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Johnson City Prayer/Action Chapter Kick-Off Meeting – Monday, June 29

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(Do you, or someone you know, live in or near Johnson City, Tennessee? Either way, please read on.)

Hello, I am Tammy Smith, the new Concerned Women for America (CWA) Prayer/Action Chapter Leader of Johnson City. I am very excited to announce our kick-off meeting to be held Monday, June 29.

No doubt you are as concerned as I am about the many moral issues threatening our community, state, and nation today. Most people want to work to create a better nation for our children and grandchildren but are unsure of the steps to take.

That is why I am involved today, and why I invite you to join me at our kick-off meeting. Our Prayer/Action Chapter will meet once a month to educate ourselves on one of CWA’s seven core issues, and then pray and take action on the issue(s). Join us and enjoy fellowship with like-minded individuals. If you are unable to attend our first meeting, be sure to contact me and ask to be put on our email list for future meetings.

When: Monday, June 29, 12:00 noon
What: Kickoff Meet & Greet. There will be a brief CWA presentation, prayer, fellowship, and lunch. Bring a dessert to share if you would like.
Where: Home of Tammy Smith at 803 Hales Chapel Road, Johnson City, TN 37615
RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday, June 25. Contact me at 585-356-7331 or  [email protected].

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Please plan to attend and be sure to bring a friend!

If you do not live in the Johnson City area, but would like information on how to start a chapter in your area, please reach out to CWA’s national office today. They will be happy to assist and train you as they did me.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Tammy Smith
Johnson City Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]

A Message from a CWA of Tennessee Chapter Leader – NOT Giving Up

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I have always loved the quote used by President, Ronald Reagan, “If not now, when? If not by us, then by whom?” As I’ve observed the events of the last several months around the world and our county, I asked myself, am I going to give up or press in, within my role as a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader?

In Hebrews the answer is clear, “And let us consider how we spur one another on toward love and good deeds, NOT giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV).

As CWA leaders and members, we do not shrink back, especially during these times. We receive encouragement by being with one another in person, teleconferencing, or on a conference call. It strengthens our faith and disperses fear, especially during these times. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

Though a registered nurse and personally affected by this virus, I believe it’s time to “Open America.” As CWA’s CEO and president has said, “Americans have shown they are resilient and responsible. But as this pandemic comes to an end, they must be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights and return to daily life.”

Therefore, for these reasons, after teleconference meeting for several months, we will be meeting once again face to face on June 16. We have enjoyed our time teleconferencing as we did a study by Priscilla Shirer called “The Armor of God.” We have a renewed commitment to prayer and have been continually encourages by our regular meetings, as the verse in Hebrews stated.

We started this chapter just before the shutdown. The decision to continue to meet has brought a closeness for each of us and has allowed us to engage with new women as our number has grown.

Do you live in or near Dandridge, Tennessee? Join us! If not, contact CWA’s national office to find out if there is a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.  If there is not one, please, start one. You are needed!

Lavigne Kirkpatrick
Dandridge Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
CWA of Tennessee
[email protected]
239-595-0196

Heritage President Kay James on Race in America after George Floyd

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In late May, the nation went from Coronavirus lock-down to racial unrest in a matter of moments. After George Floyd’s tragic death by a white policeman, we watched in horror as day after day peaceful protests turned to violent riots and looting. CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance speaks to Kay Cole James, the President of Heritage Foundation and an African American woman leader in government, academia and the conservative movement on the senseless killing of George Floyd.

Listen as she delivers a message of healing and hope that is centered in Christ.

Listen to the Podcast with Kay Coles James Here (Episode 25):

In Defense of Kay Coles James

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CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance teamed up with Susan B. Anthony List’s President Marjorie Dannenfelser on the following opinion article published in Real Clear Politics defending Kay Coles James after her comments were criticized in the media.

