1. After Trump announced that the US will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, several state governors formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, saying that their states would commit to following the guidelines of the Paris Agreement to reduce the impact of climate change. Just today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia would join the U.S. Climate Alliance. “Forget President Trump,” McAuliffe said. “On clean energy, we are going to lead. Virginia is going to lead.” Let’s contact Gov. McAuliffe and thank him for doing the right thing. (Read more from the Richmond Times-dispatch here and Virginia Pilot here).
- McAuliffe phone: 804-786-2211 Contact form is here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. I was extremely alarmed by the Trump administration’s announcement to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. I think we need to safeguard our planet’s future. That is why I am contacting you to thank you for joining the U.S. Climate Alliance and committing to Virginia’s future in renewable energy.”
2. Today is the end of the congressional recess. The recess is a time when members of Congress are supposed to go back to their districts and meet with their constituents. Despite repeated calls for a public, in-person town hall meeting and protests like last week’s “Do Your Job, Bob!” in Harrisonburg and elsewhere across VA6th, Bob Goodlatte has not held a public, in-person town hall meeting during this recess. Let’s contact him to ask him where he was.
- 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 Rep. Goodlatte because today was the last day of the most recent congressional recess. I am deeply disappointed that Rep. Goodlatte refused to use this time to hold in-person, public town hall meetings. We in the VA 6th district feel like we are being ignored and that our concerns are not being heard. Private meetings and phone town halls are just not adequate. Please reconsider your stance on public, in-person town hall meetings and commit to holding one. Thank you.”
3. UPCOMING EVENT – Staunton Goes Green! Wednesday, June 7th, 6-8pm at Staunton Public Library, upstairs.
Join us as Staunton City Council Member Eric Curren shares with residence the opportunities for making our city greener, more environmentally friendly, and more sustainable. Bring your ideas for how to make our beloved city greener. Solar schools, #NoPipeline signage, increased recycling, no idea is too big or too small! The goal is to leave this meeting with the concrete list of initiatives we will be asking Staunton City Council to put into place city-wide. More details at the Facebook event here.
4. UPCOMING EVENT – The Virginia primaries are a week away!!! Please, PLEASE plan on coming out to vote if you are registered in Virginia! Find your polling place here.
You can also vote absentee via mail. To request an absentee ballot be mailed to you, the registrar must receive your request before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 6th. Apply online for an absentee ballot here.
Did you know you can vote absentee in person? That’s right — if you know you can’t make it out to vote on June 13th, you can still vote in person with an absentee ballot! Just come in to Staunton City Hall and taking a right immediately after walking in the main Beverley Street door. There will be a small office on the side where you can cast your absentee ballot. The cutoff for absentee in-person voting is 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 10th.
To vote in Virginia, you must have a Virginia photo ID. You can still get your voter photo ID from Staunton City Hall at the office we described above before June 13th.
However, you need to have been registered to vote in Virginia by May 22nd in order to vote in the primaries. Not registered to vote? That’s OK! Make sure you are registered and have a valid photo ID before the general election.
If you have any questions about this or the voting process in general, check out the VA Department of Elections here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.