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April 24, 2013

Orange your day - End violence against women in the workplace

The 25th of every month is an Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

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On the 25th of each month, join the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and orange your day!

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November 26, 2012

Going orange to end violence against women and girls

November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites the world to join  the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign on the 25th of every month by observing an Orange Day.

Several Presbyterian congregations took action and bore witness for an end to violence against women on November 25:

White Plains Presbyerian Church in orange



White Plains Presbyterian Church heard a sermon  "The Way Things Are Is Not How They Have to Be" by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary and congregation members wore orange.




United Presbyterian Church of West Orange




Worshipers at the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange ...

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June 25, 2012

Take Action to Protect Victims of Violence: Ask Congress to Pass an Inclusive VAWA

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:

The bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill (S. 1925) protects all victims of violence -- domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This bill passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but some of its key provisions are under threat from the companion bill passed by the House of Representatives. Urge your members of Congress today to work for a strong and inclusive VAWA.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and others is calling for 10 Days of Action to save the ...

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May 15, 2012

Authorize a Violence Against Women Act consistent with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) policy

From the Office of Public Witness:

Call the House to authorize a Violence Against Women Act that is consistent with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) policy:

On May 8, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed the Adams (R-FL) version of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, HR 4970.  This bill fails to live up to the bipartisan Senate-passed bill (S 1925), which provides improved protections for particularly vulnerable populations.  In fact, this House bill turns back the clock on the Violence Against Women Act and is NOT a real VAWA reauthorization. 

The full House is expected to vote ...

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March 18, 2012

Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act!

Here’s a way to follow-up on the Commission on the Status of Women:

Call both of your Senators’ offices in Washington today and ask them vote YES on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Our partners in Presbyterian Women tell us that now is the time influence our Senators on the Violence Against Women Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has agreed to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very, very soon—possibly next week! And Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) became a co-sponsor of VAWA yesterday bringing our total co-sponsors to 59! We now ...

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February 1, 2012

Support the Violence Against Women Act

From our partners at Ecumenical Advocacy Days:

While all Senators need to hear from religious advocates about our support for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), it is especially critical that people of faith from Iowa, Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Alabama call their Senators NOW as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on VAWA at 10:00 am Thursday morning

In November, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), introduced S. 1925 to reauthorize this critical piece of legislation for an additional five years.  It will be considered in committee on Thursday, February 2, and ...

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