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Thank You for a Successful 19th Annual Day at The Capitol

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Last Wednesday, we had an amazing turnout for our 19th Annual Day at the Capitol in Raleigh. We had over 100 attendees participate in our lobbying efforts to override the veto of SB 359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  NC Values Coalition joined with us again this year for our legislative briefing, lobbying efforts, chapel time, and observance of a session of the State House of Representatives.

We were grateful to have abortion survivors, Gianna Jessen and Claire Culwell, join us when we lobbied legislators on SB 359.  You can watch North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore’s (R- Cleveland) press conference with Gianna and Claire here.

We also had the joy of presenting former North Carolina State Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg) with an engraved tray recognizing him as an honorary member of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina. CWA of North Carolina worked with former Rep. Brawley for several years on human trafficking legislation he sponsored. We greatly appreciate his work on the issue and his friendship with CWA of North Carolina.

Sadly, despite the heart-wrenching appeals and prayers, the efforts to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 359 in the House came up short.  Though the North Carolina lawmakers voted 67 to 53 in favor of overriding the veto, it failed to reach the three-fifths approval required to do so. The North Carolina Senate approved the override several weeks ago.

CWA of North Carolina would like to thank the following legislators:

  1. Speaker Moore for his resolute effort to garner the three-fifths vote necessary for the veto override.
  2. House members who voted in favor of the veto override, including House Democrats Charles Graham (Robeson) and Garland E. Pierce (Hoke, Scotland), who bravely voted against their caucus in favor of the override.
  3. Senate members who voted in favor of the veto override early in the session, including Democrat Senator Don Davis (Greene, Pitt) who also bravely voted against his caucus in late April in favor of the override.

Lastly, we want to thank each of you who joined us in Raleigh, as well as those who were praying with us from home. We continue to ask for your prayers and ask that you take the following action.

Take Action:
(When talking to legislators’ offices, be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.)

  1. Contact House Speaker Tim Moore and thank him for his efforts to override the veto. Also, urge the Speaker to call for another override vote before the session adjourns for the year on June 30.  704-739-1221/[email protected].
  2. Contact your state representative to thank him/her for voting in favor of the veto override, or to express disappointment if he/she voted against the veto override. Click here to locate your representative. Click here to see how your representative voted.
  3. Contact the three Democrats below who voted for the veto override and thank them for their brave vote.

Continue to pray fervently, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Save Our Children Rally and Noise Ordinance Update

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Rally for Life: Save Our Children
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina encourages our members and friends to attend the Save Our Children rally this Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. –  Noon in Charlotte. This pro-life event is in response to the proposed noise buffer ordinance (see article below) and the opening of Planned Parenthood’s new mega-clinic in Charlotte. Read about the new abortion facility here.

Let’s send a strong message to the Charlotte City Council and Planned Parenthood that the city of Charlotte supports life! This very important pro-life rally is hosted by the Douglass Leadership Institute, Black and Brown Coalition, and COGIC Family Life Initiative.

Please plan to attend and be sure to invite your friends!

Event details:
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Cherry Park, 1509 Baxter Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
For more information: contact Rev. Kevrick McKain at 919-935-9220

Update on Charlotte’s Noise Ordinance
As I previously wrote, the Charlotte City Council is seeking to implement a new noise buffer ordinance at the “A Preferred Women’s Health” abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive. Should this ordinance be passed, it would silence the pro-life voices of the Love Life ministry or any other pro-life groups who wish to pray in front of the clinic.

This past Monday, a large and diverse group gathered at the Charlotte City Council meeting to speak out in opposition to the proposed ordinance. A vote on the ordinance is scheduled for Monday, June 24.

Take Action: Help stop the proposed sound ordinance by contacting the Charlotte City Council.

1. Please call and email the city council members to voice your opposition to this proposed unconstitutional ordinance. Tell them no further restrictions are needed on sound ordinances and to vote NO on this issue. The names of the council members and their respective contact information are listed below. Be polite but firm and communicate clearly.

