Looking Towards Ferguson: Heart Heavy Yet Hopeful

August 26th, 2014

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It seems that I will be in Ferguson soon. Two of my MLK cousins and many friends preceded me. We have all been in prayer for many days. I don’t know if you read my earlier blogs and reports, but the message was consistent from the beginning… Know Peace, Know Justice.

I’ve put together a couple of graphics that begin to approach how one can be burdened with a heavy heart, yet hopeful at the same time. I know that justice is called for. My heart grieves with the families who have lost their children at this time. Many reports are flooding in from around the nation and land from families whose tragedies aren’t “on the news”, yet they are weeping all the same.

A dear friend has lost a niece and her baby, who were killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute. How devastating.

Some people won’t understand why I include the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, James Foley, LaKisha Wilson, Tonya Reaves, my friend’s burned relatives, and all who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and on and on and on in the same prayer. This isn’t a time for accusing people. This is a time for repenting, forgiving and seeking peace so that justice can prevail.

Please take a look and listen to a song my assistant Eugene brought to my attention, along with a scripture my publicist brought to me this week.

“See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all…And may the God of peace keep us pure…

#knowpeaceknowjustice

God bless you. You pray for me and I will surely pray for you. Peace and Love. Grieving but believing, Alveda.

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Priests for Life to Continue Lawsuit Against #HHS Mandate

August 25th, 2014

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Date: August 25, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, this morning released a statement regarding the new “accommodation” to the HHS mandate announced last week.

Father Pavone said: “On Friday afternoon, it was announced that the Obama Administration has come up with an alternate procedure for religious non-profit groups like Priests for Life, who object to the HHS mandate, to register their objection so that their employees can receive insurance coverage for immoral practices by other means.

“Despite this new announcement, we are proceeding full speed ahead with our lawsuit, which already had oral arguments on May 8 in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and which is therefore likely to be the first of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate to be decided at the appellate level.

“We are proceeding first of all because the regulation that burdens our religious freedom is still in effect, and secondly, because what we understand right now of the new rule still burdens our religious freedom.

“Many will ask, Why do you object to an action by which you register your objection?

“Let’s use a simple example. The government comes up with a plan to arbitrarily imprison children between 2 and 4 years old, and imposes on businesses the obligation to inform them of such children among the families of their employees.

“Any employer with a conscience is going to say, “I want nothing to do with this. If you’re going to imprison these children, you’re going to have to find them yourself. I won’t be sending you any information.”

“In the current case, we are being asked to be part of a process in which employees, if they want, can have coverage for abortion-inducing drugs (among others) precisely because they are our employees. Having someone else pay for it, and registering our objection to it, are not enough. We do not want to have any involvement in the process. We are not going to, in effect, tell the government, ‘Here are some of the people who aren’t covered! Be sure you don’t miss them, or the children they may want to kill.’

Bottom line: The government is on its own in this scheme to expand access to abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. We want a full exemption from this mandate, so that we have nothing to do with this scheme. If people want these drugs and the government wants to provide them, then the government will have to find a way to connect with them without our help. Our religion requires no less.”

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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Priests for Life Applauds End of Killing in Ohio Abortion Mill

August 22nd, 2014

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Date: August 21, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today celebrated the announcement that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio will no longer perform abortions because it is unable to obtain a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital.

“It’s never surprising when a rule designed to protect patient safety causes an abortion clinic to stop performing abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “That’s because abortions are never safe, and the abortion industry has no care either for the mom or the baby, and does not want to reform its unscrupulous and dangerous practices.”

An attorney for abortion clinic owner Martin Haskell has announced that Haskell will not appeal a judge’s decision upholding the Ohio health department’s enforcement of state law. Abortions will no longer be performed in Sharonville as of Friday and women will be referred to another of Haskell’s clinics near Dayton.

