Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!

VAWA is moving quickly toward reauthorization and will be marked up in the Senate Judiciary Committee February 2 at 10 am. VAWA now has 28 sponsors, but we need EVERY Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee to support VAWA during mark up.  Please take the following actions to get VAWA reauthorized SWIFTLY!

Action 1: Call members on the Senate Judiciary Committee listed below who have NOT YET signed on to support VAWA and tell them they need to support VAWA today!

IOWA:  Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member (R) - Phone:  202.224.3744

Be sure to remind the Senator that he has always supported VAWA and we need his support now. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Iowa rely on the services that VAWA supports. Violence crosses all political and other boundaries. Victims need the support he has provided in the past.

 

UTAH:  Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R) - Phone:  202.224.5251 and Senator Michael S. Lee (R) - Phone:  202.224.5444  

Be sure to remind Senator Hatch that he has always supported VAWA and we need his support now. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Utah rely on the services that VAWA supports. Violence crosses all political and other boundaries. Victims need the support he has provided in the past. In October 2000 Senator Hatch said: “Madam President, I rise today to express my pride and gratitude that the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 will pass the Senate today and soon become law. This important legislation provides tools that will help women in Utah and around the country who are victims of domestic violence break away from dangerous and destructive relationships and begin living their lives absent of fear.”

 

TEXAS:  Senator John Cornyn (R) - Phone:  202.224.2934

Be sure to remind Senator Cornyn that he has always supported VAWA and we need his support now. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Texas rely on the services that VAWA supports. Violence crosses all political and other boundaries. Victims need the support he has provided in the past.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA:  Senator Lindsey Graham (R) - Phone:  202.224.5972

Tell Senator Graham that an inclusive VAWA can protect victims such as this one in South Carolina.  Click here to read the story.   

 

ARIZONA:  Senator Jon Kyl (R) - Phone:  202.224.4521

ALABAMA:  Senator Jeff Sessions (R) - Phone:  202.224.4124

OKLAHOMA:  Senator Tom Coburn (R) - Phone:  202.224.5754

Call the D.C. Senate and House offices and ask to speak to the staff person handling VAWA.  Tell them the importance of VAWA and ask them to please attend the briefing.  Staff for our sponsors should attend to get information to shore up and expand their bosses’ knowledge and enthusiasm about the bill.  Staff of wavering or uncertain Members will be able to gather important info about VAWA and ask questions or voice their concerns.  Click here for Senate numbers and here for House numbers 

   

Action 2:  Send a letter to the editor to your local paper – especially in Iowa, Utah, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

Let your community know that VAWA needs to be reauthorized quickly.  Send this letter to your local paper – some allow for submissions online.

To The Editor:

Domestic violence is pervasive and must end. In fact, violence against women and children affects everyone in [name of local community] in some way. In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a giant step forward for our nation. Its passage meant that our federal government finally acknowledged that domestic and sexual violence cause tremendous harm, and put resources into helping victims. Millions of families are better off as a result.

The time has come to again reauthorize this critical legislation. Evidence shows that VAWA is working. Over the last 15 years, domestic and sexual violence have declined. But there is more work to do. On average, each day current and former boyfriends and husbands murder three women in America and several hundred people are raped or sexually assaulted. Countless children witness this violence. The Violence Against Women Act of 2011 will build on efforts to prevent violence before it begins and teach the next generation that violence is always wrong.

We need more resources for children and youth who have been exposed to violence, and to engage men as allies in this work. Congress must reauthorize this legislation and invest more in building healthy communities.

Sincerely,

[Name, Title, Organization, Contact Info]

 

Action 3:  Thank our important allies in the campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Thank Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) who introduced S. 1925.  And please thank all of the co-sponsors to the bill.  

To find a list of the VAWA Cosponsors, follow these four simple steps:

  1. Go to www.thomas.loc.gov
  2. Select search by "Bill Number"
  3. Enter S.1925 in the space provided
  4. When the bill is brought up, click on "Cosponsors”

BE A PART OF HISTORY

Join us TOMORROW, Thursday, January 26 for the VAWA Mark Up!

