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We Need Your Help TODAY to Stop The Equal Rights Amendment!

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The battle continues to rage in Virginia to pass a state-level Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA passed the full Senate and is now being considered by the House Committee on Privilege and Elections. Virginians must step up NOW to stop this very dangerous amendment.

CWA of Virginia is co-sponsoring a rally/lobby day along with several like-minded groups to oppose the ERA.  I will be attending as one of the speakers as well as CWA’s Young Women for America National Coordinator, Kelsey Good.  Help us show “strength in numbers” by attending the rally and lobbying our state legislators!

Date/Time/Location: January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 in Richmond (State Capitol).

Schedule:
8:00 a.m. – Registration opens
8:30 a.m. – Welcome, instructions on how to talk to legislators, talking points distributed, and list of delegates to visit after you visit your own.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Talk to your delegate! Click here to find out who your delegate is.
11:00 a.m. – Line up to sit in the House and Senate gallery. We have “reserved” seating and our group will be recognizing from the floor. Arrive early, if possible, to insure a seat.
12:00 p.m./after verbal recognition on the floor – Purchase a lunch at the 3rd floor cafeteria in the SunTrust building.
1:00 p.m. – Rally (address location will be provided upon registration) 

RSVP TODAY by clicking here. For security purposes, we need to be able to provide a list of names of those who will be attending the event. We will send you the specific location and additional details once you have registered. 

Please take action! Whether you are able to attend or not, there are several things that you can do to stop this horrendous amendment. (Special thanks to those that have already taking these actions as instructed in past e-alerts.)

  1. The ERA is currently in the House Privilege and Elections committee. Please ask each member to vote NO on the ERA, SJR 284.  Click here to contact them and click here for talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. We have joined with other pro-family groups in a video project. This week only. The goal is to inundate lawmakers with heartfelt, informal, brief videos from women expressing their opposition to ERA. It’s easy! Using your mobile phone, laptop or tablet – simply record a 30 second to two-minutevideo expressing your opposition in your own words. Use our talking points to assist you. Time is of the essence. We need these by the end of tomorrow. When recording, after you introduce yourself, state you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia and then complete your brief recording. Once complete, email your video to me at director@virginia.cwfa.org. If your video is too large to email, I will provide an option for you to upload the video.
  3. Pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately. 

Please keep this important issue in prayer. Prayer for each member of the committee as you contact them. Pray they will have the wisdom and courage to oppose the ERA.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
director@virginia.cwfa.org
va.cwfa.org

Time for Women to Oppose the ERA !

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A heartfelt thank you to all of those who responded to our last e-alert on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) by contacting your individual senator and the members of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. We must continue to maintain the pressure. If you have not yet taken action – please consider reviewing that e-alert and helping in the ways it requests. In addition, there’s also something else you can do that will make a difference.

Please take action now!  

Women opposed to the ERA across the state are uniting together in a video effort this week (January 14 – 19). The goal is to inundate lawmakers with heartfelt, informal, brief videos from women expressing their opposition to ERA. It’s easy! Using your mobile phone, laptop or tablet – simply record a 30 second to two-minute video expressing your opposition in your own words. You can use these talking points to assist you.

We are already receiving videos and will also cut statements from last week’s press conference. Please don’t hesitate to take this action, and, ask others to do the same. Time is of the essence.

IMPORTANT FOR YOUR RECORDING: After you introduce yourself, state you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia and then complete your brief recording.

Once complete, email your video to me at director@virginia.cwfa.org.  If your video is too large to email, I will provide an option for you to upload the video.

Please pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please continue to pray against this horrendous amendment. Pray for your senator and the committee members by name as you contact them.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
director@virginia.cwfa.org

Meet the New State Director of CWA of Virginia, Toni DeLancey!

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Hello! My name is Toni DeLancey, and I am so excited to be your new CWA of Virginia State Director.

I probably got started with CWA like many of you! In March of 2017, during my daily prayer time, I felt God lead me to find a pro-life women’s group in which to become involved. Sanctity of life has always been my hot-button issue, and through my journey with the Lord, I have learned to listen and be obedient. I did what I felt He asked me to do and searched online that very day, learning all I could about CWA. I didn’t hesitate to reach out to National about getting involved.

