Eric Cantor Blocking VAWA Reauthorization because of SAVE Native Women Act

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the author of the Senate VAWA bill, went to the Senate floor on Thursday and plainly announced that House Republican leaders are blocking his bill “because of their objections to … tribal provision.”

Leahy explained the provision, probably the least understood of the three additions in the Senate bill: It gives tribal courts limited jurisdiction to oversee domestic violence offenses committed against Native American women by non-Native American men on tribal lands.


Good to see you post this.  I happen to believe that the Representatives got it all wrong.  I don’t know how we can say that we are leaders in the world and want world peace, if we are going to have some folks in our Congress that are going to exclude certain folks rights because they don’t fit into the image that they feel is American, or were actually duped into believing that they were voting on one and the same bill that the Senate had voted and passed just a few months earlier.  I would hate to think that there are that many on the House floor who would want to deny anyone rights to be protected if they become a victim of domestic violence.  Unfathomable!  Unbelievable!  Completely reprehensible!


NCADV Call to Action — only 3 weeks left! (Keep passing the message forward!!)


Almost 2 years since VAWA expired Over 6 monthsSince Congress’ Last Action on VAWA 3 weeks or less until this Congress ends and VAWA 2012 dies

December 6, 2012


Please forward widely


All Advocates stand together with Native victims


In just the past several days there has been real progress in talks with Senate and House stakeholders about passing a final VAWA by the end of the month. However, House Republican leadership is strongly resistant to including Tribal provisions that would protect countless Native victims from the brutal violence they face every day. Advocates are unwilling to accept a bill that leaves Native victims without access to justice. House Republican leadership knows that taking away provisions that protect Native victims could be the demise of the entire VAWA bill.  That is outrageous!  We must act now.


Earlier this week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced H.R. 6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2012, which would give tribes jurisdiction over non-Native perpetrators in domestic and dating violence cases. There is growing Congressional support for H.R. 6625.  Additionally, H.R. 6625 has been endorsed by the Justice Department, former Republican U.S. Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. NCADV supports H.R. 6625 and urges all members of the House of Representatives to join Congressman Issa in championing this critical bill that protects Native victims. Without support for H.R. 6625 from Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor, the fate of Native victims and VAWA hangs on a cliff as the January 3, 2013 deadline rapidly approaches.


ACT NOW: Please call & tweet Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor and tell them:


I urge you as my Congressional leader to support H.R. 6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2012.  Without your support the fate of Native victims & VAWA hangs on a cliff.”


Speaker Boehner:            202.225.6205
Leader Cantor:                 202.225.2815


@EricCantor Pls accept Issa’s HR 6625 compromise on tribal jurisdiction as a path forward to get #VAWA done for all victims! #PassVAWA2012 


@GOPLeader Pls accept Issa’s HR 6625 compromise on tribal jurisdiction as a path forward to get #VAWA done for all victims! #PassVAWA2012  


@SpeakerBoehner Pls accept Issa’s HR 6625 compromise on tribal jurisdiction. A path forward to get #VAWA done for all victims! #PassVAWA2012 



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Help Support NCADV–without opening your checkbook!


One of our most successful programs is our Donate A Phone program.Through this program, we receive a portion of the proceeds that come from the sale of refurbished cell phones and digital electronics that support our programming that helps stop violence in the home. In addition to cell phones and their accessories (accepted in any condition), we also collect old laptops, Mp3 players, digital cameras, and old video game systems. All donations are tax-deductible. We partner with Cellular Recycler, a wonderful Colorado company whose sole mission is to help raise money for great organizations and keep electronics out of landfills. There is little you would have to do – we provide you with everything (for free!) needed for the collection, including flyers, posters, language, collection boxes and free shipping labels.  The effort on your part is minimal, comes at no cost to you, and would greatly impact our ability to continue to provide support to victims of domestic violence. Click here to get started now or for more information.

