Monday, May 14, 2012

A VOTE FOR H.R. 4970 IS A VOTE AGAINST ALL VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE!

From Pat Reuss of the National Organization for Women, who has been fighting for VAWA since before it was passed.

Please forward to everyone you know who cares about ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking!
May 14, 2012

A VOTE FOR H.R. 4970 IS A VOTE AGAINST VAWA AND AGAINST ALL VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE!

THIS WEDNESDAY, the House will vote on H.R. 4970 and House Majority Leadership is not allowing ANY amendments to the bill. We only have 2 more days to tell our Representatives: the Adams bill (H.R. 4970) is dangerous for victims of violence, excludes vulnerable communities and protects abusers. It is not the real VAWA.  Please stand up for all victims of violence and oppose H.R. 4970. If Congress cannot stand up for all victims, we cannot stand up for our Representatives.

TAKE ACTION!!!
ACTION 1:  Continue to call the DC and district offices of every Representative in Congress TO OPPOSE H.R. 4970.  Tell them about or send them today's New York Times editorial, "Backward on Domestic Violence."
ACTION 2:  Call House leadership and tell them that H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS and ask them to allow an amendment on the House floor that is THE REAL VAWA or face the anger of their constituents.
ACTION 3:  National Organizations and statewide coalitions must continue to send letters to the whole House and to their individual Representatives in their states DENOUNCING H.R. 4970. Please sign onto a letter drafted the National Task from national groups opposing H.R.4970 by 3pm today.


ACTION 1:  PLEASE CONTACT – BY PHONE, EMAIL OR IN-PERSON VISIT – DC AND DISTRICT OFFICE OF YOUR CONGRESS PERSON WITH THIS MESSAGE:
We strongly oppose the Adams bill. We believe that a YES vote on H.R. 4970 is anti-victim and a NO vote on VAWA protects victims. We oppose the Adams bill because it is NOT the REAL VAWA, it doesn't include protections for all victims and it rolls back protections for victims of violence. It is DANGEROUS for survivors of violence.  We support a bill like the bi-partisan Senate bill that protects Native victims, immigrant victims, LGBT victims and other marginalized communities.  H.R. 4970 increases bureaucratic inefficiency and decreases housing protections while stripping the rights of community stakeholders to be involved in VAWA implementation. The Adams bill allows no chance to discuss humane alternatives that treat victims with respect and decency. There is bipartisan support in the House for a reauthorization of VAWA that more closely resembles the Senate-passed bill (S. 1925) and Members should have a chance to weigh the merits of any and all alternatives to the Adams bill before they vote for final passage of VAWA. 

Find your Representative here: http://house.gov/. This conversation needs to happen in EVERY DISTRICT OFFICE.  Use the National Task Force's toolkit  to help with your advocacy!  Use our talking points located at the end of this e-blast. 

If your Member is below, these are the Republican women who did NOT sponsor the harmful Adams bill.  Ask them to stand up and oppose the Adams bill and demand an alternative.
Biggert, Judy   (R-IL)                        (202) 225-3515  
Hayworth, Nan  (R-NY)                   (202) 225-5441      
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana   (R-FL)        (202) 225-3931

ACTION 2:  CALL HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND TELL THEM THAT YOU THINK H.R. 4970 HARMS VICTIMS AND IS NOT THE REAL VAWA.  LET THEM KNOW IT IS CRUEL TO PROHIBIT ANY AMENDMENTS AND THAT ALL VICTIMS DESERVE OPEN DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600 (Leadership Office), (202) 225-6205 (Personal Office), (513) 779-5400 (Westchester District Office), (937) 339-1524 (Troy District Office)
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), (202) 225-2915

ACTION 3:  NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STATEWIDE COALITIONS SHOULD SEND A LETTER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS DENOUNCING H.R.4970. Please use the National Task Force's toolkit in your advocacy or tweak the language from this excellent op-ed published in The Post Standard.

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