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Another Great Coffee Talk Event

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Wonderful Coffee Talk & Fellowship!

We had a wonderful Coffee Talk event in Wildomar last week. We sang, we prayed, and we fellowshipped over delicious and comforting tea, coffee and cakes. Thanks to our Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, Linda Wallace, for organizing the event.

Area Director, Ruth Smith, and I met incredible prayer warriors! A new member of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California proclaimed, “For many years, I was a Christian who was asleep about the issues affecting our community. Now, I’m awake, eager, and engaged – going to town hall meetings and being specific in prayer. Even my husband is speaking up in the workplace for Biblical values!  Praise God!”

Our Coffee Talk events are a great way to learn more about CWA of California and the work we do here in the state. We talk about:

  • Legislation about CWA’s seven core issues
  • Praise reports at the state and national level
  • Issues to pray about at the local, state and national level
  • Upcoming events
  • Public policy focused initiatives

Our next Coffee Talk is Thursday, June 13 in Orange County. Click here for event information. We invite you to join us if you live in or around Irvine. Please contact me if you would like to host a Coffee Talk in your area.

What a blessing to gather with the body of Christ to praise in thanksgiving for God’s love and mercy, to fellowship and encourage one another in the Lord, and be productive and engaged in Christian advocacy for our state and nation.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

United with you in prayer and thanksgiving,
Marlo Tucker
CA State Director
Concerned Women for America

California Legislative Update

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“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8

Please join me in praying for and taking action on the following California legislative bills.

SB 24 will be on the state Senate floor for a vote soon. This bill will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses. This abortion technique is terribly dangerous and has caused fatalities. Abortion clinics are within six miles of every UC/CSU campus, which is why former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year. This bill is harmful and completely unnecessary. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would sign the bill into law if it gets to his desk. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Let your state senator know that UC / CSU health centers on campus should not be turned into abortion clinics.

AB 624 promotes abortion services to students who are underage in public schools (6th – 12th grade), including charter schools by advertising a sexual or reproductive hotline on the back of student IDs.  In other words, students could be carrying Planned Parenthood’s number right on their school ID!  An amendment was made so the bill will no longer apply to private schools, but all other schools are included. Sadly, AB 624 passed the State Assembly on May 9. It now moves to the state Senate. Contact your senator and encourage him/her to vote no on AB 624.

SB 673, Sen. Mike Morrell’s (R-District 23) excellent bill has been sidelined until January 2020. The measure will require that sex education be an “opt-in” for grades six and under and will bring transparency by requiring the curriculum to be fully available to parents online. Committee members wanted to make significant changes, so Sen. Morrell pulled the bill to gain more public support between now and January when it will be presented again.  No action is needed except to bring awareness that this bill is good for the community.

Take Action:

  1. Please call your state Senator and urge them to oppose SB 24 and AB 624. You can find your state senator here. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  1. Send this e-alert to friends and family.

God is good!  He is on the throne!  It’s encouraging to see in the state of Georgia that the heartbeat bill to protect babies from abortion once a heartbeat was detected became law!  Join me in prayer for our California legislators and governor to follow suit and pass bills that protect the sanctity of life!

Thank you for your prayers and action in bringing Biblical values into public policy.

In grace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Easter Blessings and Legislative Update

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“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered,
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus…
‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; he has risen!’”
Luke 24:2-3, 5-6
Indeed, the power of the Lord’s resurrection power is being proclaimed all across California as Easter approaches. May you be refreshed this week as you meditate on all God has done through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Standing for Life
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California joined with 40 Days for Life to pray and fast for the protection of the unborn. Praise the Lord, 475 lives were saved across the country during this 40-day prayer vigil, March 6 to April 14.  God is faithful and is answering our prayers.March for Life in Orange County brought an astounding number of concerned women to pray and speak up for the unborn! I was invited to begin the March with encouraging words and prayer! Let me tell you, the sidewalks in front of Planned Parenthood were filled with men and women who were on fire to protect the rights of the unborn. A young gentleman introduced his wife to me and said, “Her mom wanted to abort her, but it went wrong. So, thankfully, she is here today, alive and well – and my wife!” Abortion takes away the rights of these little humans to grow up and pursue happiness and opportunity. The wife fervently told me how thankful she was for her own life spared.Help Us Oppose Pro-Abortion Bill SB 24
CWA of California is committed to protecting the unborn. The California legislature is again considering a requirement that all public university campuses provide medication abortion (RU-486) in their campus clinics. Former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the same bill last year as unnecessary, but its author, Connie Leyva (D-Chino) has reintroduced this dangerous mandate as SB 24. Medication abortions, which can be performed up to 10 weeks’ gestation, carry physical and emotional consequences – and this is not the mission of our Cal State and UC schools.SB 24 has already passed the Senate Health Committee by a 7-2 party-line vote. It now moves to the Senate Education Committee where passage is expected.

