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Action Alert: Day of Action Planned for September 9th

On SEPTEMBER 9, we are holding a day of action to tell Congress and the White House that they have ignored the needs of survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic for far too long. They MUST pass a COVID-19 relief package that includes not only economic supports for unemployed, underemployed, and low-income families but also funding and policies specifically addressing the unique needs of survivors. In previous COVID-19 relief packages, Congress and the White House have provided NOTHING ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, August 31, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Don't Let Congress Ignore Survivors!

As the House, Senate, and White House prepare to negotiate the next and likely final COVID-19 supplemental funding package, we have an important message for them - they cannot ignore the needs of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence! Congress has provided trillions of dollars in supplemental funding to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, but they have provided NOTHING for survivors of sexual assault , for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, July 27, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Day of Action Planned for July 16th!

On JULY 16, we are holding a day of action to tell Congress that it must acknowledge that racism is part of all of our institutions, as amply demonstrated by the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities and Communities of Color. While we appreciate that the House’s HEROES Act provides funding for domestic violence programs and ensures the long-term viability of the Crime Victims Fund, it provides NO funding for culturally-specific community-based organizations that provide... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, July 9, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Tell Senators to Pass a COVID-19 Package Supporting Victims and Survivors

Congress must acknowledge that racism is part of all of our institutions, as amply demonstrated by the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities and Communities of Color. While we appreciate that the House’s HEROES Act provides funding for domestic violence programs and ensures the long-term viability of the Crime Victims Fund, it provides NO funding for culturally-specific community-based organizations that provide domestic violence and sexual assault services . This is... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, June 18, 2020

Action Alert: Sign on to Letter to Congress for Your Organization

As supplemental Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ( CARES ) Act are becoming available to domestic violence programs, it is important to recognize the domestic and sexual violence fields’ successes - both in battling COVID-19 on the frontlines and also in urging Congress to fund critical victim service programs. The House’s Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions ( HEROES ) Act contained... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Address Survivors' Needs in Next COVID-19 Response Package

Right now, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are at great risk.  Act now to urge Congress to address the urgent and emerging needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting disruptions.   The House of Representatives is finalizing its phase four COVID-19 response package. It is critical that this package meets the needs of victims,... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Action Alert: Contact Congress and Tell Them to Address Survivors' Needs in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Right now, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are at great risk.  Act now to urge Congress to address the urgent and emerging needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting disruptions.   Congress is currently working on a phase four stimulus package. It is critical that this package meets the needs of victims, survivors, and everyday... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, April 20, 2020

Action Alert: Organizational Sign-on Letter to Congress

As domestic violence and sexual assault programs and community-based organizations adjust to new service provision, many programs are experiencing an increase in requests for services. Simultaneously, many programs are facing a decrease in donations due to widespread economic fears. As Congress negotiates a phase four COVID-19 supplemental appropriations package, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is leading an organizational sign-on letter to encourage... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Action Alert: Congress Must Act Now to Protect Victims and Survivors, Funding for Programs that Serve Them

COVID-19 is disrupting the lives of millions of people in America. Schools and workplaces are closing, people are being laid off, and the people who are hardest hit are the people who are already experiencing financial instability. Victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence are particularly vulnerable, because they often face significant economic hardship as a result of the violence committed against them. This vulnerability is compounded by the fact that economic instability and... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 23, 2020

Action Alert: Twitter Storm on 12/11

After years of work, Senate negotiations on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) ground to a halt. Despite having introduced competing bills, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) have announced their intention of returning to the table and working to find a bipartisan compromise. We appreciate their commitment to a bipartisan bill and look forward to continuing to work with both offices to introduce a bill that meets the needs of all ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, December 6, 2019

Action Alert: October 16th = DVAM Twitter Storm to Support VAWA

It has been 6 months since the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. It is past time for the Senate to take action on a substantially similar bill that maintains important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, tell your... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 15, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Your Senators are home for August recess!

Make sure your Senators hear from you - the Senate must pass a bill substantially similar to H.R.1585! On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. As the Senate is working on their VAWA reauthorization, we have to pressure the Senate to ensure the bill is as similar to H.R.1585 as possible. It must maintain important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, August 5, 2019

Action Alert: Copy and Paste a Weekly Tweet for VAWA

On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. It is time for the Senate to take action on a substantially similar bill that maintains important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.   We must keep the pressure up on the Senate! Senators need to know... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, July 2, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Your Senators are home for recess. Make sure they hear from you - the Senate must pass a bill substantially similar to H.R.1585!

On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. As the Senate is working on their VAWA reauthorization, we have to pressure the Senate to ensure the bill is as similar to H.R.1585 as possible. It must maintain important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Your... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Action Alert: Your Senators are on Recess - Tell Them to Introduce a Strong Companion Bill to H.R. 1585

Your Senators are home for the recess! Go to town hall meetings, write op-eds, call them, or use social media to get them to do the right thing: Introduce a strong VAWA reauthorization bill with key updates and no rollbacks. Thanks to all of your hard work , the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585 , the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on April 4! H.R.1585 is a modest reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements that... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, April 18, 2019

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Close the "Stalker Loophole" Now

Five people were murdered in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday. Our nation is shocked again. Our political leaders offer prayers and call this a tragedy, as though it could not be prevented—and as though it were a surprise. Those of us who work in the domestic violence field feel the terrible familiarity of the story. A stalker, harassing a woman whom he barely knew—a woman who did not want to know him any better. A stalker heaping unwarranted blame on journalists who reported on... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, July 2, 2018

Tell Your Senators to Oppose CCR and Support Fix NICS

The Senate will soon consider two bills that will have a huge impact on survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.   S.446 would make it terrifyingly easy for abusers to legally carry concealed firearms into other states when stalking their victims. S.446, the ‘Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017’ would undercut existing state and local protections for victims of domestic and dating violence -- and replace those protections with... Read More
at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let Congress Know You Oppose the TCJA!

Action Alert : Contact Your Members of Congress TODAY! Congress Talks About Tax Cuts. What They Really Mean are Cuts to Crucial Programs for Victims and Survivors!    WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW Congress will soon consider the so-called 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' (TCJA) bill to 'simplify' the tax code. Sounds good, right? What they are not telling you is that, according to both the Tax Policy Center and the Center for Budget... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Protect survivors from gun violence: Stop H.R. 38

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your House Representative Members TODAY and Urge Them to Oppose H.R. 38 The U.S. House of Representatives wants to give domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines. Protect survivors from gun violence: Stop H.R. 38! WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW Next week, the House is planning to vote on a bill that would make it terrifyingly easy for abusers to legally carry concealed firearms into other... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, December 1, 2017

Tell Congress to Oppose HR 38 and Support HR 4434

What's Happening in Congress Right Now On WEDNESDAY, November 29th, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up two bills that will have a huge impact on survivors of domestic violence and stalking. The first bill, H.R. 38, would make it terrifyingly easy for abusers to legally carry concealed firearms into other states when stalking their victims.  H.R. 38, Representative Hudson's (R-NC-08) 'Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017' would undercut existing state and... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 27, 2017

Tell Congress to Pass the Bipartisan Fix NICS Act

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW The mass shooting in Sutherland Springs was a preventable tragedy. The shooter was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, but he still passed a background check due to poor record keeping!   After years of inaction, it’s time for Congress to pass meaningful legislation to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. The gun rights activists  have said time and time again that we need to fix the National Instant Criminal... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, November 17, 2017

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