I know it probably doesn’t feel like it, but 2021 has truly been an amazing year of wins—wins that you helped bring about! And we didn’t want to close out 2021 without pausing to thank you, and the Lord, for the incredible momentum in the family policy movement we saw this year.
Thank you for partnering with Family Policy Alliance this year and for making this Top 10 list possible! We are praising God for these 10 wins and invite you to join us!
10. Your voice inspired lawmakers to remove “woke” language from the national defense funding bill.
Our federal lawmakers’ top priority in Washington, D.C. should be the nation’s defense. Instead, this year, some lawmakers tried to take advantage of the all-important defense spending bill to add in “Equality Act” language (elevating the LGBT agenda in the defense bill) and requiring women to register for the draft.
You took action through the Family Policy Alliance action center and made your voice heard—empowering some brave lawmakers to speak out against this radical language. The result? This harmful language was removed from the bill, allowing the defense funding bill to move forward in a much cleaner form!
9. You stopped the radical Left’s push to pack the courts.
In the early days of the Biden Administration, there was a lot of talk about “adding judges” to the courts—basically creating a scenario where the far Left could guarantee a win on their radical policies in court because they pick their own judges. You made it clear that this idea was wildly unpopular among American families, and it has gained no traction—even in the President’s own commission formed to consider such a court-packing proposal.
8. You are forcing lawmakers to take a stand on whether they will protect babies who survive abortions.
Of course, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is blocking a bill that would protect babies who survive botched abortions. So prolife House members initiated a procedural move called a “discharge petition” that would force the bill to come forward for consideration. A record number of lawmakers signed onto this petition this year—thanks to your advocacy calling on them to take a stand for these precious babies fighting for their lives!
7. You made it a rough year for Twitter!
You may recall that Twitter cancelled our friends at Focus on the Family earlier this year, and you helped us rally to their defense. Your voice elevated the issue all the way to Congress and national media. Later, they canceled Statesmen Academy alum and prominent U.S. House member Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03). Focus on the Family’s and Jim Banks’s crimes? Correctly identifying a Biden cabinet pick as a biological male who identifies as a woman.
You raised your voice to help us launch a campaign in support of Focus on the Family and Representative Banks, send a petition to Twitter, and build a coalition to stand against these cancelling policies. Now, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped down after a tumultuous year.
6. You set in motion the movement to save our kids from harmful “gender transition” procedures.
Just this year, Statesmen Academy alum Rep. Robin Lundstrum led the nation’s first successful effort to ban harmful and experimental “gender transition” procedures on children in her home state of Arkansas. It was a groundbreaking piece of legislation!
Your support for the Statesmen Academy, your advocacy in Arkansas, and your partnership with Family Policy Alliance and the network of state family policy council allies in standing for the truth that biological sex cannot change made this a win! Now, more states are ready to consider taking the same stand to protect children!
5. You are saving girls’ sports for our daughters and their daughters.
In 2020, you helped make Idaho the first state in the nation to reserve girls’ sports for only biological girls—as a matter of fairness. This year, over 35 states considered the same legislation to save girls’ sports—and a version of that bill is now law in 9 states! Plus, even mainstream media credits the movement to save girls’ sports (that you have made possible) as the reason the dangerous Equality Act is stopped in the U.S. Senate!
4. You stopped a far-Left takeover of elections nationwide!
The far Left made clear that legislation to “redo” elections (and thereby secure policy wins for their agenda) would be a top priority in 2021. Despite relentless attempts to take over elections at the federal level by one political party, these multiple bills have gone nowhere. No matter how many times they tried to bring forward these bills, you continued to engage and raise your voice, calling on them to vote NO every time. You are saving our country’s elections with generational impact!
3. You helped parents and families raise their voices—and change the future in their states.
It’s been a year where parents and families have faced unbelievable indoctrination in their children’s schools. Radical gender theory policies have touched the classroom, locker room, and sports field. Critical race theory has divided children and communities. And parents have been deeply concerned about the impact on their children.
