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Press Release: CWA of North Carolina Co-Hosts Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
October 23, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Coward, CWA of NC State Director
[email protected]
704-516-0820

CWA of North Carolina Co-Hosts Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum

Charlotte, NC – Last Wednesday, October 18, on the eve of the first day of Early Voting in Charlotte’s municipal elections, Concerned Women for America of North Carolina (CWA) partnered with Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina and Jesus Ministry, Inc. hosting the Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

Approximately 25 candidates, Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians, running for Mecklenburg County School Board, Charlotte City Council, and City of Charlotte Mayor attended and responded to questions on issues such as:

  • Faith, Family Values, and Religious Liberty
  • Community Relations
  • Economic Development / Affordable Housing
  • Infrastructure and Sustainability
  • Law Enforcement / Crime Prevention / Community Involvement
  • Student Performance Improvement
  • Education Alternatives / School Vouchers
  • Vocational Training / Rehabilitation = Crime Prevention

Mr. Clarence Henderson and Dr. Bonnie Chavda moderated the forum. Mr. Henderson is a civil rights activist who participated in the 1960 sit-in at Woolworth’s lunch counter while a student at North Carolina A and T College in Greensboro. He is currently President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina. Dr. Chavda is a co-founder and senior pastor of All Nations Church and Chavda Ministries International. She serves on the Executive Board of Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center and Advisory Board of Shiloh University.

Jill Coward, State Director for CWA of North Carolina, stated that in the last municipal elections in 2015, less than 15% of Charlotte’s registered voters elected liberal Mayor Jennifer Roberts who sought to introduce a radical bathroom ordinance which resulted in hyper-negative attention to North Carolina. “We believe if we offer the citizens the opportunity to be educated about their candidates, they would understand the importance of going to the polls and voting their values,” Coward said.

With the Stroke of His Pen, Gov. Cooper Removes Religious Liberties across North Carolina

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Dear Friend,

Earlier this week, our state experienced an extremely detrimental blow when our governor, elected by the people of North Carolina, ruled like a king with a simple swipe of his pen. He completely disregarded the Constitution of North Carolina, which states that “the people rely on the ‘preservation and existence of our civil, political and … religious liberties … for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.’”

Yesterday, Gov. Roy Cooper, along with Attorney General Josh Stein, ignored our state constitution’s traditional and legal religious rights that we hold so dear. Executive Order 24 not only allows males into females’ showers and bathrooms but also forces private businesses to adopt sweeping LGBT privileges at the cost of infringing upon the religious liberty of North Carolinians.

Remember in March when the North Carolina General Assembly reached a compromise with Gov. Cooper on the replacement of H.B.2 with H.B.142, with a restriction on anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties? Gov. Cooper was so satisfied with this bill that he signed it into law. Now, less than seven months later, this contradictory order shows his indifference to our state’s laws, our entire general assembly, and his own opinion. Simply put, he exceeded his authority as governor.

According to the analysis of Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, we can see that Gov. Cooper’s edict has opened “Pandora’s box” by “creating new categories not found in existing state or federal law for non-discrimination protections, including ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity or expression.’” It appears that the new categories seem to be entirely aimed at expanding preferences under the law for homosexual and transgender individuals with no concern about the privacy and safety of women and children. (Click here to read NC Values Coalition statement in its entirety.)

Both public and private institutions are in jeopardy. Religious liberties among businesses and churches have been trounced, yet again, in deference to LGBTQ special interests. State Senate Leader Phil Berger (R) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 111) issued a joint statement concluding, “We trust the court will reject the governor’s latest stunt, which is inconsistent with the deal he negotiated to repeal H.B.2.”

Stay tuned for more details and options for taking action on this very contemptible and harmful new order.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face,” (Psalm 89:14).

For Truth and Righteous,

Jill Coward

State Director
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum – Wednesday, October 18 – Don’t Miss Out!

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In 2015, only 15% of registered voters went to the polls to elect the current mayor of Charlotte, Jennifer Roberts. Since that day, we have watched as she has unscrupulously dismantled what traditional families believe in. Mayor Roberts, along with leftist city council members, has scorned and attacked those who seek to keep women and children safe in public restrooms. This began an onslaught on our state from politicians, businesses, athletes, celebrities, and sporting venues from across the country slandering North Carolina by using fabricated arguments.

