Tuesday, July 24, 2012

VAWA ALERT: Tell Congress your thoughts through these Twitter and Facebook tips

Today's New York Times Op Ed said it all:  "With Congress just days away from its August break, House Republicans have to decide which is more important: protecting victims of domestic violence or advancing the harsh antigay and anti-immigrant sentiments of some on their party's far right. At the moment, harshness is winning."  We need to tell Congress this is outrageous!  Congress must do its job:  if they don't pass VAWA, they can't go home. As The Hill editorial today tells Congress: do your job-you're lucky to have one.   

Congress has just a few days to get to work on VAWA before they leave for the entire month of August – and then only a few short days in session before the congressional session ends on October 1.  Please take 5 minutes to call, write or tweet – to your own Representative and both Senators  in your state!
 
LIKE TO TWEET?  ACTION:  TWEET THESE – ESPECIALLY THE ONES FOR YOUR STATE!
Use any of the below, but make sure you include the twitter handle (listed by state) of your state representative.
General VAWA Tweets

Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:
@NancyPelosi
@SenatorReid
@McConnellPress
@johnboehner

“The support and services I received gave me my life back” -@itsgabrielleu, actress & survivor. Support #vawa4all so others can live

“She knew that she had to get out of the relationship for her safety and her children” –Danielle. Support #vawa4all http://4vawa.org/

@johnboehner, HR4970 is not the #RealVAWA. #VAWA must protect all victims of violence! #vawa4all

State-by-State Tweets

Alaska -- @SenatorBegich¸@lisamurkowski,@repdonyoung

Ester a native woman from AK was sexually assaulted by her cousin when she was only 14! Support #vawa4all 4vawa.org

“My older cousin would sexually abuse me…I thought it was my fault…I had no power. I had no control.” –Donna, AK #vawa4all

“The sexual abuse, had gone 2 the very core of my human spirit and it had taken away who I was, who I was meant 2 be” – Donna, AK #vawa4all

“[Sexual Abuse] is not a racial story – it affects every nationality, every tribe” – Donna, native woman, AK #vawa4all

“My father found out about the rape and he blamed me for what happened” – native woman, AK. Support #vawa4all 4vawa.org

Arizona-- @RepRaulGrijalva¸ @RepGosar, @RepTrentFranks, @benquayle, @RepDavid, @JeffFlake, @SenJonKyl, @SenJohnMcCain

@SenJohnMcCain plz share Jenny in AZ’s story: “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” http://bit.ly/MABIX0 #VAWA

California - @SenatorBoxer, @askgeorge, @MaxineWaters¸@RepMikeHonda, @RepLRichardson, @NancyPelosi, @RepAdamSchiff, @RepCardoza¸@LorettaSanchez¸@RepSpeier, @RepBecerra, @RepJoeBaca, @CongBobFilner, @BradSherman¸@gracenapolitano¸@RepSamFarr, @RepJudyChu¸@RepKarenBass¸@RepHowardBerman, @RepLynnWoolsey¸@RepAnnaEshoo, @RepBarbaraLee, @DorisMatsui, @RepLindaSanchez, @RepMcClintock, @GOPWhip, @eltongallegly24, @BuckMcKeon, @RepEdRoyce, @RepJerryLewis, @RepGaryMiller, @KenCalvert, @MaryBonoMack, @DanaRohrabacher, @RepJohnCampbell, @DarrellIssa, @BilbrayCA50, @repjeffdenham, @RepJimCosta, @RepRoybalAllard, @RepMcNerney, @Rep_JaniceHahn, @RepLoisCapps, @RepGaramendi

@NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #vawa4all?

@NancyPelosi Jorge pushed Gisela from CA to the floor, pointed a gun at her & shot a window. Immigrants r victims too. Will u support #vawa4all?

Colorado – @MarkUdall, @SenBennetCO, @RepDianaDeGette¸@RepPerlmutter, @RepTipton, @repcorygardner, @RepMikeCoffman

“Rape Assistance Volunteers told me it wasn’t my fault. I can now look @ myself in the mirror.” –Leanna of CO. #vawa4all helps survivors

Delaware -- @ChrisCoons¸@JohnCarneyDE

“17 yrs of marriage, he had always threatened to kill me if I ever left him & I believed him”–Michele, DE. Support #VAWA http://4vawa.org/

Illinois - @SenatorDurbin¸@janschakowsky¸@JerryCostello¸@RepMikeQuigley, @RepJJJr, @PeterRoskam, @RepJoeWalsh, @RepDold, @RepKinzinger, @JudyBiggert, @RepHultgren, @donmanzullo, @reptimjohnson, @RepSchilling, @repaaronschock, @RepShimkus, @SenatorKirk, @RepBobbyRush

“They beat me & raped me, after that my whole life was different.” –Gabe of IL. Support a #VAWA tht helps all survivors http://4vawa.org/

Sexual assault of men remains “a silent epidemic” –Gabe of IL. Support a #VAWA tht helps all victims of violence http://4vawa.org/

@senatorkirk Mary in IL got a work permit through #VAWA after suffering domestic abuse while pregnant. Will you support all victims?

