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URGENT: Calls Needed for VAWA

URGENT: Calls Needed for VAWA

January 31, 2012

Dear NOW Activists:

We need your immediate assistance contacting key senators to urge them to co-sponsor and take leadership in passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (VAWA, S. 1925).

The chief sponsors, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) are bringing the bill up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Feb. 2, and they need LOTS OF SPONSORS. They are running into resistance from some (not all) conservative senators, even ones who formerly co-sponsored and led the effort to pass earlier versions of VAWA.

Please call your senator(s) and ask why they are not on the bill. A list of these key senators and their phone numbers appears below.

Here are several talking points for your call:


* Millions of girls and boys, women and men will have a better chance to escape and heal from sexual, domestic, dating and stalking violence when the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S. 1925.

* Anti-violence and women's health and safety advocates are truly puzzled and saddened that some senators who formerly co-sponsored VAWA, are not on the bill this time around.

* S. 1925 currently has the bipartisan support of almost one-third of the full Senate, and I hope it is an oversight and not deliberate that your name is missing from that list of sponsors.

* I understand that the bill takes into consideration many Republican concerns. During these harsh economic times, the money authorized has been lowered to the 2000 level, programs have been consolidated, budgets tightened and accountability emphasized.

* We all know that sexual and domestic violence still occurs not only in our state but all across the nation. It isn't just the shelters and crisis centers that are looking for your support, but the religious, health care and civil rights communities are behind VAWA as well. Most important, the law enforcement community joins our call to sponsor and pass VAWA, with 47 state attorneys general adding their voices, including our own state.

*We call on you to step up once again as our champion to fight for a nation free of sexual and domestic violence.

Feel free to tell your senator(s) about what is happening in your state with anti-violence programs and the increasing demand for their services.

Senators to call:

Daniel Akaka (D) Phone: 202-224-6361
Daniel Inouye (D) Phone: 202-224-3934

Chuck Grassley (R) Phone: 202-224-3744

Susan Collins (R) Phone: 202-224-2523
Olympia Snowe (R) Phone: 202-224-5344

Thad Cochran (R) Phone: 202-224-5054

South Dakota
Tim Johnson (D) Phone: 202-224-5842

Orrin Hatch (R) Phone: 202-224-5251

If you have any trouble reaching your senator's office, please try to reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

For more information, visit www.4vawa.org



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