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The 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session Begins Next Week! Are You Ready?

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Dear CWA Friends,

Happy New Year!

The 2019 South Dakota legislative session begins Tuesday, January 8. During this 39-day session, we urge all members to participate as grassroots activists by praying and taking action when called upon by CWA of South Dakota.

“Let justice roll on like a river and righteousness like a never-failing stream.” – Amos 5:24 

It is imperative that your state representatives hear from you concerning CWA-supported pro-family, pro-life bills. Your help in defeating dangerous, anti-family legislation that CWA opposes is even more crucial.

I will alert you via email regarding these bills and ask you to contact your state senator or representatives after praying about the bill. For even greater impact, please check your email often and share these alerts with others.

If you do not know the names of your state senator and representatives, click here or call the auditor at your county courthouse.

As volunteers, we are honored to represent you in South Dakota by promoting CWA’s seven core issues, which are:

  • Definition of the Family
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Education
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Religious Liberty
  • National Sovereignty
  • Support for Israel

More Encouragers Needed

A few more ladies (or men) are needed for our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) campaign

so that all 105 legislators are covered in prayer during 2019 legislative session.

Simply call or e-mail me your name and physical address.  Your packet will be mailed to you with everything you need except postage and a pen!

For more information on our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign, click here.

I appreciate your faithfulness in prayer and in action by sending your adopted legislator the EAL postcards! 

Published Letter to the Editor

Read my recent published letter to the editor titled Our Constitution is Not up for Grabs here.

Asking God’s blessing upon you for your faithfulness in prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org
(605) 380-6914

Cindy Flakoll
Legislative Liaison
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-2766

Our Constitution is Not Up for Grabs

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State Director’s letter to the editor published on AberdeenNews.com.

Letter: Our Constitution is not up for grabs

Are you willing to put our U.S. Constitution at risk during a “convention” to revise or replace our founding document? Unelected delegates of mixed ideology would reign at such a bargain-making event. George Washington called our founding document “a miracle.” It is the longest-surviving constitution of any nation.
We are all familiar with the 27 times amendments (including the Bill of Rights) have been proposed by Congress and ratified by the states. Article V provides a never-been-used method initiated by the states to apply for a constitutional convention to propose Constitutional amendments.

The Convention of States and other like-minded groups certainly could undermine the Constitution by exercising Article V. Our Founders recommended the Article V process to correct potential “errors” in the Constitution, but warned that a constitutional convention would be “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our country.

Proponents of an Article V convention claim that our government is so out-of-control that we need to “do something,” and they regard Article V as the cure-all. However, simply reading the Constitution, one can see that the powers of our elected officials for fiscal restraint, limited control and limited jurisdiction are clearly enumerated. The Constitution is not the problem. Officials simply need to obey their oath to support and defend the Constitution as written.

Repeal of the Second Amendment and the Electoral College have been proposed. Obviously, it is dangerous and risky to open our Constitution to the mischief forewarned by our Founders. Former Justice Scalia called it a “horrible idea.”

In all 20 state legislatures where Convention of States’ resolutions have been proposed this year, those resolutions have been defeated. Hopefully, this legislative rejection continues. Our Constitution is too treasured to be tinkered with; it is not up for grabs.

LINDA D. SCHAUER
State Director

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota
Leola

Merry Christmas from CWA of South Dakota! And the Year in Review.

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Dear CWA of South Dakota Friends,

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you and yours! We have had such a rewarding year of working together to further the Biblical values we hold so dear. Please click here to read about all the Lord has done through the ministry of CWA of South Dakota in 2018.  

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org
 
 

More Encouragers Needed for 2019

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I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. –I Timothy 2:1

Dear CWA Friends,

More “encouragers” are needed for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session. It would be sad if all the legislators were not covered in prayer during the Session due to our unwillingness to pray for them.

Our legislators will be required to make important decisions on many issues that will affect our state and our families. Undoubtedly, much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

This is our 20th year of Encourage-A-Legislator! We appreciate the faithfulness of those among you who have been “encouragers” since our first year.

