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Stay Informed: CWA of Georgia Capitol Watch

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The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 8, and will run 40 days. Religious freedom, predatory gambling, marijuana cultivation, and LGBT special rights are among the issues we will be monitoring in the 2018 session. This is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, so any bill introduced during the last session is still active until the end of this year.

You can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta. We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2018 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues. The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.

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Merry Christmas Greetings (and Looking Ahead to 2018)

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We at Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia wish you the happiest of all Christmases!

Thank you for joining with CWA of Georgia in our efforts. Throughout the year, I have been reminded of your faithfulness to defend America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and Biblical values in public policy. Thank you for your commitment to pray, your voice for truth, and your generosity in resources! You have impacted our great state and nation by your service to God, family, and country. Be as encouraged as we are! Because of you, we have been able to take a stand for the unborn and against Planned Parenthood, for the privacy of women and children in restrooms, for the end of casino gambling, and much more.

Prayer continues to be the strength of CWA of Georgia. The backbone of our organization is our Prayer/Action Chapters – where attendees pray for their community, are educated on issues that affect our families, and then take action on those issues. Our goal is to have a chapter in all fourteen congressional districts. If you’re interested in starting a Prayer/Action Chapter, please e-mail me today to find out more!

Our much-loved annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project matches a state legislator with a prayer partner who is committed to sending pre-printed EAL postcards and covering their assigned leader in 1 Timothy 2:13-14 prayers during the legislative session. Legislators frequently thank us for these beautiful postcards and often display them on their desks. Learn how to sign up to participate here.

We also took our prayer efforts to the grounds of the state Capitol. Partnering with Cry Out America, we developed an 11-week prayer strategy to “plow” the ground at the Capitol to prepare Georgia for a “harvest” for Christ and His Kingdom. CWA of Georgia led a prayer walk at the Capitol, and for those unable to attend the prayer walk, we created an online virtual prayer walk. You can access the virtual prayer walk videos here.

Additionally, we hosted our inaugural Feisty & Feminine workshops this year. It was exciting to be with women who truly care about the condition of our culture and who desire to be an agent of change! We spent time sharing our concerns as women and identifying specific tools we can use to counter the message of the extreme feminist agenda. We explored Penny Nance’s book, Feisty & Feminine, and challenged ourselves to seize our Esther moment!

January through March, CWA of Georgia represented your interests at our state’s Capitol during the legislative session. We testified on bills, lobbied hard, and prayed even harder! Because of your voice, we were able to stop the casino and Daily Fantasy Sports bill for this year. We were not able to move forward on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation, but we look forward to continuing the fight for its passage in 2018.

Throughout the year, I was able to represent you at many events and speaking engagements.  It was a joy to meet many of you at these events, especially at the City Schools of Decatur school board meeting. Several CWA members attended the meeting to oppose the radical transgender policy that was implemented single-handedly by the superintendent without any vote by the school board. While they refused to take heed of our concerns, their deeds were no longer hidden.

CWA of Georgia partnered with other organizations to host the “Counting the Cost” luncheon event in Atlanta. The guest speaker, floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, shared her very personal story of how she was simply living according to her faith when she was attacked by the government and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Former Atlanta Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, was also in attendance and shared his extraordinary testimony.  The highlight of the luncheon was the opportunity we had to pray for Barronelle and Kelvin.

Several dozen people attended our 100 No More Human Rights Prayer Rally in Marietta. We stood outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic to speak out and pray for the unborn and their mothers. The keynote speaker was Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, who is a strong pro-life advocate.  Following the prayer rally, we went to a local women’s pregnancy center where we heard from the director of the center. At the end of our meeting, Dr. King led us in prayer for the work of the center.

Now is the time to build on the conservative momentum happening across the nation and to pursue policies that will honor God, family, and country at all levels of government. Next to prayer, the strength of CWA is each of you. CWA allows flexibility for volunteers to maximize or minimize their participation while being edified, educated, and equipped to speak out on issues. If you feel called, we have a place for you in Georgia.

Have you ever considered lobbying? CWA has trained many Georgians on how to lobby from their laptops, at home, or in person at the legislature. Now is the time to press forward and take the next step!

