Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act on House floor 1st week of April

March 27, 2019

ACTION ALERT: VAWA will be on the House floor first week of April!

It’s not too late to counter attacks against and to improve VAWA!

Use our NEW toolkit to pressure Congress to do the right thing!

Vote for H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019!

Add your organization’s name to our sign-on letter in support of H.R.1585!

Please forward widely!

The House of Representatives is slated to vote next week on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01). H.R.1585 is a modest reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the people who work on the ground with them every day.

Please sign our ORGANIZATIONAL LETTER OF SUPPORT by Wednesday, April 3 to show Congress that organizations around the country care about this issue and support H.R.1585.

Then, use this NEW TOOLKIT to contact your Representative by phone, by email, or on social media. And don’t forget to write a letter to the editor or an op-ed! The toolkit contains scripts, talking points, a list of key enhancements, Tweets, Facebook posts, graphics, and letter-to-the editor and op-ed templates.

Also, in case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of last Thursday’s VAWA call explaining the contents of H.R.1585 HERE.


When H.R.1585 went through the House Judiciary Committee, several Representatives tried to roll back vital VAWA protections by:

  • Allowing non-Natives to prey on Native women on Tribal lands with impunity;
  • Allowing publicly-funded domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to discriminate against survivors who they don’t like and turn away vulnerable victims in need of protection and help; and
  • Taking money away from communities and giving it to organizations like the NRA to teach people how to use guns.

Instead of committing to improve VAWA to address the identified needs of victims and survivors through moderate enhancements, other lawmakers introduced a year-long ‘straight reauthorization of VAWA (with no improvements) that ignores the identified needs of survivors. Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to and justice for victims and survivors. In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors – anything less is unacceptable.

If you have questions or want to report the outcome of your contacts with Members of Congress, please email


These members should especially be asked to be co-sponsors and encouraged to vote for the “real” VAWA, H.R. 1585, and not harmful or weakening amendments or attempts to delay passage with an unnecessary “straight reauthorization” extension.  Find their contact informationhere.  Ask to talk to the staff person who handles VAWA and/or women’s issues.  Make a note of this person’s name and contact info and follow up with them.  Develop a working relationship with them if possible.  Thanks.  Pat


Cindy Axne (Iowa)

Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.)

Jim Costa (Calif.)

Angie Craig (Minn.)

Charlie Crist (Fla.)

Joe Cunningham (S.C.)

Antonio Delgado (N.Y.)

Abby Finkenauer (Iowa)

Jared Golden (Maine)

Josh Gotteimer (N.J.)

Kendra Horn (Okla.)

Andy Kim (N.J.)

Conor Lamb (Pa.) 

Susie Lee (Nev.)

Elaine Luria (Va.)

Ben McAdams (Utah)

Stephanie Murphy (Fla.)

Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.)

Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Max Rose (N.Y.)

Kurt Schrader (Ore.)

Mikie Sherrill (N.J.)

Elissa Slotkin (Mich.)

Abigail Spanberger (Va.)

Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.)

Jeff Van Drew (N.J.).



Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)

John Katko (R-N.Y.)

Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)

Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio)

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

David Joyce (R-Ohio)

David McKinley (W.V.)

Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)

Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)

Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)

Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

John Curtis (R-Utah)

Mike Bost (R-Ill.)

Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (R-P.R.)

Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)

Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)

Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

William Hurd (R-Texas)

Paul Cook (R-CA)

Don Young (R-AK)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Could Expire Soon


Violence Against Women Act Could Expire Soon - Chicago Tribune

The Violence Against Women Act is a CRUCIAL piece of legislation that protects victims of domestic violence.

But Republicans in Congress REFUSE to renew it — leaving the lives of thousands of women and survivors hanging in the balance.

We shouldn’t even need to ask for this. This is common-sense — protecting women is a MUST.

So we’re launching a 10,000 signature petition to demand Congress renew this critical protection for women!

This is a no-brainer. Sign your name to demand Congress pass the Violence Against Women Act >>

Republicans have tried to get rid of this bill EVERY year since its signing in 1994 — and this time, they could actually succeed! NO!!

They’ve shown time and time again that they don’t stand with survivors.

They elected a self-declared serial sexual abuser to be president, and appointed an accused sexual abuser to the Supreme Court! This is just par for the the course.

So we really need your help to send a message to Congress and demand action.

Do your part to protect women today. Sign on to demand Congress reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:


We’re TIRED of women and survivors not being taken seriously. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

And letting the Violence Against Women Act expire is a slap in the face to thousands of women.

We’re demanding Republicans STOP playing politics with the health and safety of women. Sign your name to do the same today:

Thanks for your help,

Elect Democratic Women


Elect Democratic Women




NOW Endorses Nancy Pelosi, Overwhelmingly the Only Choice for Speaker

WASHINGTON — The National Organization for Women (NOW) is proud to endorse Nancy Pelosi to reclaim her position as Speaker of the House. The first woman in

Source: NOW Endorses Nancy Pelosi, Overwhelmingly the Only Choice for Speaker | National Organization for Women

We need to Flood these Members with Calls! 

Today NOW announced our endorsement of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. But Leader Pelosi is in need of immediate calls to organizers of an effort to prevent her from being elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. A very serious challenge to Leader Pelosi – primarily by a small group of men and some newly-elected members – is poised to prevent her from gaining a majority vote in the House Democratic Caucus. Meetings are beginning today so your call is critically important. 

The effort has been instigated by a vile smear campaign by Republicans. The result is: a challenge to Leader Pelosi instigated by #FiveWhiteGuys: Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.), Tim Ryan (Ohio), Bill Foster (Ill.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.). They are circulating a letter opposing Leader Pelosi for signatures among the 22 current and incoming members who have said that they may not support her and among other House members. We need to do what we can to stop this. 

Please call those five Representatives NOW. Even though you may not be a constituent in their Congressional Districts, please tell the receptionist that you are calling on behalf of the many NOW members who are their constituents. 

HERE’S YOUR MESSAGE: Hello, we are calling on behalf of the hundreds of NOW members who reside in your state and your district. NOW is supporting Leader Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House; we need a proven capable and talented leader in these turbulent times. Democrats must present a united front. Leader Pelosi has shown that she can unite Democrats to pass progressive legislation; it was her leadership that got the Affordable Care Act passed. I am asking you get behind Leader Pelosi because she is the very best candidate for Speaker and to urge your colleagues to support her election. 

Members to call: 
Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) – 202-225-8020
Rep. Bill Foster (Illinois) – 202-225-3515
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Colorado) – 202-225-2645
Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) – 202-225-5201
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Oregon) – 202-225-5711

For Women’s Lives and Happiness,

Toni Van Pelt


How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Broken Congress?

The next United States Congress will have at least 123 women in the House and Senate, including two Muslim-American women, two Native American women and two 29-year-olds.Ten more women could still win in midterm races that remain too close to call.

Source: How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Broken Congress? | Alternet

When Men’s Worry Is More Important Than Women’s Safety

Why are men closing ranks around Brett Kavanaugh and others accused of sexual misconduct? It’s about self-preservation.

Source: When Men’s Worry Is More Important Than Women’s Safety | HuffPost

Call Congress NOW: Stand Up for Asylum Seekers & Immigrants Fleeing Violence

Source: Call Congress NOW: Stand Up for Asylum Seekers & Immigrants Fleeing Violence

Statement of NOW-NY President Sonia Ossorio

By rejecting the pleas of domestic violence victims seeking asylum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is single-handedly eliminating more than two decades of progress on how we understand and address gender-based violence. With the advance of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, our country recognized violence against women as an issue of public urgency rather than a matter of so-called ‘private violence.’

We are putting women and their children in perilous danger. This is a heartless and inhumane policy that will result in lives lost. 

This comes on the heels of the Trump Administration’s horrific policy of separating children from parents at the border. We must act NOW to stop this callous disregard for human suffering.

Take Action

Call Congress to Stop Separation of Children and Parents

Your voice can help put an end to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cruel and needless practice of tearing apart immigrant families. DHS has responded to pressure in the past. Now we need to make sure our members of Congress take action to end this cruel practice once and for all.

Contact your congressional leaders. Find them here.

Here is a script you can use:

“Hi, my name is _____ and I reside in ______. I’m urging Senator/Representative ______ to denounce Trump’s family separation policy and use all of Congress’ authority to stop it. I urge you to support Senator Feinstein’s bill, the Keep Families Together Act, S. 3036, and insist that the practice of separating children from their families at the border stop immediately.”