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CWA of Virginia Thanks Attorney General Miyares

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia recognizes the importance of election integrity and applauds Attorney General Jason Miyares’ decisive action for election integrity.

 

On Friday, September 9, Attorney General Miyares announced the creation of the Election Integrity Unit at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The 20-member Election Integrity Unit, composed of attorneys, investigators, and paralegals, will investigate and prosecute violations of election law, provide legal guidance, and work with law enforcement to ensure both legality and purity in Virginia’s elections.

 

In a press release, Attorney General Miyares stated, “I pledged during the 2021 campaign to work to increase transparency and strengthen confidence in our state elections. It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. The Election Integrity Unit will work to help to restore confidence in our democratic process in the Commonwealth.”

 

The right to a fair election is personal to the Attorney General as his mother fled from Communist Cuba, an oppressive regime that suppressed her right to vote and the right to speak freely.

 

Take Action!

Contact Attorney General Jason Miyares here and thank him for working to ensure Virginia elections are fair and transparent and that every legal vote is counted. Put “thank you” in the subject box and add your comments in the details box.

 

Forward this email to family and friends.

 

Join us in prayer: Father God, You tell us in Your Word that You “detest lying lips, but delight in people who are trustworthy.” Proverbs 12:22. We thank you for Attorney General Miyares’ commitment to do this with our election system. Guide his Election Integrity Team to find any election fraud committed and effectively prosecute violations so that we can have fair elections representing the will of the people of Virginia. In the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, we pray, amen.

 

Thank you!

Looking Unto Jesus,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Are You an Encourager? The Virginia State Legislature Needs You!

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Our state legislators depend on our prayers and support. They have a difficult job and pouring God’s Word and encouragement into their lives, through handwritten notes, is just one way that we can show the love of Christ through the ministry of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia. Our Encourage-A-Legislator Program (EAL) does just that!

 

Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, independent, or other, we need to pray and encourage them. As prayers are offered on behalf of our legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

 

This next legislative session, CWA of Virginia needs you to help us deliver prayers and notes of encouragement.

Answer the call. Sign up today!

 

Contact our EAL Coordinator, Janet Stasulli, to get involved. Janet has done an outstanding job administrating this program for 11 years! She looks forward to hearing from you! Janet can be reached at [email protected], or (434)525-6705. Provide her with your name and physical mailing address, along with how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Janet Stasulli, EAL Coordinator

Virginia: Help Us Ensure Election Integrity in 2022

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The 2022 elections are upon us, and we need your help to ensure that every eligible vote counts in Virginia! Here are ways to engage:

 

  1. Serve as challengers and watchers during early voting and on Election Day. Reach out to your local Republican or Democrat parties for information on qualifications and how to apply.
  2. Serve as Officer of Elections/Election Officer (poll workers.) Learn about Officers of Elections in Virginia and how to apply here. Use can also use the poll worker lookup toolto find information on being a poll worker in your community, including requirements, hours, pay, training, and more.
  3. Ensure Virginians are registered to vote. We have made it easy for you. Download our Conducting a Voter Registration Drive: Instructions and helpful tips.
  4. Be an informed voter by checking out CWALAC Congressional Scorecard for the 114th Congress-First Session and iVoterGuide.

 Other helpful links:

Election Dates

Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline – Voter registration deadline has passed.

Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EDT – Deadline for early voting.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EDT – Absentee Ballot Return Deadline.                                                                           

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – Election Day

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

General Election
Monday, October 17, 2022 – Voter registration deadline
Friday, October 28, 2022– Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot
November 8, 2022 – Election Date

Polls are open on election day from 6:00am-7:00pm.

 

Additional information on election dates.

 

Thank you for making a difference in Virginia!

 

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of Virginia Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022                             

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Teresa Pregnall (434) 238-2770  

  

Concerned Women for America of Virginia
Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

 

Forest, Virginia – After eight years of a liberal-controlled governorship and some of the worst abortion laws in the nation, we praise God Virginia now has a governor, Glenn Youngkin, who is committed to advancing the rights of the unborn.

 

CWA of Virginia State Director Teresa Pregnall, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Supreme Court decision:

 

“We are optimistic over the next year that the citizens of this great Commonwealth will send back to the Virginia Legislature those who value human life in the womb and who will send strong pro-life bills to the Governor. We also have a pro-life ally in Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears.

