I don’t understand how the House could let the Violence Against Women Act Expire. The change from the prior years was to extend protection to more women living in the United States. This is appalling and unforgivable.
I’m very happy to say that Vermont’s own Patrick Leahy is leading the way to reintroduce the bill in the 113th Congress. They need 4 more co-sponsors to bring it to the Senate floor. Please, please call your Senator. Phone number and script can be found here: http://4vawa.org/
Once it passes the Senate, you can believe I’ll add additional posts to get it through the House and let you know what you can do.
Domestic violence impacts everyone – if you don’t think you know someone who’s been affected, you’re wrong. You’re reading my post and in college I was raped by a male acquaintance. Please ACT NOW!
Thank you again Abigail Collazo for bring to my attention such an important issue.
I decided to take a quick look at the two Presidential Candidates’ websites and I was curious about what could be said about the candidates by just looking at their first page and their list of issues. While I am deferring to you to draw your own conclusions based on what matters most to you, I have listed below the two items I looked at.
Number of Non-White Persons (excluding candidates)
2 / 29%
0 / 0.0%
Number of Females (excluding candidates’ wives)
3 / 42%
2 / 29%
Number of White Males (excluding candidates and candidates’ families)
2 / 29%
5 / 71%
Note 1> People shown in crowds were excluded because the imagines were not clear enough to give accurate counts
Note 2> In case you were wondering, the U.S. Census Bureau shows the following population statistics for the U.S. in 2011:
I just saw Samuel L Jackson in a political ad and it’s exactly what I’m trying to shout out – but with the energy of a slap to the face. Please watch this ad. Share this ad. And comment on this post. Which character do you most relate to? I feel like the little girl, but I can’t find my parents and siblings and grandparents to wake up (aka the American people) – they’re hundreds of miles away and I’m in England. I’m doing what I can with this blog and I’m going to keep looking for ways to spread the message. I’m also going to imagine Samuel L is in my living room and get energized!
In what job can you let a deadline pass without repercussions? In what job can you go home or take a break without completing your duties? At the very least you or I would leave someone responsible to see that the work is completed in our absence. With the election getting closer every day, I cannot ignore the fact that the political party that wins the majority of the House and Senate will dictate our future, even more so than the elected President. If we have learned anything from watching Republican members of Congress for the last 4 years, it is that a political party’s members have immense power. They will and have halted progressive measures endorsed by the White House. They have made passing any legislation supported by Barak Obama an impossibility. Why has the media not made a bigger deal of this? Why hasn’t the Obama campaign acknowledged this fact as publicly as possible? Would it make the President look weak? I don’t think so. I think it would enlighten the American public.
America is built on founding principles first depicted in the Declaration of Independence and later enacted into law as the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution along with its amendments form the cornerstone of our legal and political system. How those laws are defined, shaped and enforced depends on the Senators and Representatives WE vote into office and the bills they enact into law while representing our beliefs. Notice the bold green text used for members of Congress. I am not neglecting the influence of the American President, but merely acknowledging that it is the Congress who writes and drafts bills. The President is a leader and can influence and ultimately veto legislation; but it is under Article I. Section I. of the Constitution that, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Notice that I bolded our beliefs in the last paragraph. That’s right. I said politicians are representing our beliefs. The concept behind voting is that you vote for the person who best represents your beliefs and your vision for the future. A politician campaigns on economic, educational, and social platforms which represent the collective interest of their constituents. Once elected, said politician drafts bills based on his/her campaign promises and your beliefs are ratified into law.