“The man who made partial-birth abortion infamous is now down to one clinic,” added Bryan Kemper, Director of Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach and President of Stand True Ministries. “Priests for Life Youth Outreach has a presence at Haskell’s one remaining abortion mill in Kettering, OH and will be ramping up our ministry there. We have invited local priests and clergy to join us and will be there up to three times a week.”

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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NO PEACE, NO JUSTICE

August 20th, 2014

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I had a call today from someone who had heard a major news network entertain a recommendation that the law enforcement officials should use water hoses to quell the unrest on the streets of Ferguson, MO. I pray that rather than to resort to more violence in the efforts to stop the violence, leaders and lay people alike will embrace the principles of love and nonviolence, using peace in the quest for justice. This goes far beyond what’s happening in Ferguson today, or at the hands of Isis overseas. Our men are being murdered in the streets or on the sands. Our mothers and babies are being slaughtered at the hands of abortionists. Death is rampant and justice lies bleeding in the streets. God help us!

Racial unrest and unresolved tensions are mounting in the aftermath of the shooting death of young Michael Brown. Meanwhile, gruesome reports of the execution of yet another young man, a news reporter, reportedly beheaded by the terrorist cell, Isis. Two young American men caught up and killed in the crosshairs of conflicts that are escalating at an alarming rate and dividing the human community. Reason seems murdered in the squares of injustice.

As these events seem to take on Biblical proportions, I am reminded of the 1960′s when the town squares of America looked like the streets of Ferguson look after midnight.

When we were faced with guns, dogs, billy clubs, and bombs in the 1960′s we used the principles of faith, love, peace and justice. My father, Rev. AD King, once quelled an angry mob with the entreaty to resist violence as he begged the people who were turning over police cars and hurling boulders into the masses to “please go home and pray. My family and I are unharmed. If you must strike out, strike at me. I would rather you go home and pray. Fight for your rights, but please do so nonviolently.”

My uncle MLK once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I beg America to rethink and rephrase “No justice, no peace,” to NO PEACE, NO JUSTICE. You can’t find justice without peace.

My Daddy once counseled me in my grief and anger over the assassination of my Uncle ML as I stood inconsolable, muttering in his arms: “I hate white people, Daddy. They killed Uncle ML.” My daddy kissed my head and said: “Alveda, you can’t hate white people. They didn’t kill Brother. The devil did. You must learn to pray and to forgive, because we are all one human race.” I began to heal right then; the wounds of racism were becoming overcome by God’s love in the arms of my Daddy.

Over the years, I learned to embrace the Beloved Community, and to use the principles I was taught in the 1960s by my father and my uncle. I write about this in my book, KING RULES. Today, I pray for the two families who have lost their sons and loved one, by the hand of Isis or on the streets of Ferguson. I pray for peace, so that we can receive justice and mercy.

SIX STEPS AND PRINCIPLES FOR NONVIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE – A sequential journey to victory:

Principle 1: Nonviolence is not passive, but requires courage.
Principle 2: Nonviolence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary.
Principle 3: Nonviolent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evildoer
Principle 4: A willingness to accept suffering for the cause, if necessary, but never to inflict it.
Principle 5: A rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, as well as refusal to commit physical violence.
Principle 6: Faith that justice will prevail.

Understanding this, we apply the six steps of nonviolent conflict resolution:

(1.) Prayerfully enter into a process by conducting research and gathering information to get the facts straight;
(2.) Continuing in prayer, conduct education and awareness campaigns to inform adversaries and the public about the facts of the dispute;
(3.) Prayerfully commit yourself to live and manifest a nonviolent attitude and actions;
(4.) Prayerfully mediate and negotiate with adversary in a spirit of goodwill to correct injustice;
(5.) Prayerfully apply nonviolent direct action, such as prayer vigils, marches, boycotts, mass demonstrations, picketing, sit-ins etc., to help persuade or compel adversary to work toward dispute-resolution;
(6.) Prayerfully anticipate reconciliation among adversaries in a win-win outcome in establishing a sense of community which should now be achievable.