After a number of deeply concerning incidents in Virginia—including sexual assault against a female student in the girls’ bathroom by a male student wearing a dress—parents had had enough. They raised their voices and voted against politicians that believe schools—not parents—should direct children’s education. They flipped control of their state from politicians who discount parents to leaders who pledge to honor the role of parents in their children’s education. It was a stunning win that caught the attention of the nation, especially ahead of the 2022 election.
We also recently learned that the National School Board Association, which has supported these radical curriculum proposals and treated concerned parents as “terrorists,” is at risk of losing millions as their own state chapters withdraw over the controversy.
You are changing the narrative and forcing lawmakers to return to considering parents and families before political agendas!
2. You stopped the #1 priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and the far Left.
The Biden Administration made clear that the Equality Act was their #1 priority for 2021—a “must-accomplish” in the first 100 days. Here we are in the waning days of the year, and the Equality Act has clearly been stopped in the U.S. Senate! Tens of thousands of you took action through the Family Policy Alliance action center calling on lawmakers to stop this bill.
We’ve identified this bill as the most dangerous piece of legislation we’ve seen come out of Congress because it would force the LGBT agenda into homes, schools, doctors’ offices, businesses, and nearly every area of law and life. THANK YOU for making clear to D.C. that this is a nonstarter for American families!
1. Life is winning!
And, for the #1 praise for 2021, at the end of the year and on the eve of the 49th anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, we stand on the brink of seeing Roe overturned (perhaps even in 2022). This would give all of us in the states more power to protect the lives of babies in the womb than we’ve had in decades!
In addition, Texas passed a strong pro-life “heartbeat” law that, despite being challenged in court, has already saved thousands of lives. And the Supreme Court allowed it to stay in effect by—despite the ongoing challenges against it by the abortion lobby and the Biden Administration. Life is truly winning in America.
As you and your family head into the Christmas season and wind down your year, we pray you are as encouraged by these wins as we are! And thank you for being an encouragement to us in our ministry! When you take action and raise your voice for family values, standing on biblical truth, you shine brightly—despite any level of darkness around us in our nation.
Thank you for your support and engagement that make these wins possible!
May God bless you and yours,
Craig DeRoche, CEO
I’m concerned. In California, nearly 300 incarcerated men have requested transfer to women’s prisons. Understandably, the women in these facilities are vulnerable and afraid.
But why has this happened?
The answer lies in a new California law that openly permits it. And, while you might expect the law to prohibit men from transferring if they are convicted of violent crimes against women, here’s the real kicker: it doesn’t require even that.
This law is just one outgrowth of the radical transgender ideology sweeping our nation, and it’s one we should pay attention to.
Join us today for a timely Conversations with Craig livestream, where you’ll learn all about this law, what you can do to help protect the vulnerable women in California’s prisons, and what to look out for in your own state.
Why are there men here?
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT
Our friends at Women’s Liberation Front have taken the lead to protect the women in California’s prisons. Just yesterday, they filed a lawsuit in federal court over the law. Now, we’re privileged to share this important conversation with them. Join us!
Lauren Adams is the Legal Director of Women’s Liberation Front. She has nearly a decade of legal experience with a focus on serving the needs of women.
We hope to see many of you there! Come with your questions, and get ready for an engaging conversation.
See you soon!
Today, the Senate will consider the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Unfortunately, the current version of the bill contains language that would force women to register for the draft.
In July, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Armed Services Committee added language to the NDAA that will force women to register for the draft.
The NDAA also contains dangerous “Equality Act” language. Another Democrat amendment could add even more “Equality Act” language to the legislation.
Urge your Senator to OPPOSE NDAA language that would draft our daughters and push the radical “Equality Act” agenda.
In addition, please urge your Senator to SUPPORT these four amendments:
- Senator Hawley’s amendment #4140- removes the section requiring women to register for the Selective Service.
- Senator Inhofe’s amendment #3944- removes the section requiring women to register for the Selective Service.
- Senator Lee’s amendment #4542- removes the section requiring women to register for the Selective Service.
- Senator Lankford’s amendment #4103- ensures the Department of Defense will not force any member of the Armed Forces to participate in a medical procedure that violates the service member’s conscience based on a sincere religious or moral belief, or because it is against the service member’s best medical judgement.