Vi Alexander Lyles
Mayor
704.336.2241
[email protected]

Julie Eiselt
Mayor Pro Tem
704.336.4099
[email protected]

Braxton Winston​
At-large Representative
704.336.3185
[email protected]

James Mitchell, Jr.
At-large Representative
704.336.3430
[email protected]

Dimple Tansen Ajmera​
At-large Representative
704.336.2777
[email protected]

Larken Egleston​
District 1 Representative ​
704.336.3433
[email protected]

Dr. Justin Harlow
District 2 Representative
704.336.6105
[email protected]

L​aWana Mayfield​
District 3 Representative
704.336.3435
[email protected]

Gregory A. Phipps
District 4 Representative
704.336.3436
[email protected]

Matt Newton
District 5 Representative
704.336.3432
[email protected]

Tariq Bokhari​
District 6 Representative
704.336.3431
[email protected]

Edmund H. Driggs​
District 7 Representative​
704.432.7077

2. Voice your opposition to the proposed ordinance by attending the Monday, June 24, Public Forum and Council Meeting, currently scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte – Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Wear your blue Love Life shirt if you have one. Stay tuned to any further details that may be announced.

Pray:
Pray when you make your phone calls and send your emails. Pray that our pro-life voices will be bold and well communicated.

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper …” (Isaiah 54:17)

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Rally to Support the Born Alive Veto Override

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Join us in Raleigh on Tuesday, May 7, for a prolife rally and prayer vigil for the veto override of SB359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Read about the efforts to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto here.

The event is sponsored by Concerned Women for America of North Carolina, North Carolina’s Values Coalition, North Carolina Right to Life, Inc., and National Right to Life.
Speakers include bill sponsors, abortion survivors, and more! 

When: Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: North Carolina General Assembly
16 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

View the event flyer here.

RSVP here.

Protect Babies Born Alive in NC: Help Us Override the Veto!

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Last month, our state legislators passed SB359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, only to have it vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper (Democrat) on April 18. In response to the veto, pro-life leaders from around the state, including myself, spoke at a press conference in Raleigh this week urging legislators to set aside politics and have compassion on babies surviving a horrific abortion – allowing these babies to be cared for instead of being set aside to die on a tray.

Thankfully, on Wednesday, April 30, the State Senate voted in favor of a veto override by a vote of 30 – 20, right along party lines, except for one courageous Democrat, Sen. Don Davis (D-Greene) who voted to support the override. The State House will vote to override the veto next, but at this time there is no date for the vote scheduled. Like the Senate, the House needs to reach a 3/5ths majority vote to override the Governor’s veto.

Please PRAY!
Pray for the hearts and minds of those who have been opposing the protection of innocent little babies. 

Take Action! Please make a few quick calls!

  • Call Sen. Don Davis (D-Greene) at 919-715-8363 and thank him for his courageous conviction to vote against his Party in favor of the override.
  • Call your state representative and respectfully urge him/her to vote in favor of life by voting “Yes” to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of SB359. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.

On the national front: CWA of North Carolina joined other pro-life organizations in signing onto a promise letter urging the candidates running for Congress in North Carolina’s third and ninth districts, to pledge public support to sign the discharge petition for the federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) upon being elected to Congress.

Thank you for being a voice in North Carolina for those who have no voice.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

‘Born alive’ abortion bill override vote planned Tuesday

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WRAL.com reports on yesterday’s press conference in support of an override of Gov. Cooper ‘sveto of SB 359. View State Director Jill Coward’s statement as well as others.

URGENT Action Needed: Today/April 30: Before 5:00 p.m. this afternoon please contact both of your North Carolina House and Senate members and ask them to override the governor’s veto of SB 359, Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.

Please PRAY that both our House and Senate take a stand for life today.

Calls Needed Today to Stop the Con-Con Bill

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Dear Friend,
Proponents of a Convention of States, also called a Constitutional Convention, Article 5 Convention, or Con-Con, have been working overtime to gain legislative support for HB 390, the Application for Convention of Statesbill. You can read why this is a very bad idea in my previous alert.

HB 390 passed out of the House Regulatory Reform Committee and must be approved by the Rules Committee before it can go to the House floor for a vote. The vote could come up at any time.

ACTION NEEDED!
Please contact the following people and urge them not to bring forward HB 390.

  1. Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland):                                           704-733-3451 [email protected]
  2. Chairman of Rules, Calendar and Operations Committee David Lewis (R-Harnett):                                                                                                           919-715-3015 [email protected]

Please contact the following members of the Rules Committee asking them to vote NO on HB390 should it come before them for a vote.

Please pray that this bill will be stopped, as our God-given freedoms and liberties are at stake.
“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16)

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Get more involved with CWA of North Carolina!