“As pro-life women leaders we have particular revulsion at the murder of George Floyd, a precious human life created in the image of God, by a white policeman in Minneapolis. We are also revolted by the senseless violence of criminals using this tragedy for their own selfish purposes.   
Our nation is shaken to its core. In this moment, as the nation looks for leadership, we are grateful for the transparency and vulnerability shown by our friend Kay Coles James, the first African American (and the first woman) to lead the historic Heritage Foundation. We noted that she received criticism recently from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, saying that she “wrote a long screed denouncing America as an irredeemably racist nation” in her response to Floyd’s death.  
We agree with his righteous anger against lawlessness. However, we feel compelled to say this statement is contrary to the woman and leader we know. 
Indeed, Kay deeply believes in American exceptionalism and opposes the rewriting of our nation’s history. In addition, having experienced racism in its malignity herself, she has become a preeminent conservative spokeswoman who can address it while applying its antidote — constitutional principles.   
As a little girl, from her screened porch she listened to civil rights leaders plan in her living room. The fight for human dignity was in the air and flowed in her bloodstream early on. 
This formed her into an ideal advocate for those on the economic margins, the unborn child, all those disenfranchised who were promised to and provided for in our founding documents. It’s no coincidence that, before she became a giant in the conservative moment, she got her formation in pro-life activism. 
In her recent op-ed, Kay wrote thoughtfully about the promise of equality in the Declaration of Independence, and she emphasized how America’s founding principles contain the tools of redemption necessary for every generation to right what is wrong in order to form a more perfect union, and how we must look to those principles to expand human flourishing to all Americans. 
Can we just say, “Amen”? 
The entire history of America is the story of this expansion, from the emancipation of slaves to the enfranchisement of women in the 19th Amendment (which turns 100 this year) and – soon – the restoration of the right to life for the unborn. Every successful human rights movement in our history, rooted in the deep soil of the American founding, has asserted that authentic rights cannot be built on the broken bodies and rights of others.”

Conservative Leaders Offer Principles to Counter Biased Social Media

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The Free Speech Alliance (FSA), a coalition in which CWA participates, responded to President Donald Trump’s executive order addressing social media platforms’ bias against conservatives by releasing the following statement setting out four principles these platforms need to adopt.

Read the Entire Response and Four Principles Here

Speak Up for Kavanaugh!

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Dear Friends,

Just two weeks ago, Judge Kavanaugh sat through four intense days of questioning, and he did an outstanding job. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee had at least two representatives in the room at all times, and we could not have been more impressed. He was steadfast in his dedication to the Constitution and his record as a D.C. Circuit Court Judge speaks for itself.

Judge Kavanaugh came out of his confirmation hearing unscathed. If it wasn’t evident before, his hearing gave no doubts that he is unequivocally qualified to sit on our nation’s highest court. Left with nothing to delay his confirmation, Democrats have turned to a last-ditch effort to defame this outstanding nominee with an unsubstantiated attack from almost 40 years ago.

Judge Kavanaugh has categorically denied it.

During his 25 years of public service, Judge Kavanaugh has been vetted by the FBI six times and never has a red flag been raised. Sen. Feinstein (D-California) kept this information to herself from late July until just now. The timing is not coincidental.

That is why all senators should stand firm in support of Brett Kavanaugh and against any delays. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) has said he is in favor of delaying the Judiciary Committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. This action will only invite more of these despicable tactics in the future.

CWALAC stands in support of any victim of abuse, but this last-minute ambush to derail a respectable nominee without evidence, and against an avalanche of examples of his good character, leaves no reason to delay this important confirmation.

Sen. Jeff Flake holds an important position as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He should not be swayed by fear tactics and hysteria from the left. Sen. Jeff Flake works for you, therefore, let him hear from you.

Please take a moment to call Sen. Jeff Flake and remind him what this confirmation means for this nation. Tell him to confirm Kavanaugh without delay!

Call Sen. Flake today at his Phoenix Office at 602-840-1891.

Thank you and may God bless you and your family,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Tennesseans Stood Up for Amendment 1!

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Concerned Women for America of Tennessee is pleased to announce the resounding success of the “Tennesseans Stand Up for Amendment 1” Press Conference. An overflowing crowd of Amendment 1 supporters gathered to listen to experienced and informed speakers talk about why we should vote ”Yes” on Amendment 1. The Duggar family sang a beautiful rendition of “It’s Through the Blood.” Josh Duggar, now with Family Research Council, released some very encouraging poll numbers which show that 64 percent of Tennesseans support Amendment 1 and that when they have the correct information about it, they will vote for it.

Sen. Mae Beavers, who carried one of the important bills to get Amendment 1 on the ballot, spoke about her determination to get this bill passed. She also gave thanks and spoke of her appreciation for one of our attendees, former Sen. David Fowler with Family Action Council -Tennessee. She acknowledged that he had drafted the first versions of this amendment and has continued to support it, jumping through all the hoops needed to get it on the ballot.

State Representatives Courtney Rogers and Terri Lynn Weaver also spoke about the importance of the people of Tennessee supporting and voting Yes on Amendment 1.

Brenda Causey, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Tennessee, spoke of three reasons Tennesseans should vote for Amendment

  1. Tennesseans will have the ability to ensure that their tax dollars will not continue to fund abortions.
  2. Tennesseans will have a voice in what abortion laws are passed or not passed.
  3. Amendment 1 will allow the state legislature to protect women from abortion doctors like Kermit Gosnell. Tennessee’s abortion facilities are not regulated or inspected. How many doctors does Tennessee have like Kermit Gosnell? We have no idea.

