Thursday, March 15, 2012

VAWA calls needed NOW to include immigrant, Native & LGBTQ victims of violence: they are NOT special interests


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. 

* Cochran, Thad - (R - MS) (202) 224-5054 Judiciary LA: Carlisle Clarke, Women's Issues LA: Elyse Marcellino

* Cornyn, John - (R - TX) 202) 224-2934 Judiciary LA: Matt Johnson, Women's Issues LA: Michelle Chin

* Hutchison, Kay Bailey - (R - TX) (202) 224-5922 Judiciary and Women's issues LA: Jenifer Healy

Alexander, Lamar - (R – TN (202) 224-4944 Judiciary LA: Peter Oppenheim, Women's Issues LA: Mary-Sumpter Lapinski

Ayotte, Kelly - (R – NH (202) 224-3324 Judiciary LA: John Lawrence, Women's Issues LA: Daniel Auger

Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY) (202) 224-3424 Judiciary LA: Wendy Gnehm, Women's Issues LA: Travis Jordan

Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC) (202) 224-5972 Judiciary and Women's Issues LA: Walt Kuhn

Heller, Dean - (R - NV) (202) 224-6244 Judiciary and Women's Issues LA: Leeann Gibson

Kyl, Jon - (R - AZ) (202) 224-4521 Judiciary LA: Stephen Higgins, Women's Issues LA: Elizabeth Maier

Lugar, Richard G. - (R – IN) (202) 224-4814 Judiciary and Women's Issues LA: Joe O'Donnell

McConnell, Mitch - (R - KY) Minority Leader  (202) 224-2541 Judiciary LA: Russell Coleman,  Women's, Native American and

Child/Family Issues LA: Sarah Arbes

Moran, Jerry - (R - KS)  (202) 224-6521 Judiciary LA: Darby O'Donnell, Women: Brian Perkins, Native American Affairs: Jesse Rundle

Portman, Rob - (R - OH)  (202) 224-3353 Judiciary and Women's Issues LA: Aja Brooks, Native American Affairs LA: Stephen Kittredge

Risch, James E. - (R – ID (202) 224-2752 Judiciary LA: Brianne Miller,Women LA: Rebecca Cotton, Native American  LA: Darren Parker

Toomey, Patrick J. - (R - PA) (202) 224-4254 Judiciary & Women LA: Tessie Abraham, Native American Affairs LA: Mitch Vidovich

The Senate Democratic women planned noon floor speeches in the Senate today

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.



VAWA is coming to the Senate floor for a vote as early as next week.

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