Calls to Action 

 Our Calls To Action are easy ways you can make a difference.  Only vetted, official TWW NoVA items will appear below.  Please bookmark this page as it will be updated frequently.

 
 

Call on MOCs to OPPOSE 45'S TAX REFORM

Posted 09/18/2017

In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation’s tax system, President Donald Trump claimed “the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” But the tax proposal his administration outlined in April would heavily benefit high-income taxpayers, and Trump hasn’t revealed any changes to it.

The  Trump administration released a one-page outline in April that included these major tax changes:

(i) Abolish the estate tax, which now falls only on those with assets worth more than $5.49 million (double that for couples). The estate tax only applies to estates worth over $5.5 million. That means 99.8 percent of estates (the property someone leaves when they die) are already exempt from the estate tax, and the Republican tax plan would only help the remaining wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates. Simply put, this is a way to keep wealth concentrated in the hands of a small number of billionaire families, much like how Trump generated his own fortune.

(ii) Cut the corporate tax from 35 percent to 15 percent. Get used to hearing this key Republican talking point: “The US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.” When they say that, they’re referring to the statutory tax rate, which is 35%. (Statutory meaning the amount they’re supposed to pay under the law.) But what they actually pay, the effective rate, is about 14% according to the Government Accountability Office, which is comparable to the rest of the world.  There is little evidence the statutory corporate rate affects the competitiveness of US corporations. In fact, corporate profits are near all-time high. Despite all of this, Republicans want to slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, which is estimated to cost $2.4 trillion in revenue. Even worse, cutting the corporate rate almost exclusively benefits wealthy individuals and could actually hurt workers in the long run.

(iii) Abolish the alternative minimum tax, which is designed to ensure that the most wealthy taxpayers pay a minimum tax. According to his 2005 tax return, Trump paid $38 million in taxes on $153 million in income; $31 million of his tax payment was due to the alternative minimum tax. Had it not been in place, his effective tax rate for that year would have been just 3.5 percent—far below what most middle-class families pay.

(iv) Collapse the seven income tax brackets, which range from 10 percent to 39.6 percent, to three (10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent).

In July, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimated the impact of a “Trump-like plan.” Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the tax center, wrote that middle-income households (those earning between $50,000 and $86,000) would see an average tax cut of about $1,900 or about 3 percent. But the top 1 percent (those earning more than $732,000) would get an average tax cut of $270,000 or nearly 18 percent, and the top 0.1 percent would see a 20 percent tax cut. Simply put, this is a way to keep wealth concentrated in the hands of a small number of billionaire families, much like how Trump generated his own fortune.

Trump’s tax plan, and the one proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, would increase the federal deficit by trillions of dollars. And since Republicans in the Senate want to pass the bill through reconciliation, they’ll have to offset these huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations with cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and other programs that benefit the middle class in order to make them permanent. Let your MOCs know that you oppose Trump’s proposed tax changes.

Suggested Script:

“Hi __________. My name is ________ and I live __________, and I am your constituent. I am calling today because I am concerned about President Trump’s proposed tax reform. Corporate profits have never been higher. It’s unfair that many rich corporations are paying less in taxes than people like me.  You should oppose any tax plan that cuts taxes for corporations or leaves corporate tax loopholes in place. Furthermore, you should oppose any tax plan that jeopardizes Medicare and Medicaid and other programs that benefit the middle class and working class to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Finally, without President Trump revealing his tax returns, the American people have no way of knowing how much tax cuts will benefit Trump and his businesses. The taxpayers deserve to know if our hard-earned money is going to the President’s personal gain. I ask you to oppose any tax cuts until President Trump release his tax returns so that the American people can fully understand how it will personally benefit him and his businesses. Thank you.”

Call DHS and MoC to OPPOSE THE BORDER WALL

Posted 09/18/2017

On September 12th, Elaine Duke, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that the Department of Homeland Security will be rebuilding a 3-mile stretch of a border wall between California and Mexico, and that it would waive any and all obligations to follow any laws that stood in the way. In particular the laws that she announced waivers for are those that protect our environment, our wildlife, historical sites, and Native American grave sites.

