Today marked the 4th consecutive day of constituent demonstrations outside Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Sterling office. Small groups of residents also took turns meeting with office staff members to enumerate their concerns about the current threat to women’s health posed by GOP-led efforts to repeal the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood.
This collaborative effort between Indivisible, Planned Parenthood, Working Families Party and SEIU couldn’t be better timed, given that Trump today signed a bill allowing states to refuse to disburse federal grant monies to any health centers that happen to provide abortions in addition to other health services.
This bill started in the House, where Barbara Comstock unapologetically voted for it. For years, now, she has made it clear that she wants to defund Planned Parenthood. In fact, she goes farther than that: She wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. That position is ultra-conservative. By no definition can she be called a “moderate,” or “centrist.” Don’t forget that, when she asks for your vote. If you want a moderate, then you don’t want Barbara Comstock.
The VA-10 district and Barbara Comstock are an unhappy match. The district is purple, and voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. They very much rejected the Trump/Ryan agenda, and continue to vociferously #RESIST. Watch residents demonstrating outside Comstock”s office to save Planned Parenthood:
The constituents participating in this week’s rallies, held at a time when Comstock chose to flee the district for an overseas trip, explain:
We’re out here today because Rep. Comstock has failed, time and again, to represent us in Washington, D.C. She ran as a moderate, but she’s voted lockstep with the Trump agenda. Even worse, she won’t face her constituents and refuses to hold an in-person town hall. So, we’re demanding that she resist the Trump agenda and hold a town hall while she’s here in the district.
She’s voted with Trump on 100% of bills that have reached the floor for a vote. Her last-minute announcement that she would vote against Trump’s disastrous health care bill was cold comfort. She voted to let Comcast and Verizon sell our personal information, and to let big corporations pollute our streams.
It’s not too late to participate in the #ReclaimRecess project. Friday will cap the week’s protests with constituents delivering Easter eggs to the Comstock’s office – with messages written on each one. Come and deliver a message!
Join your neighbors to keep the attention where it belongs: on the dangerous Trump agenda, and Barbara Comstock’s complicity in it. Stop by the Sterling office any day this week between 8-10 AM, or 3-5 PM. Click here for more information, and to register. If you can’t make it to an event, but still want your voice heard, contact Comstock’s office and let them know how you feel about the Trump agenda! Phone calls matter. Watch the Live Stream each day from 8-10 AM and 3-5 PM
Comstock’s staff refuse to allow constituents to record meetings inside the office. This policy perpetuates a disconnect between district residents – how can we know what each other is saying, and what staff is answering, if we can’t record and broadcast? Watch the recording, here, to get an idea what the meetings are like, and to hear your fellow residents’ concerns about the ACA: