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U.S. Activists! Use the Momentum of One Billion Rising To Get VAWA Passed!


February 14th might be over but ONE BILLION RISING has only begun! Now is the time to harness the power of your activism to change the world.

Let's start by getting the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to the House floor for a vote!

On February 12th, the Senate passed S. 47, a strong, inclusive bill to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act. It is this bipartisan Senate version of VAWA that we now need the House of Representatives to bring the to the House floor for a vote.

We are calling on all of our U.S based activists to RISE for VAWA and we have a simple 2 week plan, with the aim to get VAWA passed by International Women's Day on March 8th.

THIS Week:
Organize an event in your communities! Your representatives are currently at home and they need to see the support and feel the pressure of their constituents. You can do this event anywhere and the event can be anything:

  • You've already got your dancing shoes on so hold a RISE for VAWA flash mob!
  • Hold a rally in a public space (town square, local mall, town hall etc) and invite local activists to speak about the importance of VAWA and ending violence against women and girls
  • Protest outside of government offices and buildings
  • Hold a concert, open mic night, theatrical production, etc to support VAWA and those working to get it passed

Any of these options and more will help highlight the support for VAWA in your community.

NEXT Week:

Starting on Monday February 25th, your representatives will be back in Washington D.C. We are urging you ALL to flood their telephone lines and email inboxes with messages of support for VAWA. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

DOWNLOAD the RISE for VAWA Poster >

Don't forget to invite the press! The more support our representatives see for VAWA the greater the chance for success!! Check out our One Billion Rising Media Tips >

CONTACT Your Representative! Feminist Majority has made it super simple to contact your representative, just enter your zip code and you're halfway there! CONTACT >

Why is VAWA so important? LEARN more >

SEND ENERGY & THANKS to VAWA’s friends in Congress, and SEND COURAGE to the Members who are silent so that they can stand up for survivors and victims and vote for VAWA >