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The core of American government is, as the Declaration of Independence states, “to secure these rights” — namely, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Today, a dizzying array of ideas and influences counter to foundational American Values threaten our inalienable rights and our democratic republic system of government. American First Policy Institute’s Center for American Values will advance messaging, policies, and litigation that respect and protect life, uphold God-given liberties, preserve freedoms of expression, and restore basic ideals and values that propel a prosperous society. In the same vein, the Center for American Values also features the “Second Chances Project,” which aims to address America’s incarceration problem through a faith-based lens and confront the root causes of crime: broken families and a lack of faith.

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ISSUE BRIEF: Securing Fathers’ Rights and Enforcing Their Responsibilities Could Help Prevent Abortion

Matias Perttula

Statement on the Respect for Marriage Act

Paula White

Speaker Series Livestream: The Fight for Life, an America First Analysis of Dobbs v. Jackson

AFPI 2022 Annual Policy Summit

White-Cain And Bondi: Here’s Why One Christian Coach’s Religious Freedom Case Is So Important To All Americans

Pastor Paula White-Cain and Pam Bondi

Happy First Birthday AFPI!

The Pro-Life Movement Is the Real Pro-Woman Movement

Brooke Rollins, Paula White-Cain, & Alveda King

Team Biden’s strategic plan to erase womanhood

Bethany Kozma and Lauren Baldwin

Biden’s HHS Undermines Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Lauren Baldwin

Free speech and the Bible on global trial

By Bethany Kozma and Lauren Baldwin

National Marriage Week

Lauren Baldwin

The Biden Administration has Given up on Black America and Our Dreams

Dr. Alveda King, Jack Brewer, and Ken Blackwell

BREWER And YATES: Putting America First Requires Resisting China’s Systemic Racism

Jack Brewer and Steve Yates

Promising to nominate a Black woman would be illegal in any other setting

Brooke Rollins

Vaccine Update: Religious Exemption Database

Garrison Grisedale

Op-Ed: A call to renew the Black-Jewish bond

Kiron Skinner & Paul Packer

Op-Ed: We should all be able to agree on equality

Brooke L. Rollins and Pastor Paula White-Cain

An Examination of the First Year of Biden’s Presidency

Op-Ed: The hard truths of abortion and the sanctity of human life

Paula White-Cain

On 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, the Biden Administration attempts to destroy religious freedom

Bethany Kozma

Loudoun County is putting children in harm’s way

Bethany Kozma

Op-Ed: Woke Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Fail Inmates, Communities

Jack Brewer in Newsmax

Drake Franklin Southeastern Development Director & Policy Analyst, Center for American Values

Drake Franklin is from Gainesville, Georgia, and serves as AFPI’s Southeastern Development Director & Policy Analyst in the Center for American Values. Drake most recently served as the Executive Director of Evangelicals for Trump for the Trump-Pence 2020 presidential campaign. In this role, he managed 62 prominent advisory board members and numerous national surrogate relationships. He also worked closely with national and state-level GOP campaign staff to implement several initiatives, including a targeted voter contact program and a robust digital presence while managing and executing over eighty in-person and online events all across the nation. Franklin previously served as a White House Intern in the Presidential Correspondence Office, where he assisted the writer’s team in researching, drafting, and dispatching proclamations, greetings, and letters on behalf of the president. Franklin currently resides in Washington, D.C. When he’s not studying, he enjoys running, boxing, and spending time with friends.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Joseph P. Kennedy

Matias Perttula Director, Center for American Values

Matias Perttula serves as the Director of the Center for American Values at AFPI. Previously, Perttula served as the Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern (ICC), where he led the government relations efforts to inform the key legislators on global religious freedom challenges facing Christians and other religious minorities. During his time at ICC, he traveled to Nigeria and Pakistan, where he worked with government and civil society leaders to promote religious freedom. He chaired the Program Committee for the International Religious Freedom Summit in 2021 and 2022. Before serving at ICC, Perttula was an assistant at the Brookings Institution for the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy. Perttula also worked as the Executive Director for the Office of the President at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he oversaw the university’s government relations platform, administration for the president’s office, as well as communications and public relations. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in the university’s College of Business. Perttula completed his master’s in business administration in 2013 at Southeastern University and was named the most outstanding graduate of his class. Perttula previously completed his bachelor’s degree in political science and history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also studied at the Harvard Extension School in International Security Studies. Perttula was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1986 and spent his childhood in Finland. He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1998. He is fluent in Finnish and English. Perttula is married to Barbarah Perttula, and they have one son, Lincoln, and another boy on the way. Perttula and Barbarah love being involved in the local church as well as cheering on their favorite NFL teams.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

William Wilberforce

Javon Price Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now; Center for American Values; and Center for American Security

Javon Price is from Fairfax, Virginia, and serves as a Policy Analyst in the Center for Opportunity Now, the Center for Second Chances, and the Center for American Security for AFPI. Price most recently worked in the United States House of Representatives as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida, Previously, Price interned for the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Office of American Innovation. He also interned for the Republican Governors Association and the Republican Attorneys General Association. Additionally, Price is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he studied International Politics with a focus on Security. Price is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Reserves from 2017-2020. He left the Air Force as a Senior Airman (E-4). When Price is not focused on politics or his studies, he enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys compete every Sunday. Outside of football season, he is a huge fan of the Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Team and the Washington Nationals.

“The future is for those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

Paula White-Cain Chair, Center for American Values

Paula White-Cain was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and serves as the Chair of the Center for American Values at AFPI. Currently, White-Cain serves as Senior Pastor at City of Destiny. For the past 37 years, White-Cain has worked across the world in almost 200 countries, ministering, fighting for religious freedom and humanitarian rights, and advocating for the voiceless. White-Cain also served as an advisor to President Donald J. Trump in the Office of Public Liaison’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Prior to her work at the White House, she co-founded one of the fastest growing and largest churches in the nation, which currently has over 28,000 members. She served as pastor of this church for 22 years, and during that time, Paula White Ministries was launched and became a global media and outreach ministry. She is married to legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Cain of the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Journey and recites his daily motto of Don’t Stop Believin’ while riding horses and having the time of her life with her family.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Maya Angelou

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