Wanna Get Involved in Public Policy? Two Opportunities To Do So

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia is launching an exciting outreach in the effort to gear up for a post-Roe America. The following exerpt is from Joe Garecht.

In many ways, the end of legalized abortion in our country is closer than ever before. It is critical that we engage on every front of this battle with thoughtful, coordinated and effective advocacy for the unborn.

Would you consider joining our newly formed Pro-Life Action Team? Led by Joe Garecht and the PLU Public Affairs committee, the goal of this group is to concentrate citizen advocacy for the pro life cause in the spheres of politics and the media.

Commitment will be a specific action item once every other month – typically contacting a legislator via phone or email, or sending a comment/op ed to local media outlets – and occasional meetings, no more than twice per year.

Our voices are powerful! We have heard from state legislators that they felt compelled to act on bills in front of their committee after receiving as few as 12 emails or phone calls from constituents. When we organize and combine our advocacy efforts we improve the chance for lasting change in our community on behalf of the unborn.

Please send your name, email and phone number to Tom Stevens with the subject Pro-Life Action Team to mail@prolifeunion.org and let us know we can add you to the Pro-Life Action Team!

In addition, Students for Life of America have an opportunity to give you the knowledge and tools to engage in public policy.

While COVID-19 is affecting the pro-life movement’s ability to train grassroots activists of all ages, Students for Life is now able to bring our pro-life trainings from campuses right into your home.  Enroll in pro-life “majors” in each pillar of pro-life activism.

Not a student?  No problem!  Continuing your education is important to us and there is no age limit on being an effective pro-life advocate. 

How Does It Work?

  • There are four course subjects (Effective Education, Industry Impact, Public Policy, and Supportive Services) in each of the three education levels (High School, College, Adult).
  • All are welcome to join one or more classes as the schedule allows.  Each course will cover FIVE bi-weekly live video classes, and four on-your-own optional assignment weeks.
  • Classes begin the week of September 14th (check each course for exact times) and wrap-up the week of November 9th. 

REGISTER NOW for a course in your current education level. 
Scroll down to choose: High School, College, or Continuing Education (Adult).

If course times do not fit in your schedule, you can work through our self-paced pillar courses which are always available on www.studentsforlifehq.com or connect with your Regional Coordinator here.

Rehumanize Virtual Conference

The following is from Rehumanize International

I wanted to reach out to make sure you know about the upcoming Rehumanize Conference on August 29th, 2020. This year we’ve decided to move things online in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff. While I’m sad that we won’t get to meet in person this year I am also excited about the unique opportunity to reach people all over the world with our life-affirming speakers and sessions.

Tickets are on sale now starting at just $5.00 at rehumanizeintl.org/conference! I really hope that you are able to join us at this one of a kind event. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need financial assistance or a press pass.

Check out the phenomenal schedule of events below:

Conference Schedule
10:30AM – 10:45AM > Reception

10:45AM – 11:00AM > Welcome

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

11:00AM – 11:30AM > Opening Session: Why Consistency Matters in the Effort for Human Rights

Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

11:30AM – 12:15PM > panel: Police, Prisons, and the Death Penalty

Hannah Cox, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Zuri Davis, Reason

Miea Walker, Forward Justice

12:15PM – 1:00PM > Panel: Pro-Life Perspectives

Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America

Tom Shakely, Americans United for Life

Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco

1:00PM – 1:15PM > Break

1:15PM – 1:45PM > Ideologies Breakout Session

​A: Feminism and the Consistent Life Ethic

Rachel Peller, Activist

B: The Non-Aggression Principle and the Consistent Life Ethic

Tony Guajardo, Young Americans for Liberty​

1:45PM – 2:15PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 1

A: Incarceration

Robert Saleem Holbrook, Amistad Law Center & the Human Rights Coalition

B: Healing After Abortion

Serena Dyksen, She Found His Grace

2:15PM – 2:30PM > Break

2:30 – 3:00PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 2

A: Ableism

Beth Fox, Rehumanize International

B: Sexual Violence

Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

3:00PM – 3:45PM > Keynote: Can War Ever be Just?​

David Swanson, World Beyond War

3:45PM – 4:00PM > Break

4:00PM – 4:30PM > History Breakout Session

A: Torture

Josie Setzler, Witness Against Torture

B: U.S. Immigration Policy

Mikhayla Stover, Academic

4:15PM – 5:00PM > Action Breakout Session 1

A: Abolishing War

Greta Zarro, World Beyond War

B: Dismantling Racism

Ismail Smith-Wade-El, City Councilmember

5:00PM – 5:45PM > keynote: Not Dead Yet: Ableism, Euthanasia, and Assisted Suicide

