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 address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the people who work on the ground with them every day.
While H.R. 1585 passed the House with strong bipartisan support, the Senate is way behind. Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to safety and justice for victims and survivors. Every moment Congress delays in passing much-needed updates puts more people at risk. In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors - anything less, including a straight reauthorization without vital updates, is unacceptable. Opponents of VAWA are spreading misinformation about both current law and H.R.1585. Click HERE for a myth v. fact two-pager!
The Senate must act NOW to pass a strong VAWA reauthorization with vital updates!
There are three key things you can do to propel H.R.1585 forward in the Senate:
1. Attend a town hall meeting or call or email your Senators and ask them to support a bill in the Senate similar to H.R.1585. The Senate is currently writing their VAWA reauthorization bill. We need to make sure the Senate bill is substantially similar to H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. Use this link to find your Senators and their contact information. Click HERE for talking points and a sample script.
2. Write an op-ed or letter to the editor to your local paper about the importance of reauthorizing VAWA with vital enhancements. Members of Congress and their staff closely monitor local media, and if your Senator knows that there is community support for an improved VAWA, they’re more likely to support it. Check out this great resource from The New York Times about how to write and submit an op-ed on an issue that matters to you. Click HERE for talking points and template language.
3. Contact your Senators on social media. Make your support visible to everyone! Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks to contact your Members of Congress. You can find their Facebook accounts and Twitter handles here. Click HERE for sample posts and for images to share.
If you have questions or want to report the outcome of your contacts with Members of Congress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.