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Report From the Philadelphia Conference

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DFLA Newsletter
April, 2017     
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
DFLA STATE CHAPTER CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA -- A SUCCESS!
 
On April 1st and 2nd, Democrats For Life of America held its 2nd State Chapter Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Penn Cardinal Newman Center. Seven panels were held, and a good contingent of Pro-Life Democrats from Pennsylvania and neighboring states were in attendance.
 
 
 
First, we would like to thank all of the speakers who attended the conference:
 
-Michael Bayer of the Diocese of Raleigh, NC
-Aimee Murphy of Rehumanize International
-Father Joe Zaleski
-PA 173rd District State Rep. Mike Driscoll
-former Michigan State Rep. Joel Sheltrown
-Robert Christian of Millennial Journal
-Amy Grace Miller of Guiding Star Home
-Amy Ford of Embrace Grace
-DFLA Board Member Charlie Camosy
-DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day
 
The panelists were exceptional and encouraging. Democrats For Life is a Whole Life organization, and the first two panels talked about breaking the stereotypes of Pro-Lifers, including how our movement started as a liberal movement, and how the Pro-Life position is not solely tied to Republican Party politics. You can support both pregnant mother and child, and there are many different Pro-Life faces. You can be against the death penalty, abortion, and war. These positions are not mutually exclusive.
 
One of the most encouraging panels was from Amy Grace Miller of the Philadelphia Pro-Life Union, who runs Guiding Star Home, and Amy Ford of the organization Embrace Grace. Both are working directly with pregnant women, who deserve respect and support – not shame and pressure to abort.
 
Our very own Kristen Day spoke about legislative opportunities and challenges, and how the Pro-Life Movement can move forward at the federal level through legislation passed by Congress. On the same panel, DFLA Board Member Charlie Camosy talked about the best strategies for the Pro-Life Movement going forward, and he cited statistics indicating that despite popular belief, fewer than 1% of women who got abortions felt that their relationships with their partners improved, felt better about themselves, or felt more control in their lives.  On the flip side, 62% of women who got abortions felt they were unable to forgive themselves, and 15% of women experienced post-traumatic stress disorder.
  
Our Pro-Life Democratic state legislators shared how difficult it is to be a Pro-Life Democrat and how much pressure there is to change. One of the most important things we can do as Pro-Life Democrats is to support our local elected officials who are Pro-Life Democrats by sending them letters of thanks and encouragement, writing to them, and supporting them at town halls for their positions on supporting life. 
  
In case you missed them, streams of the panels are all available to rewatch on the Democrats for Life of America Facebook page.
 
 
Pro-Life Democrats came prepared with many ideas for the conference, and how to move DFLA forward as an organization. We look forward to continue putting up the good fight in the Democratic Party for all human life!
 
 
 
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
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Dear Friend,
 
You may have noticed, from our upcoming events, that DFLA is going places.
 
Our message will not be heard if we only share it in Washington, DC.  We enjoyed holding our annual conference in New Orleans in 2016 and Philadelphia in 2017. The decision for 2018 will be up to you!
 
We are opening up bids to our state chapters to convince us to hold our next conference in your state. Simply fill out the attached form and return it to us by May 15, 2017. If we choose you, we will partner to create the largest meeting of pro-life democrats to date!
 
We have a lot to do and a lot to plan (see our list of upcoming events), so your additional support would be very much appreciated.
 
 
Sincerely,
Kristen
 
NEWS FROM OUR STATE CHAPTERS
 
Do you want the next DFLA Conference in your state?
 
Send us your proposal with the following information:
  • Democrats For Life should come to (your town here) because…
  • I have/have not planned an event prior and/but I am well-prepared to plan this conference because...
  • Do you have a venue in mind?
  • Do you have local support to help and assist?  How big is your committee?
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
Defund Planned Parenthood Rally
 
Your Town
April 28-29, 2017
 
Pro-Life Women's Conference 
DFLA will be a sponsor! (FUNDED!)

Orlando, FL
June 23-25, 2017
DFLA will be a sponsor
(FUNDED!)
Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1, 2017
 
Consistent Life Conference
DFLA will be a sponsor
(FUNDED)  
Kristen Day is a speaker!
 Eastern, PA
August 4-6, 2017
 
March for Life Conference
(NEED FUNDING)
Washington, D.C.
January 19, 2018
 
 March For Life
DFLA Pro-life for the Whole Life Breakfast
January 19, 2018
 
DFLA Pro-Life Summit
May, 2018
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts toward making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please click here.

Help us Reach the New DNC Party Chair!

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DFLA Newsletter
March, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
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Dear Friend,
 
The Democratic Party is in crisis, and the time is ripe for us to impact the rebuilding of the devastation. There are several things we need to do, and we need your help. 
 
First, we must meet with the new party chair, Tom Perez, and the vice-chair, Congressman Keith Ellison.  Neither one is talking about the strength of the Big Tent,and we must educate both of them on how pro-life Democrats are critical to winning. We have made the request to meet, and we will keep you up-to-date on their response.
 
Second, we need your help to send a message. If you are giving money to the Democratic Party, please stop. No more pro-life Democratic money can go to help an organization that is currently working against us. Every time your party asks for money, please respond that you will start giving again when pro-life Democrats are welcome. Don't hesitate to donate directly to pro-life Democrats, as they need your help more than ever!
 
Third, please make a contribution to Democrats For Life's Open the Big Tent initiative. Our Big Tent initiative is beginning to receive the attention of the media, who are asking the Democratic National Committee why they aren't welcoming the pro-life Democrats. Our Big Tent report at the DNC made an impact! We are in the process of updating it with the current data. Still, we are an under-fundedorganization facing a well-established and well-funded 189-year-old organization. So we need your support.
 
If we are going to win, we need your help. If we win, we can win back the majority. If we win, we can pass paid leave for working families, save programs to assist people in need, and preserve the good parts of the Affordable Care Act and work to fix the parts that are not working. If we win, preborn children will receive the protection they deserve, and pregnant women will be supported.
 
The time is now! There are common ground and common purpose to be found, and we can lead the effort with your help. Please make a contribution today!
 
Sincerely,
Kristen
 
STATE CHAPTER NEWS:
 
The State Chapter focus remains on building up the grassroots by getting in touch with people who want to get involved in various capacities. There is a lot of great enthusiasm for people to help out in a variety of ways in our existing chapters, as well as people who would like to help us get chapters started in states where we currently do not have them.
 
We are also getting out the word about our State Chapter Conference being available through live stream so that people who are unable to come can participate. Many people have expressed interest in this, which will allow us to connect to people who live outside the Northeast and are unable to make it.  We are also going to be in a panel discussion of Pro-Life Democrats next month at Catholic University.More information will be provided about this when it becomes finalized.
 
 
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference
Everyone Welcome!
Philadelphia, PA
April 1-2, 2017

Pro-Life Women's Conference
DFLA will be a sponsor! (FUNDED!)

Orlando, FL
June 23-25

Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1
 
Consistent Life Conference
FUNDING NEEDED!  Kristen Day is a speaker!
 Eastern, PA
August 4-6
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts toward making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please click here.
 

Building a Whole Life Movement

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DFLA Newsletter
February, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
Will You Help Us Build A Whole Life Movement?
 
It is time to spread our voices, and show our country and our party that Pro-Life Democrats are critical to building a majority party. Help us spread the message about Democrats For Life of America by doing the following things:
 
1. Use Social Media! Use our hashtag #ChooseBoth to show that we support both the mother and the child, as well as #OpenTheBigTent to show the Democratic Party that our voices demand to be heard! Tweet at us @demsforlife your pictures from the March For Life or other events. Add your thoughts on why you're a Pro-Life Democrat!
 
2. Call Your Elected Officials! The House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, on January 24, 2017, by a vote of 238 to 183. The legislation would make the provision known as the Hyde Amendment permanent law. It would also clarify that federal funds are not allowed for abortion in plans included in the Affordable Care Act. Now it is the Senate's turn.
 
Contact your U.S. senators and urge them to bring the legislation up for consideration before the full Senate.
 
Democrats For Life also would like to thank the following Pro-Life Democrats in Congress who voted YES on this legislation. Be sure to contact them and thank them for their courageous vote!
 
