Speaker Vos Says He Is “Open” To Legalizing Medical Marijuana

From Fox6Now:

Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it.

WI House Speaker Robin Vos

WI House Speaker Robin Vos

Read more HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “I’m not sure why Republican Speaker Robin Vos is open to the idea. Most Republicans oppose this idea and the slippery slope it creates. While some claim this is an important medical treatment, many others point out the legal issues for doctors, remind us of the addictive nature of marijuana and point out other treatments exist that don’t involve this addictive narcotic.”

Appling: In Wisconsin, we have lost over 500,000 future citizens

Roe-v-Wade-pro-life-poster-generation-abortionOn January 22, 1973, on a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court handed down the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand all across America. That evening, CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite led off with the court decision. He noted that a religious leader had called the decision an “unspeakable tragedy.” Now, 44 years later, the decision is still an unspeakable tragedy.  Nationwide, since the wrong-headed ruling by 7 judicial activists, nearly 60 million unborn—and irreplaceable–children have been legally killed while still in their mother’s womb.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “Nothing about abortion is anything less than tragic. In Wisconsin, we have lost over 500,000 future citizens, which equals the populations of Green Bay, Appleton, Racine, Eau Claire, Wausau, Fond du Lac, and Kenosha. As we observe the anniversary of this horrific court decision this Sunday, may we renew our personal dedication to restoring a culture of life in our state.”

WFA Appling on NPR “A Nation Engaged” LISTEN HERE

Headshot_JulaineApplingWisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling was a guest panelist Wednesday evening, January 11, participating in “A Nation Engaged,” a live pre-inauguration community conversation, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The forum was put on by National Public Radio (NPR) and Wisconsin Public Radio. Similar panels were also held in Sacramento, Houston and Raleigh-Durham this same evening.

During the forum, community leaders were invited to speak to the questions: What are your hopes for the Trump Administration? What should the country know about your community? The moderator also took questions and comments from the audience during the one-hour panel.

The program aired nationwide on NPR on Monday, January 16. Click HERE to listen.

Appling: The good that President Trump could do

WFA president Julaine Appling pens op ed to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 13, 2017:

Headshot_JulaineApplingMy stock answer to those who ask me what I think about President-elect Donald Trump and the coming four years is, “I’m cautiously optimistic.” I am prepared to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt on this journey of making America great again.

I believe as a result of this past election, America has been given yet another opportunity to right some wrongs and to get back on track in important areas. The question is how will we use this opportunity? Millions of Americans said with their vote that they are tired of what we’ve had the last eight years. We are hopeful real change will happen — good changes that will make America great again. In light of that, here are my hopes for our new president and his administration.  (more…)

Register for Biennial “Day at the Capitol” TODAY

DAY AT THE CAPITOL
THURSDAY, MARCH 23

Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect directly with your government. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!

wisconsin-state-capitol.jpgClick HERE to learn more about the event and sign up for a personal invitation when they become available OR….

Contact our office to pre-register for this event! Call 888.378.7395 or email our office at [email protected].

UW Madison Strives To Define Masculinity & Its “Problems”

uwm“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.

The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.

Continue reading HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”

 

Wisconsin Doesn’t Need Another Casino

Gambling NeighborFrom the Beloit Daily News: “Parties involved with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Beloit casino project are testing the waters to see if there’s support to move the plan ahead at the federal level after President-elect Donald Trump takes office January 20.

The move follows the tribe’s request to Beloit city staff asking for local state legislators to reaffirm support for the project and to help line up Wisconsin’s congressional delegation behind the plan. If approved at the federal level, the plan would head for Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for approval or denial.

>>>>READ MORE HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This would be the first off-reservation casino in WI—opening a huge door for many more. The Ho-Chunk are proposing a 145,000 square foot gaming facility, with a 300-room hotel and 35,000 square foot convention center right off I-90/39 in Beloit.”

