Fw: Please Support VAWA Reauthorization Today
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Please Support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Today!
In 2012, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was not reauthorized. VAWA has been expired for over one year. Two weeks ago, U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Michael Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bipartisan reauthorization bill that has received co-sponsorship by 62 senators. The bill ensures protections for underserved communities and supports the needs of domestic violence prevention, awareness and treatment services. American Indian and Alaska Native communities are among the underserved groups. There are important Native provisions in VAWA that ensure victims are better protected from violence.
Sens. Leahy and Crapo’s bill (S.47) has the support of advocates, law enforcement, victims and victims groups. Now is the time to add YOUR voice to the national call for justice for women. Please contact both of your U.S. senators and tell them you strongly support the VAWA reauthorization that includes the Native protections (a Senate vote is imminent).
Urge your senators to support the tribal provisions of S.47, and to vote NO on the Coburn Amendment, and support the Leahy Amendment. Through their leadership they can make VAWA happen in 2013.
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your senators’ offices. If you don’t know who your senators are, you can look them up here. When you’re connected to their offices, tell the person who answers the phone:
* I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________.
* I urge Senator____ to support S. 47, including the tribal provisions.
* I urge Senator _____ to vote NO on the Coburn Amendment, and support the Leahy Amendment.
* Thank you.
If you prefer to e-mail, you can do so through the web forms for each Senate office provided here.
Let them know where you stand! Thank you!
First Nations Development Institute
351 Coffman St. • Suite 200 • Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 774-7836 • Fax: (303) 774-7841
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