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter in your area. Contact me today to find out where the closest one is located to you.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.
  • Please donateto CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our websitesymbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, please consider being a light by donatingto the prayer and action ministry of CWA of North Carolina. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity!

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem

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HB 390, an application for Convention of States, is a very dangerous bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature. HB390 would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as the repeal of the Second Amendment and/or abolishing the Electoral College.

Convention of States also called a Constitutional Convention, Article 5 Convention, Con Con, etc. is considered by some as the way to solve any government issue. They believe amending or rewriting our Constitution is the way to fix our government.

Please read Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) brochure The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem! to understand this topic.

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 Con Con is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution.  It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Con Con would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Con Con could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates?  Would California get more than North Carolina?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Con-Con consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Bill Status: This week, the North Carolina House passed HB 390 out of committee. It is now in the Rules Committee.

Please take action!

  1. Contact Rules Committee Chair, David Lewis, and ask him to hold H390 in committee. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (919) 715-3015
  2. Contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose HB 390. Consider using some of the talking points above. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina. When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in the subject line.
  3. Forward this email on to friends and encourage them to both pray and take action on this important topic.

Please pray that this bill will be stopped, as our God-given freedoms and liberties are at stake.

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16)

Gov. Cooper Needs to Hear a Clear Strong Message on Behalf of the Unborn

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The past two weeks have been very intense for both our State House and Senate as pro-life citizens flooded the legislative building in Raleigh lobbying for strong pro-life legislative bills and attending hearings on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act SB359 and HB602.

GREAT NEWS!
Both the North Carolina House and Senate have passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act along partisan lines this week with four Democrats voting with Republicans.

WE’RE NOT FINISHED!
Now it goes before Gov. Roy Cooper for approval or veto. He has ten days to either veto or sign this bill into law with an April 26 deadline. If he does nothing, it will automatically become law. According to a Charlotte Observer article, “If Cooper does veto the bill, Republicans will need some Democratic lawmakers to side with them to override the veto, since the Republican-led legislature lost its veto-proof supermajority in the 2018 elections.” Gov. Cooper needs to hear from you!

Many pro-life citizens across the state attended both the senate and house hearings in Raleigh along with a few pro-abortion people. Numerous citizens spoke in favor of compassionate care for babies who are born alive by abortion. While you and I cannot imagine anything justifiable for intentionally allowing a helpless baby to die only by a fate worse than surviving a cruel abortion, please note the despicable liberal rhetoric spewed by several Democrats, particularly Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham) and Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) who is also a candidate for North Carolina Lt. Governor. Sen. McKissick argued that laws against murder and infanticide already exist; yes, there are existing laws against murder, but there are no federal laws against infanticide.” And Sen. Van Duyn stated, “I want all of us to have safe and affordable healthcare rooted in science … and not based on lies concocted by extremist Republicans which is nothing but a political stunt without scientific merit.”

Sen. Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) countered these statements by stating “Current law doesn’t address this because no one has ever contemplated the need to address it before. Because it seemed, under our shared ideals, obvious to all, that if someone were alive, there would be no thought of denying medical care to save their life.”

Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), a primary sponsor of SB359, passionately responded, “A ‘right to an abortion’ should not translate to a right to a dead child no matter what. These infants are born, and they are live human beings. They are separate from their mother’s body, and they should not be treated as anything other than a live child. They should not be cast aside in a sterile tray or left to die on a metal table.”

Rep. Dr. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt), the only medical doctor serving in the state House, stated, “This bill just speaks to the mere fact that if a child is born alive, they’re alive. Their life is not to be taken, regardless of what was the anticipated desire at the beginning of the delivery. The child is alive.”

Immediate Action Needed
Please call Gov. Cooper at (919) 814-2000 and respectfully ask him to sign SB359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. If time allows, please follow up your phone call with an email at https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

Please pray that the Lord humbles Gov. Cooper, opens his eyes and draws him to Himself and that he would delight in doing the will of God.

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Are You an Encourager?

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina has just launched our annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project. This is one of our favorite projects as we look forward to sharing our prayers and words of encouragement with our state legislators, our North Carolina Council of State, our federal North Carolina Senators and Congressmen, as well as President and Mrs. Trump and Vice President and Mrs. Pence.

The EAL project truly embodies who and what CWA is. Prayer is, and always will be, CWA’s foundation as we petition our most holy God to enable us to be effective in thwarting the schemes of the enemy.

