Received this e-mail today from Democracy For America:
Happy Valentine's Day,
While many of us celebrate love and relationships on this holiday, for many women it is painful and scary because of the hurt and abuse they have experienced. It’s a pain I know too well. A sexual assault and dating violence survivor, for years this day was more about fear and pain than about love and support. We can, and should, change that for so many women across the country.
Recently, the House voted to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which ensures basic protections for sexual assault survivors and prevents convicted abusers from being able to purchase firearms.
Even in this divisive moment in our politics, 33 House Republicans understood that passing this bill is the right thing to do.
But when the bill arrived in the Senate, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst failed to do the same. It’s clear that the $3.3 million Ernst received from the NRA last year was on her mind when she blocked the Violence Against Women Act from going to a vote — allowing stalkers & abusers to keep their guns.
We need to make it clear to Joni that this bill can mean life or death for thousands of women, and that she must stand up to the NRA. That’s why DFA is teaming up with Be A Hero to deliver a giant Valentine's Day card to Joni's office demanding she vote to close the Boyfriend Loophole and pass the Violence Against Women Act.
This is how broken our political system is — our Senators can’t even do the right thing when it comes to protecting sexual assault survivors.
But with all the work we’re doing to target vulnerable Republican Senators — they’re scared of being the next target and facing our fury.
If Ernst receives a card on Valentine’s Day with thousands of signatures telling her to vote for the Violence Against Women Act, she’ll know that a massive wave of grassroots resistance is waiting if she fails to act.
Yvette Simpson, CEO
Democracy for America