Cross-posted at Minnesota Feminists Speak Out!, the blog of Minnesota NOW:
TODAY, November 14, is the #PassVAWA2012 Day of Action. Why?
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can be forgiven for being “unaware,” for the presidential election seemed to swallow up the world’s attention. The issue of violence against women barely made a ripple in the ocean of campaign ads, debates, and literature, though the reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act has been held up in Congress for nearly two years, subject to partisan bickering over what should be a very simple vote in support of fully funding resources to combat violence in our communities across the country.
One woman didn’t forget–she couldn’t. She is our friend and colleague Laurie Olmon, and she is a survivor. She made this video to remind us all of what’s at stake.
Please watch and tell others–especially your Senators and Representatives–that domestic violence affects everyone, every day, in every community.
Take action NOW! Join the #PassVAWA2012 Social Media Campaign! From our friends at the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence Against Women:
Be a part of a ground-breaking campaign to leverage the full power of social media in fighting for the Reauthorization of VAWA! Join the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook Photo Campaign to tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act! It’s easy, just snap photos of you, your friends, your colleagues, & sympathetic strangers holding up signs saying why we need to Pass VAWA NOW! Submit your photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweetpic with #PassVAWA2012.
Join the Task Force at 12:00pm Eastern on Thursday, November 8th for a very important VAWA update and organizing call. Dial-in Number: 1-213-226-0400 Conference Code: 451747
THANK YOU for speaking out today!