age. And, while the law requires that sex ed be age-appropriate in upper grades, it does not stipulate this for the youngest and most impressionable children.

Thankfully, SB 673 makes some important parent and child-friendly corrections to the current law to protect our children and recognize the importance of parental authority in education.

#1) SB 673 allows for increased parental oversight and “supervision” for sexuality education curricula by requiring districts to place content and material online for ease of parent review. This is especially important for parents who may not be able to take time off work to review their curriculum at district offices.
#2) SB 673 provides increased parent oversight by requiring an active opt-in for grades TK-6 with a parent signature prior to student participation. This oversight is important for our youngest, most vulnerable children, so they are not exposed to content and material without a parent’s knowledge and consent.
#3) SB 673 increases protections for children (TK-6) by closing a “loophole” in the current law and ensuring all curricula are medically accurate and age-appropriate for our youngest learners in elementary school who deserve these protections.Please Pray: Ask the Lord to open the eyes of the Senate Education Committee members to vote for the best interest of families, where parental authority in education is recognized as key to a strong foundation for children’s learning.  Take Action:
Call: Please pick up the phone and call the Senate Education Committee members before Wednesday, January 15! The committee members and their contact information are listed below my signature line. Senators who are part of the Senate Education Committee REPRESENT YOU and all Californians, even if they are not your own senator!

Rally: CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parent’s Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!


Senate Education Committee Members:
Sen. Connie Leyva (Democrat, District 20) Chair (909) 888-5360
Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (Democrat, District 24) (213) 483-9300
Sen. Steven Glazer (Democrat, District 7) (925) 258-1176
Sen. Mike McGuire (Democrat, District 2) (415) 479-6612
Sen. Richard Pan (Democrat, District 6) (916) 262-2904
Sen. Ling Ling Chang (Republican, District 29), Co-author for SB 673, (714) 671-9474
Sen. Scott Wilk (Republican, District 21) Co-chair (661) 729-6232

Find out more about the committee members through their website here. You may also submit your personal letter of support through that site.


We thank Sen. Morrell for his work to protect children and provide for parental rights. And we thank you for your prayers and your heart for family. Join me at the State Capitol as we speak up for our children!  

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
CA State Director

CWA Responds to the Killing of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani

By | International, National Sovereignty, News and Events | No Comments

A message from CEO and President Penny Nance:

Most likely, you have been following the U.S. military action taken against Iranian terrorist Qassem Suleimani but I wanted you to have specific talking points, history, and prayer points. This is a major foreign policy event that could have very serious implications for U.S. policy in everything from Energy to Defense.

Please pray for Secretary Pompeo, the President, and our military as they walk through what could become a crisis situation should it continue to escalate.  Remember, Iran is desperate, and its economy is in tatters due to U.S. sanctions. They are on the cusp of another revolution and to unite behind war with the “Great Satan” would suit the Ayatollah Khomeini just fine. Many experts hope that cooler heads will prevail. Much of this can be laid at the feet of the Obama Administration who had a policy of appeasement against the terrorist regime culminating with a $150 billion pay off.

I encourage you to look at news clips from when the Iranians stormed our embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, and held them for 444 days until after President Reagan was inaugurated in January of 1981. President Trump was right to take this head-on. President Reagan’s policy of “peace through strength” is still true.

Click here to read CWA’s talking points on key information concerning the U.S. drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Suleimani.

Finally, below is the email I sent to Secretary Pompeo this morning.

Mr. Secretary,

CWA is 100% supportive of the President’s decision to retaliate against Soleimani and his murderous thug entourage. History has taught us that appeasement only emboldens terrorists and fascist dictators. We are calling on our members to cover you, President Trump, and our military leaders in prayer. We are also sending out talking points today to our entire list and planning a phone briefing with state leaders and supporters as early as Monday. I have been active on Twitter and will continue to give support.  Please let me know if there is anything else we can do. Mostly, I just wanted you and your team to know we have your backs both through prayer and action.

Penny Nance with Attorney General Barr

2019, The Year of Judges

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As we continue to pray and fight against the unjust, politically motivated, unconstitutional impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, I want to take a moment and look back at the historic achievement we achieved in the area of judicial nominations. I do not want you to miss the important part you played in making this a historic year for the confirmations of federal judges.

