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 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.
Below is a sample email I encourage you to copy, personalize and send to as many groups and organizations as possible. Please edit so you are comfortable with the text (for example there is no obligation to share your personal phone number).
I’ve been thinking long and hard this last week as to what action I can take that will preserve the rights our ancestors fought for us to have. How can I inspire other women to take action that will show the world we will not remain silent any longer as our rights are jeopardized?
My call to action started when I read remarks made by Congressman Todd Akin. Sure, they say Todd Akin won’t win his race. But is that enough? Does that send any message? I don’t think it does. Now if he were to lose to his race by the largest margin ever recorded in election history – that might make headlines.
I propose that each person who reads this post take action to ensure uneducated, close-minded, backwards-thinking politicians do not win their races this November (I assure you, Todd Akin is not the only one). To quote my twin sister, Teresa Hill, “Let there be no confusion or mistake: if the Republican Party wins the election, women will be second class citizens without the right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.”