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].
Let’s show the nation that Virginia is for life by joining Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia, along with thousands of pro-life individuals from around the state, at the third annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond on Friday, September 17. It is crucial that we come together and visually represent God’s unconditional love for life!
Here are the event details:
Date: Friday, September 17
12:00 p.m. Rally in Capitol Square at the State Capitol (1000 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23218)
1:00 p.m. – March for Life around Capitol Square (approximately one mile)
Men, women, and families are all welcome and encouraged to attend.
We invite you to meet up and march with CWA of Virginia. Drop me an email if you plan to attend, and I will send a meet-up location as the event draws closer.
- Homemade signs are great! If you would like to make your own sign and need ideas, check out the examples on the March for Life website.
- Visit the March for Life website for FAQs and additional details such as vehicle parking options.
With Virginia currently funding the abortion industry with millions of taxpayer dollars and heading into a critical election season where we will choose new state leadership, we need to come together to speak up for unborn babies who cannot speak for themselves. Join us as we march in support of life!
Hoping to see YOU on September 17 in Richmond!
This month, Concerned Women for America of Virginia’s Forest Prayer/Action Chapter hosted a Coffee and Conversation event with Bedford County’s new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marc Bergin.
The meeting was opened in prayer and a short overview of Concerned Women for America was given. Dr. Bergin was given an opportunity to make remarks, followed by a time of Q&A. Questions ranged from masking in the schools to transgender policies, Critical Race Theory, and curriculum development in the Bedford County Schools.
We encourage all CWA of Virginia members to be engaged locally by attending Board of Supervisors, school board, and city and town council meetings.
I am very excited to introduce to you Teresa Pregnall, CWA’s new Virginia State Director. Teresa’s involvement with CWA started several years ago when she became active in a local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter. Teresa was drawn to CWA because of our balanced emphasis on education, prayer, and action. Because of this, Teresa very much looks forward to visiting CWA of Virginia’s existing chapters and developing new ones throughout the state. In addition, she is excited to see what the Lord does as she and Janet Robey, friend and seasoned Associate State Director, prayerfully grow the steering committee, increase influence at the state capitol, and draw fellow believers into the ministry of CWA.
Teresa’s life as a homemaker, wife, and mother has been her primary ministry and has brought Teresa great joy and fulfillment. Additionally, Teresa served in active military service with the United States Marine Corps and has been a Bible teacher to young women since 1999, opening her home to many college-age, young professional, and married women over the years.
Teresa has been passionately involved in short-term missions for over 22 years, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, and Asia. Teresa and her husband Herbert (Herb) Pregnall. Jr. resides in Forest, Virginia, and are the proud parents of daughter Christine and son-in-law Bryan.
A note from Teresa:
I look forward to promoting CWA’s purposes and concerns wherever possible, as well as being available to you for help and encouragement, as together we build a strong state organization that honors Christ and brings Him glory!
Vice President of Field Operations
Concerned Women for America
By Barb Sherman
“… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
May 6 was the National Day of Prayer– a day set aside for a national observance of God’s sovereignty over our nation, whether it be His provision, judgment, blessing, or protection. Our country was founded on a Scriptural foundation and on prayer. If we are to see our country revived, we must return to those original moral roots and Biblical directives.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s, Associate State Director Jan Robey, and the Forest Prayer Action/Chapter had the privilege to lead a time of prayer at the Bedford Town Clock at Main/Bridge Streets at noon. In an appeal to heaven, prayers were lifted up for each of the following centers of influence: family, church, workplace, education, military, government, and media.
Many private citizens, representing various local churches, were present, as were several local officials, including Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22), Delegate Wendell Walker (R-District 23), Tracey Good, wife of Congressman Bob Good (R-District 5), and Bedford Town Council member Bruce Hartwick. Delegate Walker gave the opening prayer, members of the Forest Prayer/Action Chapter read scripture, and each prayed over a center of influence. Lori Lewis, the Bedford Pregnancy Center Director, prayed over families, and local pastor Travis Witt prayed over the government. Delegate Byron gave a few remarks and closed out our event in prayer.
