Join us for a National Organizing Call for VAWA on November 8th

 As our sisters and brothers, survivors, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers begin the hard work of repairing the damage done by Hurricane Sandy, our hearts go out to them.

We know that VAWA’s lifesaving services are more important than ever! 

Once the election is over, we must make every effort to get our Representatives and Senators in Congress to make VAWA a priority in the lame duck session of Congress.

Please join us

12:00pm eastern on Thursday, November 8th

for a very important organizing call.

Dial-in Number: 1-213-226-0400 Conference Code: 451747

You’ll hear from national leaders who will outline major actions that everyone in the country can take to ensure VAWA gets passed by the end of the year.


We will discuss a National Day of Action for VAWA to be held on Wednesday, November 14th.

 

Congress has some unfinished business.

They MUST PASS the Violence Against Women Act

when they reconvene in November!

 

Get their word on it. VAWA NOW.

Congress has unfinished business - Pass VAWA NOW!

661

  Days

Since VAWA Expired

163

  Days

Since Congress’ Last Action on VAWA

51

Days

Until This Congress ends and VAWA 2012 dies…


Congress has some unfinished business.

They MUST PASS the Violence Against Women Act

when they reconvene in November!

Advocates should use the next 12 days before the election to let the candidates know that we need VAWA done now! 

 Get their word on it. VAWA NOW. 

 

In the past week, tweeting about VAWA trended and, as a result, women’s issues were a focus of the second Presidential Debates!  All of you did a great job getting the word out and holding our elected officials to their obligation to address the concerns of all people.  Now we have to get them focused specifically on VAWA – we need a commitment from every Congress Member that they will pass VAWA before the end of the year!

 

ACTIONS:  Tell you legislator that you think VAWA is an election issue and MUST be passed by the end of 2012.  Your representatives and senators are home campaigning. Call their district offices with this message and also send it by email:

 

In this election season the most important issue to me is the Violence Against Women Act.  It is unacceptable that it has been 658 days since VAWA expired, 160 days since Congress’ last action on VAWA.  With only 52 days until this Congress ends you can help change that.  I need a commitment from you that VAWA reauthorization will be your priority immediately after the election.   Please tell your colleagues and Congressional leadership that you want to see VAWA reauthorized in the lame duck session.  Make VAWA the number one priority bill passed before January.

 

You can also tweet:

@[your legislator]:  What are you doing to make sure #VAWA is reauthorized in lame duck?  

@[your legislator]:  Make #VAWA a lame duck priority – reauthorize it now! 

 

We have made so much progress on VAWA!

Let’s capitalize on that and get VAWA passed before the end of the year!

In the past year, we have worked together to get an inclusive, survivor-focused Violence Against Women Re-Authorization bill introduced into the Senate!  We also saw a number of bills introduced in the House, and the one that passed had limited and very partisan support. 

At the beginning of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the White House issued a statement acknowledging the need for inclusive responses to domestic violence:

“Despite considerable progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of these unconscionable acts. And while women between the ages of 16 and 24 are among the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence, domestic violence affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, or religion.” 

We can capitalize on this momentum and get VAWA passed by the end of this year!  But to do so we need to make sure that VAWA is a priority for every legislator during the “lame duck” session in Congress between now and January.

Let’s keep the pressure on – because together we can get this bill passed!

SEND YOUR LEGISLATOR THIS MESSAGE: 

By email:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It’s unacceptable that VAWA expired a year ago.   You can help change that.  VAWA reauthorization MUST be a priority in the lame duck session!  Please tell your colleagues and Congressional leadership that you want to see VAWA reauthorized now.  Make VAWA the number one priority bill passed before January.:

Watch the debates tonight and tweet to about VAWA

  • @crowleyCNN Ask in the #Debate why #DV resources through #VAWA have been expired 4 a yr? 4vawa.org #Women1016
  • @crowleyCNN He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her. Y has #VAWA expired? #DV #Women1016 #Debate
  • A @TransEquality survey showed 64% trans people experienced sexual assault: bit.ly/P7nwJe Pass #VAWA 2012! #Women1016 #Debate #DV
  • “[Sexual Abuse] is not a racial story – it affects every nationality, every tribe” – Donna, AK native. Pass #VAWA now! #Women1016 #Debate
  • Danielle knew she had to get out of the relationship for her safety & her children. Pass #VAWA! 4vawa.org #Women1016 #DV #Debate
  • “The sexual abuse had gone 2 the very core of my human spirit & had taken away who I was, who I was meant 2 b” –Donna,AK #VAWA #Women1016
  • “Rape Assistance Volunteers told me it wasn’t my fault. I can now look @ myself in the mirror.” –Leanna,CO. But #VAWA expired, #Women1016
  • “They beat me & raped me, after that my whole life was different.” –Gabe,IL. Support #VAWA 4 all survivors, men & #Women1016 #Debate
  • Her brother used a knife 2 cut Yvette’s (NH) throat & genitals while assaulting her @ age 12. Men&#Women1016 need #VAWA 4vawa.org
  • “We all deserve to be treated with dignity, respect & love” –Laura,NY. Pass #VAWA 2012 for all! 4vawa.org #Women1016 #Debate #DV
  •  #LGBT survivors face the same rates of #DV, #SA as all – so #VAWA must include them too.  Pass VAWA 2012 for all Men & #Women1016
  •  Homicide rates increased 3x in 2011 for #LGBT victims of #DV.  Pass VAWA 2012 for all people!  4vawa.org Men& #Women1016 #Debate

Make VAWA a debate topic!

During last night's VP Debate we heard Vice President Biden's and Congressman Ryan's views on abortion.  Now it's time we hear from the President and Mr. Romney on another important women's health issue - violence against women.

Add your voice! 

Use these tweets to urge Candy Crowley to include the Violence Against Women Act as a debate topic in next week's presidential debate and share with the public why VAWA is so important:

  • @crowleyCNN Rape is rape and #VAWA is expired. #Debate candidates must respond to these issues
  • @crowleyCNN lets hear about why #VAWA has been expired for a year while #DV, rape and stalking major issues #Debate #DVAM2012
  • @crowleyCNN, it’s #DVAM2012 - #Debate should include women & family issues like #education, #poverty, #dv, #VAWA
  • Claire escaped abuse & obtained permanent residency through #VAWA. Tell ur Rep 2 pass #VAWA in 2012! 4vawa.org
  • He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. Pass #VAWA now! #DVAM2012
  • 1 in 3 Native American women will be sexually abused during their lifetime. Pass #VAWA in 2012 to help all survivors. #DVAM2012
  • It’s unacceptable tht #dv resources have been expired for a year. Reauthorize #VAWA now! #DVAM2012 4vawa.org
  • A community org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #dv funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims; pass #VAWA in 2012
  • “Rapists take away your childhood, your innocence, your spirit.” –Sasha of WI. Pass #VAWA now so survivors have hope. 4vawa.org
  • Eunice of OH was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. It's #DVAM2012; Pass #VAWA in 2012
  • Sexual assault of men remains “a silent epidemic” –Gabe of IL.  Pass #VAWA now to help all victims 4vawa.org

Get VAWA Passed Before The End of the Year!

We have made so much progress on VAWA!  Let’s capitalize on that and get VAWA passed before the end of the year!

During the past year, our collective work ensured that the Senate passed a bipartisan, inclusive and survivor-focused Violence Against Women Re-Authorization bill and have kept Congress and the media focused on the needs of survivors! Our advocacy ensured that a dangerous VAWA bill in the House passed by with limited and very partisan support. 

At the beginning of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the White House issued a statement acknowledging the need for inclusive responses to domestic violence:

“Despite considerable progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of these unconscionable acts.  And while women between the ages of 16 and 24 are among the most vulnerable to intimate partner violence, domestic violence affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, or religion.” 

At the same time, the issue of rape has remained front and center in our nation’s consciousness and a comprehensive policy response is needed.

We can capitalize on our momentum and the public focus on women’s issues and get VAWA passed by the end of this year! 

But to do so we need to make sure that VAWA is an election issue and a priority for every legislator during the “lame duck” session in Congress - after they come back from the election through the end of the year.

Let’s keep the pressure on – because together we can get this bill passed!

Your representatives and senators are home campaigning. Call their district offices with this message and also send it by email:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and 3 women lose their lives every day to this crime.   1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.  Rape, affecting 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men, is unacceptable.  ALL victims of violence must be protected.  Yet VAWA expired over a year ago.    VAWA reauthorization MUST be a priority in the lame duck session!  Please tell your colleagues and Congressional leadership that you want to see VAWA reauthorized now.  Will you publicly state before the election that passing VAWA this year is one of your highest priorities? 

 

You can also tweet:

@[your legislator]:  What are you doing to make sure #VAWA is reauthorized in lame duck?  #DVAM2012

@[your legislator]:  Make #VAWA a lame duck priority – reauthorize it now!  #DVAM2012

@[your legislator]: Rape is rape. Will you let rape victims know you want to help? Prioritize passing #VAWA in lame duck.

@[your legislator]:  Oct is DV Awareness Month.  Reauthorize #VAWA now for ALL survivors!  #DVAM2012


We've done it before and we can do it again together we can get this bill passed!

What are you doing to make sure VAWA is reauthorized?

Congress must know we won’t stop until we get a final bill that protects all victims!

Action: Call your Representatives and Senators today and ask:

“ What are you doing to make sure VAWA is reauthorized?”

Here’s the contact information for your Representatives and Senators.

 

Many who worked to make VAWA a reality in 1994 remember the ceremony on a warm September day in the White House Rose Garden and the sense of relief that followed: we finally had the tools to address the epidemic of domestic violence.

Since that day, VAWA has expanded its protections to victims of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Since that day, VAWA has saved thousands of lives and brought safety to thousands of homes.  VAWA’s programs have trained law enforcement, prosecution and court personnel to better understand the dynamics that make these four crimes such a burden on U.S. communities. 

Over the years, VAWA has created historic protections for immigrant victims and victims on tribal lands.  VAWA has raised awareness about and improved responses to sexual assault and stalking.  VAWA programs have disseminated prevention programs in middle schools and high schools.  The homicide rates for victims of these crimes has dropped significantly.

Yet any child born on that bright day in September 1994, now turning 18 years old, still faces the specter of victimization, because there are so many areas VAWA did not cover in the 18 years since its passage.  So in 2012 the Senate developed a new improved version of VAWA, a reauthorization that fills in so many of those gaps that pose dangers to youth who have never lived in a world without VAWA. 

Without the new version of VAWA, an 18 year old victim of sexual assault will not be able to secure safe housing.  Without the new version of VAWA, an 18 year old victim of dating violence will find it difficult to obtain justice on campus.  Without the new version of VAWA, many underserved communities, including the LGBT community, immigrant victims, and Native women, will have no place to go for help.

VAWA has done a stellar job of helping millions of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking over 18 years.  Let’s celebrate VAWA’s birthday by making sure all victims of violence can access help and justice.  Congress can best say “Happy Birthday, VAWA!” by completing an inclusive bill and getting it to the President to be signed, as it once was on a bright September day.

Thank you!

  • Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

Get a final VAWA passed that protects all victims!

As members of Congress head back to Washington this week and next, it is critical that all of us continue to reach out to Members in their districts and tell them to get a final VAWA passed that protects all victims!  

If recent ill-informed comments about rape and sexual violence, now dominating the national political discussion, have shown us anything it’s that the reauthorization of VAWA must be a priority for our lawmakers now more than ever. (Check out this video where 1,200 advocates at the National Sexual Assault Conference tell Congress: “Rape is rape. Stand up for victims. Pass VAWA now!”).

But Congress will only be in session for just a few weeks in September and then will go home the first of October and may not come back until after the election. Time is running out and they need to act quickly in September to get a final VAWA passed!

Below you will find steps to take action in your community:

 

ACTION 1: FIND YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AT A TOWN HALL, RALLY OR CAMPAIGNING ON THE STREETS AND ASK:

“What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed that helps ALL victims?”

 

ACTION 2:  CAN’T GET TO A TOWN HALL OR RALLY?  CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND TELL THEM WHY VAWA IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU!

Find your Congress Member here.  Tell them why VAWA is critical to you, your loved ones, family and friends and ask them “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”

 

ACTION 3:  CAN’T FIND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER IN PUBLIC?  VISIT THEM IN THEIR DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THEY ARE HOME!

We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – please spend the last two weeks of the Congressional recess telling your Senators and Representative to get VAWA done.  Ask them in their office, on Twitter, through a letter to the editor or on Facebook “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”

 

ACTION 4: GOT A GREAT PROGRAM SERVING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE?  INVITE YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENATIVE IN CONGRESS TO COME VISIT YOUR PROGRAM!

