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E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Life In The 21st Century: A Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011










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Genocide: Is It Alive In America Today?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011





Today I was looking over a recent report put out by Life Dynamics entitled “Racial Targeting and Population Control. The report basically confirms and proves what I and many other prominent Black pro-life leaders have been saying, namely that the Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are targeting minorities, Blacks in particular.

“The researchers set forth with the goal of mapping every abortion facility and Planned Parenthood center in the nation against population and racial demographic data sorted by zip code. They wanted to determine not only whether abortion centers were located in zip codes with high black and Hispanic populations but whether the black and Hispanic populations in the zip codes where abortion businesses were located exceeded the total percentage of the population of the particular state as a whole in terms of its minority population,” reports Steven Ertelt of LiveNews.com. And the numbers don’t lie.

Data shows that in state after state the majority of abortion facilities are located in ZIP codes that are two-and-a-half times as likely to be disproportionately minority as not.

If you wish to look at the report and figure out all the tables and data click here. For a very good article that breaks up the data and gives it to you in an easily understandable matter see Stevens’ article.

The results were staggering leaving no doubt that genocide is alive and, unfortunately, doing well in America. Sadly, many Black leaders in America are silent as the money machine of the abortion industry undoubtedly pays for their silence; and not just their silence but also their assistance in pushing the abortion industry’s agenda.

So, please pray with us as we pray for the end of abortion in America and around the world.






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Owens Criticizes Rep. Maxine Waters

Monday, August 29th, 2011





Here an article I want to share with you.

Rev. William Owens Sr., Founder and President of the Coalition of African American Pastors strongly criticizes Maxine Waters for her statement telling the “Tea Party” to
“Go Straight To Hell.”

At a community summit a few days ago, Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative for California’s 35th congressional district stated, “I’m not afraid of anybody.”

At the meeting in Inglewood, California, Waters added, “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘Tea Party’ can go straight to Hell.”

Waters is a disgrace to the African American Community. For her to tell the Tea Party to “Go Straight to Hell” is akin to telling my son, “Go to Hell.”

My son William Owens Jr., publishes the Tea Party Review magazine, a world class, professional magazine focused on conservative politics, travels with the Tea Party Express, and speaks to Tea Party rallies and conferences across the country.

Waters statement is vulgar, low class and mean spirited; it desecrates her office.

Who would want their daughter to emulate such a person? When the youth pattern their lives after such low morals, and cheap street language, where do they end up?

African American young girls and women deserve better examples.

We wonder why so many young women get pregnant at twelve and thirteen (even some as young as nine years old) and why so many African American boys fill up jails and prisons. Perhaps it is because of a void in African American leadership that is positive and constructive.

I am happy that I taught my children Biblical principles. I taught them to have self-worth and to treat others with dignity and respect.

A few years ago, I held a news conference in Washington, D.C. supporting Judge Samuel Alito’s nomination. Some politicians had planned to filibuster, and we insisted on an up or down vote. My opening statement at the press conference was, “I didn’t get my values from any political party or politics; I got my values from my parents in our home and in our church.”

Ms. Waters would do well to encourage the youth to carry themselves with dignity, to get an education and to become productive members of society. This rhetoric is toxic and has acquired strength and legitimacy because of the purveyors of hate, such as Ms. Waters

Some leaders and activists have done everything possible to turn black Americans against the “Tea Party.” The major problem is that the hostile language has gone unchecked by most black leaders.

I hope that every black minister and leader would stand up to Rep. Waters, and demand that she apologize for her careless behavior and degrading words, which in my opinion, puts all youth at risk.

Would you want your son or daughter to use Rep. Waters as an example for his or her life? I thank God for my children who followed my teachings, and who today are conservative and successful.

Today’s leaders for the sake of the youth must meet the challenge to communicate and act with decency and to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely without violent confrontation.

This was the key legacy left to us by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most importantly, Jesus left us a heritage in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Irrespective of political views, Christian leaders have a responsibility to promote the Gospel and to lead people to Christ not condemn them to hell. This begs the question, is Rep. Waters a Christian woman?

About Reverend Owens

Reverend William Owens, Sr. received his Master of Education degree from Christian Brothers University in 2004. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. He and his wife, Deborah, are education proponents and have been actively engaged in education reform issues since 1996. Dr. Deborah Owens is a licensed missionary in the Church of God in Christ and an educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s in education, and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University. She is the author of two inspirational books: (1) What are you thinking? and (2)Are you walking in your calling?

Reverend Owens has published two books: (1) Why the conservative mind matters and (2) Freedom. His newest book, Cross Roads: Conservative solutions for a nation in peril, is in collaboration with Bill Federer, Colin Hanna, and Dr. Alveda King. This book is a compilation of essays on a wide range of topics. For information on how you can include a chapter in this book, please email him at William.owens@bellsouth.net.

He is co-founder of Education for All whose mission is to advocate for K-12 students, especially those living in low-income and urban areas, and to remove non-academic barriers to success by developing strategic partnerships with churches, community organization, local education agencies, and vital children’s agencies.

Additionally, Reverend Owens is passionate about protecting the sanctity of marriage. He believes that it is one of the most crucial moral and political issues facing our country today. He is calling on African American pastors around the country to answer the call by supporting the traditional definition of marriage: one man and one woman.

Reverend Owens travels extensively speaking about his core values: choices in education, the sanctity of life and the protection of marriage. He also serves as a consultant to many political campaigns, candidates and organization. He was instrumental in garnering the black clergy’s support in Southern California for the Proposition 38 – School Voucher Initiative in 2000. He also supported Governor Mike Huckabee in his presidential campaign.

He has been a guest on many national talk shows and most recently was a guest on American Family Radio, Bott Radio Network, Tavis Smiley and Michael Reagan Talk Show. He was highlighted in Citizen Magazine, which ispublished by Focus on the Family. In addition, he has been featured in the Agape Press, Jonesboro Sun, Tupelo’s Daily Journal, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and The Washington Post.

William and Deborah Owens reside in Memphis, Tennessee. If you have questions or comments for William or Deborah, or you would like to discuss their availability for speaking engagements, please call
Jasmine Johnson at 901-748-5778 or email her at info@missioneducation.org.

Reverend William and Deborah Owens do not endorse a political party.






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“Redeem the Dream” Conference Postponed

Friday, August 26th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 25, 2011

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, has announced that the conference “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” set for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Family Research Council has been postponed.

The Aug. 28 dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall has been postponed due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. No new date has been announced. “Redeem the Dream” will be rescheduled to coincide with the new dedication date.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration: “Now is the time” to Redeem the Dream

Thursday, August 25th, 2011





For additional comments from:
President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.
CONTACT: Virginia Cline
(614) 885-7577
VCline@HeartbeatInternational.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963

WASHINGTON D.C. – Heartbeat International joins Protecting Black Life, National Black Pro-Life Coalition and several other national organizations to sponsor “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” a candid discussion in context of the “Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While Dr. King is remembered with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C. this week, Heartbeat International Board members Dr. Alveda King, MLK’s niece, and Pastor Derek McCoy join several other co-chairs in hosting a timely event on August 27th to discuss the injustice of abortion in the Black community.

According to Protecting Black Life website: “Since 1973 (year abortion was legalized in the U.S.) more African American babies have been killed by abortion than the total number of African American deaths from all other causes combined.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. “Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 50 million missing lives.”

“Dr. King spoke at the Lincoln Memorial 48 years ago to remind America of the fierce urgency of now saying, ‘Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.’,” said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. “As the nation celebrates Dr. King’s legacy, we want to remind America that Heartbeat’s pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies participate in Dr. King’s mission by providing one-on-one support so no woman ever feels so alone, coerced or hopeless that she ends the life of one of God’s children through abortion.”

Alveda reminds us that it was her Uncle Martin who said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Heartbeat’s pregnancy centers serve women with unexpected pregnancies by providing the practical help and emotional support they need to welcome a new life. This includes helping them to recognize their own inherent value and the inestimable significance of the child they carry. Heartbeat International, founded in 1971, is a Christ-like association of 1,200 pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, non-profit adoption agencies, and medical clinics across the nation and in 50 other countries.






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The Beloved Community and the Unborn

Thursday, August 25th, 2011





As our nation pauses to recommit itself to fulfilling the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we invite our fellow citizens to reflect on how that dream touches every human life. Dr. King taught that justice and equality need to be as wide-reaching as humanity itself. Nobody can be excluded from the Beloved Community. He taught that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

In his 1967 Christmas sermon, he pointed out the foundation of this vision: “The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

Scripture teaches, “Seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness and all else shall be yours as well” (Matthew 6:33). Dr. King humbled himself before God and became increasingly dependent on Him. Dr. King’s search for the “Beloved Community” was really part of his search for the Kingdom of God. Because “God is Love” (1 John 4:16), His Kingdom is founded on love (agape). That is why, in his search for the Beloved Community, Dr. King discovered God’s love.

