March for Our Lives, Dept. of Ed rollbacks, and VAWA reauthorization: Civic action to-do list for 3-12-18

Now, more than ever before, we need you, our grassroots activists, to join us in advocating for lifesaving legislation.  Click here  to learn how you can deepen your engagement in our critical work.

3. March for our Lives

Enough is enough – Congress must act now to pass laws to reduce gun violence. Our elected officials must vote on behalf of the majority of Americans who believe in common sense gun violence prevention legislation and not with the NRA. From banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, to raising the age to purchase a rifle, to mandating universal backgrounds, to closing the boyfriend loophole there are many ways Congress can tackle gun violence.  Join JWI as we “March for our Lives” in Washington, D.C. this Saturday or join one of the over 800 events around the world to demand our elected officials treat gun violence as a public health crisis and act to protect our lives. 

2. Survivors’ rights at stake

All students deserve an education free from violence and harassment, but the Department of Education is planning to announce a proposed rule rolling back guidelines that help colleges and universities provide all students with equal protection. The rights of survivors of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking on college campuses are at risk. If you are a survivor, have a child in school, or just feel passionately about preventing the further victimization of survivors email [email protected] and JWI will walk you through the process on how to fight back!

1. VAWA Reauthorization

JWI is working with our partners on the 2018 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to make sure there are no rollbacks to current law and that needed enhancements to support survivors are included. For nearly 25 years VAWA has been our nation’s single most effective tool in providing lifesaving programs and services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. On Tuesday, watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing on VAWA and listen to testimony about its importance!

Remember - VAWA’s reauthorization is not assured, once it is introduced in Congress we will count on you to work with us in our advocacy efforts.