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Virginians To Rally For Marriage Tuesday Outside Federal Court Of Appeals, Prominent Marriage Defenders To Speak At Bell Tower

Several national marriage leaders will be featured at The Family Foundation’s Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally, Tuesday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square. There also will be marriage supporters rallying outside the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals building beginning at 9:00 a.m., during the time the case regarding Virginia's Marriage Amendment will be heard by the court. Click here to see the new promotional video for the rally and then please share it. There will be an impressive array of speakers at the Bell Tower rally. They include:

Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage: Brown has been president of the National Organization for Marriage, the nation’s largest organization dedicated solely to the protection of marriage and the faith communities that sustain it, since 2011. Brown is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost advocates for preserving marriage. Brown led NOM's work in California helping lead that state's marriage amendment passage.

Eric Teetsel, Manhattan Declaration: Teetsel is executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, a "call of Christian conscience" on life, marriage and religious liberty. Founded by Charles W. Colson in 2009, the Manhattan Declaration has been signed by hundreds of prominent Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical leaders, and more than 540,000 others. Teetsel is responsible for ensuring that the movement continues to inform the public debate over life, marriage, and religious freedom and serve the broader coalition of organizations working on these fundamental issues.

Josh Dugger, Family Research Council Action: Dugger, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, is the executive director of the Family Research Council Action. He was homeschooled and graduated from high school at the age of 16. In 1998, his father was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives where he served two terms. Following his father's unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate, national media coverage focused on the Duggars' extraordinary family. A decade later the reality series, now called 19 Kids & Counting!, is the longest running reality show on the TLC network.

Dean Nelson, Frederick Douglass Foundation: Nelson is the executive director for the Network of Politically Active Christians and an ordained minister with Wellington Boone Ministries. He is the chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, the former vice president of CareNet, and the former national director of Global Outreach Campus Ministries. He serves on the board of directors for the Providence Foundation and the Virginia Christian Alliance, and is a graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute.

Jeff Caruso, Virginia Catholic Conference: Caruso is the founding director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, established by Diocese of Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde and Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, to advance the mutual public policy interests of the commonwealth’s two Catholic dioceses. Originally from Maryland, Mr. Caruso spent two years practicing law in his native state and then more than six years as one of three associate directors at the Maryland Catholic Conference. In January 2005, he became the first executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference.

Victoria Cobb, The Family Foundation of Virginia: As president of The Family Foundation of Virginia, Cobb is responsible for the leadership and direction of the commonwealth's largest, oldest and most influential pro-family organization. In her role she maintains the vision and mission of the organization while managing all areas of operations. She also serves as the organization's spokesperson and is regularly in demand by the media as a speaker and commentator on family issues. She has been with the pro-family organization since 2000 and has served as president since 2004.

The Family Foundation of Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to apply faith and founding principles to politics and culture. The Family Foundation researches the issues being debated in Richmond and provides analysis and ideas to both citizens and elected officials. The Family Foundation is Virginia’s oldest and largest pro-family public policy organization.

New Video: Stand For Marriage Rally Gaining Momentum

The Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally is right around the corner (click here for details). Watch our new promotional video, please share it, and plan to be in downtown Richmond this Tuesday, May 13, at 8:30 a.m. The appeal for the Virginia Marriage Amendment will be heard that day and we need you to be there to stand with us for God's design for marriage.

 The Stand for Marriage Rally will send an important message the Virginians believe marriage is ordained to be between one man and one woman. 

To make things easier for those outside of Richmond interested in attending, we are providing bus transportation to the rally. If you live in one of the following areas and want a bus ride to the capital for the Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally, click here to reserve a seat.

♦ Winchester (with stops in Warrenton and Fredericksburg)

♦ Harrisonburg (with stops in Staunton and Charlottesville)

♦ Norfolk (with a stop in Newport News/York)

There are also vans leaving from several churches around the state. Here is a partial list with contact information:

♦ Leaving from Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown at 1004 Yorktown Road and stopping at York River Baptist Church in James City County. Contact: Ann Robeson at 757-719-6787.

♦ Leaving from Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church, 942 Burks Hill Road in Bedford. Contact: Pastor E. Larry Ross at 540-587-8962.

♦ Leaving from Brookhill Wesleyan Church in Goode. Contact: Janet Robey at 434-401-8852. There is a $10 charge that includes the van ride and breakfast.

If you are driving to Richmond yourself, click here for a map of downtown Richmond parking lots.

