EMERGENCY CALLS NEEDED BEFORE TOMORROW MORNING!!

Important tribal improvements for Native women are under attack.

TAKE ACTION in the next 24 hours

  1. EMERGENCY – CALLS NEEDED BEFORE TOMORROW MORNING.  Please call members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee IMMEDIATELY and encourage them to support S.1925, especially if you live in Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska, North Dakota, Idaho, or Nebraska!  
  2. LET’S GET THOSE LAST TWO SPONSORS IN THE SENATE.   S.1925, the “real” VAWA, has 59 Senate sponsors!!!  We have set March 20th—the first day of spring - to reach our goal of 60 filibuster-proof sponsors so we have 1 more to go.  We only need two more – and we need your help!  We can do this!  If your Senator is not a VAWA sponsor, call them at their Hill office, ask for the staff person who handles VAWA and offer to help them convince their Senator to sponsor S. 1925. 
  3. Ask Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to schedule a vote on VAWA.
  4. Tweet for VAWA. Join the twitter carnival for #ReauthorizeVAWA on Wednesday, March 14th at 12pm EDT, 11am CDT, 10am MDT, 9am PDT

Action 1. Call your Senator, especially if you live in Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska, North Dakota, Idaho, or Nebraska!   When you call, tell your Senator, "The tribal provisions in Section 904 of S.1925 are absolutely critical to ensure the safety of Native women and their access to safety and equal justice." More talking points on the tribal provisions can be found here.  For more information, Katy Jackman, Katy_Jackman@NCAI.org National Congress of American Indians 202.466.7767, ext. 232

Action 2:  If  your Senator is one of the 42 who are NOT sponsors of VAWA,  call their office today and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1925. VAWA needs two more sponsors and many more supporters.  Please contact the below Senators – they are either former sponsors or have expressed interest or support for VAWA currently or in the past.  Ask them to sponsor S. 1925 and if they cannot, ask them to pledge their support when it comes to the Senate floor in the weeks ahead.  Here are a few messaging points you can share:

"A lot of misinformation is being circulated by the bills detractors about S. 1925, the real VAWA.  I want to set the record straight: 1.  Since VAWA first passed, the number of individuals killed by an intimate partner has decreased by 34% for women and 57% for men. VAWA has saved lives while saving money, saving $12.6 billion in its first 6 years alone.2.  S. 1925 saves money by consolidating and repealing more than 15 programs, ensuring more funding will go directly to needed victim services rather than grant administration. 3.  S. 1925 adopts almost word-for-word the accountability measures developed by Senator Grassley for the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act. 4.  S. 1925 does not create “new victims” or support “special interests.”  The real VAWA protects all victims of these crimes, regardless of their age, gender, race, citizenship, sexuality, or faith. 5. Our nation must not say, "There are too many victims” or “You are not the ‘right’ kind of victim.” All victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking deserve help.  That’s what S. 1925, the real VAWA, does.  Please support VAWA’s reauthorization.  Thank you.”

 

  • 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

Action 3: Call Senator Reid’s office with this message: “Thank you for sponsoring VAWA!  We need Senator Reid to continue to be our champion for the whole country. Please schedule S. 1925 for a floor vote as soon as possible.”

  • If you are not from Nevada 202-224-3542 DC office
  • If you are from Nevada: 775-686-5750 Reno office

Action 4:  Participate in the #ReauthorizeVAWA Twitter Carnival on Wednesday, March 14th at 12pm EDT, 11am CDT, 10am MDT, 9am PDT

  • Thank @SenatorLeahy & #SenatorCrapo 4 leading the way to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org RT
  • Your colleagues need encouragement @USSenScottBrown. Tell us Y U support S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org RT
  • Hey @senatortester MT thanks U 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • #ReauthorizeVAWA! 58 senators know what's right. Pass S.1925! #VAWA RT
  • Hey Senator @lisamurkowski, tell us Y U support S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org RT
  • Hey Senator @robportman OH wants U 2 help pass S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • 58 Senators R co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA.  Is ur senator 1 of them? RT
  • Violence is unacceptable @SenAlexander. Co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • 3 cheers for @SenatorCollins 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • What R U waiting for Senator @KellyAyotte? Sign on to S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Let's do the right thing @senatorlugar. Please co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA now!
  • Hey @SenatorSnowe, Y aren’t U a co-sponsor of S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA?! 4vawa.org RT
  • Thank U @SenatorKirk 4 co-sponsoring the real #VAWA, S.1925! #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Help end the violence @SenJonKyl. Co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • Thank U @Sen_JoeManchin for co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Hey Senators co-sponsor S.1925 2 #ReauthorizeVAWA w/ @SenatorLeahy & #SenatorCrapo in the lead. 4vawa.org
  • Hey UT @SenMikeLee needs encouragement 2 co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • Senator @DeanHeller, NV needs U 2 do the right thing & co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Senator @GrahamBlog 58 senators already co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! SC wants U 2 be 1 of them!
  • We need 2 #ReauthorizeVAWA now!  Co-sponsor S.1925, the @SenatorLeahy & #SenatorCrapo bill. 4vawa.org
  • Senator @TomCoburn, OK wants U 2 do the right thing & co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA!
  • VA thanks U Senator @MarkWarner 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • CO thanks U Senator @MarkUdall 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • OR thanks U @SenJeffMerkley 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • 58 senators are co-sponsoring the real #VAWA, S.1925! Let's get it to 60! #ReauthorizeVAWA RT
  • OH thanks U @SenSherrodBrown 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • CO thanks U @SenBennetCO 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • Hey @SenatorSnowe, ME wants to know Y ur not a co-sponsor of S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • Thank U @SenMarkPryor for co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • NE thanks U @SenBenNelson 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • CT thanks U Senator @JoeLieberman 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • HI thanks U Senator @Daniel_Inouye 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Hey Senator @kaybaileyhutch, TX wants U 2 co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! 4vawa.org
  • Where is ur conscience Senator @OrrinHatch? Co-sponsor S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Senator @ChuckGrassley, IA expects U 2 support the real #VAWA, S.1925! #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • Senator @JohnCornyn, TX expects U 2 support the real #VAWA, S.1925! #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • DE thanks U @SenatorCarper 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • HI thanks U @SenatorAkaka 4 co-sponsoring S.1925 to #ReauthorizeVAWA! RT
  • #VAWA rocks! And so do you @SenatorLeahy & #SenatorCrapo! #ReauthorizeVAWA now! RT

HUGE thanks to all who all who have been tweeting and retweeting about VAWA.  Now we need to make #ReauthorizeVAWA a trending topic on twitter. In order to do that we need a lot of people to tweet and retweet messages including the hashtag #ReauthorizeVAWA in a SHORT amount of time. The bigger a splash we can make by sharing this, the better! 

You can help us trend #ReauthorizeVAWA by tweeting this message on Wednesday, March 14th at noon EST.  If you can’t/won’t be in front of your computers or hand-helds at noon you can still send out the post on twitter at noon by signing up on HootSuite  and scheduling your messages to post on March 14 at noon (just make sure you’re time settings are for EDT).  During the Twitter Carnival, you should also retweet and respond to the twitters of others – always including #ReauthorizeVAWA.  Try following @BreakTheCycleDV for VAWA related tweets that you can retweet during the weekly Twitter Carnivals and all week long.

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