Regardless of the outcome, we must not be on record before God or man as being silent on this issue.

Take Action: Please contact the members of the Senate Education Committee and ask them to oppose SB 24. Also, please call your own state senator and ask him or her to oppose SB 24 should the bill come to the floor for a vote. Find your senator here. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.

Rallying for Our Children
God is great!  His power is rising among the body of Christ in California!  I have seen the power of the Lord move in concerned parents opposing the proposed inappropriate and destructive curriculum frameworks.  The Sacramento Bee reported, “More than 200 protesters gathered at the Capitol on Thursday, March 28, 2019, to oppose the state’s plan for comprehensive sex education and lessons on gender fluidity in California public schools.” I was honored to be one of the speakers at the rally and included in a video clip within that rally.

Parents Should Have the Right to Access Any of Their Child’s Curriculum. Support SB 673!
We are so thankful to have a bill that we can SUPPORT that protects the rights of parents in education.

The author, Sen. Mike Morell (R-District 23), says this of the bill: “SB 673 is a simple and straightforward fix to current law that empowers parents of elementary age children to be actively engaged in their child’s instruction. It is needed because parents should have easy access to any curriculum – particularly on sensitive issues like sexual health – that their children may be taught in the classroom.”

Take Action:
SB 673 will be heard in committee on Wednesday, April 24, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 4203 of the State Capitol building located at 1315 10th St Room B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you live in or around the Sacramento area, please consider attending the hearing and speaking in support of the bill. All you will need to do is wait for the supporters to line up at the end of Sen. Morrell’s remarks, state your name and that you support the bill. Simple!

CWA of California’s Quarterly Conference Call
Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference call number: 712-770-5253. Access code: 680147

Please join the call! We want to hear from you and to pray together over key cultural issues.

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” Psalm 34:15

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

‘Too much, too soon.’ Families rally at Capitol against sex education and LGBT curriculum

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The Sacramento Bee reports, “More than 200 protesters gathered at the Capitol on Thursday, March 28, 2019, to oppose the state’s plan for comprehensive sex education and lessons on gender fluidity in California public schools.

Check out CWA of California’s State Director Marlo Tucker in video clip included in the article.  Click here to read the article and view the video.

CWA of California Issue Updates

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Together We Can Make an Even Greater Impact

PRAYER/ACTION CHAPTERS
Prayer/Action Chapters are booming statewide! Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Prayer/Action Chapters are the backbone of our organization. Undergirded with the power of prayer, members are united and mobilized to influence policy that affects faith and family throughout our state. Would you like to learn more about the issues that are impacting the culture, and then take that knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place for you to get involved. If you are not currently involved in one of our chapters, I encourage you to contact me to join one in your area or to start one.

COFFEE TALKS
Dozens of women have gathered for our Coffee Talk events in Northern California and Southern California – both inland and coastal. CWA leaders talk about the tough issues related to current events and how they relate to the Word of God, equipping members with specific prayers and calls to action.  If we don’t speak up, who will?  Contact us if you’d like a Coffee Talk hosted in your area.

LIFE
On March 6, CWA of California joined in prayer vigils with 40 Days for Life at three abortion clinics. Prayers and songs were lifted up with Jeremiah 29:11 in mind, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Prayer is making a difference! Shortly after a prayer vigil near Sacramento, an abortion clinic closed.  A woman was counseled not to have an abortion in Orange County.  God is a God of healing.  He brings wholeness and peace to the pain of abortion.  The intercessory prayers of many, including those bearing the scars of abortion, covered abortion clinics in San Diego County.

The 40 Days for Life campaign continues through April 14 so consider joining one of the many prayer vigils.

