You’ve heard all this talk — in the media and on college campuses — about why we need socialism in America today. Do you want to understand what socialism is and how it impacts society? Or, how to respond to socialist promises like – Free Stuff! – healthcare and college?
For answers to these and many other questions, read our Concerned Women for America’s YWA Socialism lesson written by our Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison and designed by CWA’s Graphic Designer, Julia Curtis.
Young Women for America chapters across the country have had quite a week – let’s recap.
- YWA National Director, Kelsey Good, met with current YWA leaders at Liberty University and Clemson University, and with prospective YWA leaders at Virginia Tech and James Madison University.
- Several Pensacola Christian YWA leaders ran a half marathon together to benefit an anti-trafficking safe house. Afterward, they met and discussed the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers.
- YWA at Liberty University discussed our new “The Truth about Socialism” lesson with Chick-Fil-A and sweet tea.
- Clemson University’s YWA chapter hosted a “Caffeinated Conversations” while Texas A&M’s chapter hosted a “Pumpkins and Politics” meeting!
- YWA at Sam Houston State had a promotional table at three events over the past week which ranged from selling cinnamon rolls and passing out YWA cards, to Nerf gun target practice.
- YWA at Louisiana State University chapter volunteered at a church’s shelter and made a meal for 50 people.
- Oh, and, YWA ladies voted! What a week.
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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, celebrated and honored 40 years promoting Biblical principles and pro-women policies today at the Trump International Hotel. The Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States and his wife, Karen, and the Honorable Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas attended and addressed the attendees at the Anniversary Gala. President Trump sent taped remarks to view during the festivities.
Founded by Dr. Beverly LaHaye in 1979, CWA has been instrumental in advocating for their seven core issues: Sanctity of Life, Defense of Family, Education, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, Sexual Exploitation, and Support for Israel.
“This event is so special for me and for Concerned Women for America,” Mrs. Beverly LaHaye said. “For CWA to continue to draw notable honored guests like our Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, and his lovely wife, Karen, and Governor Mike Huckabee – is an indication of God’s continued favor over Concerned Women for America these last forty years. I am grateful for that favor and blessing; it has truly been the honor of my lifetime to lead CWA.”
The staff and grass roots volunteers of CWA are known on Capitol Hill and at state legislatures across the nation for their tenacity when it comes to protecting women, our children, and America’s future. They are never afraid to speak out, stand up, and make a national impact. Among recent notable accomplishments:
- Helping to re-shape the U.S. Supreme Court and helping to set a new record of constitutionalist judges in circuit courts around the country,
- Strengthening legislation to prioritize rape kit testing to bring justice to women victims of sexual assault,
- Forming a powerful women’s coalition to oppose gender identity laws that overturn women’s rights to privacy, safety, and Title IX protections in female sports,
- Securing promise for presidential veto of any legislation that would compromise protections for life,
- Advancing defunding of abortion clinics with thousands of public comments supporting new Title X regulations, and
- Defending family and life, empowering women, and advocating for religious freedom around the world.
“In the last 40 years CWA has journeyed from a small but passionate group of activist women to a mighty army of amazing, accomplished women with enormous influence on our culture and government. We are now a formidable Washington institution. Today, we celebrate our grassroots leaders who are the power behind our organization and reason for our success. With the retirement of Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, who has served God faithfully, we’re marking the passing of the baton on the firm foundation from which she built this organization,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President. “As we move into the dawn of a new era here at CWA, we welcome Linda Murphy as Chairman of the Board and look forward with enthusiasm and passion to the future.”
Throughout the evening, notable guests including senators and former officials and friends honored the accomplishments and work of CWA. For an overview of the heart of Concerned Women for America, see the below photos and watch the linked video.
Images from the event:
YWA is CWA’s collegiate initiative with chapters all across the country. YWA is this generation of Christian, conservative women fighting to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on campuses and in the community. These young women on college campuses around the country educate themselves on current issues, they gather to pray for our country, and they act to influence society.
Addressing Virginia Tech College Republican’s response to Penny Nance’s recent article in The Federalist, YWA released the following statement:
“A teen magazine known for its outrageous left-wing articles is at it again but a family advocacy group says parents are ultimately responsible for pushing back.
