The Weekly Blast
For Week Ending Sunday, March 19, 2017

WELCOME to the Blast, Indivisible Old Town and Indivisible Del Ray! We at WofA are opening the doors to the party - come on in!

INSTRUCTIONS: Indivisible is about YOU calling, emailing, visiting, and tweeting your elected representatives. You don't have to contact every one below... just do what you can! To help see the difference we're making, please click the check boxes for each action you take this week, then click Submit at the end.

If calling or leaving voicemail, you can start with: "Hi, [my name is _______________]. Thank you for taking my call. I am a constituent, and I live in _________________." If you voted for that official, add: "And I voted for __________________."
Potential talking points are below. Please feel free to use your own words - this is your call. At the end, it's kind to thank the staff member who answered your call.

If you don't know your state Senator and Representative, just text message your zip code to 520-200-2223 and it will automatically send back that info to you.

Fire it up, Indivisible! Let's do this!

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Senator Kaine
MESSAGING: Hello. I'm a Virginia voter, and I live in ________. Thank you for taking my call. Could you please ask Senator Kaine to resist attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act and eliminate the Medicaid expansion? As you know, many thousands of Virginians would lose coverage under the draft bill. It would cost enrollees on average $1,542 MORE each year. And it repeals taxes (mostly on the wealthy) that would have paid for it, without a plan to replace them. Also, could you please ask Senator Kaine to oppose "regulatory review” bills? These bills undercut the Constitutional balance of power, and harm agencies' ability to adopt rules that protect our health and safety. Finally, I urge the Senator to keep calling for an independent, bipartisan committee to investigate ties to Russia. Thank you for your time!
Senator Warner
MESSAGING: Hello. I'm a Virginia voter, and I live in ________. Please thank Senator Warner for his hard work investigating the administration’s ties to Russia. Could you please ask him to try to finish the investigation quickly? Also, could you please please ask him to resist attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act? As you know, the proposed bill could mean NO coverage for hundreds of thousands of Virginians. It would cost enrollees more, and there’s no plan to fully pay for it. Finally, please ask the Senator to resist cuts to federal agencies and foreign assistance. They help keep us and our country strong, secure, and safe. And many Virginians work for these agencies. Thank you.
U.S. House Representative
MESSAGING: Hello. I'm a Virginia voter, and I live in Representative ________'s district. Could you please ask [him /her] to please resist attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act and eliminate the Medicaid expansion? The proposed bill could mean NO health coverage for tens of thousands of people in this district. Also, the bill would cost enrollees on average $1,542 MORE a year. AND the bill repeals ways to pay for its costs, without a new plan. That's just irresponsible. This is the United States and we need a plan that is fair to everyone, not just the wealthy. The majority of Americans, who you may have noticed out marching in the streets, will remember this vote when we go to the polling booth. Separately, I'm calling to ask [him/her] to please oppose “regulatory review” bills such as House bills 5, 21, 26, 998, 1004 and 1009. These bills would make it harder for agencies to help the public. For example, they block public health or safety measures if a lower cost rule could be adopted. Finally, please ask [him / her] to resist cuts to federal agencies and foreign assistance. They help keep us and our country strong, secure, and safe. And many Virginians work for federal agencies [including my ______ husband/mom/cousin...]. Thank you.
Governor McAuliffe
MESSAGING: Please ask Governor McAuliffe to require the General Assembly to adopt better voting districts as soon as possible. Also, please ask him to NOT sign bills that would decrease funding for public education, make it harder for people to vote, or decrease our peace or safety. For these reasons, I oppose House bills 1315, 1605, 1400, 2342, 2000 and 2025, and Senate Bills 1253 and1303. Finally, please ask the Governor NOT to sign HB1960. This bill would reverse Arlington County’s rule changes to combat predatory towing, and prevent our County Board from selecting our towing commission’s advisory board chair. Thank you!
Choose Your State Delegate
Choose your State Delegate in the dropdown menu of 100 delegates below. If you don't know who your State Delegate is, go to http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and enter your mailing address.
State Delegate Actions
MESSAGING: I’m calling to urge Delegate ___________ to stand up for the greater good, and comply with the Constitutional requirements that voting districts must be compact and not drawn to dilute people’s votes. Every Virginian’s vote should count. That's part of our democracy. Thank you.
Choose Your State Senator
Choose your State Senator in the dropdown menu of 40 senators below. If you don't know who your State Senator is, go to http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and enter your mailing address.
State Senator Actions
MESSAGING: I’m calling to urge Senator ___________ to work to get money out of politics. Virginia needs to have strong disclosure requirements and real limits on soft money. This would let the Senators vote their consciences instead of worrying about donors. Thank you!
Action!
This week, watch Congressman Beyer's forum on Civil Rights or hear from our state representatives! Or if you want action that is more... active, why not wait until the Congressional Budget Act score on the Affordable Care Act replacement is released (it will be expensive) and then go downtown and protest?! (Where: how about the Mall, or U.S. Capitol Grounds if police seem okay with it.) We'll post ACA protests as facebook events. Rally friends if you have time! For extra credit send photos or livestream video! ATTENDED-> 100 points EXTRA CREDIT-> 20 points
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