We must not allow this to continue! General municipal elections take place on November 7, and we have a great opportunity to restore our traditional family values. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina is partnering with the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina, Jesus Ministry, Inc., and Charlotte First Baptist’s Culture Impact Team to host the first Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum for all of the candidates running for mayor, city council, and the county school board.

Will you join us?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
 
First Baptist Church
Family Life Center Building
301 South Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Moderators: Clarence Henderson, President of Frederick Douglass Foundation of NC

Bonnie Chavda, from Chavda Ministries International

This event is free to the public and free parking will be available.

Early voting begins on Thursday, October 19. Please educate yourself on the candidates before heading to the polls.

During the event, the candidates will be responding to issues such as:

  • Faith, Family Values, and Religious Liberty
  • Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, and Community Involvement
  • Economic Development and Affordable Housing
  • Infrastructure and Sustainability
  • Community Relations

Click here to view the flyer.

Please be in prayer for our event. If you’re in the area, please join us! If you have any questions, contact me.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]

nc.cwfa.org

 

 

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A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do

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I think I joined Concerned Women for America (CWA) back in 1985.  As I am not normally a “joiner” of groups, this one particularly intrigued me as I became involved with a small group of women who held a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.  I was impressed at how humble and “concerned” they were about the growing secularization of our nation.

Each was of a different denomination: one Catholic, two Episcopalians, and two others of mainline denominations. They were united by their faith in Christ, seeking, through prayer and action, how to “witness” their Biblical faith to others without being offensive. However, in today’s world, offense is taken at anyone who goes against the worldly position of the left!

For the last decade, I’ve been a Prayer/Action Chapter leader  and continue to “witness” in the political world by reminding people of Ronald Reagan’s great maxim:  “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

CWA’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, did a wonderful job of illustrating the hypocrisy of the recent politicization of yet “more rights” that, of course, negate the rights of so many others!  Read her op-ed, Do Transgender Rights Trump Women’s Rights? The Left Needs to Decide, on Foxnews.com.  Our daughters deserve better than this false utopian worldview.  They deserve our continued prayers for safety, knowing that our Lord blesses them with an innate sense of modesty that gives them His protection.

Penny’s humble, yet straight forward and intellectual response to the issue of “women’s rights” is continually refreshing and once again reminds me why I am a part of this leading organization.

As concerned women, may we continue to stand strong against the world that aims to tear our femininity away.

Bonnie Dougherty, Commander, USN Ret. and Southern Pines CWA of North Carolina Prayer Action Chapter Leader

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A note from Jill Coward, State Director:  A special thanks to Bonnie for this inspiring word.  If any of you reading this today are interested in information about a CWA chapter in your area, contact me, and I will be happy to connect you with the closest group.  Also, if you are feeling a stirring from the Lord, pray and ask Him if He would have you start a chapter. I would love to pray and talk with you about it!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]

The 17th Annual Day at the Capital – A Great Success!

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Last week, we spent a wonderful day in Raleigh for our 17th Annual Day at the Capital event. We were joined by Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, as well as Anna Scott Marsh, Miss North Carolina International 2017.  It was a full day that included visiting all 170 legislators’ offices at the General Assembly. Over 50 people attended this extraordinary day!

It is our tradition and joy to co-host a chapel service in the Legislative Building’s sanctuary room with our legislators.  Our Associate Director, Mary Frances Forrester, led the service with a message to be intentional as we shine the light of Jesus Christ. During the service, Forrester said, “No amount of darkness can hide even a flicker of light. As we illuminate this light, may we witness a spiritual revival in our nation.”

We briefed the attendees on three bills that we want to see passed in the legislature this year.  They are as follows: HB 527, “Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech”; SB 548, “Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws”; and HB 910, “Human Trafficking: Resistance and Rescue”.  An e-alert will be sent out soon regarding these important bills, and it will give you both prayer and action points.

Having Miss North Carolina International accompany us was a lovely addition. Anna Scott Marsh shared her own life experiences which significantly added to the briefing. With multiple copies of talking points in hand, attendees broke up into groups.  We were able to systematically visit every one of the legislative offices to express our support of these bills.

