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Act to Protect Net Neutrality!

1. Maintaining net neutrality and the open internet is an ongoing battle with the FCC. Currently, ISP’s (internet service providers like Time-Warner and Comcast) are not allowed to manipulate speed and pricing to favor certain businesses and content over others. For small businesses and startups, net neutrality is the open playing field they need to break through bigger companies. For low-income people and rural Americans, net neutrality gives reasonably-cheap, reasonably-fast internet. Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai has “pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet” (source: 5calls.org). Contact Pai, Goodlatte, Kaine, and Warner and tell them that we will not let ISP’s run the internet like bullies on a playground.

  • 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
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: 202-418-1000 (sorry about the lack of email addresses! We couldn’t find them)
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a concerned customer of [your internet service provider] in Staunton, Virginia. I am contacting you to say how much I disapprove of the FCC’s attempts to kill net neutrality and replace it with softer Title I regulations. Preserving the open internet is important to me as a customer and a voter. Please act to preserve net neutrality under strong Title II regulations. Thank you.”

1a. Additionally, you can read more about net neutrality here and follow this link to file a comment with the FCC in support of it.
2. We need to keep pushing for a formal investigation into Niger. Tell Kaine, Warner, and Goodlatte to call loud and clear for a proper investigation into the mishandling of information that led to the deaths of these soldiers in Niger. [contact information for our MoC’s above]

  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is _______. I am horrified to learn about the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, not to mention President Trump’s botching of the call to the families and failure to mention anything about them until prodded by the press. I believe he failed to mention it because he and his administration mishandled information and sent them into a dangerous situation without support. These deaths deserve the same level of investigation to figure out who is at fault as the overblown Benghazi hearings. I urge [NAME] to call loud and clear for an investigation into the events in Niger. Thank you.”

3. EVENT: Do your job, Bob! — Come protest outside Bob Goodlatte’s Staunton office this Friday from 10am-noon. Bring your posters and your resistance spirit!

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Monday 10/23 Action Opportunities

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.

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)

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Congress needs to investigate Niger

Yesterday, we posted this article. Today, here’s what you can do about it:
1. CONTACT OUR SENATORS. Tell them to call loud and clear for a proper investigation into the mishandling of information that led to the deaths of these soldiers in Niger.

  • 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 horrified to learn about the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, not to mention President Trump’s botching of the call to the families and failure to mention anything about them until prodded by the press. I believe he failed to mention it because he and his administration mishandled information and sent them into a dangerous situation without support. These deaths deserve the same level of investigation to figure out who is at fault as the overblown Benghazi hearings. I urge the senator to call loud and clear for an investigation into the events in Niger. Thank you.”

2. EVENTS:

  • Today: “Do Your Job, Bob!” rally outside Bob Goodlatte’s office at 10am-noon.
  • Tomorrow: 10am coffee meetup and discussion at the Perk Place Coffee Company in Fishersville.
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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.