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Celebrating Fathers, Seeking Jubilee on Juneteenth This Weekend

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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The third weekend in June is impacted by two seemingly unrelated holidays; Fathers’ Day and Juneteenth. More people remember Fathers’ Day because every human being has a biological father, regardless of the circumstances of conception.

On the other hand, Juneteenth, AKA Jubilee and Emancipation Day, is a US holiday commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Juneteenth is celebrated during “Fathers’ Day Weekend” in America.

Today, there is still a captive class of human beings. They are “slaves” to choice and are treated as property to be discarded at will. The vulnerable and pre-born babies in the womb don’t have a voice and are dying by abortion.

Thus today the Prolife Civil Rights Movement is the vehicle for their emancipation.

In 2010, Civil Rights for the Unborn (CRU) took Pro-Life Freedom Rides to Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. For eleven years, we’ve been proclaiming Jubilee for unborn babies, mothers, families and America. Of one blood, God created all people. Life is a Civil Right. We proclaim civil rights for the unborn!

Join us on June 17, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 PM EST as we tweet for the unborn. Use the hash tags #FreetheBabiesServetheMothers and #Juneteenth2016 and show your support for Life.

Every born and unborn person deserves human dignity and God’s justice.

Where peripherals collide, convergence is imminent. Let’s connect Juneteenth and Fathers’ Day together with two words, unity and love. We need to unite in praying for love for our fathers, and our children.

There are many mixed emotions surrounding the occasion of Fathers’ Day because sometimes personal circumstances surrounding our relationships with our natural fathers can be complicated, even in the best of times. In remembering my father, grandfather and uncle this season, I believe this blog by Kevin Burke as well as this prayer below from Priests for Life can bring Jubilee to our hearts regarding our natural fathers:

A Prayer for Fathers
By Father Frank Pavone

“Almighty God, you have taught us that you are the Father of us all, And that all fatherhood takes its origin from you.

You protect us from evil
And provide our daily bread.
You are strength and integrity, blessing and the font of life.

We thank you, then, for our fathers.
Though human, they are also a reflection of you, Lord God.
They are your gift to us.

We pray for all fathers today.
May they realize the greatness of their vocation
And have the strength to live it without fear.
Forgive their sins, and keep their eyes raised up to you

To those who still make this earthly journey with us,
Give us the grace to love them as we should;
And to those whom you have called from this life,
Give a special place of honor in the heavenly kingdom
With you, the Father of all.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. “

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Civil Rights for the Unborn Unveils New Logo

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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Date: June 8, 2016

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As Juneteenth approaches, Civil Rights for the Unborn – the African-American outreach for Priests for Life – has unveiled a new logo that makes clear that “justice for all” must include the unborn.

Evangelist Alveda King, who became Priests for Life’s first African-American Outreach director in 2004, said the new logo is a visual reminder that all human lives matter, born or pre-born.

“At Civil Rights for the Unborn, we stress that a child in the womb is a separate and unique individual who has the same inalienable right to life as all of us,” she said. “But we also care about the mothers who feel driven to abortion by personal circumstances. We hope to reach moms before they make the irrevocable choice to abort their children, and we also want to contact mothers who have already bought the abortion lie and are suffering as a result, as I did for many years.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said he and Evangelist King – the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – came together when both realized that the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

“The right to life is the most fundamental and most important right we have,” Father Pavone said. “No other civil rights issue of our day is more important than securing the right to life for the human beings still in their mother’s womb.”

In observance of Juneteenth this year, Evangelist King is asking people to visit the website www.CRUJuneteenth.com and signup for a social media Tweetfest taking place on Twitter on June 17, from 12 – 1 PM. Use the hashtags #FreetheBabiesServetheMothers and #Juneteenth2016 and help them go viral.

Also, visit www.CivilRightsfortheUnborn.com and signup for important updates on the movement.

“For our pro-life efforts to be successful,” Evangelist King said, “we’ve got to love them both.”

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

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As Super Tuesday Looms, Civil Rights for the Unborn Surges

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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The expansion of The African American Outreach of Priests for Life is reflected in the new moniker “Civil Rights for the Unborn.”

