Giving you an important update on the Violence Against Women Act.

Dear Kevin,

I wanted to give you an important update on the Violence Against Women Act. 

When Congress adjourned last year, they broke a simple promise: to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Instead, they let partisan gridlock get in the way of helping victims of domestic violence. 

Two weeks ago, the new Senate once again approved a version of VAWA that includes protections for the most vulnerable: LGBTNative American, and undocumented victims of partner violence. Every female senator supported it. Twenty-two Republican men voted against it:

22 Republican men

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he will put VAWA up for a vote in the House this week. But there’s a rift forming in the Republican party. 

House leadership plans on putting forth a bill that strips out some of these key protections for Native American women and LGBT victims. They’re spouting theories about how the bill is unconstitutional or a states’ rights issue. One Republican even claimed that Native Americans are somehow incapable of giving white people a fair trial.

But another group of about 20 members of Boehner’s own party have begged him to stop the partisan games and just pass the bill as-is. They are asking their colleagues to put the safety of thousands of Americans before a political talking point. 

We’ll keep you posted on what happens next. 


Judd Legum

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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