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DENVER – We organized a rally on Friday November 16th 2012 at the Colorado State Capitol building in support of the Senate version of VAWA. There were approximately 100 people in attendance on the steps at the west end of the building.
Originally enacted in 1994, the law has provided help and support for thousands of victims of domestic violence and we are asking Congress to put politics aside and work for victims. Each time it is renewed, lawmakers strive to enhance it to provide support where it is lagging, but three new provisions in the law are holding it up (support for Native American women, LGBT community, and immigrants). This is clearly of an example of a law that has had no problem of being reauthorized in the past because of its effectiveness and is suffering simply because of partisan politics.
“It’s shameful really. We have victims that are hoping for legislation that’s going to help them and Congress is putting their own political fronts before that. I say we should be putting victims before the politics.”, Aaron said.
The act wil expire if Congress does not reauthorize by December 14th. We know that Denise would want us to fight for the reauthorization and we will continue to do so through social media and campaigns.
“I hope she is here watching, she was a big advocate for domestic violence. She counseled victims and offenders. I know she would be here today if she were still alive.”, Aaron said.
You can also listen to the full speech that Aaron gave to the crowd Here
We are urging the House and Senate pass the Senate version of the bill which is clearly an improvement. Without it, much needed resources for domestic violence victims will be at risk for shutting down such as the National DV Hotline and many shelters which rely on the federal funding to operate.
Thanks to Libby Weaver, Denver’s FOX 31 news was aware of the event and they provided coverage which aired on Friday evening at 5:30 pm. We would like to sincerely thank Julie Hayden for the great work on the segment and explaining why the law is so important to us. A big thanks to all of the organizations and their representatives that helped promote the event and who also attended.
We only have about 20 days left before this very effective law expires!! Please share this segment with everyone you know as we really need to put pressure on Congress to pass this legislation. We also urge you to contact your representative and to make sure they know how important this act is to the people. You can find your local representative at www.house.gov