Contact Elaine Duke at 202-282-8000 or 202-282-8495 and tell her that building a wall should not supersede all of our laws. Tell her to respect our environment, wildlife, historical sites, and Native American grave sites.

Then, contact your MoCs to tell them that you (1) oppose Elaine Duke’s waivers of our nation’s laws in order to erect a border wall, and (2) oppose any funding in this year’s budget for a border wall. The border wall is a xenophobic and anti-immigrant symbol. It is extremely costly to taxpayers, and it’s effectiveness is questionable.

For more information, https://www.dcreport.org/2017/09/12/homeland-security-chief-im-above-the-law/

For the Federal Register notice:

https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-19234

Suggested Script for your MoCs:

“Hi __________. My name is ________ and I live __________, and I am your constituent. I am calling today because I am concerned the Department of Homeland Security’s recent post in the Federal Register announcing a series of waivers for the purposes of re-building a three mile stretch of border wall between California and Mexico. I oppose these waivers and ask you to hear my concerns and use your voice to amplify my concerns. The long list of waived laws generally protect our environment, our wildlife, our historical sites, and Native American grave sites. Moreover, I generally oppose a border wall between the US and Mexico. I ask you to oppose any budget that includes funding for a border wall. Thank you.”

Ask MoCs to SUPPORT HIGHER EDUCATION FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

Posted 09/18/2017

Ask Virginia U.S. Representatives and Senators to vote for the passage of HR 3740 or S 1795, a bipartisan bill to lift financial and other application barriers to higher education experienced by homeless youth and those in the foster system.  

From a press release from U.S. Representative Catherine Clark who has introduced this bill in the House:

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2017. Clark’s bill lifts barriers to college entrance often experienced by homeless and foster youth facing questions about their independent status and financial eligibility. In U.S. public schools, more than 1.3 million students are homeless and nearly 428,000 are in foster care. These students often lack the support network they need to navigate a complicated higher education and financial aid system. Clark’s bill requires the U.S. Department of Education to help resolve questions about a student’s independence and ensure federal programs identify, recruit, and prepare homeless and foster youth for college. The Higher Education Access and Success and Foster Youth Act also asks colleges and universities to streamline eligibility determinations for financial aid and encourages states to grant in-state tuition for homeless and foster students.

The full press release can be found here:  http://katherineclark.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=23FC13D4-DECD-4016-92CC-73AFC93F88A9.  

The House version of the bill can be found here:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3740?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+3740%22%5D%7D&r=1

The Senate version of the bill can be found here:  https://congress.gov/115/bills/s1795/BILLS-115s1795is.pdf

The bipartisan, bicameral bill is cosponsored by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA; Ranking Member on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), Congressman Don Young (R-AK) in the U.S. House, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA; Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in the U.S. Senate.  The bills are currently in Committee in the House and in the Senate.  Senate Tim Kaine services on the Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education and Pensions in which S. 1795 is being debated.

Suggested content for Senator Kaine:  “Dear Senator Kaine, As your constituent I want to thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of all Virginians.  As you know, S. 1795, a bill to remove barriers to higher education for homeless youth, is currently in the Committee on which you serve.  Please support this bill by your vote for passage and by educating other Committee members about its importance. Thank you.”

For Senator Warner and members of the House of Representatives:

Dear ____________“As your constituent, I am writing to ask for your vote to pass (choose S. 1795 or H. 3740) when it is passed out of committee for a floor vote.  Homeless youth and those in foster care deserve to have financial and application barriers removed so they can attend college. Thank you for supporting access to higher education for all youth.”

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Senator Tim Kaine:

DC Office: 202-224-4024 or Manassas Office: 703-361-3192

https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

Senator Mark Warner:

DC Office: 202-224-2023 or Vienna Office: 703-442-0670

https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Don Beyer -- 8th District

DC Office: (202) 225-4376 or Alexandria Office: (703) 658-5403

https://beyer.house.gov/contact/

Gerald E. Connolly --11th District

DC Office (202) 225-1492 or Annandale Office: (703) 256-3071

https://connolly.house.gov/contact/

Barbara Comstock - 10th District

DC Office:  (202) 225-5136 or Loudoun Office Phone: (202) 225-5136

https://comstock.house.gov/contact

If your House Representative isn’t listed above, see:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Call your MoCs to support the DREAM Act / American Hope Act.

