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Concerned Women for America of Virginia Responds to Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger’s Co-sponsoring and Voting Favorably for the Deceptively Named “Equality Act.”

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Concerned Women for America of Virginia Responds to
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger’s Co-sponsoring and Voting
Favorably for the Deceptively Named “Equality Act.”
 

Her Vote Will Harm the Women of Virginia.

Richmond, VA – On behalf our members who reside in Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s (D-District 7) congressional district, Concerned Women for America of Virginia wants Rep. Spanberger to know that she has been misled and fooled by H.R. 5, the deceptively-named “Equality Act.” The Equality Act makes an unverifiable and unscientific attempt to address discrimination by elevating protections for select groups on the basis of a new definition of sex. H.R. 5 redefines the term sex to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” in civil rights law, elevating “gender identity” over the protected class of sex as male and female.

As absurd as it sounds, this bill Rep. Spanberger supports strips women from any protection from men who would identify as women in bathrooms, locker rooms, women’s shelters, sports competition, and more.

The Equality Act would give any person the right to claim “gender identity” as the opposite sex at any time. This legislation is a direct threat against every woman in America and in our great state of Virginia. Its effects are nothing less than extreme, far-reaching, and uncontainable.

Most importantly, Americans do not need the Equality Act to ensure equal rights. All people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, already receive equal protection of the laws under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equality Act will be used, as other gender identity policies have, to impede upon the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls.

Supporters like Rep. Spanberger have no way of defending the threats the Equality Act have against women even though basic common sense makes it obvious to most people. It’s a shame Rep. Spanberger blindly jumped on the bandwagon.

Concerned Women for America of Virginia rejects this misguided legislation with far-reaching implications that would be imposed on the American people, especially women.

For more information on the Equality Act, visit our website at https://concernedwomen.org/erasing-women-the-equality-act-dangerous-consequences/

 

Toni DeLancey
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Virginia

Janet Robey
Associate Director
Concerned Women for America of Virginia

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Arlington Public Schools Crafting Harmful Policies for Children

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In direct opposition to many parents, Arlington Public Schools (APS) is crafting transgender and gender nonconforming policies for children as young as kindergarten under the guise of nondiscrimination. These policies are being quietly pushed in Arlington, Virginia, and if successful, could be coming to your schools very soon.

Background:
You may have read this controversial news story earlier this year about the reading of the book I am Jazz to a kindergarten class at Ashlawn Elementary school in Arlington. The book, about a transgender child, was read to five-year-old kindergartners by a transgender woman who had been invited into the classroom through a relationship the county has formed with a transactivist rights organization.

After hearing about the book reading, parents began to investigate what was going on in the school and why they were not given the option of opting their child out of such a reading. What they learned was that the APS school board was working on a policy proposal they said was in regards to transgendered students’ safety and civil rights. However, should this policy be adopted, under the guise of nondiscrimination, the integration of transgender curricula and ideology will be forced upon every young child at school without parental consent.

In response to the proposed new policy, a group of politically and religiously diverse Arlington county parents came together to form the Arlington Parents Coalition to expose what is happening in the school system. Read news coverage here and here.

Action Items:
Whether you have children currently in school or not, you are a tax paying citizen and therefore have the right to voice your opinion.

  1. Please complete the APS survey on their proposed policy changes. This is an opportunity to voice your opposition to the proposed changes. The deadline to complete the survey is this coming Tuesday, June 11.
  2. Visit the Arlington Parents Coalition There you will find specific action items to fight back against the enormous overreach by the APS.
  3. If you do not live in the APS district, stay alert to similar proposed policies in your communities, and be sure to let me know of any concerns.
  4. Please pass this e-alert onto those you know. Encourage them to both pray and act.

As women and mothers, we love our children and cannot imagine the anxiety when a child is hurting about their identity. I can only feel love and compassion for children who feel as if they identify as the other sex. These children must be loved and supported by other children, teachers, and adults in their lives. God says in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Our charge, directly from the Lord, is to care for those who are hurting.

However, we can love and support gender-dysphoric children (who make up less than 1% of the population) without advocating for the ideological transactivist indoctrination of the other 99%.