 

“The Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization; now it is up to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia to do our part. We stand ready to welcome women and unborn children and are prepared to support a culture of life that protects all.”

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

CWA of Virginia Hosts Chapter Leader Gathering

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia hosted Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders from around the Commonwealth for a time of fellowship and encouragement, to discuss our She Prays She Votes – Get Out The Vote efforts for the 2022 election and to learn about the legislative process here in Virginia.

 

We are so grateful for the leadership that God has given and for the ways that our Chapter leaders are serving Him through the ministry of CWA of Virginia. We have openings all around our great state and are looking for women who are passionate and committed to education, prayer, and advocacy. Does this describe you? Contact me, Teresa Pregnall, State Director CWA of Virginia at [email protected] for more information.

Marching for Life Prayer Warriors

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By Dorana Sylvia, CWA of Virginia’s Stafford Prayer/Action Chapter Leader

 

I was absolutely overwhelmed by the love and joy I experienced at the Virginia March for Life. It was refreshing to see so many people in prayer, both young and old, marching with the common goal of celebrating life! I rejoice that I was able to have my three sons and my mother join me on this special day with my Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia family.

 

The Lord moved me to share my testimony, with many at the March, of having once been a late-term abortion ultra-feminist activist. I had believed the lie, yet God had a plan for my life. The common question was, “What made you change?” My response was a simple one, “Jesus Christ and the prayers of faithful Christians.”

 

God strategically placed in my path to get my attention survivors of abortion, children who had been conceived through incest, and rape victims who had kept their babies. How could I ever again advocate for abortion?

 

The people I met at the Virginia March for Life are those warriors who continue to pray for the lost and for God to save and restore those affected by abortion. While at the March, I never heard an insult toward women who have had abortions or were considering abortion. The message was clear: God is love, He is a forgiving God, women are not alone in their pregnancy, and God alone owns life.

 

The Enemy may try to come after our families and our children, but he is no match for my Savior, the Hope of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Join Us at the Virginia March for Life 2022

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Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia and thousands of pro-life individuals from around the state at the Fourth Annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond on Wednesday, April 27.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:
11:00 a.m.—Virginia March for Life Rally begins
Noon—Virginia March for Life begins
Where: The rally will be held on the Virginia Capitol Building steps, 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23219-3673.
Signs: We encourage you to bring life-affirming homemade signs.

I hope you will make plans to attend. It is crucial that we come together and visually represent God’s unconditional love for life!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Committed to Prayer

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(Picture: Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares is prayed for by CWA of Virginia State Director Teresa Pregnall (top right) and Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders Ann Robeson and Cathy Tankersley.)

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (Amplified)

Concerned Women for America of Virginia is committed to prayer. We fully understand that there is a cultural battle raging in our state and across our nation. There is a spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of those in positions of authority, as well as every citizen of this great Commonwealth.

Both prayer and active involvement are necessary if we are to make a difference for the cause of Christ. We understand that nothing of eternal significance is accomplished apart from prayer.

Would you prayerfully consider joining us on the frontline in 2022?

Thank you,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Building Relationships in Richmond

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia leaders and members continue to make visits to the State Capitol during our General Assembly Session. Our primary purpose is one of building relationships through prayer and encouragement.

Our prayer has been that the mighty name of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed in every office, every hallway, all along the way, and that many would be reassured, comforted, and emboldened by the mention of His name.

We are hopeful that by building stronger relationships with our legislators, an open door of opportunity will be had in forthcoming General Assembly Sessions, and that good dialogue, discussion, and legislation will be the fruit of our efforts.

What has God called on you to do in 2022?

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2022 is one month young and I have an important question to ask you, “What has God called on you to do in 2022?” Concerned Women for America of Virginia is growing and expanding our reach and influence and I want to personally invite you to prayerfully consider engaging with us through statewide involvement.
 
We are women of prayer and action.

  • We are pro-life
  • We are pro-family
  • We stand for the Constitution
  • We support parental rights
  • We stand for religious freedom
  • We defend our children’s education and work to protect their future
  • We know men and women are EQUAL but not the same
  • We are strong, unified, and courageous

If this describes you, here are ways you can get involved with us.

