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Wednesday Actions

1. Like yesterday, we want to emphasize that the House vote on HR1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” is tomorrow, so please keep contacting Goodlatte!

  • 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 to let him know that I want him to vote NO on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Not only does the bill lack bipartisan support, it would also increase our national debt by an estimated $1.5 trillion dollars. It would also hurt taxpayers with its changes to property tax deductions and business taxes — meanwhile, benefiting the wealthy and corporations. Please vote no on this bill. Thank you.”

2. Yesterday, the KKK papered cars in downtown Staunton with flyers. Let’s contact our Senators and demand that the KKK be registered as a terrorist group with the State Department.

  • 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 disturbed that the KKK, which has terrorized African American, Jewish, and other minority communities for over a hundred years, is not designated as a terrorist group. Just yesterday, they were recruiting in my hometown of Staunton with inflammatory flyers claiming to defend whites and promising total anonymity for members. The KKK is a hate group operating with terrorist tactics. Please move to have the State Dept. designate the KKK as a terrorist organization.”
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Tuesday 11/14 Action Opportunities

1. From 5calls.org: “The House is set to vote for their tax plan on Thursday, Nov. 16th. Senate Republicans have also released their own tax reform plan. While the details of the Senate bill remain in flux, it shares the House core goal of providing a tax giveaway to millionaires while offering little or no benefit to middle- and lower-income consumers.
The goal of the House Republicans’ tax reform plan, dubbed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is clear: to provide corporations and the ultra-wealthy as many tax breaks as possible. The bill would permanently lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, gradually phase out the estate tax (which only applies to estates with greater than $5.6 million in assets), and eliminate the alternative minimum tax (AMT) immediately. The AMT only applies to people who make more than roughly $130,000 a year; Drumpf paid an additional $31 million in taxes solely because of the AMT in 2005. Meanwhile, this plans offers no tax breaks to the bottom 35% of Americans and will increase the deficit by a whopping $1.5 trillion over the next decade.
To pay for these tax cuts for the wealthy and big businesses, the GOP plans to eliminate a multitude of itemized tax deductions that typically offer relief to middle-class consumers, including deductions for student loan interest, adoption costs, moving expenses, alimony payments, and extremely high medical costs. Additionally, it would eliminate exemptions for dependent children and personal exemptions. While the bill would increase the standard deduction to make up for the elimination of itemized deductions, the increase is only about 15% when accounting for the loss of the dependent and personal exemptions. The larger standard deduction also means that middle-class consumers have less of an incentive to donate to charity, hurting non-profit charitable organizations in the process.
The GOP claims that their plan is designed to cut taxes for the middle class, but it is clear that their primary goal is helping the wealthy avoid paying their fair share in taxes. If implemented, these changes would result in the transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich and will continue to exacerbate income inequality in this country.”

  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 andemail form 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
  • Suggested script (adapted from 5calls): Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is ______. I’m calling to express my opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It is clear this bill is designed to benefit the ultra-wealthy and corporations while providing minimal benefits to most middle-class households. I ask that Rep. Bob Goodlatte oppose this truly unfair and harmful tax plan. Thank you.”
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Monday Actions: Block the Tax Plan, Support SAW

1. Simple Gifts Fundraiser: SAW Action Group is holding a fundraiser from now until New Year’s. The “Simple Gifts” fundraiser will offer handmade items to donors in exchange for a donation of whatever level you are comfortable with to SAW. This will help pay for SAW’s park winter lights station and other costs like looking for a permanent office space, signs, and more. More details on how to donate and receive gifts can be found here.
2. The Republican tax plan would offer corporate tax cuts — and pay for them by slashing tax breaks for others. One of the many groups affected would be students, particularly graduate students. The House version of the plan would eliminate the student debt interest deduction. (Sources: NYT, Fox9) The new tax plan could raise student tax rates, making graduate school an impossibility for anyone who didn’t come from the upper class or whose families can’t support them through school. Many fields which require a graduate degree in education, science, library sciences, the arts, healthcare, and more would simply be closed to those students. Students are already burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and the last thing they need is changes to a tax code which could put them at further financial risk. The House could vote as early as NEXT WEEK on this bill so let’s keep the pressure on. Contact Goodlatte to tell him we don’t approve of the House version of the Republican tax plan.

  • 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 to tell him that I do not support the Republican tax plan, which would increase taxes for graduate students who are already saddled with student debt and get rid of the student loan interest deduction. These measures allow some of our bright minds to continue their education and pursue careers requiring a graduate degree. Don’t prioritize corporations over education. Vote no on the tax plan. Thank you.”

3. Take a moment to congratulate Mr. Goodlatte on his retirement. (Contact info: above.)

  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I am one of Mr. Goodlatte’s constituents. Thank you for choosing not to run for reelection. I believe that was the right thing to do.”
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Northam Won: What’s Next?

Wow!!! Thank you to everyone who voted yesterday — and a big shoutout to the teams for Michele Edwards and Angela Lynn. They might not have won, but they showed the importance of running to give people the option of choice. Let’s carry this momentum into the future!

1. OneVirginia2021, which advocated for redistricting reform, spotlighted Ralph Northam as a candidate with a good track record on redistricting initiatives. Let’s contact Northam and ask him to commit to redistricting reform in the coming years.

Email: ltgov@ltgov.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 786-2078

[Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is ______. I am contacting you today to congratulate you on your win. As a voter in Virginia, redistricting reform based on research from a nonpartisan commission is important to me. I urge you to pursue redistricting reform when you take office. Thank you.”

2. Join is for coffee and a check-in today at the By and By from 12-2 as we hit a year of Trump.

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Election Day!

Vote! Also ask your friends and family if they are voting, if they have a plan for it, if they need a ride, and if they know where their polling place is.

2. While we’re pushing to get out the vote, spread the news about Obamacare/ACA signups! Despite an effort to under-publicize open enrollment, which goes until Dec. 15, a RECORD number of people have signed up for the ACA compared to the same time period in previous years.

Take a look through the enrollment information — even if you’re young and relatively healthy! — sign up if you need to, and most importantly, spread the word about the open enrollment period! Will you take the time to post about it this week?