Posted 09/11/201

Yes, we are calling on you once again to support the DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children. These kids grew up here, and are American in every sense, except on paper.

As you have undoubtedly heard, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5, that, six months from now, the Trump administration will the end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) — a program that has protected nearly 800,000 undocumented young adults from deportation.

In 2012, President Obama created the DACA program through his executive powers. The problem with executive orders is that they are easy for the following administration to undo, as we have just witnessed. We need to call upon Congress to act and protect the DREAMers.

As is common in Congress, there are in fact TWO similar bills to protect these undocumented young adults from deportation -- one that starts in the Senate and one that starts in the House. The Senate version is the bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act (S. 1615), and the House version is the American Hope Act (H.R. 3691).

Action:  Call Senator Kaine and Senator Warner (currently not co-sponsors) and tell them to co-sponsor the bipartisan Durbin-Graham “DREAM Act” (S. 1615) to create a legislative fix to the predicament of these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands.

Senator Tim Kaine:

DC Office: 202-224-4024 or Manassas Office: 703-361-3192

https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

Senator Mark Warner:

DC Office: 202-224-2023 or Vienna Office: 703-442-0670

https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

If you live in Rep. Barbara Comstock’s 10th District, tell her to co-sponsor Rep. Gutierrez’s American Hope Act (H.R. 3591) to give those with DACA and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent legal status and eventual citizenship.

Barbara Comstock - 10th District

DC Office:  (202) 225-5136 or Loudoun Office Phone: (202) 225-5136

https://comstock.house.gov/contact

If you live in Rep. Beyer’s 8th District or Rep. Connolly’s 11th District, thank them for being a co-sponsor of the American Hope Act (H.R. 3591).

Don Beyer -- 8th District

DC Office: (202) 225-4376 or Alexandria Office: (703) 658-5403

https://beyer.house.gov/contact/

Gerald E. Connolly --11th District

DC Office (202) 225-1492 or Annandale Office: (703) 256-3071

http://connolly.house.gov

For more information, see

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/5/16228664/daca-explained-one-simple-cartoon

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/05/548754723/5-things-you-should-know-about-daca

 

Call on Congress to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted 09/11/2017

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) currently covers over 8 million low-income children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid.  Together with Medicaid, CHIP has helped bring children’s coverage rates to a historic high of 95 percent as of 2015. While many of the parents of CHIP-enrolled children now receive their coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace, children have better access to critical benefits through CHIP than through most marketplace plans. CHIP also provides vital coverage for nearly 2 million children in families affected by the ACA’s “family glitch.”

Federal funding for CHIP expires on September 30, and unless Congress acts quickly, states will have to start winding down their programs, including sending parents notices warning that their children may lose coverage. Fortunately, CHIP has bipartisan support.  When the Senate Finance Committee held a CHIP hearing on September 7, witnesses and Senators from both parties spoke to the difference that CHIP makes in children's lives.  But Congress needs to act soon.

Action:  Call Senators Kaine and Warner and your representative and ask them to support a clean five-year reauthorization of CHIP before it expires on September 30.

Senator Tim Kaine:

DC Office: 202-224-4024 or Manassas Office: 703-361-3192

https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

Senator Mark Warner:

DC Office: 202-224-2023 or Vienna Office: 703-442-0670

https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

For more information:

https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2017/08/03/what-every-policy-maker-needs-to-know-about-the-childrens-health-insurance-program-chip-a-refresher/

https://www.momsrising.org/blog/tell-congress-act-quickly-to-extend-chip

 

Why Virginia Elections Matter!

Posted 09/11/2017

Commit to vote on November 7, learn why the 2017 Virginia elections matter, spread the word to 5 of your friends.

On November 7, we will vote for all 100 open House of Delegate seats, Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.  Educate yourself and inform your friends and neighbors about why the 2017 Election in Virginia matters …regionally and nationwide.  The Virginia House of Delegates needs to gain 17 Democratic seats in this election. This brief video gives you a quick overview of the importance of this election:  http://www.whyvamatters2017.com/

Action:  Forward the video clip to 5 of your Virginia friends and remind them to vote.  Make a commitment to vote on November 7, even where your delegate may run unopposed.  Low voter turnout will work against the success of all progressives running in this election. Commit to voting for progressive candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Spread the word on your Facebook page, Twitter or other social media platform.

