Since the beginning of the year, APV staff and members have been trekking across the state and into the District of Columbia to visit our Virginia Congressional delegation. We’ve been talking about several things: the Trump/Russia scandal, the GOP attempt to remove health insurance from millions of Americans, the reckless support of the fossil fuel industry in the light of global climate change, the battle to privatize essential public services, like our schools, our national parks and our retirement system. We’ve made it clear again and again that progressive Americans understand the stakes and are prepared to fight back against the largest, best funded and most organized assault on the very fabric of our modern democracy in a century. With the most recent collapse of the conservative plan to reck the healthcare system on hold, Congress is now turning to “tax reform”. APV will be there to let them know, we are watching what they do and they will be held accountable.
Today APV Policy Director Scott Price joined activists and leaders from many local education organizations in calling on the city of Richmond to pause and get more public input and information before making a decision on the proposed Educational Compact which leaves the door open for the introduction of private/corporate contractors in our public schools. APV favors allowing the RPSB to finish the process of hiring a new superintendent before we proceed with any other actions.
Coverage from the Richmond Times Dispatch
APV staff and members visited the offices of Congressman Dave Brat today to urge the Congressman to step up and demand a full and independent investigation of the Trump scandal. We brought donuts and spent an hour in “spirited” but cordial conversation with Brat’s staff. Along with the Trump menace, we had a frank exchange of views about healthcare, budgetary priorities and the political fate of down ballot Republican office holders who don’t separate themselves from this administration… hint, hint.
We delivered a letter from our President Rhonda Haning on behalf of our membership which we expect to be in Brat’s daily packet this afternoon. A copy is attached below.
We want to thank Brat and his staff for their time and also APV member Kathy Jones, a Brat constituent for her heartfelt contribution and APV staffer Stacy Reed for her thoughtful, articulate words.
We’ll be back!
APV members are visiting their federal legislators during this week’s Congressional recess. Today some of our VA 4th District members met with staff of Representative Donald McEachin at his Richmond office. They spoke for around an hour about many topics but most significantly about the pressing need for an independent prosecutor to investigate Trump-gate. The group also presented a letter from APV president Rhonda Hening. We came away feeling that this was a positive and productive meeting and we look forward to more in the future.
Tomorrow, APV goes looking for the much more ellusive Congressman Brat. Stay tuned.
Dr. Robyn McDougle presents the results of this year’s poll.