Recent Chapter News:
-On Thursday, 12/13, 10 people gathered at the home of one of our members to discuss the fiscal cliff and the various ways that we have to speak up about ending the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans and protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Everyone agreed to call their representatives and write a letter to the editor on an issue related to the federal budget.
-On Saturday, 12/15, 5 volunteers staffed a "Let them eat cake" table in downtown Fredericksburg, offering cake and conversation to passersby about the need for our government to be in touch with real people throughout their decision-making process on the fiscal cliff. In addition to engaging people in discussion, we also had folks to commit to calling their representatives to share their thoughts on these issues.
-On Tuesday, 12/18, Virginia Organizing, VA Consumer Voices, and the Virginia Interfaith Center hosted a brown-bag lunch event at St. George's Episcopal church. We had 80 attendees, and heard from Dr. Chris Lillis, Sister Mary Ellen (one of the "nuns on the bus"), and Jay Arbitrario, a local man and father of two who currently makes too much to qualify for Medicaid, but would qualify if Virginia implemented Medicaid expansion to cover people up to 133% of the poverty line.