Sunday, May 20, 2007

Pro-Life Prayer & Picket Demo Against the NEA Pro-Abortion Agenda in Philly

Pro-Life Educators And Students (PLEAS)

PO Box 2826 Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Bob Pawson

National Coordinator

(609) 610-3522


Pro-Life Prayer & Picket Demo Against the NEA Pro-Abortion Agenda

Sunday July 1st  1–3 PM Pennsylvania Convention Center & 50 States*

1101 Arch StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19107 (Rain or Shine)

May 15, 2007


Dear Pro-Life Activist Leaders, Friends, & Colleagues across AMERICA:


Please help stage a massive (but peaceful), high-visibility, pro-life prayer & picket demo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center – with nationwide press coverage – against the NEA leadership’s pro-abortion agenda.


The National Education Association teacher union is holding its annual convention in Philadelphia June 30 through July 5. Over 9,000 Delegates from all fifty states meet to set policy for the 3.2 million-members. 10-12,000 people attend the annual meeting – including hundreds of local, national & international media representatives. Fortune 500 companies set up exhibit booths. Celebrities & politicians address the assembly. It will come as no surprise if NEA Delegates propose a resolution at the convention in condemning the recent Supreme Court decision against Partial-Birth Abortion.


Therefore: Please recruit as many pro-life people as you can muster to help picket against the NEA leadership’s pro-abortion policies & activism. We need hundreds (even thousands) of men & women, children & babies, clergy, etc from all walks of life – in addition to teachers, school employees & students. The demonstration is scheduled for 1:00–3:00 PM on Sunday, July 1. (Rain or Shine!)

Most Americans are unaware of the NEA leadership’s radical agenda. This event can be one of the most significant pro-life “happenings” of the year in the USA and worldwide. We are trying to acquire at least one of the pro-life Truth Trucks and even an airplane-towed banner for the NEA Convention.


* Other states across USA: If you are more than 90 minutes away from Philadelphia >>> Picket the NEA affiliate HQ in YOUR state’s capitol and other major cities at least one time during NEA Convention week. My suggested date is Monday, July 2, 11:00-1:00 (lunch hour) in your local time zone for maximum effect & media boost. Send press releases to your state/local media tying in with the NEA Convention. 50-100 people at those locations is adequate; more if possible. Link to NEA State Affiliate HQs.


A general press release* will be sent out by June 28. All pro-life organizations and churches supporting the demonstrations are encouraged to send out their own independent press releases on June 29. A “flood” of press releases can only enhance 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 press release, please advise me by June 23.)


Participating organizations to date:

LOAF  League of American Families ~ John Tomicki, Executive Director

LEARN  Life Education and Resource Network ~ Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr., NJ Director


Do NOT assume that other pro-life activists already know about this opportunity. Inform them yourself or send me their e-mail address and I shall send them this same letter. Send out your own notification to any & all pro-life groups and individuals in your circle of contacts.   IDEA: Send this proposal/plan to your entire e-mail list.


As I have said for years: “Pro-abortion teachers makes about as much sense as pro-arson forest rangers.”


If YOU are committed to making this pro-life event a success… PLEASE CONTACT ME -- ASAP.


><> Yours for Life,

    Bob Pawson


FYI:  If you want to know more about my pro-life background and ministry, go to for biographical sketch at bottom of page. Google search “Bob Pawson” & Scriptures. Or video of recent news item. Or


Incidentally, the NEA Convention will be in Washington, DC July 1 – 6 in 2008.

Plan ahead to picket the Convention, the NEA national HQ office in DC, & all 50 states on Wed 7/2/08.


Additional data, Background info, Maps, etc:


NEA Resolution I-13 on Family Planning was adopted in 1985, amended in 1986, and is reaffirmed annually at every 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, and other liberal & feminist groups.


You can find out more about the NEA leadership’s radical agenda on many issues (including abortion, homosexuality, sex education, home schooling, illegal immigration, etc) by going to the NEA homepage at or... click 2006-2007 NEA Resolutions. A searchable PDF file will open.



OK to bring standard pro-life signs (Abortion Kills Children, Stop Abortion Now, Abortion Hurts Women)

However, if some folks are motivated to create new signs, some ideas are below.

Please ~ All signs should be easy to read, big print – to be seen best by millions of

TV news viewers, newspapers & magazine photos, web surfers, etc…


REPEAL NEA RES I-13                                     MAKE NEA ABORTION NEUTRAL    PRO-LIFE NEA MEMBER

PRO-LIFE TEACHER                                         PRO-LIFE SCHOOL EMPLOYEE        PRO-LIFE PARENT

PRO-LIFE STUDENT                                         ABORTION = FEWER STUDENTS




Press coverage will go NATIONAL & International front page & top-story for several reasons:

1) The NEA is rarely targeted for any sort of public demonstrations. THAT is newsworthy in and of it’s self! 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 coalition of Parents/Taxpayers; Children/Students; and TEACHERS & School Employees (including NEA members!)… will be too much for the media to pass up.

3) The media will not be able to ignore such an event – partly because the media ATTENDS the convention.









If you are an NEA member, YOU can actually go into the NEA Convention. You can ENTER the Convention Center and REGISTER (Should be FREE for NEA members). Just show your NEA or affiliate ID card at the Registration booth. Visit the EXHIBITS (June 30 – July 2)! See for yourself some of the radical organizations and causes on display. When you register, you will be issued a BADGE / NAME TAG “credentials”. 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. (Suggestion: Wear a jacket over your pro-life t-shirt until AFTER you register.) Visit the TEACHERS SAVING CHILDREN pro-life booth and/or the NEA EDUCATORS for LIFE Caucus booth. You may also register guests (at low cost… or possibly no cost for guests under age 18).





CAR POOLS / VAN POOLS & CHURCH BUS ~ Drivers should drop off passengers & go park; or continuously drive around block of Convention Center if your vehicle has a big pro-life sign / display.

There are many Parking Garages near the Conv Center (easy walking distance). A map of their locations is available at


MASS TRANSIT (Train & Bus do service the Phila Conv Ctr)

Septa Rail Line: The R-1 connects Philadelphia International Airport directly to Center City Philadelphia, including Amtrak's 30th Street Station and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Other SEPTA Regional Rail Lines can shuttle you throughout the region. 215-580-7800.

By Subway–Broad Street Line
Exit at City Hall. Walk east on Market Street. Turn left onto 12th Street. Follow 1 block to PCC & Reading Terminal Market.


By Subway–Market/Frankford Line
Exit at 13th Street. Walk 1 block east to 12th Street. Turn left onto 12th Street.


By Subway–Subway-Surface Trolleys

Exit at Juniper Station. Walk 2 blocks east to 12th St. Turn left onto 12th St.


PATCO–High Speed line to/from New Jersey
Exit at 8th and Market Streets. Walk west on Market to 12th Street. Turn right onto 12th Street.

Directions & Parking The Convention Center is easily accessible to the main roads and highways throughout downtown Philadelphia. Also, with the help of Google Maps! you can map out your directions from your front door. It has never been easier to find the Convention Center and more importantly, where to park:

Sckuykill Expressway (Route 76) | I- 95 North | I-95 South | PA Turnpike | NJ Turnpike | from the Airport

PARKING INFO:   RE-SIZE map for your convenience.



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