S. 1925, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2011, is scheduled for markup at 10:00am TOMORROW, Thursday, January 26, in the Senate Judiciary Committee, 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

After introduction, this is the first step in the process of moving the bill through committee and to the floor. All are welcome – be a part of VAWA reauthorization!

Seating is limited, so make sure to arrive early.

VAWA Action Alert

Thank you for all you are doing to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act! 

 

We are excited that the Attorneys General from 47 states have signed onto a collective letter to Congress supporting the reauthorization of VAWA. This week, we are hosting a briefing on VAWA for Senate staff with excellent speakers from across the country who know first-hand how important VAWA is to victim/survivors. We also invite you to participate in the first ever VAWA blog carnival. Please see below for more details about how to take action and make our voices heard to reauthorize VAWA now!

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

 

 

Action 1: Call your Members of Congress and ask them to send staff to the Task Force’s upcoming Hill Briefings on VAWA.

 

Find your Senator's DC office number here and House phone numbers here. Ask to speak to the staff person handling VAWA, and ask them to please attend the VAWA Briefings. If they are unavailable, please leave a message. Staff for our sponsors should attend to get information to shore up and expand their bosses’ knowledge and enthusiasm about the bill. Staff of wavering or uncertain Members will be able to gather important info about VAWA and ask questions or voice their concerns.          

 

Senate Briefing:

January 26th 2:30-4pm, 226, G-50 Dirksen

 

House Briefing:
January 31st, 10:30am-12pm, 2237 Rayburn

 

 

Action 2: Thank our important allies in the campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

 

On January 11, the National Association of Attorneys General  sent a letter to every Member of Congress encouraging them to reauthorize VAWA. A bipartisan group of 47 Attorneys General (AG) signed the letter along with the AGs from the territories. The letter can be found here.  The 3 holdouts were from Alabama, Alaska and Virginia. 

 

Please call or email your AG and thank them for their support. Invite them to speak about the importance of VAWA at any of your group’s events and encourage them to personally contact their Senators to show support. Send a version of your thank you note to your local paper, praising the AG and showcasing your Senators and Representative – either thanking them for sponsoring or encouraging them to get on board. 

 

Also, copy and resend the letter to your own Senators and House member emphasizing how important it is to have the highest law enforcement official in your state supporting VAWA. This is truly bipartisan, with 22 Republican and 25 Democratic AGs signing the letter.

 

You can find your AG's contact information here.

 

 

Action 3: Draft your blog for the first ever blog carnival for VAWA.

 

Participate in a “Blog Carnival for VAWA” during the week beginning January 30.  HERvotes is a coalition of women’s rights organizations and activists who have been blogging on important issues facing women in the upcoming elections.  This is a perfect grassroots activity for anti-violence activists leading up to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on VAWA in early February and the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on VAWA February 16.  We will send more information in the next alert about how to make sure your blog is included—this week, start drafting!

 

Have questions? Email:  Emily@ncjwdc.org

 

Below are a few important points you can cover in your blog post:

  • How does VAWA help my community or my constituency?
  • Why is it important for Congress and the federal government to partner with us to lead the fight against domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking?
  • Share your perspective as a victim and survivor.
  • Share your perspective as an advocate and activist.

To find a list of the VAWA Cosponsors, follow these four simple steps:

  1. Go to www.thomas.loc.gov
  2. Select search by "Bill Number"
  3. Enter S.1925 in the space provided
  4. When the bill is brought up, click on "Cosponsors”

 

Exciting Times for the Violence Against Women Act

We must reauthorize VAWA this year!   Advocates across the country are reaching out to Congress asking for sponsorship and support.  Please join us today! 

 

We are using in person meetings, phones, letters, emails, advocacy, and social media to promote important programs and issues that stop sexual and domestic violence.  If you have questions or want to report back about your efforts or results, please email us at ReauthorizeVAWA@gmail.com.  
 

