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!