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Bits & Pieces: VAWA Re-introduced, Social Work Chats Returns, and More

by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From VAWA being reintroduced, to the rape crisis in the United states, to the return of Social Work Chats. These are a few of the stories that caught my eye.

The Violence Against Women Act Re-introduced
On Tuesday Senator Patrick Leahy reintroduced a bill to reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (S.47).  VAWA expired over a year ago.after House Republicans refused to  back an updated version of the bill that made provisions for LGBT, Native American, and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

The 2013 version of the bill is nearly identically to the 2012 bill with the exception that it does not call for an increase in the number of U Visas made available to immigrant victims of violence.  According to Jennifer Bendery of the Huffington Post the change was made in an attempt to prevent the GOP from once again blocking the bill’s passage.

The provision was a key piece of Leahy’s bill last year, but his decision to take it out was strategic: It means House Republican leaders can no longer accuse him of having a “blue slip” problem. The term refers to an obscure practice the House can use to kill a bill that originates in the Senate if it raises revenue. The Constitution requires that all revenue-generating bills originate in the House.

Wake Up! There is a Rape Crisis
Rebecca Solnit has written a fabulous, infuriating, and heat braking article for Mother Jones, A Rape a Minute a Thousand Corpses a Year, on the intolerably high incidences of violence against women in The United States and around the world.

LGBT and Beyond
Michael Schulman takes a look at the growing non-cisgender movement in Generation LGBTQIA.

The Return of Social Work Chats
Social Work Chats returns Monday, January 28th.  We will be discussing immigration and the Dream Act with Melinda K. Lewis, LMSW.  Incidentally, it was announced Friday that President Obama plans to make an important announcement next Tuesday on immigration reform. You can find out more about the chat topic on socialworkhelper.com.  To participate in the chat use #swunited.


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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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