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Youth

 

Who we are: CLC Youth is a network for pro-life young people to help them get involved and stay informed about life and family issues.

Young people have a special role to play in influencing politicians, activism, education and changing the culture. CLC Youth is a branch of Campaign Life Coalition, the largest and oldest pro-life organization in Canada. CLC works at all levels of government to secure full legal protection for all human beings from the time of conception to natural death.

By joining CLC Youth, you will receive quarterly newsletters and action alerts that keep you updated on current life issues in Canada. You will receive ideas on how you can act to change Canada for the better. You will also be informed on current events and activities which can make a difference and even save some lives.

 

BEING PRO-LIFE: It’s about idealism and activism; it’s about human rights and social justice; it’s about equality for those who need it the most.

 FACTS:

  • Canada is one of the only countries in the world with no law on abortion, which means that a woman in her 9th month of pregnancy can legally obtain a partial-birth abortion.
  • In 2002, girls between the ages of 15 and 19 underwent 19,007 abortions.
  • In Canada there are 32 abortions for every 100 live births.
  • Abortion has affected our generation like no other. Unless we stand up and educate politicians and the public by demonstrating that abortion is wrong, future generations will be affected even more. We have the power to make a difference.
  • In 2010, over 15,000 young people gathered on parliament hill to march through the streets of Ottawa proclaiming the pro-life message to the public.
  • According to Life Canada, 6 in 10 respondents support legal protection for unborn children at some point before birth. Only 33% support the current situation of protection only after birth
  • Countless abortion clinics have been shut down in Canada, due to abortion protesters, picketers, sidewalk counselors and the 40 Days for Life Campaign
  • The same poll says that only 3 in 10 support the current situation of tax funding for the roughly 100,000 abortions performed annually.

Martin Luther King Jr once said, “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” Stop the silence. Join us to fight to end this battle and fight on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

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Are you interested in joining your peers and becoming more involved in pro-life activism? Here's a list of things you can do TODAY to join our CLC Youth team and help make Canada an abortion-free nation.

 

MARY WAGNER CHRISTMAS CARD CAMPAIGN 

Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to spread the holiday spirit than mailing pro-life heroine Mary Wagner a Christmas card? This will be Mary's second consecutive Christmas behind bars for peacefully offering pro-life counselling to women inside abortion clinic waiting rooms. Sending her a Christmas card is a simple action you can do to touch her life and offer her comfort, hope and love during this Christmas season. All you have to do is buy/ make a Christmas card and send it to Mary at the following address:


Mary Wagner
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O Box 1040 
655 Martin St.
Milton, ON
L9T 5E6

Please use the following guidelines to make sure it passes all prison requirements and Mary is able to receive the letter from behind bars: 

1. Do not use any plastic cards, medals, stamps, stickers in your card
2. Put your return address on the card as well as on the outside of the envelope
3. Do not discuss the internal workings of the prison
4. Remember that the mail scrutinizing guards will read everything and anything confidential 

We are all called to be actively pro-life in different ways. Some of us do street activism, some of us belong to our high school/ University pro-life groups, others go to the March for Life or participate in the local 40 Days for Life campaigns. No matter what YOU have been called to do to fight against this injustice, we all need to support each other any way we can. Mary Wagner is a young woman who needs our support now more than ever. Please take five minutes out of your day to mail her a Christmas card of encouragement since she will be spending this holiday season without her family and loved ones behind bars in a jail cell for standing up for the unborn. 

 

To join the Christmas Card for Mary Wagner Facebook event, please click here. 
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To find out more information on Mary Wagner, please see the description below: 

Mary Wagner is a young woman in her thirties who has been in and out of jail for the past two and a half years for her practice of entering abortion clinics and offering women there a rose and pro-life counselling. 

In a recent letter to pro-lifers from prison, Mary explained why she enters into the abortion clinics saying, "...with time, abortion has gained acceptance as the "providing of a medical procedure", and those who seek to intervene on behalf of the babies in imminent danger can be - and are - charged with crimes, as I am, as Linda Gibbons has been repeatedly, and as many others in the past have been as well."

Mary is originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia and is a member of a family of 15. Her latest arrest happened on August 15th, 2012 at a Toronto abortion facility and is being incarcerated for "mischief" (interference with lawful employment/ operation of a business). 