The National Day of Prayer theme for this year was “Lord, pour out Your Love, Life, and Liberty.” The theme comes from II Corinthians 3:17, which declares, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”
Jan Robey had this to say about the scripture: “How fitting this scripture is for our town of Bedford, as Bedford was established in 1782 as the village of Liberty.” Jan Expressed appreciation for all who turned out and implored all to continue to pray for revival in our country and our leaders – local, state, and federal.
Every year is an election year for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This year, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and entire House of Delegates will all be on the ballot along with some local races. The candidates for each party will be selected either by a primary or an unassembled convention. The Democratic primary is in June, and the Republican unassembled State Convention is May 8. Please visit each parties’ website for their process.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia has embraced the challenge to register new voters early. On March 31, we trained a group of women on how to register new voters at local events such as farmer’s markets, gun shows, car shows, churches, and local festivals. Participants learned how to assist individuals in registering to vote, check their registration status, find their polling place, and/or apply to vote by mail. We also reviewed the paper voter registration application and noted what is required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for new voters.
- Would you like to join us in registering voters?
- Would you like to be trained on how to do a non-partisan registration table at your church or local event?
- Would you like to assist someone in doing a non-partisan registration table in your area?
- Is there an event(s) in your area that would benefit from a non-partisan voter registration table?
- Might your church be open to having a non-partisan voter registration table?
There are already multiple opportunities to assist in tabling in the Lynchburg, Virginia, area. If you are interested in helping in your area, please contact Teresa, our Voter Registration Coordinator, at 434-238-2770 or [email protected].
Together we will cultivate voters who are ready to vote their values. You are needed!
We hope to hear from you soon!
The very fast-paced state legislative session convened on January 13 and was adjourned on February 11. Immediately following the adjournment, Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) called a Special Session, supposedly to deal with the budget and COVID-19 response. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s volunteer legislative team (Cathy Tankersley, Carole Denner, Teresa Pregnall, Jan Robey) monitored and researched legislation and represented your interests throughout the legislative session. You can check out CWA of Virginia’s legislative priorities here.
Action Needed on Bad Election Bills
A priority for CWA of Virginia this session was election integrity. The right to vote in a free and fair election is the most basic civil right, one on which many of the other rights of the American people depend. Disappointingly, many bad election bills were passed by the legislature and now await the governor’s signature.
Please contact Gov. Northam today and urge him not to sign the following election bills. Let him know that you oppose these measures, which weaken election integrity.
Contact information: 804-786-2211 | Online contact form
Wrap-Up on other legislative priorities
Good election legislation
Election bills supported by CWA of Virginia were defeated mostly along party lines. Thank you for adding your voice in support of these commonsense measures, which would have preserved election integrity.
- HB1970 – Voter identification: photograph required.
- HB1746 – Conduct of elections; vote counting, required live video recording.
- SB1153 – Elections: absentee voting; ballots to be sorted and results by precinct.
- HB1758 – Voter registration, transmit weekly list of deceased to Department of Elections.
- HB2205 – Same-day voter registration; repeal.
- SB1118 – Voter registration; verification of social security numbers, provisional status.
Sanctity of Life Legislation
Regrettably, companion bills HB1896 and SB1276 passed and will allow state health plans to cover abortions. Fortunately, HB1922 which would have expanded abortion coverage, did not pass out of committee.
Defense of Family Legislation
CWA of Virginia supported SB1235’s requirement that the Department of Health must have parental consent before communicating with a minor. This bill was drafted in response to the postcard that was mailed to Virginia minors from the Department of Health regarding sexual matters. Unfortunately, the bill did not come out of a House committee after passing the full Senate by a vote of 20-19.