The work of building the Beloved Community is far from finished. In each age, it calls us to fight against poverty, discrimination, and violence in every form. And as human history unfolds, the forms that discrimination and violence take will evolve and change. Yet our commitment to overcome them must not change, and we must not shrink from the work of justice, no matter how unpopular it may become.

In our day, therefore, we cannot ignore the discrimination, injustice, and violence that are being inflicted on the youngest and smallest members of the human family, the children in the womb. Thousands of these children are killed every day in America by abortion, throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

We declare today that these children too are members of the Beloved Community, that our destiny is linked with theirs, and that therefore they deserve justice, equality, and protection.

And we can pursue that goal, no matter what ethnic, religious, or political affiliation we have. None of that has to change in order for us to embrace Dr. King’s affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. It simply means that in our efforts to set free the oppressed, we include the children in the womb.

We invite all people of good will to join us in the affirmation that children in the womb have equal rights and human dignity.

Dr. Alveda King
Director, African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Mrs. Naomi Barber King
Wife of the late Rev. A.D. King (brother of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Rev. Derek King
Pastor
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gloria Y. Jackson, Esq.
Great-granddaughter of Dr. Booker T. Washington
President of the Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network

Lynne M. Jackson
Great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott






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Naomi King to be honored at Women’s Equality Day

Thursday, August 25th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 24, 2011

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Naomi Barber King, mother of Priests for Life’s Dr. Alveda King, will be among the honorees Friday at the fourth annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration. The organization Women Flying High will present the awards during a National Women’s Leadership Roundtable Conversation from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. King is the widow of the Rev. A.D. King, a civil rights leader and the brother of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a crusader in the battle to save African-American babies from abortion.

Mrs. King’s commitment to life began when she changed her mind about aborting her daughter, Dr. Alveda King, who is now the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.

“My father-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., told me he had a vision of my child and he wanted to meet the baby girl in his vision,” Mrs. King said.

At the age of 37, Mrs. King was left a widow with five children following the untimely death of her husband, who was a prominent civil rights leader in his own right.

“God gave me the strength to do all I had to after that,” said the soft-spoken Atlanta resident.

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Clark Franklin, the first female mayor of a major southern city, will lead the conversation, whose topics will include female power in the voting booth.

In recognition of the historic unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on Sunday, Women Flying High chose to honor women who, like Mrs. King, have served on the board and staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where Dr. King served as president. Posthumous honorees include: Ella Baker, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Ella Mae Brayboy, Dora McDonald and Claudette Matthews.

Other honorees include Dr. Evelyn G. Lowery, Juanita Abernathy, Annette Steele, Yolanda Grier Creecy, Dr. Christine King Farris, Rev. Bernice King, Dr. Sylvia Tucker, Carolyn Young, Dorothy Cotton, Xernona Clayton, Rita Samuels, Lula Williams, Cleo Orange, Kaye Jackson, Diane Nash, Doris Crenshaw, Brenda Davenport, Felicia Davis, Roberta Abdul-Salam and Melanie Campbell.

Women’s Equality Day also will recognize outstanding women’s organizations and programs benefitting women including: the National Council of Negro Women, the Congressional Women’s Caucus, the National Women’s Chamber of Commerce, National Political Black Women’s Congress, SCLC W.O.M.E.N, The White House Council on Women & Girls, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, the Black Women’s Roundtable, and Women Flying High partner organization The Georgia Coalition of Black Women, for work on behalf of women’s advancement.

Dr. Alveda King said her mother is well-deserving of the honor.

“My mother is a woman of courage, commitment, compassion and indomitable strength,” she said. “I am so proud to be her daughter.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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“Redeem the Dream” conference Saturday in D.C.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 24, 2011

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.

“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.

“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”

Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.

Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life
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Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011










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STAND AND RESTORE COURAGE

Monday, August 22nd, 2011





I encourage everyone in Atlanta, GA to attend the LIVE simulcast presented by GBTV this coming Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM. Glenn Beck will be live from Israel. Reserve seats at RestoringCourageGA@gmail.com. For more information click here.

My friend, Vernessa Mitchell, is singing at the event in Israel. Please pray for all involved in this rally.






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