Do not miss it. Your voice, through Concerned Women for America (CWA), is heard in Washington! When we speak on behalf or in opposition to a judge here, every senator knows that we have a mighty army of committed women standing strong for the values we represent. They take note, and they do everything to address the concerns we raise.

Recently, a high-level official sent a note of gratitude to CWA for our work on a very tough nomination calling us, “One of the best groups with which we work.” I know this is in reference to the very strategic, professional, energetic, and graceful way in which you engage at the state level and every time we send a call to action from D.C. Thank you!

Let me give you the historic numbers. I am writing to you as the U.S. Senate has adjourned for the Christmas break and has just confirmed 13 judges in a row to make the total of judges confirmed in 2019, 102. That is the second-highest number for confirmations in one year in U.S. history. All total, we have confirmed 187 under President Trump.

Some of the highlights for this year where you shined through CWA include the recently confirmed Lawrence VanDyke to the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Van Dyke is a Christian conservative with an incredible track record of support for the Constitution as written. Neomi Rao to the D.C. Circuit was also an important nomination that could not have happened without CWA’s influential voice. Let me also mention the important nomination of Attorney General William Barr, just to highlight the fact that your work has been important in the confirmation of important officials beyond judges. As you have probably seen, AG Barr’s contributions to the impeachment battle are becoming more and more important as he exposes the frightening abuse of power at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) against then-candidate Donald Trump.

But back to judicial confirmations. Fifty of the 187 confirmations for President Trump have been to the Appellate Court, which given the small percentage of cases the Supreme Court takes, end up being more influential in the day to day administration of justice. These confirmations are important.

Three Circuits were totally “flipped” to have more judges appointed by Republican presidents than Democrats: the second, third, and eleventh. That is significant, but progress was made in all circuits.

Eighty were confirmed in district courts and seven more to other specialty courts. Compare that with just six confirmations to the district court in 2017 and 47 in 2018. No Supreme Court battle and an important rule change limiting the time for debate on district court nominees made that historic gain possible.

To compare President Trump’s 187 confirmations so far, consider President Barack Obama had 124, President George W. Bush had 169, President Bill Clinton 166, and President George H.W. Bush had 128 at the same time in their presidency.

But no discussion of President Trump’s legacy when it comes to judges is complete without mentioning Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. These justices are serving with honor and distinction in the highest court in the land, and your involvement through CWA was instrumental to their confirmations.

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CWA Statement on Trump Administration’s Vaping announcement

By | Media Relations, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

We applaud President Trump for responding with common-sense actions to stem the tide of the youth vaping epidemic. Raising the tobacco age to 21 and instituting new enforcement policies against the manufacture, distribution and sale of flavored nicotine e-cigarette cartridges are essential steps.  With these actions, the Trump administration sends an unequivocal message against the dangers of teen drug use and addiction.   Unfortunately, this crisis has also exposed the aggressive tactics of a bigger enemy, the tobacco/marijuana industry that is now intertwined and deliberately deflecting the dangers of THC vaping and marijuana use.  Those promoting marijuana legalization while criticizing the President for not going far enough on e-cigarettes are part of the playbook.   If they cared about the effects of youth vaping in our culture, they would stand against efforts to legitimize and normalize marijuana use.  Sending mixed messages to our youth will only intensify the crisis.

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For media requests, please contact CWA Chief of Staff, Toni DeLancey at 202-527-3434 or [email protected].

CWA of Virginia Interviewed on ERA Efforts in Virginia

By | Virginia | No Comments

CWA’s Chief Operating Officer and State Director, Toni DeLancey, spoke to ABC 13 concerning the efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Virginia. Read the article and watch the video here.

If Virginia passes the ERA, it will become the 38th state to pass the amendment, the threshold number of states needed to ratify the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, the deadline to ratify the amendment ended decades ago, and three states (AL, LA, SD) have filed a lawsuit to prevent the ERA from illegally being added to the U.S. Constitution as stated in this CWA press release.

Help us stop the ERA in Virginia by joining us on Wednesday, January 8, for the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse it rally/lobby day in Richmond.