Prayer/Action Chapters
To give CWA members a voice in their communities, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters meet regularly to encourage informed and strategic prayer and action for our nation and its leaders. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based standards. Consider starting or joining a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community.
 
CWA Influencer
CWA’s Influencers are Christian conservative women committed to staying informed on CWA’s current issues and activating prayer and action on a widespread scale by distributing CWA’s information to their CWA network via social media, email, and/or text, and also to their personal network and organization and church relationships. Consider becoming an Influencer today!
 
Whether you want to attend or lead a Prayer Action Chapter, be an Influencer in your network, or lobby state legislators, there IS a place for you! CWA of  Virginia is a place where you can impact the culture for Christ through education, prayer, and action. You ARE needed!

Email me directly at [email protected] or call me at 434-238-2770. I am here to answer any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you very soon!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Concerned Women Applaud the Virginia Supreme Court’s Decision to Restore Rights to Parents

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For media inquiries, contact:  

Katie Everett
(571) 420-2488
[email protected]

Mask mandates have proven harmful to children

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s dismissal of Castillo v. Youngkin:

“Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a challenge to Gov. Youngkin’s Executive Order Number 2 regarding mask mandates for students. Concerned Women for America along with many parents and schoolchildren across the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrate today’s ruling. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many state government officials enacted unnecessary policies that have proven to be harmful to our children, inhibiting their ability to learn, play, and interact with each other. After two years of the overreaching mandates, it’s time for our children to return to normal. We applaud Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares for defending the Executive order and protecting parental choice in education in Virginia.”

Read the full order here.

Forest Prayer/Action Chapter Heads to Richmond

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The Forest Prayer/Action Chapter participated in the February 2, 2022, Parent Advocacy Day sponsored by our ally, The Family Foundation. The Chapter attended a House Education Committee hearing and then headed to the House gallery to watch the Delegates gavel in for the session. Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22) recognized the Chapter from the House floor. It was also a day of connecting with local legislators and offering prayer and encouragement.

Before leaving Richmond, the group prayed around the flagpole at the Governor’s mansion, offering prayers for Gov. Glenn Youngkin, his family, and staff.

Marching for Life in D.C.

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By Ashley A. Reich, CWA of Virginia’s Lynchburg Prayer/Action Chapter Leader of the evening group.

On Friday, January 21, I joined thousands of people who met on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. The morning brought below-freezing temperatures, but the crowd was enthusiastic and knew their mission was greater than what weather could throw at them. Groups gathered at the National Mall all morning and enjoyed a concert prior to the many renowned speakers and elected officials.

Students, parents, children, and supporters were present, and many dressed in similar attire that represented their specific school or organization. Many carried signs, banners, and flags expressing their pro-life stance of “We ARE THE POST-ROE GENERATION,” “Love them BOTH,” “Voice for the Voiceless,” “Pro-Life is Pro-Woman,” and so many more. As the march began, you could hear the chants and cheers for the unborn as the crowd walked a mile to the steps of the Supreme Court. Along the way, many conversed about their beliefs and hopes for the upcoming cases such as the Texas Heartbeat Bill and Dobbs v. Jackson, and ultimately, an end to Roe v. Wade.

Please continue to be in prayer for these monumental cases over the next few months leading up to the final decisions. Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) in praying for the Dobbs case on the fourth Monday of every month until June, when a decision is expected to be handed down. If you would like to be regularly notified about the current issue of the day, as well as CWA’s monthly Dobbs webinar prayer call, be sure to sign up for e-alerts if you haven’t already.

Expose the Darkness

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My heart breaks for Scott Smith, the Louden County, Virginia dad whose daughter was raped in a school bathroom by a boy in a skirt, being arrested while protesting at a school board meeting.

He was mercilessly arrested and bloodied up in the process for defending his daughter. I cannot hold back the tears thinking of how he must have felt.

The school district’s superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed that there had been no assault in a school restroom anywhere in Louden County. The dad was painted as a liar and a right-wing extremist as he got agitated.

Based partly on Mr. Smith’s example, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to use the Patriot Act to crack down on these out-of-control parents. They wrote:

“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

Think about that. You are out there fighting for justice for your daughter, and instead, you get labeled a domestic terrorist.

