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Pro-life Student Group Arrested And Being Held In Jail For Practicing Free Speech – Story and Pics Here.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

By bryankemper

Members of the Survivors Campus Life Tour were arrested yesterday during a lawful pro-life outreach at a public high school. It does not matter whether you agree with using graphic abortion images or not, this is a violation of their civil rights and an attack on free speech.

The Survivors was founded by Jeff White who is also my mentor and the co-founder of Rock for Life with me. Jeff is the reason I started in full time pro-life work almost 20 years ago; he is an inspiration to so many young pro-lifers. The Survivors is truly one of the most important youth pro-life organizations in the world. These are my roots.

As Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life, my job is to help educate, activate and equip young people to be a voice for life in this culture of death. When courageous young people like the Survivors are arrested for standing up for life and practicing free speech we must be outraged. We at Priests for Life stand by the Survivors, they are an inspiration to young pro-lifers around the world.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “Those who are persecuting these brave young pro-life activists are cowards, and a good example of what is wrong in our culture today. I consider the Survivors to be a movement within the pro-life movement, inspiring all of us to give ourselves more generously for the unborn. Sometimes that means arrest and prison, not for doing wrong, but for standing up against wrongdoing.”

Here are the reports coming in from the Survivors Facebook Page and some action items you can do to help these young, brave pro-life warriors. We will keep adding updates as they come in.

BREAKING NEWS: Survivors arrested in Jackson, Mississippi! The Campus Life Team were arrested for standing on a public sidewalk in front of Murrah High this afternoon. Moments after arriving at the campus to share the message of Life, Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter were handcuffed and taken to the county jail while two more members had their signs and lit taken from them and were forced across the street. Please pray as the Survivors continue standing for their first amendment rights in this situation! We will keep you updated.

URGENT REQUEST: The Survivors are STILL being punitively held at the Hinds County Jail. At this point, Jackson will probably attempt to hold them overnight. Do you want to help the Survivors? Call the Hinds County Jail booking office RIGHT NOW and ask that the Survivors be released! Call 601-857-4800, ask for Deputy Williams (booking Deputy).

LOCAL NEWS: As quoted in this news article from WAPT, the superintendent of Jackson Public Schools and local law enforcement say they had “no recourse but to arrest the demonstrators,” claiming the Survivors were trespassing and creating a safety issue. The Survivors were on a PUBLIC SIDEWALK when they were arrested, peacefully handing out literature and holding signs. Murrah, the only safety issue we see is your administration endangering our right to freedom of speech.

KEEP THE CALLS GOING! Survivors have just found out that Jackson PD is holding the team because the Campus Enforcement will not release the paperwork. The more calls coming into the booking office, the faster they will move to get that paperwork! PLEASE CALL 601-857-4800, request to speak with Deputy Williams (booking deputy), ask him why they haven’t released the young pro-lifers arrested early this afternoon!

UPDATE: Jackson PD kept Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter in the county jail all night after unlawfully arresting them yesterday afternoon for “disorderly conduct” and “interfering with a bus driver.” BOTH FALSE CHARGES. The Survivors were handing out literature on a public sidewalk — an activity that is well within their rights as citizens and which poses no danger to anyone around them. Kristina and Brianna will go before the judge at 9 AM this morning. PLEASE KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS!

Update 10:25 AM Both Kristina and Brianna are being held on $2000 bonds each. They were not put on the court docket today but the rest of the team is trying hard to get them added to this afternoon’s docket. Please pray that they get in front of a judge this afternoon and do not have to spend anymore time behind bars.

Update 2:30 PM Both Kristina and Brianna are being RELEASED! The judge has decided to release both of the Survivors, trusting them to show back up for a court hearing on April 6th. We are praying that the charges are dropped before that date.

Update: 6:30 PM Here is the official press release and video of the arrests:

On March 5. 2012, the Survivors Campus Life Team attempted to distribute literature to and engage students in discussion about abortion at Murrah High School in Jackson, MS. Within minutes, school administration and Jackson police officers attempted to block Survivors missionaries from sharing their message, ordered students off the public sidewalk, threatened to arrest the Campus Life Team missionaries, and went so far as to grab missionaries’ signs and cameras.

Pro-Life Youth Arrested for Peaceful Free Speech Activity on Public Sidewalk

Life Legal Defense Foundation Defends Activists in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss., March 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, two college-age members of the Survivors Campus Life Tour were arrested on a public sidewalk outside of Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, while distributing literature to students in front of the campus.

The group of pro-life youth activists first attempted to hold signs, distribute literature, and peacefully dialogue with students on the public sidewalk on Monday. Jackson School Police Officers immediately confronted the group and moved their signs across the street, sequestered students back inside the school grounds, and ordered students not to take the literature being handed out or speak with the demonstrators. The police claimed that the sidewalk belonged to the school and that they had a right to remove the pro-life activists. At the same time, the Survivors observed that the same sidewalk they were denied access to was being used by passersby and joggers.

After conferring with their attorneys from the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), the Campus Life Team returned to the public sidewalk in front of Murrah High School yesterday. When the police told the activists to leave the sidewalk or go to jail, Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter remained, and were immediately arrested.