EDUCATION
Over 2,000 comments were received by the California Department of Education regarding the health curriculum frameworks to be finalized in May 2019. A heartfelt thank-you to all who participated in the open comment period to oppose the proposed framework.

CWA of California joined with Informed Parents of California in the Sexxx Ed SitOut.  We helped mobilize thousands, resulting in empty classrooms, alerting school districts of parents’ opposition to such harmful sex ed curriculums pervaded with controversial information on sexual practices.

Stand Strong and Speak up for Biblical Values!
America is at a crossroads, and the morality of society hangs in the balance. As secular thought threatens the values we hold dear, we must stand for what’s right. CWA of California is on the front lines in the cultural war, but we cannot do it without your financial support.

Please consider giving to the work of CWA of California today. Click here to give to CWA of California online or you can send a check to CWA Records Correspondent, Tracey Beck

PO Box 1323, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.  Be sure to make your check payable to Concerned Women for America and write “California” in the memo line.

CWA of California appreciates your support. Thank you for standing strong for the values that are so quickly eroding across our state. It’s great to partner with you!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Join us at the rally in Sacramento on March 28

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“… always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

Dear Friends,

I am heading to the State Capitol in Sacramento this week to speak out against the dangerous and inappropriate proposed Health Education Framework for K-12th graders and address legislation on sexual education. I am honored to represent the thousands of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California members across this great state.

If you live in the Sacramento area, we would love to see you at the rally!  Be sure to let your family and friends know about the rally, too.  

Event details:
Date: March 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: South Steps of the State Capitol
10th and L Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814

Please pray for me and all those attending the rally for God’s will to be done through this event.  May the Holy Spirit soften minds and hearts of parents and guardians to receive the message and take courage to be involved in their children’s education, to speak life to their children, to affirm them in their identity in Christ Jesus, and to hold school districts accountable to represent our values.  Please pray for state officials’ eyes to be open to the detriment of our children’s future if harmful legislation prevails.  Finally, please pray for the Lord’s protection and peace as we boldly speak truth to power.  Thank you, friends.

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

CWA of California Recommends – SeXXX Ed Sit Out – February 19

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Are you concerned about the state mandated sex education programs in California’s public schools? Are you opposed to the radical “gender identity” lessons now being taught in your public schools? If you are, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California encourages you and your school age child/children to participate in SeXXX Ed Sit Out, sponsored by Informed Parents of California (IPOCA).

The SeXXX Ed Sit Out is a response to the so called “California Healthy Youth Act” (2015) and the proposed Health Education Framework that the State Board of Education is set to adopt in May of this year. These programs indoctrinate our public-school children by teaching them in direct opposition to Biblical principles. They teach them about “gender identity” and “gender expression.” Instruction must recognize, in a positive light, the different “sexual orientations,” including same-sex relationships when providing examples of couples or relationships. Controversial sexual practices are taught while abstinence-only instruction is not permitted.

SeXXX Ed Sit Out
Tuesday, February 19

  • To participate in the Sit Out, IPOCA is asking parents to:
  • Submit the Letter to the Principal to explain their child’s absence on February 19. You can fax, email or hand-deliver this letter to the principal on February 19.

Pull their children from school with an unexcused absence so their school does not receive federal average daily attendance dollars.

Click here for more information (WARNING: graphic information about the sex education program content included.)

CWA of California is concerned with a variety of issues within the education system, such as the declining quality of education, deterioration of parental rights and authority, unbalanced presentation of America’s founding, the teaching of evolution and radical sex education.  With your help, we will continue to combat these Godless philosophies.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Please pray with us for the quality of education to be restored to a level of excellence in academic achievement without governmental mandates that are detrimental to our children and in direct opposition to the Word of God.

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org

Prayer Volunteers Needed! Join the Encourage-A-Legislator Program!

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Dear Friend,

We are excited to continue our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program!

Our EAL program is one of our most important programs. When fully implemented, each member of our California state legislature will be lifted in prayer each month and receive an encouraging postcard.  The EAL program is not an expression of political or public policy views. It is a program for encouragement and prayer for our state legislators. The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are being prayed for regularly.

It’s easy! You commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her each month. After praying for your adopted legislator, you will mail the CWA of California provided postcard that is pre-printed with a meaningful quote and a corresponding Scripture verse. Simply write a few encouraging words on the card or just sign it, affix a first-class stamp and mail the card.

