1. U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were devastated by hurricanes. Please give what you can to these local relief efforts:
- Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands: a long-time provider of scholarships and other community programs, after Maria 100% of their gifts are now going towards immediate relief.
- Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund: a Puerto Rico organization which will donate 100% of gifts to immediate aid and relief for Puerto Rican communities.
2. Due to a procedural detail, the Graham-Cassidy bill — which would strip healthcare from millions — must be passed before September 30th. This bill would end the Medicaid expansion and leave folks with preexisting conditions out in the cold. We ask you to commit to contacting our senators on this issue from now until the 30th — just eight days. Doable, right?
- 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’s office to express my deep alarm and anger at the Graham-Cassidy bill, an even harsher attempt to gut the ACA which would leave people with preexisting conditions without coverage. I am thanking the senator for opposing this bill and asking that he do everything within his power to prevent its passage. Thank you.”
3. Protect the ADA and disabled rights and demand that Goodlatte oppose HR 620. This bill would throw additional hurdles in the way of lawsuits by disabled people against ADA-noncompliant facilities, through unclear language like “substantial progress” on improvements to inaccessible buildings by the building owner and a failure to specify a time by which improvements must be made. It lengthens an already laborious process which makes disabled people have to fight for their right to exist in public spaces which should be designed with disability in mind by default.
- 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 Rep. Goodlatte today to ask him to oppose HR 620, which would make it more difficult for disabled people to sue owners of inaccessible, ADA-noncompliant public buildings unless an arbitrary set of steps designed to favor owners over disabled people is followed. This is unacceptable and I strongly urge Rep. Goodlatte to oppose the bill. Thank you.”
4. We need your help! We’d like to get a volunteer to create these action opportunities once a week. You’d write up some items and send them to a coordinator to edit and publish. If you’re interested, please shoot us a message!