Action Alert: Ask Senators Johnson and Baldwin to Vote for VAWA

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 call your Senators today and Monday, and urge them to vote yes on S. 47, without amendments!

Call the Capitol switchboard at 888.269.5702 and ask the operator to connect you to Senators Baldwin and Johnson. When you’re connected to their offices, tell the person who answers the phone:

1) I am a constituent from (city, Wisconsin) and my name is _________.

2 (Johnson)  I urge Senator Johnson to vote yes on S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act – and to oppose any amendments that are introduced.

2 (Baldwin) I thank Senator Baldwin for co-sponsoring S. 47 and urge her to oppose any amendments that are introduced.

3) Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator has voted for VAWA.

We are optimistic that a strong bill will be passed out of the Senate – and then we can turn our attention to the House and to getting a final VAWA that safely and effectively protects all victims!

 

Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing  The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote. 

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

THE SERIES

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.