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:

Congratulate Faye Prichard and James Doran.

Faye Prichard and James Doran are now the official nominees for Hanover Board of Supervisors for the Ashland and Cold Harbor districts, respectively. Prichard, an incumbent, is unopposed, but Doran will face the winner of the Republican primary.

Visit their websites to learn about their positions, to volunteer and to contribute:

Also, join James at his campaign kickoff on Saturday, June 1 from 10-noon at the Cold Harbor Elementary School. Let’s turn-out a crowd to show support for James.

Other candidates who have completed the nomination process are:

Stan Scott for Virginia Senate: http://stanforvirginia.org
Morgan Goodman for House of Delegates: https://goodmanfordelegate.com
Crystal Robens for Hanover Board of Supervisors, Beaverdam District: https://crystalrobens.com/
Clara Scott for Hanover Board of Supervisors, South Anna District, https://www.cscottforsupervisor.com/


Action 2:

Say “No” to tariffs.

You can’t drive far in Hanover County without passing a soybean field. Grain farming is an important part of the county economy. Senators Warner and Kaine report that Virginia soybean exports to China, Virginia’s number one export market for soybeans, have decreased 83% since Trump instigated the trade war with China. Bean prices are dropping and tariffs are rising by the day, causing disruption in the market.

Contrary to Trump’s assertions, the tariffs are being absorbed by Americans who are buying imported goods and by those, like Virginia farmers, who cannot sell their goods abroad. Some estimate it will take 10 years or more for the farmers to reestablish their markets. Seeing that Trump is losing the trade war and rural voters, some Republicans are recommending that taxpayers foot the bill to bail out the farmers.

Tell Congressman Wittman (202-225-4262 or 804-730-6595 or https://wittman.house.gov/contact) that there are many ways the U.S. could negotiate more fair trade policies with China. Getting our allies to work with us would be one. Trump’s go-it-alone bullying is not working because foreign adversaries have figured out how to manipulate him. They are prepared to wait him out. Tell Wittman the trade war that is hurting Hanover County needs to end and that, while we are sympathetic to farmers, taxpayers should not have to bail out Trump’s failed trade policy.

Action 3:

Support women.

Last week Alabama joined Georgia and Ohio in passing de facto bans on abortion that in most instances criminalize abortion providers and the women seeking them. These laws will be challenged in court and their designers hope they will reach the Supreme Court for a Roe v. Wade showdown fight that will give the new conservative majority an opportunity to overturn Roe. This represents a dramatic change in anti-abortion strategy from the gradual chipping away at Roe that has been successful in limiting abortion access in the past decade.

In an editorial on Thursday The New York Times called on pro-choice advocates to be active in this fight and offered concrete suggestions. (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/opinion/abortion-alabama-law.html)

For one, they encouraged participation in every local election because even zoning decisions can affect access to abortion. At the state level, Virginia Republicans have long tried to limit women’s reproductive rights. Senator Ryan McDougle was the architect of the infamous transvaginal ultrasound bill, Senator Siobhan Dunnavant is so anti-abortion that it is not clear that she supports all forms of birth control and Delegates Chris Peace and Buddy Fowler are both on record wanting to limit or overturn Roe protections. In an interview this week Virginia’s 28th District Delegate Bob Thomas said he does not think these bans have gone too far and he wants to start campaigning for a governor who would sign one into law in Virginia, so it is clear Virginia will not be immune from attacks on reproductive rights.

This new attack on women’s rights is clearly triggered by the Trump presidency and judicial appointments. TAN readers have been fierce resisters and now need to redouble our efforts to elect pro-choice candidates this fall.