She adds, “Wisconsin does not need another casino—anywhere. We already have over 20. Right now no one in Wisconsin is more than a 2-hour drive from a casino. Gambling is not an innocent, victimless activity. Studies show the nearer people live to a casino the more likely they are to become problem gamblers—which destroys individuals, families and communities. That makes it bad for Wisconsin.”

Appling: Gov. Walker Should Order Audit of Planned Parenthood of WI

Planned-ParenthoodOur friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin are calling for the state’s Legislative Audit Bureau to conduct a full audit of Wisconsin’s Medicaid family-planning providers, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Recent open records requests have found limited audits that show Planned Parenthood facilities alone have overbilled the state and its taxpayers more than $100,000 between 2006 and 2014. Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin legislative director says it’s bad enough family planning funds pay for surgical and chemical abortions in Wisconsin; it’s intolerable that taxpayers are ripped off in the process.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling agrees, “Pro-life organizations, including Wisconsin Family Action successfully supported a bill authored by Rep. Andre Jacque and Senator Chris Kapenga that stops Planned Parenthood from Medicaid overbilling in the future, but that law doesn’t address past fraud. An audit is very appropriate and the governor or the legislature should order it.”

Making the IMpossible POSSIBLE!

Did you know you make the IMpossible possible? You do!

We won’t sugarcoat it. This year has been unusually challenging in many ways, not the least of which is financially. But because you and many others like you have stepped up, and because we made tough but necessary internal adjustments, and of course INVEST..pngbecause of our great God, we have have been able to stay the course. Frankly, that’s kind of an IMpossible made possible–and it’s only by God’s grace and your generosity.

Here are some other things that looked pretty much IMpossible at some point this year but in partnership with you were made POSSIBLE.

  • Choose Life PlateTwo pro-life bills that were never supposed to even see the light of day this past session were passed and signed into law earlier this year. Both of them deal with taking millions of your hard-earned tax dollars AWAY from Planned Parenthood of WI.
  • After nearly 10 years since the original idea and after 6 years of legislative efforts, Wisconsin will have a Choose Life license plate available. We partnered with our good friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin on this project–and just a couple of weeks ago we received official notice that at last–and after a great deal of work–the plate has gone from dream to reality. WFA was and is the only organization in the state that has stood strong and even pushed back against the invasion of the privacy of students in restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms. In the media, the legislature, and everywhere else, WFA has worked to stop special rights and protections for boys who say they’re girls and vice-versa.
  • WFA’s ambitious 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard was produced and published. Because of the breadth of issues we cover, this is one of the best indicators available regarding how a legislator has done this past session.
  • WFA and WFC conducted major educational and voter-turnout efforts for the spring election.ELECTION2016.png
  • Between mid-August and Election Day, November 8, WFA/WFC
    –personnel traveled over 8000 miles (all in Wisconsin!)
    –was involved with 45 different events
    –published a robust online voter guide
    –produced and distributed 20,000 get-out-the-vote fliers to nearly 500         churches, in addition to 18,000 copies of the October “Church Connection” distributed dealing with why Christians should vote.
    –maintained a significant social media presence regarding the election.
    –endorsed and supported numerous candidates running for state legislature and several for congress.
    –sponsored 7 days of pro-life radio ads in Milwaukee the last week before the election.
    –and all this was in addition to our regular work.

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In so many ways, you have, through your financial investment and your prayers, made the IMpossible, POSSIBLE.

The bottom line is this: we are running behind budget, and we need to finish this year strong so we can go into the new year, with its unique legislative and cultural opportunities, ready to again, in partnership with you, make the IMpossible POSSIBLE.

Some would say even our vision is impossible: a Wisconsin where God is honored, families thrive, life is cherished, and religious freedom flourishes. However, we believe that in partnership with you we can keep making good strides toward having this ambitious goal become POSSIBLE. 

In 2017, our plans include

  • Championing legislation that recognizes the humanity of the unborn by preventing the sale and use of the body parts or tissue of aborted babies, while still maintaining important research to help treat and cure diseases that plague humanity.
  • Supporting legislation that protects the privacy rights of all students in our public schools, not just a small special group.
  • Increasing the number of churches Wisconsin Family Council directly serves from 300 to 360.
  • Supporting conservative candidates for State Superintendent of Public Schools and State Supreme Court (spring election).
  • Fighting hard to maintain our religious freedom.

Can we count on you to generously invest between now and the end of the year so we can keep championing our shared values of God’s plan for marriage and family, life and religious freedom?Will you keep making the IMpossible POSSIBLE?

$25, $50, $100, $250 or whatever amount God lays on your heart would significantly help us to help you and your family by standing strong for our shared values.INVEST..png

Thank you for being a vital part of a year of making the IMpossible POSSIBLE! To God be the glory!

 

WFA President Julaine Appling Addresses Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)

From the San Diego Tribune:

“Abortion and race, two of America’s most volatile topics, have intersected in recent flare-ups related to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women.

In Congress, Rep. Sean Duffy, a white Republican from rural Wisconsin, lambasted black members of Congress for failing to decry these high abortion numbers. The next day, Rep. Gwen Moore, a black Democrat from Milwaukee, fired back — accusing Duffy and his GOPcolleagues of caring about black children only before they are born.”

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Headshot_JulaineApplingWisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling (photo, left) responds, “How sad that Representative Moore is fighting Congress’s efforts to fully investigate Planned Parenthood. Representative Moore represents Milwaukee. As an African-American woman she surely must know that abortion numbers in her community are disproportionately high in comparison to the population. She should welcome an investigation of the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

 

“Choose Life” License Plates Coming to Wisconsin!

NEW PRO-LIFE LICENSE PLATE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2017

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A Choose Life Wisconsin license plate is becoming a reality. The red, white and black plate features an ink print of a baby’s foot and the words Choose Life. The effort began years ago as a cooperative project of Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin. $25 from the sale of each plate will go to Choose Life Wisconsin, an independent not-for-profit corporation. Choose Life Wisconsin will then distribute those funds to various Wisconsin Pregnancy Resource Centers. Over $23 million has been raised nationally from the sale of Choose Life plates in various states.

>>>>>Read the full PRESS RELEASE HERE.

WI Family Action Echos Wisconsin Commission’s Recommendations On Marriage

Gov. Scott Walker’s family commission is calling for a series of state law and policy changes to alleviate poverty by strengthening families.

The Future of the Family Commission on Thursday recommended the state expand taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools, offer marriage tax credits, increase access to quality child care, and teach financial and family planning skills in school and parenting and relationship skills in prison.

The commission also suggested that Wisconsin schools employ and promote the “Success Sequence,” an idea promoted by the conservative Heritage Foundation that emphasizes graduating from high school, getting a job, and turning 21 and getting married before having children.

Continue reading HERE

WFA_logoWFA President Julaine Appling responds, “We certainly echo the commission’s recommendations on marriage. Strong families start with strong marriages. Using this report in tandem with our Wisconsin Family Prosperity Index charts a clear path for strengthening Wisconsin’s best natural resource—her families. With the governor’s backing, I trust the state legislature will make strengthening families a high priority this session. “

#Christian Message/Nativity Scene in #Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

ffrf-displayToday, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council kicked off the Christmas season by putting a traditional nativity display and a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol. This year marks the 20th year Wisconsin Family Council has had a sign in the capitol and the fifth year of the nativity display. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has also had its Winter Solstice sign up for all 20 years (photo, right) and has added a blasphemous nativity display in recent years. The displays join the State Christmas tree in the rotunda and will be up all month.

“We are honored to exercise our freedom of speech and religion with these displays each year, ” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “The thousands who come to the capitol this month will see our sign and our beautiful nativity declaring the Truth that Jesus Christ really is the reason for the season. Unlike Freedom From Religion’s dark and hopeless message, our display brings light and offers hope.”

We had help with setting up from Erica and Gennavive Meisel of Baraboo.

