Get Ready for the March for Life

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Photo Credit: March for Life (Facebook)

Today marks two months until the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The march will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, at the National Mall.

It is the premiere pro-life event in the country. Most recently, the event attracted over 500,000 people from all 50 states.

This January, I was able to attend my first march. It was a beautiful and uplifting event. I highly recommend everybody attend it.

If you plan to come, be sure to RSVP here. Hope to see you there!

‘We Are the Storytellers”: Verily Magazine Launch Party in Washington, D.C.

We Are the Storytellers Invitation

This past Wednesday, my sister Anna Maria and I had the pleasure of attending Verily Magazine’s D.C. launch party at A Bar Lounge in Foggy Bottom.

Verily is a new magazine catering to strong, virtuous, empowered women. It seeks to set itself apart from mainstream women’s magazines that spout off radical feminist, hypersexualized platitudes. Its tagline reads, “Be less of who you should be, more of who you are.”

(You can read my Townhall.com column about it.)

The theme of the occasion was “We Are the Storytellers.”

Esteemed guests  were Fox News Contributor Kirsten Powers, The Transom’s Ben Domenech, and American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers. Countless young professionals from conservative organizations and fashion blogs also gathered to hear and learn more about Verily.

Below are some pictures from the event:

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

verily girls

Made some new friends at Verily Magazine’s launch party!
From left to right: Amy, me, Tiffany, and Anna Maria.

If you haven’t checked Verily out yet, get on it! I’m happy to lend my support to their efforts. I encourage every woman to subscribe to it and read it.  Visit verilymag.com.

Attend Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” Conference- January 12, 2013

TTT2013All conservatives and libertarians in the DC metro should attend Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” conference in Annapolis, MD.

Here’s what will transpire on January 12, 2013:

Join us for frank discussion about where we go from here. Topics will include what to expect from both Washington, DC and Annapolis, improving our ground game, national security, the left’s war on the suburbs, how “green energy” schemes are hurting our national and state economy, and more.

Yours truly will be a youth panelist. I will give a talk about my activism coupled with my family history. Hope you come and hear from me and countless other speakers:

  • Dan Bongino
  • Brad Botwin
  • Brandon Cooper
  • Myron Ebell
  • Pamela Geller
  • Gabby Hoffman
  • Stanley Kurtz
  • Steve Milloy
  • Mark Newgent
  • Neil Parrott
  • Richard Rothschild
  • Jim Rutledge
  • Ken Timmerman
  • Blaine Young
  • and more.

Registration details:

Sponsorship opportunities and vendor tables are available. Please contact tonya@mdconservatives.com for details.

If interested in media/blogger credentials (space is limited), please contact jjamitis@mdconservatives.com.

The DoubleTree Hotel has set aside overnight rooms at a special conference rate of $99/night for Friday and/or Saturday.If you would like to book a room, please call 1.800.222.8733, and ask for the Conservative Action Network block (group code: CAN).

Online registration is being handled through ShowClix.

Register by December 12 and get the discounted early bird rate of $50!

After December 12 the regular price of $75 takes effect and walk-in registration on January 12 will be $100.

A student rate of $25 is available for anyone with a current high school or college ID!

Visit http://www.mdconservatives.com/ for more details.

Golden State No Longer: A Disaffected Californian’s Thoughts on Escaping from America’s Greece

I recently trekked back to California to visit my family and enjoy some downtime after two months in the District.  I certainly needed some R&R to recharge and relax. (The political arena is a hectic albeit wonderful sphere to be immersed in. I’ve learned that any getaway you get shouldn’t be taken for granted.)  I had the chance to see some friends, visit my extended family, and finally went to  the Ronald Reagan President Library in Simi Valley, CA. It was a much-needed trip!

Now, I’m back in Northern Virginia and ready to resume my job.  I’ve got wonderful Field Representatives working with me, and have connected with many eager and bright students excited to shake things up on their campuses. I’ll be traveling up North soon and will be sure to chronicle each trip I make (when time permitted).

With this recent trip back home, it dawned upon me that I will not be back to CA for a very long time. While I’ll miss my home state, I have no regrets moving to the DC-metro area. Yes, it’s muddled with corruption – but it’s full of life and culture unseen on the West Coast. I will always be a proud yet disaffected Californian, and certainly one for the right reasons. Some will accuse me of betraying my roots for fleeing the state. (Mind you, there are no jobs for young people – or any Californian – given the dismal economic and moral state it is in.) I seized an opportunity to work for a conservative nonprofit – Leadership Institute – and took it.

