Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): You did it!
From Pat Reuss of National Organization for Women (NOW):
Dear colleagues and friends – thank you so much for letting me overload your inboxes and giving you almost un-doable assignments, but you all came through for VAWA. This is the first law that prohibits lgbt discrimination, and it restores tribal sovereignty in a small but important way. And we refused to accept the cruel amendments and substitutes that our opponents kept offering in an attempt to divide us. NOW was there for VAWA in 1990, had a 1995 rally on the mall to fully fund VAWA and we've been there on the forefront for this law and all victims/survivors ever since. Thanks and hooray for us and for a dysfunctional Congress who managed to get their act together for one small but important moment. love.
March 5, 2013
Please forward widely!
You did it!! Your phone calls, your emails, your tweets, your petitions, your Facebook posts, your visits to your Members of Congress, your absolute determination and dedication to victims and survivors did it! In a strong, bipartisan effort, the Senate first voted 78-22 for S. 47, the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that protects ALL victims, and the House followed last week by voting 286-138 for the same bill. We want to thank you and your colleagues for turning out in record numbers to support a historic bill that ensures protections for LGBT, tribal, campus and immigrant victims as well as taking the next steps to improve our nation's response to rape and prevent domestic violence homicides. The President will sign the bill on Thursday and VAWA will then be reauthorized for 5 more years!
ACTION ITEM: THINK ABOUT THE VICTIMS WHO WILL NOW GET SERVICES THANKS TO YOUR EFFORTS!!!
So many of you reached out to the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to let us know about the needs of victims in your communities. In fact, three years ago, more than 2,000 of you participated in national conference calls, surveys, and local meetings to identify exactly what worked in VAWA and what still needed to be done. Thanks to your contributions, we now have a VAWA that will provide more and better services and will reach so many more victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including those who are immigrants and LGBT and those living on tribal lands and are from communities of color.
ACTION ITEM: EMAIL, TWEET, AND CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO THANK THEM IF THEY VOTED FOR THE SENATE VERSION OF S. 47; LET THEM KNOW HOW DISAPPOINTED YOU ARE IF THEY DID NOT.
You can reach your Senators and Representatives by calling (202) 224-3121, or you can look them up here:
Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm House: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
When you call, be sure to ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA.
You can check here to see if your Senator voted for S. 47:
You can check here to see if your Representative voted for the Senate version of S. 47: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll055.xml
If your Senator or Representative voted for the Senate version of S. 47, tell or leave a message for the staff person:1) I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. 2) I want to thank Senator/Representative____ for supporting the Senate version of S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
If your Senator or Representative did NOT vote for the Senate version of S. 47, tell or leave a message for the staff person: 1) I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. 2) I am disappointed that Senator/Representative ____ did not vote for the Senate version of S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Note: many House Republicans voted for the weak substitute for VAWA and then against the "real" S. 47 but they are telling their constituents that they "voted for VAWA." If you receive or read about any of these statements, please write a letter to the editor or directly to these members and set the record straight
Tweet your Senators and Representatives to thank them for voting for the Senate version of S. 47, the reauthorization of VAWA that protects ALL victims.
[Name of organization] thx all Senators and Representatives voting for real S.47, bipartisan #VAWA bill!
ACTION ITEM: STAY TUNED!
Watch for alerts in the next weeks as we host another VAWA Twitter Chat to talk about our success and what this means for all victims!
Stay tuned for a "Thank you for passing VAWA" photo campaign we'll unveil soon!
Take a break to celebrate, but please be ready as we continue the fight against budget cuts that will devastate services. Let's work to get VAWA and VAW-related programs fully funded. There is still so much to do to prevent and end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking experience by girls and women, boys and men. Our families and communities MUST be safe so that all can live, work and thrive.
For more information, fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates: www.4vawa.org
Follow us on Twitter at @NTFVAWA and "like" our Facebook page.
Don't forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #VAWA4all 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-mail list, send names and contact information including email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, go to www.4vawa.org.