Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Your calls/emails are working: Form letter to send to your Reps against anti-victim VAWA Bill

  • A handful of Republicans are calling our side and asking for info and cover because they MIGHT vote against Adams. 
  • Please copy and paste the great NOW letter below into an email and blind copy the emails of the e-addresses of the staff of the representatives in your state.  With just a note like “Alabama NOW opposes the Adams vawa bill – “ the national NOW letter does the rest of the work for you.  
  • For those of you in the states listed below call the Republican offices listed…esp in Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. 
Letter from the National Organization for Women:

May 16, 2012

Dear Representative,

The National Organization for Women, with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters across the nation, including many in your home district, is adamantly opposed to the divisive, exclusionary version of the Violence Against Women Act that will be considered on the House floor tomorrow.  Sponsored by Representative Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) and voted out of the Judiciary Committee 17-15 last week, H.R. 4790 not only strips important provisions that were passed by a bipartisan Senate vote of 68-31, but also changes and weakens many initiatives and preventive provisions that have been included in VAWA by both Republicans and Democrats over the past 18 years.

House Republican leadership has refused so far to allow open debate on the House floor and short-circuited discussion and votes on less hurtful and more inclusive amendments.  The bill leaves out many means of addressing violence, including improved campus and housing measures, and helping victims escape violence and not lose their livelihood by assuring coverage under unemployment insurance, and it fails to continue the requirement that program recipients consult with professionals in the domestic violence and sexual assault community.

Acknowledging that the Adams bill included life-threatening provisions for immigrant victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, the House leadership has dropped some, but not all, of these hastily crafted sections.  But the bill, in the words of The New York Times editorial, is still "atrocious."  It disregards the biases and disrespect that certain victims face when seeking help from the criminal justice system and access to lifesaving services, effectively giving second-class treatment to Native American, immigrant and LGBT victims.  The bill smacks of willful ignorance of the problem and hostility to people deemed not to be "true" victims. 

NOW is not alone in our opposition to this bill.  Religious, law enforcement, health care and anti-violence professionals have all asked you to oppose the Adams bill.  We have no hidden agenda and no political motives.  Our united goal is to pass a "real" VAWA reauthorization to continue and expand services for victims while holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes. 

Constituents all over the country will be watching this vote and asking their members who voted for the Adams bill, "How could you support a bill that puts victims in danger and shields abusers?"

NOW considers a vote for H.R. 4970 a vote against VAWA. Please stand up for all victims of violence and oppose H.R. 4970. Those Congress members who cannot stand up for all victims should not expect voters to stand up for them.

For women's lives,
Your Name
Any organization you represent


Martha Roby, 2nd District
Mike Ross, 4th District
Daniel Lungren, 3rd District  
Jeff Denham, 19th District
Kevin McCarthy, 22nd District
Gary Miller, 42nd District
Mark Bono Mack, 45th District
John Campbell, 48th District
Darrell Issa, 49th District
Brian Billbray, 50th District
Mike Thompson, 1st District

Scott Tipton, 3rd District
Mike Coffman, 6th District

Steve Southerland, II, 2nd District
Daniel Webster, 8th District
Vern Buchanan, 13th District
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 18th District
Mario Diaz-Balart, 21st District
Allen West, 22nd District
Sandy Adams, 24th District
(Bill Author)
David Rivera, 25th District
Tom Price, 6th District
John Barrow 12th District
David Scott, 13th  District
Sanford Bishop, 2nd District


Robert Dold, 10th District
Judy Biggert, 13th District
Timothy Johnson, 15th District
Bobby Schilling, 17th District
Aaron Schock, 18th District
Joe Donnelly, 2nd District

Lynn Jenkins, 2nd District
Ben Chandler, 6th District

Mike Michaud, 2nd District

Roscoe Bartlett, 6th District
Dan Benishek, 1st District

Candice Miller, 10th District

Michele Bachmann, 6th District
Chip Cravaack, 8th District
Collin Peterson, 7th District

Vicky Hartzler, 4th District
Jo Ann Emerson, 8th District

Mark Amodei, 2nd District
Joe Heck, 3rd District
New Hampshire
Charles Bass, 2nd District
New Jersey

Frank Lobiondo, 2nd District
John Runyan, 3rd District
New York

Robert Turner, 9th District
Michael Grimm, 13th District
Nan Hayworth, 19th District
Chris Gibson, 20th District
Ann Marie Buerkle, 25th District
North Carolina

Renee Ellmers, 2nd District
Virginia Foxx, 5th District
Sue Myrick, 9th District
Heath Shuler, 11th District
Larry Kissell, 8th District

Mike McIntyre,7th District
(202) 225-273


Jean Schmidt, 2nd District
John Boehner, 8th District (Speaker)
Steven LaTourette, 14th District
Steve Stivers, 15th District
James Renacci, 16th District
Dan Boren (OK-2)

Kurt Schrader, 5th District

Jim Gerlack, 6th District
Patrick Meehan, 7th District
Michael Fitzpatrick, 8th District
Charlie Dent, 15th District

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