OneNewsNow has reported how Teen Vogue is seemingly obsessed with promoting abortion to impressionable teen girls, and the latest abortion apologetics story advises them on how to hide a life-altering abortion from their parents.”
Concerned Women for America attended the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road To Majority Policy Conference last week. CEO and President Penny Nance addressed the attendees and introduced one of our fellow women conservative leaders, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
Our Young Women for America coordinator Kelsey Good participated in the conference along with our summer interns manning our CWA/YWA booth. They answered questions, handed out our materials, and presented our Christian Conservative values to those visiting our booth.
President Trump signed an executive order to protect free speech on college campuses today. Because of our Young Women for America chapters and efforts across the country, we were asked to be there when he signed it! Our YWA leaders have been effected by, and watched first-hand, the attack on the First Amendment on college campuses. Because of YOU we have a seat at the table to promote constitutional principles and fight for the future of America. We are thankful for the President’s commitment to ensuring that the rights of every student be protected.
President Trump promised that “agencies will take appropriate steps to ensure that college and university campuses are places of free thought and debate.” The Trump administration believes that “public schools should fulfill their obligation to uphold the First Amendment,” and “schools should be transparent about their speech policies.”
He also discussed information transparency and student loan debt. Read the executive order here.
Dear Mr. Cuomo,
Do you remember the day in the hospital room when you held your daughters, Cara and Mariah, for the first time? And then the day you held Michaela? Those are the babies you are allowing to be killed. Fully developed, feeling, dreaming, cognitive, valuable, unique, and American. Right before they are to make their appearance, you are celebrating that they can be killed.
I am a woman, a New Yorker, and a millennial. Every single fiber of my being disapproves of what you signed on Tuesday.
I and thousands of other New Yorkers are absolutely horrified and disgusted by your blatant disregard for the value of life.
You are hurting women in the name of “reproductive health.”
You just made it legal to kill fully developed 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-pound babies.
You just made it more dangerous for the women that do end the life of their child by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions. This is a Kermit Gosnell-type of disregard for women.
You also just made it more unsafe, painful, and deadly for the babies who survive abortions.
This is most definitely NOT a victory for all New Yorkers. It is a grave loss. A dark, discouraging, and horrifying time for New Yorkers and all Americans.
You say that you want “to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions.” Under your new law, more New York women will never be able to make a single decision. You have denied her the most fundamental right. Her right to life.
We will continue to fight for vulnerable babies in the womb, sir. I will continue to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless. We are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and it is an unthinkable evil that we do not protect the fundamental right to life in America.
This was not a win for women. It was the worst of losses.
Note to readers:
New Yorkers, get involved. Christians, rise up. Churches, speak out.
Join an organization. Get news alerts from different news stations. Pick up a book.
Get off your couches and go to the state capitol. Stop scrolling on Instagram, and keep up with the legislation in your capitol and in D.C.
You have a choice to make a difference. Stand up for truth. Be part of the solution.
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a restful and blessed Christmas and New Years with your families and friends. The week leading up to Christmas, I traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Young Women for America had an exhibitor booth at TPUSA’s Student Action Summit. The conference was filled with great speakers who came and encouraged the students to be leaders on campus, to educate themselves and engage in dialogue. The speakers included Laura Ingraham, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dennis Prager, Allie Stuckey, Tucker Carlson, and Donald Trump, Jr.
This event was a great opportunity to share our YWA program with a couple hundred students and give them some of our educational and promotional materials. It is always such a blessing to discuss the rich history of CWA, how Mrs. LaHaye started our organization, and how someone can get involved with us on their college campus. Faces light up and they often respond, “Wow! This is what we need! I’m so glad you’re here!” We have received a number of new contacts, girls who want to start YWA chapters, and even some adults who want to get involved with CWA.
There were two of our YWA chapter leaders at the conference, as well. Being able to connect with our girls is always the highlight of every trip for me. Please pray for God to use this conference to grow Young Women for America. Pray that God sustains their desire to start YWA at their university or high school, that He would use them to educate and impact their peers, and that they would stand up for righteousness.