Here are Four Simple Action Steps to Take Today:

 


Action 1: Email your Senators and tell them what VAWA means to you! 

You can find your Senaors' email addresses here, and you can use the message below to encourage their support for VAWA:


VAWA reauthorization legislation, S. 1925 by Senators Leahy and Crapo, was developed with the input of advocates from around the country and from all walks of life and addresses the real and most important needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. It is responsive, streamlined, and constitutionally and fiscally sound, while providing strong accountability measures and appropriate federal government oversight. This legislation represents our voices—the voices of victims and advocates. I ask you to wholeheartedly support the swift passage of S. 1925.

Please be sure to thank them if they are Cosponsors, and if they are not, ask them to join Senators Leahy and Crapo to reauthorize VAWA.  To find a list of the VAWA Cosponsors, follow these four simple steps:

  • Go to THOMAS of The Library of Congress
  • Select search by "Bill Number"
  • Enter S.1925 in the space provided
  • When the bill is brought up, click on "Cosponsors”

 

Action 2: Ask Senate Judiciary Committee Members from your state, who are not yet VAWA Cosponsors, to join us today!

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Senator Leahy, will be the first place VAWA reauthorization legislation is voted on by our members of Congress. We expect VAWA to be “marked-up” in the Judiciary Committee as early as the last week of January.

 

The following members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are NOT yet listed as Cosponsors of VAWA, and they need to hear from us that we want their visible support as Cosponsors of  S. 1925 before the Committee vote:

 

Tom Coburn

R-Oklahoma

 

Christopher A. Coons

D-Delaware

 

John Cornyn

R-Texas

 

Dianne Feinstein

D-California

 

Lindsey Graham

R-South Carolin

 

Chuck Grassley (Ranking Member)

R-Iowa

 

Orrin G. Hatch

R-Utah

 

Jon Kyl

R-Arizona

 

Michael S. Lee

R-Utah

 

Jeff Sessions

R-Alabama
      

 

Action 3:  Participate in the #ReauthorizeVAWA Twitter Carnival on Wednesday, January 18th at 12pm EST, 11am CST, 10am MST, 9am PST

 

HUGE thanks to all who have been tweeting about VAWA.  Now we need to make #ReauthorizeVAWA a trending topic on twitter. In order to achieve this goal, we need a lot of people to tweet messages that include the hashtag #ReauthorizeVAWA in a SHORT amount of time.  The bigger a splash we can make, the better! You can help us trend #ReauthorizeVAWA by tweeting this message on Wednesday, January 18th at noon EST:

  • We urge all Senators to support S. 1925 and #ReauthorizeVAWA now! 4vawa.org

During the Twitter Carnival, please retweet and respond to the twitters of others – remember to always include #ReauthorizeVAWA.  If you won't be available at this time, don't worry, you can still send out the post on time by signing onto HootSuite and schedule your message to post on January 18th  at noon EST (make sure you’re time settings are for EST).   

 

Action 4:  Last but not least, check us out on Facebook!

 

Thank you.  Let's PASS VAWA!

 

 

If you would like to be kept informed via email, 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 Sean Black, sblack@icasa.org.

 

 

 

VAWA is heating up in the Senate!

The Judiciary Committee intends to begin “mark-up” of S. 1925 (VAWA) as early as January 26th.

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Action 1: Advocates and activists from Alaska, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Texas are needed to call senators from those states who’ve shown interest in co-sponsoring VAWA.

In our meetings with numerous Senate staff, we’ve had especially friendly contact with FIVE senators who have shown an interest in sponsoring VAWA.  If you live in one of the below states, please call their office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA, and ask them to co-sponsor VAWA immediately including a story about why the bill is needed in your state.

Alaska – Senator Lisa Murkowski
Massachusetts – Senator Scott Brown
Nevada – Senator Dean Heller
New Hampshire – Senator Kelly Ayotte
Texas – Senator John Cornyn 

 

Action 2: Continue asking senators to become co-sponsors of VAWA and thank those who have.