As we approach 2018, I hope you will partner with CWA of Georgia in prayer, with volunteer opportunities, and with a gift of any size. Click here to give a tax-deductible gift online.  For your gift to stay in Georgia, be sure to click on the “Donate to Your State” box below my picture (not the donate button at the top of the page).  Or, send a check to CWA of Georgia, PO Box 671374, Marietta, GA 30062. Write it out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of GA” on the memo line. All donations designated to Georgia are used for God’s glory inside our state, and we work to be good stewards of every precious dollar you give.

Our prayers in the coming year are that the name of Christ will be lifted high, that we will continue to make progress in our state and nation for truth and righteousness, and that many will join us.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year.

Season’s Blessings to You and Yours,

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Prayer anywhere! Georgia State Capitol Virtual Prayer Walk

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Georgia State Capitol Virtual Prayer Walk

Join believers across Georgia who are uniting in prayer to “plow” the ground at the Georgia State Capitol to prepare our state for a “harvest” for Christ. Our hope is to invite Christ to establish His Kingdom here in Georgia. One key aspect of this “rebuilding” is the passing of legislation that is in alignment with God’s moral law, including Religious Freedom Restoration legislation.

A Virtual Prayer Walk has been created to make it easier for you be a part of the “plowing” and to pray more effectively for our state leaders and legislators. Thanks to technology, you can virtually visit selected areas on the Georgia Capitol grounds that are determined to have great spiritual warfare.

We invite you to download the prayer points and watch the short video for each stop.

Sign Up Today – Prayer Project Right Here in Georgia!

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“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Do you want to make a “powerful and effective” investment in the state of Georgia? Consider participating in the annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project sponsored by Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia.  The program is designed to be simple, yet effective, as we pray for the hearts and minds of our legislators and their families.

We are very excited to be embarking on our fifteenth year of prayer and encouragement, and we want to invite you to join us! If you are new to CWA, the EAL project consists of sending postcards of encouragement and a commitment to pray for a state legislator(s) during the 2018 Georgia legislative session. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts state legislators in two ways. First and foremost, it intensifies and ensures consistent prayer for each legislator. Second, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators, as well as those who do not normally agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and as they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

CWA is prayerfully seeking faithful volunteers so that each of the 236 legislators will be individually prayed for during the 2018 legislative session, which begins January 8 and continues through March. CWA will provide the postcard. All you have to do is provide the stamps and a commitment to pray and encourage.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail CWA of Georgia’s state office. Specify whether you would like to pray for one or two legislators and provide your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

I cannot think of anything more powerful than praying for those in authority, as they are responsible for making policy decisions that impact our daily lives. This is a great project for churches, homeschoolers, women’s groups, and more!  I hope you will join us!  

We are looking for your commitment today. Your packet will be mailed to you this January. 

Decatur School Board Deciding Radical Transgender Student Policy

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The City Schools of Decatur (CSD) School Board has indicated it will have a discussion (and a possible vote) on a very dangerous transgender student policy on Tuesday, October 10. If passed, this policy will have serious implications for our students’ privacy, safety, dignity, fairness in competitive sports, and our parental rights.  This attempt at indoctrination and harm to our children must be stopped in its tracks. It is a battle in which we must all be engaged through prayer and/or attending the school board meeting. If passed in Decatur, I can assure you it will be passed in your school district one day.

What Has Happened

In February 2017, it was discovered (via Facebook) that Superintendent David Dude had begun quietly implementing radical new guidelines concerning the handling of transgender students in Decatur City Schools.  In his own words, here is what Superintendent Dude said to his staff in a July 26, 2016, memo that was not previously released to the public:

To be clear, here are some examples of situations related to gender identity and how I expect them to be handled in compliance with this policy.  For the purpose of these examples, assume this student was assigned the sex of male at birth and now identifies as female.

  • This student should be treated the same as any other female student.
  • She should not be identified as anything other than female.
  • She should be allowed to use the female restroom.
  • She should be allowed to use the female locker room.
  • She should be allowed to try out for “female” sports.
  • She should be allowed to room with other females on field trips.

This policy was never submitted to parents or to the school board for a public vote.  In short, these guidelines – upending student privacy, equal opportunities in sports, and parental decision-making – were done in the dark without input from, or accountability to, us as parents.

What’s At Stake

  • Every student has the right to expect that his or her bodily privacy, safety, dignity, and equal opportunity will be protected at school.
  • Allowing biological boys to play on biological girls’ sports teams is unfair, poses physical risks to girls, and violates Title IX by forcing girls to compete against boys.
  • This policy poses serious risks to parental rights and First Amendment rights, and it would allow schools to indoctrinate our children on sensitive issues against the will of the parents.

