National Coordinator ~ PLEAS
Pro-Life Educators and Students
PO Box 2826 Hamilton, NJ 08690 (609) 610-3522
Pro-Life Prayer & Picket Demo Against NEA Pro-Abortion Agenda
at the NEA’s own Convention & State Capital HQs
Washington Convention Center * Wednesday July 2 10AM-2PM
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW • Washington, DC 20001 (Rain or Shine)
Dear Pro-Life & Pro-Family Organizations, Leaders, Activists in DC, VA, MD & DE,
You are invited and exhorted to please help stage a massive, peaceful, highly visible, pro-life prayer-&-picket demonstration against the National Education Association leadership’s egregious pro-abortion agenda. I urge you to become stake-holders in this endeavor. Please commit yourselves and your organizations to adopting a pro-active leadership role in making this pro-life action effective and successful.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: One or both will surely speak at NEA Convention 2008 (as they did at the Philadelphia NEA Convention 2007); especially whichever one becomes the Democratic nominee. NEA-PAC may vote on and announce the union’s 2008 Presidential Endorsement at this convention. Please recall that late-term abortionist George Tiller addressed the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Conference held at NEA’s Washington, DC headquarters in March 2008.
This document has been sent to at least fifty pro-life & pro-family organizations with headquarters or operations in the greater DC area. Surely, such a coalition task force can mobilize a minimum of one thousand people for a few hours to picket the NEA Convention (and fifty+ people at each state capital’s NEA HQ). We cannot wait for “somebody else” to do this. In your hearts, you know that this is a good and Godly idea – and that you really do want to be a part of it. It is up to you/me/us to combine our forces, resources, and talents and get it done. Besides – it will be fun to do! Imagine smacking the NEA! Hard! Many of your organizations’ members would love the chance to smite the NEA leadership – on their own turf no less! This has got to be a Team Effort. Please be one of the Team Leaders.
Over 9,000 Delegates from all fifty states and US territories will meet at the Washington Convention Center, July 1-6, to set policy for 3.2 million NEA members. Celebrities & politicians address the convention. Fortune 500 companies set up exhibit booths. Approximately 3,000 visitors also attend the convention.
This is a unique opportunity for the Pro-Life Movement to make millions of American citizens and school employees keenly aware of the NEA leadership’s radical agenda by generating a tidal wave of news coverage through both secular and Christian media outlets such as FOX, CBN, ABC, USARadio, NBC, SRN, CBS, BOTT, CNN, TV & cable, newspaper and magazine front pages, internet sites, the blogosphere and more.
Nationwide press coverage of a dynamic, well-attended, pro-life demonstration is virtually guaranteed. Hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of reporters from international, national, regional, and local news media outlets always attend and cover NEA’s annual meeting. NEA prides itself on being the organization which does the picketing; not being the target of picketing. This prayer and picket demo can be one of the most significant pro-life news events of 2008 across the USA and worldwide.
This cooperative event has the potential to synergistically re-energize pro-lifers all across America as we stage an effective, united, nationwide, pro-life “happening”. It will imbue in all participants a great sense of accomplishment and feeling of satisfaction to give the NEA leadership a well-deserved, highly publicized thrashing. We will also hearten and embolden the handful of Pro-Life NEA Delegates inside the Convention!
If you or your organizations host radio or TV programs, print publications, or web sites, please promote this event via your broadcasts and columns. If you have access to media personalities such as Dobson, Rush, Hannity, Ingraham, Beck, Parshall, Levin, Schlafly, O’Reilly, et al, please tell them about this event and your group’s participation. Encourage them to inform their audiences about the event and NEA’s agenda. If possible, get yourselves booked as guests on their shows so that you can personally promote the prayer-&-picket demos.