Five days later, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland, took immediate action against parents based on the NSBA letter alone. AG Garland sent a memo saying, “While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.” The memo directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (yes, the FBI) to go after these parents.

Again, DOJ and the FBI were not to focus on protecting Mr. Smith and his daughter; they were to work to suppress Mr. Smith’s efforts to protect his daughter.

But their evil scheme has blown up in their faces. Reports have surfaced of how the school board knew of Mr. Smith’s daughter’s assault, and they concealed it to protect their hideous transgender bathroom policy. They were so negligent that they actually transferred the “transgender,” biological male boy to another school where he assaulted another young woman. A criminal investigation is underway.

The backlash has been so intense that the NSBA has disavowed its letter comparing parents to terrorists, while many of its state members resigned in condemnation.

But the battle is far from over. Believe it or not, AG Garland has yet to renounce his shameful memorandum.

Please pray for this father and against these evil school board policies.

And speak up against it. Ephesians 5:11 says, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” To do one part of the verse is not enough. We cannot simply take no part in the works of darkness; we must also expose them. We cannot remain silent.

What’s at Stake in Virginia? – The Future of Women’s Sports

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The future of female athletics is on the line in the Virginia election. You need to know if the candidates will uphold the rights of female student-athletes to fair competition, or will force our daughters on the sidelines as boys identifying as girls cut in?

Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – the law that made it possible for women and girls to receive equal opportunities in education, including athletics.  So why are we having to fight to uphold these rights all over again?  Because liberals in the General Assembly passed a law signed by Gov. Ralph Northam that requires school districts to treat gender identity as a student’s sex.

We stand on the truth that God created male and female, and basic biology tells us that male bodies have advantages in athletic competition over female bodies. That’s not speculation – that is science.  But Democrats still press on with their radical agenda to overrule science and common sense at the expense of our daughters.

The only way to save women’s sports is by electing leadership from the statehouse to the Governor’s mansion who will protect our daughters and stop the push for destructive gender ideology in our schools.  Other states have succeeded; it’s time for Virginia to do the same.

We know that athletic participation is a key factor in developing confidence and leadership skills, but when girls feel defeated before the race even begins, they wonder why even try.  They deserve better.

Your vote matters.  Hold the line against radical gender ideology as you vote in this year’s election.  Give our girls the chance they deserve to excel in sports and in life.

Are You an Encourager? The Virginia State Legislature Needs You!

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Dear CWA Friends,

We are excited to launch our 2022 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! For those who have not participated in our EAL program in the past, it focuses solely on prayer and encouragement for our state legislators. The EAL program is one of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s most valued programs. Though CWA members and friends regularly contact their legislators and pray concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Regardless of whether legislators are conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, or non-Christian, they need both our prayer and encouragement.

For more information about the EAL program click here. Please print and distribute to others who might want to participate in our program.

If you would like to participate, please contact CWA of Virginia’s EAL Coordinator, Janet Stasulli. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and specify whether you would like to adopt one or two legislators.

Sincerely,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Help Us Get Out the Vote for November Elections

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It is election season in Virginia, where voters will go to the polls in November to elect our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and state legislative offices. Virginia’s off-year elections are so important, and that is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls this November! CWA of Virginia is joining with other conservative organizations across the state to get out the vote through voter registration and voter turnout efforts.

I wanted to pass along some important Virginia voting registration 2021 deadlines:

  • Friday, September 17 – Early Voting Begins
  • Tuesday, October 12 – Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration
  • Friday, October 22 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • September 17 – October 30 – Early Voting
  • Tuesday, November 2 – Election Day

Get Involved in Virginia!

#1 – Ensure YOU are registered to vote. Go to the Virginia Department of Elections/Citizens Portal to check the following:

  • Voter Registration status
  • Mail-In application and ballot status
  • Poll location
  • Registration Form

#2 – Encourage others to register to vote. Let them know about the link above so they can check that they are registered; encourage them to register and vote.

We would LOVE to hear back from you if you have registered, if you register as a result of this email, or if you have encouraged and registered others to vote! Contact me at [email protected].

Thank you.
Teresa Pregnall
State Director