action opportunities

Wednesday 5/3 Action Opportunities

1. The Financial CHOICE Act (HR10), which we talked about on Sunday, would dismantle the 2010 Wall Street reform legislation, known as the Dodd-Frank Act. This law created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(CFPB), an agency committed to protecting consumers and making sure that banks, lenders, and other financial institutions treat you fairly. Dodd-Frank imposes important rules to rein in the kind of Wall Street speculation that crashed the economy and caused millions of people to lose their jobs, homes, and savings. Make sure your member knows you oppose Rep. Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act. Contact Goodlatte and tell them to put constituents’ interests before banks’ by voting NO.

  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting Representative Goodlatte to vote no on H.R.10, Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. It is in both committees of which the Congressman is a member, and I ask that he act in the interest of his constituents rather than the banking industry, and therefore vote no. Thank you.”

2. The Protecting Data at the Border Act is bipartisan legislation (S. 823  & H.R.1899), which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching the digital devices and data of U.S. Persons. The bill prevents officials from delaying or denying entry into the U.S. if a person declines to hand over passwords or social media account information, or from seizing devices without probable cause. The bill also requires that persons be made aware of their rights before being required to hand over account or password information. This legislation puts commonsense limits on the border searches of the digital data of U.S. persons and closes a critical loophole in protecting the rights and privacy of U.S. citizens. Contact our elected officials in Congress to ask them to support these bills.

  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting Representative Goodlatte to ask him to support House Resolution 1899. This bill puts commonsense limits on the border searches of the digital data of U.S. persons and closes a critical loophole in protecting the rights and privacy of U.S. citizens. Thank you.”
  • Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manasses 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
  • Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting the senator to ask him to support Senate bill 823. This bill puts commonsense limits on the border searches of the digital data of U.S. persons and closes a critical loophole in protecting the rights and privacy of U.S. citizens. Thank you.”

3. EVENTS – Churchville Huddle – 12:00-2:00 – Churchville Library
Please note the time change. There is another activity going on at the library that day so we needed to adjust our meeting time.

Panel Discussion – Fake News or Bad News: Can you tell the difference? 6-8:30 – Francis Auditorium
FREE and open to the public – Join us as a panel of local reporters and academics discuss fake news and the media. After their talk, they will participate in a Q&A period with the audience. Facebook event is here.

4. UPCOMING EVENTS – May 6 & 7:

Saturday & Sunday – VA6CD Indivisible Synergy Summits. On 4/6, in Luray – 1p-5:30p Performing Arts Center of Luray; on 4/7, in Lexington – 1p-5:30p Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA 24450. This Two-Day Summit is focused on building relationships and collaboration in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Anyone interested is welcome. Check out the Facebook event here.

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