Massachusetts -- @JohnKerry¸@MarkeyMemo, @RepMcGovern, @nikiinthehouse, @RepTierney, @USSenScottBrown, @RepRichardNeal, @RepJohnOlver, @RepStephenLynch, @USRepKeating

@ussenscottbrown Elizabeth, MA, still lives in hiding from her husband & the community is scared 2 contact her. Will u protect victims?#VAWA

New Hampshire --@JeanneShaheen¸@repfrankguinta, @repcharlesbass

He used a knife 2 cut Yvette’s (NH) throat & genitals while assaulting her. She was 12, he was her brother. Save #VAWA  http://4vawa.org/

New Jersey -- @SenatorMenendez, @FrankLautenberg, @Rep_Albio_Sires, @FrankPallone¸@replobiondo, @CongRothman, @RepAndrews

Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others apply http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

New Mexico -- @SenatorTomUdall, @repstevepearce, @repbenraylujan

He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #vawa4all http://4vawa.org/

Luisa from NM suffers from insomnia for fear that something would happen to her at night. Keep her safe! #VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

@senatortomudall: he showed Luisa, immigrant from NM, his knives, guns and ability to use them. Will u protect all victims? #VAWA

The stability Luisa in NM gained through #VAWA helped her feel a sense of safety. Protect all victims! Take action http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

New York -- @SenGillibrand, @ChuckSchumer, @cbrangel, @GregoryMeeks¸@RepSteveIsrael, @RepBrianHiggins, @louiseslaughter¸@paultonko, @RepMcCarthyNY¸@YvetteClarke, @NitaLowey, @repjoecrowley¸@BillOwensNY, @TimBishopNY, -@reppeteking, @repmichaelgrimm, @repnanhayworth, @reprichardhanna, @repbuerkle, @reptomreed, @RepJerryNadler, @RepGaryAckerman, @RepKathyHochul, @RepEliotEngel, @RepMaloney, @RepJoseSerrano, @mauricehinchey, @EdTowns

“We all deserve to be treated with dignity, respect & love” – Laura, from NY. Support #RealVAWA, protect ALL victims http://4vawa.org/

Ohio -- @SenSherrodBrown, @Dennis_Kucinich, @RepTimRyan, @marciafudge, @robportman, @repstevechabot, @repmiketuner, @jim_jordan, @boblatta, @repbilljohnson, @steveaustria, @stevelatourette, @repstevestivers, @repjimrenacci, @repbobgibbs, @RepJeanSchmidt, @RepMarcyKaptur, @RepKucinich

@johnboehner Eunice, from OH, was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. Will u support all victims? #VAWA

Eunice in OH suffered abuse, but obtained a court order & got permanent residency through #RealVAWA. Take action http://4vawa.org/

South Carolina --@reptimscott, @conjoewilson, @tgowdysc, @repmickmulvaney, @JimDeMint,  @GrahamBlog, @Clyburn

The night April fled her SC home, her husband had punched and strangled her. #VAWA S.1925

Virginia -- @Jim_Moran, @repbobbyscott, @GerryConnolly, @repmgriffith, @gopleader, @repgoodlatte, @reproberthurt, @MarkWarner

“So many girls still are silent, maybe because they don’t know where to turn” –Missy, VA. #VAWA provides somewhere to turn http://4vawa.org/

Wisconsin -- @RepGwenMoore, @WI2Tweets, @RepRonKind, @SenRonJohnson, @reppaulryan, @repseanduffy, @repribble

“Rapists take away your childhood, your innocence, your spirit.” –Sasha of WI. Support #vawa4all so survivors have hope http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

Identity Based Tweets

A community-based org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #VAWA funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims http://4vawa.org/

Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others apply http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

@NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #vawa4all?

@senatorreid Plz support #vawa4all. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her. http://4vawa.org/

Claire was able to escape abuse & obtain permanent residency through #VAWA. Give others this chance – call your reps! http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #vawa4all http://4vawa.org/

@senatortomudall: he showed Luisa, immigrant from NM, his knives, guns and ability to use them. Will u protect all victims? #VAWA

The stability Luisa in NM gained through #VAWA helped her feel a sense of safety. Protect all victims! Take action http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

@NancyPelosi Jorge pushed Gisela from CA to the floor, pointed a gun at her & shot a window. Immigrants r victims too. Will u support #VAWA?

“For a big part of my life I carried this huge burden…a burden of silence” –Donna, Native American sexual assault survivor #VAWA

Ester a native woman from AK was sexually assaulted by her cousin when she was only 14! Support #vawa4all 4vawa.org

“My older cousin would sexually abuse me …I thought it was my fault…I had no power. I had no control.” –Donna, AK #vawa4all

“The sexual abuse, had gone 2 the very core of my human spirit and it had taken away who I was, who I was meant 2 be” – Donna, AK #vawa4all

1 in 3 Native American women will be sexually abused during their lifetime. #takeaction pass #vawa4all 4vawa.org

“[Sexual Abuse] is not a racial story – it affects every nationality, every tribe” – Donna, native woman, AK #vawa4all

“My father found out about the rape and he blamed me for what happened” – native woman, AK. Support #vawa4all 4vawa.org

@senatorreid Plz support #vawa4all. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her http://4vawa.org/

USE FACEBOOK?  ACTION:  POST THESE TO YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO SHARE
Sample Facebook Posts

“Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit http://4vawa.org/  for more info!

