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Virginia Elections: Tuesday Prayer Point

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Dear Fellow Virginians,

Few opportunities come to individuals to make an eternal impact with profound current significance.  Prayer is just such an opportunity.  In the life of America, beginning May 14, 1607, in Jamestown, Virginia, under a sail converted to an awning, Christians have turned to God to guide and strengthen them.  Even more today, most Americans depend on our God to shield and defend us.  This prayer guide is presented as a tool for individuals and groups to use as they ask Him for wisdom and courage to return America to the precepts of God on which it was founded through those whom we elect.  Our thanks to Harvest Prayer Ministries for this great prayer guide, How to Pray for an Election.

Prayer and Scripture focus for Tuesday, October 29:
Pray that Christians will turn out and vote knowledgeably. Pray that voters will research, consider wisely, and seek counsel on the candidates for whom they will vote.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

Thank you,
Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Vote on Tuesday, November 5!

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Virginians: A Special Election Message from Penny Nance

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Dear Fellow Virginians,

I have lived in our beautiful Commonwealth since I came as an 18-year old college student and never left. I am blessed by the people of our state and the many opportunities it has afforded me and my family.  But I write to you today with a heavy heart.  I fear that next week’s election has deep consequences for Virginians and particularly for our children and children’s children.  We are in a battle for the soul of the Commonwealth.  That may seem like a silly overstatement, but I fear it is not.  The Virginia House of Delegates and Senate are in play by one vote.  Our votes and prayers matter.

The question before us today is whether Virginia will become New York and California in our policies? That is why I am asking you to commit to pray daily between now and next Tuesday, November 5, concerning this critical off-year election. Each morning leading up to the election, I am going to send you a prayer intention for the day. I would ask you to read it and send it to other believers.  I ask you pray each day at noon or at another time you set.  I ask that if you are led to fast for a day or even a meal.

I cannot stress how important this election is to the future for our families in Virginia. We must join together in prayer for our state and our nation.  When asked what kind of government the Founders has created Ben Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  This is how we keep it.

Prayer and Scripture focus for Monday, October 28:
Pray that the plans of the evil one will be thwarted concerning the election and praise the sovereign God of the universe that not one plan of His can be thwarted.

  • “For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27
  • Then Job answered the LORD and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2
  • “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.” Proverbs 21:30

Thank you,
Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Vote on Tuesday, November 5!

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Virginians: Are You Registered to Vote?

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Tuesday, October 15, is the last day to register to vote for the off-year elections in Virginia.

Reminder: It is election season in Virginia, where voters will go to the polls in November to elect state legislative races only. Virginia’s off-year elections are critically 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 partnering with conservative organizations across the state to get out the vote through voter registration and voter turnout efforts.

Important Virginia Voting Registration 2019 Deadlines

  • Tuesday, October 15: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration.
  • Tuesday, October 29: Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2: Deadline to vote in-person absentee.
  • September 21 – November.  Voting absentee – in person.
  • November 5 – Election day. 

Get Involved in Virginia!
#1- Ensure YOU are registered to vote
Go to the Virginia Department of Elections 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 to see if they are registered; encourage them to register and to 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 encourage others to email.  Contact me at [email protected].

Thank you!
Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

CWA of Virginia Recommends These Two Events

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There is a disturbing trend happening in many of the Northern Virginia school districts. Most recently, the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) school board has been making policy changes that expose our children and our neighbors’ children to sexually explicit materials and inappropriate and dangerous situations.

“Gender Identity” Policy Alert
In May 2015, the FCPS school board added “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy (Policy 1450) which opened the door for students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex for which they identify rather than their biological sex. FCPS allows principals and administrators to make decisions about accommodating transgender students’ bathroom and locker room usage on a case-by-case basis. Students are given no advance notice if a student of a different biological sex will be using the same facilities that they use.

Sexually Explicit Curriculum Alert
Parents should also be aware of troubling content in Family Life Education (FLE), Fairfax County’s sex ed curriculum. In ninth grade, students are taught that “gender assigned at birth” may be different than one’s biological sex. One eighth grade lesson mentions anal sex four times. A fifth grade lesson refers to needle sharing and sexually transmitted diseases. Parents can opt their students out of FLE. However, they are often unaware of the content, trusting that their school system is teaching age-appropriate content to their children.

