Tips to making your action effective: be polite but firm (don’t yell or curse or get angry); give your name and where you are from; tell whoever answers the phone what your concern is and why; ask for the official position on your issue; and remember, the person answering the phone is not elected and is just doing his or her job.
Virginia Organizing Chapters held health care rallies all across Virginia in the past several weeks. We still need to tell Congress that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is dangerous for millions of Americans. Every plan that has been proposed as a replacement will raise taxes on working families instead of the wealthiest Americans. Find your member of Congress here and send them a letter or postcard this week opposing any health plan that raises taxes for working families, causes people to lose coverage, and doesn’t protect the basic rights the ACA provides.
- Immigration raids are taking place all over the U.S. and here in Virginia. The ACLU has some great information to help you protect your rights. If you know any immigrant families, please pass along this information to them: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-immigration-agents-ice-are-your-door (also available in Spanish language version). You can also help by calling your local school principal and telling them to make sure that schools are safe for immigrant students.
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