In September of 2017, after several months of praying and chatting with leaders at CWA National, I applied to become a Prayer and Action Chapter leader. In October of that same year, Northern Virginia Prayer and Action Chapter held its first meeting in my home. The NOVA prayer and action chapter has women members from Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Arlington and Alexandria and is growing in numbers with women who love God and want to see our nation and state adhere to Biblical principles.

I’m so honored to be your State Director during this pivotal time. CWA’s founder, Beverly LaHaye, started CWA in opposition to ERA in 1979; now, 40 years later, ERA is back and my very first issue. Proponents are well-organized in Virginia and have momentum. In fact, as Tanya Ditty told you, last Wednesday I testified at the State Capitol in Richmond in opposition to the ERA before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and also participated in a press conference on Thursday alongside other like-minded pro-life pro-family groups. (Click here to view video of my statement posted on the Concerned Women for America Facebook page.) Please do all you can to stand with me in opposition to the horrendous legislation that hurts women.

I want to thank Janet Robey, who was CWA of Virginia’s State Director for many years, for agreeing to be the Associate Director. I feel so blessed to be able to learn from her valuable counsel from years of incredible experience leading this state so well. I am also grateful to Janet Stasulli for her amazing work running such an organized and effective Encourage-A-Legislator program. To all the other leaders and members of CWA Virginia, I’m excited to meet each one of you and work together to further God’s kingdom here in Virginia!

I know together we will do great things, and I want you to be a part of this momentum.

Please pray about how God might use you for His glory here in Virginia. I will be reaching out soon to fill steering committee roles as well as asking you to consider being a local Prayer/Action Chapter leader. More about that later, but in the meantime, I ask for your prayers for our effectiveness through our efforts in Virginia and that the Lord will be glorified in all that we do.

In Christ,

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
director@virginia.cwfa.org
va.cwfa.org

ERA Heads to the Senate Floor for a Vote – It Needs Your Opposition Now!

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A special thanks to all of you who responded to our last e-alert by contacting the members of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee in opposition to the ERA, SJR 284. Though it passed 8 to 6, it is always important that our legislators know where we stand.

Only five individuals for, and five individuals against, were permitted to testify.  Your new State Director, Toni Delancey, did a phenomenal job of representing you before the committee as one of the five in opposition.  Read her testimony here.

SJR 284 now goes to the Senate floor for a vote.  A vote that could happen any moment. If passed it will go to the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Click here to view its current status, history, text and more. Click here for ERA talking points.

Please take action now! 

  1. Contact your senator and ask him/her to vote against the ERA, SJR 284. Feel free to use some of these talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia. Click here to find out who your senator is as well as how to contact him/her.
  2. Contact the members of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. This is extremely important.  We expect the Senate to not only move fast on this but to vote for it.  This will therefore immediately place SJR 284 in committee for a vote.  With a Republican majority, the House is where we expect to have the most advantage.  They need a clear message, that as a woman, you vehemently oppose the ERA! Feel free to use some of these talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  3. Pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please continue to pray against this horrendous amendment.  Pray for your senator and the committee members by name as you contact them. 

The Attempt to Repeal Virginia’s Marriage Amendment – Failed!

Thanks be to God!  With a tie vote of 7 to 7 the efforts of the left to eliminate the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, failed.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Tanya Ditty
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

State Director Testifies Before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee in Oppostion to the ERA

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January 9, 2019
Senate Privileges and Elections Committee
Testimony in Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, my name is Toni DeLancey, I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Virginia. I am here today on behalf of the Concerned Women for America members who oppose the Equal Rights Amendment.

Despite claims of protecting women’s interests, the ERA will actually end up hurting women. I’m going to focus on something I know about personally: military service and what the ERA would mean for our nation’s armed services.

In the late 1980’s, eight years after ERA failed, I attended the U.S. Military Academy as an 18-year-old woman. And in 1991, I graduated from West Point with about 80 other women out of a class of 945.

Graduation day, President George H.W. Bush personally handed my diploma to me, and I saluted our then Commander in Chief. I was commissioned that day as an officer in the Army and went on to lead men and women in a tactical military intelligence unit.
THIS was a privilege of a life-time for a man or a woman.