We all know the power of seeing what victims are really going through and Members of Congress need to see it for themselves. Chances are that they will want the press to know about their visit and that’s another opportunity for you to get the message out to the public about the need for VAWA.

Please click here to find tips for activism in August including letters to the editor, how to have an in district meeting, tweets, Facebook posts, and letters to the editor. 

 

Thank you!

  • Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

What will you do to get VAWA passed that will help all victims?

Our August assignment – Find out what your Senators and House Representative intend to do to get a final VAWA passed THIS YEAR that helps all victims.  Then relay their answers to the press and your coalition partners. 

In August, they are home and you must talk to them about how domestic and sexual violence impacts your community and why they should be working for VAWA’ s passage.  Suggest that they meet with survivors and service providers in your area and use Senator Murray's roundtable as a model

 

ACTION 1:  TALK WITH YOUR COMMUNITY ABOUT VAWA AND INVITE YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER TO THE TALK!

Set up a meeting with your local anti-domestic and sexual violence organizations or your book club, or your religious organization (or any other group you belong to!) and invite your Congress Member or a senior staff member to talk to people who see the real impact of this violence on the community.  Talk about how important VAWA is and why every victim/survivor needs their support. 

Ask the Congress Member or staff person to urge the leaders in both parties in both houses of Congress to quit posturing and get VAWA passed.  If the Congress Member can’t make it, use the meeting as an opportunity to talk about the issue with your friends, family and community members and inspire folks to continue to urge their Members to take action for VAWA.

 

ACTION 2:  VISIT THEM IN THEIR DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THEY ARE HOME!

We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – ask for a meeting to explain why VAWA must get passed this fall before they leave DC (and all bills die and have to be reintroduced in January next year).  Invite diverse members from your community to come with you and tell their stories about discrimination and lack of services and outline how a “real” VAWA can help.

 

ACTION 3:  WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OR AN OP ED!

 Write a letter to the editor in response to a recent story in the paper.  Here’s a great example from the YWCAs in Hawaii.   For more tips on writing letters to the editor, see page 10 of our VAWA Tool Kit. 

No recent coverage of VAWA in your local paper?  Write an op ed.  Here’s a great example from Massachusetts.  An op ed is your opportunity to raise an issue you think is of concern to your community and express your opinion about what needs to be done.  For more tips on writing op eds, see page 34 of our VAWA Tool Kit.

 

ACTION 4:  TWEET ABOUT THE NEED FOR VAWA! 

Use the August tool kit – with state-by-state tweets – to tweet about VAWA to your Congress Member.  Tell them why VAWA is critical to you, your loved ones, family and friends and ask them “What have you done to get a final VAWA passed?”  If it’s easier for you to just re-tweet follow @NTFVAWA on Twitter and re-tweet our tweets!

 

Thank you!

  • Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO GET A FINAL VAWA PASSED?

It’s August and your Congressional leaders are home and it’s time to find them in your state or hometown and ask them ONE QUESTION:  What are you doing to get a final VAWA passed that helps ALL victims? 

Because of your advocacy and pressure, there was some movement last week before Congress left town.  Speaker Boehner appointed conferees to a non-existent conference committee and Senator Grassley refused Senator Patty Murray’s offer to send the Senate VAWA to the House. 

Unless a miracle happens this week OR we put on the heat, Congress will be home for the rest of August until after Labor Day without having passed a bipartisan VAWA that protects all victims.  We need to tell Congress this is outrageous! 

For nearly two months Congress has done NOTHING to finish the job and get VAWA signed into law.  Congress will be in session for just a few weeks in September and then will go home the first of October and may not come back until after the elections.  We have no time to lose.

 

ACTION 1:  FIND YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AT A TOWN HALL, RALLY OR CAMPAIGNING ON THE STREETS AND ASK:

What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed that helps ALL victims? 

 

ACTION 2:  CAN’T GET TO A TOWN HALL OR RALLY?  CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND TELL THEM WHY VAWA IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU!

Find your Congress Member here.  Tell them why VAWA is critical to you, your loved ones, family and friends and ask them “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”

 

ACTION 3:  CAN’T FIND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER IN PUBLIC?  VISIT THEM IN THEIR DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THEY ARE HOME!

We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – spend the month of August telling your Congress Member to get VAWA done before they go on vacation.  Ask them in their office, on twitter, through a letter to the editor or on Facebook “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”

 

ACTION 4: GOT A GREAT PROGRAM SERVING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE?  INVITE YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENATIVE IN CONGRESS TO COME VISIT YOUR PROGRAM!

We all know the power of seeing what victims are really going through and Members of Congress need to see it for themselves.  Chances are that they will want the press to know about their visit and that’s another opportunity for you to get the message out to the public about the need for VAWA.

Below are some tips for activism in August including letters to the editor, how to have an in district meeting, tweets, Facebook posts, and letters to the editor.

Thank you!

  • Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO GET A FINAL VAWA PASSED?

It’s August and your Congressional leaders are home and it’s time to find them in your state or hometown and ask them ONE QUESTION:  What are you doing to get a final VAWA passed that helps ALL victims? 

Because of your advocacy and pressure, there was some movement last week before Congress left town.  Speaker Boehner appointed conferees to a non-existent conference committee and Senator Grassley refused Senator Patty Murray’s offer to send the Senate VAWA to the House. 

Unless a miracle happens this week OR we put on the heat, Congress will be home for the rest of August until after Labor Day without having passed a bipartisan VAWA that protects all victims.  We need to tell Congress this is outrageous! 

For nearly two months Congress has done NOTHING to finish the job and get VAWA signed into law.  Congress will be in session for just a few weeks in September and then will go home the first of October and may not come back until after the elections.  We have no time to lose.

 

ACTION 1:  FIND YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AT A TOWN HALL, RALLY OR CAMPAIGNING ON THE STREETS AND ASK:

What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed that helps ALL victims? 

 

ACTION 2:  CAN’T GET TO A TOWN HALL OR RALLY?  CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON AND TELL THEM WHY VAWA IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU!

Find your Congress Member here.  Tell them why VAWA is critical to you, your loved ones, family and friends and ask them “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”

 

ACTION 3:  CAN’T FIND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER IN PUBLIC?  VISIT THEM IN THEIR DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THEY ARE HOME!

