The next time you or someone else complains about National Organization for Women (NOW) being a middle-class, white group, send them the following piece. NOW was at the heart of proposing and passing VAWA, and we continue to work each year to get it re-authorized. We were one of the most important forces in making sure people of color (such as immigrant and Native American populations) and LGBTQ people were included in VAWA services. We continue this fight today and need your help in contacting senators. Thank you.
N. Jerin Arifa
National NOW Board of Directors
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)
From Pat Reuss, who was/is one of the main people working for VAWA.
Terry O'Neill (National NOW President) and I are here in Phoenix visiting Olga and before we go to the Hospice, we're working on VAWA. I am so proud of Terry who is personally calling Senate offices for VAWA. Please join Terry and make a call today or tomorrow for VAWA. It's important that you reach the D.C. office and ask for the staffer in charge of VAWA by name. And yes, leave a voice mail or message if they can't or won't take your call. I suggest that you read these two articles in the New York Times and the The Hill because they will get you fired up to make these calls.
If your Senator(s) are co-sponsors, please contact them with a great big thanks and ask them to not only vote for cloture (needs 60 votes) but to speak out in support for the bipartisan Leahy/Crapo bill, S. 1925.
If your Senator(s) are not sponsors (and only Republicans are left), please take this time to ask them to join the 6 Republicans on the bill as a sponsor. If they cannot sponsor the bill, ask them to at least vote for cloture and for the "real" VAWA, the bipartisan Leahy/Crapo bill, S. 1925.
Opponents to S. 1925 are promoting a party mantra: "I support VAWA, but not that VAWA!" They are telling us that they prefer the Grassley bill which just reauthorizes the old VAWA and doesn't do all this new stuff and doesn't include all these new groups (special interests according to Sen. Orrin Hatch) and doesn't cost so much money.
NOW is proud to stand firm with Senators Leahy and Crapo and insist that immigrant, Native and LGBTQ victims of violence are not special interests, they are us, and MUST NOT BE LEFT OUT.
Child/Family Issues LA: Sarah Arbes
Portman, Rob - (R - OH) (202) 224-3353 Judiciary and Women's Issues LA: Aja Brooks, Native American Affairs LA: Stephen Kittredge
The Senate Democratic women planned noon floor speeches in the Senate today http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/
Best advocacy line on VAWA sponsorship: Last month, Kae Chatman, Arkansas NOW president to Senator Pryor's staff (Pryor was the only Dem who had yet to sponsor the Senate VAWA bill): "Don't make me call out the flying monkeys" reminding him of the power of Facebook and twitter. Only fans of the witch's line in "The Wizard of Oz" will appreciate that challenge, but Pryor was a sponsor the next morning.