But my women classmates and I did NOT need the ERA to accomplish this! We volunteered and competed for those slots to serve our country. We were able to contribute based upon our individual strengths and our unique abilities. Women today are pushing themselves further than ever – some, who are physically able, have even become Army Rangers and some are serving in combat roles. But these women enjoy the right to volunteer and compete to do these remarkable things.

The passage of the ERA would change this incredible progress women have already made and force equal representation of women in all military roles. This would be disastrous and severely degrade military readiness, placing individuals in roles for which they are ill-suited and put those around them in greater danger. If passed, a future war might require hundreds of thousands of women to be drafted and forced into close combat with the enemy. The current system works and provides opportunity for women and men without mandates.

The ERA is not needed for women to succeed!

The ERA hurts women and would indeed hurt our nation’s armed services.

On behalf of Concerned Women for America of Virginia, I ask you to oppose the ERA.

Vote to Take Place on the ERA and Marriage Amendment Tomorrow. Please Take Action Today!

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As you may or may not know, the first day of the Virginia General Assemble is tomorrow, Wednesday, January. It has come to our attention that the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has decided to call a special meeting tomorrow to vote on both the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and to repeal Virginia’s Marriage Amendment. We need for you to take action, today!

Note: In the midst of all of this we are excited to announce that we have just approved a CWA of Virginia State Director by the name of Toni DeLancy!  She is a phenomenal asset to CWA and has jumped into the fray with both feet! She will be testifying on your behalf tomorrow at the ERA hearing as well as speaking at an ERA press conference on Thursday. She will be officially introducing herself to you in an email to come.

Take Action: Please contact each member of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee TODAY. Simply ask them to vote NO on the ERA and vote NO on the repeal of the Virginia Marriage Amendment. Click here to view each member of the committee; click on each name for their contact information including a link to easily email them. If you are unable to take action on this until tonight, do not hesitate to email and leave them a message on their office phone.  The hearing is to be sometime after noon on Wednesday.  Please take action before then. 

Please Pray for the members of the committee.  Ask the Lord to give them wisdom and courage to do what is right in regard to these two pieces of legislation.  Pray for Toni as she prepares for and speaks at both the hearing and the press conference.  Pray these two pieces of legislation would be defeated tomorrow.

If passed, the ERA would:

  • Add these words to the U.S. Constitution: “Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
  • Wipe out all ability to use any laws using gender as a defining characteristic therefore overturn workplace and family laws that protect women; privacy laws that define who may use gender-oriented bathrooms and locker rooms; and religious freedom laws.
  • Integrate same-sex and bi-sexual attraction into the U.S. Constitution.
  • Be used to write abortion rights into our U.S. Constitution with the rationale that restricting access to abortion is a form of gender discrimination (since it singles women out for a physical aspect unique to them).
  • Affect additional areas of life including social security, Medicare, health, insurance benefits, Medicare benefits, and more.

ERA History: In order to be added to the U.S. Constitution, the ERA needed approval by legislatures in three-fourths (38) of the 50 states by 1979. To date 37 states have ratified the ERA, two of which were after the 1979 deadline. If one more state ratifies it, the U.S. Constitution can be amended if a suspension were given.

 Click here to read ERA talking points. 

Virginia Marriage Amendment History: The Marshall-Newman Amendment, also referred to as the Virginia Marriage Amendment, is an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman and bans recognition of any legal status “approximat[ing] the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage.” The amendment was ratified by 57% of the voters on November 7, 2006. It became part of the state Constitution as Section 15-A of Article 1. In 2014, the amendment was ruled unconstitutional in Bostic v. Schaefer. At this point, even though a repeal would not change the current statutes, if the Supreme Court in the future were to overturn the current verdict, Virginia would no longer have a marriage amendment to put into effect. 

Thank you in advance for your diligent prayers and actions.  Please pass this email on to others and encourage them to immediately pray and act as well.