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Election Prayer and Voter Registration Announced by Priests for Life

August 19th, 2014

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August 19, 2014

Staten Island, NY – Priests for Life today announces a special nine-week Election Novena, starting September 2, that coincides with its other election-related efforts, including Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th, and Fr. Frank Pavone’s hard-hitting series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit.”

“Priests for Life is asking believers across the country to participate in our Election Novena by praying during the nine weeks from September 2nd to Election Day,” said Fr. Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The Novena prayer asks God to awaken His people so that we are faithful citizens of His Kingdom who exercise our solemn responsibility to seek justice for all, including the unborn, when we enter the voting booth. As the prayer states, we ‘are not called to be a sect fleeing the world, [b]ut rather a community of faith renewing the world.’”

The Novena begins just five days before National Christian Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th when Christians of every denomination are encouraged to conduct non-partisan efforts to register as many voters as possible. “Not only is voter registration an entirely legal activity in which churches and non-profit groups can engage, but it’s also part of our moral responsibility,” stated Fr. Pavone.

Already online at Priests for Life’s Political Responsibility website is Fr. Pavone’s series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit,” which addresses questions relating to the rights of clergy and churches at election time. In his series, Fr. Pavone shows why fears by some Church leaders that the Church will lose its tax-exempt status for speaking out at election time are absurd. He calls on Church leaders to stop stifling their own religious freedom.

For more information on Priests for Life’s Election Novena, please go to www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on Voter Registration Sunday and to read Fr. Pavone’s “Politics and the Pulpit” articles, please go to www.PoliticalResponsibility.com

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Taking It To The Streets – Getting Planned Parenthood Out of Our Communities

August 19th, 2014

I hope you enjoy this guest blog from my good friend and fellow National Black Prolife Coalition colleague, Catherine Davis.

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Planned Parenthood booth at 26th Annual Black Family Reunion in Cincinnati, OH

This weekend I was privileged to serve with Arnold Culbreath, Dean Nelson, Alveda King, and Ryan Bomberger in Cincinnati, Ohio at the 26th Annual Black Family Reunion that was held at Sawyer Point. A number of vendors, organizations and entertainers gathered to inform, educate, feed and entertain attendees. Protecting Black Life, Arnold’s organization, hosted a booth and we were able to interact with a number of Cincinnati Black Families, informing them of the genocidal impact abortion has had on the Black community. After settling in at the booth, we took time to visit one or two others including the both hosted by Planned Parenthood. Three beautiful, vibrant young ladies were there distributing the organizations’ materials. At first I was heartbroken. I was told this was the first time the booth was staffed by blacks. In previous years it had always been staff by white women. Seeing these beautiful young ladies reminded me of the steps Planned Parenthood has taken in their multi-year campaign to reach Black and other women of color. After quizzing the young women I realized the volunteers had little or no knowledge of Planned Parenthood’s continuing Negro Project launched in 1939 to control the Black birth rate. The paid staffer seemed to have been given a script which she faithfully tried to execute including telling us she would ask us to leave.

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Iraq, Michael Brown, Robin Williams: It’s Praying Time America!

August 15th, 2014

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A few days ago, I attended THE FAMILY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2014 in Iowa. The privilege of addressing the crowd, and signing my newest book KING RULES was superseded by the awesome honor of being among genuine Christians who are committed to humbling ourselves in prayer that God will heal our land.

I came away encouraged, bearing Bob Vander Plaats’ new book IF 7:14. I’ve been setting my clock at 7:14 (2 Chronicles 7:14) twice daily and crying out to God for our nation, for my family, and for myself. Oh, if only I could have stayed up on that mountaintop, where GOD’s mighty presence enveloped us and gave us hope. Yet, like Moses, we must come down again, into a lost and dying world that needs the Light and Love of Christ.

