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Join CWA of Maine’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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“I urge, then, first of all, 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.”  I Timothy 2:1-2

We are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a month to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. The 2018 legislative session goes from January to April.  This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2018 legislative session, CWA of Maine plans to deliver those prayers.

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, four CWA of Maine EAL postcards, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Maine.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at [email protected].  I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for flyer.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Catherine Carsley
EAL Coordinator
CWA of Maine

P.S. It is free to participate in this program, but if you would like to contribute, any amount is appreciated.  Click here to contribute online or send a check to CWA of Maine at 864 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME 04917.  Write the check out to “CWA” and put “CWA of ME” on the memo line.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear friend,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  With life’s busyness, it’s easy for me to go about my daily routine without a thankful and grateful heart. This can be a detrimental attitude. However, Thanksgiving gives me an opportunity to realign my heart to be grateful to Him in all things.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

On that note, it is with gratitude to the Lord that I write to you today.  Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine has been blessed this year with so much.

The first blessing is you!  I thank the Lord for your participation in this ministry.  Your prayers for both CWA of Maine and the issues at hand are absolutely needed.  The actions you take, such as making phone calls, sending emails, and writing to our legislators, put feet to all that CWA does behind the scenes. I am grateful!  Your financial support literally keeps the gas in the car, the paper in the copier, the cell phone on, and much more.  I thank the Lord for your gifts.

The second blessing is Catherine (Cathy) Carsley.  She recently stepped into the Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator position.  Cathy will be managing the volunteer encouragers as they pray for and encourage their assigned state senator and house member. As a natural encourager, Cathy will be a tremendous asset to CWA of Maine in this position.

The third blessing is Renee Fortin.  She recently stepped into the position of Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator as well as Legislative Liaison.  It is her goal to have at least one chapter in each of Maine’s 16 counties by the end of 2018.  In addition, Renee will assist in all aspects of the legislative process.  She will be keeping track of legislation, keeping you informed of prayer needs, educating you on the issues/bills that are important to you, and advising action that needs to be taken.  As Renee is a longtime friend of CWA of Maine, I am excited to see how the Lord will use her as one of our leaders.

CWA of Maine has much to be thankful to the Lord for as we work together to make a difference in public policy.  We thank God for you and ask His richest blessings on you and your family during this season of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Investigation Needed in the Process of Citizen-Initiated Referendums in Maine

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State Rep. Jeff Pierce (R-Dresden), the ranking Republican on the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee, has asked the nonpartisan Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability to launch an investigation into whether Maine’s citizen-initiated referendum process is being abused.

It is suspect that all five citizen initiated referendums on last November’s Maine election ballot originated from the Maine Peoples’ Alliance with help from outside of Maine forces and money.  Four of the five passed.  Regardless of where we each stand on the referendum questions, there clearly appears to be a case for an investigation into how they originated.

It is known that Maine is a target state for referendums, because once they pass here, they can be used across the country, and it is cheaper to do in Maine because of our smaller population.

In his letter calling for the investigation, Rep. Pierce requested answers to a number of questions about how the process has been used over its 100-year history.  One of the questions he asks pertains to how much money has been spent by special interest groups from both inside and outside of Maine. The full committee will have to consider Pierce’s request as it decides on the parameters of the probe.

Take Action: Please call and/or email each member of the Government Oversight Committee.  Urge them to investigate the process of citizen initiated referendums.  Click here for contact information.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Pray: Father, please protect our great state from far left initiatives through the citizen-referendum process in Maine.  “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)

Let us stand together to protect Maine from outside influences that would aim to use us as a means to an end.  

Renee Fortin
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Maine
[email protected]

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Maine.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Maine. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me, and I will be happy to add you.

 

Planned Parenthood Promotes Abandoning the “Safe” in “Safe and Legal Abortions”

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“Safe and Legal Abortion!”  Hasn’t that always been the mantra of the left?  Well, times have changed, and apparently “safety” has become too burdensome and restrictive.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the state of Maine over a law, which was enacted in 1979, that requires that only medical doctors perform abortions and prohibits other medical staff from doing so.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court last month in Portland, Maine, alleged the law placed an undue burden on abortion access in the state, where more than 60 percent of its residents live in rural areas.