Tanya Ditty
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

The Equal Rights Amendment is a War on Women

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Why Concerned Women for America of Virginia Rejects the ERA         

  • Women do not need the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to flourish in America. “Women today are in a golden era. Never before have we had the opportunities and liberty to pursue happiness that we currently enjoy.” – Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America
  • The 14th Amendment to the Constitution and multiple federal and state statutes guarantee women all the rights inherent to American citizens — equal employment, equal pay, education, credit eligibility, housing, public accommodations, etc. – and women are thriving and succeeding as in no other time in history. They have done this without the assistance of ERA.
  • ERA would dismantle the gains women have made: including Title IX. Men would have every right to challenge the special programs that women have gained in promoting their opportunities.
  • Despite claims of protecting women’s interests, ERA would actually undercut protections that currently exist based on the fundamental differences between the sexes. ERA prohibits enactment of any law that imposes a rule or condition that applies to one sex and not to the other. As such, it would threaten myriad such laws: special accommodations for pregnant women in the workforce and the military; government programs such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Social Security benefits for stay-at-home mothers based on their husbands’ income; exemption for women from the military draft and front-line combat; criminal protections via the Violence Against Women Act; and on and on.
  • ERA empowers courts, not women. Because the language is so vague, courts would be called upon to interpret its application to innumerable situations – some of which were not even contemplated in the 1970s, such as the meaning of “sex.” Thus, citizens’ right to govern themselves on contentious present-day issues would be usurped by unaccountable federal courts.
  • Unlike in the 1970s, ERA would be used to impose the most radical consequences of the “gender revolution,” which allows men to declare themselves women and vice versa. Warnings from the 1970s that ERA would threaten privacy and safety protections for women and girls in restrooms, locker rooms, etc., were dismissed as alarmist nonsense. Under ERA, the privacy, safety and rights of women would be compromised in gender neutral policies. Already we are seeing these threats as special protections based on gender identity supersede the safety, privacy and rights of women.
  • ERA would almost certainly cement a federal right to expanded, taxpayer-funded abortion access. Members of Big Abortion (including the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood) have long argued in court filings that state-level ERAs guarantee a right to abort children with public funding, and state supreme courts in Connecticut and New Mexico have agreed with this interpretation.

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Are You an Encourager?

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“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:1-4

Because Concerned Women for America (CWA) believes prayer is crucial to revival and restoration of a nation, we are seeking volunteers to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Campaign for the 2019 Virginia legislative session. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of our state legislators as we pray for them each day and encourage them through our weekly postcards. Virginia has 140 legislators (40 senators and 100 delegates). Would you commit to adopt a legislator and pray for him or her daily during the six-week session that runs January and February?

As an EAL volunteer, you will send your assigned legislator a pre-printed postcard weekly. The postcard contains a Scripture verse or quote as an expression of appreciation for his or her service in the legislature. You can also write a short note letting the legislator know you are praying for them. The cards are never used to lobby the legislator.

CWA has implemented this program in many states, including Virginia, with great success. Legislators have responded with humble appreciation. Will you be one of our faithful prayer warriors? If so, we will assign a legislator to you and supply you with the instructions and supplies. Contact me to sign up and/or for further information.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janet Stasulli
EAL coordinator
434-525-6705
jfstasulli@gmail.com

Update from CWA of Virginia: This Saturday’s Event in Support of Phillip Zodhiates, Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

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As you may recall from past e-alerts, Lisa Miller is the biological mother of Isabella through artificial insemination.  For seventeen months, Isabella grew up in a household where a civil union between two women existed. Lisa left homosexuality and dissolved the civil union. In 2004, Judge Prosser of Winchester ruled that Virginia’s Marriage Affirmation Act prohibited Virginia from recognizing civil unions. He deemed Lisa Miller Isabella’s only parent.

Then political and judicial activism started. There was an appeal, and Lisa lost and has been losing ever since. Vermont ordered visitation of Isabella to the former lesbian lover.  Lisa stopped the visits when Isabella began to exhibit emotional trauma.  Lisa and Isabella left the United States to a location unknown in September 2009.

After Lisa left the country, a Vermont judge ordered custody transferred on January 1, 2010, to Janet Jenkins, the former partner of Lisa.  Two individuals were found guilty and served jail time for aiding Lisa and Isabella in leaving the United States.  A third individual, Philip Zodhiates, has been charged and convicted and will report on December 5 to begin serving his 3-year prison sentence.

An event in support of Philip Zodhiates will be held this Saturday, December 1.   Supporters will gather at Gracebuilt Church at 2639 West Main Street in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Several people close to the case will be speaking.  The event will begin at noon and a reception will follow.  Bring a finger food to share. Drinks will be provided.

They ask that you RSVP to info@419fund.com.

Janet Robey
Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
CWA of Virginia