A terrific lineup of speakers will address the rally. You don't want to miss this exciting day as we proclaim to Virginia and beyond that marriage matters and God's design of one man and one woman for life is the definition of marriage and cannot be changed. Our speakers include:

Join Brian S. Brown, President of The National Organization for Marriage; Dean Nelson, Chairman of The Frederick Douglass Foundation; Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of The Manhattan Declaration; Josh Duggar, Executive Director of The Family Research Council Action; Jeff Caruso, Executive Director, Virginia Catholic Conference; The Family Foundation's own President, Victoria Cobb; and others as we Stand and Pray for the union of one man and one woman as the definition of marriage. If you are interested in volunteering to help with logistics on the day of the event, please e-mail Marie at marie@familyfoundation.org.

♦ What: Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally

♦ When: Tuesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m.

♦ Where: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1100 East Main Street, Richmond

TFF President Victoria Cobb Is Finalist For Weyrich Award

TFF President Victoria Cobb is a finalist for the prestigious Weyrich Award. The following release was issued this morning:

 Cobb Finalist for Weyrich Award

RICHMOND – Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia, has been named a finalist for the Weyrich Awards in the category of "Faith Community Leader of the Year." The award winners will be announced at a dinner this Wednesday, March 5, in Washington, D.C.

The Weyrich Awards are presented annually in honor of conservative leader Paul Weyrich, who served as the first president of the Heritage Foundation and who later founded the American Legislative Exchange Council. Weyrich passed away in 2008.

The Weyrich Awards are presented to recognize "those who have made a major contribution to advancing the cause of liberty through organizations and media and whose work reflects beliefs, principles and convictions that are harmonious with Paul’s own values."

Gala Update: 24 Hours And Counting To Get Your Tickets

Tickets are still available for The Family Foundation of Virginia Annual Gala, but you need to act quickly! Fox News contributor and AFR Talk Radio host Sandy Rios will emcee and former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Santorum is known for his courage to stand for life, marriage, family and faith whatever the cost — personal or political. He has consistently and eloquently fought the battle in the public arena, often by himself. His inspirational and motivational story is sure to increase the level of enthusiasm and momentum we now have here in Virginia to further the pro-life, pro-family, traditional values movement. Here's a sample of Mr. Santorum's dogged defense of the traditional family and saying what many are afraid to admit: That stable, traditional families are the foundation of a stable, civil and prosperous country.

 What the politicians won't say: The truth — that traditional families are the key to a stable, civil and prosperous country.

We hope to see you Saturday evening for a spectacular evening of food, fellowship and discussion. Tickets and information are available online by clicking here or by calling The Family Foundation at (804) 343-0010. But hurry. The Gala is just a few days away and there’s no time to wait!

BREAKING NEWS: Fetal Remains, Blood Found In Virginia Abortion Center

The Family Foundation of Virginia issued the following news release earlier today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2012

Fetal Remains, Blood Found in Virginia Abortion Center — Department of Health Inspections Find 80 Violations in Nine Centers —

RICHMOND — Documents obtained by The Family Foundation of Virginia from the Virginia Department of Health through the Freedom of Information Act show widespread health and safety violations at Virginia’s abortion centers, the pro-family group announced today, including the discovery of improperly stored fetal remains and blood at one facility.

“Some of this is just horrific.  Now we know why the abortion industry fought so vehemently over the years against even simple legislation that required only inspections, licensing and emergency equipment in their centers,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation.  “They were hiding for a reason.  Even with time to prepare for announced inspections these centers were found to be what I think most reasonable Virginians would deem unsafe in many cases and utterly disgusting in others.  Now, the same industry claims it should be trusted on the construction standards as well, but these inspection reports show that the industry simply cannot be trusted on anything.

“Perhaps the most frightening aspect of these reports isn’t the blatant disregard for basic health standards, but the fact that even with notice of inspection the operators of these facilities thought they were safe for women.  Apparently, if the abortion centers just scrub off the blood they can keep on operating.”

An inspection of the Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic in Norfolk found:

The freezer which is used to store the collected conception material, had blood and un-bagged conception material frozen to the inner bottom surface.  An observation was conducted of the freezer kept in the clean utility room.  Staff #3 reported after inspection of the conception material, it was poured into plastic storage bags and the bags are stored in the freezer until the next weekly medical waste pick up.  The observation revealed that some of the plastic bags were open and had spilled their contents onto the bottom of the freezer.  Approximately three-fourths of the freezer’s bottom and shelf was covered with frozen blood and conception material.

An inspection of the A Capital Women’s Clinic in Richmond found  that the staff doesn’t change the MetriWash solution in the sink every time dirty instruments are brought in (instructions for MetriWash say to change the solution every time) and that a sponge used to clean instruments is only changed once per week.

At Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia’s clinic in Virginia Beach, the inspector’s report states, “Employee #4 was asked how she could tell which of the containers (used to transport/clean instruments) were dirty or clean.  Employee #4 stated, ‘I can’t.  I guess we need to have a different color to put the instruments in once they are clean.’”