We praise God that HB1932, which would have removed the conscience protections for agencies that place children in foster and adoptive homes, did not pass out of committee. Thank you to everyone who let committee members know your convictions. Your efforts made a difference!
May we continue to pray for our legislators to have discernment. “May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:12
In these difficult days, remember that our confidence must be established on God, not government. Prayers and action at the grassroots level MUST continue. “Duty is ours, results are God’s.” John Quincy Adams.
Associate State Director
For Concerned Women for America LAC
It has been a few years since we have reported on Lisa Miller’s story. Lisa went into hiding with her daughter Isabella in September of 2009. As some of you may recall their story, Lisa, Isabella’s birth mother, had been in a lesbian relationship, became a Christian, and then left the lifestyle. Lisa’s former partner was eventually awarded visitation, and the transfer of custody of Isabella was looming. LifeSite news conducted an in-depth in-person interview with Lisa in 2008. You can read that story here.
Two men who aided Lisa’s escape from the long arm of our judiciary system were convicted and sentenced to prison. Ken Miller, an Anabaptist pastor from Virginia (no relation to Lisa), served two years and was released in 2018. Philip Zodhiates is due to be released from prison later this year after serving his three-year prison sentence.
So now we circle back to Lisa to where this story of a dedicated mom started. Lisa was willing to leave her life in the U.S. and embark on an unknown path. That path took her to Nicaragua for over ten years. On January 19, 2021, Lisa turned herself into the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. She is now in a federal detention center in Miami and is due to be transferred to Oklahoma, where the U.S. Marshall Service will process Lisa and then transfer her to Buffalo, New York, where she will stand trial.
Isabella released the following statement, “I am grateful for the life that God has given me these past few years and rejoice in the blessings He has granted me. I am not willing to testify against Mama or anyone who has helped bless my life these past years. I am committed to continuing to serve God in the days to come.”
Lisa made this statement, “I ask you for prayer specifically for me to honor and to glorify God and for my health. Thank you in advance for your prayers. May our Lord be further glorified in this matter.”
Concerned Women for America of Virginia was honored to support Lisa and Isabella as their story unfolded from the beginning. We wrote and distributed updates, attended court hearings, often praying in the back of the courtroom (see below), and putting out prayer and action alerts.
It is our honor once again to come to you with this update and to ask you to pray for this family as they stand for the Lord and suffer the consequences of disobeying the federal authorities. Lisa chose to serve her God and raise her daughter according to Biblical principles rather than to submit to judicial tyranny.
Please join us in prayer.
- Pray for wisdom for Lisa’s attorneys;
- Pray for the judge who will preside over this case;
- Pray for good health and strength for Lisa;
- Pray for the thwarting of the schemes of those who would aim to distort the truth, whether it be the prosecutors, media, or anyone surrounding this case.
Spread the word. Please forward this on to friends and family and encourage them to pray.
Good news! Because of the many comments submitted regarding the Model Policy for Treatment of Transgender Students, the Virginia Department of Education has delayed the policy’s February 4 enactment. Thank you to all who responded to our alerts.
Update on Abby*: In the story below, we told you about Abby, a 4th-grade student in a Virginia public school who had a very upsetting experience in her classroom. We are pleased to report that Abby, who was on a waiting list to enroll in a Christian school, just learned this week that she would be able to continue her education at a local Christian school. And because of her father’s engagement with the principal and school board of the public school where Abby attended, the book “Julian Is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love has been removed from that school’s library.
We commend Abby’s parents for standing strong. We must continue to voice our concerns to protect other children who have no options within the public education system.
Look for further updates, and thanks for praying and acting!
Abby* is a ten-year-old girl and in the 4th grade. She attends a Virginia public school.