Mary's defence is not so much addressing these charges, but her justification for doing so. Mary's factum, submitted to the court on April 16, 2013 states, "Mary believes her attempts to civilly converse with a pregnant woman in a waiting room at a medical clinic to choose life for their unborn baby falls within sec ion 37 go the Criminal Code of Canada that justifies the prevention of assault upon another human being. This court needs to determine the underlying issue of whether S. 37 covers all human beings or just those who are already born". 

In 2012, Mary Wagner (along with Linda Gibbons) were awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, nominated by MP Maurice Vellacott who credits them for their faithful underlying battle for justice for pre-born children. 

On August 9th, 2013, almost a year after Mary's latest imprisonment, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences visited Mary behind bars. In a recent article by LifeSiteNews.com, Cardinal Gracias remarked, "“[Pope] Francis is so clear about the necessity of us giving witness to the Gospel in spite of difficulties. I am deeply convinced that one should do what one sees is right. Follow the gospel in good times and in bad, whatever the difficulties. So in that sense, I certainly fully support what Mary Wagner’s doing.”

To read a letter Mary wrote to pro-life supporters from behind bars explaining why she is choosing to offer up her freedom for the unborn, please see her letter here: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/jailed-pro-life-activist-in-open-letter-i-am-blessed-to-share-in-the-suffer

Check out the promo video for this event below!

 

DEFUND ABORTION CAMPAIGN

Did you know that at least $50 million a year of our hard-earned tax-dollars is spent on abortions in Ontario? CLC Youth holds the position that government-funded abortions are a blatant abuse of tax dollars, are severely unjust, and that these funds can and MUST be directed away from the killing of our preborn children. This is an issue that should be held close to the hearts of young people in particular. We did not have a choice to stand-up against the Morgentaler decision, but we DO have a choice now. Let’s use it.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1.Defund Abortion Pamphleting Blitz:
Since the launch of this camapign in 2011, hundreds of thousands of pamphlets have been delivered to the doorsteps of Ontarians across the province. A recent Abacus Data poll found that 91% of Ontarians had no idea their tax-dollars went towards the funding of abortions in this province. Pamphleting therefore is an extremely effective way to get this vital information out to the public, and it's super easy! Call or e-mail CLC Youth and order as many pamphlets as you need free of charge. Get some friends together on a Saturday and deliver them in your neighborhood. Go out for pizza after and voila! You just helped bring this campaign one step closer to victory!
To view our Defund Abortion brochure, click here.


 

2. Petition: Over 25,000 people across the province have signed our Defund Abortion Petition which will be handed over the MPPs as soon as we have enough signatures to make a HUGE impact. For this we need YOUR help. Please print of as many copies of our Defund Abortion Petition here, and collect signatures at your school, church, youth group, from your friends, family, neighbours, strangers etc- and send the completed pages to Campaign Life Coalition (104 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1X9).

3. Defund Abortion Mini Defund Rallies: On October 3rd, 2013, over 60 individual Defund Abortion Mini Rallies were held in front of consituency offices across the province to send a message to individual MPPs that this an issue their constituents care about. Thousands of people from across the province came out for this public witness, attracting media across Ontario and grabbing the attention of the public. To see media coverage and highlights from this event, click here


4. Defund Abortion Campus Campaign: Are you a University student in Canada? If so- the Defund Abortion Campus campaign is an easy and efficient way to educate your campus about abortion and abortion-funding. It's easy, free and effective. All you have to do is contact CLC Youth on the number of pamphlets you need to conduct this campaign and we will send them to you free of charge. Take an hour or two to ask students passing by three simple survey questions which can be found here. Using the polling questions, change hearts and minds with this easy and effective project! Hand out the pamphlets as ammo to make your campus more pro-life one student at a time! Make sure to let the National Campus Life Network know you are doing this campaign so they can help promote it on your campus!  
 

Check out our promo video for this campaign below!


 

  Join our Defund Abortion Facebook fan page here.

DEFUND ABORTION CAMPAIGN GOES NATIONAL!


On October 3rd, 2013, the Defund Abortion Campaign was launched with rallies in 4 provinces across the country: Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. To see the outcomes of these rallies, please click here. 

In the Spring we will be launching this campaign in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec! Stay tuned for more details in the new year!

To get involved in the Defund Abortion pamphleting, petitions and mini rally campaigns in YOUR province, please contact us at youth@campaignlifecoalition.com today! 