John Kelly, Not Dead Yet​

5:45PM – 6:15 PM > Action Breakout Session 2

A: Activism

Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life San Francisco

B: Creative Expression

Maria Oswalt, Rehumanize International

Sarah Terzo, PLAGAL+ & Live Action

6:15PM – 6:30PM > Closing Remarks

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

6:30PM – 9:00PM > Create | Encounter Release Party and Happy Hour at Home

I really hope you can make it! Visit rehumanizeintl.org/conference for more information.

Virtual Homeschooling Pro-Life Conference; Hosted by Students for Life of America

 

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Are you interested in getting more involved in the Pro-Life Generation, and working to change hearts and minds for life?

Students for Life of America is bringing homeschool groups from around the country together for the first ever Homeschool Summit!

JOIN US via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th at 8 PM CST/9 PM EST to learn how to recruit and retain members, take advantage of the biggest opportunities, and engage others in impactful conversations for life!!!

For more information and to register please visit: https://studentsforlife.org/homeschoolsummit/

August To-Do List

Hard to believe that it is August, and we’re more than half way through the summer.

The 8th month of the year can serve as a time to get in much needed family vacation before school is back in session. Sadly, the pandemic has put everyone’s plans on hold. Some are still unsure due to the unprecedented times.

The good news is Voices for Life has a to-do list throughout the month that can help you channel your Covid-19 frustrations in helping to advance the pro-life message. This list is applicable for your daily pro-life conviction.

  1. See Trump Card

It should come as no surprise that Dinesh D’Sousa, an immigrant of India, is not done defending the core principles of America. For the last eight years, he has been on the New York Times bestseller’s list, been falsely convicted for fraud, and has produced documentaries that have been game changers. His latest project, “Trump Card” is slated to be released on Friday, August 7th. Due to the temporary closing of movie theaters, you can view the documentary on-demand.

He played a pivotal role in exposing Hillary Clinton’s past which helped Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States with “Hillary’s America”.

In addition, his most recent book United States of Socialism, is out now. To make your purchase, visit here.

2. Holy Hour/Mass for Life

Many states have masses back in session (with restrictions). Some of the faithful should be encouraged to host a Holy Hour for an end to abortion. St. Teresa of Calcutta once believed that if every Catholic made a weekly Holy Hour, we would see an end to abortion. So what are you waiting for? Even if you can’t bring one to you church, make one on your accordance.

3. Take part in vigils in your community

Connect with your local pro-life coalition and find out about vigil locations and times. Pray with your family, college, or even church group. Create a sign that advertises free help with contact information.

4. Host a pro-life committee meeting in your church

Gather people in your parish or church and discuss ways you can help get the pro-life message to your community all around with another pivotal election approaching.

5. Donate to pro-life charity

Give anything you have to advance many pro-life groups making a difference. Some groups include: Generation Life, The Culture Project, St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, Guiding Star, and Susan B Anthony List to name a few.

6. Work for Susan B Anthony List

The Susan B Anthony List is gearing up to help reach out to voters as the 2020 elections are coming very soon. They are hiring in many battleground states. To learn more, visit here.

7. Purchase Stork: Sowing Season

An indie author recently came out with an amazing book that promotes a pro-life message. To order your copy, visit here. It will make an excellent read in your backyard with a cold drink or while you’re catching rays at the beach.

8. Sign up for 40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Wednesday, September 23rd and ends the weekend before the General Election. The spring campaign was interrupted with the pandemic. Now, with many states putting this phenomenon behind, it is time to go all in to save lives, pray for the workers, help moms choose life, and make a difference in your community.

9. Sidewalk Servants

Even though we’re a long way from the next 40 Days for Life campaign, there are babies being murdered every day. Your presence for at least an hour two during the week will make an impact on the abortion industry. Learn more about sidewalk servants here. Consider starting one in your community.

Login for Life Webinar

The following is from an email blast sent out by Tom McClusky, a representative of the March for Life Foundation.

The March for Life, together with the PA Catholic Conference and PA Family Institute, out of concern for the health of those planning to attend, and in line with the guidance of public health officials and Capitol authorities, have decided to reschedule the Pennsylvania March for Life, originally planned for May 18th, 2020.

