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Thursday 6/1 Action Opportunities

1. From now until the Congressional recess ends on June 6th, keep contacting Bob Goodlatte at as many of his offices as you can to ask him where he is when he ought to be holding public, in-person town halls here in VA 6th. 

  • 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 extremely disappointed that he has opted not to hold a public, in-person town hall during this or any recess. Between healthcare, the Russian scandals, and everything else going on, we need access to the person who is supposed to represent us. I urge Rep. Goodlatte to commit to a public, in-person town hall meeting. Thank you.”

2. Yesterday’s action opportunity highlighted a bipartisan bill that would eliminate numerical limitations on visas for children of Filipino WWII veterans. The bill is S.1220, here. Senator Tim Kaine is a cosponsor, and we asked Senator Warner to join him as a cosponsor.  Today, let’s reiterate our ask to Warner — but also contact Kaine and thank him for supporting 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.
  • 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.
  • Suggested script, Warner: “Hello, my name is ______ and my zip code is _______. I am contacting Senator Warner today to ask him to become a cosponsor of S.1220, which would exempt children of Filipino World War 2 veterans from numerical limitations on immigrant visas. In a hostile political climate, this bill would make America just a little friendlier to immigrants and their families, and that is an important issue to me as your constituent. Thank you.”
  • Suggested script, Kaine: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. I am contacting Senator Kaine today because I learned that he is a cosponsor of S.1220, a bill to exempt the children of Filipino World War 2 veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas. As his constituent, I notice when the senator takes actions like this to make America more welcome to immigrants and their families. I would like to thank Senator Kaine and urge him to continue to support similar legislation in the future.”

3. The issue of Washington, D.C. statehood has come up repeatedly over the years. Right now, a more conservative Congress essentially controls the budget of the more liberal D.C., stalling D.C. measures like gun reform and legalized marijuana. Full representation in the House and Senate would also disadvantage the more conservative Congress, since D.C. leans left and would likely elect more liberal candidates. S. 1278 is a bipartisan bill which would finally allow Washington, D.C. into the Union. It has been introduced and referred to committee. Contact Mark Warner and ask him to join Tim Kaine and others as a co-sponsor.

  • 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 about S.1278, the bill which would make Washington, D.C. a state. D.C. statehood is long overdue. The city, which leans left, frequently clashes with a more conservative Congress over its budget and key issues like gun reform. It is high time that Washington D.C. became a state and its citizens were granted full representation. Please join fellow Virginia senator Tim Kaine in becoming a cosponsor of S.1278. Thank you.”

4. Event today: Local and Vocal is hosting a talk, “Issues Facing Staunton’s Working Poor,” in the Staunton Public Library at 6 PM.

Event tomorrow: “Do Your Job, Bob!” protests in Harrisonburg and Staunton, 2 PM.

We will be rallying outside Goodlatte’s offices to call for him to show up for town hall meetings, do his job of listening to us when we say we support immigrant communities and healthcare access, and generally give him suggestions on how to improve his job performance. See main event page here for more details.

Harrisonburg rally: 70 N Mason St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802-4141
Staunton rally: 117 S. Lewis St., Staunton VA

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