Therefore: Please recruit as many pro-life people as you can muster to picket against the NEA leadership’s pro-abortion policies & activism. Imagine the impact of 1,000+ picketers from all walks of life taking the NEA to task: men & women, taxpayers, parents, children, babies, and clergy – in addition to school employees, teachers (especially NEA members), and students (public, private, parochial, home school, etc). Invite pro-life elected officials with whom you have influence.
The peaceful, non-confrontational prayer-&-picket pro-life demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2, 10AM-2PM (Rain or Shine) as the 9000 Delegates arrive to register at the Convention Center.
Pro-Lifers more than 90 minutes from Washington, DC: You can still participate! Please picket the NEA affiliate HQ in your state’s capital at least one time during NEA Convention week. Pick dates & times which work for you, although my suggested date is Wednesday, July 2, 11:00AM-1:00PM (lunch hour) in your local time zone for maximum impact & media boost. Send press releases to your local media tying in your state demos with the NEA Convention demo. Click this link for addresses of NEA State Affiliate HQs.
PLEAS will transmit a general press release* by June 26 via Christiannewswire.com and other outlets. All pro-life organizations, ministries, and churches supporting the demonstrations are encouraged to send out their own independent press statements June 27-30. A “flood” of press releases will enhance and reinforce media coverage of the event and impact upon the public’s consciousness.
(* If your organization would like to be listed as a participating group in the PLEAS press release, please advise me by June 23.)
Do NOT assume that other pro-life leaders, organizations, or activists already know about this opportunity. Inform them yourself. Forward this e-mail to them. Send out your own notification to any & all pro-life groups and individuals in your circle of contacts. Please send this plan to your entire e-mail list.
If YOU are committed to making this pro-life event a success, please contact me at once. Thank you.
><> Yours for Life,
“A pro-abortion teacher union makes about as much sense as pyromaniac forest rangers.”
FYI: If you need info about my pro-life background and ministry, go to bringyourbible.com for biographical sketch at bottom of page. Google search terms: “Bob Pawson” prolife Also search: “Bob Pawson” bringyourbible
Additional Data, Maps, Suggestions, Rules of Conduct, etc:
NEA Resolution on Family Planning (currently listed as Res. I-15) was adopted in 1985, amended in 1986, and is reaffirmed annually at every NEA Convention:
“The National Education Association supports family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom.
The Association urges the government to give high priority to making available all methods of family planning to women and men unable to take advantage of private facilities.
The Association further urges the implementation of community-operated, school-based family planning clinics that will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.”
In 1990, the NEA delegates easily passed New Business Item 1990-65.
“NEA will oppose any legislation which will erode the status of Roe v. Wade and/or which impedes access to and choice of reproductive health care options, by providing technical assistance to state affiliates.”
The NEA leadership is one of Planned Parenthood’s primary advocates. The NEA leadership co-sponsored the pro-abortion rally in Washington, DC in November 1989, April 1992, and April 2004. Other sponsors were: PPFA, ACLU, NOW, NARAL. Late term abortionist George Tiller spoke at NEA HQ in March 2008.
You can find out more about the NEA leadership’s radical agenda on many issues (abortion, homosexuality, sex education, home schooling, illegal immigration, etc) by going to the NEA homepage at www.nea.org/index.html or a searchable PDF file at http://www.nea.org/handbook/images/resolutions.pdf.
SOME SUGGESTED WORDING for PICKET SIGNS:
OK to bring standard pro-life signs (Abortion Kills Children, Stop Abortion Now, Abortion Hurts Women, etc)
However, if you are motivated to create new signs, some ideas are below:
REPEAL NEA RES I-15 MAKE NEA ABORTION NEUTRAL PRO-LIFE NEA MEMBER
PRO-LIFE TEACHER PRO-LIFE SCHOOL EMPLOYEE PRO-LIFE PARENT
PRO-LIFE STUDENT ABORTION = FEWER STUDENTS SHAME ON NEA
FORMER FETUS & CURRENT STUDENT (or future student) 25 ABORTIONS = 1 LOST CLASS
ABORTION = UNEMPLOYED TEACHERS TEACHERS SHOULDN’T SUPPORT BABY KILLING
Please ~ All signs should be easy to read, BIG, DARK print – to be seen best by millions
of people looking at TV newscasts, newspaper & magazine photos, web sites, blogs, etc.
