Target: Joe Barton, Texas Republican Congressman
Goal: Stop refusing to support women by voting against bills that aim to stopping violence against them.
Violence against women is a serious issue, yet Republican congressman Joe Barton has continually voted against legislation that seeks to remedy the issue. The Dallas Morning News released a video captured by cellphone during a town hall meeting where Barton admits to voting against the bill. The ridiculous reason for his decision was “because I think it’s a state issue, not a federal one.” Someone from the crowd can be heard in the video saying “violence against women is a national issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere.”
What reasonable human would want to vote against stopping violence toward women? Barton’s statements ignore and detract from the seriousness of this issue. Not only is his refusal to support women ridiculous, but Barton’s message makes it seem that violence against women is acceptable. When our congressmen refuse to address issues like this, they subsequently increase the danger that victims of violence face.
When an attendee at the meeting questions the congressman, Barton rudely responds by pointing at him telling him to “shut up.” It’s unacceptable that the congressman is so rude to his own constituents, the people who he works for. This inappropriate behavior, especially considering the topic, is highly alarming. His inappropriate behavior and attitude toward both his constituents and the issue of violence against women raises serious doubts about whether Barton should be in the position to make decisions that have such serious impacts on the lives of others. Please sign this petition to tell Mr. Barton to stop ignoring and making light of violence against women, and urge him to start showing support for legislation that would improve this national issue that women face.
Dear Mr. Barton,
In a video taken during a town hall meeting, you confirmed that you voted against a bill that was geared toward fighting violence against women. The reason for this, you said, is because you believe the issue of violence against women is not a federal issue, but a state issue. Furthermore, when one of your constituents brought up questions for you, you rudely pointed your finger at him and told him to shut up.
We are highly disappointed at the inappropriate, rude way you treat the people who you work for, and we’re appalled by your utter disregard toward the issue of violence against women. How could anybody refuse to support legislation that would help victims of violence and abuse? The constituents who you were rude to deserve an apology, and victims of violence deserve more from their congressman. We, the undersigned, demand that you stop making light of violence against women and start supporting legislature that would bring help to victims.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore