action opportunities

Thursday 8/31 Action Opportunities

1. We have the opportunity to work on a new “get out the vote” initiative called Plus3. This could help make a difference for Michele Edwards for Delegate and Angela Lynn for Virginia House of Delegates! Plus 3 gives each volunteer the contact info of 3 Democrats who don’t usually vote in state elections. They ask the volunteers to make contact with the voter, like sending a postcard to introduce themselves, and then maybe a phone call, and if they are receptive meeting in person or something along those lines. The hope is to let people know that there is an election, explain why state elections are important, answer questions about candidates, and help the voters overcome any barriers to voting.

Unfortunately, there’s a serious time crunch to sign up enough volunteers to be able to have Districts 20 and 25 be part of the program. We need 15 volunteers in each district to sign up by the end of the week if we’re going to be able to use this to help make a difference in this election and put Michele and Angela in the General Assembly.

Here are two videos about Plus3. The first video is a webpage with a 2 1/2 minute short animated video and description of the program. The second video is a link to a webinar, which is just under 10 minutes.

PLEASE let us know if you can sign up to volunteer!

2. Before Hurricane Harvey caused devastation in Texas, Trump proposed cutting 11% of FEMA’s budget to bolster military spending. While Congress refused at the time, now Trump is making noise about building his infamous border wall, threatening to force a government shutdown by vetoing any temporary spending bill that doesn’t include money for his wall — $1.6 billion, to be precise. The wall should be the least of our government’s worries. Houston, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, has been decimated by flooding and will need long-term support to recover and rebuild after the initial federal aid money. Congress needs to make its priorities clear: we won’t waste money on a wall that we could be using to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Contact our members of Congress and let them know where you stand.

  • 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.
  • 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’m contacting you today to ask [NAME] to set partisan issues aside to pass a robust Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund and oppose any spending on a US-Mexico border wall. It would be unconscionable to prioritize funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans. Thank you.” (Script adapted from 5calls.org.)

3. House Republicans’ budget plan includes a brutal slash to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which helps low-income people buy food affordably. The plan would cut $154 billion from SNAP over the next ten years. It would also impose stricter time limits on unemployed SNAP enrollees, cut back on support on school lunches, and restrict eligibility for WIC (the Women, Infants, and Children part of SNAP). Access to low-cost, healthy food can literally mean life or death for those in economic hardship, and can be a bridge out of poverty. 95% of SNAP funds go directly to benefits, making it a highly effective aid program with benefits like reducing low infant birth weight and improving students’ school performance. Tell Goodlatte that the cuts to SNAP are arbitrary and unjustifiable.

  • 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 appalled that House Republicans would propose a cut of $154 billion over ten years to SNAP. SNAP provides food security to low-income, disabled, elderly, and unemployed Americans, not to mention children. Cutting SNAP, school lunches, WIC, and time limits on unemployed enrollees is just not acceptable. Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs. Don’t support cuts to food aid. I am watching closely and your decision will affect my vote. Thank you.”

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