In the South:
The following is a newsletter e-mailed to
members of the Christian Coalition of Georgia by its chair, Sadie Fields
December 2, 2002
I received a
call from the Governor’s transition team last week requesting a meeting with
me to discuss and plan how to best implement a pro-family agenda over the
course of his administration. The Governor-elect is very in tune with our
values, and wants to work with us on accomplishing our goals. I will be
meeting with them either this week or the week after to discuss how we can
work together on issues that are important to the pro-family movement in
Georgia. While standing on principle, we must govern wisely and
incrementally, and to that end I will work with the Governor’s office to
ensure that our agenda is reasonable and attainable. It is due to your hard
work and dedication that we have a seat at the table and I am honored to
have been asked by the transition team to be your voice and representative
during this critical time.
are legislative items we would like to see addressed over the course of
Right to Know (education prior to an abortion)
notification and consent for abortions performed on minors
abortion clinics and personnel according to the same standard as other
medical facilities and providers
reform in regard to lobbying
notification of new clubs forming on school campus
capital gains tax
Your input is
welcome. If you have other issues you would like to see addressed, please
let us know.
We have a lot
to do in the coming year, and need you to continue to partner with us
financially. Last December was the first time I wrote you—our Internet
family—asking for your help, and the response was very gratifying. Please
consider making an end-of-the-year donation to our work again this year.
Your donation to the Christian Coalition of Georgia will help us fund our
lobbying efforts during the 2003 Legislative Session. These donations are
not tax deductible as we attempt to influence legislation. Or, you can make
a tax-deductible donation to our education arm, the Georgia Conservative
Coalition which is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Your
donation in the amount of $25, $50, $100 or more will help us continue to be
a driving force in our state for the values we share. Make your check
payable to either one and mail to 8975 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30350. We
really need your help as we have a historical opportunity to further our
efforts. Please be as generous as you can.
This is a
rather lengthy newsletter, but we wanted to let you know all that we did
(with your help) this past year. “The Year 2002 In Review” looks like this:
2002 we hosted a candidate forum at our annual Families & Freedom Kickoff at
Mount Vernon Baptist Church featuring candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor,
U. S. Senate, State School Superintendent, and U. S. Congressional races.
Legislative Session, we monitored legislation and reported on the progress
or defeat of legislation important to Georgia’s families. Daily reports were
sent out to our Internet family and Judy Craft, Field Director maintained a
presence at the capitol.
spring of 2002, we mailed some 5,000 packets to churches around the state
making available our “Citizenship Sunday” packages with information on how
to conduct a voter registration drive in churches, our bulletin insert “The
Informed Christian,” the opportunity to receive our Internet newsletter
“Keeping The Faith,” and a distribution form for distributing our 2002
Legislative Reports and 2002 Voter Guides. As a result, we added over 500
new churches that wanted to be placed on our mailing list to receive our
information, and who wanted to participate with us in distributing our
especially successful this year in growing personal relationships with
pastors. We concentrated our visits in middle Georgia, LaGrange, and
Northeast Georgia – and will be visiting other parts of the state in the
a “targeted” approach in sending out alerts to the grassroots, pastors and
churches. By alerting one pastor in LaGrange, a bill sponsored by a state
representative in that area that would have given civil rights status to
homosexuals was quietly withdrawn due to his involvement.
Conservative Coalition (our educational arm) produced and distributed 30,000
2002 Legislative Reports in the spring. It was the most comprehensive report
compiled to date and included articles on bills killed in committee and
*In the fall
we produced and distributed 500,000 voter guides around the state. We did
extensive research on the voting records of candidates and included
endorsements of candidates by pro-abortion organizations as well as
pro-homosexual organizations in order to give the voter as much information
as possible. As a result of the groundwork laid early in the year, we had
the most extensive voter guide distribution to date and our hard work paid
last four days preceding the general election, statewide and congressional
races were posted on our Web site and we had more than 4,000 visitors.
speaking engagements at numerous churches, including Rehoboth Baptist Church
in Tucker, Powder Springs Baptist, and gave the main address at a luncheon
for the National Day of Prayer at First Redeemer Church in Forsyth County.
You can see
for yourself how busy we stay – and how dedicated we are to what we have
been called to do. We need your continued help to be as effective as
possible. We receive no funding from the national Christian Coalition or
from any other national entity. We are totally dependent on you to enable us
to continue our work. Our movement has unprecedented opportunities coming
up, but we must have the resources to take advantage of this moment in time.
Please send in your most generous donation today.
May you and
yours have a blessed Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
for Keeping The Faith.