At the May press conference where we released The Family Foundation Action's 2011 General Assembly Report Card, it was suggested by one reporter that the document was no longer relevant (see video). It only took one month, but we proved him completely wrong, showing that conservative grassroots activists in Virginian are engaged in an unprecedented manner for the off-off-off year General Assembly elections in November — where control of the Virginia Senate is at stake. The Family Foundation Action printed, then distributed 60,000 Report Cards throughout the commonwealth, but only four weeks later ordered a second printing of 60,000 more. A waiting list for copies proved The Report Card clearly is in very high demand. By the time this year's elections are over, we may exceed our largest ever Report Card printing and distribution: The current record is 100,000 copies in 2009, a statewide election that drew national media attention. Several candidates for statewide office then had voting records reflected in the Report Card (these numbers do not reflect how many Report Cards were/are viewed or downloaded from TFF Action's web site). So, a great big thank you to everyone who has purchased Report Cards and distributed them to your church or civic groups.
The Family Foundation Action also recently placed its first two 2011 Winning Matters field staff — one in the Hampton Roads and one in Martinsville — as part one in its election year voter education and mobilization plan. The field staff will connect with churches and other groups to organize voter registration drives, distribute voter education materials (including the Report Card and voter guides), and get out the vote efforts. TFFAction's plan is to place many more field staff throughout Virginia to ensure that pro-family, pro-life voters are educated and mobilized for November's crucial elections. In addition, The Family Foundation and Family Foundation Action have several grassroots and pastor training classes scheduled for July, August and September in Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Fairfax, Hampton Roads, Danville and Martinsville.
In 2009, pro-family Virginians turned out in record numbers, in part, due to the Winning Matters campaign. TFF Action's plan this year is to expand on those efforts, as there still are vast numbers of Christian conservatives unregistered to vote (and your engagement to get them registered will be crucial). Those members of the General Assembly who think that so-called values issues don't matter are in for a rude awakening. Pro-family Virginians are looking forward to sending a very clear message this November, particularly in Virginia Senate races.
Copies of the Report Card are available by contacting The Family Foundation Action at 804-343-0010 or at the TFF Action web site. Don't worry about supplies. TFFAction will print more and they can be downloaded, e-mailed and posted to social media sites as well.
Just last week, Planned Parenthood announced it had placed one new field staff in the Roanoke area. No doubt that this $1 billion organization will do all it can to defeat pro-life candidates this November. We must ensure that pro-life, pro-family Virginians are educated and mobilized to elect candidates who believe in protecting human life. We cannot let Planned Parenthood and their cohorts at NARAL-Pro Choice Virginia reverse the victories we have enjoyed!