As a California refugee taking shelter in the Commonwealth, I have some interesting observations about my home state now that I no longer live there. Here are the reasons why I’m happy I left:

- Outstanding, high state government debt: As of August 28, 2012, California’s debt rests at $617 billion – the highest total state debt in the entire country according to State Budget Solutions. Need I say more?

-Democrat-controlled state legislature: Both the State Senate and Assembly are controlled by Democrats who  have ushered in radical and arguably anti-American legislation. For example, legislation includes the multiple parents bill, gay history in K-12, abortion carried out by mid-wives/nurses,  DREAM Act, bans on open carry of handguns, and more.

- Endless call for more taxes: Since the return of Moonbeam (Jerry Brown) as Governor, there are more calls for taxing wealthy individuals in the Golden State. Brown and his allies are pushing Prop. 30 on the November ballot, which would “increase California’s sales tax by one-quarter of a cent for four years. It calls for an increase in state income tax on taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 a year for the next seven years,” according to CBS L.A. AEI president Arthur C. Brooks writes in “The Road to Freedom” that when presenting the moral case for free enterprise, it is important reduce spending, not add more taxes, when solving budget problems.

-Welfare state: Yahoo!  reported in December 2011 that California, the largest welfare state in the U.S., “has one-eighth of the nation’s population but one-third of all welfare recipients.”

-Too much spent on education coupled with corrupt teachers unions: Total expenditures (plus state bonds) for education in Fiscal Year 2012-2013, including K-12 and higher education, totaled 35.7 percent of California’s state budget,  or $39,575,109 for K-12 and $10,050,905 for higher education as of May 2012. Tuition hikes plague the University of California and California State University systems, and administrators continue to receive high salaries. (As someone who recently graduated from a UC school, I see the problem beset in education, much like the state budget, in refusal to gut waste and deny tenure/pensions to professors undeserving of it.) Another problem plaguing education in California is corruption in the California Teachers Association and similar teachers unions, whose bosses and members are too concerned about their salaries and benefits – not the welfare of their students. (California is in great need of school choice legislation. It would diminish teachers unions and dramatically improve education there.) When a sex scandal hit LAUSD last year (think worst school district in the nation), the teachers unions – in true fashion -  refused to address the issue and supported the defeat of a bill that would have tackled it, according to CNN:

While senators overwhelmingly voted in support of Senate Bill 1530, it was met with strong opposition from the powerful California Teachers Association.

The teachers’ union says that Padilla’s bill would have eliminated essential legal protections for teachers and that it believes the current system is an appropriate process.

Additionally, the CTA protects bad teachers thanks to tenure. It is also a big political player in Sacramento.

(There’s a lot to discuss regarding education in California, so I’ll detail it in a future post.)

-Illegal immigration: Illegal immigration has proven to be burdensome to the Golden State. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed the California DREAM Act – AB 130 (private scholarships)and AB 131 (public scholarships). This gave children of illegal immigrants and young illegal immigrants access to tuition regardless of their citizenship. Another crippling move that has emboldened illegal immigration is the DMV’s plan to issue drivers licenses to approximately 400,000 young illegals. Talk about oy vey…

There are many problems facing California – too many to list in a single blog post. It pains me to see my home state falter and become like Greece. I’ll even go so far as to call it a state riddled by Marxist and La Raza interests. Unfortunately, the Golden State must collapse and build anew. Otherwise, I’ll maintain that it is a lost cause.

Although I rag on California often, I will admit this: I’m glad I spent my formative years living there. I learned right from wrong, learned who to trust/who not to trust, enjoyed the beaches and nice weather, got my political start, was surrounded by family, and got to see leftist abuses at work.

“You can take the girl out of California, but you can never take the California out of the girl.”

Eagle Forum Collegians Summit – July 19-20, 2012 – Washington, DC

Conservative in college? Want to hear from movers and shakers? Attend Eagle Forum’s Collegian Summit in Washington, DC this July 19-20, 2012.

I highly suggest you attend this conference. I had the honor of being one of ten youth panelists at last year’s summit. I got to hear Paul Ryan, Allen West, and many other remarkable speakers. I also got to meet other like-minded college kids and see some old friends.