As the director of the over-a-decade-old pro-life outreach to African Americans, Evangelist Alveda King says, “today is the last day of Black History Month. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday. Now is the time to give the babies a chance to be born to make history, to be born to live to cast their votes.”

Now called Civil Rights for the Unborn, The African American Outreach of Priests for Life, the project will continue to be led by longtime activist Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of A.D. King.

“Our new name reflects what Priests for Life’s African American Outreach program has always been – an arm of the civil rights movement to which my family has dedicated our lives,” said Dr. King. “On this last day of Black History Month, we reaffirm that, acting under the banner Civil Rights for the Unborn, we will clearly and forcefully continue to heighten awareness in the black community that civil rights begin when life begins.”

Over the last 10 years, Priests for Life’s outreach program to African Americans has worked nationally with other civil rights activists on numerous efforts, including organizing the Pro-Life Freedom Rides, protesting convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, and publicizing “Tonya Reaves Could Have Been Me,” the consciousness-raising campaign that grew from the tragic death of a young African American woman who died from an abortion.

This year again, Priests for Life and Civil Rights for the Unborn will work hard to make sure voters keep the life issue in the forefront as they choose the next president of the United States.

“My prayer is that we elect a pro-life president,” Dr. King said. “That’s a priority.”

Commenting on the expanded outreach of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “The right to life is both a civil right and the foundation of all other civil rights. With Alveda’s leadership, Civil Rights for the Unborn will proclaim these truths to the African American community, which has been so disproportionately devastated by abortion.”

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Civil Rights for the Unborn – The African American Outreach of Priests for Life

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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Date: February 29, 2016

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NEW YORK – Priests for Life today announces the expansion and re-naming of its over-a-decade-old pro-life outreach to African Americans.

Now called Civil Rights for the Unborn, The African American Outreach of Priests for Life, the project will continue to be led by longtime activist Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of A.D. King.

“Our new name reflects what Priests for Life’s African American Outreach program has always been – an arm of the civil rights movement to which my family has dedicated our lives,” said Dr. King. “On this last day of Black History Month, we reaffirm that, acting under the banner Civil Rights for the Unborn, we will clearly and forcefully continue to heighten awareness in the black community that civil rights begin when life begins.”

Over the last 10 years, Priests for Life’s outreach program to African Americans has worked nationally with other civil rights activists on numerous efforts, including organizing the Pro-Life Freedom Rides, protesting convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, and publicizing “Tonya Reaves Could Have Been Me,” the consciousness-raising campaign that grew from the tragic death of a young African American woman who died from an abortion.

This year again, Priests for Life and Civil Rights for the Unborn will work hard to make sure voters keep the life issue in the forefront as they choose the next president of the United States.

“My prayer is that we elect a pro-life president,” Dr. King said. “Nothing is more important.”

Commenting on the expanded outreach of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “The right to life is both a civil right and the foundation of all other civil rights. With Alveda’s leadership, Civil Rights for the Unborn will proclaim these truths to the African American community, which has been so disproportionately devastated by abortion.”

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

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Voter Turnoffs: Avoid Tricky Political Spin Traps

Friday, February 26th, 2016

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Often politicians make unenforceable promises that make people feel good. We applaud those promises from candidates we like, because they strike a feel good chord. On the other hand, we attack those seemingly impossible unfulfillable promises from candidates we don’t prefer, because we want them to lose so that our candidates can win. It’s all an emotional spin trap.

I’m not sure what took me so long, but during past elections I “wrote in” names for candidates because of personal, or philosophical reasons, I couldn’t stomach some who received nominations. This time around, I’m committed to voting for whoever is against the abortion agenda and PP’s role in abortion on some level and who receives the nomination for the party who is most against abortion. I’m not going to choose the “lesser of two evils,” because at the end of the day who wants to vote for evil?

I’m just going to vote for the one most closely aligned to the position that human life of mothers and their babies is valuable from conception or fertilization until natural death (no abortion and no euthanasia for babies, poor, sick and infirm people); and that life and the liberty to be born is a human, moral and civil right.

