Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!

This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

Action 1:

Investigate Homeland Security. 

On Thursday the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services released a report disclosing thousands of previously unreported incidents of migrant children being separated from their families at the southern border.  These separations began months before Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy was announced in April 2018, when the government reported taking about 3000 children into custody.  In June 2018 a federal judge, in response to an A.C.L.U. lawsuit, was highly critical of the government’s treatment of the children and ordered that the separations cease and the children be returned.  The inspector general’s report this week states that separations have continued and the total number of children and their current whereabouts and status is unknown.  Most of these families were seeking asylum in the U.S., an act protected under international law.

Contact Congressman Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595 or https://wittman.house.gov/contact/ ) and demand that the House investigate Homeland Security’s past and current treatment of migrants seeking asylum.  Remind him this is a moral issue and he can not hide behind blaming the victims for their treatment. Join Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL in demanding that Department of Homeland Security secretary Nielsen resign. 

Action 2:

Support Senator McClellan.

Senator Jennifer McClellan, for now, is the only Democratic state senator representing Hanover. She has introduced and sponsored many worthy bills this session. Please contact her (804-698-7509) and let her know that you, as a Hanover resident, support her legislation. Then, if Sen. McDougle (804-698-7504) or Sen. Dunnavant (804-698-7512) represent you in the state Senate, contact them to affirm your support, as their constituents and as Hanover residents of the following legislation. Let them know that you expect them to support this legislation when given the opportunity:

  • SJ 297 and HJ 655 which address racial terror lynching within the Commonwealth of Virginia.   
  • SB 1437 which will allow for defendants convicted of noncapital felonies prior to the abolition of parole (who were sentenced before the date of the Fishback decision) to be eligible for parole.  
  • SB 1107 which will address the ill-conceived practice of criminalization of student misbehaviors by eliminating the misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for such behavior at a school or school-sponsored activity.    
  • The companion bill to HB 2121 that will address the high, and damaging, costs of pretrial detentions.
  • SB 1433 which would require the Department of Education to aggregate and report to each education preparation program certain teacher employment data, as available, regarding such program's graduates.  
  • SB 1438, an Omnibus Landlord Tenant bill developed by the Virginia Poverty Law Center, which will help to reduce too-high eviction rates in the area.
  • SB 1062 which will prohibit localities from discriminating in the application of local land use ordinances/guidelines, or in the permitting of housing developments, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap.
  • SB 1109 which adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice under the Virginia Fair Housing Act.  
For more information about these bills go to Senator McClellan’s newsletter:  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101498304094&ca=0436ef09-0eb4-4129-aa85-25cb2926066b


Action 3:

Kick-off a campaign.

Morgan Goodman is a candidate for the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent delegate Buddy Fowler for the 55th House of Delegates district.  She invites TAN readers to her campaign kick-off on Tuesday, February 5 at 6 p.m. at Ashland Coffee and Tea. Go to her FaceBook page for more information and to RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/449998138873419/