Today, domestic violence advocates from around the country will be joined by countless others to demand that Congress pass a plan to reduce gun violence in America. Simply put, background checks on gun sales will save the lives of many domestic violence victims. It's up to us to make sure Congress includes this crucial provision in the law.
Source: Mayor's Against Illegal Guns
Call Senators Baldwin and Johnson today.
All you have to say is, "commonsense gun reform including comprehensive and enforceable background checks on gun sales will save the lives of domestic violence victims. I urge the Senator to support comprehensive and enforceable background checks on gun sales."
WCADV is part of the Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (WNIRR). There are many similarities between the victory of achieving a strong VAWA reauthorization and the hopefully successful push for comprehensive immigration reform. In fact, protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence were a source of contention in Congress during the reauthorization process. WINRR just sent this action alert drawing the connections between VAWA and comprehensive immigration reform and asking folks to express their disappointment with Sen. Johnson for his NO vote on VAWA. Please see below and take action today.
As early as today, the Senate will vote on a funding bill that covers the full function of the federal government for fiscal year 2013. Senator Harkin (D-IA) has introduced an amendment to the funding bill that will increase funding for domestic violence shelters and programs and the National Domestic Violence Hotline by $6.6 million. Call your Senators today and urge them to “VOTE YES on the Harkin Amendment.”
UPDATE: As a result of your efforts, House leadership has agreed to schedule a vote on S. 47, the Senate version of VAWA that protects all victims, if the House version does not obtain a majority. This means victory is within reach! Call your Congress Person today with a simple message!
The Senate’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA, S. 47, will come up for a vote next week. The bill contains key provisions to protect immigrant, LGBT and Tribal victims. The bill will be considered on Monday, February 4 and up for a vote on Thursday, February 7.
S. 47 now has 60 co-sponsors – due in large part to all of your calls! This should guarantee VAWA’s passage in the Senate. However, there is a possibility that amendments could be introduced on the floor next week that would attach non-germane provisions to VAWA and could slow down forward movement on the bill. Please callyour Senators today and Monday, and urge them to vote yes on S. 47, without amendments!
President Obama has outlined a plan to close dangerous loopholes that allow abusers easy access to weapons. A domestic violence homicide occurs almost every week in Wisconsin, most involve firearms and in too many cases the perpetrator acquired or bought the gun illegally. Congress must act before another preventable killing takes one more life. Call your Members of Congress today and tell them to work quickly to pass a gun safety bill that includes universal background checks.
Last week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and some of his Republican colleagues introduced H.R. 6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act, which contains compromise solutions to help address opponents’ constitutional concerns regarding tribal court jurisdiction and move VAWA forward.
The effort for a strong Violence Against Women Act that protects all victims, including immigrant, LBGT and Tribal victims, continues. The House version of VAWA, H.R. 4970, contains harmful provisions and eliminates safety enhancements contained in the Senate version. A vote on this bill may come as early as next week.
Please call your U.S. Representative today to express strong opposition to the Cantor-Adams version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (H.R. 4970) that was introduced last week. It weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the Senate bill, including the strong provisions that are designed to increase the safety of Native women and the needs of the LGBT community.
VAWA (S. 1925) has 61 sponsors – now is the time for Senate Majority Leader Reid to schedule a vote on VAWA and for all Senators to support S. 1925.
TAKE ACTION: Urge Senator Reid to schedule VAWA for a vote the week of April 16.
S. 1925 has enough sponsors to go to the Senate floor for a vote without a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has the power to schedule VAWA for a vote. Ask him to schedule a vote as soon as possible.
Congratulations on your fantastic advocacy efforts! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has agreed to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very, very soon—possibly next week! And Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) became a co-sponsor of VAWA yesterday bringing our total co-sponsors to 59!
Please call Senator Johnson throughout next week and ask him to support VAWA when it comes to a vote.
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1245 E. Washington Ave, Suite 150 | Madison, Wisconsin 53703 Phone: (608) 255-0539 | Fax/TTY: (608) 255-3560 | Click to email