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Are you registered to vote?

1. Remember, today is your last chance to register to vote in the upcoming VA general election, or update your registration!
2. EVENT: Tonight at 7 PM at Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium, there is a film showing of “13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment.” This film examines the US prison boom and the systemic criminalization of African Americans.
3. CONTACT SENATORS: This Thursday, the Senate will vote on the Senate Republicans’ budget proposal for 2018 — which includes a devastating cut of $5 trillion in federal aid to Medicare and Medicaid. This is how the Trump administration plans to finance their “tax reform” plan — which is primarily tax cuts for the already rich. From 5calls.org: “Under normal Senate procedure, this sort of radical change would face opposition in the Senate due to the 60-vote threshold usually required to pass a budget (8 Democrats would have to join all 52 Republicans). However, Republicans are using the 50-vote threshold ‘budget reconciliation’ procedure to move them forward. The House 2018 budget resolution contains $203 billion in non-defense budget cuts which are also expected to largely come from Medicaid and Medicare. No matter what compromise is made between the two chambers, Congressional Republicans will undoubtedly target the health care safety net and endanger the most vulnerable among us.”
Contact our senators and tell them to defend Medicare and Medicaid.

  • 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 today to ask him to defend Medicare and Medicaid from the cruel cuts proposed in the Senate Republican’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. Elderly and low-income Americans shouldn’t have to sacrifice their healthcare to make room for tax cuts for the already wealthy. Thank you.”
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Wednesday 10/17 Actions on Anti-Choice Bill

We’re a bit late getting this one out today, folks! Sorry about that!
1. CONTACT GOODLATTE: Goodlatte voted yes to pass the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” through the House. This would put a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, with the only exceptions rape, incest, and the life of the mother (not the health of the mother). Despite the name, the science on fetal pain indicates that the systems that allow one to feel and be conscious of pain don’t even develop until 28-29 weeks. This bill pretends humane concern but is anti-science and anti-choice. Tell Goodlatte you do not approve of his vote.

  • 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 Rep. Goodlatte today to express my strong disapproval of him voting yes on the so-called ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.’ This bill is not supported by science and is a thinly disguised attempt to strip away vital reproductive rights and bodily autonomy. I will remember this vote when I next visit the polls.”

2. CONTACT OUR SENATORS: Tell Senators Kaine and Warner to vote no on this bill when it reaches the Senate.

  • 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’m contacting Senator [NAME] today to express my concern over the so-called ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ which has passed the House. It’s based on bad science and is bad for reproductive rights and health. Please vote NO on this bill. Thank you.”

3. REMINDER: Last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is fast approaching!!! Check to make sure you’re registered and have a valid photo ID!!!
4. EVENT: Postcard Party, Tuesday 10/17 at 9 AM at the French Press in Waynesboro — We’ll be meeting there to chat, writer letters and postcards to Democrat/liberal voters as part of Plus 3, and write to our elected officials. Please join us!
5. EVENT: Goodlatte Open Door Meeting, Waynesboro Public Library, Tuesday 10/17 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM — come give Goodlatte’s staff your letters, concerns, and feedback!

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Thursday 10/12 Action Opportunities

Today, we are following up on an action we’ve had before on disability rights. The ACLU’s breakdown of HR 620 is here.
 
1. CONTACT GOODLATTE: HR 620 is a bipartisan sneak attack on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Inspired by a 60 Minutes piece which exaggerated claims of frivolous lawsuits, HR 620 throws more bureaucratic barriers in the way of disabled people seeking to eliminate physical barriers from inaccessible buildings. It would require disabled Americans to first notify the business in writing of which parts of the ADA it had violated and how, and then mandates a grace period of several months for the business to take “substantial” steps towards fixing the issue. HR 620 would weaken the rights to accessibility granted by the ADA. It’s shameful that this bill has wide bipartisan support, and one cosponsor has already withdrawn. Goodlatte voted to pass it in committee — tell him we do not approve.
 
  • 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 about his vote in committee on HR 620, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act. This Act, if passed, will weaken the ADA and turn disabled Americans into second-class citizens who must write politely to businesses to request their right to accessible spaces, instead of being granted that right and dignity as a matter of course. Rep. Goodlatte’s vote on this bill is unacceptable to me and I will take it into account when I visit the polls. Thank you.”
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Wednesday 10/11 Action Opportunity

1. CONTACT CONGRESS: Tell our members of Congress to REPEAL the Jones Act!

Remember our action from 9/27? Well, the Trump administration waived the Jones Act for just 10 days to allow foreign vessels to bring aid to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 10 days is not enough — with ongoing rescue efforts, little food and water, and people dying in ICU without power, the US territories need help desperately. It’s time for our government to stop treating our territories like colonies and treat this crisis with the same speed and urgency as they did Florida and Texas. We’re asking you to take action again and call for the repeal of the Jones Act.

[What is the Jones Act, exactly? More on that here.]

  • 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.
  • 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 [NAME] today to urge him to join Senator John McCain in calling for a repeal of the Jones Act, which essentially extorts Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands by forcing them to pay more in order to accept foreign aid in the name of ‘national security.’ It’s time to stop treating the US territories like colonies and respond to this situation with the same urgency our government did in Texas and Florida. In the senator’s words, ‘Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act.’ Thank you.”

2. PERSONAL ACTION: Talk to a friend or family member about the devastation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands this week. Don’t let this disaster fade from the public mind. If you can, tell them about the Jones Act and why we need to repeal it — encourage them to get involved and contact our Congressmen!
3. EVENT: Do Your Job, Bob! rally on Friday, 10 am – 2 pm
Do Your Job, Bob! is a weekly demonstration that takes place outside of Bob Goodlatte’s regional offices across the district. Show up if you’re able to tell Goodlatte that we’re here, we’re paying attention, and we won’t go away.

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Two Pipeline Petitions and Court Support

But first, some housekeeping: Due to a series of unfortunate events, the writers of these posts had to take a brief hiatus. We’re back on schedule now and appreciate your patience. If you subscribe to the mailing list and haven’t gotten a newsletter in a while, we are also reformatting that and will roll out the new version soon. From now on, these posts will consist of just 1-2 actions plus an event/events. You will see repeated actions throughout the week — we need to be persistent on topics like gun regulation and healthcare! If there’s an action you want us to include, let us know!

OK, that’s it! We have some petitions for you today — please make sure to SHARE after you sign!

1. PETITION from Stand with Standing Rock: “Tell Chase Bank to Respect Native Rights” 

According to Stand with Standing Rock, the expansion called “Standing Rock North” is “a much bigger pipe, with a much dirtier carbon footprint, than the Keystone XL or the Dakota Access […] experts say the chances of a catastrophic spill in that fragile ecosystem would leap to more than 95%. But there’s still time. Kinder Morgan can’t break ground without Chase, and Chase has spent the last few years trying to position themselves as environmental stewards. Join us and our sister organization NDN in demanding Chase pull its financing of this pipeline now.”

Sign and share to shame Chase out of the pipeline deal!

2. PETITION from Stand with Standing Rock: “Stop the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline” 

SWSR asks, “Please join us and our brand new sister organization NDN as we send the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission a wake up call: Protect our water. Deny the permit. In Minnesota, the state recently completed an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline that concluded both the route and its alternatives would have disproportionately negative impacts on several Ojibwe tribes.”

Sign and share to help defend Indigenous sovereignty.

3. EVENTS from SURJ Cville: “Court Support”: Come out to Charlottesville to provide solidarity and support to these people on their court dates:

—Oct. 13, 9am, Mark H., Charlottesville General District Court: 606 E. Market St.
—Oct. 20, 10:35am, Veronica F., Charlottesville General District Court: 606 E. Market St.
—Oct. 27, 10:30am, Lara (testify), Charlottesville General District Court: 606 E. Market St.
—Nov. 6, 9am, Donna G. and Sara T., Charlottesville General District Court: 606 E. Market St.