The EAL project impacts our officials in two ways. First and foremost, it ensures consistent prayer for each official. Second, it encourages and builds bridges with conservative officials as well as those who do not normally agree with us. As our humble and gracious prayers are offered on behalf of our officials, and they receive multiple encouragement cards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

Volunteers across North Carolina, representing CWA, will be mailing postcards to the elected officials named above during April, May, and June. Our goal is to plant a seed for God’s Kingdom and to reach the hearts of men and women serving the citizens of North Carolina.

We have been heartened by encouraging feedback we have received. One official shared that he kept one of the encouragement cards in his inside coat pocket and would pull it out when he needed an encouragement that someone was praying for him. We also noticed during a visit to the Capitol that an official had one of our CWA EAL postcards on the wall in his office.

Even if you do not want to send postcards, will you please pray? We know that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

If you would be interested in participating in the EAL project, please contact me by email or by phone at 704-516-0820 letting me know of your interest. I will respond with additional details. We would be delighted to have you join us in praying over and writing to our elected officials.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem

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HB 390, an application for Convention of States, is a very dangerous bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature. HB390 would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as the repeal of the Second Amendment and/or abolishing the Electoral College.

Convention of States also called a Constitutional Convention, Article 5 Convention, Con Con, etc. is considered by some as the way to solve any government issue. They believe amending or rewriting our Constitution is the way to fix our government.

Please read Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) brochure The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem! to understand this topic.

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 Con Con is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution.  It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Con Con would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Con Con could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates?  Would California get more than North Carolina?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Con-Con consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Bill Status: This week, the North Carolina House passed HB 390 out of committee. It is now in the Rules Committee.

Please take action!

  1. Contact Rules Committee Chair, David Lewis, and ask him to hold H390 in committee. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (919) 715-3015
  2. Contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose HB 390. Consider using some of the talking points above. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina. When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in the subject line.
  3. Forward this email on to friends and encourage them to both pray and take action on this important topic.

Please pray that this bill will be stopped, as our God-given freedoms and liberties are at stake.

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16)

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director

Action Needed: Freedom of Speech in Jeopardy in Charlotte

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The Charlotte City Council’s new strategy to silence the prolife voices of the Love Life ministry is by implementing a noise buffer, i.e., quiet zone, at the “A Preferred Women’s Health” abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive.

The quiet zone would ban singing and praying loudly and would be banned around “health care” facilities. As you know, this is meant to deter our pro-life presence and voice. This is an assault on freedom of speech and assembly, both protections enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Watch the video at the Love Life page for more information.

North Carolinians, your freedoms are at stake!  If this is allowed in Charlotte, mark my words, it will be allowed across our great state.

It is crucial that as many people as possible contact the Charlotte City Council members, as well as attend the council’s Neighborhood Development Committee Meeting  this Wednesday, April 17, in which the council plans to vote on this matter.

Take Action:

  •  Please call and email the Charlotte City Council members before noon on Wednesday and voice your opposition to this proposed unconstitutional ordinance. Please respectfully tell them no further restrictions are needed on the already established ordinance.

City Council Members:
Vi Alexander Lyles
Mayor
704.336.2241
[email protected]

Julie Eiselt
Mayor pro tem
704.336.4099
[email protected]

Braxton Winston​
At-large Representative
704.336.3185
[email protected]

James Mitchell Jr.
At-large Representative
704.336.3430
[email protected]

Dimple Tansen Ajmera​
At-large Representative
704.336.2777
[email protected]

Larken Egleston​
District 1 Representative ​
704.336.3433
[email protected]

Dr. Justin Harlow
District 2 Representative
704.336.6105
[email protected]

L​aWana Mayfield​
District 3 Representative
704.336.3435
[email protected]

Gregory A. Phipps
District 4 Representative
704.336.3436
[email protected]

Matt Newton
District 5 Representative
704.336.3432
[email protected]

Tariq Bokhari​
District 6 Representative
704.336.3431
[email protected]

Edmund H. Driggs​
District 7 Representative​
704.432.7077
[email protected]

  • Attend the city council’s Neighborhood Development Committee Meeting this Wednesday, April 17, from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Charlotte – Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East 4th  Charlotte, NC 28202. Wear your blue Love Life shirt if you have one. Please acknowledge you’re attending at this link.
  • Also, please pray. Pray that our pro-life voices will be bold and well communicated.

