What can you do? A lot!
It’s hard not to see the irony of celebrating Independence Day only a week after half of the country was rendered less free by rightwing activists on the Supreme Court. There has been a lot of anger, grief, and fear, but just like we have always done, Americans must pull together to get through this and prepare for the fight ahead.
Our leadership must demonstrate an appetite to fight equal to our own in order to build the big coalition we need to keep the House and grow a majority to break through the filibuster. In short, it is past time for Democrats to show their teeth. Here at home, we must organize like never before…
What can you do?
1. Demand action from legislators. At the grassroots level, we can apply pressure to our representatives to be bold, creative, and unrelenting in attacking this problem head on, like asking them to support amending the Hyde Amendment to allow the Federal government to provide financially to support reproductive care infrastructure.
2. Locally, we can do the caring work of neighbors. There are many ways to extend comfort and support to people seeking abortion services. Through Planned Parenthood, you can enroll to escort people as they seek reproductive health care. You can donate to Blue Ridge Abortion Fund, the DC Abortion Fund or other aid organizations to offset the travel and medical expenses of Virginians and people traveling from other states to seek services. You can find an organization serving your area by going to the website of the National Network of Abortion Funds.
3. Your vote is your voice, which is critical. Voting isn’t the only solution, but it is one of them. We are asking you to support 10th District Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton as she seeks re-election. Visit Jennifer’s website to learn more about her and get involved. With a progressive majority, we can do away with the filibuster and restore faith in the Supreme Court by expanding it to truly represent the American people.
4. At the committee level, we’re canvassing and doing other outreach activities now. If you want to help, contact RCDC Chair Mary-Sherman Willis.
Please share what you’re doing to the Rappahannock County Democrats’ Facebook and Instagram pages and Tweet to help us show others how to support people seeking reproductive care.
LET’S DO THIS!
|Thank you, Warren County Democratic Committee Chair Paul Miller, for allowing us to use your letter as a template.|
The 2021 Women’s March happens this Saturday October 2. In Washington DC, there will be a Rally for Reproductive Rights starting at noon at Freedom Plaza (1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). March to the Supreme Court, which reconvenes next week to decide on Roe v. Wade.
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