Here are four reasons to OPPOSE forcing women to register for the draft:
- Forcing women to register for the draft is simply another Woke Agenda social experiment.
- This policy is one of the nearly 100 examples of the left erasing the distinctions between men and women and forcing their gender ideology on Americans.
- To win a war, but have no American families left at home, would be doing the enemy’s job.
- Forcing women in the draft demeans the women who have kept our country safe and on track by being on the front lines of our manufacturing plants, our labor force, our families- and by their voluntary service in the armed forces.
- Will the government care for children if both parents are required to register for the draft?
- After what happened in Afghanistan, why should we trust the Biden Administration with our daughters?
- Women should remain free- not forced- to serve.
- We honor, admire, and support the incredible patriotic women who volunteer for military service. But women who serve in America’s military should remain free, not forced, to serve.
Tell your Senator: Don’t draft our daughters, stop the “Equality Act” agenda, and protect conscience rights in the military by clicking this link to our Action Center!
For family and freedom,
When Big Tech doesn’t like the truth, they censor those who tell it.
That’s what happened this week when Congressman Jim Banks (an alum of our sister Foundation’s prestigious Statesmen Academy) was BLOCKED on Twitter for speaking the simple truth. He correctly identified Admiral Rachel Levine (pictured) as a man and called out the Biden-appointed Surgeon General for saying Levine was female.
Levine identifies as a woman – he feels that he is a woman and tries to live as one. But, the truth of the matter is every cell in his body says that Levine is male.
And Twitter doesn’t like to acknowledge that truth.
But here’s what’s even more stunning: while Twitter bans upstanding Americans for speaking basic biological facts, it allows child predators to use its platform to share videos of child sexual abuse.
Plus, the Republican Study Committee—the largest conservative caucus in the U.S. House, of which Rep. Banks is chair—reports that Big Tech (at large) allows Taliban terrorists on its platforms!
The standard is backwards, and it’s time for Twitter to change now. If you agree, will you sign our petition to Twitter? It only takes a minute. We’re asking Twitter to restore the right of Americans to speak the truth. And, we’re asking them to stand up for kids by keeping child predators from using the platform to benefit from underage sexual abuse.
After you’ve signed the petition, please plan to join us tomorrow, October 29, for a LIVE conversation with Congressman Jim Banks to hear his story.
Is biological reality off limits? What should you know about Big Tech? And, what’s the inside scoop in DC? Join us as Congressman Jim Banks, Chair of the Republican Study Committee, discusses with Family Policy Alliance CEO Craig DeRoche.
If you agree that it’s time for Big Tech to change, please sign our petition to Twitter now and spread the word.
See you tomorrow!
Director of Strategy
While the temperatures have been falling across the country, the Biden Administration has been hit with a heat tsunami for doubling-down on their radical gender agenda.
Last week, the House Judiciary Oversight Committee Hearing caught fire when the Attorney General was asked questions about the Department of Justice Memo deploying the FBI in every federal district. Why did the DOJ want to deploy the FBI? Because parents are standing up and speaking out against radical gender ideologies, critical race theory, and more at their local school board meetings.
The DOJ Memo was issued after the National School Board Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the White House calling out concerned parents who stand against radical ideologies. The NSBA letter identified parents’ actions as “threats” and “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.”
Exchanges in the House hearing revealed alarming information on the Biden-Harris Administration including:
- Ranking Member Jim Jordan highlighted the fact that the Attorney General issued the DOJ Memo because of the National School Board Association letter.
- Congressman Mike Johnson raised ethics concerns that the Attorney General’s son-in-law is financially benefiting from selling critical race theory materials and conducting alarming student surveys in school districts across the country. Does he benefit from the DOJ memo that discourages parents from speaking out against CRT? The Republican House Judiciary Committee Members are determined to find out by calling for an ethics inquiry.
- Congressman Chip Roy’s questions revealed that parents across the country were enraged from learning a father in Loudoun County father was arrested defending his daughter at a local school board meeting after his daughter became a victim of sexual assault. But when Congressman Roy raised this in the hearing, the U.S. Attorney General said he “d[idn’t] know any of the facts of this case.”