According to Commissioner Karen Remley’s report to the Board of Health at the June 2012 meeting, nine of 20 abortion centers applying for licensing had been inspected by the Department of Health.  According to the Commissioner of Health, none had been “deficiency free.”

Some key findings:

  • The nine centers inspected had received 80 citations
  • 18 citations for personnel issues, including no background checks, no ongoing plans for staff training, no maintenance of personnel files, no policy requiring staff to be CPR trained, no policies setting experience and training required to practice
  • 13 citations for infections prevention issues, including seven clinics with no clear division between clean and dirty utility areas, four centers where personnel weren’t using personal protective equipment and a host of record keeping issues
  • 10 citations regarding the administration, storage and dispensing of drugs including four with expired drugs in stock, and others with improper labeling of drugs, no medication dispensing policy
  • 10 maintenance of equipment citations including equipment not in good repair, no preventative maintenance plan
  • Six citations for local and state building code violations

“The same abortion industry representatives who claim that their centers are safe and healthy want the Board of Health to weaken the safety standards that were recommended by the Department of Health,” added Cobb. “The conditions found in these reports existed as the very representatives of the industry that own and operate abortion centers were testifying to the Board that their facilities are safe.  With such disregard for the truth, for the well-being of women, how can its claims of safety be trusted?  No longer can the abortion industry claim that it puts women’s health ahead of its profits.”

Attorney General Cuccinelli To Keynote Prince William Family Alliance Gala May 17

The Prince William Family Alliance will hold its Gala Dinner Monday, May 17, at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Manassas. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 7:30. The Prince William Family Alliance is affiliated with the Family Foundation and has done a tremendous job reinvigorating values voters in Northern Virginia over the last couple of years.  The Gala's keynote speaker is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. His topic will be, "The Constitution: Guardian of our Families." Tickets for the dinner are $50 each, and sponsorships are available. For more information, click here for a full-color Gala invitation flyer that details the event as well as ticket and sponsorship opportunities; read and/or print it, or forward it or this link to interested friends.

The Prince William Family Alliance is a 501(c)4 local grassroots affiliate of The Family Foundation of Virginia. PWFA has influenced public policy in Prince William County for several years. It distributes voter guides every election cycle, monitors local political and policy debates, and helped the Marriage Amendment carry Prince William County in 2006. We hope you will join us the evening of May 17!

Get On Board With 40 Days For Life

This past Wednesday marked the beginning of an amazing opportunity to impact our society for the glory of God and the protection of His children. From February 17 through March 28, a coalition of citizens across the nation will unite for a single cause — the abolition of abortion. The 40 Days for Life campaign strives to open the eyes and hearts of neighborhoods and communities in order to transform individual lives, and thereby reverse our nation’s approach to the killing of innocents. The mission of this movement is "to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity" in order to fulfill Christ’s promise in Matthew 18:20:

For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.

The means to achieve this goal are threefold:

» Prayer and Fasting: Inviting people of faith to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

» Peaceful Constant Vigil: Standing for life through a 40-day peaceful public witness outside a local abortion center.

» Community Outreach: Taking a positive, upbeat pro-life message to every corner, through media efforts, church presentations, petition drives and public visibility.

The campaign in Virginia will focus on Alexandria, Fairfax, Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach. Click on each locality to get more information about the activities and how to participate in those areas — and to think when 40 Days For Life started two years ago, it was only in Richmond! 

I strongly encourage you to get involved in this movement. Time and time again, God has used the faithful few to contrive a beneficial change in their nations. However, not only must we ourselves become active — we must also tell others about this campaign. We must gather together as many people as possible in order to peaceably show abortion advocates and society in general that abortion is most certainly not an accepted practice in America. I urge you to inform your churches of this tremendous opportunity to serve the Lord and show His love to the world.

Although participating in the 40 Days for Life movement will incur a commitment of time and energy, The Family Foundation of Virginia believes that in light of the importance of the cause, the effort will be well worth it. I hope and pray that you will join us in supporting the value of human life, and in affirming the continued power of our great God in this nation!

Quote Of The Day: Ward Armstrong, TFF's Legislator Of The Month?

There have been some odd partnerships in the history of the General Assembly. We've partnered with some organizations, such as the NAACP and Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy on payday lending, for example. But one creating the double-takes, stares and, in some cases, guffaws, is our partnership with Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-10, Martinsville) — the House Minority Leader — on HB 652, a bill that would provide a greater degree of jurisprudence to land owners who seek just compensation in eminent domain hearings. More about the bill later, but as an example of the reaction we've received in committee after committee was best exemplified Friday afternoon in the House Appropriations Sub-committee on Transportation when Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31, Prince William) who feigned a heart attack to a room full of laughs after I followed Delegate Armstrong's presentation to offer support for the bill.