As I left Iowa, I didn’t know what was ahead of me. I came home to startling and somewhat saddening reports of the death of yet another young Black male, Michael Brown; Robin “Popeye” Williams death by suicide; and the escalating Iraq crisis. Added to these reports, are some personal “issues” that are requiring a double strong dose of faith and love to overcome in my own life.

In the midst of these challenges, my heart was positively wrenched by the news that in the midst of the family’s grief, Robin William’s daughter, Zelda, has been bullied off of social media while in the throes of the grief that she and her family and much of the world are experiencing regarding Robin’s unfortunate suicide.

Added to Zelda’s dilemma are the attacks on my friend and fellow Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Kevin Burke who wrote about Robin’s loss of a child to abortion in the 1970’s. Kevin accurately pointed out that abortion can cause depression not only to the mother, but to the father of an aborted child. Now Kevin has been attacked for daring to point out an obvious secret. Abortion hurts and kills people; babies, mothers and fathers alike. Kevin and I, along with all of our prolife colleagues, share an occupational hazard. We are often accused of “seeing abortion behind every tree.” Ouch. The truth often hurts.

I didn’t make matters easy for the critics when I said that like the death of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown’s death is yet another late, late term abortion in that when young people are killed, their dreams are aborted. Added to this bombshell is my observation that visits from personalities like Rev. Al Sharpton to Ferguson often add salt to the wounds, rather than bring the healing we so desperately need.

The American dilemma goes far beyond human personalities and our reactions to such. The crisis of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO isn’t about whether or not the Rev. Al Sharpton did or did not stop the violence. However, I agree with Sheriff David Clark, Jr. of Milwaukee. Perhaps Rev. Sharpton doesn’t have the skills to calm the raging beast. Perhaps he’s afraid that if he asks the people to calm down and they don’t, his reputation will be damaged. Now the President has called for calm. Will the people hear his voice? At any rate, this situation in Ferguson, the situation in Iraq, the loss of Robin “Popeye” Williams, and all the human dilemmas that have us all atremble will only be settled by God, who will always have the final say. It’s all about faith, hope, and the greatest love humans will ever know. It’s praying time America!

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Pro-Life Groups To Pray at Graves of Aborted Children

August 11th, 2014

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Date: August 11, 2014

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National Day of Remembrance set for September 13

NEW YORK — Dug into the walls of the ancient Christian catacombs in the outskirts of Rome are countless small tombs, only a foot or two across. These are the burial places of infants cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure—a common practice of that time. Members of the Early Church, charged by Christ to love all their neighbors, offered these tiny victims of Roman cruelty the only act of love they could: to bury their little bodies and mourn for them in prayer.

This tradition of mercifully burying abandoned children continues in our own day with the “National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children,” taking place on Saturday, September 13. Mourners across the country will visit the gravesites of aborted children, whose broken bodies were recovered from trash dumpsters and pathology labs and solemnly buried over the four decades of legal abortion in the United States.

Under the director of three national pro-life groups— Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League—simultaneous memorial services will be held at more than 40 such gravesites, as well as at scores of other memorial markers set up in memory of the aborted unborn at churches and cemeteries.

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, stated, “It’s sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born. We can list no date of death, because those who killed them discarded their bodies like garbage. But they are not garbage to us. They are our brothers and sisters. That’s why we buried them, and that’s why we visit their graves to mourn for them and testify to their humanity.”

Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, stated, “Since 1973, 55 million innocent unborn children have been killed with the sanction of law. A fraction of these victims of the American slaughter have actually been buried. The graves of these victims are scattered across America—graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent. As we visit these graves on September 13, we call upon our nation to remember these victims and bring an end to the injustice of abortion.”

“Abortion is not an abstract issue,” added Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Having a memorial service where these babies are buried reminds us that abortion is not merely about beliefs, but about bloodshed; not just about viewpoints, but victims. By visiting the graves of the aborted unborn, we allow our hearts be broken for them, and we recommit ourselves to protecting other children from suffering the same fate.”

