Over the past week, teachers filled the galleries, halls and rotunda of the Capitol, and parents and teachers rallied in support, as the Governor came out of hiding and tried to negotiate an end to the teachers’ strike that has garnered national attention. As we head into the home stretch, the strike continues as a result of the Senate’s rejection of the 5% pay raise agreed to by the Governor and approved by the House.
Yesterday, hundreds of people rallied on the steps of the Capitol to oppose SJR 12, a proposed constitutional amendment that is being deceptively explained as an effort to take away Medicaid funding for abortion, but which aims to take away reproductive rights for women more broadly. The final vote on this extreme proposal takes place tomorrow. Act now! Tell your Delegate(s) not to play politics with women’s health and to vote NO on SJR 12.
The 2018 legislative session ends at midnight, Saturday, March 10. We can’t wait for the carnage to be over! In the meantime, keep reading for further updates and actions you can take now, and keep an eye out for other critical updates this coming week.
If you’re able, please join us for Tuesday, March 6 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) for E-day! (Environmental Day) at the Capitol. This is our day to educate, and lobby our legislators for a cleaner West Virginia environment. Then unwind at a celebratory GREEN JAM complete with a delicious buffet, live music, and good friends at the Empty Glass right around the corner.
Something else that we’d like to bring to your attention is the need to for your continued support. Foundations don’t support lobbying so all our expenses for the fight for social, environmental, and economic justice at the Capitol is funded by YOU, our members and supporters. If you haven’t already, please take a minute to make a donation to keep this revolution going through WV Citizen Action. Thanks in advance!
Yours for Action,
Team WV CAG