The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

Supporting family values in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Welcome to the website of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA). We are a grassroots organization of citizens of Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia, dedicated to supporting and promoting the values inherent in the concept of family. Learn more about us.

Where they stand

  • The principal goal of the Family Alliance is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn more about candidates seeking to represent them in public office. Our focus is especially directed at the County and City school boards, the Board of County Supervisors and Manassas and Manassas Park City Councils. We also concentrate on State legislative candidates with the aim of informing the voting public on where candidates stand regarding key issues affecting the family. Here are some of the projects we are currently undertaking:
    • We’re soliciting the positions of candidates seeking local public offices in both the General and Primary elections in the 2020 election cycle and publicize the results.
    • We maintain an active website (www.familyallianceonline.org) to draw attention to school issues, elections and the need for Christian leadership on issues affecting the family.
    • We seek to build a network of church contacts throughout Prince William and the two cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with the aim of promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William County and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distributed Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.

Affect Public Policy – Help Us Protect our Community

Support our efforts! Visit our “Get Involved” section to join the PWMFA or to make an “online” contribution.

Posted in Citizen Responsibilities

WHO IS RUNNING TO REPRESENT VIRGINIA’S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT?

Congressional Districts Map (from here)

What is the point of this post? Traditionally, voters start paying attention in September. However, if you have a preferred candidate, you may wish to send them donations or volunteer to help them now. If you don’t have a preferred candidate, it is time to do some research. Avoid the risk of too little too late. We all need to do our best to get our guy elected.

Who are the candidates for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District?

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (Wexton’s campaign website) represents Virginia’s 10th Congressional District (govtrack.us), and she is running to keep the seat. She is the Democratic Party’s nominee. Note: Wexton has both official and campaign versions of her accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. BallotPedia provides links (see Jennifer Wexton) to these accounts and additional information.

Aliscia Andrews won the Republican Party’s nomination in a four way race at the June 20, 2020 convention of the Tenth Congressional District Republican Committee. On the final ballot, Andrews won with 57.5% of the vote (see Aliscia Andrews wins GOP nomination for 10th Congressional District (loudountimes.com)). Note: Andrews has links to the campaign versions of her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts at the bottom of the homepage on her campaign website, ANDREWS FOR VIRGINIA.

What is the latest information about this election?

How about the latest news? Not much since the primary.

Here is a suggestion. If you are interest in the election and considering helping a candidate, check out the candidates using your favorite web hosting platform: the basic campaign web site, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and so forth. The help you provide now will make a bigger difference than it will latter.

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EDUCATION OPTIONS BUFFET

School closed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(virus picture from here (en.wikipedia.org))

Virtual education is the only option being offered for most students in Prince William County beginning in September through October 31. But that’s not where it needs to stop.

After schools closed in March, many families discovered they could manage education at home and want to continue with an alternative to PWC virtual classes. You prefer to decide what your kids learn and how the material is presented.

Many variations are available for parents or grandparents to provide for their children. Each resource has a unique approach to your needs as a teaching parent and your learning students. Check each of them until you are comfortable with moving forward by following the mix that works for you. Remember: when you go through a buffet, no two plates look exactly the same when you sit down to eat. Your choices work for you!

Alternative virtual learning programs. Your children go to school on a learning device, but the curriculum is of your choosing. This list is not inclusive, but gives you some idea of what is available according to your needs, interest and budget:

Virginia Virtual Academy for K-12 public school education. “Virginia Virtual Academy, a program of the King and Queen County Public Schools, the Patrick County Public Schools and the Richmond City Public Schools, awakens the power of learning in every student through a personalized program of engaging courses, caring teachers, and a vibrant school community.” It is not clear whether or not this program is limited to the counties listed above. See Virginia Virtual Academy.

Connections academy, a free on-line public school: Pearson Online Academy.

Adventure Academy is a free entry, but cost-involved on-line education program for kids 8-13: Adventure Academy.