Photo credit: Erica Meisel

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Wisconsin: Your Vote Could Be In Danger – HERE’S WHAT TO DO

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YOUR Vote Could Be IN DANGER

If you thought the November Election was over, think again. Wisconsin is preparing to count your votes all over again starting as early as this Thursday, December 1, at 9 a.m.

WHY?

Because apparently those who lost simply cannot accept the final results of the election. Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount in three states, Wisconsin being one of them. Her reason? She does not “trust” our election system. Interestingly, if the 46 electoral votes from these 3 states go to Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump, then Trump goes from 306 electoral votes to 260–10 below the required 270–while Clinton goes from 232 to 278, and would therefore be the winner.

CONTINUE READING HERE

Christian Legislators Told to “Get Off Their Knees” at WI State Capitol

wi-capitol-bible-study“Our message to pious politicians is: Get off your knees and get to work. The answers will not come from above. Nothing fails like prayer.” -Annie Lord Gaylor, Freedom From Religion Foundation

“A Republican legislator has been holding weekly Bible study sessions for lawmakers in his state Capitol office for the past three years, raising questions again about where the line between church and state lies in the building.

Administrative rules require state employees to use state buildings only for official work. Critics say the meetings are inappropriate, even though praying before legislative session days and religious displays in the Capitol rotunda have been upheld as legal.”

READ MORE HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again doing what it does best—being the neighborhood bully. We have nothing but the highest praise and regard for Representative Tittl and the Bible Study. He’s totally within his legal rights to do this, as are those who attend. Frankly, I can’t think of anything better for our state legislature than prayer & Bible study!”

Parent Alert: Neenah, Appleton School Districts Talk Sex Ed

Parents, grandparents, taxpayers, and community members of Appleton Area and Neenah Joint School Districts need to pay close attention to this information.

sex-education-youre-teaching-whatThese two school districts in Wisconsin have advisory committees in place that are currently in the midst of determining the “sex ed” curriculum for those districts’ Human Growth and Development (HG&D) program.

On one hand, both of these district committees have the option of recommending the HG&D curriculum be terminated and the resources directed elsewhere. On the other hand, the committees may consider offering the curriculum on an Opt-In basis versus the current Opt-Out basis. Meaning, parents would need to purposefully choose to let their children be part of the HG&D classes, whereas currently, parents must purposefully choose to keep their children out of those classes.

In Neenah, in order for either of these recommendations to reach the school board for consideration and a vote, they must receive 75% approval from the committee.

It is important to again emphasize that Wisconsin state law does not require school districts to offer such courses at all.

Under existing law, local committees which are required by law and must include often a mix of parents, educators, clergy and others from the community, act in an advisory capacity to school boards as they make decisions about HG&D curriculum for their schools.

Wise parents will take time right now to find out exactly what the school their children attends is doing regarding human growth and development programs—and any planned changes. State law requires schools make that information available to parents.  Don’t assume; be vigilant.

IMPORTANT: It is critical that parents and citizens attend the next HG&D committee meetings in Appleton and Neenah.

Following is a list of dates and times for both Neenah and Appleton School Districts as well as links to contact school board members.

Focus on the Family offers helpful talking points that may assist you as you address school board and committee members. Click HERE for these resources.

NEENAH:
Monday, November 28, 2016
Neenah Joint School District Administration Building
410 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI  54956

Click HERE for more information on this meeting as details become available.

CLICK HERE for Neenah school board member contact information.

APPLETON:

Thursday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building

CLICK HERE for Appleton school board member contact information.

Appling responds to GA battle over religious freedom: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

religious freedomConservative radio host, author and speaker, Todd Starnes writes, “A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been directed by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons to the government, according to federal court documents.

“Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.”

Read the rest HERE.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action responds,”This story reminds us the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Apparently, our government, at every level, thinks it is empowered to ignore our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom. While this is in Georgia, remember a similar situation has already occurred in Texas. Who’s next? Madison or Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Pastors, are you ready to stand strong?”

#Wisconsin – Brand NEW Voter Guide is READY

 Equipping Christians to Vote Wisely

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Is your candidate truly a reflection of your convictions and vision for America? iVoterGuide will be your biggest asset and tool that will guide you through the next election, answering every question that is important to you.