So, today, on the bill's second reading on the House floor, Delegate Armstrong, who has been milking our partnership for all that it's worth, offered this in support of his bill:

And I might add this bill has a broad range of support including The Farm Bureau and The Family Foundation of Virginia for whom I am in the running for Legislator of the Month.

We've enjoyed the partnership, ourselves, Delegate Armstrong. But, it does prove a point. When there's good legislation involving our principles, we don't care who the patron is. We support it. We also oppose bad legislation, no matter the patron. By the way, just for the record, HB 652 also has four Republican co-patrons: Delegates Glenn Oder (R-94, Newport News), Sal Iaquinto (R-84, Virginia Beach), Ed Scott (R-30, Culpeper) and Matt Lohr (R-26, Harrisonburg). That's a good heap of bipartisanship for anyone. Now, on to the Senate, where we hope for the same.

Delegate John O'Bannon, M.D., On HB 10

Delegate John O'Bannon (R-73, Henrico), the chief co-patron of Delegate Bob Marshall's (R-13, Manassas) Virginia Health Care Freedom Act (HB 10), spoke at The Family Foundation of Virginia Day at the Capitol on January 18. Here are his comments on the bill, why it is necessary, constituent feedback and why it is constitutional. Delegate O'Bannon is a neurologist and was the only doctor in the House of Delegates for several years until 2008. Until this session started, he remained the only physician in the House. Now there are three "delegate-doctors," with Doctors Chris Stolle (R-83, Virginia Beach) and Scott Garrett (R-23, Lynchburg) beating Democrat incumbents last November.

Delegate O'Bannon, long the General Assembly point man on health care issues, speaks about the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act.

We Leave You With Patrick Henry

As the year and decade draw to a close, we leave you with quotes from Virginia patriot and Revolutionary hero Patrick Henry. As with all great, legendary orators and thinkers, his words were/still are prescient. Among them are two lesser known rhetorical flourishes during his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech at the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at Saint John's Church in Richmond. In one, he asked:

Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

No, we shouldn't. We shouldn't lay down with the expectation that vague and demagogic cries of "hope" will lead us to prosperity and liberty, while those espousing the hope, in fact, deviously take us down a path of oppressive limits on our freedom, rather than the freedom afforded by limited government, for which Henry fought.

Nor should we lay down in expectation that this fad, too, will run its course. It can be fought and won, despite the current wisdom, because as Henry also foretold:

Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power . . . millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations. ...

The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

From all of us at The Family Foundation of Virginia to all of you: Our best wishes for a happy, safe, healthy and prosperous New Year, one in which we all will need to be vigilant and redouble our efforts in the political battles ahead.

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If only we could. ... Bringing in the New Year with Patrick Henry would be a blast!

Thank You And Happy Thanksgiving

All of us at The Family Foundation of Virginia hope that you will spend time with your loved ones and friends this Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on the abundance of grace and mercy that is poured out on each of us each year by our loving God. In the many battles we face, and in a culture where our values seem to be slipping away, it is often difficult to find joy and thankfulness. Yet, we are incredibly blessed in so many ways. Simply being alive, having the opportunity to serve our God, to live in a land that is free — still — and having family and friends to love are just some of the things we too often take for granted.

This year, we at The Family Foundation have much for which to be thankful. While many will first think of the recent elections where pro-family candidates were victorious, our gratitude goes far beyond those results. For one, we can never express enough how thankful we are for our supporters. This year, despite the difficult economy, donors to The Family Foundation helped make Winning Matters an unquestioned success. Add to that the nearly 1,300 people who attended our Annual Gala with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and we can truly say that God supplied for our needs in remarkable ways in 2009.

We also are extremely thankful for our army of volunteers, both those who guide or work through our local grassroots networks, and those who help us here in the office or at various events. Incredibly, volunteers sacrificially gave more than 1,000 hours of their time in our headquarters this year! From stuffing envelopes for mailings, helping distribute nearly 900,000 Voter Guides, to making thousands of phone calls, the help given by these volunteers can simply not be measured. We could not have had a successful Winning Matters campaign, nor Gala, without these selfless individuals. The Family Foundation — Board and staff — offer our collective heartfelt thanks.

We also are thankful for the challenges God places in our path. It is only through those hard times that we truly place our trust in Him and mature in our faith. Together, we face many challenges — culturally and politically. But it is for just this time that God has placed us in this Commonwealth. He chose us to be here to fight for our liberties when they are in peril. That is an honor for which we can truly be thankful.

Again, we thank you for your support of The Family Foundation. May God bless you abundantly this Thanksgiving!

Gala Remarks By Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb

Tonight, you are part of the largest crowd to ever attend a Family Foundation Gala. Thank you for joining us and for your support of our work. Tonight is the first time that we have held our gala prior to Election Day. The past two galas, in fact, took place in the days immediately following elections, where we came together to lick our wounds and try to find solace after two miserable election seasons. Of course, we were being blamed for election loses by both politicians and pundits. Conservative principles, we were told, just can’t win. We were encouraged to shut up and go away. Frustration was growing among those of us who still believe in transcendent values, and that those values can win on Election Day.