And then according to Proverbs 3:5-8, I will trust God to work it out.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” – Proverbs 3:5-8 NLT

Not voting is not an option. Too many people in the suffragette and race wars in the U.S. (including my dad Rev. AD King, my uncle, ML King, and yes, me) struggled, and some even died for the right to vote.

America needs healing… Beware the spin games. Pray and vote for life because our generations are depending on deliverance.

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A King in the High Court: History Repeats Itself

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

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Dr. Alveda King plaintiff in Priests for Life Challenge to HHS Mandate

NEW YORK — Forty-nine years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a petitioner in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, his niece, Dr. Alveda King, will appear as a plaintiff in the same court.

In 1967, Rev. King sought to overturn his 1963 conviction for violating a Birmingham, AL, ordinance by leading a public demonstration without a permit.

This year, Dr. Alveda King is a plaintiff in Priests for Life vs. HHS, a case that seeks to block the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS Mandate. The mandate would force Priests for Life to cooperate with the government in expanding insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and other objectionable “services.”

Both cases are about civil rights.

The Supreme Court ruled against Rev. King and upheld his conviction, but two years later the Birmingham ordinance was found to be unconstitutional. Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life, is hoping justice will be swifter this time around.

“The people of the United States have a right to understand this,” she said. “The civil rights of every human being will be impacted by this decision. People forget that life is a civil right.”

Priests for Life objects to the mandate on religious liberty grounds, and finds it particularly offensive that a ministry formed specifically to fight abortion is being coerced to provide abortion-inducing drugs and devices to its employees.
“Life is a civil right,” Dr. King said. “In an abortion, you violate the rights of the baby.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, noted that this month’s observance of Black History Month is a perfect time to highlight the King family in the Supreme Court.

“It’s historic that a member of the King family is once again defending civil rights in the U.S. Supreme Court,” Father Pavone said.

Dr. King said the nation has come a long way in recognizing the civil rights of African-Americans but has a long way still to go in recognizing that those rights begin in the womb.

“We are reminding Christians everywhere, of all races, ethnicities and creeds, that we must stand together and unite to protect the civil rights of all,” she said. “That includes the babies in the womb.”

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

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Their Mantra: If You Can’t Dispute the Facts, Attack the Messenger

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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I recently did an interview on Fox News where I was asked about President Obama’s speech he delivered in Selma for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

I responded in part by saying that what the president did not say is that there is a whole group of aborted people — over 55 million — who have been denied the right to vote because they’ve been denied the right to live.

Ellen at Newshound wrote an article about my interview. She doesn’t dispute what I said about the 55 million babies being aborted but rather attacked me by her tone and language used in the article and with her miss-truths about my comments regarding President Obama.

First let me clear up the record. In response to Ellen writing, “King, who was signed by Fox just in time to bash the speech, is well known to Fox as an Obama hater.” I do not hate President Obama. In fact, I love President Obama and the First Lady. It is the love of God that compels me to pray for them and for all who are in authority. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, commands me to love everyone and I work very hard to do just that.

The tone and language that Ellen chooses to use, including “attack,” “right-wing,” “jaw-dropping,” placing the word analysis in quotations, are all intended to discredit me and inflame the reader.

Notice that she doesn’t attack the facts I bring up, that since 1973, over 55 million babies have legally lost their lives to abortion in America; and they have been denied the right to vote. She didn’t deny this because the facts are indisputable.

So instead of letting the truth get in the way of her narrative, all that is left is to attach the messenger.

As Ellen rightly pointed out, “[e]ven Fox host Gregg Jarrett called President Obama’s speech “very eloquent” and “beautifully written.” While I didn’t parrot this praise, I did say that The speech was deeply moving. I also pointed out that President Obama didn’t mention the over 55 million who cannot vote because they have been aborted.

In her focus to attack me instead of the facts, Ellen writes, “[w]hile King was worrying about unborn fetus’ right to vote, she ignored what Obama had laid out as serious concerns about setbacks in voting rights for people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups.”