The General election is Tuesday, November 8.  Contested races are in U.S. Senate, U.S. House districts, and state legislative districts.

Compare candidates’ answers on over 20 survey questions.  Look at who has endorsed them.  You can see facts on the issues that are the most imperative to you, like religious liberty, life, immigration, defense, and the candidate’s spiritual beliefs.

WHY IVOTERGUIDE? An unsettling trend is dramatically affecting elections. During the last presidential election, between 20-30 million Christian voters did not vote!  Many voters don’t feel they have access to factual information on the candidates. Many consider the information they do obtain to be marred by the candidate, big money, or the media. Wisconsin Family Action wants iVoterGuide to be the solution to that problem, encouraging all value voters to judge a candidate based on what they do and not on what they say.

How does ivoterguide work? CLICK HERE for simple instructions, then go straight to ivoterguide to review information on your candidates.

This iVoterGuide is appropriate for use and distribution within churches. Read legal letter HERE and obtain downloadable bulletin inserts/fliers HERE.

Please share this valuable resource on social media with all your like-minded friends and family.

Care Enough to Compare BEFORE You Vote

vote smartWe like to call this our D.A.R.E. page simply because it provides:

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Before you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, or if you are voting early/absentee voting, it’s important to know what the party platforms are so you can see how they align with your core values.

Q. What is a “political platform?”

A.  A political platform is a formal set of principal goals which are supported by a political party or individual candidate, in order to appeal to the general public, for the ultimate purpose of garnering the general public’s support and votes about complicated topics or issues.

Q. Why is it important for me to compare the party platforms before I vote?

A. Because each platform is a product that is a reliable statement of what grassroots voters care about.

Go ahead and access your D.A.R.E TODAY!

To read the Republican Party platform, CLICK HERE.

To read the Democratic Party platform, CLICK HERE.

A Single Phrase Saved This Marriage

After years of fighting and unhappiness in his marriage, author Richard Paul Evans in desperation tried doing something seemingly simple but really quite profound. He began each day asking his wife, “What can I do to make your day better?” At first his wife angrily rebuffed even the question but then would give him a task—which he did. Eventually, this form of love in action broke down walls between them and resulted not in a perfect marriage but in a much stronger, happier marriage that now weathers differences and sets a good example for their children.

Read more HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “What Evans did was to begin truly loving his wife. True love is an act of our will. We purposefully commit to meet the legitimate needs of the cherished person, even sacrificially, without thought of ourselves or reciprocation. If your marriage is struggling, may God give you grace to do something as simple as asking how you can make your spouse’s day better.”

Wausau School Board Makes “Huge Mistake”

wausau-sdThis past Monday, the Wausau school board decided to let administratively proposed guidelines for dealing with transgender students continue to be implemented. Among other provisions, the guidelines permit boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms and even on school-sponsored trips stay overnight in the girls’ rooms and vice versa, and call on staff to use the pronouns the students request and warn school officials not to inform parents their child is transgendering unless the student agrees to letting them make that contact.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The Wausau school board made a huge mistake here. They are pandering to a vocal minority. Many concerned citizens have contacted board members and showed up at 4 different meetings letting them know these special protections compromise the privacy rights and well-being of the vast majority of the students. The board has chosen to ignore the citizens and the safety and protection of the students.”

URGENT! CONTACTS NEEDED TO THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA)

action-alertWhy it is Important to Contact the AMA by letter, email, phone or FAX:

For decades, the official position of the AMA has been to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide. The AMA will have an interim meeting to discuss its policy on assisted suicide in November 2016. At its July 2017 annual meeting, the AMA will consider taking a “neutral” position which essentially sends a green light to the states that legalizing is acceptable. It is imperative that the AMA retain and affirm its current position.

CLICK HERE to learn more about what YOU can do!