So last year, I told you that we as pro-family Virginians had a choice. We could allow the frustration we all have felt to drive us to simply give up, see politics as a lost cause, return to our church pews and leave the field. Or, we could regroup, refocus, reshape our message, and work harder than we have ever worked before to make sure that our values are protected. We could ignore the pundits, the politicians and the naysayers and simply outwork those opposed to us.

Of course, there really was no choice. We simply cannot quit at any point, because we know that the values we share are the only values that can save our culture. They are principles that can make the lives of all Virginians better. We have positive solutions to the problems that families face.

Now, a year later, we are on the verge of an election where, perhaps, things will be different. Next week, we may elect pro-family conservatives to all three statewide offices, and even add pro-family legislators. Tonight, we look forward to Election Day with cautious optimism. One might even say we look forward to the future with hope for change. Perhaps, like me, while you anticipate electoral victory, you realize that it is just one small part of the cultural renewal that we seek. Maybe that is why, tonight, my enthusiasm for candidates is tempered by the knowledge that there is so much more to be done.

Let me make something perfectly clear. The optimism we feel, the anticipation for success, is not built on any single candidate or party. While many in this room are working tirelessly for individual candidates, our hope is not predicated on the person, but on the principles those candidates claim, and their record of action that supports those claims.

Last year, I made a commitment to you that The Family Foundation would not back down, would not quit, but would instead work harder than we ever have before. I pledged to you that we would work to reach more Virginians with the positive message of the sanctity of life, the importance of marriage, of freedom, of liberty. I promised that we would build our network of grassroots supporters. I told you that, through Pastors For Family Values, we would reach more pastors than ever before.

And that’s exactly what we have done. Just look around you this evening. Also, can I have all the pastors that are in attendance please stand so that we may recognize you?

Now, I know that our attendance tonight has just a little bit to do with our speaker, but I also believe it’s because you are committed to the mission of The Family Foundation and the work that we are doing. Tonight is simply a reflection of the value each of us places on this work. A moment of renewal; of celebration; of motivation. Leaving this room last November I know many of us had a renewed excitement, a rekindled dedication, and we got to work.

With that new motivation, this year The Family Foundation and our sister organization The Family Foundation Action undertook the largest and most expensive voter education and voter mobilization campaign in our history, called Winning Matters. Thanks to the help of an organization called Let Freedom Ring, we were given the opportunity to create Winning Matters, and thanks to many of you we met the challenge. This campaign is larger than the marriage amendment campaign of 2006 in both scope and cost. Incredibly, in a time where everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession, we raised the money necessary to meet Let Freedom Ring’s financial match.

Because of many of you in this room, we currently have eleven Winning Matters staff, nine of whom have been working with churches across Virginia, meeting pastors, attending community and political events, using social networking — every tool we can think of — to educate and mobilize our voters. Together, we have contacted more than 4000 churches, distributed over 100,000 GA Report Cards — more than twice as many as ever before — conducted or initiated hundreds of voter registration drives; we’ve identified over 40,000 pro-family Virginians who weren’t registered and mailed them forms and encouraged them to register and vote.

Over the course of this week we will be doing several Get Out The Vote Phone calls with Chuck Colson, Mike Huckabee and Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. And we will be mailing thousands of voter education pieces to key House districts where pro-family conservatives are on the ballot. As we speak we are distributing nearly 1 million voter guides in 38 races to educate voters, including a Spanish statewide Voter Guide. For the first time this year we have also created a video Voter Guide to distribute virally through social networking sites.

We know that pro-family voters make the difference in every election, either by showing up, or not. We can honestly say that this election season pro-family voters have no excuse. They will be registered, educated and mobilized like never before.

But while we anticipate the success of pro-family candidates one week from now, we must remember that this is not the conclusion of our work, it is the beginning. One need only remember that just a few short years ago many of us celebrated the reelection of George Bush, anticipating the success of our principles. And while we were rewarded with two principled Supreme Court justices, we also became frustrated by someone who saw government as the solution to our economic troubles instead of the cause. We must remember that the terms “bailouts” and “stimulus package” didn’t start with President Obama, but instead with someone that many of us in this room helped get elected.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the first time we’ve been let down by those we’ve supported, and it may not be the last. But it is up to us to make it harder for those who claim our values during election season to abandon them once elected.

We expect, we demand, we deserve better. Let me be clear:

We expect that the first budget introduced by the next Governor of Virginia will ban taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

We expect that the first budget introduced by the next Governor of Virginia will fund roads, not the destruction of innocent human life.