Abby’s English teacher recently read the book to the class, “Julian Is A Mermaid” by Jessica Love. After the teacher finished reading the book, she asked the question, “what is the purpose of the book?” One boy raised his hand and said, “it is about a boy who wants to be a mermaid.” The teacher then asked Abby the same question (she had not raised her hand.) Abby replied that she would rather not answer the question. The teacher said, “You will speak.” Abby replied, “It is about a boy wanting to wear makeup and be a girl.” The teacher replied, “You are right. You can be anything you want to be.”
Abby was quite upset, and when she was picked up after school, it was the first thing she told her mother. Abby’s parents are now exploring private and homeschooling options. But what about students who do not have those options? Who will speak for them?
Earlier this month I encouraged you to participate in the comment period for Virginia’s proposed Model Policy for Treatment of Transgender Students (read more here). The model policy states its purpose is “to ensure a positive, safe environment for all students.” Do you think Abby’s experience was positive? I do not, and these types of classroom experiences will only increase with a radical, unscientific philosophy being forced upon students.
Now is the time to speak up for students like Abby. The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the model policies. The comment period closes next Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Click here to submit a comment. Let them know that you disapprove of this radical push to eliminate differences between females and males and the brainwashing of our children and grandchildren.
Associate State Director
*Name was changed to protect Abby’s true identity.
The Virginia General Assembly’s legislative session is moving rapidly. Concerned Women for America of Virginia is working on key issues that impact you. Calls/emails are needed early this week (February 8) on the following pieces of legislation:
The Virginia General Assembly has put forth some bad election legislation that opens the door to corruption. We are opposing HB1888 because it provides for the establishment of ballot drop boxes, which can create security, tampering, and chain of custody issues. We are also opposing SB1097, which removes the witness signature requirement from absentee voting ballots, inviting voter fraud.
There is one piece of good legislation that we support, SB1422. SB1422 will require weekly reporting from the State Registrar of Vital Records to the Department of Election of those individuals who have died. This will ensure that the voter rolls are updated in a consistent manner.
- Contact your state delegate today and urge him or her to oppose SB1097 and to support SB1422.
- Contact your state senator today and urge him or her to oppose HB1888.
- If you do not know who your state delegate and senator are, click here. If you are a member of CWA of Virginia, be sure to let them know.
Identical bills, HB 1896 and SB 1276, will expand the reach of abortion in Virginia have passed both the House of Delegates and the State Senate. These dangerous bills would eliminate the restriction under the Affordable Care Act offered in Virginia regarding abortion funding at the taxpayers’ expense.
- Contact the committee members in the House Labor and Commerce and the Senate Commerce and Labor. Urge the committee members to vote NO on the bills.
- Contact your State Delegate and Senator to inform them that abortion coverage should not expand in Virginia, especially at the taxpayers’ expense. Tell him or her to vote against the bills then they are voted on in their respective chambers. Click here to find your legislator.
Conscience Protections for Adoptions Agencies
HB1932 passed the Virginia House of Delegates. This dangerous bill “repeals provisions that allowed child-placing agencies to refuse to perform, assist with, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placements when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”
Take Action! Call or email your state senator today and urge him or her to OPPOSE HB1932 when it comes to the floor for a vote. Click here to find your state senator.
Click here for a list of the priority legislation CWA of Virginia is monitoring.
“Crossover Day” in the Virginia General Assembly is the legislative day of the session, where bills must pass out of their respective chambers to be considered by the other chamber. For example, bills passed by the House are considered by the Senate, and vice versa. After Crossover Day, no new bills may be introduced, passed, and moved. More information below.
A Primer: How does a bill move through the Virginia General Assembly to the governor’s desk for signature?
- Before or when the General Assembly convenes in January, a member of the House of Delegates or State Senate introduces an idea for legislation. This person is called the Chief Patron.
- Legislative Services then researches how the idea might impact the Code of Virginia (laws) and writes the idea into bill language and assigns the bill a number. The bill number will begin with SB for a Senate bill or HB for a House bill.
- The bill is then referred to a House or Senate committee, and sometimes a subcommittee. If the bill passes out of committee, it goes to the full House or Senate, where it is passed or defeated.