 

However, it is with great excitement that we are instead announcing PA March for Life: Login for Life, an educational webinar on Pennsylvania pro-life advocacy, scheduled for May 18th from 12-1 ET.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn about the principles of effective lobbying, the specific and current issues Pennsylvania is facing, and what you can do right now to champion pro-life policies to your Pennsylvania elected representatives. This webinar will be hosted by a panel of experts who will be able to answer any questions during a concluding Q&A. This webinar is suited for all levels of experience and comfort with advocacy.

 

We greatly appreciate the wonderful excitement we’ve witnesses in planning for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life, and we are hopeful that we can reschedule the event soon. Thank you to those who are working hard to make sure Pennsylvanians from every corner and county of our state will be represented at the rally and march.

 

 

You can view the video stream on your phone, computer, or tablet, or you can dial in by phone to listen to the presentations. Be sure to RSVP to receive updates and reminders, and forward this email to friends and family who might be interested!

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE YOUR PRO-LIFE VIEWS

The following is from Dr. Monique Ruberu that was copied and posted to the blog with her consent. He is asking for help from two moms in the Philly/SJ area who are choosing life through the abortion pill reversal hotline. 

I am in touch with the moms of 2 of my recent abortion reversals..

One lives in Ocean County, NJ. The other lives in downtown Philly

I am looking for a few dedicated people to be a part of these women’s support team…

It would involve volunteering to be a part of a group that is willing to walk with this mom and show her love and support..

It could be as simple as letting her know you are her constant prayer support and sending her letters and cards with supportive words and advice

It could be helping to set up an online baby shower or birthday party for the little one

One person in the group will volunteer to be the lead, making initial contact with the mom, identifying any needs she may have and bringing them back to the group to see how the group can help… if the group doesn’t have the resources in their own circle they will bring the need to me and we will find the help she needs through the larger pro-life community.

It may be finding someone that can help the mom with life skills or resume building… it could be anything… just trying to build a supportive loving PRAYERFUL community around this mom so she knows she is not alone.

Let me know if you would like to be a part of either of these teams and if you are interested in being the lead

** If you feel called to help, please email Dr. Monique Ruberu at roobearoo@hotmail.com

Mother’s Day Fundraiser

The following is from Tom Steven, Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia regarding this year’s mother’s day fundraiser that typically takes place across the churches in the Greater Philadelphia area.

We hope this email finds you well!  How are you, your family, your parish, and your respect life activities, if any?
     Due to the unanticipated cancellation of parish Masses this Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union is unable to distribute roses, baby bottles, and Mother’s Day Newsletters as we normally do.  We love giving roses to moms and are very disappointed (in addition to being disappointed by not being able to attend Mass!).
     Mother’s Day baby bottle drives and rose sales are typically a significant fundraiser for Guiding Star Ministries maternity home and for the Pro-Life Union.  This May without our Mother’s Day campaign, we are left with the next best option — to try to raise funds via online fundraising (see below).
    Please share via your parish email distribution list or in your parish bulletin if you are able.  Thank you for your support!   Please see below and share.
This Mother’s Day, Help These Moms who Chose Life! Give a gift in honor of your mom, or your mom’s mom, or in honor of someone who helped your mom along the way.  Join our Mother’s Day Campaign for moms and children.  All proceeds benefit Guiding Star Ministries, a home for single pregnant moms and their children.
WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 

     Each year on Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia gives out thousands of roses in honor of moms on their special day, and hosts baby bottle drives in churches throughout Greater Philadelphia.  It is a significant fundraising event for Guiding Star Ministries and enables us to provide a safe, beautiful home to single pregnant women and their children who are at risk of homelessness.  This year due to the Covid-19 quarantine we are unable to host our fundraising campaign — so we are going virtual!
WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 
     Thank you for being a part of this very important fundraising campaign!   Our goal is to raise $25,000.    Please share it with some friends.
NOTE: This fundraiser will run until Friday, May 15th.

4 Things to Do in May

Hard to believe that we are in the month of May. Everyone here at Voices for Life hope you are all doing well during these uncertain times.