Even if parents do opt their students out of Family Life Education, their students may still be exposed to sexually graphic material. Assigned high school English literature sometimes includes passages containing bestiality, incest, pedophilia, and gang rape. Book titles may be listed in a syllabus, but teachers are not required to inform parents when students will be reading books with this inappropriate content.

Action Items:

  • Contact your school to find out how to opt your student(s) out of FLB.
  • Ask your school the process for checking out copies of student-assigned textbooks so you can review the content.
  • Consider attending one or both of the CWA of Virginia recommended events listed below. These events will help educate parents and communities about what is happening in our public schools, specifically in Fairfax County.
  • Vote your values and vote in the November 5 school board elections.

Event: Parents Beware: What Fairfax County Public School Board has in store for your child

Wednesday, October 9 in Springfield
Click here for event flyer.

Tuesday, October 22 in Burke
Click here for event flyer.

Pray
Please pray for the parents and children of Fairfax County that the Lord will give them extraordinary discernment. Please pray for Fairfax County 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

 

Virginia has an Election! Help Us Get Out the Vote.

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It is election season in Virginia, where voters will go to the polls in November to elect state legislative races only. 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 partnering with conservative organizations across the state to get out the vote through voter registration and voter turnout efforts.

Important Virginia Voting Registration 2019 Deadlines

  • Tuesday, October 15: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration.
  • Tuesday, October 29: Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2: Deadline to vote in-person absentee.
  • September 21 – Early voting.
  • November 5 – Election day.

Get Involved in Virginia!

#1- Ensure YOU are registered to vote
Go to the Virginia Department of Elections 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 to see if they are registered; encourage them to register and to 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 encourage others to email.  Contact me at [email protected].

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

Join Our Encourage-A-Legislator Program – It’s Easy!

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A Call to Prayer

I Timothy 2:1-2 instructs us to pray for our leaders. CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program offers our members and friends the vehicle to do this in an easy and meaningful way. It ensures consistent prayer for each legislator, and it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not normally agree with us.

As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer. This next legislative session, CWA of Virginia plans to deliver those prayers.

The Program

The goal of the EAL program is to encourage each member of the State House and Senate, as well as state-wide office holders, by praying for them on a  regular basis and sending them a  postcard every week throughout the legislative session, beginning the second week of January (six-week session in odd years and eight-week session in even years.) Our goal is to cover all those “in authority” in Virginia, 100 House members, 40 Senate members, and three statewide officeholders.

The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities. Many good relationships have started through the EAL program.

We provide the name and address of the assigned legislator(s) and the postcards, and you commit to praying for your assigned legislator(s) every Monday morning the Virginia General Assembly is in session and then mail an EAL postcard on that day.

Answer the Call

Sign up today to be an encourager—it couldn’t be easier! Sign up by simply giving Janet Stasulli, CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator, a call at (434) 525-6705 or email her at [email protected] and provide her with your name and address Be sure to specify how many legislators you would like to encourage. She will be happy to enlist you as an encourager and send you a packet of postcards and instructions.

Consider making this a family project by involving your children.

Please encourage your friends and family to sign up as well.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 First Things First

“As the State Director for CWA of Virginia, I understand that prayer must be our number one priority. We must be willing to spend time on our knees before running out the door. So often we can get caught up in the many issues that come before the state legislature. This is why CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator program must stay a priority. Please join us as we keep first things first!”

Toni DeLancey

State Director

“I am honored to oversee this program once again. Since its inception in Virginia in 2009, we have received wonderful feedback from both legislators and encouragers alike. Now more than ever, our leaders need our prayers and encouragement.  I hope you will join us.”

Janet Stasulli

Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator

Click here to view and print brochure.

 

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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CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Opportunities

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14

First: Find out what a Prayer/Action Chapter is as well as what a typical one looks like.

Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.

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
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org