- As a bill moves through the House and Senate, changes are often made to the bill language. If there are differences between the House of Delegates and Senate, a Committee of Conference is created to resolve them.
- Once the differences are resolved, it goes to the governor for his or her signature or veto.
Crossover Day in the General Assembly is determined by the legislative calendar and is seven to ten days prior to the end of the session.
- Any legislation not passed through the entire process in the House or Senate is dead for the year.
- All legislation that has passed the State Senate will now go through the committee and voting process in the House of Delegates.
- All legislation that passed the House of Delegates will now go through the committee and voting process in the state Senate.
For more information on how a bill becomes a law in Virginia, click here.
Last week, I informed you letting know that you can make a difference in Virginia by praying and taking action on important bills being considered during the 2021 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly. SB1276, Essential Health Benifites; Abortion Coverage, is one such bill.
SB 1276 passed out of the Commerce and Labor Committee and will soon come up for a floor vote in the Senate. This dangerous bill would eliminate the restriction under the Affordable Care Act (at the taxpayers’ expense) offered in Virginia regarding abortion funding. In other words, it will allow state health care plans to cover abortion. More health care plans covering abortion means more abortions.
- Call or email your state senator today and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 1276 when it comes to the floor for a vote. Click here to find your state senators. Type in your address and click Search.
- Forward this email to family and friends.
Join us in prayer: Father God, we know that the shedding of innocent blood is an abomination to you. We ask for your forgiveness, as a nation, as a state, for the sin of abortion. We pray earnestly for our Virginia General Assembly. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ that there would be reason and courage among our legislators and that every bill introduced to further the killing of innocent babies would be defeated. We pray in the name of Jesus that protection of all innocent human life from conception until natural death would become the law of our state and our nation. In the precious name of our Lord and Savior, we pray, amen.
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19
Associate State Director
At the direction of the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) was instructed to develop model policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. As you read through a small sampling of the proposed policies listed below my signature line, keep in mind that there are no religious exceptions or accommodations for those in the faith community. The model policies are far-reaching and will have untold impact on our children and grandchildren. Parental authority and religious freedom are under attack.
Now is the time to make your opinion heard. The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the model policies. The comment period runs from January 4 to February 3, 2021.
Click here to submit a comment. Let them know that you disapprove of this radical push to eliminate differences between females and males and the brainwashing of our children and grandchildren.
Please join us in prayer: Father God, we approach your throne with grave concerns. We ask for guidance, wisdom, and discernment as we navigate these troubling and challenging times. May we be full of grace and compassion as we interact with those who disagree with us.
Nehemiah 4:14 “Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughter, your wives, and your houses.”
Associate State Director
Sample of proposed model policies:
Page 6 Definitions – “Gender Identity: A person’s internal sense of their own identity as a boy/man, girl/woman, something in between, or outside the male/female binary. Gender identity is an innate part of a person’s identity and can be the same or different from the sex assigned at birth.”
Page 10 – “Any incident or complaint of discrimination, harassment, or bullying shall be given prompt attention, including investigating the incident and taking appropriate corrective action, by the school administrator … The [School Division’s Designated Contact] shall be available to hear concerns from students or parents when complaints are not resolved at the school level.” A student could be investigated, and if resolved at the school level, a parent would not be notified.
Page 10 – “For transgender students, acts of verbal harassment may include the intentional and persistent use of names and pronouns not consistent with their identity.” School staff and students would face disciplinary action.
Page 12 – “school personnel shall treat information relating to a student’s transgender status as being particularly sensitive, shall not disclose it to other students and parents.” Parental authority ignored.
Page 12 – “School divisions will need to consider the health and safety of the student in situations where students may not want their parents to know about their transgender status … There are no regulations requiring school staff to notify a parent or guardian of a student’s request to affirm their gender identity…”
Page 13 – “Schools shall allow students to assert a name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence.”
