Don't Let Politics Stand in the Way of Women's Safety
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has saved countless lives since it was enacted in 1994. But in 2011, for the first time, VAWA was allowed to expire -- not reauthorized -- because certain lawmakers did not want to extend protections to members of the LGBTQ community, immigrant women and Native American women.
It is absolutely outrageous that bigotry is standing in the way of protecting women from violence. Together we can ensure VAWA is reauthorized without further delay.
Contact your senator to co-sponsor S. 47., which would reauthorize VAWA with strengthened protections for all women:
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your senators. If you don't know who your senators are, you can look them up here. (http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm)
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 co-sponsor S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
- Thank you, and I look forward to hearing that the senator is a co-sponsor.
Lives are at stake. Senators across the nation need to co-sponsor this bill to insure a bipartisan victory.
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