Against Women Act (VAWA) is a tremendous feminist success story. The legislation, which was passed in 1994
and reauthorized in 2000 and 2006, allows for
$3.9 billion in funding to help survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault,
and stalking. Feminists were the driving force behind the drafting and passage of VAWA--it's our baby.
So you can imagine my
disappointment when I found out the Office on
Violence Against Women (OVW) (where VAWA
lives) is going to
be run by yet another wacky Bush appointee.
Buchanan, US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is set to be OVW's Acting
claims to fame?
She's an enthusiastic cheerleader of the Patriot Act. (It preserves civil liberties, she says!)
She spent $12
million on "Operation
Pipe Dreams," taking down 55 people for selling bongs. This included actor Tommy Chong--in the courtroom,
his fictional pot-smoking characters as evidence of his "frivolous" attitude towards drug laws.
She's an anti-obscenity
people for written stories on the internet and going after any and all porn. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of violent porn
and the like, but Buchanan strikes me as more interested in enforcing morality than the law.) The legal director for the Pittsburgh
ACLU once called Buchanan "the vanguard of [former U.S. Attorney General John] Ashcroft's attempt
to impose his morality on others." Yikes.
I can see
it now...VAWA funds being diverted to conservative anti-obscenity groups under the rhetoric of protecting women. So basically,
Other disconcerting appointmentents include naming Exxon chief to chart America’s
energy future (Nov 06)