THIS IS THE MOMENT – IF YOU WANT REAL VAWA LEGISLATION TO PASS, YOU MUST ACT!

NTF strongly opposes the Cantor-Adams version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that was introduced in the House.  This bill is being scheduled for mark up in the House Judiciary committee next Tuesday, May 8th. We must take action NOW to let the members of this committee – and all members of Congress - know that this bill is NOT the real VAWA – it is not the VAWA that passed the Senate 68-31 and it is not the one that protects all victims.

We know we’ve asked you to take a lot of actions in the past few months, and we are deeply grateful for your work.  We are in the home stretch and need your help to mobilize ALL people who care about ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Please take a moment to do the following and PASS THIS ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES.

We must tell our legislators that we strongly oppose the Cantor-Adams bill.  The Cantor-Adams bill is DANGEROUS for victims because:

  • it claims to support “true victims” but instead further endangers victims by taking away victims' protections-like access to shelter and access to justice
  • it rolls back VAWA protections
  • it abandons Native women, immigrant and LGBT victims
  1. Women could die from provisions stripping confidentiality for immigrant victims petitioning to keep themselves and their children safe – and we can’t support a bill that would tell an abusive partner where the victim is and what the victim is doing
  2. The bill allows batterers on Tribal lands to go free -  and we can’t support a bill that protects batterers on Tribal lands but won't protect victims
  3. The bill leaves LGBT victims isolated and alone because this bill thinks LGBT victims are not the “right” victims worthy of help
  • it assumes that small non-profits struggling to shelter and support victims are committing fraud at high rates while nothing supports this claim. Advocates will have to re-direct their attention from victims to paperwork.  The bill wants to grow bureaucracy at the expense of victims' services.  We want to grow services, not bureaucracy
  • it is NOT the REAL VAWA

We want to see a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims

Action 1:  Call and email your representative and tell them you OPPOSE the Cantor-Adams bill and want them to pass a REAL VAWA bill in the House

Action 2:   Meet with your representatives in your district and tell them why they need to oppose Cantor-Adams and work on a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims.

Action 3:  Thank the senators who supported S. 1925 and tell the ones who didn’t that you’re disappointed

 

ACTION 1:  Call AND email your representative and tell them:  

 “We oppose the Cantor-Adams proposal because it is NOT the REAL VAWA and doesn’t include protections for all victims and it rolls back protections for victims of violence. It is DANGEROUS for survivors of violence.   We support a bill like the bi-partisan Senate bill that protects Native victims, immigrant victims, LGBTQ victims and other marginalized communities.”  You must support us in passing the REAL VAWA.

 

Email your Representative with the following message: 

I strongly oppose the Cantor-Adams bill because it rolls back VAWA protections, it abandons Native women, immigrant and LGBT victims and it is NOT the REAL VAWA.  I know what violence looks like because my (sister/brother/friend) in my county (or district) was abused (give details).  I don’t want this to happen again.  In honor of _______________, I’m asking you to vote against the Cantor-Adams bill.

 

WE NEED TO FLOOD THE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES WITH CALLS AND EMAILS!

 

ACTION 2: Meet with your representatives and tell them about why VAWA matters to you  

We need every representative to understand that this issue impacts their district and their constituents.  Have a meeting with a staffer in your representative’s office and tell them why VAWA is important and why they should oppose Cantor-Adams – it is DANGEROUS for victims, it rolls back VAWA protections, it abandons Native women, immigrant and LGBT victims and it is NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill that includes ALL victims

Use tips from our TOOLKIT to:  work with your community, have legislative visits and reach out to policy makers. 

 

ACTION 3:  Thank the senators who supported S. 1925 and tell those who didn’t how disappointed you are.After it leaves the House, VAWA will be conferenced between the House and the Senate.  We need to tell Senators who supported S. 1925 that we appreciate their support.  And we need to tell those who didn’t that we are disappointed in them and feel that they’ve failed us on VAWA.

Here are ways you can reach out to your Senators:

Send a letter to the editor that thanks your senator who supported S. 1925:  Submit this letter to the editor to thank your Senators for their support with VAWA. 

 (Name of organization or organizations – and list size of membership or number of victims served) is proud that Senator (insert Senator name here) voted for the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 1925, which passed the Senate on a 68-31 vote last week.  This modest bill will sustain lifesaving laws and initiatives that are at the heart of our nation’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.  Law enforcement and prosecutors rely on this legislation to combat these heinous crimes – to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.  Victims desperately need the core services authorized by VAWA to keep them safe and help them heal.  S. 1925 builds on VAWA’s successes and includes new provisions that ensure that the most vulnerable victims are protected. VAWA supports (include examples of critical programs/services/intervention efforts from your state here).  Now, as more and more victims are coming forward for help, just as there are fewer resources and waiting lists for services, it is absolutely essential that our national leaders support this vital legislation.  Victims and their advocates in X state can feel proud that Senator X took a stand for them and voted for victims!