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Join Us at the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! Rally/Lobby Day

By | Virginia | No Comments

With the strike of the gavel next Wednesday, January 8, the Virginia General Assembly will open its 2020 legislative session. You can count on Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia to represent your interests in Richmond and to keep you informed on the legislation that directly impacts you and your family.

To kick off the session, CWA of Virginia is co-sponsoring the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! rally/lobby day to oppose the efforts to pass the Equal Right Amendment (ERA) that was defeated last year. I will be joining several of CWA’s national staff, including CWA’s Young Women for America National Director, Kelsey Good.

Click here for CWA’s ERA talking points.

Help us show “strength in numbers” by attending the rally and lobbying our state legislators! If you live in the Northern Virginia area, we are providing bus transportation to Richmond for the rally and lobby day. Please email me today to reserve your spot on the bus! The bus leaves CWA Headquarters in Alexandria promptly at 6:00 a.m. and returns following the speaker forum that ends at 4:00 p.m. Estimated arrival time back at CWA Headquarters is 6:00 p.m. Additional pick-ups and drop-offs are dependent upon attendance. More details on that to follow in the coming days. We would love to have you join us!

Here are the details:
Date/Time/Location: Wednesday, January 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Richmond (State Capitol). 

Schedule:
The day begins at the Family Foundation Headquarters
707 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219

8:15 a.m. – Registration opens
9:00 a.m. – Welcome, instructions on how to talk to legislators and talking points distributed.
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. -Talk to your delegate at the State Capitol. Click here to find your senator and delegate.
11:00 a.m. – ERA Press Conference
11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
2:00 p.m. – Speaker Forum

Registration is required. Please RSVP TODAY by clicking here

Please take action! Whether you are able to come to Richmond or not, we need everyone to do the following to stop this horrendous amendment.

  1. Virginians must step up NOW to stop this very dangerous amendment. Please contact your senator and delegate and urge them not to support any effort to resurrect the Equal Rights Amendment. Click here to find your state legislators and their contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. Forward this alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Pray!  Concerned Women for America, Founder, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Beverly LaHaye, one of the most important pioneers of the conservative feminist movement, founded CWA in 1979 because she believed that women needed voices in the public sphere that represented their beliefs and values.  It was the 1975 Equal Rights Amendment that gave Mrs. LaHaye motivation to begin the mission of CWA, as it remains today, to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.

Thank God for the ways He chooses to use our lives and our voices for His glory, to protect and promote His ways.  Thank God for Mrs. LaHaye and her obedience to lead others to promote Biblical values in our culture.

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14

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

Toni DeLancey
State Director

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Don’t ERAse Women With an Equal Rights Amendment

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Don’t ERAse Women With an Equal Rights Amendment 

 “… legal classifications and distinctions based upon sex are not only discriminatory in themselves,  but also lend governmental support to entrenched customs which ignore women as persons …” Pauli Murray, co-founder of the National Organization of Women

The ERA proposes that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and that “Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

The idea of equal rights sounds great, so why is the ERA so wrong for women?

#1 The ERA could erase women’s progress

Adding an equality amendment based on “sex” can have a reverse effect on women’s progress—the legal gains, programs, and policy reforms aimed specifically at benefiting women could be challenged and taken away such as: provisions in the Violence Against Women Act; programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); special protections in marriage, divorce, alimony and child custody; accommodations for pregnant women in the workforce; spousal social security benefits; female protections on college campuses relating to safety, Title IX, scholarships and admissions.

#2 The ERA could erase legal distinctions based on sex and leave women unprotected

Adding an equality amendment based on “sex” allows federal courts and legislatures new powers to reinterpret every law making a distinction based on gender.

  • Any limits on abortion or denying taxpayer-funds for abortion could be seen as a form of sex discrimination and a violation of this amendment.
  • Women-only safe spaces like sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, or domestic violence shelters could be seen as a form of sex discrimination and violation of this amendment.
  • Women could be forced into military service, instead of this being a woman’s choice.
  • Current legislative trends to neutralize the unique differences of males and females in policy and law (and redefine “sex” as “gender identity”) could be supported by this amendment.