In one year alone 12.7 million men and women in the U.S. are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners. That is approximately the number of people in New York City and Los Angeles combined. That is 24 people every minute. These are people we know. It is time to end the silence and shame for good. Like the peace sign, the yellow “support our troops” ribbon or the red AIDS ribbon, the goal of NO MORE is to raise visibility for these issues, challenging the stigma that surrounds them, and taking the first step toward broader social change. NCADV supports the NO MORE project and we encourage you to check them out online at



Journal Entry – 12/5/12 – “The Journey”

Journal: 120512 The Journey

“The Journey” by Kathryn Krastin

Near or far

Loud or soft

I walk step by step

Doing what I can

Whenever I can

Where-ever I can

Speaking my mind



Step by Step

Where-ever I can

Whenever I can

Doing what I can

Loud or soft

Near or far.

Note:  To see my written journal entry, click on the photo for an expanded view.  Thanks!


Urban Shield and Other Things from this week.

This gallery contains 52 photos.

  More information forthcoming.  Thought you’d enjoy the photos, in the meantime, at the largest role play training for first responders of its kind. 🙂 Also see… for the information on the 2012 event. 🙂    

Addition to this, through my passion and determination to be a delegate at the United Nations, it isn’t providing me an income that pays me to make ends meet, as required in the economical picture of society, but it does serve as part of my give back to the community in appreciation of the services that were provided to me during the healthy domestic violence relationships that I had been in; it’s an effort of paying it forward and trying to make sure that no one else has to see the light of day of what I had to go through. It’s so important that I convey my passion in the best possible manner; and, the delegation role is instrumental in doing so. I can’t wait to be in New York City to really truly begin a new journey leg of my passion to bring about a greater awareness of the issues of, especially, violence against women and children.

It’s an amazing journey just within these few months; I can’t even fathom what the journey is going to look like from March 2013, moving forward!

Domestic Violence Voices


From my High School alma matter.  The quote is so right on target through.  Although we all have passions, not all of our passions are what we are making a living at (even though we would certainly love doing so).  Our passions are often areas that we give; therefore, those are also the areas that help us to make a life for ourselves.  Without our passions we don’t refuel our lives; without refueling our lives, we really don’t really truly live.

In Domestic Violence Voices, the creed has always been (and always will be centered around “Sharing Our Voices”.  By giving away our passion and belief in something as important as  creating and strengthening an awareness of domestic violence issues, as well the overall concept of bringing and end (locally, nationally and globally) to the vast issues of violence against women and children as a whole.  Bringing men victims into…

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Chester Duane Price Arrested In 1993 Disappearance Of Andrea Gail Parsons

It’s amazing when a cold case can have an arrest, after all this time.  Just wishing our criminal justice would improve so that this felon hadn’t “got away with it” for nearly 10 years.

Andrea Gail Parsons went missing in 1993.

Police in Florida have announced a major development in the case of 10-year-old Andrea Gail Parsons, who has been missing since 1993.

On Thursday, Martin County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested Chester Duane Price, 42 and charged him with first-degree murder and kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, according to ABC News.

Price, a convicted felon, was always a person of interest in the case because he knew Parsons, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Department did not divulge what evidence led them to arrest Price, noting that the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests could follow. Parsons’ body has never been found.

Parsons was reported missing on July 11 after she left her house in a mobile home community in Port Salerno, according to the Palm Beach Post.

via Chester Duane Price Arrested In 1993 Disappearance Of Andrea Gail Parsons.

Communications Awards Entries Submitted

Entered two of my significant projects for consideration in an upcoming Communications Awards — Domestic Violence Voices & Beyond Words Live — that I have been working on over the course of going on 3-4 years.

“Materials submitted between November 25th 2012 and February 4 2013 will be considered for one of the five $5,000 X-CHANGE Communications Awards funded by the Avon Foundation recognizing organizations whose strategic communications tools are changing communities, policies, institutions and our behaviors. Awards will be given in March 2013, timed for International Women’s Day, 8 March.”

I will be, of course, waiting on pins and needles until then.   Another reason that I MUST be in New York City in March 2013!! 😉



This is the sound of one voice…

This is just too nice to not to share!