I never ignored any concerns about “setbacks in voting rights for people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups.” I just added additional concerns of setbacks, namely the 55 million of aborted Americans.

When she writes the phrase, “people actually qualified to vote: living, breathing grownups,” it diminishes the rights of every other American, born and unborn, under the legal voting age who should one day have the same rights as those “living, breathing grownups.”

I would like to remind Ellen that the fight for civil rights is a fight for the rights of all people. In Selma the fight for voting rights was not just for those that were “living, breathing grownups” in 1965 but for all those that would become of legal voting age in the future. Many babies who were once growing in their mothers’ wombs now have the protection of laws passed as a result of passage of the Voting Rights Act. By the way, babies in the womb are living humans.

Again, 1973, 55 million persons’ have had their rights violated because of abortion. These 55 million were “living” people. The only distinction, according to Ellen, and the reason why they don’t matter is because they are “fetuses” and they are not “grownups.”

If those 55+ million babies that were killed by abortion since 1973, an estimated 30% of the babies African Americans, many millions would now be of voting age. Gone by abortion are their ballots, their contributions to society, and their ballots. Had they not been aborted they would be “living, breathing grownups.”

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Visit rights50.com today – Free the Babies

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Fifty years ago LBJ signed the US Civil Rights Bill into law. Yet babies and women are dying today from the torture and abuse of abortion and abortifacients.

While President Johnson is credited with the passage of the 50 year old legislation celebrated today, it was Conservative Congressman Bill McCullough who accomplished the feat of uniting political parties to pass the bill.

I mention this historical note during the height of the turning tide that the Hobby Lobby victory represents. On the non-profit front, we at PFL are awaiting a decision in our complaint against the unjust HHS mandate.

Below, please read excerpts from the interesting commentary from my friend Nina May, film producer and founder of Renaissance Women.

(Warning: Entering intelligent rant zone!)

Hillary & the Dems Need stupid Women to Win Elections By Nina May . . . a woman who can read and think for herself

…The “smartest woman in the world”, Hillary Clinton, says “It is very troubling that a sales clerk who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get [it] through her employer’s health care plan because her employer does not think she should be using contraception.” She was referring to the recent Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby. And all the other women in the audience, who were clueless about the substance of the ruling, clapped enthusiastically as she lied through her teeth.

…She mentions the expense of birth control . . . while neglecting to mention that 16 of these contraceptions would still be available to these women on the existing plan. But, just for arguments sake, you can get a month supply of birth control for $9. That is less than the increase in gas prices over the past few months. Why isn’t she screaming about that and demanding that Obama do something to save these women on fixed incomes from having to pay more for their gas? But, if birth control is a right, why isn’t she demanding that they get their gas free as a right?

What if a privately held company opposed the practice of genital mutilation and said the government could not force them to pay for it for their employees…

Why can’t pro-life people… owners and employers of a company, express… outrage at the killing of an unborn baby?

Since 50 percent of babies aborted are women, not only are their genitals mutilated, the entire body is.

Isn’t that an appropriate cause for outrage rather than the vilification that is being injected by Clinton, Ginsberg and other clueless women who worship at the alter of abortion?

Every time the issue of life . . . or abortion . . . is raised it is as though a button is pushed in the cosmos and liberal women just go nuts. It is the most sacred aspect of their political and philosophical belief system and to touch it is considered a blasphemy. What is it with them and killing unborn babies that is so precious? It defies logic…

These selfish women …drag their …children to pro-abortion rallies …telling their children that they regret that they did not make that choice when they had the chance. Do they really think kids don’t get the hypocrisy? “Oh, I love you now, but there was a point in your tiny life when I considered you less than human and potentially disposable, and I want every woman in the world to have the right to feel that same thing.”