Click here to read more on what is at stake.

Critical Action Alert

Your voice is critical if we are to stop this radical transgender policy. Please do the following five action items TODAY!

  1. Attend the CSD Board of Education meeting on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. if you live in or near Decatur.  The board has indicated it will discuss this issue, so expressing concern for how these guidelines will impact all students is very important. Meeting location: 125 Electric Avenue Decatur, GA 30030.
  2. Participate in an online prayer gathering on Thursday, October 5, from 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and/or Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Due to the sensitive nature of the call, we ask that you reply back to this email for the conference call number.
  3. Sign the petition to indicate that you seek transparency in this process and that the CSD School Board should uphold its duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students.
  4. Call or send an email to the CSD Board of Education urging them to oppose the transgender policy. A link to the CSD Board can be found here.Forward this e-alert to those in the Decatur area who you believe would be interested.  Include family, friends, and pastors.

Please be in prayer for this board meeting.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matt. 18:18-19

Tanya Ditty
State Director
[email protected]

CWA of Georgia Launches “Feisty & Feminine Workshops”

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Do these women speak for you?

As a conservative woman, do you have the desire to make a difference in the culture?
Do you feel isolated in your views, and do you wonder if anyone else is as concerned as you?

We cannot allow the extreme feminist agenda to define what a conservative woman is. Modern feminism is destructive to women, families, and our country, so we need to be equipped to speak out against this radical narrative while maintaining our inherent femininity.

That is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia is launching “Feisty & Feminine Workshops”! These informative sessions will encourage women to stand up, to be heard, and to make a difference in our culture. Participants will be taught how to engage our culture intellectually and respectfully. When we speak with facts, rather than emotion, we win.

Register for a “Feisty & Feminine Workshop” today! Additional workshops around the metro-Atlanta area and state will be added soon.  All workshop participants will receive the book Feisty & Feminine written by CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance. To find out why Penny Nance wrote Feisty & Feminine, click here.

Gwinnett County Event Details:
Date: Saturday, August 26
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096
Cost: $20 (Cost includes workshop materials, the Feisty & Feminine book, and refreshments.)
Registration: Click here to register for the August 26 event.
Flyer: Click here to view.  Print and distribute freely.

Kennesaw Event Details:
Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 1751 Waterside Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152
Cost: $20 (Cost includes workshop materials, the Feisty & Feminine book, and refreshments.)
Registration: Click here to register for the September 23 event.
Flyer: Click here to view. Print and distribute freely.

Please keep these events in your prayers and forward this e-alert to those who may be interested in attending.

CWA of Georgia Event Updates (Past and Present)

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Future Events: Feisty & Feminine Workshops

We are finalizing our plans for multiple, statewide Feisty & Feminine workshops. Our Feisty & Feminine workshops will embrace our God-given femininity, intertwined with a little feisty, to deliver a message of strength and redemption. We must not allow ourselves to be marginalized any longer because of our beliefs or values. God has gifted each of us with unique talents, ideas, and passions, and it’s our duty to be empowered and deliver a message that combats the destructive message from the left.

Watch for more information to come!

Future Events:
During the past few months, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia hosted and co-hosted three informative and inspiring events.  We are excited about how the Lord is using CWA of Georgia in the fight for faith, family, and freedom!  Here are some highlights and pictures from the events.

Counting the Cost: The Price of Faith in America Today

On April 29, organizations from around the state hosted Counting the Cost: The Price of Faith in America Today, a lunch event that highlighted the ever-increasing infringement of government on religious freedom in America. Over 100 people attended the event to hear the keynote speaker, Barronelle Stutzman. The 72-year-old floral artist who owns and operates Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, has been under attack by the government and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) because her Christian values conflicted with a certain client. Hearing Barronelle’s inspiring story of faith and perseverance left an incredible impact on all who attended.

Attendees also heard from Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) attorneys, Matt Sharp and Kellie Fiedorek. ADF represented Barronelle in Court and Sharp and Fiedorek provided an update on her case. They detailed other religious freedom cases they are representing, including the pending case of Kevin Cochran, former Atlanta Fire Chief.