The Attorney General’s responses haven’t aged well since the NSBA Board now says they “regret and apologize” for the letter and several state school board associations have distanced themselves from NSBA after the incident. And members of the House Judiciary Committee have called for Attorney General Garland to withdraw the memo.
But on Friday, the Biden-Harris Administration, completely tone-deaf, released a new gender strategy document. The 42-page document, entitled “National Strategy on Gender Equality and Equity” outlines the Administration’s promotion of a range of liberal priorities– including transgender policies – in schools, the workforce, and international efforts. The document also promotes abortion and the removal of the Hyde Amendment, meaning President Biden wants to force taxpayers to pay for abortion.
Today, in a lively Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, the Attorney General received more questioning about the DOJ memo. Here are a few highlights:
- Senator Marsha Blackburn (TN) discussed how outrageous it was for parents to be compared to domestic terrorists. She also explained how the DOJ Memo could be seen as intimidation from the DOJ to cause parents to question going to their local school board meetings.
- Senator Josh Hawley (MO)’s questioning exposed that after the DOJ Memo was released, another memo went out from a Department of Justice District Office listing 13 federal crimes that parents could be prosecuted for, including “making annoying phone calls.”
- Senator John Kennedy (LA) exposed that the DOJ did not investigate the incidents cited in the NSBA letter. Senator Kennedy also explained how parents experienced a “chilling effect” after reading the DOJ Memo.
- Senator Ted Cruz (TX) questioned the Attorney General about the ethics concerns that the Attorney General’s son-in law financially benefits from the sale of curriculum of critical race theory.
- Senator Mike Lee (UT) highlighted that state attorneys general have stated they can handle issues at the state and local level and the federal government does not need to get involved. Sen. Lee also pointed out that the NSBA has apologized for their letter, and none of the stories cited by the NSBA included death threats. The Attorney General would not apologize for the DOJ Memo.
Amid this crazy storm, one thing is clear: parents have a God-given right to speak out and stand up for their children. And we will continue to stand with them. But this will take a significant investment of money and resources.
Will we let the left cancel parents’ voices at school board meetings, and even members of Congress, from daring to speak truth about biological reality? Or, will we come together and push back?
Join us today in taking a stand against radical gender ideology coming out of Woke DC that is now showing up in children’s schools, affecting their safety, and silencing their parents.
For our children,
Last night, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the state’s Save Women’s Sports bill into law to ensure that girls’ school sports competitions are reserved for females. This makes Texas the ninth state to pass a girls’ sports bill into law. Other states that have passed a #SaveGirlsSports bill include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, West Virginia. Some states include protections for college athletes as well.
Meridian Baldacci, Spokesperson for Family Policy Alliance, said:
|“It’s a good day for girls in Texas. Female athletes should grow up with a level playing field, in life and in sports. When males are allowed to compete in female sports competitions, they can and do take championship titles and other elite opportunities that were meant for girls. But in Texas, many girls can know that they have a level playing field, and a fair shot at the opportunities meant just for them. We are grateful for the work of our friends at Texas Values who made this important step possible.”|
Mary Elizabeth Castle, Senior Policy Advisor for Texas Values, released the following statement:
|“We are grateful that Governor Abbott signed the Save Women’s Sports bill into law today. Now, all girls across Texas are free to play without being forced to compete against biological males for precious championships or scholarship opportunities that were given by Title IX. Texas law now confirms the biological reality in sports and Texas is joining 8 other states in leading on this issue.”|
Texas is the latest state to show that real America is pushing back against the far Left’s radical gender agenda. It seems every week, the Biden-Harris Administration or Speaker Pelosi’s House releases a new priority item that allows men access to rights, opportunities, or accomplishments previously reserved for women and girls. Just last week, the Biden-Harris Administration released a new, out-of-touch “National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality” and named Rachel Levine, a male who identifies as female, as the “first female four-star officer” in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Labeling Levine as the “first female four-star officer” rings hollow to the American public and insults women everywhere.
Family Policy Alliance will continue to work with allies to advance protections for female athletes in the 2022 legislative year. You can learn more about the #SaveGirlsSports effort here!