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”(Ephesians 6:10) 

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”(Psalm 82:3-4)

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper … ” (Isaiah 54:17)

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

North Carolina Governor and Attorney General Put Our Unborn at Risk

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I am sad to report that on Monday, March 4, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s new Protect Life Rule policy, Title X Rule, that prevents taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion companies. North Carolina is among more than 20 states who have filed and is the only Southern state joining this lawsuit. It is interesting to note that most of these states have Democrat governors.

This new Title X Rule would ban Title X family planning providers from making referrals for abortion services and require providers to physically and financially separate their Title X practices from their abortion services. According to Planned Parenthood’s own research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, reported that 926,200 babies died by abortion in 2014! CWA does not consider abortion to be a method of “family planning.”

Also, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Planned Parenthood are suing the Trump Administration regarding the new regulations, stating that it poses a “national public health crisis.” The fact is that there are a vast number of federally qualified health centers all over the nation that provide low-income families their family planning services. Abby Johnson, once a Planned Parenthood clinic director, reported on thehill.com that, “Planned Parenthood has about 650 facilities nationwide, all of which provide very limited care to their patients. Yet there are over 13,000 non-abortion providing Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide whole health care to women and their families. And that number doesn’t include the tens of thousands of private and group physicians that accept government subsidy programs like Medicaid.”

Planned Parenthood says that they will not accept the new regulations and will therefore relinquish approximately $60 million in annual funding. I must confess that brings a smile to my face.

Please click on this link to learn why CWA supports the Trump Administration’s new Title X regulations.

Please Take Action:

  1. Contact Governor Cooper by phone: 919-814-2000 and/or email.
    Contact Attorney General Stein by phone: 919-716-6400.
    Respectfully notify them their lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s new Title X policy does not represent your views and that you favor the new Title X regulations.
  2. Also contact AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD and the Board of Trustees at this link. Let them know that you are alarmed that they would join together with Planned Parenthood, that you support the new Title X regulations, and lastly, that the AMA of all medical organizations should support this new life-saving policy.

Please pray and fast for the protection of the unborn. Jesus said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Consider getting more involved with CWA of North Carolina!

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter in your area. Contact me today to find out where the closest one is located to you.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.
  • Please donate to CWA of North Carolina. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our website symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, please consider being a light by donating to the prayer and action ministry of CWA of North Carolina. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity!

 

 

 

Are You Ready to Vote on the North Carolina Constitutional Amendments on Your November 6 Ballot?

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Dear Friend,

I realize some of you may have already voted. But we are getting questions about the Constitutional Amendments, so I wanted to share with you what to anticipate on your ballot. These are state-wide amendments and will appear throughout all 100 counties. We have looked at all six of these amendments as they relate to a Christian worldview. It is our position to vote in favor of each amendment. Below is a very helpful summary for each amendment provided by the North Carolina Family Policy Council.

✓ VOTE YES ON ALL 6 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:

1) Protect Right to Hunt and Fish (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would recognize that “the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good.” This right would be subject to the laws passed by the General Assembly intended to “(i) promote wildlife conservation and management and (ii) preserve the future of hunting and fishing.”

 

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.”

2) Strengthening Victims’ Rights (Full Amendment Language).  The North Carolina Constitution currently guarantees victims of certain crimes with certain rights dealing with their status as a victim. This amendment would expand those rights and the types of crimes that would trigger victims’ rights protections. These expanded rights would include having notice of court proceedings, being present at court proceedings, and having the opportunity to participate in certain aspects of court proceedings. 

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.”

3) Cap Maximum State Income Tax at 7 Percent (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would reduce the maximum state income tax rate (personal and corporate) from 10 percent to 7 percent. This change would have no immediate impact on current income taxes, nor would it impact sales taxes, property taxes, or federal taxes. Instead, it would “limit how much the state income tax rate could go up.” The current individual tax rate is 5.499 percent, and the current corporate tax rate is 3 percent. 

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a

maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).”

4) Require Photo ID to Vote (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would require a photographic identification in order to vote in person. If this amendment were to pass, the General Assembly would “enact general laws governing the requirements of such photographic identification, which may include exceptions.” The General Assembly passed an election reform  law in 2013 that in part would have required a photo ID to vote, but that law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.”

5) Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would change the way judicial vacancies are filled in North Carolina. Presently, all judges are elected; and if a judge is unable to fulfill his or her full term, the Governor appoints a new judge to fill the vacant office until the next election. The proposed amendment would establish state and local “Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commissions” that would play a primary role in seating judges to fill unexpired terms on state and local trial courts.

If the amendment passes, candidates “shall be nominated on merit by the people of the State… in a manner prescribed by law.” Then the judicial merit commission will “evaluate each nominee without regard to the nominee’s partisan affiliation, but rather with respect to whether that nominee is qualified or not qualified to fill the vacant office.” The evaluations will then be forwarded to the General Assembly, which will then recommend to the Governor “at least two… nominees deemed qualified by a nonpartisan commission.” The Governor would then “appoint the nominee [he or she] deems best qualified.” If the Governor does not make an appointment within 10 days, the General Assembly will elect the appointee.

Under current law, appointed judges serve until the next election, which could be up to 2 years. Under the proposed amendment, appointed judges would hold their offices “until the next election following the election for members of the General Assembly held after the appointment occurs… ,” which could be up to 4 years.

 

The state-level “Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission” will consist of no more than 9 members “whose appointments shall be allocated between the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Governor, and the General Assembly, as prescribed by law. None of the appointers “shall be allocated a majority of appointments.”

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the Governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the State nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive, and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend at least two nominees to the Governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto; and the Governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.”

6) Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections (Full Amendment Language).  Under current law, North Carolina has a nine-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections, which administers ethics and elections law. The Governor appoints eight of the nine members from nominees provided by the state’s two largest political parties and also appoints a ninth member, who is nominated by the other eight members of the board and is not a member of a political party.

This amendment would change the makeup of the board from nine members to eight by removing the non-party member, and it would modify the nomination process. If the amendment passes, the legislature would nominate potential members and the Governor would select members from these nominations–four from each of the state’s two largest political parties.

How it will appear on the ballot:

[  ] FOR [  ] AGAINST

“Constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law.”

To revisit the voter resources I sent out last week, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward

State Director

CWA of North Carolina

[email protected]

nc.cwfa.org

 

Consider This Parent’s Concern When Voting on November 6

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Just over two weeks ago, the parent of an 11-year old sixth-grader at a Franklin County middle school in North Carolina complained that her son had to complete a survey question regarding his sexual orientation! This “dating violence prevention intervention program curriculum” called Shifting Boundaries is targeting middle school students in 13 different school districts in North Carolina. Their focus is on “awareness of sexual harassment and teen-dating violence.”

This federal grant curriculum asked 11-year olds to select from a list of 10 options what sexual orientation they are! As a result of parents’ complaints, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA), who provided this survey, agreed to remove any questions involving sexual orientation from the survey. NCCASA is an original Blueprint NC member (mappingtheleft.com/group/nc-coalition-against-sexual-assault-nccasa/)… Blueprint NC is the organization that is widely known for the political “strategy memo that instructed its members to ‘eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate’ the state’s leadership in 2013.”

That anyone would think the Shifting Boundaries curriculum is acceptable for 11-year olds is astounding! But the real concern is who are the groups behind this appalling curriculum? All too often it takes effort to unmask the identity behind such nefarious groups. And after some investigation, we find that such anti-family groups are at the core. It’s incredible the web of dark, malevolent groups that emerge as they themselves insert immoral sexuality into the lives of our precious teenagers as they claim to prevent and intervene on behalf of sexual assault. They are LGBTQ-affirming. And, as they will be gathering for a November “Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit,” their keynote speaker is Educator Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Dr. Gumbs’ bio reveals that she is a black feminist; more specifically, she self-describes as a “queer black troublemaker”. Yet, she is the honored speaker for this sexual assault conference. What could she possibly offer to those organizations who exist for the sole purpose of helping to prevent sexual assaults as well as to help victims and survivors? And, how can what she advocates help our youth! 

If that’s not bad enough, at the top of NCCASA’s “Helpful” resources list we find:

  1. Carolina Abortion Fund which exists to assist low-income patients in North Carolina who have chosen to have an abortion but cannot afford the whole cost stating that “… all people have the power and resources to care for and affirm their bodies, identities, and health for themselves…”
  2. Equality NC providing the latest on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and state politics in North Carolina.