If you’re looking for a great networking opportunity in an intimate setting, this event is for you!

Here’s the promo video:

Also, here are Allen West’s thoughts on college conservatives:

 

Register for the event here. Students in the DC metro area can attend the event for free. Those residing outside of the DC metro area can apply for scholarships here.

 

Watch out, Jon Stewart: Washington Fancy takes political satire to great heights

Read my latest at The Washington Times Communities

SAN DIEGO, January 11, 2011 — ”Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” – Will Rogers

It is undeniable that Americans have ambivalent feelings about politics. Most are disillusioned by the nation’s current state of affairs, so they refrain from it altogether. Others are inclined to be involved citizens and eager participants in the electoral process.

Who could deny these mixed feelings? With the endless scandals, backroom deals, and overall divisive nature inset in politics, Americans have grown wary of their elected officials and their government.

However, it can be argued that satire ameliorates one’s outlook on the political process.

Liberal comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert poke fun at Republicans and entertain young people; conservative commentators like Fox News’ Stephen Crowder and Greg Gutfeld deliver humor from a spicy, yet unconventional, right edge.

The Onion, another popular outlet, is one of the foremost satiric publications in the United States. With its endless jabs at politicians and spoofs of current events, this publication resonates well among many people.

Nevertheless, all these established outlets are being challenged by an increasingly popular website: The Washington Fancy.

With humorous and equally provocative articles like “Hillary Clinton Named New Victoria’s Secret Angel,” “Man Takes Viagra, Wears Sweat Pants,” and “Vladimir Putin Embarks on Shirtless Tour of US,” Washington Fancy has garnered a lot of attention.

With a tagline like “Your misleading source for politics,” the website pundits will surely turn heads.

Since its inception in June 2011, the website has received thousands of views. It is, without a doubt, an up-and-coming publication.

The Washington Fancy is the brainchild of college juniors Noah Miller and Alex Zafran, college students that are close friends and share an affinity for politics. What is even more noteworthy is that both see political satire as a unifier, not divider, in this country.

Zafran, a junior at the George Washington University, remarks, “Since high school, Noah and I have been involved in politics, contributing to every facet from student leadership to research to online blogs and even campaigning. But instead of lamenting the state of American politics, Noah and I realized the best solution would simply be to laugh.”

The Fancy Editor-in-Chief also notes that political satire gauges and equally entertains readers.

“Whereas actual reportage of political affairs will often leave readers with a greater sense of disappointment in the system, our articles turn the status quo on its head and leave readers to laugh off their resentment. Most of all, the greatest part of TWF reportage is that we never – and I legitimately mean never – run out of material,” Zafran adds.

Fellow co-founder Noah Miller, who serves as Fancy’sDirector of Operations, is confident that their articles will encourage political discourse. He also notes the importance of attracting young people to the site—a component essential to Fancy’s success.

“We have seen how Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and others have been able to encourage political awareness and get young people more engaged in the political process. We hope to do the same and I believe we have achieved success in that aspect and will continue to as we grow,” says Miller, a junior at the University of Central Florida.

Fancy prides itself in catering to all political viewpoints, whether Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, moderate, or independent. Political satire, the founders believe, transcends political parties and ideologies.

Zafran and Miller enlisted the help of friends like Kevin Reagan—a Fancyeditor and assistant editor of TheCollegeConservative—to assemble a unique group of writers and editors from across the political spectrum. Diverse opinions are commonplace to the Washington Fancy, as contributors range from Obama supporters to staunch conservative activists.

Reagan, a junior at the George Washington University, attributes Fancy’s appeal to its unique readership—which consists of both political and apolitical individuals.

“One of the goals is to pique the interest of the otherwise apathetic. Both those who love politics and hate politics can appreciate the Fancy,” he says.

Reagan adds, “Obviously, our articles aren’t meant to be taken seriously, but if they encourage more people to take part in the process and take that seriously, then that’s a good thing.”

Leading up to Election Day, Washington Fancy promises to supplement commentary with a new segment entitled “Originals,” a forthcoming component that will provide an in-depth (and satiric) look into politics. Content will range from interviews with D.C. locals to unconventional reporting.