“School staff should be prepared to support the safety and welfare of transgender students when their families are not affirming,” and school personnel who suspects a child is at risk “should report those concerns to Child Protective Services immediately.” Parents could be at risk for teaching their children biblical sexuality.
Page 17 – “For any school program, event, or activity, including extra-curricular activities that are segregated by gender, (School Division) shall allow students to participate in a manner consistent with their gender identity.”
“Athletic participation regulated by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) or another organization such as the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA), as well as middle school athletics, shall be in compliance with policies and rules outlined by those organizations.”
Page 18 – “Access to facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to a student’s gender identity shall be available to all students.”
“School staff should not confront students about their gender identity upon entry into the restroom.” This will eliminate privacy and safety in the use of bathrooms and locker rooms.
The 2021 Virginia General Assembly convenes Wednesday, January 13, 2021, and will continue through the end of February. The General Assembly, meeting mostly virtually, will be addressing legislation of great importance to you and your family, and you can count on Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia to represent your interests during the session. Our legislative team will be monitoring proposed legislation and informing you on how to pray and act on the legislation. You can read our top legislative priorities here.
Many of us feel tired and discouraged about our country’s direction. Nevertheless, our families need us to be vigilant! Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, the founder of CWA , said this, “God does not call us to be successful. He calls us to be faithful.” I hope you will purpose in your heart today to be faithful this year to pray and act on critical 2021 legislation.
Associate State Director
CWA of Virginia Legislative Team:
Carole Denner, Teresa Pregnall, Janet Robey, Cathy Tankersley
Wow! What a year this has been. Many bills harmful to families and unborn babies were passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat). And on a national level, it has also been a year like we have never experienced in our lifetime – the coronavirus and its lockdowns, lawlessness in our streets, and questions of election integrity.
Now is not the time to grow weary. Isaiah 54:17 promises us that no weapon forged against us will prevail. Prayer opens the keys to Kingdom power and is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us.
So, are you ready to pray?! I am looking for volunteers for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program for Virginia’s 2021 legislative session, which begins January 13, 2021.
If you are new to CWA, EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Virginia legislators while the General Assembly is in session. It involves sending a postcard every week for six weeks and praying daily for a legislator. Click here to review the EAL brochure, which further explains the program.
We have received several notes of gratitude and appreciation from our legislators over the years. Here are a few:
“Thanks for your many prayers and words of encouragement.”
“Thank you for your cards of support . . . they mean a great deal to me.”
If you would like to participate in the 2021 EAL program, please click here to sign up online, and I will be in contact with you.
This is also a great project for your whole family, students, a Sunday School class, or a Bible study group.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve the Lord and your fellow citizens.
It has been over 100 days and 18 executive orders (and numerous amendments) since Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020. The governor has now called a special session of the General Assembly for August 18, 2020.
If Virginia is to continue as a Commonwealth with a constitutional government and not by executive orders of a governor, it is imperative that we limit the timeframe a future governor (regardless of party) can dictate how Virginians live their lives, without input from our General Assembly. When a prolonged crisis occurs, our Commonwealth needs to be governed by the laws our elected officials debate and vote on, and not one individual or party that is in power. For these reasons, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia is supporting SB5001, which could be voted on during the August 18 special session.
SB5001, sponsored by Sen. Steven Newman (R-District 23), limits the governor’s emergency powers to 60 days total on any rule, regulation, or order. The language would amend the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to include, “No rule, regulation, or order issued under this section shall have any effect beyond 30 days after the date of issuance. If, however, the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 30 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor may once again issue the same rule, regulation, or order but shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency.”
Please take action!
- Call your state senator and ask that he/she co-sponsor the bill and then vote YES on SB5001. Click here to locate your senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
- Forward this email to family and friends.
Please join me in prayer that
- Self-interest will be laid aside for the common good.
