Yesterday, we learned Bob Goodlatte was going to be at a meeting at the Frontier Culture Museum. Those of us who could gather at short notice rushed over with signs for a peaceful silent protest.
We met Goodlatte coming in at 3:00. He walked quickly past the group and to his meeting. We then waited outside for the next two hours (in the shade), chatting to people who came by and were curious about our presence in front of the museum. Others were just curious about the kitten on a leash, who belongs to one of the Indivisible coordinators.
When Goodlatte had not emerged at ten to five, most people had to head out for other engagements. Just as it was nearing five o’clock, we saw a golf cart drive Mr. Goodlatte to his car from a different end of the museum. We rushed over with our signs and stood in the parking lot to wave him off, holding them high.
Apparently, Goodlatte felt so threatened by the small group of peaceful protesters and a kitten that he had to loop around the back of the museum and be driven to his vehicle to avoid us. Or maybe he was just threatened by the prospect of talking to his constituents.
After the failure of the ACA repeal in the Senate and the massive public response to the unpopular repeal bill — which he voted for — Goodlatte knows many of us aren’t happy with him. During the August recess, we have a whole month to pressure him to hold a public, in-person town hall meeting.
You can contact Representative Goodlatte by phone and email here: 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.