“Law enforcement officers and officers of the court are charged with protecting our civil liberties, but in this case they are intentionally conspiring to subvert the legal process and deny these pro-life advocates their right to due process of law,” said Dana Cody, executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation. “Rest assured, everyone involved in the miscarriage of justice will be held accountable for their misdeeds.”

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Do You Know What Planned Parenthood is Teaching Your Children

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Watch this very important video report from American Life League. WARNING: Explicit content

After all the years I’ve spent informing people and being vocal about Planned Parenthood’s agenda, I am surprised at nothing they do. In fact, after watching the video below I just wanted to pray harder for our children. They are bieng bombarded at every turn: music, television, videos, movies, and so many other places. And the sad thing is that most parents are oblivious to their struggle against the peer pressures they face.

Sure every generation has its struggles and challenges. This generation, however, is facing a bigger challenges as they have to deal with the sins of our generation, namely, the legalizing of abortion on demand and the deaths of over 54 millions babies that have been aborted since January 22, 1973.

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March for Life Re-energizes the Pro-Life Movement

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 24, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the organization’s Pastoral Team and staff head home today refocused and re-energized following three days of non-stop pro-life activism surrounding the March for Life.

“These days in Washington, and in San Francisco for the Walk for Life West Coast, are so important, not only to demonstrate to the world that we will never stop fighting for the unborn until each and every one of them is safe, but because they also give us an opportunity to meet and strategize with people who share our passion and commitment.”

Priests for Life was represented at most of the events that took place from Jan. 21 to 23, including . . .

• March for Life Exhibit
• March for Life Youth Rally
• The Law of Life Summit
• Students for Life Conference
• Mass for Pro-Life Leaders at the Blessed John Paul Shrine
• Mass at the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
• National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers
• Pro-Life Bloggers Conference
• Silent No More gathering at the U.S. Supreme Court
• “Babies Go To Congress” Dinner
• March for Life Rose Dinner

“I am amazed and thankful every year that hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life can find the time and the resources to come to the March and fight for the babies,” Father Pavone said. “At Priests for Life, we’ve already begun planning for next year’s March, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. But I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that we will end abortion and return a culture of life to this wounded land.”

Father Pavone added, “In the days ahead, Priests for Life will provide more details of its 2012 initiatives that were announced at the March.”

See some pictures of the March for Life events at Priests for Life’s Frontlines.

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

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Steven Tyler’s ex-fiancé to talk about her abortion at March for Life

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

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Jan. 19, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Julia Holcomb was forced to reveal a secret she had been keeping for 35 years after her son came across one of the unflattering — and untrue – statements that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler had written about her, their relationship, and their abortion.

“I had to become Silent No More right in my own home, I had no choice” said Ms. Holcomb, whose life hit a low point in 1975, when she nearly died in an apartment fire and was then convinced to abort her baby at five months.

Now Ms. Holcomb is a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign by choice.

On Monday, Jan., 23, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, she will publicly share the story of her abortion and how it was the catalyst that prompted her to turn her life around. She is a married mother of six sons, a devout Roman Catholic and a pro-life activist.

Ms. Holcomb will join dozens of other women and men from the campaign who will tell their stories at the annual event that immediately follows the March for Life. She was convinced to go public with her story after reading a piece written by Kevin Burke, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, about the abortion regret that Tyler – who last night began his second season as an “American Idol” judge — has expressed in two books.

“In spite of everything, I do not hate Steven Tyler, nor am I personally bitter.” Ms. Holcomb said. “I pray for his sincere conversion of heart and hope he can find God’s grace, as I have.”

Ms. Holcomb also will speak at a March for Life Youth Rally, to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW.

For a video interview with Ms. Holcomb, click HERE

To arrange an interview with her, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or send an email to media@priestsforlife.org.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director to Host March for Life Youth Rally

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 17, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life and founder of Stand True Ministry, will be the host and keynote speaker for the first-ever Youth Rally organized by the March for Life.

The rally will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Visit www.marchforlife.org/content/view/84 for more information.

“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader, I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions,” said Kemper. “We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists.”

Kemper, 44, the father of six children with a seventh on the way, noted that an impromptu rally last year drew more than 300 young people. He expects attendance to triple for Saturday’s rally.

Also speaking from Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries will be: Julia Holcomb, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign who in 1975 had a relationship with the rock star Steven Tyler that ended after they aborted their son; Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life; Matt and Kelly Clinger, spokesmen for Silent No More, and Father Denis Wilde, associate director of Priests for Life.

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

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Silence will rock college campuses tomorrow as students protest abortion

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Date: October 17, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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Tens of Thousands of young people across the country will sacrifice their voices tomorrow for the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, and they will do it in honor and memory of a young abortion abolitionist and her unborn daughter who were killed in a car accident Oct. 8 in Georgia.

“Tomorrow, students will be sending a loud and clear message that abortion must end and all innocent human life must be protected from conception to natural death,” said event organizer Bryan Kemper, founder Stand True Ministries and Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life.

