VAWA TAKE ACTION: U.S. Activists Thank Your Representatives & Tell Congress to Send A Strong VAWA to the President
The United States House of Representatives bill 4970, or the "Adams Bill" is an unacceptable version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that imposes new reporting restrictions on immigrant survivors of violence as well as Native American women, communities of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender survivors. Although the bill passed in the Senate 68-31, it narrowly lost in the House 222-205. Now is the time to urge Congress to send the President a strong, bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that protects ALL survivors.
In the coming weeks the House and Senate will reconcile the bill in the conference process where we can all push to ensure that the vote will more closely reflect S. 1925, the version of VAWA that the Senate passed which includes funding for services to previously underserved populations. To do this it's important to thank those who stood for and with survivors of violence, and express disappointment in those who did not.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your Senators and Representatives by phone, email or visit in-person at the DC or District Office. For contact info, as well as sample letters and phone scripts check out the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women VAWA page at http://4vawa.org/