Sexual Harassment

#MeToo on Capitol Hill

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Your DGB for today is urge the Senate to take positive action on H.R. 4924

The #MeToo movement has woken up a lot of industries and sectors to the serious problem of powerful men putting their hands (and other parts) where they don’t belong, and getting away with it. This is no less true on Capitol Hill, where there was a spate of scandals that resulted in the resignations of Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, and in several members of congress deciding maybe they wouldn’t run for re-election, after all. The House passed this potentially important piece of legislation that would update the dusty, old policies and procedures enshrined in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reflect what we understand now about sexual harassment and abuse. This legislation would make it easier for victims to report and seek justice, and harder for perpetrators to keep perpetrating.

However, despite initial bipartisan support for a such a bill and promises in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to do better for victims, enthusiasm seems to have waned in the GOP-controlled Senate. It has been almost three months since the House passed this bill and sent it on to the Senate, and it appears to have stalled there.

Call, email, or corner your senator at Whole Foods - we don’t care how you do it. But ask him or her to put some fire under their colleagues’ collective ass to get this bill onto the Senate floor for a vote. Reach out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well. Everyone working on Capitol Hill deserves a safe environment free from you-know-what-grabbing, and this bill would take significant steps towards achieving that.

 

Time’s Up on The Hill

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Your DGB for today is to contact Congress and tell them that we refuse to pay for their sexual harassment settlements.

Back in December, when the #MeToo movement was really starting to ramp up, we learned about at least four members of Congress who had sexually harassed women, and a few of them who paid off those sexual harassment victims with taxpayer money. Funny how we can’t find the money to pay for school books in low income areas, but we can easily pay for Congress members to have staffers be on “redhead patrol.” Weird.

Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) worked to pass legislation that would end the taxpayer funding of sexual harassment, but oddly it was cut at the last minute from the omnibus bill that is set to be voted on in the House on Thursday. It’s almost like men in the House and Senate don’t want us to know how many of them follow in our President’s footsteps. It’s not too late though! They still haven’t voted and we can still demand they add the legislation back into the omnibus bill. It is our right to know what we are paying for, and we sure as hell shouldn’t be paying for members of Congress to continue to sexually harass and victimize women. We aren’t putting up with this shit anymore and it’s got to stop at The Hill if we expect it to stop in our own work environments. Use your preferred contact method and tell your Congress Members to add the Congressional Harassment Reform Act back into the omnibus bill because Time’s Up for them too.

 

Trump has GOT to Go

Your DGB for today is to call your congress member and ask them to start an investigation into the allegations that Trump sexually assaulted multiple women.

As Alabama decides today whether or not it will elect a child sexual predator to the senate, women across this country are left wondering why we have a sexual predator sitting in the White House. We are tired and outraged. We are sick of seeing him there and being reminded of the injustices of #MeToo every day, so we are joining three of his accusers and asking, no… demanding, members of congress investigate these allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

You shouldn’t be new to this, but you can find contact info for your senators here:

https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

and for your representatives here:

https://www.house.gov/representatives

Let them know that we will not stand for a sexual predator in the Oval Office and ask what they are going to do about it. Next, you can ask them if they will support Senator Cory Booker in his call for Trump to resign from the presidency. Booker said, “I just watched Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign. My question is — why isn’t Donald Trump doing the same thing? Who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward?”

 

#MeToo Bill

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to vote yes on the #MeToo Bill.

The #MeToo movement has swept the United States and has touched everywhere from Hollywood to corporate America, conversations at the dinner table to Capitol Hill. What makes the sexual harassment especially horrific in DC is their reporting policy, which sounds a lot like an attempt to shut down all conversations and dissuade reporting. You can find out more about the policy here: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/361845-speier-congressional-reporting-system-for-sexual-harassment-set-up

Two female Democratic lawmakers have plans to change all that and have authored the ME TOO Congress Act. Representative Jackie Speier of California and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York want to require mandatory sexual harassment training and to reform the current way of reporting to make it easier for the victims and less protective of the accused.

Today, you’ll use Resistbot to demand more from our lawmakers. It’s time these perpetrators pay for their actions. #MeToo