Media coverage will go National & International front page & top-story for several reasons:
1) The NEA is rarely targeted for any sort of public demonstrations. A massive picket against NEA is newsworthy in and of itself!
NEA takes pride in being the group which DOES the picketing! NEA is never the target OF picketing!
2) The idea of the NEA being picketed by a broad coalition of Parents/Taxpayers; Children/Students; School Employees
& Teachers (including NEA members) will be hard for media organizations to pass up. They’d get scooped by competitors.
3) The media will not be able to ignore such an event – partly because the media ATTENDS the NEA convention.
SPECIAL INFO for Pro-Life NEA MEMBERS, TEACHERS & SUPPORT STAFF:
Pro-Life NEA members can actually go into the NEA Convention and REGISTER to attend. There is no fee for NEA members; just show your NEA-affiliate ID card at the Registration Booth to obtain your Badge/Name-Tag “credentials”. [Note: Be sure to wear your credentials while picketing outside.] Do NOT picket inside – although it is OK to wear pro-life t-shirts & buttons inside. Visit the pro-life exhibit booths of “Teachers Saving Children” and “NEA Educators for Life Caucus”. Take a walk through the exhibit area July 1-3 to see for yourselves some of the radical organizations and causes on display. Bring your cameras! Pick up some of the free, high-quality gifts and goodies from the hundreds of exhibit booths. You may also register guests at (low cost or possibly no cost — esp for guests under age 18).
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING SUGGESTIONS:
MASS TRANSIT (METRO Subway or MARC Train) http://www.dcconvention.com/directions.aspx
(Note: METRO Station “Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St. Convention Center” on the Yellow or Green Line is ideal!)
CAR POOLS / VAN POOLS & BUSES ~ Drivers can drop off passengers & go park; or if your vehicle has a big pro-life sign or display, consider driving continuously around the blocks of the Convention Center.
DIRECTIONS: The Convention Center is easily accessible via main roads and highways throughout the greater Washington area. http://www.dcconvention.com/directions.aspx
PARKING near Washington Convention Center: There are many Parking Facilities near the Convention Center (walking distance). A map of their locations is available at http://www.dcconvention.com/parking.aspx
WEAR PRO-LIFE MESSAGE T-SHIRTS & BUTTONS/PINS if you can!
Note: All of the graphics & maps below can be re-sized (enlarged) or copied-&-pasted.
Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Located between 7th & 9th Streets – and- N Street & Mt. Vernon Place
Closest METRO stop is “Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St. Convention Center” on the Yellow or Green Line
Numbered Red Dots ?thru? indicate key locations where pro-lifers should assemble. = Metro Station
PROLIFER CODE OF CONDUCT for NEA DEMOS
General Rule: Honor the Lord in all we say and do.
This is an informational/educational picket – NOT a “Protest Demonstration”.
Pray & Picket at the Red Dot locations & in-between the Red Dots. (Idea: Bring this map with you.)
Be Peaceful, Polite, & Calm at all times. J Smile J Be Friendly & Cordial. Obey any Police instructions.
Do NOT block access to sidewalks or Convention Center doors. Respect all property. Do not litter.
Do NOT engage in verbal debates, arguments, or physical confrontations with NEA Delegates or passersby.
Ignore provocation: If someone says or does something offensive – do NOT respond; quietly walk away.
Carry no weapons, alcohol, or drugs. Parents: Please maintain control of your minor children.
Hold up your signs towards TV & newspaper cameras for millions of viewers to see/read.
Future Note: NEA Convention July 1-6, 2009 in San Diego; July 1-6, 2010 in New Orleans.
Start planning to picket the Conventions and NEA HQs in all 50 states.