Thank you to everyone who participated in the successful day of action on December 10. It was really great to join so many coalition partners across the state to send a unified message to Senator Warner (in creative ways).
In Vienna, activists wearing Santa caps sang carols explaining the urgent need to make sure the fiscal cliff deal protects working people. They started out in the Tysons Corner Mall attracting the attention of many curious shoppers. Afterward, the group headed across the street to deliver petitions and the same message to Mark Warner’s staff.
At the same time in Norfolk, activists handed out informational fliers and candy canes before singing carols outside Senator Warner’s office. They too made sure to share their message with the Senator’s staff.
Later in the day, it was onto office number three. Community members, union members, seniors and students joined together to hold a candle light vigil outside Mark Warner’s Roanoke office.
At all of the events, constituents shared personal stories of what cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would mean for their families. These touching stories included Julie Newton (Vienna) and Joe Flowers (Roanoke) who have family members with autism who rely on Medicaid for their health care and retirees who spoke of how they’ve worked their entire lives and want the same dignified retirement for their children and grandchildren.
Videos: 1) Ray 2) Sylvester 3) Joe
Check out ProgressVA’s blog for some great photos and video from those events
WDBJ7 Roanoke Fiscal Cliff Candlelight Vigil (package aired 14 times)
WTOP Caroling protesters target ‘fiscal cliff’ cuts
McLean Patch Fiscal Cliff Carolers Serenade Mall Shoppers
WSET Fiscal Cliff Protest Forms in Lynchburg
Connection Newspaper: Making Their Voices Heard. Caroling about ‘fiscal cliff’ at Tysons.