The Affordable Care Act Faces a Critical Repeal Vote this Thursday, March 23

Below, is a call to action from Indivisible. As you read it, remember that in Suffolk our members of Congress have vowed to support the Affordable Care Act and to fight Republican efforts to repeal it with a bill that will take health care away from thousands of Virginians. So show up or call and thank them for their support.

Suffolk is represented in in Congress by Bobby Scott and Don McEachin.

From Indivisible:

This week is one of a handful this year that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This THURSDAY, exactly seven years after the ACA became law, the House of Representatives will be voting to repeal it and replace it with TrumpCare—a plan that, if passed, will lead to at least 24 million Americans losing their health care.

Republicans are rushing to pass TrumpCare before the upcoming April recess, ignoring the normal legislative process, because they don’t want to face you, their constituents. They are attempting to ram through a TrumpCare bill that will cut coverage for millions and raise premiums for millions more. Their proposal simultaneously guts Medicaid and gives a $600 billion tax break to the wealthy and corporations. We can’t let them get away with this—millions of lives hang in the balance.

You and your Indivisible group can stop this. The House vote this coming week is the first step towards enactment of this devastating TrumpCare bill. Your Member of Congress (MoC) needs to know that you oppose it. Here’s how:

Key tactics for applying your constituent power this week:

  • Show up. Show up at your MoC’s District Office with your group to demand that your MoC vote against TrumpCare. Bring affected individuals to these meetings and use personal stories as much as possible. Your stories are powerful—stories change minds and alter what is politically possible. Your story should answer this question: How will you or your family be affected by TrumpCare?
  • Create a public demonstration. Hold a vigil outside your MoC’s office. Invite the media. Their vote in favor of this bill would mean the difference between life or death for thousands each year. You need to demonstrate your resolve. If your member has already committed to vote no, show up and thank them. In a big way.
  • Make your calls to your Representative. Start with this script and tell your Representative that a vote to take away health care from 24 million people is a vote you’ll be watching. Spread the word on social media using #ProtectOurCare and tell your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to call their Representatives.
  • Get others involved. This vote is too important for people to sit on the sidelines. Time to get someone else involved—empower a friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague. Create social media events, tag a friend on Facebook, or just tell someone else why you get involved.
  • Get creative. You’re leading this movement—it’s your constituent power, so use it how you see fit. We’ve seen some local Indivisible groups create scrapbooks of local constituents who would be affected by TrumpCare. Others have brought their children who stand to lose coverage to the MoC’s district office. Your goal is to make clear to your Senators and Representatives—and any local media who will listen—what TrumpCare means for you and your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Plan a Friday district office visit to hold your MoCs accountable. The House vote is expected Thursday. No matter how your MoC votes, you should provide IMMEDIATE feedback (positive or negative) by making a visit to their district office on Friday with your Indivisible group. Your MoCs will have to take more votes in the future on TrumpCare to pass the final bill. They’ll be holding their breath and watching carefully after this vote, hoping that the outrage dies down. By providing immediate feedback today, you’ll change their political calculus tomorrow.

Need more ACA info?

  • Wondering how TrumpCare will affect people in your state? Our friends at the Center for American Progress have an interactive map showing TrumpCare’s impact around the country. Check it out here: TrumpCare by the Numbers.
  • Want to get wonky? Republicans are trying to push TrumpCare through with a process called “reconciliation” that allows them to pass the bill without the usual 60 votes in the Senate needed to pass legislation. Read up on this tricky bit of congressional procedure with our new explainer: Legislative Process 101—Budget Reconciliation.
  • Just want all of the the Indivisible Project’s ACA materials in one place? Absolutely—here’s our resource page: Save the ACA.

You have a chance to stop this legislation by getting involved on your home turf now. If enough members stand up and say NO, Republican leaders will be forced to pull the bill from their weekly schedule—which would be a devastating defeat for Trump. If TrumpCare does pass the House, the fight’s not over. In that scenario, TrumpCare will soon move to the Senate—and then the fight will shift to your Senators.

SDC Outreach Committee / Indivisible Meeting

The Outreach Committee will be holding a meeting at 1591 Cherry Grove Road North on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2PM to 4PM, and we’re asking members to bring in a millennial!

This will also be an Indivisible meeting.


  • Please note:
    • There are two Cherry Grove Roads in Suffolk. Our meeting will be at Cherry Grove Road North near Smithfield, just inside the Suffolk City line.
    • We found that on at least some navigation devices:
      • If you enter 1591 Cherry Grove Road North Suffolk, it will take you to mailboxes and the sign for Holly Tree Lane.
      • If you enter 1563 Farmington Drive Suffolk, it will take you to the house.
  • From the North (Smithfield/Benn’s Church, Benn’s Grant area): Turn left on RR604/Riddick Road past the Old Dominion Hay Company to a “T” intersection with RR600 Cherry Grove Rd. N. Left turn for 1.6 miles to Holly Tree Lane Sign and our house.
  • From the South (Suffolk/Chuckatuck): Turn right on RR600, Cherry Grove Rd. N. for 3.0 miles to the Holly Tree Lane Sign and the house.
  • After the turn on Holly Tree Lane, the house is the third house on the right, about .4 miles of a mile down the lane. It is a white house with red doors.

Great Meeting Tonight!

The committee would like to thank our Democratic candidates who joined us this evening: Jerry Cantrell, Rebecca Colaw, and John Wandling, running for the House of Delegates seat for District 64, Cliff Hayes, who is the delegate for the 77th District, Janel Hofler on behalf of Delegate Matthew James, and John Mahon on behalf of candidate for LT Governor Susan Platt.

We’d also like to thank our members and guests for their participation in tonight’s conversation. Stay involved! Please support our Democratic candidates. Visit their websites, follow them on social media, and consider canvassing for or contributing to their campaigns.

Also, keep the pressure on your representatives! Call, write, or show up. And remember, tomorrow (Mar 15), to send your postcard to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as part for the Ides of Trump effort.

You’re invited! Chesapeake Coffee with Your Congressman

Congressman McEachin to Host “Coffee with your Congressman”
CHESAPEAKE – Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) will host a “Coffee with your Congressman” at the Sunrise Breakfast Shoppe shop to hear from his constituents.

Who: Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04)
What: Mr. McEachin and members of his staff will be at the Sunrise Breakfast Shoppe to hear from the community, help answer their questions and address their needs in the community.
When: Monday, March 13, 2017 at 1:00p.m.
Where: Sunrise Breakfast Shoppe (222 Battlefield Blvd. N. Chesapeake, VA. 23320)

Next Meeting @ 6:30 (Not the Usual 7:00): Meet & Greet for Local Candidates

Our next meeting will be a meet and greet for local candidates. We’re expecting all three Democrats running for House of Delegates District 64, for which there will be a Democratic primary in June, to be among our guests on Tuesday. They are Jerry Cantrell, Rebecca Colaw, and John Wandling

We’re also pleased to be joined by Susan Platt, Democratic primary candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia.

We’ll be meeting at 6:30 instead of 7:00 to make time for our primary candidates and other guests.

All are invited to our meeting place at 701 East Old Pinner Street (LW’s Center) at 6:30, on Tuesday the 14th.

Site Construction

Hello Everyone!

The Suffolk Democratic Committee’s website is being rebuilt and moved to a new server. Some old posts which are not accessible for now will be copied over to the new server. Others, if no longer valuable, will not be transferred.