We expect that the next Governor of Virginia will restore right of state police chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus.

We expect that the next Governor of Virginia will not stop at Charter Schools, but will open the locked doors of a quality education for all children in Virginia by providing real school choice.

We expect the next Governor of Virginia to reduce, not increase, the tax burden on Virginia’s businesses and families.

We expect the next Governor of Virginia to care more about the culture of Virginia than the road to the White House.

And we will not accept anything less.

But we will not simply leave it in the hands of the elected officials. Honestly, we cannot expect politicians to change the culture alone. I heard a pro-family leader recently who made a very strong statement about politically active Christians. He said that the first people to quit when we lose elections are Christians and the first people to quit when we win elections are Christians.

Again, let me be clear. Regardless of what happens next week, The Family Foundation will not quit. Winning Matters is not the end, it is the beginning.

The Family Foundation works at the place where our culture, our faith, and our politics intersect. While Winning Matters has concentrated on the political side, it is just part of our mission. We know that the only way we can be sure that our values are truly protected is by winning more people to our cause. There are still too many people who share our pews but don’t share our values or that have not joined the battle. We must reach them. One way we are doing this is our new partnership with Focus on the Family to bring The Truth Project, a comprehensive, transformational worldview-training program, to Virginia. We hope that through The Truth Project thousands of Virginians will be challenged to not just confront the culture, but to transform it. Anyone who has been through the Truth Project, or had the privilege of leading it as my husband and I have, know the impact this program can have.

We will continue to build our grassroots networks across Virginia, one chapter, one county, one Virginian at a time. We will continue to challenge pastors to speak truth to power through Pastors For Family Values. And let me just say how thrilled I am to announce tonight that Bishop Earl Jackson has agreed to be the new Chaplain for The Family Foundation and in that role the new leader of Pastors For Family Values.

Of course, we will continue to do what we do best. We will be there on January 13th when the General Assembly comes to town, advocating for your values in the hallways of the General Assembly building. Legislators can count on seeing our faces as they walk through the capitol building. We will continue to generate tens of thousands of e-mails from people just like you to our elected officials on the legislation, the issues, you care so passionately about. That isn’t going to change.

On the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams wrote a letter to his beloved wife Abigail. His words ring as true for us more than two hundred years later:

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means.

As we gaze into the future it is clear that the work we have before us is great, and will cost us dearly. Yet while we have been called to this arena we call politics, while we work day in and day out to affect our culture though civic activism, and that means asking our elected officials to battle on our behalf, our hope, our trust, cannot rest entirely on them. Our trust, our hope, must be on the One who is greater than any. The light and glory that John Adams spoke of came from a recognition that the new nation he was part of founding was birthed with a reliance on God.

The foe they faced was so much greater than we could ever imagine. This rag tag group of independent colonists that bickered among themselves and could agree on little was facing the greatest nation and greatest army on earth. No one in their right mind thought they would be victorious. But we know on whom the Founding Fathers relied.

I am reminded of the words of Psalm 20:

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Tonight, as we look toward the future, while we anticipate new successes, as we hope for a renewal of our culture with the values we hold dear, let us do so with the knowledge and comfort that comes from knowing the one true God of the universe. Yes, we have a duty to carry His banner not just in our homes and churches, but also in our offices, our communities, and our government. And carry that banner we will, with truth and with grace. We will fight with chariots and horses, but we will trust in our God.

Thank you and God bless you.

Gala Space Shrinking!

Time is running out to make a reservation for The Family Foundation’s 2009 Annual Gala. This year’s Gala is this coming Monday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m., at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the keynote speaker (click here to listen to him preview his speech on a radio interview). Former Governor Huckabee now hosts the ratings leading weekend show Huckabee on Fox News Channel. We anticipate a record of more than 1,300 guests at this year’s Gala (who said conservatism is dead in Virginia?), but the Convention Center Grand Ballroom still has some seats and tables available. To reserve your seat or for sponsorship information, call The Family Foundation at 804-343-0010, e-mail Gala@FamilyFoundation.org, or click here.

The Downtown Marriott, directly across the street from the Convention Center at 5th and East Broad Streets, has contracted with The Family Foundation to block off rooms for Gala guests. To make reservations for the significantly discounted group rate, please contact the Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 and mention The Family Foundation Gala.

EVENT DETAILS

Monday, October 26

Greater Richmond Convention Center Grand Ballroom, corner of 5th and East Broad Streets

5:30 p.m.: Private Reception and Photo Opportunity for Table Sponsors

7:00 p.m.: Program and Dinner

Business Attire

Hear Mike Huckabee Talk About The Family Foundation's Annual Gala!

Late last week, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who is the keynote speaker at our upcoming Annual Gala, gave an interview to American Family Radio's Richmond affiliate. The host of cable television's highest rated weekend program, Huckabee, which airs on Fox News Channel, was as you would expect: intelligent, forthright, unafraid to speak the truth, and willing to impart knowledge from nearly 20 years in elected statewide office and as a presidential candidate, as well as from his background as a pastor. In the nine minute interview with host JimmyG, he confronted crucial social issues that afflict our country and how they affect all other issues, and gave a preview of his remarks to the nearly 1,300 who are expected to hear him Monday, October 26, at The Family Foundation of Virginia's Annual Gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. (For more information about The Gala, click here.)

To listen to the interview (9:10) with Mike Hukabee on AFR Richmond's JimmyG Show, click here.

Gala Update: Mike Huckabee Keynote Speaker, Tickets Going Fast!

Since we announced Mike Huckabee as the keynote speaker for The Family Foundation of Virginia’s Annual Gala on Monday, October 26, in Richmond, the response has been outstanding. We have more than 700 reservations already, exceeding the 600-plus people who attended last year.

We anticipate a capacity crowd, so if you want to attend, please purchase your tickets or sponsorships now, by visiting our Gala Web page, here.

With the popularity of Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, and now host of cable's number one rated weekend show, Fox News Channel's, Huckabee, this year’s Gala stands to be the largest gathering of pro-family Virginians in the commonwealth. As one of America's most powerful and eloquent speakers in the defense of unborn life, the former governor is sure to highlight an unforgettable and inspiring evening.

Another aspect of the Gala in which you may consider participating is the Gala program. It is an excellent opportunity for pro-family small business owners or family-friendly organizations to promote their company to like-minded conservatives, while also supporting the work of The Family Foundation. The deadline for receiving program ads is Friday, October 9.

For more information on the Gala program, call (804) 343-0010, e-mail Hillary@FamilyFoundation.org or click here to see program details.

Thank you in advance for your support of The Family Foundation of Virginia. We hope you will choose to be a part of this year’s Gala in some form and benefit from the inspirational message from Mike Huckabee.

Be A Part Of A Remarkable Evening

The Family Foundation of Virginia Gala with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as keynote speaker

The Greater Richmond Convention Center, Monday, October 26

Private sponsors reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Our Favorite Campaign

Most people might think we at The Family Foundation of Virginia, as involved in Virginia policy and politics as we are, love this time of year for its campaign season. Yes, but . . . not exactly what you might think. It's a different type of campaign that stirs our hearts. The campaign we speak of has nothing to do with politicians, ads or promises. This  campaign is called 40 Days For Life and we encourage you to take part in this wonderful, prayerful opportunity for Virginians to take a stand against abortion.

Unlike our statewide political campaigns, we're not alone. Beginning this Wednesday, September 23, and through the next 40 days ending November 1, citizens in Richmond, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Manassas and Roanoke will unite with more than 200 cities in 45 states for the largest simultaneous nationwide pro-life mobilization in history.

The 40 Days for Life campaign is a focused pro-life effort that has generated measurable lifesaving results in every community where it has been held. Some cities have reported as much as a 28 percent drop in local abortions and hundreds of new people joining local lifesaving ministry efforts. It is made up of three key components:

» Prayer and Fasting: inviting people of faith to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion;

» Peaceful Constant Vigil: standing for life through a 40-day peaceful public witness outside a local abortion center; and

» Community Outreach: taking a positive, upbeat pro-life message to every corner of your city through media efforts, church presentations, petition drives and public visibility.

For more information about events in your area, please click on one of the following links:

Alexandria   Charlottesville   Falls Church   Manassas   Richmond   Roanoke

We encourage you to get your church involved. Volunteers are needed to take part in each aspect of 40 Days for Life. Along with prayer and fasting, people need to sign up for the vigil at a local abortion center, and for the community outreach. Please consider joining this important effort.

If you do not live in, or near, one of these localities, then think about starting a 40 Days For Life campaign where you live. For more information, visit 40 Days For Life, here.

This unique opportunity does require a commitment of time. But we truly believe that we need God’s direct intervention if we are going to renew a culture of life in America. We hope you will join thousands of citizens from across the nation and be a part of 40 Days For Life.

Forty Days For Life 

40 Days for Life

Gala Preview: Mike Huckabee On Protecting The Unborn

Here's the first of some videos we will sample for you of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a former presidential candidate and current host of the hit cable television show, Huckabee, on Fox News Channel, who is our keynote speaker at The Family Foundation of Virginia’s 2009 Annual Gala. Here, the former governor, as a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, spoke at "Georgia For Life 2008" that January on the steps of the state capitol in Atlanta.

Lincoln said, "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." If abortion is not wrong, certainly nothing is, or ever will be, wrong.

Register Online For Family Foundation Gala Featuring Mike Huckabee!

