Yesterday, Democrats in the House — led by Nancy Pelosi — voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act.
This is a crucial step towards once again providing federal protections for domestic violence survivors across the nation. In addition, the legislation would strengthen legal protections for Native American, immigrant, and LGBTQ women, as well as make it more difficult for those convicted of crimes related to domestic violence to obtain firearms.
But to pass this critical legislation, we need to keep up the pressure on Republicans in the Senate, as well as make sure Trump signs it.
———- Forwarded message ———- From: Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker Subject: Today is International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate how far we’ve come in the fight for full gender equality, as well as recommit ourselves to removing the barriers to equality and opportunity that women still face in our society.
This year, one of the biggest barriers is the Republican party and Donald Trump. As an example of Trump’s attack on women’s rights, he let funding for the Violence Against Women Act expire — stripping federal protections for domestic violence survivors across the nation.
Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is crucial if we’re going to protect survivors of domestic abuse here in California and across the nation. As Nancy Pelosi said during yesterday’s press conference, “Every woman everywhere has a right to live free from abuse.”
In particular, the legislation would strengthen legal protections for Native American, immigrant, and LGBTQ women. Additionally, the bill would make it more difficult for those convicted of crimes related to domestic violence to obtain firearms.
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