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African American Outreach Prayer

Friday, November 16th, 2012





ABBA Father, dear Creator God,

In your Word you command us to pray

For all who serve you in public office,

That we may lead peaceful lives.

We intercede for those in the offices of

President of the United States,

In the Congressional Black Caucus,

And in federal, state, county and local offices.

We ask for a new outpouring of your Spirit,

The Spirit of truth and life,

The Spirit of repentance and conversion,

The Spirit of courage and grace;

Let peace and love abound,

For ourselves and for those holding political offices.

May we be instruments of Your Holy Spirit

And witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In which alone we find hope for our nation and the world.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Written by Father Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King






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Black leaders release new report, urging DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012





The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation






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Monday – Compelling “The Voice of John” Video coming soon

Monday, October 8th, 2012





THE VOICE OF JOHN will be released November 4. Please mark your calendar and plan to see the film and share it with many people! I was honored to meet the producers and be interviewed by Nurse Maryann Lawhorn. See trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV9mwS5nCzk






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Do You Know What Your Children Are Getting At Their Schools?

Friday, September 28th, 2012





Earlier this week a story broke about a Staten Island high school dispensing the morning-after pill to students without notifying the parents.

In an article by Jillian Jorgensen on silive.com, she reports that “Port Richmond High School is one of 13 public high schools across the city making emergency contraception — better known as the morning-after pill — available to girls without parental consent.”

One of my co-workers at Priests for Life, Marie Elliott-Saile, who was interviewed for the article is very upset by this because her 15-year-old daughter attends Port Richmond. Although the school system says that they sent letters home for parents to opt out of the program, Marie said that she never receive a letter telling her about the program.

The article also states that Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, who was also interviewed for the article, says that “the program is just an extension of the law that allows girls to get an abortion without parental consent” and “that contraceptive pills like Plan B — which prevents pregnancy by using hormones the way normal birth control pills do, but in a higher dose — can increase the risk of cancer, and if a girl is adversely affected, her parents and their insurance would be left to deal with her care.

“I think it’s just horrific that this is all allowed to be done,” she said. “It shouldn’t have to be opt-out. You should have to opt in. The parent should have to consent to this because it’s affecting your child, your minor child.”

They are very tricky in the way that these programs are implemented. Unlike most other types of health related items like aspirin, the school cannot give it to students without permission given without parental consent. Why don’t schools just send letters to parents telling them that they will be able to give them any medication unless the parents opt their children out? Parents would not stand for it.

Yet when it comes to something as harmful as birth control nobody bats an eye. Most parents don’t stand up for their children. I applaud Marie and Janet for their willingness to stand up for the students.

I was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Tuesday regarding this story. The interview can be heard at my African American Outreach HERE.

To read the entire article by Jillian Jorgensen, click HERE.






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102 Fun Things To Do (Besides Having Sex)

Friday, August 17th, 2012





1.-Go to the movies with your friends/family.
2. Go shopping at the mall with your friends.
3. Have a picnic with your friends at a local park or in your backyard.
4. Have an 80′s movie marathon. Rent as many 80′s movies as you can find and watch them all weekend. Do the same thing for other decades.
5. Make a scrapbook.
6. Make a collage that represents you or a topic you enjoy. Include magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, ticket stubs, etc.
7. Have a potluck dinner. Assign a food category to each of your friends and set a date.
8. Read a book or magazine.
9. Play a game of flag or touch football.
10. Play capture the flag.
11. Make a home movie with your parents’ video camera.
12. Paint a picture.
13. Go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
14. Go to a sporting event for your school.
15. Start a collection.
16. Play a game of ultimate Frisbee.
17. Go swimming.
18. Make a mix CD or tape.
19. Organize a bake sale or car wash in your neighborhood and donate the proceeds to a school or community project.
20. Play card games, chess, board games, dominoes, or do a puzzle.
21. Plan and make a meal for your family.
22. Make your own waterslide. Put a plastic tarp down on the grass and wet it down with a water hose. Keep the hose running as you and your friends run and slide on it.
23. Fly a kite in your backyard or at a local park.
24. Create your own street-hockey team or play for fun.
25. Talk on the phone.
26. Ride your bike. Try to find new trails.
27. Write poetry or short stories.
28. Build a clubhouse in your backyard where you can hang out with your friends.
29. Make homemade cookies.
30. Go on a photography hunt and find interesting themes to shoot.
31. Exercise. Try new exercise routines with your friends, such as yoga or Pilates.
32. Rent a canoe or paddle boat.
33. Go to a concert.
34. Start your own band.
35. Get a part-time job.
36. Go out to eat at a local restaurant.
37. Go to an ice cream shop with your friends.
38. Go star-gazing.
39. Go see a play at your local theater or a school production.
40. Participate in after-school activities, such as the drama club, football, basketball, community service clubs, art club, student council, cheerleading, etc.
41. Go to a museum.
42. Go to the zoo.
43. Volunteer at the local animal shelter, hospital, nursing home or another place that interests you.
44. Plant your own garden or terrarium.
45. Make a time capsule with all your friends with notes and objects you want to remember this time in history.
Set a date to open it far in the future.
46. Design and make your own T-shirts.
47. Go horseback riding.
48. Go rock climbing or hiking.
49. Go to an amusement or water park.
50. Have dinner outside while watching the sunset. You can make dinner or pick up some fast food.
51. Groom your pet then take it to the park to it show off.
52. Play paintball.
53. Go to the beach or lake.
54. Play computer/video games.
55. Take a nap.
56. Play laser tag.
57. Play miniature golf.
58. Ride go-carts.
59. Go bowling.
60. Study for SATs.
61. Go to a flea market to search for cool stuff.
62. Order a pizza and rent a movie with your friends.
63. Attend a professional sporting event.
64. Go ice-skating.
65. Visit public gardens.
66. Play board games with your little brother or sister or with your friends.
67. Learn how to play a musical instrument.
68. Take your kid sisters or brothers to the playground or circus.
69. Visit the historical sites of your city.
70. Start a recycling program in your school/community.
71. Have a poker party. Use chips, candy and pretzels instead of money.
72. Make a music video.
73. Make a present for your boyfriend or girlfriend.
74. Make a quilt out of your old T-shirts and blankets.
75. Have a cartoon marathon.
76. Go roller-skating or roller-blading at the local skating rink or around the neighborhood.
77. Go to the batting cages or play baseball in a local park.
78. Take a blanket and some snacks to a park and look at cloud formations in the sky.
79. Listen to music/sing.
80. Start a daily journal.
81. Put together a play production with your friends.
82. Roast marshmallows.
83. Play catch with water balloons in the yard or have a water balloon fight.
84. Visit your family.
85. Do a puzzle. Glue the pieces together and frame it.
86. Organize a garage sale with your friends. Donate the proceeds to a local charity or throw a party.
87. Build your own website.
88. Go fishing.
89. Surf the Internet.
90. Take dance lessons. Learn how to swing dance, waltz, salsa, etc.
91. Organize a day to pick up litter in your neighborhood and in the community.
92. Go to the library.
93. Study something new.
94. Write a letter.
95. Rearrange your room.
96. Clean out the basement or garage for your parents.
97. Mow the lawn or wash car for your parents.
98. Mentor a younger child.
99. Join a club or group.
100.Take cooking classes.
101.Visit a nursing home.
102 Enjoy prayer and Bible study with your friends and family.






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Teaching Children Propaganda?

Friday, July 20th, 2012





Chuck Norris is in the news along with Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A; both charged with promoting propaganda against the homosexual lobby. Both Chuck and Chick-fil-A have been broadly admired over the years; Chuck for his popular Walker, Texas Ranger series and karate and exercise regimen; and Chick-fil-A for family values backed up by sensational chicken menus sold only Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday so employees can spend time with their families and worship God if they so choose.

Chuck is concerned that President Obama’s homosexual agenda will impact Boy Scouts of America. In a recent article Chuck said of Boy Scouts of America national board member and Ernst & Young CEO James Turley.

“But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors?” Norris speculates. “Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama Administration?”

The Girl Scouts of America has already been affected by the culture of death with the influences of the pro-abortion agenda and let’s not forget that the Girl Scouts of America recently ruled that a boy could be a Girl Scout.

As reported in a Baptist Press interview with Dan Cathy, “Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. ”Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.

“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

Why is it that when family values are brought to the table, the outcry against truth is so loud? Propaganda is defined as the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person.

The propaganda debate is not limited to the United States as reported by The Journal in Great Britain, “The “shadow” health minister of Great Britain’s Labour Party said of a Christian group that has made over 50 presentations to school children on abortion, “I think it is very wrong and the Government needs to step in because we can’t teach children at an impressionable age this sort of propaganda.” Diane Abbott criticized the organization Lovewise for telling children at mostly faith-based schools about the abortion/breast cancer link, the abortion/depression link, and other abortion consequences, “Sexual health education is supposed to be based on facts. These people are just pedaling bigotry.”

The prophet Isaiah said it best when he said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20






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“A Voice for Life “, A Must See Movie About Survival

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012





Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor and has a remarkable story to share. I first met her when she visited the Priests for Life offices last year.

A friend of mine asked me to promote this film. Here is what he said about it.

I have previewed the 1 hour film “A Voice For Life.” Every pregnancy resource center should have a copy! I have found it to be a unique, sensitive, compassionate and realistic presentation of a woman, who, as a 7 month fetus, survived a Saline Abortion. This story is a very best expression of our pro-life ideals and desires and ministry. Melissa Ohden has done a wonderful job of telling her story in a way that sanctifies life, honors God, and meets the needs of many hurting people. I found it interesting that many post-abortive women received a measure of healing from hearing Melissa’s story, and a number of them emotionally “adopted” her in place of the child they had aborted, giving them some measure of comfort in their pain.

