Friday, August 3, 2012

IT'S ALMOST AUGUST RECESS- TAKE ACTION FOR VAWA IN YOUR HOME STATE!!!



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August 2, 2012

It's August and your Congressional leaders are headed home. It's time to find them in your state and community and ask them ONE QUESTION:  What have you done to get a final VAWA passed that protects all victims of violence?

This week, Senators Murray and Boxer attempted to break the partisan procedural logjam that is holding up VAWA by offering a proposal that would have solved the problem. Senator Grassley objected! Bottom line: VAWA is still stalled. Watch the debate between Senators Murray and Grassley. Pressure from advocates is now more important than ever as Congress will be home for the rest of August and until after Labor Day in September - without having passed a bipartisan VAWA that protects all victims. We need to tell Congress this is outrageous! 

For nearly two months, Congress has done NOTHING to finish the job and get VAWA signed into law. We have no time to lose. 

ACTION 1:  FIND YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AT A TOWN HALL, RALLY OR CAMPAIGNING ON THE STREEST AND ASK:
What have you done to get a final VAWA passed that protects everyone? 

ACTION 2:  CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON'S STATE OR DISTRICT OFFICE AND TELL THEM WHY VAWA IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU!
Find your Congress Member here: http://www.civilrights.org/action_center/keep-up-the-pressure-in.html.  Tell them why VAWA is critical to you, your loved ones, family and friends and ask them "What have you done to get a final VAWA passed?"

ACTION 3:  VISIT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN THEIR DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THEY ARE HOME!
Spend the month of August telling your Congress Member to get VAWA done before the elections. Ask them in their office, on Twitter, through a letter to the editor or on Facebook "What have you done to get a final VAWA passed?"

ACTION 4: INVITE YOUR REPRESENATIVE IN CONGRESS TO COME VISIT YOUR PROGRAM!
We all know the power of seeing what victims are really going through. Members of Congress need to see it for themselves. Chances are that they will want the press to know about their visit and that's another opportunity for you to get the message out to the public about the need for VAWA.

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

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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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