Clearing the Air on Absentee Voting in Wisconsin

Alert1Last month due to a lawsuit filed by one of Wisconsin’s most liberal organizations, One Wisconsin Now, the state’s rules for early in-person voting changed. The lawsuit alleges the law providing for a 10 day early-in person voting window is discriminatory against minorities, especially those in Milwaukee. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, ordering that all 1,855 Wisconsin municipal clerks could decide for themselves when early voting would begin as well as the days and hours the office would be open for such voting. Some municipalities will begin yet this month.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling has this to say, “This has made it more difficult for Wisconsin voters to take advantage of early in-person voting. Now instead of knowing that opportunity is 10 business days before any election, citizens must find out that information directly from their municipal clerk. The State Elections Commission will not be compiling that information. We urge all Wisconsin voters to be aware of this change.”

IMPORTANT! According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live,  contact your municipal clerk.

If you need more information, visit Your Election Central on our website by clicking HERE.

Event: The Time is Now!

What’s going on in Wisconsin and how can you get involved?

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Our sister organization, Wisconsin Family Council, invites you to hear WFC president Julaine Appling provide political involvement training for individuals and policy guidance for Pastors and their churches. Come join us for a great supper and a great challenge.

UPCOMING DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Fond du Lac  9/22    5:45 to 8 p.m.  MORE INFORMATION HERE  

**SPECIAL NOTE FOR FOND DU LAC EVENT! Wisconsin Family Council is teaming up with American Majority at this event to provide political involvement training for individuals and policy guidance for Pastors and their churches. Come join us for a great supper and a great challenge.

Eau Claire  10/11 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MORE INFORMATION HERE (information coming)

Waupun  10/27/16  6:00 to 8 p.m.  MORE INFORMATION HERE

UPDATE: Wausau School Board Discusses Transgender Bathroom Policy

Wausau_School_District_emblemTONIGHT, Monday, September 12, the Wausau School Board will consider for the second time guidelines regarding giving special rights and protections to transgender students. These guidelines use the letter circulated to all US school districts by the federal government last May as the primary reason for this action. However, in a case involving Wisconsin, a federal judge recently put a hold on the implementation of the financial threats made in this letter—threats of withholding federal funds if schools don’t provide these special rights and protections.

HERE IS THE LINK to the draft  of the Administrative Guidelines for Compliance with the Office of Civil Rights with regard to Transgender Students Associated with Policy 5400 Equal Educational Opportunities Compliance Statement that will be read for the second time at the Wausau District School Board Meeting.

PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS NEED TO SHOW UP AND STAND UP at this meeting in an effort to preserve the privacy rights of the students they serve.

Here are some helpful resources that may be helpful in assisting to those who would take a moment during the public speaking portion of the meeting to address the Wausau School Board – CLICK HERE.

We know this is happening in Wausau. It’s undoubtedly happening in many other Wisconsin school districts and we just don’t know about it. Parents of students in the public schools need to remind school officials that with this federal judge’s decision there is no reason whatsoever to rush into these dangerous policies that trounce on the privacy rights of the majority of students.

Last week in an email and in a letter we sent through USPS, we launched a campaign to raise $100,000 as soon as possible, certainly over the next couple of months. The email theme was “Big Goal. Bigger God.” The letter’s theme was “storming the gates of hell…with a squirt gun.” We are excited to report that to date we have had 10 people give $1000 or more, and they have been joined by many others who have given as well. As of today, God has, through His people, seen fit to have just over $20,000 of the $100,000 be invested in either Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council! We have a ways to go, to be sure, but we thank all of you have invested thus far; and we invite others to prayerfully join us in this challenge.

UPDATE 9/13/2016: 

“A group of parents and community members came out in force Monday to protest the Wausau School District’s new rules that allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender — regardless of their gender at birth.” Read the rest of the article from the Wausau Daily Herald HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling states, “This meeting was a great example of what can be accomplished when people work together. Once citizens found out about these guidelines, they began to take action—letting others know about the guidelines and the board’s plan to have them on the agenda. I hope these citizens will continue to be involved. This issue is far from over in Wausau or any other district. The well-being of all students is at stake.

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