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April 7 Prayer/Action Alert: Put On the Whole Armor of God!

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The Washington state legislature concluded its 2020 session on Thursday, March 12.  Unfortunately, many of the bills that we opposed passed, the worse one being ESSB 5395, the comprehensive sexual education bill, which Gov. Jay Inslee signed on March 27.  Read more here.

We Continue to Fight!
Before the governor signed the bill, thousands of concerned Washington State citizens showed up in Olympia at a rally in opposition to the bill. Even though the bill has been signed into law, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington and other state organizations are committed now more than ever to fight back against this government intrusion into our classrooms and our homes. I will be sure to update you on our efforts and how you can participate.

Prayer During Uncertain Times
The most important thing we need to do today is to PRAY!  While we pay attention to guidelines from the government concerning COVID-19, we need to pray for Almighty God’s guidance, mercy, and grace during this national crisis.  We need to pray for national repentance. Now is the time to take up the full armor of God and to pray without ceasing (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Please visit CWA’s COVID-19 Resource Center. The site provides an opportunity to submit a prayer request (CWA wants to pray for you!), homeschooling resources, CDC Coronavirus resources, a message from CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance, and more.

Please Take Action:

  1. Beyond personal prayer time, you might consider a prayer walk through your neighborhood, community, or state capital, or call others and share a prayer time for our nation and our families.
  2. Forward this email on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and act!

Please Pray:
Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and our nation (governing authorities, essential business workers, healthcare workers, military members, emergency response teams, police, firefighters) during this crisis. Take the opportunity to reach out in love to others who are fearful and feel hopeless. Tell them about the hope found in our Savior, Christ Jesus.

Thank you for continuing to stand in the gap to protect our nation against the invisible viral enemy and the escalating attacks on Biblical principles and God’s people!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

March 16 Prayer Action Alert: Call the Governor to Veto the Sex Ed Bill!

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Over the past three months, I have been raising the alarm concerning SB 5395, the comprehensive sexual education bill mandating that public schools across our state teach an inappropriate sexual education curriculum. Read here, here, and here.

Many of you have made calls and sent emails to your state legislators urging them to vote against this egregious bill. Thank you! And, over 3,000 people gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia last week to protest the bill. Outstanding!

In spite of our diligence, both houses of the Washington state legislature passed ESSB 5395 (formerly SB 5395) last week, and it is now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature.

Urgent Action Needed!

  1. Call the governor’s office at 360-902-4111 and urge him to VETO ESSB 5395 for the protection of our children’s innocence, respect for parental authority, and for religious right of conscience.
  2. E-mail the same message to Gov. Inslee.
  3. Forward this alert to all concerned citizens, especially parents with children in both public and charter schools.  Encourage them to pray and take action.

Please Pray!
Pray that the heart of the governor will be tendered toward the innocence of our children and veto the bill. Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and the right to exercise our religious values in our homes and our daily lives outside our homes and churches.

We must persevere in this battle to protect our children by “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

Your Voice is Needed: Illinois Poised to Offer Inclusive Pre- K-12 Comprehensive Sex Education

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The two mandated sex-education bills below have been introduced into the Illinois House and Senate.  The so-called “grade-appropriate” instruction will expose adolescents and young teens to terminology and practices of the LGBTQ lifestyle. They will remove outdated language and build on the current standards for health and sexual health education courses for grades 6 through 12 which includes: pregnancy and reproduction; gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; puberty, growth, and adolescent development; anatomy and physiology; healthy relationships and friendships; healthy decision-making; and personal safety.

Click on active links to view the text of the bills being voted on this legislative session.

  1. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 5012) – proposed in the House by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (Democrat-Dist. 14, Chicago), State Rep. Ann Williams (Democrat-Dist. 11, Chicago); Michelle Mussman (Democrat-Dist. 56, Schaumburg) and in the Senate (SB 3788)  by Sen. Celina Villanueva (Democrat-11th Dist., Summit) and Sen. Laura Fine (Democrat-9th Dist., Glenview). The Healthy Youth Act will take effect upon becoming law.
  2. The Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health (REACH) Act (SB 2762) was introduced by Ram Villivalam (Democrat-8th Dist., Chicago). The REACH will mandate all public and satellite schools to offer comprehensive and inclusive sex education for grades pre-K through 12.