2014 STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIP

The summer internship program run by Campaign Life Coalition and The Interim Newspaper is designed to challenge and reward a select number of students with a unique opportunity to work full-time in the pro-life movement. This internship is designed to shape and form future leaders by providing them with an in-depth opportunity to become active in the largest, and oldest pro-life organization in Canada. All applicants must be attending a secondary or post-secondary institution for the 2013/2014 school term as well as the 2014/2015 term to qualifyPlease read over the details provided below before applying.

 Application Deadline: Friday, March 28th, 2014

 Location: Campaign Life Coalition Office: 104 Bond St, Toronto, ON, M5B 1X9

 Hours: Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm (unless otherwise discussed) (37.5 hours/week)

 Wage: Minimum ($10.50/ hour)

 **Please note that CLC interns who are not from Toronto are responsible for finding/paying for their own accommodations and travel arrangements. Assistance may be provided if necessary.

Internship Description:

All interns will be expected to work a full 40-hour workweek engaging in a wide variety of tasks from administrative duties to street activism. Each intern will be expected to attend weekly training sessions to learn more about pro-life apologetics, strategizing, youth leadership, fundraising and other essential skills needed to work in the pro-life movement. Students will also be expected to participate in various conferences/events CLC organizes or participates in throughout the summer months as representatives of this organization. 

  To apply, please send our Application Form and Personal Reference Form as well as your Cover Letter and Resume to deny@campaignlifecoalition.com before Friday, March 28th, 2014.

CLC YOUTH "CHOICE" CHAIN CAMPAIGN

On Saturday, January 28th, 2012, CLC Youth did their first "choice" chain demonstration in downtown Toronto, and have been doing it monthly ever since. "Choice" chain was started by the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform in Calgary, and has quickly spread across the country as one of the most effective forms of pro-life street activism hitting the public today. It's done by holding 3x4-foot signs of first-trimester aborted babies to the public, handing out pamphlets and engaging pedestrians in discourse about abortion.

 As CCBR writes, "'Choice' Chain is a powerful way to compel thought and debate on this controversial topic. By bringing the evidence to what abortion does to the unborn to the public, Canadians who do not want to think about the issue are compelled to deal with its gravity. The event stimulates public dialgoue and ensures that the discussions occur in light of the reality of abortion." If you are interested in joining the CLC Youth "Choice" Chain Campaign in the GTA- please e-mail youth@campaignlifecoalition.com.

If you are interested in starting up your own "choice" chain campaign in your own city, please contact the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform by clicking here.

CLC YOUTH ON NATIONAL TELEVISION

Since the birth of Sun News Network, CLC Youth is featured regularly on The Arena with Michael Coren, Mondays at 7pm. Every week a CLC representative talks with Michael about current issues concerning life, sexuality and the family. If you don’t get Sun News, please check out our CLC Youth YouTube channel for the most up-to-date episodes! For the most recent episode, click the picture below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLC YOUTH AT THE U.N

From Monday March 4th to Friday, March 8th, 2013 CLC Youth attended the 57th session of the Commission On The Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, to lobby for life and family. They live-tweeted events, wrote reports, blogs (1, 2, 3)  and created a video blog of their experience. Make sure to join our Campaign Life Coalition Youth Facebook group and “like” our Facebook page. If you are interested in joining CLC Youth at the UN for future lobbying opportunities- please e-mail youth@campaignlifecoalition today!

To read more from CLC Youth's U.N correspondant Matthew Wojciechowski on the United Nation's obsession with contraception, abortion and sex, check out his article on the 45th Commission on Population and Development in The Interim Newspaper, found here.

 

Check out CLC Youth's time at the United Nations in the video below:



 

2014 NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE

This year's March for Life will be taking place on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, so get ready to join with thousands of other pro-life young people to stand up for life at the Nation's capitol.

Dress-up for a semi-formal Youth Banquet that evening with an amazing keynote speech, a 3-course meal, music and social.

After a refreshing sleep at one of Ottawa's luxury hotels, join CLC Youth for their annual March for Life Youth Conference on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at the Hampton Inn.

You don't want to miss the largest pro-life event in all of Canada!

CLC YOUTH BLOG

Do you like to be entertained? Do you like to be kept up-to-date on issues other than the latest Johnny Depp movie? If so, check out our CLC Youth blog by clicking here. If you are interested in writing a blog post for CLC Youth, please e-mail your thoughts to youth@campaignlifecoalition.com! We enjoy knowing what's on YOUR mind and your persepective on life and family issues. Personal stories also inspire and encourage people to become more active in the movement, so don't be shy! E-mail us today!

 

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