Grassroots Tag

16 Jun 2020 Smithers Residents Launch Letter-Writing Campaign to Town Council

by Levi Minderhoud You are ARPA. ARPA is you. This tagline from ARPA’s intro video means that ARPA isn’t just made up of the staff members who work full-time for the organization. ARPA, fundamentally, is a grassroots network of people who take political action to bring a Biblical perspective to our civil authorities. ARPA members and supporters in Smithers last week demonstrated what effective political action looks like. A few years ago, the town of Smithers agreed to install a rainbow crosswalk to promote the LGBTQ cause. At the time, local ARPA supporters and...

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14 Nov 2016 Ontario School Club Hosts Flag Display

This submission was written by student member Tess Laman. A Voice for the Voiceless On Saturday October 29, along Highway 5, the Rehoboth ARPA School Club rallied together to be a voice for thousands who don’t have one. Many student members spent their morning sticking 10,000 pink and blue coloured flags into the ground. Each flag represents 10 babies aborted each year in Canada. They rose awareness by holding their pro-life banner high both literally and figuratively. They were encouraged by the many honks of support they received over the course of...

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19 May 2016 GG16 Spotlight: A call to action

The last session of God & Government 2016 was not simply a wrap up and a goodbye; with so much Executive director Mark Penninga encourages delegates at the closing reception of God & Government 2016 at stake, that simply wouldn’t be enough. On the eve of the March for Life, and as some of the delegates headed home, Executive Director Mark Penninga and Grassroots Director Colin Postma addressed them with a passionate call to action. Penninga reminded the crowd of how much they’d accomplished during the conference alone; over 50 meetings with MPs and Senators, demonstrating with 6890 baby booties on the Parliament Hill lawn, and taking in a number of informative and educational presentations. What was next? Would it be enough to go home, filled with interesting facts and good stories to tell? No, it was now time to take real action! Penninga reminded the crowd of what the grassroots had already done, leading up to God & Government 2016; they had seen a former local ARPA board member, Arnold Viersen, elected as member for Peace-River Westlock; they saw a stunning flag display on Parliament Hill, commemorating 100,000 aborted babies and resulting in smaller local displays over the next year and a half, and they saw interventions in key Supreme Court cases by ARPA’s legal team. Penninga urged the delegates not to return home an act, as John Piper called it, like “practical atheists”; men and women who may support certain beliefs, but do not let those beliefs motivate them take action.
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