First and foremost, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being a brave and strong representative of our Christian faith. Thank you for standing up for what is right and what is true. Thank you for giving a voice to those who are not as forthcoming with their beliefs due to the fear of being ridiculed and berated by the masses. Thank you for being a true leader of the conservative movement. I pray that you will be blessed beyond measure in the long run because of the decision you made. Many adults, much less students, would not dare stand up for their conservative beliefs in this day and age, but rather just go along with the majority in fear of standing out. But you, at 20 years old, decided that this issue goes against your faith and you would not just go along with it.
My name is McKenna, and I am founder and president of Young Women for America at Texas A&M University. Daily, I see the indoctrination and spread of the liberal agenda among college students. We are being flooded with the notion to think with our hearts instead of our minds. In your case, reading off the names of transgender people who were murdered is a prime example of that. Rather than presenting facts to the Senate, they want to use solely pathos to tug at people’s heartstrings so that those who go against their cause will be viewed as monsters. No one wants to be labeled as a heartless person, thus young person after young person are roping themselves into the Democratic narrative so that they can avoid ostracization.
Fifty years ago, there was not even a thought (in either the public or legislative realm) that gender was not defined by simple biology. Now, we are being brainwashed by the mainstream media, professors, and even our lawmakers that gender is fluid and it is a social construct. Where did this come from? Why is the mere 0.6% of the adult population who identify as transgender deciding elections and dividing political parties? I do not know the answer to this other than the Democrats are in need of a new victim group, because African Americans are leaving the left in record numbers. Rather I would pose an alternate question that should be causing moral abhorrence: where is the outrage that 89.3% of African American murders are committed by other African Americans? Where is the outrage that 3,000 babies are aborted every day in this country?
No, it is not a women’s right issue. No woman should have the rightto terminate another human being’s life just because it is inside of her, but I digress. Instead let’s just focus on the 0.06% of the population that disagrees with simple biology and if you do not support them, you are a “bigot, sexist, homophobic, transphobic” disgrace. How is it that supporters of this fraction of the population can have and share their opinion, but opposers cannot have theirs? Newsflash liberals, this is America; the First Amendment protects ALL speech not just speech you don’t find offensive (which is very rare these days).
Now don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that anyone has the right to disagree with you and anyone can speak out against you. This is exactly what you made clear in your address. Where it gets dangerous though, is when people want to shut you down and quiet your speech. The true liberals in the past would have celebrated you speaking up for your beliefs and that you have the freedom to do so. They would be ecstatic for differing thoughts and a presence of pluralism in our country.
However, the current “liberals” just want to shut you up, because you do not fit in their mold. I do not recall you calling for their resignation or conjuring up propaganda to demonize their lives. You did not scream at them, discredit/deny their existence (like they often claim conservatives do), or claim they offended you in any way. But rather, you politely disagreed and voted how you thought right. My question to the liberals is, who decides what is offensive and what is not offensive? I thought you were all for freedoms and self-expression; however, if our nation continues in the direction of shutting down speech certain people don’t like, the only thing that will result is tyrannical rule. There would have to be one supreme ruler deciding what is a pass and what is a fail. If anyone can be silenced, then everyone can. Is that what you really want? There is hope for America though, because of truefreedomloving patriots like you.
To all those who say you should have just abstained and not given a reason behind your abstention, I pose to them a question. Why is it that you can spew your beliefs and give your reasoning, but Ms. Chow cannot? Those who voted in favor of this condemnation did not need to explain why, because their vote said it all. If Ms. Chow would not have given a reason, she would have had no recourse against your slandering.
Isabella, do not be dismayed by all those who have left your side through this. As Tomi Lahren says, “The trash takes out itself.” Keep showing people that having different opinions and being able to share them is what makes America the greatest and freest nation ever to exist. Nowhere in the world are citizens afforded the amount of freedoms we are afforded here in the United States. Just know, Isabella, you have the backing of millions of American patriots out here, and we are here to fight right alongside you. The fight is far from over, but as 2 Timothy 4:7-8 reveals,“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Keep this in mind and fight on! God brings the greatest blessings out of our most tragic circumstances. God knows what He is doing here, and I have a feeling something great is coming your way!
McKenna Dallmeyer is a freshman Political Science major at Texas A&M University. McKenna started the Young Women for America chapter at Texas A&M in the fall of 2018 and is serving as the chapter’s president.