Following the money trail, among other donors, the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, who funds the liberal ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood, is among the largest funder for NCCASA’s “Justice and Economic Justice” issue with almost $700,000 since 2003.

These entities remain behind the scenes while indoctrinating our innocent children without their parents’ knowledge! As parents, we cannot allow our children to be overpowered by the depraved authorities who are supposed to protect them. If we do not educate and advocate for our own children, who will? We must be our own children’s last line of defense if no one else will.

“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:4)

Please PRAY, Take Action, and then VOTE!

  1. It’s time to play offense! Contact your school principals and insist that they disclose and make transparent these types of curriculums.
  2. Also make your voice known to your local school board.
  3. This is an issue that is worth your vote for the sake of your children. Find out how the candidates stand on issues like this.

Click here to see 11 ABC coverage of the story.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org
Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina! Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. On the CWA of North Carolina website a lighthouse is pictured, symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness.

 

In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

 

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Get Out the Vote with CWA of North Carolina!

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Dear friend,

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to be directed at those with whom they disagree.

Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future. Please join us in carrying them out. 

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6th approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

# 2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality we saw during the Kavanaugh debacle by praying against malicious tactics and voting November 6.

Did you know . . . in North Carolina, early voting starts 20 days before and ends 3 days prior to Election Day?  For more information go to ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/.

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison (print double-sided 14” X 8 ½” and fold)

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Update on the City of Fayetteville Ordinance Plus Prayers Regarding Hurricane Florence

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Public Policy Storm Threat Passes by Fayetteville

First of all, I want to thank each of you who responded to our e-alert concerning Fayetteville City Council’s plans to attempt to add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to its non-discrimination policies at their September 10 meeting.

We have since learned the proposal had been removed from the Monday agenda due to the large number of emails the Council members had received.  Thank you, Lord!

Their proposal was in direct violation of state law to reset SL 2016-3 of HB 142 which states, “No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or REGULATING PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.”

Though the City Attorney claims that HB142 does not apply to the council’s new ordinance, we disagree. Our concerns are that this ordinance could inspire discrimination cases against bakers, florists, photographers, printers, and all those trying to live out their faith, just as we have seen all across our nation in recent years.

Though it was taken off Monday’s agenda, this time, we cannot let our guard down.  We must remain on offense. There is still a possibility it will appear on the Monday, October 1, agenda. We will continue to monitor this, and if necessary, we will be ready with another e-alert.

Please pray this proposal will not reappear on their October 1 agenda.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).

Hurricane Florence Threatens North Carolina

As you know, many of us across our state, as well as South Carolina and Virginia have been targeted by Florence.

Please join me in praying Scripture for those in the path of Hurricane Florence.  Pray the Lord calms this storm, provides protection, and is our refuge and strength.

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3).

 

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me” (Psalm 57:1-2).

“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:25-26).

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)’

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina! Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. On the CWA of North Carolina website a lighthouse is pictured, symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

Do you want to receive CWA of North Carolina E-Alerts? If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

 

 

City of Fayetteville Needs Your Help and Prayers Before Monday, September 10

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Dear Friends,

Do you, or someone you know, live in the city of Fayetteville?  If so, we greatly need both your prayers and help.  We urge all citizens to be in prayer for this issue.

It has come to our attention that Fayetteville City Council on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., September 10, plans to attempt to add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to its non-discrimination policies. This is in direct violation of state law to reset SL 2016-3 of HB 142 that states, “No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or REGULATING PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.”

If these descriptions are added, Fayetteville’s public or private entities will be vulnerable to lawsuits such as the ones we see across our nation against people of faith.  We’ve seen it in the news for years now, discrimination cases against bakers, photographers, printers, on and on. Their faith became illegal.

Please, do all you can to stand with the citizens and private businesses of Fayetteville.  They need you!

Our hope is that if there is enough opposition, they will drop this controversial topic from the Monday night agenda.

PRAY:

  1. Pray that the City Council members will realize the onerous consequences if such an ordinance passes.
  2. Pray for each member by name.  Ask the Lord to give them wisdom and courage.