Send a letter to the editor to express your disappointment with those who voted AGAINST VAWA:   Submit this letter to the editor to tell the Senators who voted against VAWA that you are disappointed:

Letter to the editor for senators who voted no:

(Name of organization or organizations – and list size of membership or number of victims served) is deeply disappointed that Senator (insert Senator name here) voted against the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 1925, which passed the Senate on a 68-31 vote last week.  This modest bill would sustain lifesaving laws and initiatives that are at the heart of our nation’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.  Law enforcement and prosecutors rely on this legislation to combat these heinous crimes – to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.  Victims desperately need the core services authorized by VAWA to keep them safe and help them heal.  S. 1925 builds on VAWA’s successes and includes new provisions that ensure that the most vulnerable victims are protected. VAWA supports (include examples of critical programs/services/intervention efforts from your state here).  Now, as more and more victims are coming forward for help, just as there are fewer resources and waiting lists for services, it is absolutely essential that our national leaders support this vital legislation.   (Final sentence indicating your Senator chose to vote against this vital, modest, and bipartisan legislation or has historically been a strong supporter but this most recent vote was a vote against victims.)

Tweet your thanks!  Use hashtags:  #VAWA, #ReauthorizeVAWA #RealVAWA

 

Tweet your disappointment:  Use hashtags:  #VAWA, #ReauthorizeVAWA #RealVAWA

Alabama:@SenatorSessions @SenShelbyPress Your votes against S1925, the real VAWA, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Alabama! #vawa

Arizona:@SenJonKyl the people of Arizona were counting on you to vote yes on S 1925, the real Violence Against Women Act. Deeply disappointed! #vawa

Arkansas:@JohnBoozman The ppl of Arkansas needed ur support 4 victims of violence but u voted against S1925, the real VAWA & we r disappointed! #vawa

Florida:@marcorubio Victims of violence in Florida needed ur support but you voted against S 1925 the real VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

Georgia:@SaxbyChambliss @SenatorIsakson Victims of violence in Georgia needed u but u voted against S1925, the real VAWA & we r disappointed! #vawa

Idaho:@Senator Risch: Victims of violence in Idaho needed u but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we r disappointed! #vawa

Indiana:@senatorlugar Victims of violence in Indiana needed u but u voted against the Violence Against Women Act & we are disappointed! #vawa

Iowa:@ChuckGrassley Victims of violence in Iowa needed ur support but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we are very disappointed! #vawa

Kansas:@JerryMoran @SenPatRoberts Ur votes against S1925, the Violence Against Women Act, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Kansas! #vawa

Kentucky:@McConnellPress @SenRandPaul Ur votes against S1925, the Violence Against Women Act, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Kentucky! #vawa

Mississippi:@SenThadCochran @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran @SenatorWicker Ur votes against S1925, the real VAWA, are deeply disappointing to the ppl of Mississippi! #vawa

Missouri:@RoyBlunt Victims of violence in Missouri needed you but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

Nebraska:@Mike_Johanns Victims of violence in Nebraska needed  you but you voted against S 1925, the real VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

North Carolina:@SenatorBurr Victims of violence in North Carolina needed you but you voted against VAWA & we are deeply disappointed! #vawa

Oklahoma:@TomCoburn @jiminhofe The people of Oklahoma are deeply disappointed in your vote against S 1925, the Violence Against Womn Act! #vawa

Pennsylvania:@SenToomey the people of Pennsylvania are disappointed in your vote against S.1925, the real VAWA, a bill that helps all victims! #vawa

South Carolina:@JimDeMint @LindseyGrahamSC The peopel of South Carolina are deeply disappointed in your votes against S. 1925, the real VAWA! #vawa

South Dakota:@SenJohnThune The people of South Dakota are deeply disappointed in your vote against S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Act! #vawa

Texas:@JohnCornyn Texans are deeply disappointed in your vote against S.1925, the real VAWA, a bill that helps all victims of violence! #vawa

Utah:@SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee the people of Utah are deeply disappointed in your vote against the Violence Against Women Act, S.1925! #vawa

Wisconsin:@SenRonJohnson The ppl of Wisconsin are disappointed in ur vote against S. 1925, the real VAWA, a bill that helps victims of violence! #vawa

Wyoming:@SenJohnBarrasso & Senator Enzi, The people of Wyoming we are deeply disappointed in your votes against S. 1925, the real VAWA! #vawa

 

AND:  Please post this poster on your FB page and tweet it – it shows the 31 senators who voted against VAWA, who are:

Alabama: 

Sessions (R-AL), Nay

Shelby (R-AL), Nay

Arizona:

Kyl (R-AZ), Nay


Arkansas:

Boozman (R-AR), Nay


Florida:

Rubio (R-FL), Nay


Georgia:

Chambliss (R-GA), Nay

Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Idaho:

Risch (R-ID), Nay


Indiana:

Lugar (R-IN), Nay


Iowa:

Grassley (R-IA), Nay


Kansas:

Moran (R-KS), Nay

Roberts (R-KS), Nay

Kentucky:

McConnell (R-KY), Nay

Paul (R-KY), Nay

Mississippi:

Cochran (R-MS), Nay

Wicker (R-MS), Nay

Missouri:

Blunt (R-MO), Nay


Nebraska:

Johanns (R-NE), Nay


North Carolina:

Burr (R-NC), Nay


Oklahoma:

Coburn (R-OK), Nay

Inhofe (R-OK), Nay

Pennsylvania:

Toomey (R-PA), Nay


South Carolina:

DeMint (R-SC), Nay

Graham (R-SC), Nay

South Dakota:

Thune (R-SD), Nay


Texas:

Cornyn (R-TX), Nay


Utah:

Hatch (R-UT), Nay

Lee (R-UT), Nay

Wisconsin:

Johnson (R-WI), Nay


Wyoming:

Barrasso (R-WY), Nay

Enzi (R-WY), Nay

 

Tell them it’s not OK to vote against VAWA – they did not support us and we will remember.

 

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