Hearts were touched by the poignant words Michelle Duggar shared with us, speaking about the baby holocaust being perpetrated by abortion providers across the state. She also made a startling point that because abortion facilities are not regulated or licensed, your dog may get better care from a veterinarian than a woman seeking an abortion at one of these abortion facilities.

Two important figures in the Pro-Life movement, who were not able to make it in person, sent statements in support of Amendment 1. They were Congresswoman Diane Black and Sen. Rick Santorum. Read their statements here:

Congressman Diane Black – “I am proud to support passage of Amendment 1,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I was privileged to carry the underlying legislation in both the State House and the State Senate, and after more than a decade of work, Tennesseans now have a chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box. For me, this is a personal battle. As a nurse, I cared for a young girl who tragically lost her life due to an abortion. And as a nurse and a mother, I know we need to protect women and girls who seek abortions with commonsense protections like informed consent and proper regulation of abortion clinics — the same commonsense protections provided to women in our surrounding states. It is time for Tennesseans to show that we care about the health of women and children impacted by abortion.”

Senator Rick Santorum – “I am proud to stand with my friends in Tennessee committed to fight for the sanctity of life. Passing Amendment 1 will return the power to enact abortion restrictions back to the legislature and into the power of the people, rather than with a few activist justices. If Amendment 1 does not pass, members of the Tennessee legislature will continue to be unable to pass any basic abortion protections because the court will strike them down as a violation of one’s “right to abortion.” We must do more to protect all life – born and unborn – and I encourage Tennesseans to vote in favor of Amendment 1”

If you are still wondering why you should vote for Amendment 1, this amendment will allow us to pass common sense legislation to amend, repeal or replace outdated abortion laws. In 2000 our Supreme Court ruled that our State Constitution allowed for a “right to abortion” under the “right to privacy” clause. Since then, abortion laws have been overturned, and now we have NO informed consent, NO regulation of abortion facilities and NO waiting period.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our speakers, also the Baldwin family, State Representative Beth Harwell, and the House Speaker’s office, for their help with organizing this event.

Please vote “YES” on Amendment 1 and encourage your friends to do the same. Pray for the people of the state of Tennessee and our local and state leaders. And remember to get out and VOTE on November 4!

Join Us for the SpeakLife Conference in Nashville on March 29

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Tennessee has become an Abortion Destination . . . THIS MUST STOP!

Come hear Dr. Alveda King, Penny Nance, Victoria Hearst and Sheila Harper! You will hear about pro-life Amendment 1 which will be on the ballot in Tennessee in November AND get an update on the pro-life movement across the nation. You will also hear testimonies of redemption and hope through Jesus Christ. Join us as we Speak Life in the State of Tennessee!

Click on one of the following for more information on the conference. Feel free to print and distribute freely to friends, family and church.
Conference flyer
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In addition, consider attending one or more of the events prior to the Conference:
• Members Only talk with CWA President and CEO Penny Nance
• Meet & Greet with the Speakers

Click HERE to find out more about these events as well as to register for one or more of the three. To assist us in preparation, please register in advance though all walk-ins are welcome.

I hope to see you there and be sure to bring a friend!

Brenda Causey
State Director
CWA of Tennessee
[email protected]
615-943-4292

ACT NOW to Preserve Religious Freedom in Tennessee Schools!

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ACT NOW to Preserve Religious Freedom in Tennessee Schools!

Concerned Women for America of Tennessee, along with American Family Association, is supporting The Religious Viewpoints Non-Discrimination Act (HB1547/SB1793). It has been introduced in the State of Tennessee to protect children’s religious liberties in public schools.

House Bill 1547 and Senate Bill 1793 will guarantee students free expression of religious belief in schools, including speaking at assemblies and homework assignments, and mandating that schools permit religious student organizations.

For example, elementary students could celebrate Christmas by passing out candy canes with the story of the nativity, middle school students could openly discuss their favorite Bible character in speech class, and high school students could do essays on why they believe in Jesus.

It also requires schools to permit students to organize prayer groups, religious clubs, “see you at the pole” gatherings, and other religious gatherings before, during, and after school to the same extent that students are permitted to organize other non-curricular student activities and groups.

HB1547 has been introduced in the House by Rep. Courtney Rogers, and the companion Senate bill (SB1793) has been introduced by Sen. Ferrell Haile.

TAKE ACTION: Please send an e-mail to your State Representative and Senator by clicking here.

Feel free to use the following text as an example:

Dear Representative/Senator ______________,

Please support the Religious Viewpoints Non-Discrimination Act (HB1547/SB1793). Our family believes that our children should have the opportunity to discuss their viewpoints without the fear of repercussions from school faculty or staff.

Thank you for your service, and we would appreciate your “Yes” vote on the Religious Viewpoints Non-Discrimination Act.

Sincerely,

PRAY: Please pray with us that legislators hearts will be open and supportive of protecting the right of students to express their religious views.