The first National Day of Remembrance was held last September on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prayer services were held at over 100 locations, with thousands of mourners participating. Response was so great that the National Day of Remembrance has been established as an annual event, to be held on the second Saturday in September.

For more information about the National Day of Remembrance—including the stories behind the gravesites of aborted children and the locations of memorial services being held September 13, visit AbortionMemorials.com.

To arrange an interview with Monica Miller, Eric Scheidler, or Fr. Frank Pavone, contact Leslie Palma at leslie@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277.

Learn more about the sponsoring organizations by visiting their respective websites:
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society: http://ProLifeSociety.com
Priests for Life: http://PriestsForLife.org
Pro-Life Action League: http://ProLifeAction.org

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Dr. Alveda King Urges Prayer and Nonviolence for St. Louis Melee

August 11th, 2014

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For Immediate Release
August 11, 2014

Contact: Eugene Vigil – 470-244-3302 or eugene@priestsforlife.org

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, author of newly released Thomas Nelson book KING RULES is stunned and saddened by reports of the violent death of yet another “young Black male.” Speaking of the death of eighteen year old Michael Brown who was allegedly gunned down by a local police officer in Ferguson, MO last Saturday, King said: “This time let’s not spin this into yet another argument over gun control. Let’s do something to stop the killing of our children and our young people. Michael could have been stabbed or choked to death. The method isn’t the problem. The problem is that our society must begin to value life, tempered with justice and liberty for everyone.” King shared similar sentiments at a recent Family Leadership Summit in Iowa.

Praying to avoid yet another series of angry retaliation against injustice, King added: “Amidst reported angry protests of racial profiling, intended peaceful prayer vigils are turning violent as protestors of the youth’s death are taking to streets with torches, looting and stealing and rampaging local business establishments. This painful incident brings to mind my father Rev. A. D. King in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 when our home was fire bombed by rabid racists. The people were angry and wanted to riot. Daddy stood on the hood of a car with a megaphone and calmed the people. This is not the time to riot. This is the time to pray. Please, protest, stand up for our rights, but do this with nonviolence!”

“In memory of my father and in honor to God, I urge nonviolence in the demand for justice of Michael’s death. This is not the time to burn, this is the time to turn our prayers towards heaven and seek nonviolent and just solutions to what has happened to Michael. This must be done for his family, his neighbors, and our nation,” King added.

King, who is also the Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and the Founder of Alveda King Ministries once called the shooting death of another Black youth in Florida “a late term abortion.” Trayvon Martin was shot by a self proclaimed vigilante “peace officer” as he was returning home from the store with candy and soda pop. Martin was also unarmed. King was encouraged by the reaction of young Martin’s parents, who called for peace and for justice. The parents maintained their dignity while fighting for justice for the loss of their son.

“When a child is killed in the womb, or years later, his or her dreams are aborted. In order for justice to prevail, hearts need to be calmed, tempers need to be calmed, the facts need to be determined. In order for justice to prevail, the judicial system must be allowed to take its course,” said King.

To burn down gas stations, loot and steal and rampage local business establishments won’t bring Michael back, to his family or to our hurting world. I join my cousin Elder Bernice King, CEO of the MLK Center in Atlanta in a call for nonviolence as justice is sought for Michael Brown in Saint Louis, and for a moratorium on violence all over the world. Bernice King has launched a call for 365 Days of nonviolence at www.choosenonviolence.org. Alveda King can be reached at www.africanamericanoutreach.org. They are the daughter and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Fr. Pavone: Mass. Lawmakers are Wasting Taxpayers’ Money

July 30th, 2014

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Date: July 29, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding passage of a new clinic access law in Massachusetts.

“The Massachusetts Legislature is wasting the taxpayers’ money. This new law they concocted as an end run around the First Amendment will fall in the court, just as the 35-foot buffer zone went down to a 9-0 count last month in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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