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Now is the Time! Contact Senators to Repeal VAWA and NH Legislators to Reform DV Law

Now is the Time! Contact Senators to Repeal VAWA and NH Legislators to Reform DV Law

There is a window of opportunity for change in the so-called 'domestic violence' laws both nationally and in New Hampshire as we continue our efforts to repeal the Massachusetts 209A DV law and get the courts out of family life. Your can support our work here.

1. VAWA up for re-authorization
2. New Hampshire House Bill 1581 (Requires Warrant for DV Orders)

1. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is up for re-authorization in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Contact the senators by phone (below) ASAP and tell them why VAWA should not be re-authorized.

Republicans
Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744
Orrin G. Hatch (202) 224-5251
Jon Kyl (202) 224-4521
Jeff Sessions (202) 224-4124
Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
John Cornyn (202) 224-2934
Michael S. Lee (202) 224-5444
Tom Coburn (202) 224-5754

Democrats
Patrick Leahy 202-224-4242
Herb Kohl 202-224-8992
Dianne Feinstein 202-224-3841
Chuck Schumer 202-224-6542
Dick Durbin 202-224-2152
Sheldon Whitehouse 202-224-2921
Amy Klobuchar 202-224-3244
Al Franken 202-224-1031
Christopher A. Coons 202-224-5042
Richard Blumenthal 202-224-2823

2. Excellent bill in the works to reform NH so-called 'domestic abuse' law

New Hampshire House Bill (HB) 1581, sponsored by Reps. Itse and Lambert, would require a warrant before a domestic abuse order could be issued and restricts the ability of police to make arrests without one. This bill would be a significant step in the right direction not only in NH but for other states as well because of multi-state reciprocity agreements. The bill has already attracted notice in the Massachusetts State House. According to Rep. Itse, however, the bill's provisions on 'domestic violence' warrants will die unless people speak up and make their voices heard. At the first public hearing opponents were out in force and got their views aired on both New Hampshire and on Boston TV stations.

Shared parenting efforts depend on reform and eventual repeal of these draconian 'domestic violence' laws.

Supporters of changes in the law should attend the next public hearing on the bill, likely next week. Contact Rep. Itse ( (603)642-9403) for the schedule.

It is imperative that people, especially those in New Hampshire, write the committee members (below) ASAP and let them know how domestic abuse orders are issued without justification and the harm it causes to their family life and to their financial well-being.

Please write the 17 committee members below and cc' Rep. Itse ( itsenh@comcast.net ). If you live in New Hampshire please call and speak directly to the committee members as well. If you live in or near the legislator's district make an appointment to meet them face-to-face. They need to hear directly from their constituents.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee member email:

elainesw@metrocast.net
lgagne25@comcast.net
genecharron@comcast.net
repdawelch@hotmail.com
moeville@peoplepc.com
ken.kreis@leg.state.nh.us
mark.warden@leg.state.nh.us
steve.shurtleff@leg.state.nh.us
dennis.fields@leg.state.nh.us
jason.antosz@leg.state.nh.us
lcpantelakos@comcast.net
phil.ginsburg@leg.state.nh.us
rmfesh@comcast.net
phil.greazzo@leg.state.nh.us
kjtasker@gmail.com
rogerrberube@hotmail.com
stella.tremblay@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Elaine Swinford (r)
43 Webster Lane
Center Barnstead, NH 03225-3332
Phone: (603)776-0274
Email: elainesw@metrocast.net

Representative Larry Gagne (r)
126 Lakeside Dr
Manchester, NH 03104-5801
Phone: (603)625-9692
Email: lgagne25@comcast.net

Representative Gene Charron (r)
297 North Pond Road
Chester, NH 03036-4043
Phone: (603)887-2172
Email: genecharron@comcast.net

Representative David Welch (r)
PO Box 570
Kingston, NH 03848-0570
Phone: (603)642-4402
Email: repdawelch@hotmail.com

Representative Moe Villeneuve (r)
146 County Road
Bedford, NH 03110-6207
Phone: (603)472-6928
Email: moeville@peoplepc.com

Representative Kenneth Kreis (r)
607 Shaker Road
Canterbury, NH 03224-2733
Phone: (603)267-6449
Email: ken.kreis@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Mark Warden (r)
2 Larch St #19
Manchester, NH 03102-1134
Phone: N/A
Email: mark.warden@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Stephen Shurtleff (d)
11 Vinton Drive
Penacook, NH 03303-1583
Phone: (603)753-4563
Email: steve.shurtleff@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Dennis Fields (r)
429 Lower Bay Rd
Sanbornton, NH 03269-2712
Phone: (603)528-6224
Email: dennis.fields@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Jason Antosz (r)
177 Main Street #4
Epping, NH 03042-2456
Phone: N/A
Email: jason.antosz@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Robbie Parsons (r)
221 Old Wakefield Road
Milton, NH 03851-4919
Phone: (603)652-9009
No email

Representative Laura Pantelakos (d)
528 Dennett Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801-3621
Phone: (603)436-2148
Email: lcpantelakos@comcast.net

Representative Philip Ginsburg (d)
151 Durham Point Road
Durham, NH 03824-3124
Phone: (603)868-2312
Email: phil.ginsburg@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Robert Fesh (r)
27 Claire Avenue
Derry, NH 03038-4220
Phone: (603)434-1550
Email: rmfesh@comcast.net

Representative Phil Greazzo (r)
139 Parker Street
Manchester, NH 03102-4426
Phone: (603)669-0494
Email: phil.greazzo@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Kyle Tasker (r)
PO Box 500
Northwood, NH 03261-0500
Phone: (603)724-4716
Email: kjtasker@gmail.com

Representative Roger Berube (d)
15 Stackpole Road
Somersworth, NH 03878-1627
Phone: (603)692-5653
Email: rogerrberube@hotmail.com

Representative Stella Tremblay (r)
50 Westminster Lane
Auburn, NH 03032-0382
Phone: (603)587-0246
Email: stella.tremblay@leg.state.nh.us

Now is the time to act. Contact the US Senators and New Hampshire legislators to make the changes in these onerous laws that separate fathers from their children and destroy families.

You can support our work by donating here. Thank you for your efforts for real change!

Joe Ureneck
Chair, The Fatherhood Coalition
www.fatherhoodcoalition.org
857 350-0575