We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – spend the month of August telling your Congress Member to get VAWA done before they go on vacation.  Ask them in their office, on twitter, through a letter to the editor or on Facebook “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”

 

ACTION 4: GOT A GREAT PROGRAM SERVING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE?  INVITE YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENATIVE IN CONGRESS TO COME VISIT YOUR PROGRAM!

We all know the power of seeing what victims are really going through and Members of Congress need to see it for themselves.  Chances are that they will want the press to know about their visit and that’s another opportunity for you to get the message out to the public about the need for VAWA.

Below are some tips for activism in August including letters to the editor, how to have an in district meeting, tweets, Facebook posts, and letters to the editor.

 

 

 

Thank you!

  • Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

Our strategy is working!

This Monday Speaker Boehner named eight members of the House of Representatives to serve on nonexistent conference committee on VAWA.

Unfortunately this is not a meaningful step forward for VAWA, and Congress continues to hide behind procedural issues that could easily be resolved. However, Speaker Boehner’s actions show us that our strategy is working! Because of you, Congress is feeling the pressure to pass a final VAWA bill that protects all victims, and we can't stop now!  We need to let them know that the safety of victims cannot be held hostage to political wrangling and procedural excuses.

This week, before Congress goes on August recess, please take the following actions to ensure that a final VAWA is swiftly passed.

ACTION ONE : CALL THE POTENTIAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, OR TEXAS - AND TELL THEM:

“I have read and heard you say that you care about preventing sexual and domestic violence and providing crucial services and legal justice for all victims. Please match your words with your deeds and make sure Congress considers the Violence Against Women Act’s reauthorization THIS year.  To do this, both the House and Senate bills  must be considered as part of any future negotiations. I urge you to get a final VAWA that protects all victims passed this year. Anything else is unacceptable to your constituents and victims all across the nation.”

 

FL:      Representative Sandy Adams, 202- 225-2706

CA:      Representative Bono Mack, 202 225-5330

SC:       Representative Trey Gowdy, 202 225- 6030

NY:      Representative Nan Hayworth, 202 225-5441

WA:     Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 202 225-2006

WV:     Representative Shelly Moore Capito, 202.225.2711

WI:      Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., (202) 225-5101

TX:      Representative Lamar Smith, Chair, House Judiciary Committee, 202-225-4236

 

ACTION TWO: CALL HOUSE LEADERS AND ASK THEM TO ACCEPT THE SENATE BILL, WORK OUT THE PROCEDURAL BLUE SLIP PROBLEM, REPLACE SHOWMANSHIP WITH CRAFTSMANSHIP AND GET A REAL VAWA PASSED.

CALL THE SENATE LEADERS AND DEMAND THEY WORK THIS OUT TOO. VAWA MUST PASS THIS YEAR OR ALL THE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE LOST.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541

Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

Thank you!

  • Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

Get the REAL VAWA passed

It's time for the House and Senate to solve the procedural log jam and  get the REAL VAWA passed before they go on recess for their August vacation. 

TAKE ACTION:  CALL YOUR OWN SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS SOLVE THE BLUE SLIP PROCEDURAL HOLDUP OR WE’LL GIVE THEM THE PINK SLIP IN NOVEMBER.  TELL THEM:

The conference for VAWA is being blocked because the House leadership says the Senate's inclusive VAWA has a small revenue measure that is supposed to be passed first by the House.  But in many previous instances, including the Transportation Bill that the President just signed, Congress has carried out a simple procedural option that resolves the problem, so that the bill under consideration can move forward.  That must happen NOW so that VAWA 2012 can be negotiated in conference and become law.  The House’s posturing and refusal to act will sink the vital improvements, programs and services that our nations’ states and communities rely on to meet the needs of all victims.

 We need House and Senate leadership to hear from their fellow Representatives and Senators: Deal with the blue slip problem and pass VAWA NOW!  Please call your Representative and Senators and demand that they get their leadership moving on this important bill!

Tell a true story: “VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.”   Or “Just this week, (a serial rapist attacked two women/an ex-spouse shot…/an immigrant was terrorized by her employer/a child watched…../a rapist on tribal land….)

You are our leaders and we know you care about the tragic loss and cost of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence and stalking. By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, the programs and services in your state can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.  You must pass VAWA before you go on vacation!

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

Your member of Congress, 202-224-3121

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541

Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

We’ve told them in meetings, on the phone and through the National Rally on June 26th.  In the words of a very wise 10 year old

If you don’t know, we were rallying because the Senate had passed a VAWA that included protection for Native Americans on reservations; it protected the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, and it protected immigrants and people of color. The bill protected both men and women. But, when the Senate sent it over to the House, they had different opinions. They passed a VAWA that didn’t protect the people that the other bill passed by the Senate did. What I loved about the rally was that everyone there had the same opinion, no matter where they came from, what organization they worked for, if you were well known or not so much, we all had one opinion and one voice. The VAWA passed by the House would not work, at all!

 

Not only do 10 year olds know that the REAL VAWA is the right VAWA, but so do the majority of Americans.   A new United Technologies/National JournalCongressional Connection Poll[1] found Sixty-two percent of respondents support “including gays and lesbians in the group that is protected under this law,” compared with only 30 percent who are opposed to that addition.

Among women, 67 percent support expanding the law to cover gays and lesbians, as do 77 percent of respondents ages 18-29 and 69 percent of those 18-49.  Fifty-eight percent also support “expanding the authority of Native American officials to handle abuse cases of Indian women by non-Indians.” Once again, support runs higher among women and young adults. 

A provision “increasing the number of visas granted to abused legal and illegal immigrants from 10,000 to 15,000”  was supported by fifty-two percent of adults under age 50, with women (55 percent) more likely to support it than men (49 percent).

 

We all know that passing a VAWA that includes ALL victims is the right thing to do – spend this month telling your Congress Members to get over themselves and get VAWA done before they go on vacation.

Thank you!

  • Be sure to continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items: .
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA. 
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

ENSURE CONGRESS PASSES THE REAL VAWA

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS AND SCRAPS HOUSE ROLLBACKS?

 

THANK YOU!!  Because of you, we had a hugely successful rally in DC with hundreds of advocates who told Congress they must get VAWA moving!!  Speakers included Senators Akaka and Leahy, Congresswoman Moore, Michael Bolton and many more.  As Michael Bolton said “I’m here to talk about men, the 31 men in the Senate who oppose VAWA.” Bolton asked the question on all of our minds, “Why are they not willing to help immigrant, native women, and GLBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault?”