Prayer Items:
Please pray for the parents and children of Arlington. May the Lord give them extraordinary discernment. Please pray for Arlington School Board members by name.

Thank you in advance for both your prayers and actions concerning this issue.

Sincerely,
Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

Sheriff Candidate Forum a Great Success

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The Concerned Women for America of Virginia (CWA) Forest Prayer/Action Chapter sponsored a Sheriff Candidate Forum last month. Since CWA is non-partisan, this informational and educational forum was held so that our members will be well educated when they go to the polls.

A special thank you goes out to our host church, Forest Alliance Church, located on Jefferson Road in Forest. The fellowship hall was packed out with CWA members, guests, and four of the five candidates running for sheriff.

The candidates desiring to be our next Bedford County Sheriff who were present were: Tim Hayden (I), Mike Miller (R), Kent Robey (R), and David Wells (R). James Kirkland (I) was unavailable to attend.   Each candidate vying for the position comes with years of police experience.   They all gave an overview of what they see their role is as sheriff of Bedford County and a list of desired action points. The candidates all agreed that school safety is a concern and additional School Resource Officers are needed, however, they said they would show restraint on adding to the tax burden of the residents of Bedford County.

On the questions of marijuana decriminalization and gambling/casinos, all were in agreement that marijuana is a gateway drug and all forms of gambling, including the lottery, is detrimental to families. They all oppose the decriminalization of marijuana and all forms of gambling.

Concerning the question on “hate crimes,” all the candidates expressed that a crime is a crime and if a law is on the books, enforce it. They all echoed that if you have been a victim of any crime, hate or otherwise, report it.

The majority spoke very firmly that they supported the Second Amendment and expressed that it is not the gun that kills but the person pulling the trigger.

 Kent Robey, Tim Hayden, Mike Miller, and David Wells

Vote on Rules Change Failed! ERA is Officially Dead in Virginia!

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Thank you for praying about and taking action on the multiple urgent e-alerts we have sent you concerning the ERA in Virginia for over a month now.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Your continued prayers and action worked! The ERA was stopped in Virginia for this year! On a party line vote, earlier today, the rule change vote was narrowly defeated in the House of Delegates, killing the ERA for this legislative session. The last-ditch efforts of ERA allies were thwarted. Thanks be to God!

The House of Delegates 51 Republicans voted to defeat any changes to the rules but the 49 Democrats each voted for the rule change. It was that close!

Join us in praising God for this victory in Virginia.

Please take action NOW: It is important that we thank the 51 delegates for their vote today. In your thank-you notes/emails, please remember to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia, we’re praying for them, and that we will continue to fight against ERA alongside them next session. Thank you!

Delegates who defeated the Rules Change:

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Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
571-317-1735
va.cwfa.org

Democrats Using Rules Changes to Attempt to Pass ERA; Vote is TOMORROW; Your Action Needed TODAY

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As we mentioned in our last alert on the ERA, proponents are still using every strategy in their arsenal to pass the ERA.

As you may recall S.J. Res. 284 passed the Senate 26 to 14 and although it was defeated in the House subcommittee of the Privileges and Elections Committee – it actually remains “alive” in the House of Delegates until the day of adjournment which is scheduled for this Saturday, February 23.

Because ERA supporters do not have the votes to pass the ERA out of the Privileges and Elections Committee, they are proposing two Rule Changes that “discharge” the Committee to bring S.J. Res. 284 directly to the floor of the House of Delegates.  These proposals include that the House of Delegates only need to pass them with a majority, not the typical two-thirds.

In response, Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-District 15) introduced H. Res. 279 to preserve the two-thirds vote required to pass a Rules Change.

All three proposed Rules Changes are scheduled to be brought to a vote TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 20. Because the House of Delegates has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats, this process vote is critical! 

Please pray that the ERA will be stopped tomorrow.

Please take action NOW!

Please email all the Republican delegates listed below by clicking on each of their names.  Respectfully urge them to oppose any Rule Changes that would enable the ERA to go to the House floor instead of going through committee and to support Todd Gilbert’s Rules Change, H. Res 279.  Insist that the delegates be present when these Rules Changes are voted on. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.

For more information about the ERA view our talking points.

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Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

Denise Cappuccio at the Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia Rally

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By now you’ve probably seen the shocking video that went viral showing Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran defending a bill that she introduced, which she freely admitted would allow abortion-on-demand up until the moment of birth. Denise Cappuccio, CWA’s Director of Finance and a constituent of Delegate Tran, spoke at a recent rally in support of the unborn and against this atrocious form of extremism on the issue of abortion.

Event Alert – Pro-Life Press Conference and Rally

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By now you’ve probably seen the shocking video that went viral showing Virginia Delegate Kathy K.L. Tran (D-District 42) defending a bill that she introduced, which she eventually admitted after being questioned, would allow abortion on-demand up until the moment of birth.  See Alert #2 below for additional information and action items.

We are asking pro-life Virginians to join CWA and other pro-life allies at a press conference/rally this Saturday to stand for life.  Here are the details: 

When: This Saturday, February 2, at 12:00 noon. Please arrive early if you can, and dress warmly!

Where: South County High School at 8501 Silverbrook Rd., Lorton, VA 22079

Why: To denounce radical abortion measures being introduced in our Commonwealth and to call upon Delegate Tran to abandon this extreme legislation.

Additional Details: Delegate Tran and two other pro-abortion legislators are holding a public Townhall at 1:00 p.m. at South County High School. We are asking pro-life Virginians to attend the pro-life press conference and rally before the Townhall. We are also encouraging concerned citizens to then stay for the Townhall and call upon Delegate Tran and her allies to abandon this extreme legislation.

Important requestwe have been asked not to share the event out on social media. Please forward this information via email, text or word-of-mouth only. Thank you.

In His service,

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

Virginia Will NOT be the Next New York When it Comes to Abortion

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Virginia garnered national attention this week after Delegate Kathy K.L. Tran (D-District 42) introduced legislation, HB2491, in a House Courts of Justice subcommittee that would have removed all protections in the second and third trimester of pregnancy that currently exist under the Virginia law. If you haven’t already, be sure to view this disturbing exchange between Delegate Tran and the Subcommittee Chair Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R-District 15). Her vile legislation mirrors the bill recently passed in New York. Thanks be to God, it was defeated – but if it had passed, it would have removed all provisions under Virginia code in the later stages of pregnancy, including written informed consent, an ultrasound, and the need for a second opinion if the abortion may be done on the grounds of imminent death or impairment.

This video shined a bright and honest spotlight on exactly what these pro-abortion activists are doing, and it seems many in Virginia have awoken and are outraged. This is NOT what the pro-abortion activists wanted the public to see, and they are scrambling to discredit it.

Note, the upcoming campaign cycle is going to be a pivotal time because our Governor has urged pro-abortion candidates to run to replace pro-life leaders in the State House of Delegates and Senate. Gov. Northam has vowed to sign any pro-abortion bills that come across his desk.
Know that the Lord has activated His army in this battle! Yesterday, Speaker of the House M. Kirkland Cox (R-District 66) delivered a powerful speech (forward to 12:32:20) on the floor of the General Assembly explaining what is at stake in Virginia and in our country in this fight for life. Get the tissues ready, Speaker Cox’s remarks are powerful.

Please take action!

  1. Please e-mail your heartfelt thanks to Speaker Cox for his powerful sanctity of life speech yesterday. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. And, please reach out to your delegate and senator in Richmond and affirm once again that you support life and you encourage them to vote pro-life always.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  3. If time allows, contact Gov. Northam. Respectfully encourage him to reconsider the issue of abortion.  Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America.

Please pray.

  • Although we disagree with Delegate Tran and Gov. Northam, let us all agree in prayer that God will bring them a greater understanding through our letters and calls and the nudging of their consciences that the murder of babies is not reproductive health. May we always remain kind and loving when we represent the Lord’s values; some are reporting that Delegate Tran has been threatened with violence, and this is NEVER condoned.
  • Pray for God’s continued blessings on this session in Virginia.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

The Battle Continues Against the ERA

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“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58

Thank you! We can say with confidence that together we have stood firm and will continue to do so until the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is defeated in Virginia.  We are grateful for the time, energy, and prayers that have been extended the last couple of weeks by all involved. We have participated in a coalition press conference, visited the offices of multiple legislators, testified before the Senate sub-committee, spoke at a coalition lobby day, and most importantly you have joined us in both prayer and action as you encouraged your legislators to vote against the ERA.  Your prayers and actions have made all the difference. Thank you!

