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Goodlatte Zooms Away from Protesters at Museum Meeting

Yesterday, we learned Bob Goodlatte was going to be at a meeting at the Frontier Culture Museum. Those of us who could gather at short notice rushed over with signs for a peaceful silent protest.

We met Goodlatte coming in at 3:00. He walked quickly past the group and to his meeting. We then waited outside for the next two hours (in the shade), chatting to people who came by and were curious about our presence in front of the museum. Others were just curious about the kitten on a leash, who belongs to one of the Indivisible coordinators. 

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[Image description: 6 protesters stand under the shade of a tree by the Frontier Culture Museum, holding signs. One has an orange kitten on a harness. Signs say in order from left to right: No Pipeline, Persist Resist Preexist, 69 MPH in a School Zone???, Remember your campaign promise: term limits don’t run, Town Hall, Do Your Job, Bob!, Vote for constituent interests not corporate money, and Do your job, Bob! People over politics.]

When Goodlatte had not emerged at ten to five, most people had to head out for other engagements. Just as it was nearing five o’clock, we saw a golf cart drive Mr. Goodlatte to his car from a different end of the museum. We rushed over with our signs and stood in the parking lot to wave him off, holding them high. 

Apparently, Goodlatte felt so threatened by the small group of peaceful protesters and a kitten that he had to loop around the back of the museum and be driven to his vehicle to avoid us. Or maybe he was just threatened by the prospect of talking to his constituents.

After the failure of the ACA repeal in the Senate and the massive public response to the unpopular repeal bill — which he voted for — Goodlatte knows many of us aren’t happy with him. During the August recess, we have a whole month to pressure him to hold a public, in-person town hall meeting.

You can contact Representative Goodlatte by phone and email here: 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. 

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Goodlatte’s in Town — Rapid Response Needed!

 

Our very own Representative Goodlatte will be at the Frontier Culture Museum today at 3 PM in Staunton! The elusive Goodlatte prefers to speak to his constituents in private meetings and events or through telephone town halls. We plan to gather as many people as we can on short notice for a peaceful protest at the Frontier Culture Museum at 2:45.

We didn’t share details of Rep. Goodlatte’s visit before today because we were waiting for confirmation, and didn’t want to spook him into cancelling.

Protest Suggestions

Keep things peaceful and civil. Please bring your signs and your passion, though! Goodlatte has said in the past that he does not hold a town hall because he doesn’t believe people can be civil, and lately, many Republicans have claimed they don’t feel safe at public events. 

If you get the opportunity to speak to him, he prefers to talk about specific bills, votes, and issues rather than overarching conversation. We suggest asking him to explain his vote to repeal the ACA, or his support of anti-immigrant bills HR 3003 and 3004. 

We hope to see you there. Spread the word, but don’t tag Goodlatte in any of your comments or shares in case he decides not to come.

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Tuesday 7/18 Action Opportunities

1. EVENT – Goodlatte’s Open Door Meeting: Today, 11:30-1:00 at the Waynesboro Public Library
This meeting is in the middle of the workday, so if you have any letters or messages you’d like to send Bob, please email them to us and we will hand them off. If you can be there, we urge you to come in person. We’ve been hearing unsettling things from across CD6 and at the last Open Door meeting, such as how showing up in a large group is somehow abusing the open door process. That is, of course, silly; if the doors are open, people will come. So let’s show up!

2. Chapters of Indivisible across the country are focusing on the BCRA, to #KilltheBill. Charlottesville and Roanoke are coming together in protest, and we are standing with them by reminding you to make your daily call, email, or letter about healthcare.

  • 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 about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, especially as it includes the Cruz Amendment.  Please thank the Senator for standing up for the rights of all Americans to access affordable health care.  I hope the Senator will do everything in his power to stop the passage of this cruel bill. That includes blocking requests for unanimous consent in Senate procedures, burying the bill with thousands of amendments, and more.  We need to #KilltheBill. Thank you.”

3. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 [HR 806] has been reported from committee and is coming up for a floor vote soon.  The bill would extend for eight years the EPA’s deadlines for implementing its new air pollution standards for ground-level ozone so they could be delayed until 2025 rather than implemented in 2017. It would also modify the process by which EPA develops National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and other pollutants, such as by requiring reviews of pollutant standards every 10 years rather than every 5 years. Contact Goodlatte to oppose this bill.  If you have family, friends with lung issues or allergies, please feel free to mention whatever you feel comfortable with.

  • 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 because I am concerned about the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, HR 806.  I support protections enacted by the EPA and the Clean Air Act. The OSI Act would disable the clean air standards that make people safer. We need emission reductions and toxin mitigation from industry.  I’m counting on you to work to protect my family’s health and stop this bill. Your actions on this issue affect my vote at the polls. Thank you.”

3. The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 [HR 10] has passed the House and is currently in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  Senator Warner is on that committee, which held hearings last Thursday.  This bill amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal Volcker Rule restrictions on certain speculative investments by banks, such as those that led to the housing market crash in 2008.  It also limits banks in their relationships with hedge and private equity funds.  This bill puts the interests of hedge funds and large investment brokers ahead of citizens and the basic stability of our economy.  Contact Senator Warner and tell him how dangerous this bill is, and urge him to do everything he can to make sure it does not leave his committee for a floor vote.

  • 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: “Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and my zip code is _____.  I’m contacting Senator Warner to express my opposition to H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, which would undermine the crucial consumer protections provided by the Dodd-Frank Act. As the 2008 recession illustrated, the banking industry must be carefully regulated to protect consumers from risky lending practices and corporate greed.  I know that hearings were held in the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs last week, so I ask that the senator do everything that he can to make sure this dangerous bill never leaves his committee to see a floor vote in the Senate. Thank you.””
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Tuesday 6/20 Action Opportunities

1. EVENT – Goodlatte Open Door Meeting
Waynesboro Public Library, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM 

It is so important to show up and voice your concerns to the office of your representative.  Bob won’t be there, but this is the official staff meeting that they make available, so we need to keep proving that we have concerns, and deserve to be heard.  Use the time to demand an in person town hall, use the time to explain why the AHCA would be a disaster for Virginian and our country, use the time to speak about what is most important to you, but please do USE it.  What is happening with the current White House administration is NOT normal, and now more than ever, we need to keep the pressure up.

2. This entire week we will be asking you to call in daily to our senators about protecting the ACA and doing everything they can to stop the TrumpCare plan from getting through the Senate.  The two main ways that they can fight back against Trumpcare are by withholding consent and filibustering by amendment.  The action opportunities on Sunday, 6/18 explain these tactics more fully.  Please contact our senators and tell them to use these strategies to block TrumpCare and protect the ACA.

  • 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 the senator to ask him to do everything he can to block TrumpCare and save the ACA, using every tool available.  I ask that he withhold his consent on all Senate business until we have hearings and a complete CBO score; 
    withholding consent on amendments, placing holds on nominations, and objecting to all unanimous consent requests until there are hearings and a complete CBO score.  I also ask that the Senator prepare hundreds or thousands of amendments to offer during vote-a-rama.  by filing thousands of amendments—and then calling each of them for a vote, debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with his colleagues, the senator can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4 recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings.  Thank you.”

2. We’ve had action opportunities about Net Neutrality before, and it remains an important issue.  Internet users scored a significant victory in 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the “open Internet.”  Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television — creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access.  Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably fast internet service.   The four major ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T) have been lobbying against the 2014 net neutrality regulations, frustrated by the constraints placed on their ability to profit from those who need their services the most.  In response to their persuasions, the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections and instead rely on the ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet.  Congress needs to know that net neutrality is not up for debate and the open Internet must be preserved.

  • 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 the Congressman I’m to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.  Thank you.”
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Monday 6/19 Action Opportunities

1. This entire week we will be asking you to call in daily to our senators about protecting the ACA and doing everything they can to stop the TrumpCare plan from getting through the Senate.  The two main ways that they can fight back against Trumpcare are by withholding consent and filibustering by amendment.  The action opportunities on Sunday, 6/18 explain these tactics more fully.  Please contact our senators and tell them to use these strategies to block TrumpCare and protect the ACA.

  • 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 the senator to ask him to do everything he can to block TrumpCare and save the ACA, using every tool available.  I ask that he withhold his consent on all Senate business until we have hearings and a complete CBO score;
    withholding consent on amendments, placing holds on nominations, and objecting to all unanimous consent requests until there are hearings and a complete CBO score.  I also ask that the Senator prepare hundreds or thousands of amendments to offer during vote-a-rama.  by filing thousands of amendments—and then calling each of them for a vote, debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with his colleagues, the senator can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4 recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings.  Thank you.”

2. From 5calls.org: According to Everytown Research, 93 Americans are killed with guns on an average day.  Common-sense gun control laws could prevent many of these deaths.  Under current laws, domestic abusers and suspected terrorists—such as the shooter at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, who killed 49 and wounded 53 members of the LGBTQ community—are allowed to possess guns.  In addition, convicted criminals can buy guns online or at gun shows because unlicensed private sellers aren’t required to perform background checks.  The gun lobby has spent tens of millions of dollars (including more than 30 million on the Trump campaign, and $2,000 from the NRA to Goodlatte’s campaign this year already) to gain power in Washington DC.  The NRA and gun manufacturers are now pushing Congress to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow gun owners from states with loose (or no) restrictions on concealed carry permits to bring their concealed weapons into all other states, in effect overriding state laws that require safety courses or live-fire training for permit-seekers.   America is a great nation, but a gun homicide rate that is twenty-five times higher than the average of all other developed countries is not something to be proud of.  Research has shown that gun violence most frequently afflicts the most vulnerable groups among us, such as low-income people and minorities (National Crime Victimization Survey).  One step in the right direction is the Disarm Hate Act [H.R. 2841] a bill that would prevent anyone previously convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing a gun. Closing this loophole in current laws will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and prevent more acts of heinous violence.  Contact Goodlatte and ask him to support the 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’m contacting the Congressman to urge him to support the Disarm Hate Act, H.R.2841. With mass shootings continuing to be a rampant problem in our country, we must take sensible, effective action to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent more heinous acts of violence.  Thank you.”

3. EVENT – Monday – 6-7pm – Moral Monday – Men’s Green Thumb Park Gather at the intersection of Rt 11 and Rt 250 and bring your protest signs. Bring a friend, bring your family, bring your desire to affect change. Fired up about healthcare?  Have strong feelings about the pipeline?  Come on down with your signs!

4. UPCOMING EVENT – Goodlatte Open Door Meeting
Waynesboro Public Library, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

It is so important to show up and voice your concerns to the office of your representative.  Bob won’t be there, but this is the official staff meeting that they make available, so we need to keep proving that we have concerns, and deserve to be heard.  Use the time to demand an in person town hall, use the time to explain why the AHCA would be a disaster for Virginian and our country, use the time to speak about what is most important to you, but please do USE it.  What is happening with the current White House administration is NOT normal, and now more than ever, we need to keep the pressure up.