Friday, June 15, 2012

TELL CONGRESS TO GET VAWA PASSED before it's too late!

June 14, 2012

Tell Congressional Leadership: Get A Final VAWA Passed! 
Do it now, do it right, do your job!

We need to push Congress to act on VAWA before it's too late! And the VAWA that is passed MUST be the real VAWA that serves ALL victims and contains NO rollbacks to the current VAWA. As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over. We need you to work out a way to go to conference and send a bill to the President that closely mirrors the bipartisan Senate-passed bill, S. 1925, the REAL VAWA. Victims of violence and the counseling, medical, law enforcement and service provider professionals who serve them are relying on you to pass an inclusive VAWA bill- we have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option.

ACTION 1:  CALL HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP AND INSIST THAT THEY STOP THE POSTURING, SOLVE THE PROCEDURAL PROBLEMS AND MOVE QUICKLY TO CONFERENCE.  Tell them: 
I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 225-2541
Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

Action 2: PARTICIPATE IN OUR NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR VAWA!

On June 26th a Rally on Capitol Hill will launch the national VAWA Days of Action campaign that will last until July 4th.  We call upon you to organize vigils, rallies and local actions in your communities and at your Congressional District offices to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized. Now is the time to show Congress how important VAWA is to victims, survivors and advocates across the country.  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Start your local planning efforts today! More details to come.

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Thank you – as always for your great work! We've had almost 50,000 visits to our website!  Check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates: www.4vawa.org.

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