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.

BACKGROUND:

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 rgraber@ncadv.org anddkarp@jwi.org.

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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

Democrats:

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.).

 

Republicans:

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)

Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women

REDress Project makes U.S. debut at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Source: In the galleries: Hanging garments symbolize violence against indigenous women – The Washington Post

Note: There is a National Day of Awareness of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women on May 5.  There has been a request that COC NOW women hang out a red dress in recognition on that day.

Trump Nominee for Office on Violence Against Women is Unqualified and Dangerous

March 1, 2019
NOW NEEDS YOUR HELP: TRUMP NOMINEE FOR OFFICE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (OVW) IS UNQUALIFIED AND DANGEROUS

We need YOUR HELP in sending an urgent message to your Senator to block the confirmation of Shannon Lee Goessling to head the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) in the U.S. Department of Justice. OVW administers grant programs that are established under VAWA, which are used to provide effective responses to violence against women. Trump-nominated Goessling is grossly unqualified for the role, and would bring dangerous and detrimental views on domestic violence with her if confirmed. 

A hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominee is set for Thursday, March 7, so getting in touch with your senator as soon as possible is important. One (or possibly two) of your senators sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and can vote to block Goessling from receiving a floor vote. 

Judiciary Committee Members:
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R – S.C.) is committee chair; other Republican members are; Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Michael S. Lee (Utah), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Marsha Blackburn (Mo.) John Cornyn (Tex.) Ted Cruz (Tex), Joni Ernst (Iowa.) and John Kennedy (La.). Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is the ranking member for the minority; other Democrats include Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Christopher Coons (Del.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Cory Booker (N.J.)

Talking Points:

  • Goessling has spent the last eleven years working as Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel for an anti-gun control, anti-LGBTQIA, anti-racial justice, and anti-immigrant organization, the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF).
  • OVW grants are very competitive, and distribution of grants is left to the discretion of OVW. This makes the decision of where to award grants very difficult. The input and agenda of the director of OVW has the potential to impact who gets the money, and what issues are prioritized when selecting grant recipients.
  • OVW needs a competent and qualified director to make these decisions, especially after VAWA is reauthorized. Goessling fits none of the qualifications.
  • Goessling alleges that widespread gun ownership would protect women, though the very opposite is clear. Read NOW’s Issue Advisory HERE about the significant link between domestic violence and gun violence.
  • If Goessling heads OVW, she could redirect grant funding from important organizations and programs that protect survivors, to anti-gun control organizations that put women more at risk.
  • Goessling claims she worked on pro-bono domestic violence cases for 13 years as a lawyer in Georgia, though she only worked on one related case in that 13-year period. She has little to no experience on the issue of domestic violence. OVW deserves someone who is qualified!

To block Goessling, we need both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote NO on reporting the nominee out for a full floor vote. 

We have the opportunity to prevent an unqualified nominee, with dangerous views, from undermining important programs that protect survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR NOW! Ask to speak with a staff person who deals with the Senate Judiciary Committee, if possible, or ask for the staff person who handles women’s issues and leave a voicemail if you can. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click here to find your senator’s office phone numbers. If you send an email message, you will need to go to the senator’s website to enter the message. 

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR WOMEN AND FOR NOW! 

Sample Call: 
Senator, and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers important grant programs to develop effective responses to violence against women. This office is incredibly important, and needs a qualified leader with experience who understands issues of violence against women. 

As your constituent, I am urging you to oppose the confirmation of Shannon Lee Goessling to head the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Shannon Lee Goessling is unqualified for the role and has no experience working on issues of violence against women. Though she claims to have done pro-bono work on domestic violence, court records show only one instance of her working on such a case. Do we want the person working on the largest grant program in the United States for combatting violence against women to have no knowledge or experience on the subject? 

OVW needs a competent and qualified director to make these decisions on grant allocations. Goessling is neither competent nor qualified. Goessling also alleges that widespread gun ownership would protect women, though experts can attest that gun violence and violence against women are linked. 

I am urging you strongly to oppose the confirmation of nominee-Goessling, and I ask that you speak with your colleagues to encourage unity in opposing this dangerous nomine. Thank you for the opportunity to share my deepest concern on this vital matter. 

Sample Email: 
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) administers important grant programs to develop effective responses to violence against women. This office is incredibly important, and needs a qualified leader with experience who understands issues of violence against women. 

As your constituent, I am urging you to oppose the confirmation of Shannon Lee Goessling to head the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Shannon Lee Goessling is unqualified for the role and has no experience working on issues on violence against women. Though she claims to have done pro-bono work on domestic violence, court records show only one instance of her working on such a case. Do we want the person working on the largest grant program in the United States for combatting violence against women to have no knowledge or experience on the subject? 

OVW needs a competent and qualified director to make these decisions on grant allocations. Goessling is neither competent nor qualified. Goessling also alleges that widespread gun ownership would protect women, though experts can attest that gun violence and violence against women are linked. 

I am urging you strongly to oppose the confirmation of nominee-Goessling, and I ask that you speak with your colleagues to encourage unity in opposing this dangerous nomine.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my deepest concern on this vital matter.

 

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:

https://go.electdemocraticwomen.org/Reauthorize-the-Act

Thanks for your help,

Elect Democratic Women

 

Elect Democratic Women

 

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Aggression, Misogyny, and Rape Culture Won … This Must Stop. Enough is Enough.

WASHINGTON– Donald Trump picked a Supreme Court Justice cast in his own image. Trump chose a bully, a serial liar and a man who treats women with disrespect.

Source: Aggression, Misogyny and Rape Culture Won Women told to shut up and grow up This Must Stop. Enough is Enough. | National Organization for Women

Silent Witness Stand event – October 8, 11am-3pm

My Sisters Place is organizing a Silent Witness Stand event, honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will be held on October 8 from 11 to 3 on the corner of Hwy 101 & Hwy 20, by JC Market.
We will have a purple pop-up tent with tabling information and stuff to make signs.
NOW members are invited to participate.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting us!

 

Stop Brett Kavanaugh and End the Toxic Culture of Male Fury

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr. just said that the current debate over sexual assault has made him more worried for his sons than his daughters. Ann Coulter

Source: Stop Brett Kavanaugh and End the Toxic Culture of Male Fury | National Organization for Women