100 No More: Human Rights Prayer Rally and Celebration

On June 10, CWA of Georgia hosted the 100 No More: Human Rights Prayer Rally and Celebration event.  African-American community leaders and pro-life advocates gathered in front of the Marietta Planned Parenthood clinic for a powerful time of prayer for mothers, fathers, the unborn, and Planned Parenthood staff.  We heard from keynote speaker Dr. Alveda C. King, Catherine Davis, Charity Ana Cosio Lewis, and Sancha Smith. Each of these inspiring women called attention to the devastating impact that Planned Parenthood has had on the Black community, the Hispanic community, and millennials.

After praying in front of Planned Parenthood, we drove a short distance to a women’s pregnancy center. There we heard from the pregnancy center director and the important work that pregnancy centers play in saving the lives of the unborn.  Dr. Alveda King led the group in a time of prayer for the pregnancy center and for all the women who will walk through its doors.

Directions in American Education

On June 27, CWA of Georgia and American Principles Project co-hosted an informal presentation, titled Directions in American Education. Presenter Dr. J.R. Wilson, who has more than 30 years of experience working in public education, including working for the Georgia Department of Education, looked beyond the Common Core and gave an update on what is currently being imposed on our education system by the corporate/federal education reform trust. Dr. Wilson also gave an overview of the elements of “Future Ready Schools,” the newest trend in public and private education.

 

Urgent! Extend Religious Freedom Protections in Georgia With Just Four Calls

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Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tryone) is seeking to amend HB 257 to include a narrow, modest protection of our religious liberty. The amendment is a local Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This RFRA applies to all Georgia municipalities, and would merely require municipal governments to give Georgia citizens the same Constitutional protections they enjoy when dealing with the federal government.

The Harbin amendment directly references the federal RFRA, which Gov. Deal voted for in Congress.  And though the amendment is narrower than a statewide RFRA, it is a step in the right direction. It does not guarantee a win in court for a claimant or defendant, but requires the municipal government to honor your exercise of religious freedom unless it has a   compelling interest to the contrary, and uses the least restrictive means necessary to accomplish that interest.

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 30) is the last day of the Georgia legislative session so it is critical that calls be made today to the following four legislators.  Your message: “Support the Harbin amendment to HB 257.” If are reading this alert after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, please call and leave a message. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Your calls and emails will make a difference.  Your prayers can change the heart of the legislators.

  1. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle – (404) 656-5030 |Contact form
  2. Senate Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) – (404) 656-0048 |E-mail
  3. Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) – (404) 463-1366 | E-mail
  4. Contact your state senator. Click here to locate your state senator.

NEW! Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Just One Vote Away From Passing

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Updated March 27, 2017

Two days remain in Georgia’s legislative session; just two days left to defeat HB 118, the Daily Fantasy Sports bill.  Touted as a “consumer protection bill,” HB 118 is nothing more than a means to legitimize the newest form of online gambling – Daily Fantasy Sports.  Click here for CWA of Georgia’s DFS talking points.

HB 118 will be voted on by the full Senate either Tuesday or Thursday of this week (March 28 or 30).   Will you stop right now and make one call to your state senator and urge him/her to vote “NO” on HB 118 when it comes to the floor for a vote. Click here to locate your state senator.  Leave a message after hours if that is more convenient for you.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Your call will make a difference.  Your prayer can change the heart of your state senator.

Background on bill:
HB 118, the Fantasy Contests Act, is sponsored by State Representative Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) and seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.

Daily Fantasy Sports is gambling. Supporters of the bill claim that Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is not gambling – that it is a game of skill, much like entering golf or fishing tournaments (tournaments where you are normally betting on yourself).  The problem with their argument is that those who play DFS are betting on a player or players whom they do not control.  They cannot control injuries, coaching decisions, weather, and other similar circumstances. The bottom line with DFS – you cannot control the outcome.

When a similar bill was introduced last year, then State Attorney General Sam Olens was asked by the Georgia Lottery Commission to weigh in on whether fantasy sports games were illegal under Georgia law – whether they are games of chance or skill. According to a letter from Wright Banks Jr., Deputy Attorney General, to the Lottery Commission, “fantasy sports constitutes illegal gambling and are not allowed under Georgia law.”

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia opposes HB 118 because if passed, the state legislature will rubber stamp America’s newest form of predatory gambling, Daily Fantasy Sports.  Click here for CWA of Georgia’s DFS talking points.

Pray that the hearts of the representatives be softened toward righteousness and that they seek God’s wisdom and guidance on the issues that greatly impact Georgians and their families.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and action.  They make all the difference.

Educate yourself on DFS: