MCASA E-lert: No Twitter? Make Calls- Victim Funding Needs Your Help on March 4th

Mar 03rd, 2022

Join us Tomorrow, March 4th from 12 - 1pm on Twitter
or with phone calls (410-974-3901) and emails to #SaveVOCA!

If you don't have Twitter, use the message below to call or email Governor Hogan tomorrow to ask him to act now to protect Maryland survivors. 

A crisis is coming on Governor Hogan's watch. VOCA Funds for critical victim services will be drastically reduced this year.  This gap in funding will leave Maryland's victims of crime without the help they need.

Despite advocacy efforts, Governor Hogan still has not added more victim services funding to the budget. The temporary funding gap can easily be filled using Maryland's historic budget surplus. Funds for services such as counseling, advocacy, domestic violence shelters, child advocacy centers, support for rape victims at the hospital, and victim-witness support in court will disappear unless Governor Hogan acts now

TOMORROW (3/4): Join the Twitter Storm, call, or email the Governor's Office from 12pm - 1pm ET to tell Governor Hogan to fund the gap and save VOCA!

 


Sample Script for Calls and Emails

Governor Hogan a crisis is coming on your watch. VOCA funding cuts threaten to end support for thousands of Maryland survivors. The state’s historic budget surplus can easily cover the temporary gap in federal VOCA funding. Act now and put money in the budget to cover the VOCA gap. There is no public safety without victim services. Preserve your legacy as a fighter for victims’ rights.  

Call Governor Hogan at 410-974-3901 or email


Sample Tweets

VOCA funding cuts threaten to end support for thousands of Maryland survivors. The state has to pick up the tab or leave survivors without the help they need. @GovLarryHogan a crisis is coming on your watch- please don't fail Maryland’s survivors! #FundtheGap #SaveVOCA

Massive federal funding cuts threaten to end federal support for thousands of Maryland survivors. The situation is dire. @GovLarryHogan don't let victim services fail on your watch- survivors need you to #FundTheGap! 

Maryland's current excess funds + revenue projections for current and upcoming years = more than $4.5 billion. This historic budget surplus can easily cover the temporary gap in federal VOCA funding. @GovLarryHogan don't let victim services fail on your watch – #SaveVOCA!

The COVID crisis increased the # of survivors seeking services AND the # of services survivors seek. It’s essential they continue to receive the lifesaving legal services, advocacy, healing, & housing services they need. @GovLarryHogan a crisis is coming on your watch – #SaveVOCA

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