Here’s a checklist on what you can do this month

  1. Vigil participation
    1. The first amendment is still applicable to you should you decide to pray outside of abortion facilities. Be sure to bear in mind physical distancing guidelines
    2. Bring resources with you
    3. Ask someone to take a photo of your pro-life sign that promotes pregnancy crisis center/hotline and share it on social media.
    4. Learn about a Mother’s Day prayer vigil on May 9th
  2. Donate to pro-life organizations
    1. Participate in Giving Tuesday campaigns every Tuesday this month
    2. PLU will run a special fundraiser that will launch on Friday. Stay tuned for a post.
    3. Take part in the Culture Project’s Days of Giving
    4. Support organizations devastated by the pandemic
  3. Pray for moms this month
    1. Be sure to thank your mom for choosing life.
  4. Support small businesses
    1. Uplift by Lily
    2. COL1972
    3. Abbey Roast
    4. Students for Life of America
  5. Pray for those affected by the pandemic
    1. Pope Francis has asked you include these prayers at the end of your rosary for an end to the pandemic
    2. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3PM for those who have died from the pandemic

May God keep you safe. Remember to be bold. Stand Up for Life. Maintain social connections while physically distancing yourself. Fight the good fight of faith.

 

March for Life #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow!
SEND YOUR #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW GIFT
#GivingTuesdayNow is the response of generous people around the world to the financial strains placed on non-profits due to COVID-19.

#GivingTuesdayNow invites you to donate TODAY to your favorite non-profits. Take this opportunity to join the March for Life as we march to make abortion unthinkable.

Give your gift of $20 to defend the unborn during COVID-19.
Your gift today will build a culture of life by:
Uniting the entire pro-life movement at 2021 March for Life.
Educating over +400k people on March for Life’s social media channels.
Building state marches for life across the country, including Connecticut, California, and Pennsylvania.
Send your $20 gift to the March for Life today.

For many, the March for Life is a place for hope and healing: “The March for Life has become an integral part of not only my own healing from my choice to abort 42 years ago but also of my redemption story and that of my precious son. It gives me hope and encouragement as we give these lost lives honor and recognition and become a voice to help women understand what abortion really does to both mother and baby.” – Lynne

If attending the March for Life has impacted your life too, consider supporting our work through a gift today. Together, we can continue to change the hearts and minds of people around the world.
For life,

Jeanne Mancini
President, March for Life

Click here to make a donation

Elections Have Consequences; Vote Your Conscience 2020

ATTENTION PA VOTERS

In an effort to piggyback on a previous post from Ted Meehan, I want to break down some other ideas regarding what to do on June 2nd for the Pennsylvania primary and the 2020 General Election. This is going to be the biggest election since the Civil War era.

Vote in person

By now, many of you have heard about an effort to vote via mail. It’s a scam to lose your votes. Nancy Pelosi and her circle of pedophiles, swamp creatures, and godless communists will stop at nothing to remove President Donald Trump from office.

I can’t understand how people can stand outside to enter a supermarket or even an essential store to not wait in line to exercise their right to vote. Even Joe Gale fought this attempt. Inform your family members, community, and friends to not take part in this scam. VOTE IN PERSON!

The PA primary is Tuesday, June 2nd. The deadline to register for the primary is May 18th. Absentee ballot deadline is May 26th.

Volunteer

This should not only apply to PA voters, but everyone who lives in key states that can play a crucial role in bringing real changes to Washington.

Help those who are running for office. There are candidates for the statehouse and senate along with Congress. You’re looking at 88% of seats up for grabs. Democrats control the House of Representatives. As we have seen in the last two years, they have to regard to the protection of human life at the moment conception until natural death, religious freedom, and the stellar work the current administration has done. The magic number is 218 as the House of Representatives is made up of 435 from all fifty states.

Be sure to visit Susan B Anthony to learn how you can do your part.

BE BOLD

  1. Share about candidates who vow to put God, freedom, and life on the platform of public office. Some candidates, in particular, are: Kathy Barnette, Andy Meehan, and Nick Freitas.
  2. Share pro-life messages on your social media outlets
  3. Take part in Twitter campaigns
  4. Pray in front of abortion facilities
  5. Be willing to engage with dialogue with friends and family regarding the pro-life issue. Remember you have a duty to instruct the ignorant whose mind is blind.
  6. Hold your elected officials accountable in how they vote on all culture of life issues
  7. Recruit new members from your church, college campus, and even those in your Knights of Columbus, parents who take their kids to school, etc. Be sure to train them on the dos and don’ts while figuring out what talents they can bring.
  8. Encourage members of the clergy to be more vocal on pro-life issues.
  9. Write pro-life editorials for major newspapers
  10. Volunteer at pregnancy resource centers
  11. Donate money to pro-life charities

BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS 24/7