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.

The 2020 Election

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

Superintendent Search-Community Leaders Invitation

I got the following message from the Office of the Ombudsman. It relates to searching for a replacement for Dr. Steven Walts, our current School Superintendent.

Dear Community Leader,

On behalf of the Prince William County School Board, we are reaching out to you regarding the School Board’s search for a new superintendent. To assist us in this important process, we have retained the services of BWP & Associates, a national search firm which specializes in assisting local school boards that are seeking highly qualified superintendents. As part of that search, the School Board and BWP are encouraging all PWCS stakeholders to participate in the community engagement portion of the search. 

A very important step in the search process is to identify the characteristics we will be looking for in our new superintendent. As a member of the PWCS community, you and/or your organization and members know the importance of selecting the right leader for our school district. We are requesting your assistance in this important step and invite you to participate in one or more community forums with the consultants from BWP & Associates, which will be conducting meetings and open community forums in Prince William County from December 1-3, 2020. If your organization has its own website, we encourage you to publish this invitation to your membership.  

The agenda for these forums and meetings will be limited to public input on the following three questions: 

1. What do you see as the greatest strengths of PWCS? 

2. What do you see as the greatest challenges faced by PWCS? 

3. What qualities and characteristics does the next superintendent of PWCS need to possess and demonstrate? 

The community’s response to these questions will be used to develop the profile of the next PWCS superintendent and identify candidates who meet that profile. BWP will then present to the School Board on December 17, 2020, a Community Engagement Report, which will include a draft Leadership Profile based upon the Superintendent Search Survey and the input gathered from the December 1-3 Community Engagement forums and meetings. 

The Community Engagement Schedule is available on the Division’s website (www.pwcs.edu). Due to the pandemic and related logistical obstacles, all meetings and forums will be virtual in order to provide the community with the safest environment possible and still obtain public input into the search process. 

All citizens are encouraged to attend the virtual Open Community Forums on:  

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 

6-8:00 p.m. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020 

6-8:00 p.m. 

You may find further information regarding the search process and register to access the community forums listed on the schedule on the Superintendent Search webpage of the School Division’s website (www.pwcs.edu) no later than 48 hours before the meeting. All registrants will receive a link prior to the start of the meeting. 

You are also encouraged to complete the online survey form regarding the superintendent search (survey window is November 23-December 10, 2020), which will be available on the School Division’s website starting the week of November 23. In addition, you may email your input directly to BWP & Associates at kccastner@yahoo.com

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this most important task and your commitment to PWCS. 

Sincerely, 

Sarah Miller Espinosa, J.D.

Office of the Ombudsman

The Office of the Ombudsman is a confidential, impartial, independent, and informal resource available to assist in the resolution of PWCS-related concerns.  To help preserve confidentiality, please schedule an appointment to talk in person or by phone.

How should we participate in this process? I think responding to this invitation is fine, but I think it is also important to let the School Board, especially the Chair and your Board Member know your expectations. Here is a link to their contact information, School Board Members (pwcs.edu).

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Guest Opinion: For the sake of the voiceless, listen to your constituents — Reblogged from Inside NoVA

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

Doris Dippel, one of the two bloggers here at the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance website just had a Guest Opinion posted at InsideNoVa.com. Here is how her Op-ed, Guest Opinion: For the sake of the voiceless, listen to your constituents | Opinion | insidenova.com, begins.

The Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance strives to be a voice upholding the rights of parents and families, the unborn and our civil liberties. Over the years, we have decried the horrors of abortion and the millions of sacrificed, voiceless babies in our nation.

Now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we again speak for the voiceless: our children and youth who do not yet know how or why they should be speaking out for their futures.

Last March, the shutdown of Prince William County schools became necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus. Eight months later, enough data have been gathered to show what we can expect in the days ahead. The situation is more manageable than it seemed, and it’s possible to protect both students and teachers when schools reopen.

(continued here (insidenova.com))

Please click the link and read the rest of Doris’ Op-ed, and thank you.

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

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THE WORLD AT WAR

American troops approaching Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944 (from here (en.wikipedia.org))

How can we understand the bitter division in our nation? It seems we have to experience it. I grew up in the aftermath of World War II, the closest thing our world has ever known to total war (total war | Definition & Examples | Britannica). So, I learned from Americans still alive what that war had been like. I even read Winston Churchill’s history of the war, The Second World War (6 Volumes): Churchill Winston S.: 9781135835286: Amazon.com: Books. Nonetheless, I could not easily grasp what had driven people to fight each other that way. I still wish I could say I have not yet begun to understand.

Consider. Attorney Sydney Powell has filed lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan complaining about election fraud. Here is Powell’s website with the lawsuits, Defending the Republic – Sidney Powell’s Legal Defense Fund.

Are the lawsuits serious? Well, the charges certainly are. Look at how someone described the Georgia lawsuit.

Attorney Sidney Powell has filed a lawsuit, affectionately known as “The Kraken“, against named defendants in the State of Georgia to include Governor Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State.  [Direct pdf Link] Embed pdf below.

Sidney Powell Files Lawsuit Against State of Georgia For Election “Rigging” – Links and pdf… (theconservativetreehouse.com)

Unfortunately, Twitter, our newfound arbiter of truth, is happily doing its best to hide Powell’s tweets and lawsuit. Sidney Powell ‘Releases the Kraken’ in Georgia Lawsuit – Tennessee Star has a link, for example.

Powell tweeted the link to the lawsuit late Wednesday night, hinting at an upcoming lawsuit to be filed in Michigan.

Sidney Powell ‘Releases the Kraken’ in Georgia Lawsuit – Tennessee Star

Click on the link, Powell tweeted, and this is what we get.

Twitter removed Powell’s tweet.

What happens if we click on “Learn more”? We enter the world of Twitter legalese and obfuscation.

The so-called mainstream news media has either ignored Powell or just been silly, Ex-Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Files Election Suits in ‘DISTRCOICT’ Court – Bloomberg. The substance of this news story is that they caught a typo? WOW!

For the last four years Liberals have complained about the election of President Donald Trump with unrelenting, insane hysteria and anger. Then they sabotaged in key states, using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a lame excuse, any effort to maintain the integrity of the election. Now, they meet any effort to do a serious audit with anger and ridicule, as if nobody in their right mind could have any reason to doubt the results. That attitude all by itself should start alarm bells ringing. When we are certain we have done a good job, don’t we welcome a close examination of our work?

Are Conservatives being unreasonably suspicious? Even a superficial analysis of the election results don’t make any sense. 5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms (thefederalist.com) observes five statistical anomalies that do not compute, especially when we remember that Biden did not bother to campaign and could not draw a crowd anyway. In fact, the fact Joe Biden appears to have won should even strike Liberals as miraculous.

Are Powell’s lawsuits serious threats to Biden’s supposed election victory? Don’t know. It will take time to study Powell’s lawsuits. The fact the Trump’s legal team separated themselves from Powell undermines her credibility. Conventional wisdom among Conservative pundits is that Powell probably overstated her charges against the governor of Georgia beyond what she has the evidence to prove. Nevertheless, the lady has earned the right to be taken seriously. She has put a hard her won reputation on the line. So, of course, has Trump’s legal team. Therefore, concerned citizens, including both Liberal and Conservatives, need to come together to protect the integrity of our election systems. We need to seriously look into what Powell and especially Trump’s legal team have put together. If the election was stolen, we should do our best to catch and punish the culprits. Even if the investigation does not produce the results we want, we should also make certain that our president is the guy who actually did win the election.

Additional References

Sydney Powell’s Lawsuits

Progress of Trump Legal Team Lawsuits

2020 Election Odds and Ends

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