Throughout the last several weeks on this blog we've asked you to come to Richmond this upcoming Wednesday, January 9, for the Virginia Stands for Life Prayer Walk and Gathering. If you have RSVP'd that you will attend, thank you! We are thrilled that you will join us. If you have pushed aside making a decision — as yet another event bombarding you after the hectic holiday season — we urge you to reconsider. Be willing to inconvenience yourself for just one day in order to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves. Our legislators desperately need to hear Virginia proclaim the sanctity of human life. We have already heard that pro-abortion activists plan to rally weekly at the capitol. Don't let them be your voice in your silence.
Remember, this year we are not holding our normal Day at the Capitol or "Lobby Day" as it is commonly called. This is it! This is your chance to make contact with your legislators and show them Virginia is a pro-life state.
Still not convinced? Here are the answers for some possible excuses to not attend:
Excuse 1: It’s too cold.
Actually, January 9's weather is predicted to be 52 degrees and sunny. Not bad for January in Virginia!
Excuse 2: I've been to my fair share of pro-life rallies. This won't be any different?
The point of this event is to show legislators and elected officials that we are pro-life and that we are the majority. The Virginia pro-life movement took a beating last year from late night comedy show hosts and the liberal media. This year, we need to generate a sizeable crowd that legislators and the media cannot ignore. The pro-life movement must return strong and reinvigorated! The success of our pro-life message depends on it.
Excuse 3: I haven't registered.
No problem. The event is free and registration is as simple as clicking here! Don't wait any longer. Register to let us know you are coming!
Excuse 4: I might not know anyone.
Invite a friend. Visit the event's web page for information and forward the link to a friend, and share it on your social media sites. That'll turn up the interest by your friends.
Excuse 5: I don't want to stand all day long.
For those who cannot participate in the Prayer Walk or stand for a long time due to physical limitations, we have reserved House Room 3 in the Capitol from 9:00-10:00 a.m. where you can go to wait for the start of the gathering at 10:00. Enter the Capitol at the Bank Street entrance (at the bottom of the hill) and it is the first room on your right.
Excuse 6: Richmond is too far. I don’t want to drive in at the break of dawn.
We have reserved a block of rooms for Tuesday, January 8 at the Holiday Inn Express, 201 East Cary Street. They are only $89 per night. There is a combination of king and double rooms. The hotel will provide shuttle service to the Bell Tower (eight blocks) for the gathering and to the Greater Richmond Convention Center (six blocks) for those attending the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast and/or the Prayer Walk. To reserve a room at this special rate, call the hotel directly at 804-788-1600 and tell them you are booking with The Family Foundation. Check out time is 11:00 a.m., but there is a room to hold your bags and you can leave your car there past checkout (parking is $10.00 in addition to the room charge), so you won't have to pay for parking twice. This is also the cheapest parking you will find in Richmond that day.
Excuse 7: I don’t know where to park.
For those coming to the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast and/or the Prayer Walk, the best parking will be at the Convention Center itself. You enter its lot on 3rd Street. If you are only coming to the Gathering at the Bell Tower, there is limited parking at the SunTrust Building. You enter that lot off of Cary Street between 9th and 10th Streets. We have posted a map of parking lots on our website, although during session some of these are monthly parking only. Click here and scroll to the third page to view the map. You should plan to arrive early to ensure plenty of time to find a parking place, especially those coming for the Gathering only at 10:00 a.m.
That's it. Not much to it. Just click, register and attend. Then feel free to look up your legislators afterward. We look forward to seeing you in Richmond at this most important pro-life event!