Action : Protect the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Minimal Script for a supporter: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep. [___] for supporting the interests and safety of women by sponsoring the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. (Carbajal and Brownley are on the list, of course.)
Minimal Script for a no show/GOP member: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to know why Rep. [___] isn’t supporting the interests and safety of women by sponsoring the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. I expect better of my congressperson and will express that in the ballot box.
Contact your Legislator
Rep. Julia Brownley: email (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
Joe Biden’s Violence Against Women Act, (VAWA) HR 3355 was passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. This legislation has helped to protect women for decades. It coordinates the national response to crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking and included a $1.6 billion budget toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. It also established the Office on Violence Against Women with the Department of Justice, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave un-prosecuted.
The GOP tried to cut the funding next year, and the Supreme Court reversed a VAWA provision that had allowed women to sue attackers in federal court. The Act was reauthorized, again with bipartisan majorities in Congress in 2000 and again in 2005, and signed off by President George W. Bush. Conservative GOP members tried to stop the 2012 renewal because they opposed extending the Act’s protections to same-sex couples and to provisions that permitted undocumented immigrants to claim temporary visas if they’d been attacked, so they could see their case through the justice system. The GOP battle against the bill dragged on until 2013, when it was finally renewed.
But it expires, again, at the end of September. There are currently 121 Congresspeople on the list of co-sponsors. You can check to see who has already done so here.
There are no Republicans on the list. Like the Affordable Care Act, they complain about issues and obstruct, but do no creative, useful work on their own. Call them out.