“‘Comprehensive sex education’ means instruction in a comprehensive school health education approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of human sexuality and is designed to motivate and assist students in maintaining and improving sexual health, preventing disease, and reducing sexual health-related risk behaviors and to enable and empower students to develop and demonstrate developmentally and culturally appropriate sexuality and sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices.”

“‘Inclusive’ means a curriculum that ensures students from historically marginalized communities that include, but are not limited to, communities of color, immigrant communities, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, people who are intersex, people who have disabilities, people who have experienced sexual victimization, and others whose experiences have been traditionally left out of sex education programs and policies are included in classroom materials and lessons.”

A detailed list of objectives and subject matter for the specific grade levels are available in the active link to the bill (SB 2762). One of many alarming subject matters: “Unbiased information and non-stigmatizing information about the options regarding pregnancy, including parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

If passed, this legislation would make Illinois the 30th state to mandate sex education. If passed, the REACH Act would begin no later than July 1, 2021.

Please take action:

  1. Read the bills in their entirety. This is the curriculum Illinois children Pre-K through 12 will be mandated to learn. We have a God-given responsibility to guard their hearts and minds.
  2. Contact your state representative and state senator and urge him/her to opposethe Healthy Youth and REACH Acts. Click here to find your senator and state representative’s contact information. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that the Church will wake up to LGBTQ indoctrination via the public education system and speak out against the Healthy Youth and REACH Acts.  Pray also for the hearts of the Illinois legislators that they will courageously vote against the bill.

Debbie Leininger
State Director

March 4 Prayer/Action Alert: Calls Needed on Sex Ed Bill!

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I first want to thank all of you who have diligently contacted state legislators about the bills in the February alert. Several of you have told me you called and emailed to express your concerns about issues that will have a huge effect on our families and our culture. Scripture tells us in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in well-doing, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.”

Urgent: In particular, I want to thank those who have called the Legislative Hotline to oppose SB 5395, a comprehensive sex ed bill. The bill passed the Senate, the House Education Committee, and now sits before the full House – and a vote is imminent. If SB 5395 passes in the House, it will return to the Senate for another vote with the changes made by the House. If this comprehensive sexual health education bill passes, it will strip children of their innocence beginning in Kindergarten and strip parents of their rights to raise their children according to their family values, religious beliefs, and morality.

It is important that we continue to put pressure on our representatives and senators concerning SB 5395.

  1. Please Take Action:
    Contact your House member today and urge him/her to oppose SB 5395. You can contact your House member using the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000 (open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.) or using the online Bill Comment page to say you oppose 5395. Click here to find your legislator. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
  2. Forward this email on to friends and family. Encourage them to act and pray.

Please Pray: Pray for the protection of our children, our families, and the right to exercise our religious values in our homes and our daily lives outside our homes and churches.

Thank you also to those who have participated in our Encourage-A-Legislator program.  Once again, we covered all 147 legislators with prayer and encouraging words. As the legislature wraps up its 2020 session on March 12, continue to pray for safety and good decisions for the people of Washington.

Do not grow weary! Continue to stand in the gap to protect our culture against the escalating attacks on Biblical principles and God’s people! We will reap a harvest! Thank you for your continuing support!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director

Sen. Morrell

Attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! Rally on January 15

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CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Click here to watch a 90-second video by SB 673 bill sponsor Sen. Mike Morrell. Sen. Morrell explains the bill and discusses the senate committee hearing and the rally.   

Click here for background and action items for SB 673.

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

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California: Let’s Bring It On!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

I want to first and foremost thank you for your generous support to Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California. It is the beginning of the month and we are already on the move mobilizing our members to action!

Let me tell you about Senate Bill 673 (Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga) – a bill that needs our phone calls, our word of mouth to spread the news, and most of all, our prayers to pass the Senate Education Committee hearing on January 15.

Background: The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) that was passed in 2015 requires that sexuality education be taught once in middle school and once in high school. The problem with AB 329 is that it allows for the youngest in our schools to be exposed to the dangerous sex education agenda beginning in kindergarten (and even transitional kindergarten (TK)). Further, the bill removed the ability of local school districts to adopt opt-in policies for sex ed – at any age. And, while the law requires that sex ed be age-appropriate in upper grades, it does not stipulate this for the youngest and most impressionable children.

Thankfully, SB 673 makes some important parent and child-friendly corrections to the current law to protect our children and recognize the importance of parental authority in education.