Tickets for The Family Foundation of Virginia's 2009 Annual Gala, featuring keynote speaker Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, and current host of his own show on Fox News Channel, now are available online!

To purchase tickets, sign up for sponsorships and find other details online about this marquee event, click here to visit our Web site.

Space is limited so sign up now before tables and seats fill up!

The Gala is Monday, October 26, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. A private sponsors reception and photo line with Governor Huckabee will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Suggested dress is business attire. Sponsorship benefits for the various levels include seats at Governor Huckabee’s table, a photo with him, a private reception and autographed books.

Click here for complete details.

Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend cable hit, Huckabee, on the Fox News Channel. Known for his strong stand in defense of the unborn and traditional marriage, he is a former Baptist minister who ran for and won elected office. He is the embodiment of everything the angry far left in our nation hates — a combination of church and state!

There is a discounted group rate available at The Richmond Marriott-Downtown, for out of town guests who wish to stay overnight. The hotel is located directly across the street from the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Please call the Marriott at (804) 643-3400 and mention The Family Foundation Annual Gala for more information.

For questions, more information or to register by phone, please call The Family Foundation office at (804) 343-0010.

Answer The Call: Volunteers Needed!

The entire country is focused on the Commonwealth of Virginia this election season. Other than New Jersey, we are the only state holding statewide elections, which includes the campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates. Accordingly, The Family Foundation needs ongoing assistance in distributing General Assembly Report Cards and other voter education materials to help educate pro-family citizens around the commonwealth regarding the principles each candidate represents. If you are a middle school, high school or college student needing to fulfill any community service requirements for graduation or any adult who would enjoy assisting us in our mission on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis — we need your help, especially until November! The Family Foundation headquarters is located across from the capitol in downtown Richmond. Parking is located only a few blocks from our office building.

Responsibilities and duties include:

» Data Entry (basic computer skills)

» Mailings (production and stuffing)

» Distributing Report Cards and other items to churches

» Database Management (basic computer skills)

» Making phone calls

Potential candidates include students in sixth grade through college, home-educated families, stay-at-home mothers and fathers, and retirees. If interested in volunteering your valued talent in order to advance the cause of traditional values in the commonwealth, then please contact Marie Edwards at marie@familyfoundation.org or at (804) 343-0010.

Non-profit and non-partisan, The Family Foundation of Virginia is the commonwealth’s oldest and most influential family public policy organization. Our mission is to strengthen the family through accurate research and education, prompting civic activism and affecting public policy outcomes. The Family Foundation is proud to be associated with Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and its network of nearly forty independent state policy councils.

Winning Matters In High Gear In Phase One

Our Winning Matters campaign — the voter identification, registration, education and mobilization projectof both The Family Foundation and The Family Foundation Action — is in full gear. It has been, actually, for some time, and a great deal already has been accomplished. We have nearly a dozen full- and part-time staff hard at work across Virginia. With the help of pastors and other committed Christians, they are  identifying, informing and mobilizing pro-family, values voters to cast values-driven votes on Election Day.  

The first phase of Winning Matters is identifying eligible voters in Virginia according to their values and making sure they are registered to vote. Sadly, statistics tell us that nearly half of self-proclaimed evangelicals are not even registered. Thus, they ignore a critical responsibility and minimize the effectiveness of pro-family citizens in the political process.

While it may sound over-used and outdated, one of the best methods for identifying and registering like-minded individuals is through churches. Every day our field staff meets with pastors from some of the more than 5,000 churches we have identified across the Commonwealth, and encourages them to conduct voter registration drives prior to the October 5th registration deadline.

Many pastors still do not practice this basic civic process in their churches. Some pastors still do not understand that it is not a political activity — in fact in Virginia, voters cannot even register by political party.

Therefore, Winning Matters encourages all churches to host a voter registration drive either on Sunday, September 13, 20 or 27.

Beyond churches, the process of voter identification has become an incredibly precise science in recent years, especially with the Internet. Anytime you visit a Web site to shop, read political news or participate in other special interests, you leave a fingerprint. These consumer behaviors can be predictive of one’s potential vote. This type of "micro targeting" was extremely effective in the California marriage amendment campaign. Our Winning Matters campaign is capitalizing on all of these established practices to do our part to find conservatives who might not be registered to vote.

In a less high-tech way of demonstrating this, believe it or not, we have individuals who support us or who have signed an issue petition who are not registered to vote. As part of Winning Matters, we will cross check our entire list with registration rolls and will send a letter and a voter registration form to any who need them.

After all the identification and registration is completed, Winning Matters will move into phase two — education. We will provide an update on that portion of the campaign after the October 5 voter registration deadline. In the meantime, if your pastor is not familiar with Winning Matters, or you know of other people who maybe instrumental in activating your church into this civic action, or even know individuals who are not registered to vote, forward them this link so they can learn more about Winning Matters.