1. Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, is delaying the regulations protecting student loans from predatory institutions. You can read more about it from the Politico article here. The regulations are meant to protect student borrowers from fraud and make it easier for victims of fraud to seek debt forgiveness. Currently, 18 states and several groups are suing DeVos for illegally delaying these regulations. Virginia, under the direction of AG Mark Herring, is one of them. Let’s contact Mark Herring and thank him for standing up for students’ rights.
- (+1) 804-786-2071
- For his contact form, click here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. I’ve seen in the news that Virginia is suing Betsy DeVos for illegally delaying regulations meant to protect student loan borrowers from fraud. I applaud your actions in protecting students. We want you to know that we notice when you do the right thing. Thank you.”
2. Yesterday, we urged you to ask our senators to fight for improvements on the ACA. Today, we are back with another healthcare action: please thank our senators for opposing the disastrous Trumpcare and ask them to keep doing everything in their power to stop it from passing.
- 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 thank him for opposing TrumpCare and to urge him to keep doing whatever he can to stop the disastrous bill from passing the Senate. Thank you.”
3. Mark your calendars — Moral Monday is coming around again this week! Moral Mondays at Men’s Green Thumb Park at 6 PM are weekly protests at a highly visible area of Staunton. You can also meet other members of the community there who care deeply about the issues affecting all of us. Bring your signs, your sunscreen, and your resistance spirit!
4. This Congressional recess, we called on Goodlatte to schedule a town hall. Rather predictably, he did not. Let’s contact him to express our disappointment.
- 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 Representative Goodlatte to express my disappointment that he did not hold a public, in-person town hall meeting during the Congressional recess. In particular, I wanted a town hall to discuss how his vote on the healthcare bill will affect me, my friends, and my community. When will Rep. Goodlatte make himself available to the public?”