 

Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. Like S. 1925, the final VAWA must represent our intentional, bipartisan goal to serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen.  As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!!

 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!!  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.   Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA.  Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials and use them in your area to send a unified message.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

 

 

 

2) JAM THE PHONES!

Each of us must use our telephone from now until o send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

CALL your member of Congress, 202-224-3121

Here are some more important numbers to call: 

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

 

 

3) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET TO REAUTHORIZE VAWA!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

  • @NancyPelosi Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorReid Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @McConnellPress Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @johnboehner Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorBoxer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @ChuckSchumer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe. http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • [Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Eunice in OH suffered abuse, but obtained a court order & got permanent residency through #RealVAWA.Take action4vawa
  • @johnboehner Eunice, from OH, was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. Will u support all victims? #VAWA
  • A community-based org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #VAWA funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims4vawa
  • Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others applyhttp://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #RealVAWA?
  • @senatorreid Plz support #RealVAWA. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her.4vawa
  • Claire was able to escape abuse & obtain permanent residency through #VAWA. Give others this chance – call your reps!http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @senatorkirk Mary in IL got a work permit through #VAWA after suffering domestic abuse while pregnant. Will you support all victims?
  • He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #RealVAWA 4vawa

 

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

  • @NancyPelosi
  • @SenatorReid
  • @McConnellPress
  • @johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page:  4vawa

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share 

 Here are more stories you can share:

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  • 10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA.4vawa

 

 

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!


We need every senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims.  Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant and LGBT victims and are NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill, like S. 1925, that includes ALL victims.

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

 

 

Thank you – as always for your great work! We’ve had more than 64,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates.

  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

 

 

 

ENSURE CONGRESS PASSES THE REAL VAWA

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS AND SCRAPS HOUSE ROLLBACKS?

 

THANK YOU!!  Because of you, we had a hugely successful rally in DC with hundreds of advocates who told Congress they must get VAWA moving!!  Speakers included Senators Akaka and Leahy, Congresswoman Moore, Michael Bolton and many more.  As Michael Bolton said “I’m here to talk about men, the 31 men in the Senate who oppose VAWA.” Bolton asked the question on all of our minds, “Why are they not willing to help immigrant, native women, and GLBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault?”

Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. Like S. 1925, the final VAWA must represent our intentional, bipartisan goal to serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen.  As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!!

 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!!  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.   Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA.  Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials and use them in your area to send a unified message.

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

2) JAM THE PHONES!

Each of us must use our telephone from now until o send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

CALL your member of Congress, 202-224-3121

Here are some more important numbers to call: 

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

3) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET TO REAUTHORIZE VAWA!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

  • @NancyPelosi Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorReid Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @McConnellPress Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @johnboehner Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorBoxer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @ChuckSchumer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe. http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • [Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Eunice in OH suffered abuse, but obtained a court order & got permanent residency through #RealVAWA.Take action4vawa
  • @johnboehner Eunice, from OH, was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. Will u support all victims? #VAWA
  • A community-based org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #VAWA funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims4vawa
  • Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others applyhttp://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #RealVAWA?
  • @senatorreid Plz support #RealVAWA. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her.4vawa
  • Claire was able to escape abuse & obtain permanent residency through #VAWA. Give others this chance – call your reps!http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @senatorkirk Mary in IL got a work permit through #VAWA after suffering domestic abuse while pregnant. Will you support all victims?
  • He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #RealVAWA 4vawa

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

  • @NancyPelosi
  • @SenatorReid
  • @McConnellPress
  • @johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page:  4vawa

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share 

 Here are more stories you can share:

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  • 10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA.4vawa

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!


We need every senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims.  Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant and LGBT victims and are NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill, like S. 1925, that includes ALL victims.

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

 

Thank you – as always for your great work! We’ve had more than 64,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates.

  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

 

 

 

ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS AND SCRAPS HOUSE ROLLBACKS?

THANK YOU!!  Because of you, we had a hugely successful rally in DC with hundreds of advocates who told Congress they must get VAWA moving!!  Speakers included Senators Akaka and Leahy, Congresswoman Moore, Michael Bolton and many more.  As Michael Bolton said “I’m here to talk about men, the 31 men in the Senate who oppose VAWA.” Bolton asked the question on all of our minds, “Why are they not willing to help immigrant, native women, and GLBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault?”

 

Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. Like S. 1925, the final VAWA must represent our intentional, bipartisan goal to serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen.  As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!!

 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!!  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.   Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA.  Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials and use them in your area to send a unified message.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

 

 

 

2) JAM THE PHONES!

Each of us must use our telephone from now until o send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

CALL your member of Congress, 202-224-3121

Here are some more important numbers to call: 

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

 

 

3) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET TO REAUTHORIZE VAWA!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

  • @NancyPelosi Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorReid Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @McConnellPress Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @johnboehner Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorBoxer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @ChuckSchumer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe. http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • [Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Eunice in OH suffered abuse, but obtained a court order & got permanent residency through #RealVAWA.Take action4vawa
  • @johnboehner Eunice, from OH, was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. Will u support all victims? #VAWA
  • A community-based org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #VAWA funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims4vawa
  • Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others applyhttp://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #RealVAWA?
  • @senatorreid Plz support #RealVAWA. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her.4vawa
  • Claire was able to escape abuse & obtain permanent residency through #VAWA. Give others this chance – call your reps!http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @senatorkirk Mary in IL got a work permit through #VAWA after suffering domestic abuse while pregnant. Will you support all victims?
  • He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #RealVAWA 4vawa

 

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

  • @NancyPelosi
  • @SenatorReid
  • @McConnellPress
  • @johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page:  4vawa

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share 

 Here are more stories you can share:

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  • 10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA.4vawa

 

 

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!


We need every senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims.  Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant and LGBT victims and are NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill, like S. 1925, that includes ALL victims.

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

 

 

Thank you – as always for your great work! We’ve had more than 64,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates.

  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

 

 

 

ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS AND SCRAPS HOUSE ROLLBACKS?

THANK YOU!!  Because of you, we had a hugely successful rally in DC with hundreds of advocates who told Congress they must get VAWA moving!!  Speakers included Senators Akaka and Leahy, Congresswoman Moore, Michael Bolton and many more.  As Michael Bolton said “I’m here to talk about men, the 31 men in the Senate who oppose VAWA.” Bolton asked the question on all of our minds, “Why are they not willing to help immigrant, native women, and GLBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault?”

