Dear friends and hearty advocates,
Here are some ideas I prepared for our office and field and am sharing with all of you. P.
The good news is that the House VAWA, H.R. 11, has 201 sponsors and the letter from Republicans to House leaders Boehner and Cantor has two new signatories – Reps Ted Poe (TX) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) making that 19 Republicans supporting a "bipartisan VAWA that reaches all victims…." See letter and signatories here
Also, V-Day is mobilizing all their U.S. "risers" to take local actions to pass VAWA before March 8, International Women's Day.
We must work to get the House leaders to bring up the inclusive, bipartisan Senate-passed VAWA, S. 47 – and it needs to happen in the next 2-3 weeks before all the rancor over sequestration and budget fights go into high gear.
1. Ask the hold-out House Dems to sponsor VAWA, H.R. 11.
2. Call, and ask your members and supporters to call, the House leaders:
Sample phone or email message:
I/we are asking you to support the immediate passage of the Violence Against Women Act. It is essential that you bring up for a vote on the House floor the recently-passed (78-22) bipartisan, inclusive Senate VAWA, S. 47. VAWA saves lives and helps rescue victims so they can survive and thrive. The Senate VAWA addresses the needs of many vulnerable communities and I/we believe that you must bring the Senate bill up for a vote before lives and futures are lost forever.
3. Look at the target list attached (which includes contact information for both the DC and district offices). Please call from your desk AND work with your members and supporters in the states and districts of the listed Republican Members.
a. Ask the 19 who signed the letter to take a leap of faith and ask the House leadership to take up the Senate bill
b. Ask the 7 who voted against the Adams bill last year to sponsor H.R. 11 or sign onto the Republican letter for a bipartisan VAWA (some of these may just not like VAWA, but they need to be asked)
c. Ask the 32 who for one reason or another care about a bipartisan bill, or one of the important provisions in the Senate bill (trafficking, tribal, LGBT and immigrant victims) to consider.
4. Let's see if we can follow V-Day's lead and get VAWA passed before March 8.
5. If you have the stomach, read the sad nonsense of VAWA's opponents: Good critique of the right wing's pitiful attempts to oppose VAWA