1. From May 29th to June 5th, Congress is in recess. During this time, our members of Congress are expected to hold town halls where they can engage with their constituents and take concerns. Bob Goodlatte still does not want to hold a public, in-person town hall. Let’s contact him to ask where he is today and reiterate our call for a town hall.
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and his email form here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and my zip code is _______. I am one of Bob Goodlatte’s constituents and I am wondering where he is during this recess. He ought to be meeting with us and holding a public, in-person town hall. We have a lot to say and it is frustrating not to be able to reach our representative in person. I urge Rep. Goodlatte to commit to a public, in-person town hall. Thank you.”
2. We probably all remember Trump’s infamous claim that 3-5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election. True to form, Trump has followed up that demonstrably false statement with an executive order creating a commission to assess “election integrity.” On this commission is Kansas Sec. of State Kobach, a lawyer with links to white nationalism who has helped draft voter I.D. laws for other states which have been overturned in court because they were racially discriminatory. His appointment hints at the real reason for the commission: voter suppression. Contact our Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring, about this issue.
- (+1) 804-786-2071
- For his contact form, click here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I live in Staunton. I’m contacting you today because I am troubled by the establishment of a commission on ‘election integrity’ to assess what to do about so-called voter fraud despite lack of evidence that mass voter fraud is a problem. Please support true election integrity by opposing policies aimed at voter suppression, such as voter I.D. laws. Thank you.”
3. S.1220 is a bill which would exempt the children of certain Filipino veterans of World War II from numerical limitations on immigrant visas. The bill has bipartisan support, but only 5 cosponsors. It is currently in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Let’s contact Mark Warner and ask him to join Tim Kaine as a cosponsor of this bill.
- 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 and contact form here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. I am contacting Senator Warner today about S.1220, which would help the children of Filipino World War II veterans by exempting them from numerical limitations on immigrant visas. This bill has bipartisan support and honors veterans and their families. Please join Senator Tim Kaine and others as a cosponser of S.1220. Thank you.”
4. Upcoming event: “Issues Facing Staunton’s Working Poor.” Hosted by Local and Vocal in Staunton. June 1, 6-7:30 PM at the Staunton Public Library.