Status: After passing the full Senate the first week of session, the House Sub-Committee Privileges and Elections “passed by indefinitely” all four ERA bills. On Friday, January 25, an attempt to overrule the sub-committee decision on one of the bills (HJ579) was made by Delegate Mark Sickle (D-District 43). However, the full House Committee of Privileges and Elections defeated it along party lines 12 to 10.  Thanks be to God!

Stay Alert: Proponents may still have some strategy in their arsenal which might result in a motion before the House Committee of Privileges and Elections next Friday morning, February 1, or even an attempt to bring it to the full House.

Please take action by contacting Speaker of the House, Delegate M. Kirkland Cox (R-District 66), and thank him for standing with us against the ERA and to continue to do so. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.  He can be contacted at [email protected] and/or by phone at 804-698-1066.

Please pray for Speaker Cox. Pray for continued wisdom and courage in the midst of the aggressive ERA proponents.

As things continue to develop, we will keep you informed on how to both act and pray.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
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Is, Or Is Not, the ERA Dead in Virginia?

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Thank you for joining with us in prayer over the last two weeks, asking the Lord to thwart the plans of those promoting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Virginia.  God is faithful and answered our prayers!

The House Sub-Committee of Privileges and Elections met Monday, January 22, and voted 4-2 to pass by indefinitely (PBI) four separate bills that would have ratified the ERA. To clarify, PBI, allows the committee to reconsider legislation at a later meeting. If the committee takes no further action, the bill is “dead.” An answer to prayer, HOWEVER, we must stay diligent. 

Why must we stay diligent?! The Washington Post reported last night that the two Democrats on the committee who supported the measure expressed hope the full committee will revive the legislation. Some sources say it could be as early as this Friday! 

Now is not the time to back down! We must continue to make our voice heard! Both those on the House Committee of Privileges and Elections, and your delegate, need to hear from you. Those who support the ERA have already started to put immense pressure on the House Committee of Privileges and Elections to reconsider.  Our voices must be clear and unrelenting in our opposition. 

During Monday’s sub-committee hearing SJ284, HJ583, HJ579 and HJ577 were presented and both those in support and opposition were given opportunity to testify.  The packed committee room was overrun by those who supported the ERA, however, common sense and a strong statement from the Vice Chair, Delegate Margaret Ransone (R-District 99), overcame the odds. View her fearless comments here starting around the 43:00 mark.

Please take action now!

  1. Email and/or call the members of the House Committee of Privileges and Elections and ask them to not reconsider the ERA. Click here for talking points if you would like to expound. (Even if you called them previously do not hesitate to contact them again to let them know where you stand if it were to be reconsidered.) Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia. (If convenient, when contacting the following committee members offices, thank the following delegates for courageously voting against the ERA in sub-committee: Delegate Ransone (R-District 99), Delegate Fowler (R-District 55), Delegate McGuire (R-District 56) and Delegate Ingram (R-District 62).
  2. Contact your delegate in case it goes to the house floor for a vote. Click here to find out who your delegate is and how to contact him or her.
  3. Attend the anti-ERA event in Richmond this Thursday. The Richmond rally and lobby day scheduled for this Thursday, January 24, has been turned into a lobby day and a time to hear speakers over lunch. The lobbying will be focused on encouraging the legislators that have consistently opposed the ERA. It will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Do all you can do to attend and bring other women with you. Numbers matter! 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. 
  4. Please forward this to others immediately and encourage them to pray and take action.

Please continue to pray against the ERA in Virginia. First, thank the Lord for the committee’s vote against the ERA.  Second, pray that that is the last we have seen of the ERA in 2019.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
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va.cwfa.org

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 [email protected] 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
[email protected]
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 [email protected]  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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]
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 – watch video

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[Click here to view video of State Director’s statement before the committee. Go to approximately 39:00.]

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.