CONSCIENCE COALITION

CONSCIENCE COALITION

OUR GOAL

OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, WHICH INCLUDES FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, BELIEF AND RELIGION, IS SECURED FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL.  

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PURPOSE & MISSION

To increase communication and cooperation among organizations and individuals nationally; gather and analyze data to inform advocacy actions in Washington and all 50 states; and coordinate communications and advocacy actions to promote freedom of conscience and produce constructive public policy reforms peaceably. We will use the power of our coalition to stand up for every man, woman and child.

Drawing inspiration from true American leaders and freedom fighters like Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr., we will use a free press, the power of words and truth, and when necessary, acts of nonviolent resistance—such as grassroots organizing, demonstrations and civil disobedience—to produce reforms and achieve seemingly-impossible goals peaceably while always maintaining fidelity to the American ideals of liberty, justice, equality, faith in education, and in the wisdom of every unique individual.

Definition of “Conscience”- An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior

Definition of “Coalition”- An alliance for combined action

OUR ISSUES

The first two specific issues of conscience we will engage and work on:

Religious Freedom
&
Medical Freedom

America was founded on the basic principles of popular sovereignty, representation, and consent of the governed.

"We the People" tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. "We the People" are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which "We the People" tell the government what it is allowed to do. "We the People" are free.

- Ronald Reagan

RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM

We’re gearing up to become part of a global grassroots movement around religious freedom.

First, we affirm our support for Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Second, we’re planning to participate in the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable and the annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

Chaired by our strategist and consultant, the IRF Roundtable is a proven platform for bringing people together-despite deep political and
theological differences-and building mutual understanding, respect, trust
and reliance among citizens, groups, and governments. Since its first meeting
in January of 2010, it has emerged as a multi-confessional, inclusive, equal
citizenship and governance model that is now being replicated around the
world.

The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom brings together leaders from
around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom,
identify means to address religious persecution and discrimination
worldwide, and promote greater respect and preservation of religious liberty
for all. This event focuses on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international
commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change.

MEDICAL FREEDOM CAMPAIGN

Support the Campaign for Medical Freedom

This is about securing your rights and freedoms

We’re organizing, planning and executing a popular lobbying campaign to secure your rights, as parents, for medical freedom. We’re fighting for:

  • Medical freedom.
  • Medical safety.
  • Scientific studies on medical safety and efficacy.
  • Medical, religious belief, and personal/conscientious belief exemptions from any mandates.

CONSCIENCE COALITION

Pulling together like-minded groups from across America and increasing the 3 Cs-Communication, Cooperation and Coordination.

Goal

Our fundamental right to freedom of conscience, which includes freedom of
thought, belief and religion, is secured for every individual.

Purposes

  1. To gather and analyze information regarding specific issues of conscience and freedom.
  2. Develop policy objectives.
  3. Pull together and communicate regularly with groups around the country that are concerned about these issues and supportive of the policy objectives.
  4. Build coalitions and provide leadership services that will advance and achieve the following keys to success:
  • Educating the people and our representatives on issues of conscience and freedom;
  • Training activists; and
  • Increasing the effectiveness of communications and advocacy actions to promote freedom of conscience and produce constructive public policy reforms in Washington, D.C., and all 50 states.

We will use the power of our national coalition to stand up for every man, woman, and child.

Drawing inspiration from true American leaders and freedom fighters like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr., we will use a free press, the power of truth and words, and when necessary, acts of nonviolent resistance-such as grassroots organizing, demonstrations, and civil disobedience-to produce reforms and achieve seemingly-impossible goals peaceably while always maintaining fidelity to the American ideals of liberty, justice, equality and faith in education and the wisdom of every unique individual.

Freedom of Conscience
Quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

“We are bound, you, I, and every one, to make common cause, even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience.” – 1803

“But our rulers can have authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to God.” – 1782

“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become their own. It behooves him, too, in his own case, to give no example of concession, betraying the common right of independent
opinion, by answering questions of faith, which the laws have left between God and himself.” – 1803

“No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the “rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” – 1809

GREG MITCHELL

Strategist and Consultant

28 years in the political and public policy fields at the international, national and state levels; government affairs professional with deep experience (including bringing people together and leading and coordinating the actions of large coalitions) and several major products and legislation passed and signed into law (including the First Step Act, the Second Chance Act, the Fair Sentencing Act, and the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act).

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RENEE BESSONE

Founder

Bessone, a mother of three, began advocating for medical freedom in 2015 during the fight on California Senate Bill 277. Bessone connected with other medical freedom group leaders across the country to begin organizing a grassroots effort to combat these mandates and build a national coalition from California to New York. In 2019, she helped connect her husband with families and medical freedom groups affected by the mandate bills. Bessone brings a professional background that pairs experience in the private sector with social-betterment companies and nonprofits, managing multi-state teams. For example, she managed Philadelphia and California teams with a company that helped rehabilitate challenged teens. While managing these teams she connected the nonprofit with other nonprofit leaders with Philadelphia Cares, faith and religious organizations, foster care programs and schools, and more. As a connector, Bessone has gained experience that helps her enter a situation, align others with a mission, and achieve organizational goals. For example, she scouted Jonathan Lockwood to be tapped as executive director.

JONATHAN LOCKWOOD

Executive Director

In his roles as a government official or public opinion leader, Lockwood has been instrumental in defeating ballot proposals, candidates and legislation. For example, defeating the single-payer proposal ColoradoCare 80-20 in 2016 to killing a vaccine mandate in Oregon earlier this year. Single press releases have killed legislation. With tweets he’s changed news cycles. He understands guerilla-style politics and how to organize activists to win. Lockwood can enter a disordered political environment and create coalitions, leverage resources and create harmony between different interests. He acts as a conductor on the political stage. Lockwood graduated with a master’s degree in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations from Metropolitan State University of Denver. From his start working as an intern in music publicity to his first job as a press secretary, his decade of experience proves he’s the effective, optimistic and determined leader that builds followings wherever he goes to effect change and help improve society.

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