In addition, we gave each legislator a book by evangelical leader and author, Pastor James Garlow, called Well Versed. It’s an excellent resource for legislators that provides insight on 30 public policy issues. This book has been distributed all over the nation and to other state legislators. These books were well received, and we were blessed to deliver them to our state’s leaders.

Last but not least, at the conclusion of the day, we attended a reception given in our honor at Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s office! We were very grateful for their gracious hospitality and for the time Lt. Gov. Forest spent with us.

It was indeed an outstanding day! We learned the importance of visiting our legislators and how it often results in pushing bills towards becoming law. We made many new friends and received many positive comments. After the event, one attendee shared his enthusiasm and conviction:

“The importance of actually visiting our legislators is very appreciated. It is very easy to send off an email or make a phone call, both of which we should all be doing. However, emails may be deleted; phone calls may be ignored. But it is very difficult to ignore a constituent who is standing at their door! If legislators think their constituents are not concerned about the issues, they will be less motivated to represent them. Be not afraid if you feel you are too weak, not articulate to speak on an issue, or too disabled to speak with power; remember Jesus will enable you with His power.”

Special thanks to Tami Fitzgerald and NC Values Coalition for co-sponsoring this event with us this year.  The expertise and organizational skills they contributed were exceptional.

To all those who attended or held us in prayer, thank you! We encourage you to continue contacting your state legislators and to keep praying as opportunities continue to arise.

For Truth and Freedom,

Jill Coward
State Director
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

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

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Defender of the Faith Prayer Breakfast – A Great Success!

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Concerned Women for America of North Carolina and our guests had an unforgettable time at our first Defender of the Faith Prayer Breakfast held in early May at the Billy Graham headquarters in Charlotte. In fact, we have already received emails and calls responding that they cannot wait until our next breakfast!

So, what was so special about our event?

  1. Location, location, location! What a wonderful celebration we shared in such a lovely setting. If you have never been to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association campus, you have surely missed out on a memorable visit.
  2. 20th Anniversary! We celebrated our 20th year of the founding of our state chapter.
  3. 5th Anniversary! This date in May was significant as it marked the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Marriage Amendment to the Constitution of North Carolina … regardless of the fact that it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge two years later.
  4. Awards!

First, we honored Dr. Billy Graham with a framed copy of the 1997 North Carolina Senate Resolution which named him as World Evangelist. The framed resolution was presented to Dr. Graham’s grandson, Roy Austin Graham, as a gift to be displayed in the Billy Graham Library.

We also honored Sen. Dan Bishop (R-District 39) to whom we presented the “Outstanding Legislator in Defense of Family Values” While serving as North Carolina State Representative for District 104 in 2016, he was the primary author and sponsor for HB2, The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which became law in March of last year. Sen. Bishop fearlessly defended this common sense law even after it was repealed in March of this year.

  1. Sponsors! We enjoyed tremendous support from several sponsors. We would like to give special  recognition to those whose generosity sponsored the majority of our event.

Thank you, Caleb Benton, President of Benton Roofing in East Flat Rock, North Carolina, for partnering with us. “Throughout 4 decades, two generations, and thousands of roofs, Benton Roofing remains firm on the principles that brought them their success: biblical virtue, integrity, honesty, and quality workmanship.” Click here to learn more.

Thank you, Mary Frances Forrester, our Associate Director, for believing in the mission and vision of both CWA and CWA of North Carolina.  For many years, Mary Frances worked tirelessly alongside her late husband, Sen. James S. Forrester, and she continues the work today.

  1. Contributors! Thank you to everyone who contributed at the event to CWA of North Carolina. Your continued support will make all the difference as we continue to defend the family in our great state through education, prayer and advocacy.

PRESS RELEASE: North Carolina State Sen. Dan Bishop Recognized as Recipient of the Sen. James S. Forrester “Outstanding Legislator in Defense of Family Values” Award by Concerned Women for America of North Carol

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact info: Jill Coward
(704) 516-0820

North Carolina State Sen. Dan Bishop Recognized as Recipient of the Sen. James S. Forrester
“Outstanding Legislator in Defense of Family Values” Award
by Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

Charlotte, NC – On Saturday, May 6, Concerned Women for America of North Carolina hosted the Defender of the Faith Prayer Breakfast at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and presented North Carolina State Sen. Dan Bishop with the Sen. James S. Forrester “Outstanding Legislator in Defense of Family Values” Award.

