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:

Defang the NRA.

In the wake of another school massacre, it is disturbing to see how much National Rifle Association (NRA) blood money our elected representatives receive, while they continue to fail our children. It is impossible to trace the total amount, because much is given through PACs or groups like the National Republican Committee. When legislators receive money from the NRA, the NRA dictates how they vote on common sense gun safety measures.

Insist that our representatives return any NRA contributions and pledge to accept no more. Ask all our representatives to support the ban of AR15 rifles and large capacity magazines. Here are the amounts of traceable contributions our elected officials received:

Delegate Chris Peace -            804-698-1097      $1,100
Delegate Hyland Fowler -        804-698-1055      $500
Senator Ryan McDougle -       804-698-7504      $4,500
Senator Jennifer McClellan -      804-698-7509      0
Senator Siobhan Dunnavant - 804-698-7512      $1,000
Congressman Rob Wittman -  202-225-4261      $16,000
Senator Tim Kaine -                   202-224-4024      0
Senator Mark Warner -              202-224-2023      0

Action 2:

Protect our vote.

On Friday, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russians for their inference in the 2016 election. Also, last week the Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, a Trump appointee, told the Senate Intelligence Committee, “Frankly, the United States is under attack.” The country’s other top national security experts testifying before Congress agreed that Russians consider their efforts to disrupt the 2016 election a success. These experts expect the Russians will try to sway the 2018 elections and report that neither Trump or Congress are taking steps to prevent this interference. In 2016 Russia hackers targeted the election systems of 21 states, including Virginia and Russian “bots” are still actively spreading misinformation on social media. Typically, local and state governments are in charge of election operations, but they are ill-equipped to protect against a hostile government-sponsored international cyber attack.

Tell our legislators, both state and federal (see list and contact information above), they need to cooperate to protect the 2018 election. Congress needs to declare that tampering with elections will not be tolerated, declare our voting system as critical infrastructure and provide funds for states to upgrade their cybersecurity and electoral infrastructure. Virginia needs to evaluate the vulnerabilities of its disparate systems and assist localities in making upgrades.

Action 3:

Look forward.

Join the “Wave out Wittman” rally and protest sponsored by Together Hanover and a coalition of VA-01 groups on Saturday, February 24 at 1 pm. This will be at Congressman Wittman’s office at 6501 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Bring signs to show your displeasure with Wittman’s representation of us.

Also, OneVirginia 2021 will launch a ten-month long March Forth Campaign to build momentum to support a Virginia constitutional amendment to reform redistricting. The kick off is Sunday, March 4 at noon at the Hippodrome Theater. Details and registration at: https://www.marchforthva.org.