When schools closed in March, high school students were especially smitten, because their aspirations for graduation and going to college were suddenly on hold. Or delayed. Check out the following web site if you’re considering an alternative high school experience for your teen: The George Washington University Online High School— Imagine the Possibilities.

Homeschool choices. You provide the structure and curriculum and guide your children in the learning process. Most rely on paper and pencil, not the computer, so you make the learning experience most like the school classroom with your own learning materials.

To give you a curriculum to follow and materials to use in your home classroom, consider Discount School Supplies: Discount School Supplies.

You can find study materials for any subject your child will study and curriculum guides so you can develop your own unique teaching map. Sign up for their e-mail updates, too.

Another web site that assists you in providing a full learning experience for your children is A 2 Z Homeschooling: A 2 Z Homeschooling.

You will find many, many helps for making your child’s home learning program fit your budget and learning needs.

Once you decide the curriculum and need learning/teaching materials, you can find an array at Christian Book: Christian Book. They offer a great array of materials based on curriculum, subjects, electives and best sellers.

Thought Co. is a great resource for families just breaking into home school in any format: ThoughtCo. This website offers tons of free resources to help you plan and carry through a curriculum for each of your learners. You just need access to the internet and a learning device.

One of the biggest concerns for new homeschool parents—or those who find themselves unexpectedly homeschooling due to school closures—is the cost. There are many ways to save money on a homeschool curriculum (thoughtco.com). There are even virtual field trips and space exploration tours available. The best part? Many of these tools are available online for no cost. (continued here (thoughtco.com))

Freedom Home Schooling offers help with curriculum for your students and then directing you to the appropriate materials: Freedom Homeschooling. Here you choose the subject and then plan the learning pattern with options, some free, some with a cost. K-12.

At Freedom Homeschooling you will find the best selection of free homeschool curriculum available online, in one convenient location. We hope our efforts help give you the freedom to provide your children with a high-quality education, on even the lowest budget. (from here (freedomhomeschooling.com))

Timberdoodle is unique in that it helps parents understand how their children actually learn and then prompt you in selecting the right materials for schooling at home, course content by subject: Timberdoodle.

Private schools for classroom learning. Children attend classes with teachers to guide their learning experience, the proven best method for learning.

Prince William County and surrounding counties/communities have a limited number of private schools that require a hefty tuition, but offer individualized classroom learning experiences.

WAVA-FM 105.1 offers links to a number of private schools with half-price tuition options for first-time enrollees. When you sign in at WAVA, enter the keyword ‘school’ to go to a list of available half-price scholarships (Here is the link, Half-Priced Tuition Schools.).

While this buffet of helps for parents and their kids isn’t all-inclusive, it gives you an idea of what is available to let you take the next steps in your children’s education. Explore and find what fits! You can do it. There is no better time than now. God bless you!

— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

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GET THE WORD OUT: A LIST OF CONSERVATIVE NEWS PUBLICATIONS

Have you noticed that when we use the most popular search engines we are unlikely to turn up a Conservative news source. Well, that’s no accident. So, to help you find them here is a list of some of the websites out there and some of their complaints about Big Tech and the “cancel culture”.

If you know of more Conservative websites, please include them in the comments.

Note that this is not intended to be a complete list of Conservative websites. Wikipedia, for example, has its own, longer list, Alternative media (U.S. political right). What this list is is just a place to start.

The articles included with this list are intended to highlight an issue. We cannot trust Big Tech. If we are doing an Internet search, for example, we cannot rely exclusively upon Google. So, here are some articles that describe alternatives.

The point is that we can force Big Tech to compete. If companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter insist upon stifling Conservatives, we can move on to their competitors.

One more observation. Most of the Conservative websites that are still hanging on advertise their URL using media personalities like Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin, and Ben Shapiro. When a company like Google blacklists a website, Conservative website owners must resort to alterative means to get the word out. In addition, Conservative readers/viewers must actively communicate with each other. We must share what we know with each other. We cannot allow these companies to suppress us. Our children’s future is at stake.

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