1. (From 5calls.org) During his August 22 rally in Phoenix, Trump doubled down on his threats to force a government shutdown if Congress does not fully fund his proposed wall along the US-Mexican border, stating, “if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.” The White House’s plan to build a border wall – a futile, expensive, and xenophobic project that was a signature Trump campaign promise – has met resistance in Congress from Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans. Immigration experts from both sides of the aisle have agreed a wall will not deter immigration by undocumented people but will instead simply make attempted border crossings more deadly. However, as the White House and Congress wrangle over a federal spending bill, Trump is threatening to veto any agreement that does not fund his border wall. The government is expected to run out of money by September 30, and without a spending bill passed, federal agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, State, Education, and Labor, will not be able to pay their employees and may be forced to shut down. A shutdown would deny access to essential government services, from federal loan programs for homebuyers to flu vaccination programs by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” is about to destabilize our country – and it hasn’t even been built.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manasses 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 am contacting the senator to object to any 2018 federal spending bill that funds the construction of a US-Mexico border wall. Congress should not concede to Drumpf’s authoritarian threats to shut down the government when working to develop a budget. The wall will not improve our border security and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars better spent elsewhere. Please do everything that you can to block this irresponsible and hateful allocation of budget. Thank you.”
2. This is the last week of August and is still part of Congress’ district work session, so let’s ask again for Goodlatte to hold a town hall. He needs to know that we’re still waiting on him to show up, and that we’re not going away.
- 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. There is still a bit of time left in the 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 that he will be holding a face-to-face town hall meeting. Thank you.”
3. (From DailyGrabBack) Tell Amazon to stop advertising on Breitbart. According to the Sierra Club, over 2,000 companies have stopped buying ads on the hateful fake news site. It’s time for Amazon, the largest retailer, to take a stand. We won’t tell you to read any of the bigoted and misogynistic articles on Breitbart, but just the titles of some of the “greatest hits” should give you a sense: “Suck It Up Buttercups: Dangerous Faggot Tour Returns to Colleges in September,” and “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech: They Just Suck at Interviews.” (source: HuffPo). You can click on the link below to send a message to Amazon through the Sierra Club.