1. DEFEND THE ARTS: This week, the Blackfriars conference will be in Staunton, with scholars of history and the arts coming together to learn, educate, see drama, and spend time in our town [http://ow.ly/5w6730g4uI1]. In Staunton, we value the arts — so let’s contact our representatives in Congress to tell them to oppose any budget or measure which would cut funding for the arts and humanities.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 703–361–3192, Roanoke540–682–5693, 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 live in Staunton, Virginia, a community invested in the arts and humanities with local community and professional theater, arts education, a women’s liberal arts college, glass blowing, art galleries, historically educational centers like the Smith Center and the Frontier Culture Museum, and other local arts which enrich the community culturally and bring a lot to our town economically. Many of these are funded at least partially by grants, and the return they give to our communities far outweighs any monetary cost. Please oppose any measures or budgets that would cut federal arts and humanities funding. Thank you.”
2) TRAINING OPPORTUNITY — Charlottesville Court Watch program invites you to train to be a court support helper TONIGHT at 7 PM! Location: UVA campus, Clark Hall Room #102: (http://www.virginia.edu/webmap/popPages/21-clarkhall.html)