 

Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. Like S. 1925, the final VAWA must represent our intentional, bipartisan goal to serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen.  As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!!

 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!!  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.   Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA.  Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials and use them in your area to send a unified message.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

 

2) JAM THE PHONES!

Each of us must use our telephone from now until o send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

CALL your member of Congress, 202-224-3121

Here are some more important numbers to call: 

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

3) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET TO REAUTHORIZE VAWA!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

  • @NancyPelosi Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorReid Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @McConnellPress Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @johnboehner Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorBoxer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @ChuckSchumer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe. http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • [Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Eunice in OH suffered abuse, but obtained a court order & got permanent residency through #RealVAWA.Take action4vawa
  • @johnboehner Eunice, from OH, was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. Will u support all victims? #VAWA
  • A community-based org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #VAWA funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims4vawa
  • Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others applyhttp://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #RealVAWA?
  • @senatorreid Plz support #RealVAWA. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her.4vawa
  • Claire was able to escape abuse & obtain permanent residency through #VAWA. Give others this chance – call your reps!http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @senatorkirk Mary in IL got a work permit through #VAWA after suffering domestic abuse while pregnant. Will you support all victims?
  • He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #RealVAWA 4vawa

 

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

  • @NancyPelosi
  • @SenatorReid
  • @McConnellPress
  • @johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page:  4vawa

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share 

 Here are more stories you can share:

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  • 10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA.4vawa

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!


We need every senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims.  Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant and LGBT victims and are NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill, like S. 1925, that includes ALL victims.

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

 

 

Thank you – as always for your great work! We’ve had more than 64,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates.

  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

 

 

 

ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS AND SCRAPS HOUSE ROLLBACKS?

THANK YOU!!  Because of you, we had a hugely successful rally in DC with hundreds of advocates who told Congress they must get VAWA moving!!  Speakers included Senators Akaka and Leahy, Congresswoman Moore, Michael Bolton and many more.  As Michael Bolton said “I’m here to talk about men, the 31 men in the Senate who oppose VAWA.” Bolton asked the question on all of our minds, “Why are they not willing to help immigrant, native women, and GLBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault?”

 

Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. Like S. 1925, the final VAWA must represent our intentional, bipartisan goal to serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen.  As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

 TAKE LOCAL ACTION NOW!!

 


1) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!!  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.   Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA.  Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials and use them in your area to send a unified message.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

 

2) JAM THE PHONES!

Each of us must use our telephone from now until o send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

CALL your member of Congress, 202-224-3121

Here are some more important numbers to call: 

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542

 

3) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET TO REAUTHORIZE VAWA!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

  • @NancyPelosi Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorReid Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @McConnellPress Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @johnboehner Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @SenatorBoxer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • @ChuckSchumer Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf yourJuly 4th vacation.  This is why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe. http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • [Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • Eunice in OH suffered abuse, but obtained a court order & got permanent residency through #RealVAWA.Take action4vawa
  • @johnboehner Eunice, from OH, was slapped and locked in her closet for failing to satisfy her partner. Will u support all victims? #VAWA
  • A community-based org tht helps Black/Latino LGBT was denied #VAWA funding bc it was “ineligible.” Protect all victims4vawa
  • Sara in NJ applied 4 legal status under #VAWA since her abusive husband liked 2 threaten deportation. Help others applyhttp://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @NancyPelosi, He tried 2 carry out a murder-suicide plan after physically & emotionally abusing Andrea, a CA imm. Will u support #RealVAWA?
  • @senatorreid Plz support #RealVAWA. He chained Claire, an immigrant, to the radiator, beat her with a cord & raped her.4vawa
  • Claire was able to escape abuse & obtain permanent residency through #VAWA. Give others this chance – call your reps!http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • @senatorkirk Mary in IL got a work permit through #VAWA after suffering domestic abuse while pregnant. Will you support all victims?
  • He put a knife to Veronica’s throat & threatened to have her & her fam deported from NM. No1 deserves abuse. #RealVAWA 4vawa

 

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

  • @NancyPelosi
  • @SenatorReid
  • @McConnellPress
  • @johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page:  4vawa

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share 

 Here are more stories you can share:

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  • 10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA.4vawa

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!


We need every senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims.  Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant and LGBT victims and are NOT the REAL VAWA.   Instead, we need a bipartisan bill, like S. 1925, that includes ALL victims.

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

 

Thank you – as always for your great work! We’ve had more than 64,000 visits to our website!  Continue to check our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters, and updates.

  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

THE NATIONAL 10 DAYS OF ACTION FOR VAWA START THIS WEEK!

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS?

 

Act with us- in DC or your hometown- to tell Congress they must get VAWA moving before they go on their July 4th vacation. Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. The final VAWA must serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen. As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us during our National 10 Days of Action as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

PARTICIPATE IN OUR 10 DAYS OF ACTION TO SAVE VAWA FROM JUNE 24 – JULY 4!  DO ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES BELOW!

Click here for updates and new information.


1) JOIN US FOR A RALLY IN DC!

National VAWA Days of Action

Day: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location:  U.S. Capitol, Area 9, enter site at the intersection of 1st Street and Constitution Avenue NE.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

 

On June 26th a rally on Capitol Hill will spotlight the national VAWA Days of Action campaign that will last until July 4th.  We want Congress to see us on the Hill! Thousands will gather at the US Capitol to directly call upon Congress to reauthorize the REAL VAWA now.  We will send the message to Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized. Now is the time to show Congress how important VAWA is to victims, survivors and advocates across the country.  If you cannot attend, send the flier to everyone you know in the DC area, including your Members of Congress and staff, and ask them to join the National Rally.

 

Speakers at the DC rally represent many of the national organizations supporting the reauthorization of the REAL VAWA and a broad cross section of supporters. Speakers include: Musician, Singer and Songwriter Michael Bolton; Colin Goddard, Survivor of the Mass Shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007; The Honorable Daniel K. Akaka, Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women; Juan Carlos Arean, Casa De Esperanza; Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women; Juana Majel, National Congress of American Indians; Veda Shook, Association of Flight Attendants International; Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Neil Irvin, Men Can Stop Rape; Karin Quimby, Human Rights Campaign; Barbara Palmer, YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Co.; and many more.

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR THE RALLY!

