SVARW’s Stars and Stripes Gala is the premier event for conservatives to have fun! Meet and mingle with fellow conservatives. It’s a great way for candidates to meet and be known to this very active group of conservatives.
This year the event will again take place at the beautiful Saratoga Estate of Suzanna Cody and her husband Ron Hills. The evening includes appetizers, a gourmet di
nner, wine and music under the stars!
Tickets for members are $60 and $70 for non-members. New non-members can pay member price by joining SVARW today. Their membership is good through December 2019. Valet parking is included in the price of your ticket!
Confirmed Candidates Include:
Mark Meuser–California Secretary of State
‘Konstantinos Roditis –California State Controller
Greg Conlon–California Treasurer
Mark Burns–State Board of Equalization
Vicki Norhden–California State Assembly
Michael Snyder–California State Assembly
Linda Chavez–Alum Rock School Board Trustee
Robert Varich–Campbell Union High School District
Bob Nunez–Mayor of Milpitas
You will have an opportunity to support the SVARW endorsed candidate of your choice through our famous Stars and Stripes raffle. This year our endorsed candidates will have the opportunity to hand out raffle tickets to guests who make donations to them. For each $10 you donate to a candidate, you receive a raffle ticket. Donate $50 and get 6 raffle tickets. Donate to as many candidates as you like.
Sponsorship Opportunities at Stars and Stripes
Do you have a business or organization that you would like to promote to conservatives? SVARW’s Sponsor Platinum membership level enables you to promote your organization through SVARW’s website, newsletter and eAlerts. Plus, with Sponsor Platinum membership, you will have a space at Stars and Stripes to promote your organization and Stars and Stripes tickets for you and your spouse are included. Visit http://www.svarw.com/?page_id=60 to learn more.
The bill will now head to the Assembly for a quick concurrence vote, where we fully expect it to sail through. It will then head to Governor Brown’s desk as early as Monday. Governor Brown can sign the bill into law, veto the bill, or take no action and allow the bill to become law on its own.
At every stop of the way, Californians have shown up to say “NO!” to this assault on religious freedom and free speech. We can’t stop now.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Call Governor Brown and ask him to VETO AB 2943.
Governor Brown’s Office #: 916-445-2841
(Select the language, then press 6 to talk to a representative)
What do I say?
Below are a number of facts about the bill. Select one or two and simply read them to the representative. Then say, “I oppose this bill and I am asking Governor Brown to please VETO AB 2943.”
That’s it — Grab your phone and get going!
At its core, AB 2943 outlaws speech.
AB 2943 censors the help that adults have access to.
Under this bill, a person, an organization, including a church who is paid for goods or services cannot engage in any practice-including pure speech-that tells someone that they can overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion.
A licensed counselor could not help a married mother of three who is experiencing unwanted attraction to a close female friend or confusion over her gender identity overcome those feelings.
A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior.
A bookstore (including online bookstores like Amazon) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society.
A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.
Contrary to what proponents are claiming, AB 2943 bans the sale of books expressing Christian beliefs about sexual morality. It includes anyone who speaks or offers a book with regards to advertisement. Some examples of the books that would be banned under this legislation include: When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement, By God’s Design: Overcoming Same Sex Attraction, and The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality.
Lobby and Latte Report from June 22nd Visit to Senator Beall’s office
We are trilled that 27 SVARW members and friends showed up at 10:00 AM prepared to walk into Senator Beall’s district office in Campbell. We gathered outside the building, introduced ourselves and paused for a moment of prayer.
We entered the office and filled the available standing space probably startling an intern and a representative that were quietly working in their offices. They quickly explained that Senator Beall was at a coffee somewhere else in San Jose and didn’t have time in his schedule to see us….this was not a surprise.
We continued to press in presenting the file of information printed out from The Capitol Resource website to the representative for Beall to read. It was clear that we were not about to turnaround and walk out and continued to inquire on how we could ensure that Senator Beall got our message. The representative produced a tablet where we could sign our names in opposition to AB 2943.
Finally determining that we were not about to leave without having our concerns voiced, the representative pulled the chief of staff out of her office to speak with us. We were respectful, but everyone who had something to say had an opportunity. The chief of staff assured us that Senator Beall would read what we had handed over and the representative promised to forward information about the status of the bill. Later in the day she did send an email which is posted below.
Those that had time, met down the block at Peet’s coffee in the Pruneyard and really had a great time exchanging ideas!! We should definitely consider this local lobby effort again…the liberals in Sacramento churn out so much garbage legislation that we will have many opportunities.
Here is the email from Beall’s representative:
Thank you for coming in today –
AB 2943 has been moved by the author, so no need for the group to go up to Sacramento as it won’t be voted on Monday. We do not know when until further notice by the author, and I was told it could be until after summer recess, which would be after August 6th. Please contact Assemblymember Low’s office for further updates at (916) 319-2028. I will work with his staff to get more information for you and be in touch.
Have a great weekend.
Senator Jim Beall—SD 15
2105 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 154
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell District Office
2105 S. Bascom Avenue Suite 154
Campbell, CA 95008 Phone: (408) 558-1295
More about AB 2943
Banned from Amazon: You Don’t Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling with Homosexuality, Jeff Konrad
Leviticus 18:22 “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” This verse along with several others like it could outlaw sale of the Bible, Torah, or Quran in California.
AB2943, authored by local Assemblyman Evan Low, is wending its way through the state legislature right now. This bill, titled “Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts”, would outlaw the sale of resources, conferences, or paid counseling for anyone with unwanted same-sex desires or gender identity confusion. AB2943 has already passed the Assembly 50-18, and will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
This is clearly censorship. It would be illegal for Amazon to sell books aimed at helping those with same-sex struggles. Proponents of the bill claim outlawing the sale of the Bible is a far stretch, but the debate is raging.
In 2012, SB1172 outlawed healthcare professional from counseling minors on sexual orientation. This latest bill would outlaw sought-after sexual orientation counseling, and even books or media on the subject, for anyone of any age. If you agree this is a step too far, here are actions you can take: