1. The healthcare issue isn’t going away any time soon, which is why it is so important to keep contacting Goodlatte to reinforce how counter to his constituents well being and wishes his vote to repeal the ACA was. Contact Goodlatte’s local office to request a personal meeting with the Congressman to discuss how his vote will affect you and you family and friends. If you are able to get a meeting but you wouldn’t feel comfortable going by yourself, let us know and we can find someone to go with you as moral support and advocate. (The House is in recess through this Friday, May 12th. Congressional recesses are when our members of congress are supposed to be meeting with their constituents, just like this, or with town halls.)
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861
- Suggested script: “Hello Debbie, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am calling to request a personal meeting with Congressman Goodlatte to discuss his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and how that will affect me and my friends and family. I would prefer a public, in person town hall on the subject, but since Mr. Goodlatte has made it clear he prefers to have personal meetings, I would like you to schedule one for me.”
- The Staunton staff member, Debbie Garrett, will likely not be able to give you any concrete answer to your request, but we suggest the following as a way to carry your request farther: “I know that there is a Congressional recess right now, so Mr. Goodlatte has time to meet with his constituents. When may I expect to meet with my congressman?” and follow up/end with: “Please let me know tomorrow if you have been able to schedule a meeting. You can contact me by phone/email at _____________. Thank you.”
2. We’ve talked before about Trump’s conflicts of interest, but these issues extend to his family as well, who he has placed in positions of high power. Contact our senators to ask them to support investigation of the alarming lack of separation of business and politics in Trump’s family.
- 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’m concerned about Jared Kushner’s integrity. He didn’t disclose meetings with a foreign bank or ambassador to gain security clearance and is still benefitting financially from his businesses. I would like _NAME_ to join Sen. Warren, Sen. Carper, and Rep. Cummings in asking ethics officials for information about Kushner’s dishonesty and failure to divest. Thank you.”
3. EVENT – Moral Monday – Men’s Green Thumb Park, 6 P.M. – We are going to focus on getting out the vote. What does that mean? We want to remind people that they must be registered by May 22 in order to be able to participate in the primary election being held on June 13. A lot of people are not aware that there is a primary election coming up. Let’s show up and EDUCATE. Signs with messages about the importance of voting are encouraged. Bring a friend! Hopefully the weather will cooperate this week.