- Discernment between truth and falsehood will be clear.
- Legislators will take brave stands for righteousness.
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure.” Proverbs 11:14
Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Tina Ramirez for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th District of Virginia.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, said:
“The 2020 election will be a defining moment in American history at the pinnacle of intense political division. The choice before voters is clear: support the bedrock freedoms of our Constitution and conservative values that make America great or threaten our future with a bankrupt leftist agenda that undermines religious freedom, denies life, erases female dignity, and embraces government socialism that will lead to economic and social collapse.
“Conservative women will not concede the fundamental values that strengthen families and promote individual flourishing to the left’s destructive agenda. That is why Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud today to endorse Tina Ramirez for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th District of Virginia.
“Tina is a champion of the pro-family conservative values that make Virginia and America great. Tina will bring her passion for religious freedom, the dignity of women, and the sanctity of human life to Congress and fight to preserve American sovereignty at home and abroad.
“Our members are honored to stand with Tina Ramirez in this election, confident that she will stand up for conservative values and American families with courage and integrity.”
Cathy Tankersley is a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader for CWA of Virginia. Cathy wrote an inspiring piece on why she wanted to be a leader with CWA. Please contact State Director Toni DeLancey to learn how you can get involved with CWA of Virginia. Phone: 571-317-1735 or e-mail.
Serving with Concerned Women for America of Virginia
By Cathy Tankersley
If you are a watchman on the wall and not an ostrich with your head in the sand, you might find yourself discouraged as you see evil seemingly winning and good people suffering calamity. This age-old dilemma has caused some to complain to God and some to walk away from God, such as Charles Templeton, who once evangelized with Billy Graham.
As a watchman, I am very aware of the injustices and evil prevailing in the land. Recently, as I was lamenting the depravity of this world, God took me to Habakkuk, an Old Testament prophet who wrestled with God questioning why God would let evil go unpunished and then why He would bring calamity on His own people (Habakkuk 3:18). God reminds Habakkuk that He is working in his day. And so, He is working likewise in our day whether we understand or not. Habakkuk learned to trust God, understanding that God is not accountable to any man and not obligated to handle situations the way we would, and yet He is completely wise and sovereign in all His dealings. We likewise need to trust that God is moving as a result of our prayers even when we don’t see it. We should not get discouraged in continuing to intercede when we don’t see results. But, oh the joy to answered prayers.
The Lord also took me to Isaiah 33:7-9 recently, reminding me that I need to not only pray but to act. Isaiah 33 speaks to the fact that we need to warn those doing evil and try to dissuade them from their evil ways, and if we don’t, we will be held accountable for their blood. What a sobering thought.
I was that ostrich with my head in the sand, too busy to know the issues before I was introduced to Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over four decades of helping its members bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. CWA’s policy experts focus on seven core worldview issues where they can have the greatest impact. CWA protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy utilizing an activist network.
I discovered my destiny as a watchman on the wall when I joined CWA and received education on legislative issues needing prayer along with great prayer points and actions to increase my influence with God and man. When lobbying, CWA provides great talking points on the issues and other prayer warrior lobbyists with whom to lobby, and we represent hundreds of thousands of women nationally and several thousand statewide giving us greater influence. I take a stand for righteousness regarding legislation even when I know the legislator will likely not be persuaded. I am only responsible for my actions and not theirs. I was lobbying on an issue at the state level with a conservative legislator who bemoaned, “Where is the silent majority?” which made me realize that even those who are like-minded in righteousness need to hear from us to help them stand strong and be encouraged.
Serving along women united in purpose allows us to celebrate the victories, commiserate over the setbacks, and help each other to have the right perspective during the losses and stay informed in order to do battle. I have formed lasting, trustworthy friendships through CWA that have enriched my life. We laugh together, cry together, and share life together. Our lives are richer as we serve together with a common purpose. Together we are better. Satan trembles when we meet in faith. Together we are a formidable force.