action opportunities

Friday 5/26 Action Opportunities

1. The Trump administration has released its full 2018 FY Budget proposal. In addition to drastic funding cuts to the EPA, Planned Parenthood, and the Education Department, the latest proposal also slashes safety net and anti-poverty programs. The administration’s budget proposal will now be taken into consideration by Congress.

  • 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.
  • 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’m contacting Senator/Representative ______________ to express my serious concerns about Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, and I urge him to work to maintain funding for crucial government programs instead of cutting them to give tax breaks to the wealthy.  I believe that funding public education is an investment in our country’s future, and cutting money from public schools when they are already underfunded is maliciously targeting the children of vulnerable populations.  The EPA ensures that our future generations will inherit a clean, safe, and prosperous country, and must be protected.  People I know and love depend on Medicaid to access treatment for their illness or disability.  Please vote against these disastrous cuts.  Thank you.”

2. The long awaited nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has finally arrived, and things look grim.  Among other things, it shows that 23 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, bringing the total to 51 million uninsured Americans. Premiums would rise *next year* by 20% more than under current law.  Contact our members of Congress to let them know that this bill is entirely unacceptable, and the CBO has data to prove it.

  • 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.
  • 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’m contacting Senator/Representative ______________ because I am outraged that House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act without a Congressional Budget Office review and without fixing the issues in the plan that would leave millions uninsured and drive up premiums for millions more.  Thank you.”
  • FOR SENATORS, ADD: “I urge Senator ____________ to vote against the AHCA and ensure the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid and protections for people with preexisting conditions remain in place.”

3. EVENT- Community Solidarity March and Clean Up today from 6-8 at 181 N Main Street in Harrisonburg

Recently, a Harrisonburg city resident reported hate speech painted on utility poles along East Wolfe St. in Harrisonburg. This is the second time that this neighborhood was targeted with the same type of hate crime. Join with other people of conscience for a conversation, march, and clean up as we stand in unity and deliver a message of solidarity and love. People will be meeting at the Golden Pony, on the corner of Main and Wolfe Street at 6 PM for a 30 minute open mic discussion/conversation. At 6:30 people will march to the poles, and begin the cleanup process. The group will make its way back to the pony at 8 PM to continue conversing and debriefing.  Check out the Facebook event here.

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