To learn more about Washington Fancy, check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

“Occupy Wall Street” to young people: Shirk hard work and bemoan self-reliance

Read my latest from Washington Times Communities

10 Years After 9-11: My Thoughts

On September 11, 2001, I was en route to Moulton Elementary when I heard the news about the attack on the twin towers. I was only in the fifth grade. My dad, sister, and I were listening to Bill Handel on KFI AM 640. We were in disbelief when we heard the news. My dad thought Handel was joking as usual (this liberal host usually rants about how much he loves Clinton and Obama). Nevertheless, Handel was serious. The news alerts that followed on KFI confirmed that America was under attack by Muslim terrorists who were determined to carry out jihad.

It was absolutely scary to bear the reality that terrorists had attacked New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Although in California, I felt the impact of the devastation like the rest of America. It was awful and heart wrenching to see the smoke, people falling out of the World Trade Center buildings, and rubble.  The terrorists who attacked us committed the worst atrocity ever wrought on American soil.

Ten years later, we must not forget that terrible day. We must be stronger, less complacent, and more proactive. We must preserve our American traditions. Most of all, we must continue to pursue, capture, and punish all terrorists and their enablers.

Here is a great tribute to 9-11 from Budweiser. The iconic Clydesdale horses illuminate all things Americana, strong-willed, and valiant:

I leave you with the following : Never forget those 3,000 lives lost. Never surrender our freedoms to political correctness. Never appease to enemies. Never back down or surrender your strength. Never forget 9-11. God Bless the USA. ♥

California Stands With Israel

 

Gabriella Hoffman                                                                                                                                                                         Co-Founder, Restoring Courage US

California Stands with Israel

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: GOD will not hold us innocent. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In this critical time, Americans must take a stand and renew calls to uphold courage. With looming threats to Israel’s existence and Western Civilization, it is time for us to come together and implement real change. We must evade complacency and, in turn, uphold a powerful stance like this. It is time to reaffirm support for Israel, our sole friend in the Middle East.

The United States and Israel have a long-standing bond between them. Both of our nations face the same threats from terrorists and similar aggressors. Additionally, our nations boast similar values in regards to unbounded freedom and tolerance. When our nation suffers, Israel comes to our defense; and vice versa.

Californians intend to come together this August. This is a cause that cannot be neglected nor taken for granted. Please stand with Israel and restore courage today!

California’s Mission Statement:

1)    To stand with Israel in California while they are being persecuted throughout the world.

2)    To highlight Israel’s courage in the face of millennia of persecution.

3)    To energize and awaken our brethren to highlight the impending threat to Israel’s existence.

                                                Please Consider Standing with Israel in California,

The Western Way of Life depends on it,

Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman

Republican S(c)hock Value Indeed!

Ladies, if you have not seen the latest Men’s Health Cover with Congressman Aaron Schock, I can assure you that it will leave you breathless!

Men's Health Cover, June 2011

Yes, he’s conservative (pro-family, pro-life), single, and young! Interestingly enough, he’s the youngest congressman to grace the halls of Congress and is inching close to his 30th birthday.

Here’s more from the June 2011 article:

It’s early spring in Washington, D.C., and the cherry blossoms lining the Tidal Basin are bursting like kernels of popcorn, lending a fairy-tale feel to the nation’s bastion of power. But to catch a glimpse of the real Washington in action, you’d better arrive early. If you hit the street before 8 a.m., you may see the fittest man in Congress, U.S. Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois, clocking in for his 5-mile run—the conclusion of a morning fitness routine that starts in the House gym at 6:30 every weekday morning.

“It’s got to happen early or it’s not going to happen,” says Schock, who on the cusp of his 30th birthday is the youngest member of the House of Representatives—and already in his second term. Schock, who represents Illinois’s 18th congressional district (Abe Lincoln’s old stomping grounds), is one of a dozen or so congressmen who make regular treks to the House gym for weight training and sessions of P90X, the video series created by Tony Horton.

Now, I admit that when I see a good looking guy, it’s hard to resist looking at him. Representative Schock (IL-18) is no exception. I have plenty of attractive conservative guy friends who rival the congressman. They were born with naturally good looks, intelligence, and the like. (I’m biased, I will vouch for conservative guys any day over liberal guys–sorry!)

Nevertheless, I try to not objectify men because that would make me a crazy femonazi. I ask that you do the same. Men–like women–aren’t pieces of meat, so we can fawn over them and equally uphold decency.

Enjoy!

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