action opportunities

Monday 7/31 Action Opportunities

1. EVENT: Moral Monday at Men’s Green Thumb Park: 6 – 7. Come out to a weekly protest at Men’s Green Thumb Park in one of the most visible intersections in Staunton! Bring your signs and connect with others concerned about issues affecting our communities and our country. 

2. After the failed attempt to repeal the ACA, Trump and conservative members of Congress will keep pushing for another try. Let’s contact our elected officials and remind them we want a bipartisan repair, not a repeal, for the ACA. 

  • 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 that I support the ACA and would like him to prioritize a good-faith, bipartisan effort to repair and improve on it, not repeal or replace it. His stance on healthcare issues is vital to my vote. Thank you.”

3. It’s July 31st — Harry Potter’s birthday! The Harry Potter books introduced so many to a love of reading. For many people, libraries are their go-to place to find books, youth and children’s educational and enrichment programs, homework help, and more. From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: “At EveryLibrary, we believe that any threatened cuts to funding for libraries and museums, arts, humanities, and cultural programs is a threat to all cultural institutions. President Trump has just released his “America First” budget that eliminates federal funding for all of the institutions that support these programs. These programs account for incredibly insignificant portion of the national budget (less than 0.5%) and while he diverted these funds for the Military, we have to ask; what are we fighting for, if not the arts and humanities? These are the simple human things that make life worth fighting for.”

Let’s contact Goodlatte and tell him we oppose cutting funding for libraries and the institutions which support them.

  • 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 (from IMLS): “Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is _______, and I have a message for Representative Goodlatte.  I wanted to discuss the administration’s budget proposal and voice my opposition to the elimination of successful programs such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  While our libraries don’t receive their operating funds through the federal government, organizations such as the IMLS, and the grants they provide, make it possible for libraries to undertake projects which directly impact and enrich our community. These projects include things like job training, STEM education, outreach to seniors, and early-literacy efforts.  If you look into the IMLS website, I assure you that you will find projects that have directly improved the lives of your constituents in our district.  These are programs that our community should be proud of, and I believe you should be proud to support the organizations that make them possible.  I would ask you to reject any budget proposals that cut, or eliminate funding for these vital services to our community. Thank you.”

4. Upcoming Event: Do Your Job Bob rally and Office Relay: Friday Aug. 4th, 10 AM – 12 PM

Weekly, people across the district hold Do Your Job, Bob! rallies outside of Goodlatte’s local offices. This week, we’re asking everyone who attends to participate in an office relay: each demonstrator will go up to the office, spend 10-15 minutes talking with Goodlatte’s staff about an issue important to them, and then rejoin the crowd below. We’ll have talking points on hand if you need them, and it would be GREAT if we could get a crowd of people to clog up office business for the morning with our issues and concerns — so please, tell your friends! If this is successful, we’ll schedule more office relays in the future. Going into the office can be intimidating the first time, so it’s best to do it with friends standing by for support! Remember, Bob works for US!

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