Will you commit once again to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the nine-week session beginning on January 8? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service, note your prayers for him or her, then add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical mailing address. Postcards and instructions will be sent to you just prior to the opening of the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session.

Help us recruit more “encouragers” by printing this informative flyer and providing it to your church family and friends.

You are appreciated!

Donate to CWA While You Shop!

The Christmas season is upon us and I wanted to make you aware of an opportunity for you and your family to give to CWA through AmazonSmile with every Amazon purchase you make. It is absolutely free for you to do!  How does it work?  Simply go to org.amazon.com to set it up. When they give you the opportunity to choose an organization, choose “Concerned Women for America” from the list! Then shop away! Please share with your friends and family. Every little bit counts!

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Would You Commit to Encouraging a Legislator?

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I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  I Timothy 2:1

Dear CWA Friends,

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 20th year of Encourage-A-Legislator! Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address.  You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Get Out the Vote with CWA of South Dakota!

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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 South Dakota, early voting starts 45 days before and ends 1 day prior to Election Day? Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. The deadline in person or by mail is 1 day before Election Day.

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!Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfra.org

November 6 – Vote YES on Amendment X and NO on Amendment W

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CWA of South Dakota ENDORSES Constitutional Amendment X

The 2018 ballot titles X as “An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution increasing the number of votes needed to approve a constitutional amendment.”

The Attorney General explanation states: “The South Dakota Constitution may only be amended by a vote of the people.  Currently, the Constitution provides that a proposed amendment must receive a majority [50%] of the votes cast in order to be approved. Constitutional Amendment X changes the Constitution, increasing the number of votes needed to approve an amendment from a majority to 55% of the votes cast on the amendment.”

According to the “Pro”-explanation written by State Sen. Jim Bolin (R), our state constitution is the foundational political document of South Dakota and should require more than a 50% approval for amendments.  Compared to the high standard required to amend our United States Constitution,  Amendment X proposes a modest adjustment (55%), raising the threshold, that will protect our South Dakota Constitution from unneeded changes which are often funded and promoted by out-of-state special interests.

CWA of South Dakota OPPOSES Constitution Amendment W

The 2018 ballot titles W as “An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, creating a government accountability board, and changing certain initiative and referendum provisions.”

The “Con”- explanation is written by David Owens, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Owens writes that Amendment W would create a new (fourth) branch of government that is not elected by the people.  This seven-member tribunal would have powers that cannot be limited by the legislature, courts, or the Governor.  It would answer to no one with no accountability.  W would require a statewide vote to fix mistakes.  It is too risky to put Amendment W in the state constitution, too confusing and too long. (8 pages/ 3,329 words)  Interestingly, it is brought to South Dakota from Massachusetts.

Amendment W would take control over every other part of the South Dakota Constitution and force taxpayers to fund the tribunal to the tune of $389,000 annually.

Amendment W is Wrong for South Dakota.

Click here to read all South Dakota 2018 Ballot Question.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Please Encourage Sens. Thune and Rounds to Continue Their Support for Judge Kavanaugh

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Dear Friend,

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12) 

What sets CWA apart from other organizations? It is our emphasis on prayer and action at the grassroots.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord … and who labors fervently in prayer. The greatest force for change on behalf of our families and country is indeed prayer and the responsibilities that come with our citizenship in a free country. All the resources of God Almighty are at our disposal, and He rules in all the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him.

Stop Now, Pray and Act
Pray: Pray for our U.S. Senators. Pray for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senate Majority Leader. Pray that the schemes of those attempting to discredit Judge Kavanaugh would be thwarted. Pray for the Senate as a whole, may Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed.

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as he walks along the road, the fools lack sense” (Ecclesiastes 9:17- 10:3a).

The Bible tells us “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

The armor of our warfare hangs on prayer and is activated by prayer. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

Act: Contact our Sens. John Thune (R) and Marion Rounds (R) and urge their continued support for Judge Kavanaugh.

God bless you for your prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
(605) 380-6914
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org