#1) SB 673 allows for increased parental oversight and “supervision” for sexuality education curricula by requiring districts to place content and material online for ease of parent review. This is especially important for parents who may not be able to take time off work to review their curriculum at district offices.
#2) SB 673 provides increased parent oversight by requiring an active opt-in for grades TK-6 with a parent signature prior to student participation. This oversight is important for our youngest, most vulnerable children, so they are not exposed to content and material without a parent’s knowledge and consent.
#3) SB 673 increases protections for children (TK-6) by closing a “loophole” in the current law and ensuring all curricula are medically accurate and age-appropriate for our youngest learners in elementary school who deserve these protections.Please Pray: Ask the Lord to open the eyes of the Senate Education Committee members to vote for the best interest of families, where parental authority in education is recognized as key to a strong foundation for children’s learning.  Take Action:
Call: Please pick up the phone and call the Senate Education Committee members before Wednesday, January 15! The committee members and their contact information are listed below my signature line. Senators who are part of the Senate Education Committee REPRESENT YOU and all Californians, even if they are not your own senator!

Rally: CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parent’s Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!

Senate Education Committee Members:
Sen. Connie Leyva (Democrat, District 20) Chair (909) 888-5360
Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (Democrat, District 24) (213) 483-9300
Sen. Steven Glazer (Democrat, District 7) (925) 258-1176
Sen. Mike McGuire (Democrat, District 2) (415) 479-6612
Sen. Richard Pan (Democrat, District 6) (916) 262-2904
Sen. Ling Ling Chang (Republican, District 29), Co-author for SB 673, (714) 671-9474
Sen. Scott Wilk (Republican, District 21) Co-chair (661) 729-6232

Find out more about the committee members through their website here. You may also submit your personal letter of support through that site.

We thank Sen. Morrell for his work to protect children and provide for parental rights. And we thank you for your prayers and your heart for family. Join me at the State Capitol as we speak up for our children!  

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
CA State Director

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Will You Step Up to Protect Your Children?

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“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)

We watched social media in horror as the Austin Independent School District defied parents in the district by adopting K-12 sex-ed materials that offend the dignities of conservative families. I have been asked repeatedly what can be done. It will require all of us to be diligent in watching our own local school district meetings. The local advisory board charged with the responsibility of determining community standards is referred to as the “SHAC.”  The official name for the body is School Health Advisory Council. It is mandated in Sec. 28.004 of the Texas Education Code as amended by the last session of the Texas Legislature and effective on December 1, 2019.  Click here to read the text of the state code that establishes the advisory councils.

Whether you are currently a parent of a public-school student or not, it’s time for us, as CWA leaders, to step up and hold our ground in defense of our children. If not us, then who? See action items 1-4 below.

On a different, but similar note, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) health standards, which includes sex education standards, are currently being reviewed and edited by a committee appointed by the State Board of Education (SBOE). CWA of Texas is very concerned that there will be an aggressive push to move Texas away from abstinence-based standards to comprehensive sex ed standards.

Once the draft of the standards is completed, there will be an open comment period where the public can provide feedback on the standards, which should be sometime in 2020. Once the standards are approved, textbook companies will write the textbooks and develop the health education curriculum and present to the SBOE for final approval.

Action Items: 

  1. Volunteer to serve on the SHAC as a parent or community representative. It is critical that Christian conservatives be appointed to local school district SHACs. These Councils will be filled by parents and community members, so why not you? To begin the process of applying, call your local school district and ask to speak to the person who oversees health education for the district. Then inquire about their process of selecting parents and community representatives to serve on the Council. Make every effort to get yourself on the Council.
  2. Recruit parents or others to serve on the Council.
  3. At the very least, call your local school district to find out who is serving on the SHAC, when the meetings are held, and then be sure to attend the meetings. These are public meetings, so you have every right to be there. Your presence will make a difference.
  4. Review the proposed health education curriculum for your child’s (grandchild’s) grade level and provide substantive feedback and concerns.
  5. Know who represents you on the State Board of Education.  Your SBOE district number is on your voter registration card. Several members have chosen not to seek reelection in 2020; therefore, it is important that you participate in choosing someone to represent you who represents your standards.

Pray:  Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”  It is a reprehensible desecration of that gift to submit them to a morally corrupt curriculum, to undermine their innocence, and pervert their future. Pray that God will lead you to impact this issue in the way He has designed you and given you access.

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas