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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 domestic violence and sexual assault services and insufficient funding for sexual assault programs. This is unacceptable - and the Senate needs to hear from you. Survivors need more.

Throughout the day of action, we encourage you to contact your Senators on social media, by phone, or by email through their website. You can find your Senators and their contact information HERE. If you have contacts in Senate offices, email is also an effective way to get in touch with staff who are working remotely. We are also holding a TWITTERSTORM from 2:00 - 3:00 Eastern Time/11:00 - 12:00 Pacific Time. You can find Senators’ social media handles HERE.

A toolkit with Tweets, sample call scripts, emails, Facebook posts, and questions for town hall meetings can be found HERE.

On the day of action (and everyday!), tell Senators that in the next COVID-19 relief package, the Senate should include important provisions from the HEROES Act that support survivors and, in addition:

  • Provide dedicated funding for culturally-specific organizations that provide domestic violence and sexual assault services through both the Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services in the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families and the Office on Violence Against Women;
  • Address the needs of survivors by funding sexual assault services;
  • Fund Tribal governments to provide domestic violence and sexual assault services;
  • Provide more funding for domestic and sexual violence programs through a VAWA formula grant directly to victim service programs;
  • Ensure that access to safety for immigrant survivors is not compromised by immigration enforcement, by restricting enforcement activities at sensitive locations like courts and hospitals and by prohibiting the detention or deportation of survivors with pending immigration applications; and
  • Allow states to make survivors eligible for unemployment insurance if they leave their jobs due to domestic or sexual violence.

Other National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence priorities for the next COVID-19 supplemental appropriations package are outlined in a letter we sent to Congress, signed by 450 organizations.

If you miss the day of action, that is okay - you can still contact your Senators anytime! We also encourage you to attend virtual town hall meetings over the next several weeks. A list of town hall meetings can be found HERE.

For more information about reaching out to your Senators and other grassroots actions, please contact Rachel Graber (rgraber@ncadv.org), Dorian Karp (dkarp@jwi.org), and Monica McLaughlin (mmclaughlin@nnedv.org).

For more information about the needs of culturally-specific organizations serving communities of color, please contact Megan Simmons (msimmons@ujimacommunity.org). For more information about the needs of sexual assault survivors, please contact Terri Poore (terri@endsexualviolence.org).

Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at 12:36 PM
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