EVENT TODAY — Goodlatte Open Door Meeting, Waynesboro Library (600 S. Wayne St.) 11:30 – 1:00. Goodlatte’s staff will be on hand to hear our issues and concerns. Please come out and help us fill the room! Bob won’t be there, but he will certainly get the message if a large group shows up to demand he step up as the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and appoint an independent commission to investigate the Trump Administration and potential ties with Russia. What is happening with the current White House administration is NOT normal, and someone needs to get to the bottom of this mess. If you can’t make the meeting, still continue to contact his office and keep pushing for the independent commission.
- 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 demand he work to appoint a special council and an independent commission to investigate the Trump Administration and any possible ties with Russia. The May 9th firing of FBI Director James Comey is a giant red flag that can not be ignored. We need to know that our representative is doing everything he can to put country over party and demand the truth.”
2. Let’s put the pressure on all our members of Congress to find the truth about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. Even if we get Bob Goodlatte on our side (big IF), it is likely that Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell will not support legislation on a commission or special prosecutor so we need to put pressure on from every possible direction. From the nationwide Indivisible Guide FB page, “For this reason, your team of former congressional staffers at Indivisible believes the best option is to use our leverage in the Senate to pressure the White House to appoint a special prosecutor. Just as public pressure forced Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor, we will now force Trump to do the same. This is where we have the most hope of success right now.” Contact Senators Kaine and Warner and let them know this is what we want and we need to know they do, too.
- 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 asking Senator _________ to refuse to carry on with Senate business until the Department of Justice has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign, and to refuse to confirm a new, Trump appointed, FBI Director until this matter had been settled.”
3. Cesar Lara Rios’ family reached out for help in 2012 because he was in Rockingham County Jail over a piece of firewood he didn’t know he couldn’t take near the National Forest. He paid a $50 fine but Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detained him and took him to Farmville Detention Center. He was granted a stay of deportation after a public campaign was started for him and he was asked to check-in with ICE every year. On May 10, 2017, Cesar went to his routine check-in but ICE detained Cesar and is trying to deport him once again. Nothing has changed in Cesar’s case, he has no criminal record and is the main provider for his family.
Cesar could be deported tomorrow, Wednesday. Contact his deportation officer, James O’Neill, to ask that they grant his stay of removal.
- James O’Neill: phone (804) 330-8264
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______. I am calling to urge ICE to stopped the deportation of Cesar Lara Rios (A# 205-298-328) and grant his state of removal. In the past, Cesar was granted prosecutorial discretion. Why is ICE trying to deport him now even though nothing has changed in his case? He has no criminal record. A piece of firewood should not be a deportable offense. Grant Cesar’s stay so that he can remain in the US with his family. Thank you.”
4) Other upcoming EVENTS this week—
-SAW Action Movement Churchville Huddle – Wednesday 1:00-4:00pm at the Churchville Public Library
-SAW Action Movement Staunton Huddle- Thursday 6:00-7:30 at the Staunton Public Library.