1. From Rogan’s List: There’s been bipartisan criticism of Drumpf’s ridiculous idea of working with Vladimir Putin to stop future election hacking. But it’s not enough for members of both parties just to criticize him to the idea. Republicans have done that plenty. They need to actually take action and stop this from happening. Let’s all contact our members of Congress and tell them to use the appropriations process to bar the President from forming this “joint cyber-security unit,” and to instead provide federal assistance to states and localities to help secure out election infrastructure against future hacks.
- 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.
- 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 Senator/Representative _____________ to tell him to use the appropriations process to bar the President from forming this “joint cyber-security unit,” and to instead provide federal assistance to states and localities to help secure out election infrastructure against future hacks. Thank you.”
2. From 5calls.org: In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to roll back the Waters of the United States Rule, a 2015 rule that expanded the bodies of water covered by federal environmental protection laws under the Clean Water Act. The rule extended the environmental protections already provided to large, navigable bodies of water to the smaller waters that flow into them, like rivers, streams, and wetlands. The Obama-era rule was designed to clarify conflicting court rulings. Repealing the rule was a Drumpf campaign promise. Ending the Waters of the United States Rule removes Clean Water Act protections from water sources that supply drinking water to one in three Americans to provide regulatory breaks to big corporations. As the Environmental Law and Policy Center noted, “Rollback of clean water standards rejects years of work building stakeholder input and scientific data support, and it imperils the progress for safe clean drinking water in the Midwest.” Supporters of the Waters of the United States Rule also worry that this is the first step in a broader attempt to gut the Clean Water Act as part of the Drumpf Administration’s pro-business, anti-environment agenda. As we have too frequently seen, state and local jurisdictions do not always adequately protect and maintain water sources, and federal protection is needed to ensure that the water that families, communities, and businesses depend on remains clean and safe from pollution. Contact Goodlatte and tell him to oppose the planned rollback.
- 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: http://goodlatte.house.gov/contact/email/
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am contacting Representative Goodlatte to tell him to oppose the EPA’s planned rollback of the Waters of the United States Rule. Ensuring clean water for all Americans is a national priority that requires federal support, and it is irresponsible to end a rule that protects 1 in 3 Americans’ drinking water sources. I urge him to fight against the elimination of the Waters of the United States Rule. Thank you.”
3. EVENT – Coffee and the Climate – Blue Mountain Coffees – 9-10am – 12 Byers St
One of the first steps we can take towards convincing the City of Staunton to adopt a comprehensive climate action plan is to meet individually with members of City Council and discuss with them our concerns. Over the next few weeks, Local and Vocal will be scheduling those meeting. Please join us as we meet with Councilman James Harrington to discuss our concerns and ideas and to listen to his in return. If you can’t make it to this one, please stay tuned for the meetings with other members of Council.