We just cannot give up on this…. please feel free to circulate to survivors, advocates, and others who are concerned about the rights of victims of domestic violence issues, etc.!!!
Our national colleagues have identified tomorrow, November 14th as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) National Day of Action. They judge the “lame duck session”, the session of Congress that will take place in the next few weeks, as an important time to highlight and push for the reauthorization of VAWA.
The VAWA National Day of Action
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Since VAWA Expired
Since Congress’ Last Action on VAWA
Left to pass VAWA
before this Congress ends
(for November 14, 2012)
Tomorrow, consider taking one or more of the following steps:
ü Call this toll-free number: 888-269-5702, which connects callers directly to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard.
o Ask your elected members “to pass VAWA now”. If you need some additional points to cover, consider using the following as a guide:
§ I am your constituent. Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It has been 679 days since VAWA expired, and 183 days since Congress’s last action on VAWA. Please, prioritize passing VAWA now.
§ Consider also highlighting stories of how VAWA has helped your community take domestic violence seriously.
o The Switchboard tracks the state location of the calls, so our partners at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will review the call lists from the main switchboard to see which states are most represented in terms of call volume.
ü Email your members of Congress.
o You can use www.house.gov to find out who represents you in the House.
o You can use these addresses to contact Texas’ Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison (http://www.hutchison.senate.gov/?p=email_kay) and John Cornyn (http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm).
o If you need help, feel free to contact me by replying to this email or calling me on my cell listed below.
ü Twitter: Do you tweet? Here are a few sample tweets that you might use.
o @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because our shelter serves victims in your community who depend on it
o @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because violence against women is not a partisan issue
o @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because victims need safe and affordable housing #dv #VAWA
o @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because too many victims are still being killed by their partners. #dv #VAWA
ü Consider using social media.
o Join advocates across the nation in the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook Photo Campaign to tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Snap photos of you, your friends, and your colleagues holding up signs saying why we need to Pass VAWA NOW! Submit your photos via email email@example.com or tweetpic to #PassVAWA2012.
o Post this email or similar information on your Facebook page.
ü Circle back with me: I would love to hear how your calls, emails, tweets and/or Facebooking goes. Consider either calling or emailing me about how the VAWA National Day of Action went for you.
Questions? I am always happy to hear from you and appreciate your continued efforts at ending violence against women.
- It’s Time to Ask: What will Congress do to get VAWA passed (preventviolence.wordpress.com)
- Dear House…. (unitednationsdelegate.com)
- Tell Congress to Send a Strong, Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to President Barack Obama (nichellemitchem.typepad.com)
- Please help to get this Petition signed… (unitednationsdelegate.com)
- Urge Congress to Pass VAWA by Jewish Council for Public Affairs (socialactions.net)
- After 18 Years, Violence Against Women Act Has Saved Countless Lives (readersupportednews.org)
- Help Get VAWA passed (preventviolence.wordpress.com)