So, when did accessibility become more important than safety?  The hypocrisy is deafening.    Planned Parenthood will gain financially if they win this lawsuit.  Currently, abortions in Maine and nationwide are declining, and this lawsuit will allow for an increase in numbers.

Moreover, a win would set precedence to gain victory in other states with similar cases.

Maine has three abortion clinics which are located in Portland, Bangor and Augusta.  The ACLU of Maine predicts the number will increase to 18 clinics if they win this case.

While we are not sure when this will be heard in court, you can read the complaint here.

Please Take Action: There needs to be a public outcry.

  1. Write a letter to the editor as soon as possible stating your disdain for this lawsuit.   To find your local newspaper, click here.
  2. Pass this information on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and take action.

Please Pray:

  1. That this lawsuit will be stopped.
  2. That God will protect our county attorneys general and our state Attorney General, Janet Mills.  They will be the ones defending our state in this matter. Pray for wisdom and strategy for them and their staff.
  3. That all abortion clinics will shut down permanently in our great state.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For Life!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
(207) 465-6015
Consider getting involved with CWA of Maine.  There has never been a better time than the present to impact the future! Christian, conservative women are positioned to make a difference in our nation.  For more information, please check out CWA of Maine at me.cwfa.org.  You will be glad you did!

The Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation Needs to Hear From You!

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There is a hearing scheduled at the State House for next Tuesday, September 26, before the Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation (MLI) concerning LR 2395. This is the bill that amends the marijuana legalization act and lays the groundwork for the regulatory framework for retail marijuana.  The purpose of this hearing is to listen to the perspective of the people of Maine.  We need to send a simple message to the committee members: Recommend the legislature overturn the 2016 Question 1 vote!

Click here to read the draft bill.

The MLI committee chairs, Sen. Roger Katz and Rep. Teresa Pearce, keep talking about how they want to “get it right” to eliminate the black market. However, we all know that is not an attainable goal.  In their quest, it seems they are providing a lot of deference to the medical marijuana lobby, which obviously wants to make a profit.

This is detrimental to the citizens of Maine for many reasons such as:

  • It is against federal law
  • Makes it easier for underage children to possess
  • Revenues will not keep up with costs of law enforcement and regulation
  • Will entice unproductive out-of-staters to come to Maine
  • Can cause impaired driving
  • An opioid crisis already exists in Maine

I will be testifying on behalf of CWA of Maine concerning LR 2395.

The Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation needs to hear from you!

Take Action:

  1. Contact each member of the committee before next Tuesday and ask them to overturn the 2016 vote on Question 1. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. If at all possible, attend the hearing and/or present a testimony to provide a voice in defense of public health, youth, communities, and public safety. The hearing will be at the State House at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, in room 228.  Contact me if you plan to testify and I will give you further instructions.

 Please Pray: Father God, we ask You to protect Maine from marijuana and to convince our lawmakers to repeal legalization of recreational marijuana.  James 4:2 says, “We have not because we ask not.”

For health and wellbeing,

Penny Morrell

State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Maine Victims of Crime ~ May We Hear From You

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This is a follow-up to our prior e-alert regarding Marsy’s Law.  In case you missed it, I am resending this information with an urgent request:  Please let me know of any upcoming event(s) in September and October that we can attend to promote and inform citizens on this bill.

Victims of crime in Maine deserve rights they don’t currently have.

Marsy’s Law has been introduced in Maine, and we need your help to convince legislators and voters in our state of its necessity.  This law would place an amendment in the Maine Constitution stating exactly what rights are available to victims of crime.

In order to accomplish this, we must get the bill passed in the Legislature.  Then, it would be placed on a ballot to be voted on by Maine citizens. For this to happen, we are looking for you and others, who are victims of crime, to tell your stories about how the perpetrator was advised of his rights, but you, the victim, had none.

