1. The Verify First Act [HR 2581] is both an anti-Affordable Care Act (ACA) and an anti-immigrant bill. It has passed the House, and unsurprisingly, Representative Goodlatte voted in favour of the bill. Contact his offices to let them know you disagree with the vote and are disappointed.
- 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 the Congressman to express my deep disappointment in his vote in support of the Verify First Act, HR 2581. It is both an anti-ACA and an anti-immigrant bill, and I am opposed to it. This is yet another instance of Goodlatte’s voting record running counter to actually representing his constituents.”
2. As the Verify First Act has passed the House, it is heading on to the Senate. The bill would deprive ELIGIBLE immigrant families, including those with citizen kids, from accessing the ACA and seeing a doctor when they get sick. It also would hurt the ACA by keeping young, healthy, immigrants from participating in the marketplaces, something which helps keep premiums down for everyone. HR 2581 is Anti-Immigrant. This is a dangerous bill that puts up roadblocks for both citizens and immigrants to obtain timely, affordable health insurance. It would strip away provisions that provide for a person to obtain subsidies for enrollment in an Affordable Care Act plan while they work with Department of Health and Human Services to verify their U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The people most impacted are U.S. citizens who were born abroad or naturalized. The bill also affects many immigrants, especially those newly arrived or certain victims of domestic violence and trafficking survivors. HR 2581 is an ACA Sabotage Bill. One of the ways that Republicans continue to sabotage the ACA is by adding uncertainty to the system and by trying to de-stabilize the marketplaces. This bill would make it harder for young, healthy, and ELIGIBLE, immigrant families from participating in the marketplaces. This is an attempt to weaken the marketplaces and could lead to higher premiums for everyone. Contact Kaine and Warner and tell them to vote no on HR 2581.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 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 to ask him to vote no on HR 2581, the so-called “Verify First Act.” This bill is anti-immigrant, and designed to sabotage the ACA. I am strongly opposed to this bill, and ask him to vote no. Thank you.”
3. EVENT – SATURDAY, 6/17: First day of “Walking the Line: Into the Heart of Virginia.” A walk of Resistance and CELEBRATION along the proposed fracked-gas pipeline (ACP) path. See for yourself what is on the line — the forest habitats, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.
Starting in Highland County, we will follow as close as possible to the proposed path for 150 miles (1st leg) – Through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Co, and into the heart of Virginia; Buckingham County- the site of the proposed toxin-emitting Compression Station.
Our vision is for this to be a celebratory, peaceful walk of resistance, to share the stories of the communities and the beauty of the landscape that would be impacted, to raise awareness and help ensure that these ill-conceived plans do not come to fruition.
4. EVENT – White Ally 4.0 workshop in Harrisonburg 1-5pm at Ashbury United Methodist Church, 205 S Main Street, Harrisonburg, room 208
The workshop is free. You can read more about it here. Questions that will be addressed in the workshop: How can a white anti-racist ally speak to racism skeptics in a way that is effective and not off-putting? What are some strategies for allies to courageously stand up for their believes and avoid being stereotyped as a reactive liberal? What do research findings tell us about the effectiveness of very strategies for helping racism skeptics brought in their view of issues like white privilege, structural racism, and unfair treatment by institutions?
Dr. David Campt is a nationally recognized specialist in race relations and civic engagement. During his 20-year career, Dr. Campt has advised many groups, including the White House and members of Congress, and is the author of a number of books on dialogue and public participation in social change processes. More information about this project can be found at http://www.whiteallytoolkit.com. More information about Dr. Campt can be found at http://www.davidcampt.com.