From Ballotpedia.org: A lot is at stake in the 2017 state legislative elections. Virginia could become a Republican trifecta. The 2017 state legislative elections also have a national subtext as the first general legislative elections to take place since Republican Donald Trump took office as president of the United States in January 2017. Heading into the general election, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates hold a 66-34 majority. Democrats would need to gain 17 seats in order to take control of the chamber, while Republicans would need to gain one seat to obtain a veto-proof supermajority. The following 29 races affect Northern Virginia.  Where the incumbent is not running, assume he/she is retiring.  Some incumbents are running unopposed. Don’t know your district:  https://www.virginia.gov/services/whos-my-legislator/

District

Incumbent

Party

Candidates

2

Mark Dudenhefer

Republican

Laquan Austion (R) Jennifer Carroll Foy (D)

13

Bob Marshall

Republican

Bob Marshall (R)  Danica Roem (D)

18

Michael Webert

Republican

Michael Webert (R) Tristan Shields (D)

Will King (G)

28

Bill Howell

Republican

Joshua Cole (D)  Robert Michael Thomas, (R)

30

Nicholas Freitas

Republican

Ben Hixon (D)  Nicholas Freitas (R)

31

Scott Lingamfelter

Republican

Elizabeth Guzman (D)  Scott Lingamfelter (R)

Nathan Larson (I)

32

Tag Greason

Republican

David Reid (D)  Tag Greason (R)

33

Dave LaRock

Republican

Tia Walbridge (D)Dave LaRock (R)

34

Kathleen Murphy

Democratic

Kathleen Murphy (D)Cheryl A. Buford (R)

35

Mark Keam

Democratic

Mark Keam (D)

36

Ken Plum

Democratic

Ken Plum (D)

37

David Bulova

Democratic

David Bulova (D)

38

Kaye Kory

Democratic

Kaye Kory (D)  Paul Haring (R)

39

Vivian Watts

Democratic

Vivian Watts (D)

40

Tim Hugo

Republican

Donte Tanner (D)  Tim Hugo (R)

41

Eileen Filler-Corn

Democratic

Eileen Filler-Corn (D)

42

Dave Albo

Republican

Kathy Tran (D)  Lolita Mancheno-Smoak (R)

43

Mark Sickles

Democratic

Mark Sickles (D)

44

Paul Krizek

Democratic

Paul Krizek (D)

45

Mark Levine

Democratic

Mark Levine (D)

46

Charniele Herring

Democratic

Charniele Herring (D)

47

Patrick Hope

Democratic

Patrick Hope (D)

48

Rip Sullivan

Democratic

Rip Sullivan (D)

49

Alfonso Lopez

Democratic

Alfonso Lopez (D)  Adam Roosevelt (R)

50

Jackson Miller

Republican

Lee Jin Carter (D)  Jackson Miller (R)

51

Rich Anderson

Republican

Hala Ayala (D)  Rich Anderson (R)

52

Luke Torian

Democratic

Luke Torian (D)

53

Marcus Simon

Democratic

Marcus Simon (D)  Mike Casey (I)

67

James LeMunyon

Republican

Karrie Delaney (D)  James LeMunyon (R)

 

Tell Your MoCs to Stand Up for Childhood Arrivals and Co-Sponsor S.1615 and H.R. 3591

Posted 9/3/2017

In 2012, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers protection from deportation to individuals who were brought to the United States as children. These kids grew up here, and are American in every sense, except on paper. The program has allowed approximately 800,000 young people the opportunity to live and work lawfully in the U.S. Now, 95% are currently working or in school, 90% got a driver’s license or state ID, 54% bought their first car, and 12% have even bought their first home.

But this program is in peril because a minority of anti-immigrant state officials threatens to unravel the entire program in the courts. Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, there are 10 states (TX, AL, AR, ID, KS, LA, NE, SC, TN, WV) that are calling for an end to the DACA program. The have given the Trump Administration an ultimatum: get rid of DACA by September 5, 2017, or they will make sure a judge does.