 

2) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!! Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out. Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service, press conference or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.  Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA. Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials, flier and poster templates and use them in your area to send a unified message.

 

3) NOT IN DC?  JAM THE PHONES ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26th!

Each of us must use our telephone on June 26th to send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so please find a unanimous consent motion all Senators can agree to, solve the blue slip problem, and free VAWA for final negotiations before you leave for vacation. We will not settle for stalemate. We want a final VAWA this summer so that VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

 

  • Your Member of Congress, (202)224-3121
  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-3135
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), (202) 224-6542

 

4) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET ON JUNE 26TH – JULY 4TH!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

Sample tweets include:

Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ

I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe.  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ

[Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ

“The support and services I received gave me my life back” -@itsgabrielleu, actress & survivor. Support #RealVAWA so others can live

“She knew that she had to get out of the relationship for her safety and her children” –Danielle. Support #RealVAWA 4vawa

The night April fled her SC home, her husband had punched and strangled her. #VAWA S.1925 can help her. Take Action: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

DV programs wouldn’t help “people like me” – Alma, transgender survivor of violence.  #VAWA must help all survivors 4vawa #LGBT

“Rape Assistance Volunteers told me it wasn’t my fault. I can now look @ myself in the mirror.” –Leanna of CO. #REALVAWA helps survivors

“They beat me & raped me, after that my whole life was different.” Gabe of IL. #VAWA must help all survivors 4vawa

Sexual assault of men remains “a silent epidemic” –Gabe of IL. Support a #VAWA tht helps all victims of violence 4vawa

Police said “what do you want us to do?  You’re both men” –Victor, survivor of DV.  #VAWA must help all survivors 4vawa

@johnboehner, HR4970 is not the #RealVAWA, take up the Senate version & protect all victims of violence!

@SenJohnMcCain plz share Jenny in AZ’s story: “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” http://bit.ly/MABIX0 #VAWA

“Rapists take away your childhood, your innocence, your spirit.” –Sasha of WI. Support #RealVAWA so survivors have hope http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

“So many girls still are silent, maybe because they don’t know where to turn” –Missy, VA. #VAWA provides somewhere to turn 4vawa 

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

@NancyPelosi

@SenatorReid

@McConnellPress

@johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Join the National 10 Days of Action for VAWA Facebook page  and check back for updates!

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page.

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share.

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  •  10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!

We need every Senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims. Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant an LGBT victims and are 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. 

 

Thank you, as always,  for your great work!

 

  • We’ve had over 59,000 visits to our website!  Be sure to conintue to heck our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items:
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

THE NATIONAL 10 DAYS OF ACTION FOR VAWA START THIS WEEK!

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS?

 

Act with us- in DC or your hometown- to tell Congress they must get VAWA moving before they go on their July 4th vacation. Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. The final VAWA must serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen. As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us during our National 10 Days of Action as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

PARTICIPATE IN OUR 10 DAYS OF ACTION TO SAVE VAWA FROM JUNE 24TH – JULY 4TH!  DO ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES BELOW!

Click here for updates and new information.


1) JOIN US FOR A RALLY IN DC!

National VAWA Days of Action

Day: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location:  U.S. Capitol, Area 9, enter site at the intersection of 1st Street and Constitution Avenue NE.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

 

On June 26th a rally on Capitol Hill will spotlight the national VAWA Days of Action campaign that will last until July 4th.  We want Congress to see us on the Hill! Thousands will gather at the US Capitol to directly call upon Congress to reauthorize the REAL VAWA now.  We will send the message to Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized. Now is the time to show Congress how important VAWA is to victims, survivors and advocates across the country.  If you cannot attend, send the flier to everyone you know in the DC area, including your Members of Congress and staff, and ask them to join the National Rally.

 

Speakers at the DC rally represent many of the national organizations supporting the reauthorization of the REAL VAWA and a broad cross section of supporters. Speakers include: Musician, Singer and Songwriter Michael Bolton; Colin Goddard, Survivor of the Mass Shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007; The Honorable Daniel K. Akaka, Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women; Juan Carlos Arean, Casa De Esperanza; Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women; Juana Majel, National Congress of American Indians; Veda Shook, Association of Flight Attendants International; Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Neil Irvin, Men Can Stop Rape; Karin Quimby, Human Rights Campaign; Barbara Palmer, YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Co.; and many more.

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLE POSTERS AND MESSAGES FOR THE RALLY!

 

2) ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION

Activate your membership for a local event!! Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out. Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service, press conference or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.  Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA. Be sure to register your event and register on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you. Download the national rally materials, flier and poster templates and use them in your area to send a unified message.

 

3) NOT IN DC?  JAM THE PHONES ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26th!

Each of us must use our telephone on June 26th to send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so please find a unanimous consent motion all Senators can agree to, solve the blue slip problem, and free VAWA for final negotiations before you leave for vacation. We will not settle for stalemate. We want a final VAWA this summer so that VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

 

  • Your Member of Congress, (202)224-3121
  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-3135
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), (202) 224-6542

 

4) DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET ON JUNE 26TH – JULY 4TH!

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

Sample tweets include:

Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ

I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe.  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ

[Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ

“The support and services I received gave me my life back” -@itsgabrielleu, actress & survivor. Support #RealVAWA so others can live

“She knew that she had to get out of the relationship for her safety and her children” –Danielle. Support #RealVAWA 4vawa

The night April fled her SC home, her husband had punched and strangled her. #VAWA S.1925 can help her. Take Action: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

DV programs wouldn’t help “people like me” – Alma, transgender survivor of violence.  #VAWA must help all survivors 4vawa #LGBT

“Rape Assistance Volunteers told me it wasn’t my fault. I can now look @ myself in the mirror.” –Leanna of CO. #REALVAWA helps survivors

“They beat me & raped me, after that my whole life was different.” Gabe of IL. #VAWA must help all survivors 4vawa

Sexual assault of men remains “a silent epidemic” –Gabe of IL. Support a #VAWA tht helps all victims of violence 4vawa

Police said “what do you want us to do?  You’re both men” –Victor, survivor of DV.  #VAWA must help all survivors 4vawa

@johnboehner, HR4970 is not the #RealVAWA, take up the Senate version & protect all victims of violence!