Are you interested? Now more than ever our state leaders need our prayers and encouragement.

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this state and nation!  I Timothy 2:1-2 commands us to pray for those in authority, “I urge, then, first, that 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 …”

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply by calling me at 760-825-9351 or emailing me with your name, physical mailing address, email, and phone number. I will then send you postcards and instructions.

Also, please visit our webpage to find out how you can become more involved in CWA of California.

Tracey Beck
EAL Coordinator
CWA of California
ca.cwfa.org
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You Can Oppose the Horrible Health Framework – in Sacramento and/or Right from Home!

A heartfelt thank you to all of those who responded to our last e-alert on the California Health Education Curriculum Framework by sending your opposing comments to the California Department of Education.

As I mentioned before, this framework indoctrinates our public-school children on gender ideology and gratuitous, controversial sexual practices information, and more, in direct opposition to the Bible’s principles. It is our civic and Christian duty to speak up. We must continue to maintain the pressure.

Please take action now!

  1. Video Lobbying: We have joined with other pro-family groups in a video project. Families opposed to the proposed Health Education Curriculum Framework across the state are uniting together in a video effort this week (January 21-25). The goal is to inundate lawmakers with heartfelt, informal, brief videos from parents, grandparents and concerned Californians expressing their opposition to the California Health Education Curriculum Framework. It’s easy! Using your mobile phone, laptop or tablet, simply record a 30second to two-minute video expressing your opposition in your own words. You can use the previous alert for talking points to assist you. Please do not hesitate to take this action, and ask others to do the same. Time is of the essence.

IMPORTANT FOR YOUR RECORDING: After you introduce yourself, state you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California and then complete your brief recording. Once complete, email your video to me by this Friday, January 25, at [email protected].

  1. Rally: CWA of California is joining with Informed Parents of California, along with several like-minded groups, for a rally day to oppose the appalling framework. Join us this Friday, January 25 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the State Capitol to oppose the proposed Health Curriculum Framework and the Healthy Youth Act. 

We must step up NOW to stop this very dangerous curriculum framework and protect our children.  Help us show “strength in numbers” by attending the rally.

  1. Spread the Word: Please pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please continue to pray against this horrendous assault on our children’s innocence. Pray for you school board members and local communities to awaken and oppose the California Health Education Curriculum Framework.

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org

Calling All Concerned About the Sexual Content of Proposed “Health” Education. Your Response is Needed by This Friday!

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We have a battle on our hands and just a few short days to do something about it. The California Department of Education is in the midst of revising the 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Health Education Framework).

Urgent: The Instructional Quality Commission will consider our comments about the framework IF we voice them by the end of this Friday, January 11.

We reviewed the framework, and we are very concerned to say the least! The framework indoctrinates our public-school children on gender ideology and gratuitous, controversial sexual practices information, and more, in direct opposition to the Bible’s principles. It is our civic and Christian duty to speak up.

Join with thousands of concerned citizens in a united voice against this anti-Biblical curriculum.

How to submit comments:

  1. Fill out the template document with your comments (found here under the “Revised Draft Health Education Framework” heading labeled “Public Input Template.”) Note: Though they ask for what school your child attends, know that they are taking comments from all California citizens. At the website link above they state, “The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments …” Therefore, if you do not have children in public school, simply state your name.
  2. Save the document.
  3. Email it to [email protected].

How to review document:

  • Go here and view it under the “Revised Draft Health Education Framework” heading.
  • Or, because it is 1,000 pages long, which makes it easy to overlook propaganda, I suggest you view these helpful sample comments. They were put together by a wonderful group of informed parents. You can simply copy and paste what you prefer. Note: Do not get overwhelmed by all the suggested comments. Simply pick and chose the ones you have time to copy and paste into your template. It is better that you do some than none.

Please join me in prayer, “Lord, it’s the very beginning of 2019 and the issues are heavy; the war on family, faith and life is ever-present. Please bless our efforts to speak up and take action on this important issue of education to protect the hearts and minds of our children.  We remain vigilant, suited up with the whole armor of Christ and deep in prayer for our children and the moral direction of our state. We love You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Again, the comment deadline is the end of this Friday, January 11.

Please pass this e-alert onto others and encourage them to pray and take action on behalf of California children.

Thank you in advance for your efforts in protecting the children of California.

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org