Making sure that girls’ sports are reserved only for girls is a critical way you—and your states—can continue to push back against Woke DC and its leaders. Please consider a gift to Family Policy Alliance today to stand firm against Woke DC’s gender ideology!
Give now at this link: http://engage.familypolicyalliance.com/site/Donation
For fair play,
Should Texas girls be forced to compete against boys in sports? We say no! If you agree, please take a moment to ask Texas House Speaker Phelan to act now to bring the Save Women’s Sports bill up for a vote.
Last Wednesday, the Save Women’s Sports bill (HB 25) was finally passed by the House Constitutional Rights and Remedies Committee.
HB 25 ensures everyone plays by same rules and that girls have an equal opportunity to compete against other girls.
But HB 25 has NOT been scheduled for a vote on the House Floor. Time is running out as this Third Special Session comes to a close next Tuesday, October 19th.
This issue has been placed on the special session call at least 3 times in a row. The Texas Senate has passed a Save Women’s Sports bill during all three special sessions. And the majority of the Texas House already supports the Save Women’s Sports bill.
But the question remains whether Speaker Phelan is blocking or supporting this bill.
The Speaker must have the Calendars Committee schedule the Save Women’s Sports bill for a House Floor vote immediately in order to protect girls’ sports.
Tell Speaker Phelan to place HB 25 on the House Floor for a vote! Time is running out!
Make sure Texas Saves Girls Sports by contacting Speaker Phelan TODAY!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Many who identify as LGBTQ+ recognized yesterday as National Coming Out Day.
You may be familiar with “coming out” as a term that refers to someone announcing that they identify as gay. For tips on how to handle that conversation as a Christian, check out this video.
“Coming out” has also recently been used in reference to someone announcing that they identify as transgender.
This is a critical battle in our cultural moment. Today’s children are taught to question their own biology on social media, in school, and even in the doctor’s office. And when they are questioning it, they are told that identifying as transgender and “transitioning” to live as the opposite sex is the solution.
Yesterday, some “came out” because they have been sold a lie about their bodies. Culture has told them that they were born in the wrong body, that they need to consider sterilization and mutilating surgery in order to be who they were meant to be.
As Christians, we know that is not true. God created us male and female (Genesis 1:27) and we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). When God made you male or female, he did not make a mistake.
Not only is transgender ideology rooted in a lie, but it also has very real and damaging consequences for those who are sold its “solutions.” From sterilization to regret and worsened mental health, many of those who today have “come out” identifying as transgender will face serious harm because they were sold a bill of goods.
We know you care deeply about this issue, and you want to make a difference to protect children and take back culture.
That’s why we’re inviting you to join us THIS FRIDAY, October 15th, for the Help Not Harm Summit. We believe that children who are struggling deserve Help, Not Harm – and we know you agree.
Friday, October 15, 2021
10:30 am – 4:15 pm ET
9:30 am – 3:15 pm CT
8:30 am – 2:15 pm MT
7:30 am – 1:15 pm PT
At this event, you’ll get the information, inspiration, and resources you need to make a difference in your state, community, and even your own family. Come to just one session, or join us for the full day – just make sure you don’t miss this event! Plus, when you register for one session you’ll get on-demand access to all the sessions after the event!
Parents and grandparents: Join one of our two sessions just for you. Come learn how to talk to your child about sex and gender. Or, if you have a child struggling with gender dysphoria, learn how you can help them.
Concerned citizens: Want to make a difference? Come to our “Bootcamp” and learn from state leaders around the country as they share encouraging stories and insights to help you make a difference in your own state. And, don’t miss our Congressional Panel and Kickoff Rally, where you’ll hear from members of Congress and key national leaders about what’s happening in this important issue area.
Students (including lifelong learners!): Whether you want to learn about this issue from a worldview perspective, find out the medical truth about transition, learn about what they’re not telling you about the transgender movement, or learn about the Arkansas law to protect children from transgender interventions, we have a session for you!
You can find the full list of sessions here. Register today, and then tell a friend.