 ACT:

  1. Please forward this on to all those you know in Fayetteville and ask them to both pray and act.
  2. If you live in the city of Fayetteville, please sign the petitionrequesting that the city council members do not pass the proposed ordinance amendment.
  3. If you live in the city of Fayetteville and have signed the petition, please contact each council member by email and/or phone.  Click here to do so.  Click on each name in the left column for their contact information. Make it easy – write out a message and copy and paste it into an email to each member.
  4. If you live in the city of Fayetteville, consider attending the meeting.  It will be held in the Council Chamber at 433 Hay Street, Fayetteville.
  5. Mark your calendar to be praying at 7:00 p.m. for this meeting.

Note: Please do not take action if you do not live in the city of Fayetteville.  It is imperative that they only hear from those this decision would affect.

For more information: An article in the Fayetteville Observer yesterday, Sexuality, Gender Spark Debate on Fayetteville Council, laid out the sides of the debate.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).

In Truth and Righteousness,

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

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina! Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. On the CWA of North Carolina website a lighthouse is pictured, symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

Do you want to receive CWA of North Carolina E-Alerts? If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

 

 

 

Support Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh With Both Prayer and Action

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Dear Friend,

As you know, there has been much excitement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  And CWA has been involved from the beginning.  They immediately launched an eight-state bus tour to key states, largely to reach undecided senators. Go to WomenForKavanaugh.com regularly to track their activities, articles, videos, interviews, etc.

North Carolina is blessed to have both Senators Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) public support of Judge Kavanaugh.

Both senators publicly have stated Judge Kavanaugh’s impeccable credentials as a fair-minded jurist. And, Sen. Burr further stated, “I am confident we will fulfill that responsibility fairly and promptly to ensure a complete and qualified Supreme Court.”
Please pray. With such a heavy assignment before the Senate with some who are still undecided, I cannot state how important this time of prayer is.

  • Pray that Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
  • Commit to praying through CWA’s seven-day prayer guide beginning tomorrow, August 28 and ending on Tuesday, September 4, the first day of the hearings. As Mario advises, “Justice is a spiritual matter. Jesus actually called it one of the “weightier matters of the law” (see Matthew 23:23). There are forces working tirelessly to pervert justice who see Judge Kavanaugh as a real threat to their schemes. Let us stand united in prayer asking God, above all, that His will be done.

Please take action:

  • Contact both Sen. Tillis and Sen. Burr.  Thank them for supporting Judge Kavanaugh.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.
  • Though North Carolina’s senators both stand in favor of Judge Kavanaugh, there are others in our nation who are vehemently opposing him, some, for no other reason than his political label. For this reason, please share this e-alert with family and friends living in other states.

As you know, the negative criticisms of Judge Kavanaugh has been relentless.  Mario Diaz, Legal Counsel for CWA, recently stated, “That he is so fiercely opposed by the radical liberals tells you a lot.  Judge Kavanaugh has proven himself to be an impartial judge seeking to apply the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench which is what the left demands.” He further stated, “Justice demands much more than specific outcomes on specific cases. It is a reality that encompasses all of life. This is what we seek on any judicial nominee: a constitutional justice who understands his limited role as a judge.

We must return constitutional balance at the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the extremely radical shift we are seeing in the culture. Diaz has stated the extraordinary importance of this nomination when he said, “We have a chance to turn the tide of liberal-leaning decisions — which have been so detrimental to our nation — for decades to come. It is incumbent upon us to make the sacrifices needed today to preserve freedom and the Constitution for the next generation… We must act with a sense of purpose and calling to embrace the chance that God has given us. We must be strategic and disciplined in our engagement. We must strive to represent God and His principles well in all that we do.”

What can we expect?
The Washington Times reported, “The Senate has already begun receiving documents they have requested. Ultimately, they are likely to receive up to 1 million pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s tenure in the White House Counsel’s Office and Office of Independent Counsel. When that is complete it will be the largest document production for a Supreme Court nominee ever….This document production very well may include more pages than the last five Supreme Court nominations combined. By comparison, Justice Elena Kagan had zero experience as a judge to Judge Kavanaugh’s 12, and produced about 170,000 pages of her White House records.”

The hearing process can take several days; with Gorsuch it took four.  Jaime Ballew, CWA House Legislative Director, states the following: “After the hearings are complete, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on his nomination, and then he will move to the full Senate for consideration. For context, both Gorsuch and Sotomayor took 66 days from nomination to confirmation. Leader McConnell has stated that Kavanaugh will be on the court for the October term. Therefore, we are looking at a late-September, full-Senate vote.”

Let our voices resound in the heavens through the power of our prayers, and, on earth, as we take action.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.