The words National Endowment for the Humanities, alongside the logo for the NEH, which is a green dot encircled with abstract lines and curved lines like a flower or a compass.
action opportunities

Wednesday 5/24 Action Opportunities

1. On Tuesday, the Trump administration released its newest draft of the federal budget for 2018. It would eliminate the NEH, the National Endowment for the Humanities, entirely. Ironically, Congress would need to allocate around $42 million just to close down the agency. The NEH takes up such a tiny fraction of the federal budget that this cut seems not only pointless but petty. The NEH provides services including the Warrior-Scholar program, which helps veterans leaving the military prepare for college success; public accessibility of historical documents; and NEH on the Road, which “circulates traveling versions of major exhibitions to rural towns and small cities all over the map from Greenville, South Carolina, to Red Cloud, Nebraska, and beyond” (from the official NEH statement here). Not only does the NEH provide these valuable cultural services and grants for projects, eliminating the NEH would cut those services from the rural areas where 45’s support was strongest. Contact our members of congress and tell them: reject this budget, save the NEH!

  • 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.
  • 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 _____. The proposed federal budget would completely dismantle the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH takes up such a small amount of federal spending and gives such a huge return on that investment in terms of cultural resources and community services. Some of the NEH’s services include the Warrior-Scholar program, which helps prepare veterans for college success, and the NEH on the Road program, which brings exhibits to small cities and rural areas—such as Augusta County. I strongly urge [NAME] to oppose the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thank you.”

2. The Trump administration’s inconsistent stances and sheer ignorance of healthcare policy are creating turmoil for insurers across the nation. Insurance executives have reported that it is not ACA policies, but rather the Trump administration’s mismanagement, that is forcing them to consider major premium increases in 2018. Contact our members of congress to tell them our healthcare is not a political bargaining chip.

  • 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.
  • 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 calling to express my outrage that the Trump administration is considering withholding cost-sharing reduction payments from insurance companies. I urge Senator/Representative ____________ to support the continuation of these payments to keep the individual insurance market stable. The American people want the Affordable Care Act to be repaired, not sabotaged to score political points. Thank you.”

3. UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETING: This Saturday, May 27th, we are having a public meeting in the upstairs meeting room at the Staunton Public Library from 2-4. We’ll be talking about the upcoming state primaries in mid-June, voter registration, inviting discussion about how we should move forward about healthcare, and asking what issues people want to focus on this summer.

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