Call your Senators and Ask Them to Vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act!

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence supports Senator Gillibrand’s efforts to add the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which is expected to be on the Senate Floor as early as next Wednesday, November 13. 

S. 967 (MJIA) has 38 bipartisan sponsors and 47 Senate supporters but we need 13 more votes to ensure that there is no filibuster and to pass this amendment for survivors.   We have less than a week to make our calls and tweets.

Take Action NOW!

  1. Tweet at your Senators asking them to support the MJIA. To find your Senators’ Twitter handle, visit: tweetcongress.org.  Sample tweet:@Senator’sTwitterHandle Listen 2 voices of survivors & VAWA advocates: Vote 4 the MJIA amendment 2 the NDAA.
  2. Contact your Senators directly at their DC offices. The Senators listed below need to hear from you right away with this message:
“Support the Military Justice Improvement Act as an amendment to the NDAA because military survivors deserve justice. You must listen to the voices of survivors and act to address the outrageous epidemic of military sexual assault. After VAWA, the MJIA is the next critical step in addressing sexual assault.”

 

Background: The MJIA is a result of advocates and policy makers listening to the voices of survivors. We have heard over and over again the stories of what happens when survivors report and why many don’t report.  All Senators need to listen to these voices and support the reforms survivors say they need.  The MJIA creates an independent objective and non-biased military justice system worthy of the men and women in uniform. We all know that prosecuting sexual assault and domestic violence requires specialized training, and the MJIA would ensure that prosecutors have expertise in these crimes.  

It’s not just advocates, though, who are saying significant change is needed in the military’s approach to major crimes. Military leaders have gone on record with their deep concerns about how the military has thus far responded to sexual assault. In an April 19th speech at Parris Island, General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps said: "Why wouldn't female Marines come forward?  Because they don't trust us. They don't trust the command. They don't trust the leadership.” And then went on to lament a climate in which leaders have "become so soft" on holding wrongdoers accountable.

Just as a bipartisan coalition of Senators came together to pass the Violence Against Women Act to protect survivors and communities, so too must the Senate come together to pass the MJIA and protect survivors and all men and women in the military.

The following Senators need to hear from you THIS WEEK:

ALEXANDER, Lamar (R-TN) (202) 224-4944

BARRASSO, John (R-WY) (202) 224-6441

BAUCUS, Max (D-MT) (202) 224-2651

BOOKER, Cory (D-NJ) (202)-224-3224

BOOZMAN, John (R-AR) (202) 224-4843

BROWN, Sherrod (D-OH) (202) 224-2315

BURR, Richard (R-NC) (202) 224-3154

CHIESA, Jeff (R-NJ) (202) 224-3224

COATS, Daniel (R-IN) (202) 224-5623

COBURN, Tom (R-OK) (202) 224-5754

COCHRAN, Thad (R-MS) (202) 224-5054

CORKER, Bob (R-TN) (202) 224-3344

CORNYN, John (R-TX) (202) 224-2934

CRAPO, Mike (R-ID) (202) 224-6142

DURBIN, Richard J. (D-IL) (202) 224-2152

ENZI, Michael B. (R-WY) (202) 224-3424

FLAKE, Jeff (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521

HATCH, Orrin G. (R-UT) (202) 224-5251

HELLER, Dean (R-NV) (202) 224-6244

ISAKSON, Johnny (R-GA) (202) 224-3643

JOHNSON, Ron (R-WI) (202) 224-5323

KAINE, Tim (D-VA) (202) 224-4024

LANDRIEU, Mary L. (D-LA) (202) 224-5824

LEE, Mike (R-UT)  (202) 224-5444

McCONNELL, Mitch (R-KY)  (202) 224-2541

MORAN, Jerry (R-KS) (202) 224-6521

MURRAY, Patty (D-WA) (202) 224-2621

MURPHY, Christopher (D-CT) (202) 224-4041

PORTMAN, Rob (R-OH) (202) 224-3353

REID, Harry (D-NV) (202) 224-3542

RISCH, James E. (R-ID) (202) 224-2752

ROBERTS, Pat (R-KS) (202) 224-4774

RUBIO, Marco (R-FL) (202) 224-3041

SHELBY, Richard C. (R-AL) (202) 224-5744

TESTER, Jon (D-MT) (202) 224-2644

TOOMEY, Patrick J. (R-PA) (202) 224-4254

WARNER, Mark R. (D-VA) (202) 224-2023

WHITEHOUSE, Sheldon (D-RI) (202) 224-2921

 

Resources:

New York Times story from 11/7/13

Fact sheets and talking points

 

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