1. With Trump’s vow to end #DACA and deport #DREAMers, our senators have spoken out against the measure, but in slightly different ways. Warner’s statement on Trump’s move to end #DACA is here. It closes, “And while Congress has a responsibility to enact comprehensive immigration reform that provides them with a fair path to citizenship, which the Senate passed in 2013, we cannot let the Trump Administration’s disgraceful anti-immigrant policies leave nearly 800,000 DREAMers in limbo. Going back on our word threatens their safety, harms our economy and speaks volumes about who we are as a country.”
Senator Kaine’s statement is here. La versión española está aquí. He finishes by saying, “Congress should immediately pass the bipartisan DREAM Act to protect these kids and then find an agreement on long-overdue, comprehensive immigration reform.” The Dream Act of 2017 [S 1615] currently has 7 co-sponsors, two of them Republican, so this is a bi-partisan bill. It would be good to have our senators as co-sponsors of this bill as well.
- 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.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ___ and my zip code is ___. I am contacting the senator to support the bipartisan Dream Act that gives permanent legal status to DACA recipients. I would like to thank him for speaking out against Trump’s move against DREAMers, and also to ask that he cosponsor S. 1615. Can you tell me his position on this bill?”
2. One of the measures currently in the House to try to make voting more accessible to people is the Weekend Voting Act [HR 1094]. The bill is designed to increase participation, allow working people to access the polls more easily, and reflect 21st century needs. It has 81 co-sponsors, currently all Democrats. Let’s reach out to Goodlatte to see if he will see the sense of this bill.
- 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 Representative Goodlatte to express my enthusiasm for weekend voting. It increases participation, allows working people to access the polls more easily, and reflects 21st century needs. I would like Representative Goodlatte to support H.R. 1094, the Weekend Voting Act. Can you tell me if he will cosponsor this legislation?”
3. We are still in urgent need of volunteer for Plus3, a get out the vote initiative! If you live in the 20th or 25th Virginia General Assembly districts, and might be willing to help us encourage voters to get out to the polls this November, please contact us to get more information!
4. EVENT – Weekly Walk With Michele – South River Greenway – 5-6pm
Michele is eager to hear from voters! Please join her on the Waynesboro South River Greenway trail every Wednesday from 5 to 6pm to walk along the river and talk with her about issues and concerns that are important to you. This trail is handicap accessible. Kids and leashed pets welcome! We will park and start the walk from the YMCA lot the 1st and 3rd weeks. We will park and start the walk from Shiloh Baptist Church lot the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.