1. From 5calls.org: “The Affordable Care Act, and the healthcare of millions of Americans, is under a massive and urgent threat by Republicans. On Wednesday, June 7th, Speaker Mitch McConnell used “Rule 14” to successfully fast-track the AHCA, the House healthcare bill that passed last month designed to deprive 23 million people of healthcare in order to provide tax breaks to corporations and the rich. Rule 14 will allow the bill to go straight to a Senate floor vote without any requirement for committee debate or discussion. Currently, the Senate plan is being developed in secret and is expected to be submitted to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) around June 13th, without the release of any details of the submitted healthcare plan to the public or even Senate Democrats.
While the CBO score will be released to the public two weeks later during the week of June 26th, McConnell is expected to immediately call for a vote on the bill on the Senate floor (to reach his publicly stated goal of passing the bill before the July 4th recess), giving Senate Democrats and constituents *hours* to learn of and digest a new healthcare plan that will affect one-sixth of the national economy and their own personal well-being. Healthcare policy affects every single American, and it is unacceptable that this plan has not been transparent and available for sufficient Senate debate and public review. If we do not put pressure on now for full transparency on the contents of this healthcare plan, we may not get any visibility how it will potentially alter our lives until hours before the Senate’s final vote on the floor. Contact our senators to ask that they act to make sure that we have full transparency regarding the AHCA bill.
- 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 contacting the senator today because I’m appalled by the Republican attempts to pass the AHCA without any transparency what so ever. I ask that he boycott all Senate committee hearings until one is scheduled to discuss and amend the healthcare plan. Thank you.”
2. EVENT – Juneteenth Celebration, Montgomery Hall Park from 8 am – 8pm
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery. Getting back to 1865, this is historic event commemorates June 19th, when Union soldiers, led by General Gordon Grainger arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were free. This was 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth celebrate African American freedom and respect for all cultures and their history. This event will have a number of activities for everyone including: a children’s activity area, a health walk/run around MHP, live entertainment, food, vendors, music, information booths, voter registration, raffles, health screenings, fun, fellowship, and networking. The event is sponsored by the Staunton-Augusta County African American Heritage Museum in conjunction with the Staunton NAACP. You can read more at the Facebook event here.
3. EVENT – Voter Registration Training
We will be holding a voter registration training session at the Staunton Public Library’s meeting room from 12:30 – 2:00 on Saturday. To entice you to attend, there will be pizza. We have the room until 2:00, but the training process is relatively short and we’ll likely be finished before then.
While you can register up to 25 people to vote without the training, the state requires you to watch a short training video and do some forms to be eligible to register more. We will show that training video to everyone and go through the steps to register you.
After that, we will walk through a couple of scenarios from our people who have been canvassing for voter registration, go over safety, and start signing people up with buddies to canvas apartment complexes around Staunton to register voters.
This is the first of similar events focused on voter registration and we hope to see you there! Questions? Comments? Pizza preferences? Let us know! The Facebook event is here.