And today, as you think about those you may know who have “come out,” we encourage you to be in prayer. Pray for those who are affected, that they may see truth and hope. Pray for children who may be exposed to radical content (at school or in other ways), that their minds would be protected. And – ask the Lord how you might be able to play a part in bringing the change our culture needs.
We hope to see many of you on Friday as we consider how we can do just that!
P.S. Can’t make it for the full day on Friday? Register for the events you can make, and you’ll gain on-demand access to the full event after it airs live.
Transgender ideology is sweeping our nation, and youth are the targets. From school classrooms to social media and even the therapist’s office, kids are encouraged to question their own biology. And struggling children are pushed toward “transition” – a dangerous series of interventions that can result in sterilization, long-term health consequences, and potentially worse mental health outcomes.
Kids who are struggling deserve real help, not the harm of hormones and surgery.
This is one of the greatest battles of our day, and we know that you want to help.
So on Friday, October 15, we’re offering a FREE online event to EQUIP you with information and practical tools to make a difference in your country, your state, and even your own family. Register and see the full agenda here.
Friday, October 15, 2021
10:30 am – 4:15 pm ET / 9:30 am – 3:15 pm CT
8:30 am – 2:15 pm MT / 7:30 am – 1:15 pm PT
We’re bringing in experts, key leaders, and seasoned warriors in this battle to equip you to protect children and stand up for truth. See the list of participating organizations here! During the event, you’ll:
- Discover why this movement is so much bigger than meets the eye – and learn the facts you won’t hear in mainstream media.
- Get help in talking to your kids (or grandkids!) about sex and gender issues – plus a session for families personally affected by the transgender movement.
- Learn from seasoned warriors as they share ways that people in their states have stepped up for their values – and inspiration for ways you can take a stand in your own state.
Can’t make the whole event? Register to get on-demand access to every session following the event. Then, just come live to the events you’re most interested in!
If you’re ready to go deeper and take the next step in protecting children and standing up for your values, the Help Not Harm Summit is waiting for you!
Hope to see you there!
P.S. After you register, don’t forget to invite friends! They won’t want to miss this.
The transgender ideology running rampant in our culture is promising a lot of freedom to our children but is only delivering regrets. Increasingly, teens around the country have declared that they identify as transgender. And, unfortunately, I have spoken with high schoolers who say that identifying as “trans” draws attention and affirmation from their peers, guidance counselors, and teachers. But this movement – painted as a happy and exciting thing in culture – has a dark side. Once an adolescent starts down the path of puberty blockers – typically followed by cross-sex hormones – many effects are irreversible or long-lasting. That once healthy body may never function as it did originally. As people who have “transitioned” become aware of this, they are often filled with deep regret. There are many of these stories – check out sexchangeregret.com to hear about some of them.
Tragically, those who choose to “transition” may even have much higher suicide rates than the general population in the long run.
Planned Parenthood even gets involved in these fights!
Family Policy Alliance is fighting to protect kids from these dangerous interventions through education, outreach, and working with legislators right here in Rhode Island. This year, we are working to keep minors from sex-change surgeries and hormone treatments. There has been an outright attack on our youth and we are engaged in working for your family, but we need your help to win.
Family Policy Alliance of Rhode Island is ending our fiscal year on September 30th. Would you consider a generous one-time donation or monthly support? Your partnership helps us to fight on behalf of your family here in Rhode Island!
What exactly are we up against? You can learn more by watching this webinar with Family Policy Alliance’s Meridian Baldacci. She spoke with Andrè Van Mol, MD in a conversation titled, “The Truth About Transition.” Dr. Van Mol is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatrician’s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality. What he has to say should prove to you ”transitioning” is a dangerous fad to avoid – and protect children from!
I also strongly encourage you to register for the Ministry Training Network’s upcoming conference that we are a part of on October 29-30: “The Bible, Gender, and Sexuality.” This is a first in Rhode Island and you don’t want to miss it! Dr. J Alan Branch, Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern Seminary, and Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of The American College of Pediatricians, are our plenary speakers. You will also find the workshops extremely spiritual and practical. I will be teaching one entitled, “This is Not the Sex-ed Your Mother and Father Got When They Were in School!” Register early for a great discount.
For Faith & Family in RI,
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island
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