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June 29, 2012

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On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, hundreds of people joined together in front of the Capitol Building to demand the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  The rally's mission was to urge Congress to pass the Senate version of VAWA immediately.  Speakers at the event included singer/songwriter, Michael Bolton, Congresswomen Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Judy Biggert (D-IL), Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O'Neill, and many other honorable guests.

Attendees felt and expressed the urgency to "Pass VAWA Now!" from the group.  Speakers and participants at the rally urged Congress to pass the Senate version of VAWA, which include protections for all victims, including specific protections for LGBTQ, immigrant and Native American survivors.  As stated at the rally, this issue is not a partisan issue but simply a human issue; all victims deserve to be safe from domestic violence and sexual assault and their offenders held accountable.  Congress must seize the opportunity to improve the law to meet the needs of all victims.

Congress needs to "pass VAWA now," the passionate crowd chanted at the rally. Congress should not miss its opportunity to protect the lives of all victims across our country and pass an inclusive, bipartisan VAWA now.

Please call your Members of Congress and urge them to pass the Senate version of VAWA.