#3 We don’t need the ERA: Women are already equal under U.S. law

Women’s “equality of rights under the law” is already recognized in our Constitution. Amendment 14 states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor … the equal protection of the laws.

#4 We don’t need the ERA: Women will continue to use established law to make progress

Through established law such as Amendment 14, Title IX, Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Equal Pay Act, women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination against women in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society. Where other inequalities may exist, women will continue to use established law.

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Happy New Year from CWA, Our Look Ahead for 2020

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Through God’s grace and the help of supporters like you, the year 2019 was full of successes. The staff of CWA is gearing up for a productive 2020!

This year, please pray for the following:

From Legal:

  • Continued success in the appointment of constitutional judges to federal courts.
  • Protections of the right of conscience and religious freedom in the Congress, the culture, and the courts.
  • Big wins at the Supreme Court on two important cases on the sanctity of human life (June Medical Services v. Gee) and preserving federal protections for women (R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

From Legislative:

  • For the Senate to act swiftly and decisively in dispensing with the articles of impeachment against President Trump.
  • For the House to stand against abortion extremism and pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act.
  • For Congress to uphold the rights and protection of women and preserve the God-given distinctions of the sexes.
  • For the Department of Education to act favorably on CWA’s Title IX complaint against schools forcing female athletes to compete against transgender males.
  • For God’s will to be done in the 2020 election.

From International:

  • For the protection of unborn children all around the world and that strategies promoting abortion in developing countries will fail.
  • For the protection of religious freedom and the release of prisoners of religious persecution. In particular pray for the Christians in Iraq who continue to rebuild their lives after ISIS and the Uyghur Muslims in China who are forced to remain in detention camps.
  • For Godly wisdom for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as President Trump, as they interact with foreign governments and shape U.S. foreign policy.

From the Field team:

  • Increased influence and impact on pro-life and pro-family issues in our state legislatures and on our college campuses.
  • Continued growth in state-level leadership and Young Women for America college chapters.
  • Unprecedented engagement in CWA’s 2020 Get Out the Vote grassroots efforts.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with each of you as we embark upon a new year and a new decade.

Nance: Christianity Today has Damaged the Christian Witness in America

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CWA’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, penned the following opinion piece for The Washington Examiner about Christianity Today’s recent editorial opining that President Trump should be removed from office.

“The recent Christianity Today editorial calling for President Trump’s impeachment was beneath the institution founded by Billy Graham.

The magazine, frequently accused of a leftward drift, proved every critic correct with its misleading attack on fellow believers. It was sad to read.

In order to make the case for impeachment — a constitutional and legal matter that is being contested at every turn — Mark Galli, the author, concludes that it “is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.” Unfortunately, Galli chose to do something that evangelicals involved in public policy are accused of doing all the time.

The organization I lead, Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, is opposed to this impeachment. We believe it is a sham because the facts presented do not meet the high bar set by the Constitution. But you have not and will not hear us say that if you do not believe as we do on impeachment, then you are opposing “the Creator of the Ten Commandments.” How silly would that be? How pompous, arrogant, prideful, pharisaical, and un-Christian would that be?

No one is arguing that Trump or his administration or his policies are perfect. I have been blessed to meet and even dine with Trump. Like most of us, he is on a complicated spiritual journey that he began with little understanding of the Gospel. Only God knows what’s in his heart. And in order to share God’s word, wise counsel, and encouragement of his “better angels,” I have made a conscious choice to praise his administration publicly and correct it privately. Christianity Today prefers to stand on the outside and cast aspersions, while even condemning those who fail to take the same approach.

Galli decided his assertion that one cannot be both Christian and a Trump supporter needed to be in the pages of Christianity Today. Yet his silence about all other politicians has been deafening. I suspect that his “remember who you are and whom you serve” has brought embarrassment enough to the publication already.

In fact, its president and CEO, Timothy Dalrymple, has already felt the need to come out with an explanation of the disastrous editorial. Regrettably, it was just as dubious as the original piece. Dalrymple would have us ignore the way Galli wrote as speaking for the institution. “CT does not have an editorial board,” he wrote. “Editors publish under their own names.””

Read the Entire Article by Penny Nance in The Washington Examiner, here: