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Speak Out! Congress members in home states until Feb. 25

Equality Now

20 February 2017

You’re calling, you’re writing letters, you’re going to community meetings and town halls, you’re supporting organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and you’re showing up at Senators offices, homes (!) and airports to make sure that your voice is being heard. Even though recent Administration confirmations haven’t gone the way they should have, you are making your presence felt. You’re letting the Administration and Congress know that you’re paying attention and that you will hold them accountable– and lawyers and judges are following through on that promise. With today’s recognition of President’s Day, it is a fitting time to say thank you – and most importantly, keep it up!

Women's rights aren't a partisan issue. To make progress on the issues we marched for, make sure you’re your Senators and Representatives hear from you!

Speak Directly to Your Member of Congress Through the 25th: Congress is in recess and many Senators and Representatives have returned to their home States to hear from their constituents. There will be a series of Town Hall events and District office meetings that we encourage you to attend. If there is not a Town Hall meeting you can attend, you can call to request a meeting.

Issues To Raise: We’ve identified the following as particularly threatening to women and girls. Ask your Congressperson where they stand on the issue and let them know your views. Take to heart the words of our Americas Director, Shelby Quast: “Remember, you’re not asking them for a favor. As an elected official, it’s their job to represent you in Congress.” 

  • Planned abolishment of the Affordable Care Act, and defunding of Title X clinics, like Planned Parenthood that provide care to over 1.5 million people across the country - threatening women and girls’ access to healthcare.
  • The threat to defund Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs and services, including for survivors of sexual violence.
  • SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearing is set for March 20. President Trump has prioritized ending Roe v Wade and putting someone in place to fulfill this pledge. Judge Gorsuch holds extremely conservative views that also seriously threaten women’s access to health care and reproductive rights.

What You Can Do:

  1. Attend a Town Hall/meeting and ask your Congress member where they stand on ensuring your access to healthcare, protecting you from violence and ensuring that our Supreme Court is independent. Try to record yourself asking the question as well as the response and share it widely!
  2. If your Senator or Representative is already supporting these issues, thank them and ask them to continue to fight to protect your rights.
  3. Tell your friends to sign up for Equality Now emails and follow us on social (FB/IG @equalitynoworg; TW @equalitynow) for information on upcoming legislation we will be advocating for, including the HerAct to challenge the Global Gag Rule and for continued federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs. We will also have actions you can take to support activism around the world.
  4. Mark down November 6, 2018 and be prepared to vote in the midterm Elections.  33 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 governorship's will be up for re-election. Make sure your voice is heard!

Additional tips and resources:

  1. The Town Hall Project has put together a broad listing of Town Halls and meetings  and the Invisible Guide offers  resources on how to have a successful experience or ways  to track down hard to reach Senators and Representatives. The Women’s March also has map of grassroots protests and meetings.
  2. Do your homework! Learn where your Congressperson stands on the issues through their websites and media. Then let them know what issues are important to you and question them on their stance. If they haven’t been clear, directly ask them what their position is. If you support what they are doing, let them know so that they will continue. GovTrack is a terrific site that offers free tracking of federal legislation and Congressional activities for the general public, including Senate Votes on Key Administration Nominations.
  3. Go to meetings with a friend or a group for extra support. Tape each other asking questions, and importantly, the official’s response. Also record protests. Share everything widely and tag us (FB/IG - @equalitynoworg / TW @equalitynow) on social media so we can expand your reach and encourage other members to support you!
  4. If you’re comfortable, share a personal story about how public services or policies have affected you. Let them know that they have to fight for vital services or programs that are in danger, e.g. Planned Parenthood. You can also share these stories online in numerous and creative ways.

Women's rights aren't a partisan issue. To make progress on the issues we marched for, make sure you’re your Senators and Representatives hear from you!

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You’re calling, you’re writing letters, you’re going to community meetings and town halls, you’re supporting organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and you’re showing up at Senators offices, homes (!) and airports to make sure that your voice is being heard. Even though recent Administration confirmations haven’t gone the way they should have, you are making your presence felt. You’re letting the Administration and Congress know that you’re paying attention and that you will hold them accountable– and lawyers and judges are following through on that promise. With today’s recognition of President’s Day, it is a fitting time to say thank you – and most importantly, keep it up!

Women's rights aren't a partisan issue. To make progress on the issues we marched for, make sure you’re your Senators and Representatives hear from you!

Speak Directly to Your Member of Congress Through the 25th: Congress is in recess and many Senators and Representatives have returned to their home States to hear from their constituents. There will be a series of Town Hall events and District office meetings that we encourage you to attend. If there is not a Town Hall meeting you can attend, you can call to request a meeting.

Issues To Raise: We’ve identified the following as particularly threatening to women and girls. Ask your Congressperson where they stand on the issue and let them know your views. Take to heart the words of our Americas Director, Shelby Quast: “Remember, you’re not asking them for a favor. As an elected official, it’s their job to represent you in Congress.” 

  • Planned abolishment of the Affordable Care Act, and defunding of Title X clinics, like Planned Parenthood that provide care to over 1.5 million people across the country - threatening women and girls’ access to healthcare.
  • The threat to defund Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs and services, including for survivors of sexual violence.
  • SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearing is set for March 20. President Trump has prioritized ending Roe v Wade and putting someone in place to fulfill this pledge. Judge Gorsuch holds extremely conservative views that also seriously threaten women’s access to health care and reproductive rights.

What You Can Do:

  1. Attend a Town Hall/meeting and ask your Congress member where they stand on ensuring your access to healthcare, protecting you from violence and ensuring that our Supreme Court is independent. Try to record yourself asking the question as well as the response and share it widely!
  2. If your Senator or Representative is already supporting these issues, thank them and ask them to continue to fight to protect your rights.
  3. Tell your friends to sign up for Equality Now emails and follow us on social (FB/IG @equalitynoworg; TW @equalitynow) for information on upcoming legislation we will be advocating for, including the HerAct to challenge the Global Gag Rule and for continued federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs. We will also have actions you can take to support activism around the world.
  4. Mark down November 6, 2018 and be prepared to vote in the midterm Elections.  33 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 governorship's will be up for re-election. Make sure your voice is heard!

Additional tips and resources:

  1. The Town Hall Project has put together a broad listing of Town Halls and meetings  and the Invisible Guide offers  resources on how to have a successful experience or ways  to track down hard to reach Senators and Representatives. The Women’s March also has map of grassroots protests and meetings.
  2. Do your homework! Learn where your Congressperson stands on the issues through their websites and media. Then let them know what issues are important to you and question them on their stance. If they haven’t been clear, directly ask them what their position is. If you support what they are doing, let them know so that they will continue. GovTrack is a terrific site that offers free tracking of federal legislation and Congressional activities for the general public, including Senate Votes on Key Administration Nominations.
  3. Go to meetings with a friend or a group for extra support. Tape each other asking questions, and importantly, the official’s response. Also record protests. Share everything widely and tag us (FB/IG - @equalitynoworg / TW @equalitynow) on social media so we can expand your reach and encourage other members to support you!
  4. If you’re comfortable, share a personal story about how public services or policies have affected you. Let them know that they have to fight for vital services or programs that are in danger, e.g. Planned Parenthood. You can also share these stories online in numerous and creative ways.

Women's rights aren't a partisan issue. To make progress on the issues we marched for, make sure you’re your Senators and Representatives hear from you!

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