Melissa is available to speak at events. Contact info and bio is found at: http://www.melissaohden.com/bio

This is a wonderful website. Check out the “media” link for a number of video clips detailing victories over abortion.

The website to obtain the one hour video is www.avoiceforlife.com.

View the trailer now!






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Dr. King: Paterno, Jackson and Ammons Make Strange Bedfellows

Friday, July 13th, 2012





It is often said “politics makes strange bedfellows. ” Decisions to be “politically correct” are bringing angst to three headliners.

Three men, one caucasian and two African American men are in the headlines right now. What do Joe Paterno, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and James Ammons have in common?

Respectively, from their leadership positions as a sports guru, a congressional lawmaker and a college president, these three men hold or have held seats of power that can make or break the destinies of young people entrusted to their care.

Now at Pen State there was a struggle to determine whether to remove the statue of Joe Paterno because he failed to protect victims of sexual abuse.

Florida A&M University President James Ammons is resigning following yet another hazing incident.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. is currently absent from the halls of Congress while battling a medical condition reportedly related to a mood disorder. Congressman Jackson along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus is known to support the president’s anti-life and anti-procreative family agenda.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Jesse, Jr. and indeed all these men. As a woman I can only imagine, how as a man called to be a leader, how one has been naturally designed to protect and provide for his family and youths of his community; how sad it must be to be tempted or required to support initiatives such as abortion and homosexual marriage or in the case of the hazing, to have to defend the bullying; when a man is designed to protect his family and those of whom he is given charge over.

We live in such a society today that the weakest of our society are bullied and brutalized in the womb, that’s the babies. And then we are encouraged to look the other way when the natural procreative family is dismantled, replaced by a more “tolerant homosexual agenda.”

And, so living in a time and required to be a man and a leader, it has to be a challenge. Does a person choose to be “politically correct” currying the favor of humans while seeking fame and fortune?

Knowing that seeking to gain the world can cost a man his soul. So certainly our hearts and prayers go out to these newsmakers — that they’ll be able to get their bearings, get their focus.

Sometimes we have to step away from our careers and professions and find our quiet moments of reflection that will call us back to those high places of high callings. My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often cited the life of Paul the Apostle who said that things that he should do he would not do and things that he should not do he found himself doing. And he found that to be a dilemma.

We would like to see hazing stopped. Hazing is a violent act and certainly although having a different name than bullying, hazing is just still a sanctioned form of bullying and it has to stop.

And as far as Congressman Jackson is concerned, I grew up knowing Congressman Jackson’s family, and am probably closer in age to his sister Santita.

Mr. Jackson’s voice and legacy, like many voices, is torn between values and political agendas. Supporting a pro-death culture brings destruction upon oneself and that is enough to make someone suffer.

Again, our hearts and prayers go out to these men and their families , it is still so sad to see them struggle with these moral dilemmas.

As an African American woman, I’m looking at the lives of two African American men who are suffering and experiencing moral dilemmas. However, this issue is not one that is challenging only one ethnic group but all people across the globe are suffering from moral turpitude. For instance, Caucasian children, Asian children, Native American children, and African American children are subject to hazing or bullying and children are reacting and responding to this by dying either by suicide or succumbing to the pressures.

Little babies in the womb, although African American babies are specifically targeted for abortion in America and girl babies are specifically targeted for abortion in China, the sex-selection issue, babies in the womb are at risk everywhere.

And certainly child molestation is not ethnically specific.

In every case being discussed here, the civil rights of the victims are at risk. There rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are in danger.

So let’s not look at it as an African American perspective. Let’s just look at it for what it is. Three more men join the growing list of those falling into an abyss.

Three men in the news are faced with moral dilemmas from not doing what they knew to be right but rather went along to try to get along; tried to be politically correct and we can see that here we have three men chosen to be leaders whose legacies are now deeply affected.

God help us. Can the church say amen?






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Priests for Life Sponsoring Event for NGOs Hosted by Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome

Friday, July 13th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 13, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life is pleased to announce today to all its supporters that it is sponsoring and promoting a three-day training course in Rome this September for Catholic-Inspired NGOs, hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family and relevant offices of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.

With specific focus on social issues, training and networking, the event has at its heart the promotion and defense of the rights and dignity of human life and will feature contributions from leading international scholars.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said” “We are truly honored to collaborate in this wonderful endeavor, and in sharing with you such great news, we invite you to join us in prayer for God’s blessing upon the event and upon all who participate in its task of bringing to the world the message of the Gospel of Life.”

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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Your Participation is Requested

Thursday, July 12th, 2012





Americans Prayerfully United to Advance the Culture of Life
“For Life, Liberty, and Family”

Adapted from original letter posted January 7, 2009

I invite and encourage every American who values human life to please sign this open letter and encourage others to do the same. Just follow the link below and your letter will be delivered to the appropriate people.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/life-liberty-family.htm

Thank you for your commitment to the Culture of LIFE!






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