The Faithful Central Bible Church Political Action Ministry (PAM) serves as the pastor's liaison to the community relative to political, governmental and community affairs. This includes but is not limited to: escorting elected officials and other dignitaries at Sunday services, interviewing and screening political candidates, analyzing ballot measures, hosting candidates’ forums and town hall meetings on political issues, and attending community meetings and political events.
If you would like to become involved or need more information about the Political Action Ministry, please call us at 310.330.8000 ext. 3270 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Political Action Meeting
When: Every 4th Thursday
Location: Trinity Building
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Three Courageous Members of the Board of Supervisors Vote to Restore the Cross
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, three courageous members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to put the cross back on the County Seal. Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe had been the two dissenting votes when the motion was passed to remove it, despite the appeals of several religious leaders, including our own Bishop Ulmer, in 2004. However, last week, thanks to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who cast the third and deciding vote, the cross will now be restored. In response to a threat of lawsuits by an ACLU representative, “Ridley-Thomas dismissed concerns about a potential court battle, saying the county has bigger problems...‘The mission is a part of the seal. There's no controversy about that, and I think this is much ado about constitutional wrangling,’ Ridley-Thomas said. ‘The seal will take care of itself.’” (Sewell, Abby and Mehta, Seema. Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2014.)
If you would like to express your appreciation to these three members of the Board for this courageous act, you may do so by e-mailing or calling them as follows:
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, District 2
Supervisor Don Knabe, District 4
Supervisor Mike Antonovich District 5
It was truly a pleasure interacting with so many of you during my five town hall meetings (pictured below) throughout the district over the past six weeks. In these meetings, we discussed the budgetary battles before us in Congress, strengthening and preserving Medicare and Social Security for future generations, and other issues that were affecting you, your family and community. During each meeting, there was also a panel of experts on hand to discuss the progress and challenges associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
It is extremely important to me to hear the thoughts and concerns of my constituents within California's 43rd District. That was my sole purpose in holding the town hall meetings and I appreciate all who came. In most of them, we had a standing room only crowd and everyone, as far as I know, who wanted to speak, got the opportunity to do so.
As your representative in Congress, my door is always open. If you ever need anything please do not hesitate to call my District office at (323) 757-8900 or visit my website at http://email.capitolenews.com/q/mueretN2og85dNuDwbSu-GCFYhPrQnPNjkd8Au8HYDxMKDAGNfJU6VGdb.
Member of Congress
What Are they Hiding?
More than 131,000 referendum petition signatures were thrown out by elections officials throughout the State. That was more than one out of every five. But the law allows me as the proponent of the referendum toexamine these signatures and to challenge them. And I am allowed to authorize others to help me with that task in the 58 counties.
We knew that his would be a difficult process.
We even figured that some employees in each county would take it personally as we search for mistakes, misapplications of the law or even deliberate rejection of valid signatures.
But PFAS did not expect the hostility and intimidation that we are now receiving.
In some cases, it has been a challenge just to get past the front door. In one county our entry was delayed for more than a week as election officials argued (without any basis) that it was their right to delay the examination for up to three weeks. They added that once they did allow the examination to begin, they could only handle two people at a time to review thousands of rejected signatures.
In many counties we have been allowed to examine the invalidated signatures so long as we do not touch any document. In one case, staff even tried to enforce their personal rule that we could not take notes or we had to sign detailed documents that limited our legal rights. No county yet has agreed to voluntarily allow PFAS to make the copies that we will need as evidence when these signatures are challenged in court.
Of course PFAS is standing up to these bullying tactics. We have a team of attorneys that is addressing the ever-changing rules and obstacles that are being introduced at each county.
But there is a level of bullying and intimidation that should not be tolerated. That level may have been reached yesterday in Sacramento where volunteers were pulled away from their examination and asked to wait in the lobby for more than three hours before they finally went home.
The reason they were pulled away from examining signatures was a sudden change in rules. As proponent of the referendum, I had provided authorization forms to our volunteers throughout the State. The form and my signature are copied. While that was sufficient for entry for several days, now Sacramento had decided that the signature needed to be "wet ink". While they backed off later, they were arguing that I either need to be there in person or have hard copy documents delivered. No FAX. (This was odd since these officials have been accepting and rejecting petition signatures by comparing these to electronic copies they have on file.)
That was a delaying obstacle, but the next revelation waspure intimidation. Sacramento election officials offered to give a list of those who were authorized and unauthorized to one of our volunteers. But first they had to make a copy for the ACLU. Apparently the ACLU had requested and Sacramento was giving them the names of each person authorized and not authorized to examine signatures.
Put another way, while elections officials were delaying the right to challenge signatures by making volunteers sit in a waiting room, there was no delay in delivering the names of those volunteers to an outside group.
Privacy For All Students began this fight a little more than six months ago with the simple notion that forcing boys and girls to share a bathroom was bullying. Legislators with their sex separate facilities were bullying school children by forcing them into a situation that compromised the children's privacy and safety. Now election officials and the ACLU have joined the gang of bullies that wants to intimidate anybody that objects to their radical social experiment.
Thank you for your support and prayers for those that are volunteering to examine these signatures and those who are working to take this challenge to court. If these bullying tactics and intimidation anger you, please donate to help us fight until we have the necessary number of validated signatures.