action opportunities

Monday 8/7 Action Opportunities

1. Join us this afternoon for Moral Monday 6-7pm at Men’s Green Thumb Park. Gather at the intersection of Rt 11 and Rt 250 and your protest signs. Bring a friend, bring your family, bring your desire to effect change.

2. (From 5calls.org) On August 1st, the New York Times revealed details of an internal Department of Justice document they obtained that describes plans by the Civil Rights Division to crack down on university ‘affirmative action’ policies. In the document, the department is seeking lawyers to investigate and potentially sue universities for discriminating against white applicants (“intentional race-based discrimination”) in their admissions processes. Typically, the Educational Opportunities Section of the DoJ handles university matters, but due to reported unwillingness by these career civil servants/education experts to reverse course on civil rights, the political appointee staffed Civil Rights Division will handle this project. This new affirmative action project falls in line with other actions taken by Jeff Sessions and the DoJ that attack civil rights and equal opportunity for minority American populations. The continuing systemic racial discrimination and oppression in our society often makes it harder for young people of color to obtain the same educational resources as their white counterparts. Affirmative action admissions programs allow students from these disadvantaged backgrounds more balanced access to higher education. The Supreme Court has also ruled that a diverse student body has its own educational benefits, allowing universities to use race as an admission factor. While many white students have criticized and waged lawsuits against affirmative action, claiming unfair rejections in favor of “less qualified” students, the statistics simply don’t line up. In fact, white women are the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action policies. University ‘legacy’ policies also grant admission to students from predominantly white families, regardless of their performance level. A glaring example of this practice is Jared Kushner’s acceptance into Harvard to the surprise of many of his teachers who thought he was not qualified. (His father also donated $2.5M to the school.) Contact the Department of Justice to speak out against this injustice.

  • -DOJ phone: 202-353-1555; online contact form here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am contacting the Department of Justice to express my serious disapproval of the Department’s plans to investigate and sue universities because of their affirmative action admissions policy. This is clearly another attempt by this Department to deny equal opportunity to minority Americans in order to perpetuate white privilege, and I demand this project be shut down immediately. Thank you for your time and attention.”

3. Here’s a familiar refrain… contact Goodlatte to tell him we want an in person town hall this congressional recess.

  • 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 Congressman Goodlatte to make a request for an in person town hall this August. He has the rest of the month in congressional recess, when he is supposed to be doing work in his district, and I want to talk to my Congressman. Please contact me with the date this August that he will be holding a face-to-face town hall meeting. Thank you.”

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