10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

“As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. http://4vawa.org/

 
We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – spend these last few days telling your Congress Member to get VAWA done before they go on vacation.
 
For nearly two months, since the April passage of a Senate version and a May House-passed version of VAWA and Congress has done NOTHING to finish the job and get VAWA signed into law.  Congress will go home the first of October and may not come back until after the elections.  We have no time to lose.

Call your legislators and write letters to the editor, especially if you are in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, or Wisconsin.   Let them hear what you have to say before they go on vacation!
                                                                                        
We need to let Congress know that everyone loses if VAWA isn't finished—that all victims need the many improvements in this version of VAWA.

LIKE TO CALL?  ACTION:  CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS AND TELL THEM:
"We need you to stop fussing over procedural issues and do your job and pass VAWA.  If you don't, ALL victims of violence will lose critical protections, including: 
  • protections for victims of dating and sexual violence at colleges and universities, who often lack access to the justice system simply because these crimes occur on campus.
  • housing protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • helpful expansions from both the Senate and the House bills that would provide crucial new protections for victims of sexual violence.
  • valuable new prevention programs that can reduce the likelihood of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from occurring in the future.
  • Many victims, including Native women, immigrants, LGBT people and communities of color, would go without life-saving protection from violence.
This is unacceptable.  You must pass VAWA before the recess."

The Members below need encouragement to stand strong for a "real" VAWA.  If they are your member of Congress, call them at their direct numbers below:
AK Senator Murkowski, 202- 224-6665
AZ Senator McCain, 202- 224-2235
CA  Representative Gary Miller, 202 225-3201
CA  Representative Lungren, 202 225-5716
CA  Representative Denham, 202 225-4540
CA  Representative Bilbray, 202 225-0508
CA  Representative Bono Mack, 202 225-5330
CO  Representative Coffman, 202 225-7882
CO  Representative Tipton, 202 225-4761
FL   Representative West, 202 225-3026
ID Senator Crapo, 202-224-6142
IL   Walsh, 202 225-3711
IL   Representative Johnson, 202 225-2371
IN Senator Coats , 202-224-5623
LA Senator Vitter, 202-224-4623
MA Senator Brown,  202-224-4543
ME Senator Collins, 202- 224-2523
ME Senator Snowe, 202-224-5344
MI  Representative Benishek, 202 225-4735
NH  Representative Guinta, 202 225-5456
NH Senator Ayotte,  202-224-3324
NV Senator Heller,  202-224-6244
NV  Representative Heck, 202 225-3252
NY  Representative Buerkle, 202 225-3701
NY  Representative Grimm, 202 225-3371
NY  Hayworth, 202 225-5441
ND Senator Hoeven, 202-224-2551
OH  Representative Gibbs, 202 225-6265
OH  Representative Johnson, 202 225-5705
OH  Representative Renacci, 202 225-3876
OH Senator Portman, 202-224-3353
PA  Representative Barletta, 202 225-6511
TN, Senator Alexander, 202-224-4944
TN Senator Corker, 202-224-3344
TX Senator Hutchinson, 202-224-5922
TX  Representative Canseco, 202 225-4511
VA  Representative Rigell, 202 225-4215
WA  Representative Reichert,  202 225-7761
WI  Representative Ribble, 202 225-5665
WI  Representative Duffy, 202 225-3365
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) 224-2541
Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

LIKE TO WRITE?  ACTION:  WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR – OR GET YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, RELIGIOUS, HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND ELECTED COMMUNITY LEADERS AND SURVIVORS IN YOUR AREA TO DO THE SAME.  Congress will be home soon and it's time to get those letters to the editor and Op Eds in your local papers.  Here's a sample letter to the editor:

To the Editor:

Congress is failing victims of violence.  They have done nothing to pass the Violence Against Women Act in the past two months.  VAWA is critical to our community because you're your own thoughts here}.  Without this critical law, victims of violence will lose life-saving protections, including services for dating and sexual violence victims on college campuses, housing protections, protections for victims of sexual violence and prevention programs.  We cannot stand for a Congress that refuses to protect victims of violence. It's simply unacceptable.  Congress must act now and pass a law that protects all victims of violence. 

Also email, tweet and put on Facebook your outrage. The attached document makes it easy.   Take 30 seconds and change your Facebook status to "OUTRAGED that Congress has not passed a final VAWA," or "Incomprehensible that Congress can't get VAWA done."

We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – spend these last few days telling your Congress Member to get VAWA done before they go on vacation.

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Check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates: www.4vawa.org.

Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and "like" our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items: http://on.fb.me/NTF_Facebook_page.
Don't forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA
and #VAWA. 

If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

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