action opportunities

Tuesday 6/27 Action Opportunities

1. According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) score, Trumpcare would throw a projected 4 million people off employer-provided insurance. Contact our senators to thank them for opposing this bill and urge them to stall it in any way they can. 

  • 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 do everything he can to block TrumpCare and save the ACA, using every tool available. I ask that he withhold his consent on all Senate business until we have hearings and a complete CBO score;
    withholding consent on amendments, placing holds on nominations, and objecting to all unanimous consent requests until there are hearings and a complete CBO score. I also ask that the Senator prepare hundreds or thousands of amendments to offer during vote-a-rama. By filing thousands of amendments and then calling each of them for a vote, debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with his colleagues, the senator can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4 recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings. Thank you.”

2. We’ve been doing what we can to fight the TrumpCare bill, but it has been hard to get actual information.  Yesterday evening, there was an amazing moment on the Capitol steps when Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative John Lewis (D-GA), the Civil Rights legend himself, sat down and began a conversation on Facebook Live that grew into a peaceful and informative rally.  This action opportunity is to watch the video of the livestream and to share it.  Having these conversations is vitally important, and spreading the word is how we help more people understand the importance of contacting our senators and representatives.  Here is the video.  Please watch and share.

3. EVENT – Staunton City Garden/ Food Forest Conversation – Montgomery Hall – 2-3pm

Is it possible for Staunton to have, in at one of its city parks, a food garden/food forest? Could its food be available to citizens? Could Parks and Rec design educational programming around it? Could we maybe have some community composting happen there?  Join us as we sit with Staunton Parks and Rec Horticulturist Matthew Sensabaugh to discuss our ideas and ask our questions. Let’s hear his ideas and concerns.  Let’s see if we can make this happen!  We’ll be meeting at 2:00 PM at the Montgomery Hall Park administration building, in the conference room. 

4. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – July 22 at The Valley Mission

Local & Vocal is organizing a meal at The Valley Mission, and we will be doing voter registration.  The homeless population is one of the least heard at the ballot box, and we are hoping to make sure that as many people as possible have a chance to be heard this November and beyond.  If you are able to help with the meal or donate food, please contact Local & Vocal; if you are interested in helping with the voter registration opportunity, please message or email us here at Indivisible Staunton.

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