Tell your Representatives to support funding for crucial federal programs!
As Congress prepares to put forth a budget for 2017 in what is expected to be a difficult appropriations process, it is critical that we ask Members of the House Appropriations Committee to support strong funding levels for domestic programs.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that programs are funded robustly is through “Dear Colleague” letters sent from members of Congress to their colleagues who serve on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Each additional cosigner demonstrates support.
Members of the House of Representative are currently circulating two letters of interest on fiscal year 2017 funding: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) services and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) programs, and another letter on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) ...
Urge Ambassador Power: Stop Iran's Missiles!
Last week, the Iranian government launched several missiles; two of them, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency, were marked in Hebrew with the words “Israel must be erased.” These recent launches are just the most recent of Iran's repeated violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which specifically bans the country from testing ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. In response to the tests, the US imposed sanctions in January on eleven people and companies involved in the ballistic missile program, but, so far, they haven't deterred the Iranian government. These missile launches are clear provocations and threats to Israel. They must stop.
Urge Ambassador Samantha Power and the UN Security Council to enforce their words. Iran can't be allowed to threaten the region or spread these dangerous weapons.
Tell your Senators to support the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act
It is estimated that approximately 1.68 million youth experience homelessness each year in the U.S. For over 40 years, the Federal government has funded programs that provide street outreach, temporary shelter and services, and transitional living to this population.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) looks to improve these programs by: expanding funding for research, data collection and collaboration; creating a National Runaway Youth Hotline; and adding nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. As it is estimated that nearly 40% of the runaway and homeless youth population identifies as LGBT, the addition of nondiscrimination language to this bill would ensure that all homeless youth are able to receive services.
It's time to take action on gun violence
On December 2, our nation faced yet another senseless mass shooting: two assailants gunned down 14 people and injured another 17 at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. This marks the second shooting in the last two weeks. On November 27, a lone gunman killed 3 people and injured 9 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. We must end these incidents of mass violence.
No one should have to live in terror, knowing a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle could walk into a public place and kill dozens. Now is the time for our public officials to take action.
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