[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”full” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Note: For background on why this bill is fundamentally flawed see Jonathan Taylor’s analysis here, and the National Coalition for Men – Carolinas chapter’s analysis here. [/dropshadowbox]
- Panel I: Senator Claire McCaskill; Senator Dean Heller; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Senator Kelly Ayotte
- Panel II: Janet Napolitano, President, University of California, Oakland, CA; Dana Bolger, Co-Founder, Know Your IX, Washington, D.C.; Dolores Stafford, President & CEO, D. Stafford & Associates, Rehoboth Beach, DE; Mollie Benz Flounlacker, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities, Washington, D.C.
Original post on June 20, 2015:
Late Friday afternoon I was contacted by a leading Senate office who informed us that Senator Gillibrand is stepping up her efforts to bring the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S590) to the floor for a vote. This information has also been confirmed in Politico as per this article, which reads:
She and fellow Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill are making progress: They already have 32 co-sponsors, including a dozen Republicans, among them Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. “I see very strong bipartisan support, in the same way we had with military sexual assault,” Gillibrand said. “In some respects, it might be easier to go up against your college president than it is to go up against the Department of Defense – so maybe we’ll have more support.”
Gillibrand also said she’s pleased the Education Department has doubled the number of colleges facing Title IX sexual violence investigations in the past year – to 116, as of Wednesday – but noted that there are likely many more institutions where cases haven’t been brought. “I don’t know if [the department has] the resources to close those cases. I believe they need more resources,” she said. “They want to get it right.” The CASA Act authors are working “hand in glove” with department officials to figure out an online campus climate survey that’s widely accessible, and how to coordinate with law enforcement, Gillibrand added. “We are 100 percent in agreement on the parameters of this bill,” she said.
Even in the wake of the now infamous Rolling Stone gang rape hoax story, S590 has garnered supporters and is now up to 32 co-sponsors which represent more than half the votes needed to pass this legislation. Our Congressional friends on Capitol Hill are urgently suggesting that we collectively and passionately voice our opposition to S590 by contacting member offices of the Senate HELP committee. Here is the link that provides the names of the 22 HELP committee members. Go to their individual websites and access their contact pages to contact them.
Having been up on the Hill multiple times talking to legislators about the dangers of kangaroo court campus sex hearings, I assure you that many in Congress believe that S590 can be defeated. However we need to turn the volume up right now.
Do not wait, please call the Senate HELP committee members this week and ask them to oppose S590. Feel free to use the NCFMC briefing document entitled “The Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the Campus Accountability and Safety Act” as reference material which we distributed to Congressional staffers this past Spring.
Senators Gillibrand and McCaskill along with their army of rape culture activists are kicking their political efforts to into overdrive and so should we. Too many innocent young lives are at stake for us to sit back. Please help and call the senate HELP committee members ASAP!
For all that you do, I sincerely thank you.