@SenJohnMcCain plz share Jenny in AZ’s story: “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” http://bit.ly/MABIX0 #VAWA

“Rapists take away your childhood, your innocence, your spirit.” –Sasha of WI. Support #RealVAWA so survivors have hope http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ

“So many girls still are silent, maybe because they don’t know where to turn” –Missy, VA. #VAWA provides somewhere to turn 4vawa 

FYI – Congressional Leadership Twitter Handles:

@NancyPelosi

@SenatorReid

@McConnellPress

@johnboehner

 

4) DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

Join the National 10 Days of Action for VAWA Facebook page  and check back for updates!

Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page.

Post survivor stories and other information about VAWA  to your FB page and check out our FB page for posts you can share.

  • “Although nothing will ever change the horrific and violent events of that day, I am filled with hope for a brighter future because of the services these people provided for my family.” – Julie in FL. Support the Real VAWA that expands protection for survivors. Visit 4vawa  for more info!
  •  10 armed youths repeatedly raped a Floridian woman and poured household chemicals over her body. This victim was not protected by VAWA, but would be under the new Senate version. Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • “As a member of this body, as a survivor of sexual assault, battery, and from age five through my teenage years, through my early adulthood, I can tell you that it is very traumatic to be here in this body today and to find my colleagues not taking the recommended updates…” – @RepGwenMoore (D-Wis). Tell your reps to vote for the Real VAWA http://bit.ly/PIK9zJ
  • Jenny in AZ had just graduated from college when she became a victim of James Allen Selby, an armed serial rapist who had broken into her home. “Even today, I look behind the door every time I enter a bedroom” Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa
  • LGBT people experience violence at the same rates as all communities but have fewer places to turn and face discrimination when seeking services.  VAWA must support ALL survivors!  Support survivors, support VAWA. 4vawa

 

5) SCHEDULE IN-DISTRICT VISITS!

We need every Senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims. Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant an LGBT victims and are 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. 

 

Thank you, as always,  for your great work!

 

  • We’ve had over 59,000 visits to our website!  Be sure to conintue to heck our website for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items:
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

TAKE PART IN OUR NATIONAL 10 DAYS OF ACTION FOR VAWA!

Tell Congressional Leadership: Get The REAL VAWA (S.1925) Passed!

Time is running out! Act with us- in DC or your hometown- to tell Congress they must pass a VAWA before they go on their July 4th vacation as part of our National 10 Days of Action for VAWA!

Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA, with all of the provisions in S. 1925 included, to the President that serves ALL victims and contains NO rollbacks to the current VAWA.  As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option.

Stand with us as during our National 10 Days of Action as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

 

PARTICIPATE IN OUR 10 DAYS OF ACTION TO SAVE VAWA FROM JUNE 24 – JULY 4TH!  DO ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SIX ACTIVITIES!

Be sure to Check out our VAWA 10 Days Of Action Page on our website.

 

JOIN US IN DC!

National VAWA Days of Action

  • Day: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
  • Location:  U.S. Capitol, Area 9, enter site at the intersection of 1st Street and Constitution Avenue

 

On June 26th a rally on Capitol Hill will spotlight the national VAWA Days of Action campaign that will last until July 4th.  We want Congress to see us on the Hill. Thousands will gather at the US Capitol to directly call upon Congress to reauthorize the REAL VAWA now.  We will send the message to Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized. Now is the time to show Congress how important VAWA is to victims, survivors and advocates across the country.   If you cannot attend send the flier to everyone you know in the DC area, including your members of Congress and staff, and ask them to join the National Rally.

Speakers at the DC rally include national organizations supporting the reauthorization of the REAL VAWA and a broad cross section of supporters. 

Speakers include:

  • Singer and Songwriter, Michael Bolton
  • The Honorable Daniel K. Akaka, Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, National Council of Negro Women
  • Juan Carlos Arean, Casa De Esperanza
  • Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women
  • Juana Majel, National Congress of American Indians: and many more

Click here to download flyers, posters, and handouts for the rally! 

 

ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORKS TO HAVE A LOCAL DAY OF ACTION 

Activate your membership for a local event!!  Organize your members, friends, families and everyone you know who cares about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to stand up and speak out.  Organize a vigil, rally, prayer service or other local action in your community to tell Congress that victims cannot wait and a VAWA that mirrors S. 1925 must be reauthorized.   Post and send pictures of your local actions broadly so that Congress will know to act now and pass the Real VAWA.  Be sure to register your event here  and on our Facebook page so that we can post it and others in your area can join you.  Download the national rally materials and use them in your area to send a unified message. 

 

NOT IN DC?  JAM THE PHONES ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26th! 

Each of us must use our telephone on June 26th to send one national unified message to Congress to pass the REAL VAWA now.  Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.  Tell them:

I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.   You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized.  By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.

 

CALL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS, 202-224-3121

  • Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
  • Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
  • Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer (202) 224-6542

 

DO YOU TWEET?  TWEET ON JUNE 26TH – JULY 4TH! 

Be sure to use these hashtags!  #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA 

Sample tweets for June 26th:

  • Congress must pass the #RealVAWA bf their July 4th vacation.  Join National 10 days of #Action4VAWA to tell them why:  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • I’m joining National 10 Days of #Action4VAWA to tell Congress to pass #RealVAWA bc I want ALL survivors to be safe.  http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ
  • [Fill in your Congress Person’s twitter handle]:  Pass the #RealVAWA for ALL survivors!  I’m standing up to take #Action4VAWA: http://bit.ly/Lj18KQ 

 

DO YOU USE FACEBOOK? 

  • Click here, to join the National 10 Days of Action for VAWA Facebook page, and be sure to check back for updates! 
  • Post the information, flyers and posters to your Facebook page with this link  4vawa 

 

SCHEDULE IN DISTRICT VISITS!

We need every senator and 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 get a VAWA passed that is closest to the Senate bill and that protects ALL victims.  Other bills are DANGEROUS for victims, they roll back VAWA protections, abandon Tribal women, immigrant an LGBT victims and are 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. 


Thank you – as always for your great work!

  • We’ve had over 57,000 visits to our website!  Be sure to come back often for fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates.
  • Follow us on twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items.
  • Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.
  • If you aren't on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to  ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

  

Stand up!  Speak out!  Join the hundreds and be a part of 10 Days of Action across the United states to reauthorize the REAL VAWA.  Speakers include: The Honorable Daniel K. Akaka, Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, National Council of Negro Women; Juan Carlos Arean, Casa De Esperanza; Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women, Juana Majel, National Congress of American Indians; and many more.

Register Your Participation Here, to let us know your coming.  See you on the 26th!