The award was presented by Mary Frances Forrester, wife of the late Sen. Forrester. Sen. Dan Bishop (R-39th District), serving in 2016 as North Carolina State Representative for District 104, was the primary author and sponsor for HB2, The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act which became law in March 2016. Sen. Bishop continually defended this common sense law even after it was repealed in March 2017.

“It is a pleasure and privilege to present the Sen. James S. Forrester award to its fourth recipient, to someone who is rather than someone who seems to be,” Mary Frances said referencing the ideal of North Carolina’s state motto.

Jill Coward, State Director of CWA of North Carolina, added, “We are very proud to present this award to Sen. Bishop. Because of his unwavering commitment to Biblical family values. Neither this erratic culture nor the peer pressure of Sen. Bishop’s colleagues resulted in his recanting his opinion — no matter how forceful and demanding the dissenters were.”

In addition to the award for Sen. Dan Bishop, CWA of North Carolina also presented the World Evangelist Award to Dr. Billy Graham.  Roy Austin Graham, the grandson of Dr. Billy Graham, accepted the framed Resolution to be displayed in the Billy Graham Library. This resolution was proposed by the late Sen. Forrester and initially was conferred by the North Carolina Senate designating Dr. Billy Graham as a World Evangelist.

Both awards were presented by Mrs. Mary Frances Forrester as associate director for CWA of  North Carolina. In addition to acceptance remarks from the award recipients, other keynote speakers were Mario Diaz, Esq. Legal Counsel for CWA National; Dr. Tom Phillips, Executive Director, Billy Graham Library; and Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director for NC Values Coalition.

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with grassroots members all across the country and with over 8,500 supporters in North Carolina.

PRESS RELEASE: World Evangelist Award for Dr. Billy Graham presented to Roy Austin Graham by Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact info: Jill Coward
(704) 516-0820

World Evangelist Award for Dr. Billy Graham presented to Roy Austin Graham
by Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

Charlotte, NC – On Saturday, May 6, Concerned Women for America of North Carolina hosted the Defender of the Faith Prayer Breakfast at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and presented the World Evangelist Award to Dr. Billy Graham.  The award was received by Dr. Graham’s grandson, Roy Austin Graham.

The award was presented by Mary Frances Forrester, Associate Director of CWA of North Carolina  and the wife of the late Sen. James S. Forrester.  This framed Resolution was proposed by Sen. Forrester and initially conferred by the North Carolina Senate for Dr. Graham in 1997 and will be displayed in the Billy Graham Library.

CWA chose May 6 to hold this event as it marked the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Marriage Amendment to the constitution of North Carolina. The late Sen. Forrester was the primary sponsor of the Marriage Amendment and introduced this amendment for over 10 years before it finally passed out of Committee and was approved for referendum in May 2012. One week before the vote, Dr. Billy Graham endorsed the bill and took out a full-page ad to run in numerous North Carolina newspapers. A legacy of both men was teaching and modeling Biblical truth through public service.

As Mary Frances had worked tirelessly across the state to promote the bill after the Senator’s untimely death, it is fitting that she presented this excellent award to be displayed in the Library to honor Dr. Graham. Sen. Forrester died just six months prior to the referendum, and Mary Frances wanted to complete her husband’s dream.  “I just knew I had to finish this for him,” she said. “I thought, ‘If he could do what he did, I can do this. I can do this.’ And I did.”

Most regrettably, this constitutional amendment, which passed by a vote of 61% of the citizens, was overturned by a federal judge in 2014. CWA of North Carolina continues to fight for religious liberty and the ban of same-sex marriage.

In addition to the award for Dr. Graham, the “Outstanding Legislator in Defense of Family Values” Award was presented by Mary Frances Forrester to Sen. Dan Bishop (R-39th District). Sen. Bishop, serving in 2016 as North Carolina State Representative for District 104, was the primary author and sponsor for HB2, The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which became law in March 2016. Sen. Bishop continually defended this common sense law even after it was repealed in March 2017.

In addition to acceptance remarks from the award recipients, other keynote speakers included Mario Diaz, Esq. Legal Counsel for CWA National; Dr. Tom Phillips, Executive Director, Billy Graham Library; and Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director for NC Values Coalition.

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with grassroots members all across the country and with over 8,500 supporters in North Carolina.