If you don’t live in one of the 5 states above, you should still contact your Senators. Thank those who are already sponsors of S. 1925, and ask them to speak out for VAWA and encourage their colleagues to sponsor the bill. Ask those who are NOT yet sponsors to come on board ASAP.  With a Judiciary vote coming soon, there’s a chance the bill could come to the Senate floor for final passage in the months ahead and we need an overwhelming show of support.

To find a list of the VAWA Cosponsors, follow these four simple steps:

  1. Go to www.thomas.loc.gov
  2. Select search by "Bill Number"
  3. Enter S.1925 in the space provided
  4. When the bill is brought up, click on "Cosponsors”

 

Action 3: Build community support for VAWA.

Encourage your Members of Congress to join with state and/or local political and community leaders to host roundtables/forums/discussions/hearings/listening sessions on the topic of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.  See what Senator Klobuchar did in Minneapolis.

Work with coalition partners to encourage some form of community awareness event that promotes VAWA and highlights the work of the local, state and national political leaders.  See all the groups who signed onto the letters below and invite their state counterparts to your anti-violence coalition.

 

 

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Welcome to 2012 – the year that we will pass VAWA reauthorization!  Thank you to the thousands of people who have taken action and mobilized their networks. 

 

Here are a few quick action steps you can take this week.  Be sure to come back every week, for additional action items.  Together we can reauthorize VAWA! 

 

ACTION 1

Please fill out this short survey to tell us about the impact that a federal match for VAWA funding would have on your organization or community: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5XFPL2M.  This survey is just FOUR short questions and should not take much time!

 

ACTION 2

Tweet about VAWA!  Here are a few sample tweets, that will help trend VAWA to the forefront:

  • #ReauthorizeVAWA to ensure survivors of abuse get the protection and help they need! RT!
  • #ReauthorizeVAWA to help provide teens and young adults the bright futures they deserve! RT!
  • #ReauthorizeVAWA and help make interpersonal violence a thing of the past! RT!
  • One call today could save one life tomorrow. #ReauthorizeVAWA http://bit.ly/ReAuthVawa RT!
  • Since its passage the # of individuals killed by their partner has decreased by 34% for women & 57% for men. #ReauthorizeVAWA RT!
  • In its first 6 years, VAWA saved $12.6 Bil in net averted social costs. #ReauthorizeVAWA
  • Tell congress how important it is to victims of violence and abuse to #ReauthorizeVAWA
  • .http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit RT!
  • 100's of orgs worked hard 2 ensure #VAWA  protects ALL ppl from violence. Help #ReauthorizeVAWA http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit & RT!
  • Help #ReauthorizeVAWA call your senators TODAY and RT! http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit
  • #ReauthorizeVAWA & help those who have or will experience abuse in a relationship. RT!
  • #ReauthorizeVAWA because sexual assault is everyone's issue. http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit RT!
  • #ReauthorizeVAWA because domestic & dating violence & sexual assault affect millions every
  • year. http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit RT!
  • Save billions of dollars. Change millions of lives #ReauthorizeVAWA http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit RT!
  • Tell your members of congress to #ReauthorizeVAWA and put an end to violence against women.http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit RT!
  • Join 100’s of orgs in ending violence against women. #ReauthorizeVAWA
  • RT!http://bit.ly/VAWAtoolkit
  • Help prevent domestic violence, dating violence & sexual assault. Call on Congress to  #ReauthorizeVAWA RT!
  • Help #ReauthorizeVAWA & provide funding for critical services for #domesticviolence and #sexual assault victims RT!

 

ACTION 3

Check out and “like” our new Facebook page where you can find a toolkit and other action and information items:http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Task-Force-to-End-Sexual-and-Domestic-Violence/230525243682392?sk=wall

 

 

Sign up to receive weekly action alerts at  ReauthorizeVAWA@gmail.com.  Thank you for all of your hard work to keep everyone safe from violence!