U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski, Illinois 3rd District
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, Texas 28th District

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson, Minnesota 7th District
 
3. Make A Donation To Democrats For Life of America and volunteer!

Democrats For Life of America is working hard to promote the Pro-Life view within the Democratic Party, and to provide for both the mother and the child. We need your help to keep up with growing interest in our organization. We need to raise $600 per month for our part-time State Chapter Coordinator. So far, we have raised $420 for the position for this month. There's still a long way to go! Please consider a contribution to our Grassroots Building Team.Or make a general contribtuion to Democrats For Life. Every dollar counts to help grow a Whole Life Culture in America today, and we need your help. Will you donate to help DFLA today?
 
We also need support in individual states to build up our state chapters. Please consider volunteering your time and efforts!
 
STATE CHAPTER UPDATE:
NEWS FROM INDIANA
 
Lori Harimann of South Bend, Indiana, has written a great op-ed piece in the South Bend Tribune about what it means to be a Pro-Life Democrat, and why the party should open the big tent if they want to succeed again! Read it here!
 
 
 
 
In this write-up for the National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters writes about how the Pro-Life Movementneeds to disavow the attitude and comm​ents on women of Donald Trump as the standard-bearer of the movement. We agree! Check it out!
 
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference
Philadelphia, PA
April 1 and 2, 2017

Pro-Life Women's Conference
DFLA will be a sponsor! (FUNDED!)

Orlando, FL
June 23-25

Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1
 
Consistent Life Conference
FUNDING NEEDED! Kristen Day is a speaker!
 Eastern, PA
August 4-August 6
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts towards making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please

Let's Keep The Momentum Going. Join us in Philadelphia in April!

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DFLA Newsletter
February, 2017     
 
 
The Whole Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference Announced! April 1st-2nd, 2017
The Conference will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Democrats For Life of America will be holding its next State Chapter Conference here in Philadelphia, PA, hosted by the DFLA Pennsylvania State Chapter.
 
Located at the University of Pennsylvania Cardinal Newman Center, the conference will span two days on April 1st and 2nd, 2017.
 
We will feature speeches from noted Pro-Life Democrats, including academics, elected officials, and longtime members of Democrats For Life of America. At the conference, there will be discussions of how to articulate the Pro-Life Democratic position among fellow pro-lifers and Democrats, as well as building up and connecting fellow Pro-Lifers in all 50 states, including how to better organize state chapters using social media, letters to the editor, and events to create an active state chapter and advocacy group in your own state!
 
Tickets for the conference will cost $30, $20 for students. A list of speakers and panels will be released soon. We hope to see you there.
 
To buy tickets, please purchase them here!
 
If you are in need of a hotel room for the conference, we have a special Hotel Room rate at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown in Philadelphia at $135 per night + tax. If you are interested in getting a room at the discounted rate, or have any questions, or are willing to volunteer in planning and organizing for the conference, please contact PA State Chapter Coordinator Christian Matozzo at penndemsforlife@gmail.com
 
Date:
April 1st and 2nd, 2017
Location:
University of Pennsylvania Cardinal Newman Center
3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time:
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price:
$30 ($20 for students)
 
 
 
Grassroots Building
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Thank you to those who have contributed to the Grassroots Building Fund. We need another $300 to fund the month of February. Please consider a contribution today.
STATE CHAPTER UPDATE
NEWS FROM MASSACHUSETTS:
 
Pro-Life Democrats in Massachusetts are forming a DFLA State Chapter, and they need your help! If you're located in Massachussets and are interested in volunteering, please contact us here.
 
Not located in Mass. but still want to help? Looking for a State Chapter in your state? You can also sign up to volunteer for DFLA! As we enter an age of decidedly partisan politics, we need all the help we can get to promote the Whole Life cause!
 
 
Democrats For Life Upcoming Events:
 
DFLA State Chapter Conference
Philadelphia, PA
April 1st and 2nd, 2017

Pro-Life Women's Conference - DFLA will be a sponsor (FUNDED)
Orlando, FL
June 23rd-25th

The National Right to Life Convention - DFLA will be a sponsor pending funding
Milwaukee, WI
June 29-July 1
 
Consitent Life Conference - DFLA will be a sponsor pending funding and Kristen Day is a speaker
 Eastern, PA
August 4 - August 6
 
Will you consider a contribution today to our Conference Fund? Every dollar counts towards making DFLA's presence known to both Pro-Lifers and Democrats. Please click here.

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Democrats For Life of America advocates and supports programs and policies that respect and promote life from conception to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.  Learn more...