We need the legislature to vote at least  2/3rds majority in favor of Marsy’s Law so it may qualify to be placed on a ballot for the 2018 election.  Then, all that is needed from the voters is a simple majority to pass.

Click here for more information on the Maine Legislature’s website regarding L.D. 1168.

“RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims’ Bill of Rights”

Take Action:

  • Write your story and share it with legislators and others, including me.
  • Inform me of any events we can attend to promote Marsy’s Law.
  • Click here to find both your Senate and House members’ names and contact information.  Let them know you support Marsy’s Law, L.D. 1168 and explain why. Let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information on to friends and family and ask them to participate.

Pray:  Please pray for the success of Marsy’s Law to help victims of crime.  Proverbs 3:27 “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”

Summary of Bill: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to enact a Victims’ Bill of Rights, designed to ensure specific rights for victims of crime.  The purpose of this resolution is to place into the Constitution of Maine various rights regarding notification of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to prompt and full restitution.  This resolution requires a court to grant a request by the victim to enforce the rights of the victim and to provide a remedy for violations of the victim’s rights, including the appeal of a sentence.  This resolution does not provide a victim a cause of action for compensation or damages against the State or a political subdivision of the State, including the courts, or any officer, employee or agent of the State or a political subdivision of the State.

To view other victim’s testimonies, click here.

 View Marsy’s Law’s website here: https://marsyslaw.us/marsys-law-state-efforts/maine/

Thank you for helping Concerned Women for America of Maine empower victims of crime to receive the rights they are entitled to by sharing your story and by educating lawmakers and voters on the necessity of this law.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
(207) 465-6015
https://concernedwomen.org/state/maine

Maine Victims of Crime – We Need Your Stories

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Have you been a victim of crime in Maine?  Did you have all the rights throughout the legal process that you should have?   As it stands now, it is not a requirement that a victim be notified of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution, the right to prompt and full restitution, and more.

The Victim’s Bill of Rights, known as Marsy’s Law, has been introduced in Maine, and we need your help telling Maine legislators and voters how important this is.  This law would amend the state’s constitution to create equal rights for victims of crime.

We must get a bill passed in the Maine Legislature.  Then, it will be placed on a ballot for approval by Maine citizens.  In order for this to happen, we are looking for you and others who are victims to tell your stories about how the perpetrator was advised of his constitutional rights, while you, the victim, had none.

In order to succeed, we need at least a two-thirds majority of legislators to vote in favor of Marsy’s Law when they reconvene in the upcoming year. Only then can it be placed on the ballot for the November 2018 election.  If this happens, all that is needed from the voters is a simple majority to pass.

This is a bipartisan bill, sponsored by the Maine Senate President, Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo), and the House Majority Leader, Erin Herbig (D-Belfast). Click here for more information regarding the bill, L.D. 1168.

Take Action:

  • If you are willing to share your story with legislators and others, contact me within the next two weeks.
  • Stay informed of any events you can attend in support of Marsy’s Law.
  • Click here to find both your Senate and House members’ names and contact information.  Let them know why you support Marsy’s Law, L.D. 1168. Remember to let them known that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information on to friends and family and ask them to participate.

Pray:  Please pray for the success of Marsy’s Law to help victims of crime.  “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27)

Summary of Bill: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to enact a Victims’ Bill of Rights, designed to ensure specific rights for victims of crime.  The purpose of this resolution is to place into the Constitution of Maine various rights regarding notification of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to prompt and full restitution.  This resolution requires a court to grant a request by the victim to enforce the rights of the victim and to provide a remedy for violations of the victim’s rights, including the appeal of a sentence.  This resolution does not provide a victim a cause of action for compensation or damages against the State or a political subdivision of the State, including the courts, or any officer, employee or agent of the State or a political subdivision of the State.

To view other victims’ testimonies, click here.

Click here for more information about Marsy’s Law.

Thank you for helping CWA of Maine empower victims of crime to receive the rights they deserve by sharing your story and by promoting this bill to legislators and voters.

Penny Morrell

State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
(207) 465-6015
me.cwfa.org