VAWA NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION – JUNE 26, 2012

The National Task Force to End Domestic Violence and other advocacy organizations have marked June 26, 2012, as the National Day of Action for the Reauthorization of the real Violence Against Women Act and have asked us to save the date on our calendars. It is anticipated that on or about June 26, 2012, there will be a call to action for all citizens concerned about the health and well-being of victims of domestic.

VAWA is up for reauthorization and for the first time in its history has struggled to obtain bipartisan support in both the House of Representative and the Senate. On the upcoming National Day of Action it is imperative that we tell Congress that doing nothing to bring about the passage of the real Violence Against Women Act is simply not an option.  With that said, on June 26, 2012, emails, faxes, and calls to our legislators in Washington, DC will be essential and determine whether or not the Real VAWA passes.

For nearly 20 years, Congress has recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for this landmark federal law’s comprehensive approach.  VAWA truly provides life-saving protections and services needed by victims and their families.  It is unacceptable that this law has become politicized while three women a day are still killed by an intimate partner.

Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence need a VAWA law that does not roll back protections for immigrant women and their families; includes protections for all victims, including the LGBT community and Native women; and directs resources to this urgent task in the most effective way possible.”

We know that all victims need protection and it is important to tell the world why on the National Day of Action. Congress must pass the real Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which protects all victims of domestic violence. As aptly stated by the National Task Force to End Domestic Violence, doing nothing is not an option with VAWA.

Calls to our legislators in Washington, DC are essential and will determine whether or not the Real VAWA passes. With that said, the National Task Force to End Domestic Violence has issued “A Call to Action!” on Tuesday, June 26th to reauthorize the real VAWA. In these final days Congress must see a groundswell that cannot be ignored.

Every person concerned about the health and well-being of women is needed now to raise their voice and tell Congress not to go backward but move forward to reauthorize the Real VAWA. It is important to get a Violence Against Women Act passed that protects ALL victims. The calls, emails, letters, and tweets to date have worked and now is the time to take it a step further.  It is important to show Congress how important the real Violence Against Women Act is to victims, survivors, advocates, and concerned citizens across the country.

Please save the date for a National Day of Action – June 26, 2012 on your calendar and tell your friends, families and everyone you know who cares about eradicating domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. All victims need protection and it is important to tell the world why on the National Day of Action. Congress must pass a Violence Against Women Act!

Don’t forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.

Tell Congress doing nothing is simply not an option!

Source: National Task Force to End Domestic Violence

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