As I write this, Congress is still dick-ering with women’s lives by failing to re-authorize VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act). More often than not, whenever this important act comes up for re-authorization, the right has some absurd excuse about why they should not provide this crucial funding that has been proven to save women’s lives. This year they have decided that they aren’t sure about funding VAWA because oh gasp, it would provide desperately needed services to Native American women.
The extent of this misogynist chest-thumping was brought home to me last night when I came across a piece that I wrote in 2006 entitled, Ending Terrorism Against Women Begins at Home: the Urgent Need to Fully Fund VAWA. The sick and monumentally infuriating thing is, that title would be perfect for this piece too, so yes, at the risk of being repetitive, I am using it in part again!
We need to let the chief dick-erers know that enough is enough and they need to get this done because apparently even after taking a shellacking at the polls in large part because of all the woman-hating spew they’ve unleashed the last few years, they’ve decided that doubling down with more misogyny is the way to go.
Please take a minute and tell the GOP leadership enough is enough and that VAWA needs to be fully funded now.
Speaker of the House John Boehner: 202-225-0600 and
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: 202-225-2815
Women should not have to fight for this every year, the waste of time and resources, not to mention the risk to women’s lives that is perpetually used as a bargaining chip needs to end. It’s time to make VAWA permanent, not an annual discussion.