Removing DACA protections from these hundreds of thousands of young people would turn their lives upside down, and harm the communities where they live, work and study. The only beneficiary would be the for-profit private immigrant detention complex and Trump’s runaway deportation machine, which would embark on a new taxpayer-funded mission to apprehend, process, detain and remove these young people, many of whom have little ties to their birth countries.

Like so many other issues, Congress has the power to remedy this situation by passing legislation to protect these immigrant youth.

Call Senator Kaine & Senator Warner  and tell them to co-sponsor the bipartisan Durbin-Graham “DREAM Act” (S. 1615) to create a legislative fix to the predicament of these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands.

Senator Tim Kaine:

DC Office: 202-224-4024 or Manassas Office: 703-361-3192

https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

Senator Mark Warner:

DC Office: 202-224-2023 or Vienna Office: 703-442-0670

https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

If you live in Rep. Barbara Comstock’s 10th District, tell her to co-sponsor Rep. Gutierrez’s American Hope Act (H.R. 3591) give those with DACA and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent legal status and eventual citizenship.

Barbara Comstock - 10th District

DC Office:  (202) 225-5136 or Loudoun Office Phone: (202) 225-5136

https://comstock.house.gov/contact

If you live in Rep. Beyer’s 8th District or Rep. Connolly’s 11th District, thank him for being a co-sponsor of the American Hope Act (H.R. 3591).

Don Beyer -- 8th District

DC Office: (202) 225-4376 or Alexandria Office: (703) 658-5403

https://beyer.house.gov/contact/

Gerald E. Connolly --11th District

DC Office (202) 225-1492 or Annandale Office: (703) 256-3071

http://connolly.house.gov

The legislation provides a one-time “provisional protected presence” to DREAMers eligible for DACA that would provide temporary protection from deportation and an employment authorization document. A current DACA recipient would receive provisional protected presence until the expiration date of his or her DACA status and could apply for provisional protected presence prior to that expiration. An individual who is not a DACA recipient, but who is eligible for DACA, could also apply for provisional protected presence.

Help those affected by Harvey: Donate & Demand that Congress pass disaster relief

Posted 09/03/2017

DONATE:

There are many ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so. Here’s a list of organizations that you may consider donating to. They range from general assistance to helping undocumented persons to animal and pet rescue.

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/blog/message-indivisible-houston-help-us-resist-harvey/#DONATE

CALL CONGRESS:

Congress will be back in session on Tuesday, September 5th. The first thing that Congress should do when they return from August recess is pass a disaster relief aid package. This package should provide adequate funding to respond to immediate needs, like food and water, as well as longer term needs like the years of rebuilding that will be required. Additionally, disaster relief must also take into account that communities of color have been the hardest hit, with adequate funding to help individuals recover and to make sure that the public services communities rely on every day are rebuilt fully and promptly.

Call Senator Kaine, Senator Warner, and your House Representative to quickly pass disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Senator Tim Kaine:

DC Office: 202-224-4024 or Manassas Office: 703-361-3192

https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

 

Senator Mark Warner:

DC Office: 202-224-2023 or Vienna Office: 703-442-0670

https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Don Beyer -- 8th District

DC Office: (202) 225-4376 or Alexandria Office: (703) 658-5403

https://beyer.house.gov/contact/

Gerald E. Connolly --11th District

DC Office (202) 225-1492 or Annandale Office: (703) 256-3071

http://connolly.house.gov

Barbara Comstock - 10th District

DC Office:  (202) 225-5136 or Loudoun Office Phone: (202) 225-5136

https://comstock.house.gov/contact

If you don’t know your House Representative, please visit:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

For more information and more ways to help on Harvey, please visit:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/responding-hurricane-harvey/

 

 

immigrantS and muslims are welcome

Print out a sign.  Post it in your window.

Trump is threatening refugees, immigrants, and Muslims and it's up to us to speak in one fearless voice:  NEVER.  Not on our watch.  Please pring the sign that works best for your and then fill out a short survery to let us know how many and where you hope to hang them.  Give some neighbors.  

Posted 1/29/2017

 

read the indivisible guide

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Written by a group of former Congressional staffers, this guide offers a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.