There is a correlation between the increased rate of suicide, drug use, violence and murder and “mothers” who have implanted in their offspring the idea that at one point in their lives they were expendable and disposable…

…It is a head scratcher, that in this day and age, with all the technology available, with tiny preemie babies as young as five months being saved by every possible means, that you people still think it is ok to deliver a full term baby in a breach position . . . which is life threatening to the mom . . . poke it in the base of the skull with scissors and suck its brains out…

I love the feminist who’s argument for abortion is . . . if you are against abortion don’t have one. Ok, that’s fair, then if you don’t like guns, don’t buy one. Let’s make a deal . . . we’ll ban guns if you ban abortion. Crickets…

…Now is the time to unseat the red queen and find a truly intelligent woman who is worthy to lead.

…Yes Hillary . . . it does make a lot of difference, and we do care… Not all women are as stupid as you think.

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Civil Rights Summit 2014: What about the babies?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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This week’s 2014 Civil Rights Summit missed an historic moment to acknowledge the most important civil rights struggle of our time – securing the rights of those alive in the womb.

Seven men, four U.S. presidents, three civil rights icons, offered presentations at the Summit. Yet when it was time to discuss civil rights in the 21st Century these men made no mention of the fact that America still discriminates against the unwanted – and that today the unwanted are the unborn.”

Ambassador Andrew Young, Past NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and Congressman John Lewis were part of a Summit panel titled “Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line.” I would be good to think that the introduction of the panel by King Center CEO Bernice King was intended to recognize women’s participation in the struggle for voting, housing, and other rights; yet where were any women on the panel? Believe me, we did march; some went to jail; and some women and children died.

My friend Day Gardner, founder of the National Black Pro-Life Union, said of the event, “Someone at the Summit should have acknowledged that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘beloved community’ is inclusive, but that American law still segregates – regarding babies in the womb as separate and unequal.”

Gardner added, “While there was lip service to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U. S. Civil Rights Act, four of the holders of America’s highest seat of power never spoke of the sanctity of human life in the womb. While President Carter did address human trafficking from the perspective of sexual slavery, no one spoke to the truth that America can never truly be the leader of the ‘free world’ until the dignity of every man, woman, and child – born and unborn – is protected.”

Remarking on the progress of civil rights since the 1968 enactment of the law, and going back as far as 395 years ago when slavery came to the Americas, Rev. Wayne Perryman remarks:

“While there have been some positive inroads during the past 395 years, some things have not changed. One interesting enigma is that while science and theology both point to the truth that there are not separate human races, only one human race; the lie of racism is still perpetrated in America.

“In addition to the 395 years of African Americans in America, 50 years have passed since the passage of the United States “Civil Rights Bill” was passed in America, promising equality for Black Americans. And yet, in 2014, 395 years or 50 years later, depending on the perspective, African Americans still do not comprehensively experience the liberty and freedom that other ethnic groups enjoy in America.

“Tragically, after 395 years of living in America, helping to build this great nation, having literally served this great nation, African Americans, in some isolated cases, and in some more blatant situations, Black Americans are still often treated as second class citizens.

“The significant role that blacks have played and continue to contribute in the success of America – the unique giftings and talents – their contributions in various fields are seldom ever included or valued in regular American history classes or substantial historical documentaries; all of which perpetuates negative racial stereotypes. African Americans started working and contributing the moment they stepped onto American soil in 1619 and have been doing so ever since. Unfortunately most Americans are not aware of their contributions. Based upon the generally noted founding of America in 1776, America is 238 years old this year (2014). Notably with the advance of the transcontinental slave trade which began in 1619, the contributions of African Americans began 157 years earlier, Together, the sum of these years bring us to this 395th anniversary of Black oppression in America.”

Day and I are both members of the National Black Prolife Coalition. We agree with Rev. Perryman. There is still inequity among Blacks and other Americans. Day and I remain concerned about all injustice, all inhumanity among humans. That is why we are working to expose the impact of abortion on the African American community and all of America. We are also working to expose the role of Planned Parenthood in the decimation of our communities. Yes, as Rev. Perryman says, we acknowledge some “inroads in race relations,” yet lament that many liberals still ignore the rights of 55+ million aborted babies since Roe VS Wade. It has been fifty years of Civil Rights struggles and 395 years of oppression against Blacks, and still today in the 21st century, the babies are not free and the wombs of women are still endangered. LET OUR PEOPLE GO!

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