“The day is about sacrifice and that is why it is fitting that this year’s event is dedicated to Kortney Blythe Gordon and her baby Sophy. Kortney was a beacon of light and sacrificed more than anyone can ever imagine in her fight as an abortion abolitionist.”

Mrs. Gordon, 28, was a field director for Students for Life of America.

For the eighth annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, students at 1,200 colleges, high schools, middle schools and home schools have pledged to remain silent in solidarity with thousands of unborn children permanently silenced by abortion every single day.

“Last year, we heard back from 64 girls who canceled their abortions because of the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity and dozens of kids who changed their hearts and are now pro-life,” Kemper said. “These are just the ones we have heard back from; we have no idea how many lives were actually saved. But we do know that just one life makes this whole day worth the effort.”

The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True and Priests for Life and is co-sponsored by LifeNews.com, Students for Life of America and Survivors.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life asked, “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?”

For more information, visit www.silentday.org. To interview Kemper, call him at 540-538-2581.

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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Julia is Silent No More

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Julia Holcomb’s voice still rings with the soft and melodic tones of a sixteen year old girl. That’s how old she was when she met rock star Steven Tyler at a concert. Their first encounter led her on a path that would end up in pain, and later in the redemption at the feet of Jesus. Now, Julia is “Silent No More!” Praise the Lord!

I learned of Julia shortly after Steven Tyler announced his desire to be a good father while he was judging “American Idol” last season. I was touched by Steven’s words, thinking how there had to me more to his story than the world knew at the time. Some of his daughters were in the audience, and I reflected how Steven’s beautiful Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler looked like him. Within a few days, I was reading of Steven’s post abortion testimony in his book, how when he encouraged his young girlfriend to abort their son. His heart wrenching words when he saw the body of their son, “Jesus, what have I done?” wrung my post abortive heart. http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/blog/index.php/american-idol-again-steven-tyler-has-an-abortion-story-to-tell


When our very own Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard wrote an article about Steven and the pain that fathers experience after abortion, the baby’s mother, Steven’s former fiancé, Julia Holcomb wrote to Kevin. She regretted the abortion, and was willing to share her story.

Now, you won’t want to miss this compelling and redeeming testimony. Please share Julia’s story with your network.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/3788-steven-tylers-ex-fiance-silent-no-more-about-her-abortion

http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=julia-holcomb

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On Oct. 18, Keep Quiet for Life

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Twelve-year-old Haley Altman was sent to the principal’s office.

Before third period, Courtney Woodward was out of red duct tape.

Josiah Wadsack only broke his silence for an after-school Bible study.

The three youths were among thousands of students across the nation and around the globe who took part in last year’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. With more than two weeks to go until this year’s event – set for Oct. 18 – students at nearly 1,193 colleges, high schools, middle schools and home schools already have signed up to remain silent in solidarity with thousands of unborn children permanently silenced by abortion every single day.

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True Ministries, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True and the Youth Outreach Director of Priests for Life, said he was inspired to start Silent Day in 2004, when a student from McNeese State University in Louisiana asked him, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?”

Kemper realized how powerful it would be “if we got students to not only act in solidarity with others, but also with the children who are dying every day. As soon as I said it, I knew God had set something in motion inside of me.”

The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity was born.

Many students wear red arm bands, and place red duct tape emblazoned with the word “Life” across their mouths, both as a way to help them remain silent and to increase awareness of their goals.

Youth groups, students, businesses and ministries that are interested in taking part should go to www.silentday,org to register and to find valuable resources, including informational fliers that can be handed out to explain the project to curious classmates, and a letter for school administrators prepared by the Alliance Defense Fund.

“We have heard of hundreds of girls who have canceled abortions because of this day every year,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?”

To see how students across the country stayed silent for life last year, click HERE.

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Bryan Kemper to Lead Youth Rally in DC on Jan. 21, 2012

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 29, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Ministries and Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, and James Nolan, president of Crossroads, will serve as masters of ceremony for the March for Life Youth Rally, to take place Jan. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Youth are the future of the pro-life movement but they are also very much its present leaders. Acutely aware that one-third of their generation has been lost to abortion, youth from across the country attend the March for Life every year to demand an end to the slaughter.

An impromptu youth rally before the 2011 March for Life attracted 300 participants. Organizers expect up to 1,000 to fill the hotel ballroom for the inaugural March for Life Youth Rally.

Kemper will speak at the rally, along with Martha Nolan, executive director of Crossroads, and Elizabeth McClung, executive director of the Austin Coalition for Life. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months.

“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader,” said Kemper, “I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions. We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists. I am also very proud of our Priests for Life Pastoral Team, which now includes Bryan Kemper, and which also includes Janet Morana and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which will likewise be an integral part of the activities in Washington in January.”

Stand True Ministries is the youth outreach of Priests for Life. It is a Christ-centered pro-life ministry determined to awaken the youth of this country and share the message of life and the Gospel of Christ. For information, visit www.priestsforlife.org/bryan-kemper

Since its inception in 1995, Crossroads organizes yearly pro-life pilgrimages across the United States. Visit Crossroads for information.

To keep up with updated information about the rally, visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/marchforlifeyouthrally

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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