Today, June 5, join Your YWCA and California service providers for a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Day of Action

YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, along with service providers across California, and state coalitions have been advocating for the California Legislature to backfill lost federal funds for VOCA. We have made great progress – last week, the California Legislature released their Joint Legislative Budget plan, which included over $100 million in ongoing funding to support services to victims of crime, and will be voted on in the coming days.

Thank you to everyone who was able to take part in the Bay Area VOCA Rally at San Jose City Hall Friday, May 31.

Our work is still not done. Governor Newsom must support the inclusion of this funding in the final budget deal. It is critical, now more than ever, that Governor Newsom hear our voices, so that he understands we simply cannot balance the state budget on the backs of survivors.

Do two things today!

1. Call Governor Newsom’s Office at (916) 445-2841 
Sample statement:

“My name is ______ with ___(organization, if applicable)_______. 

 

I’m calling to ask that Governor Newsom support the $103 million in continuing funding allocated to sustain victims services funding in the Joint Legislative Budget Proposal. Due to federal funding cuts, survivors’ access to lifesaving shelter, hotline, counseling, and other essential services is at risk if the Governor does not include this funding in the final budget deal.

I implore the Governor to prioritize the needs of hundreds of thousands of survivors of crime and include this vitally needed funding in the final budget.”

2. Post to social media and tag the Governor
Sample posts: 

Survivors are at risk due to funding cuts! Without housing support, legal services, and more, thousands of survivors will be in danger, unless @gavinnewsom approves the $103 m allocated in the Legislature’s budget plan. Gov. Newsom, stand up for survivors + support this funding!

Budget cuts to services for crime survivors + their children will cause homelessness, mental health crises, injuries, and deaths. We call on @gavinnewsom to approve the $103 million in funding allocated by the Legislature! Abuse services cannot be on the chopping block!

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