Guest Post — October 16, 2013
By Brent Riley
Monday and Tuesday timely activism unfolded on the sidewalk of the Suntrust Building where Congressman Bob Goodlatte has his Roanoke office.
Today WBDJ-TV sent a camera and reporter to cover the event.
All 10 people present decided to gather there again today, Wednesday, at 11:45 a.m. if the shutdown continues. Activists with the Progressive Action Network of Roanoke, Plowshare and Organizing For America, agreed to spread the word to their lists. A woman who works in the Suntrust Building informed us she’d be coming for sure. My hunch is there are a lot of people who may be interested in saying enough is enough to Rep. Goodlatte. Please consider forwarding this notice to those you have reason to think may be interested.
Its a high probability that if the debt limit is not extended and the government not reopened, there will be a consensus to show up again Thursday. That day there will be major news coverage across the nation, by all media, if the default happens so its a solid possibility there will be local media interested in “what’s going on at the Suntrust Building.”
Most Progressives and peace-seeking people know Rep. Goodlate, while a personable guy, is a part of the problem and not likely to help find compromises and solutions to the myriad of problems our culture faces. This is not to say the Democratic party is not also part of the problem. Now, however, he and the hard right have shown their colors, stuck their necks out and exposed a sharp partisanship many, perhaps most, people find distasteful . . . even unacceptable.
If you want to help express dissatisfaction with Goodlatte not respecting the best interest of his constituents, the nation and the world, come today (and keep your calendar open for Thursday as well).
Happens that Virginia has become a very important swing state and and is therefore gets media across the nation. Turning out Goodlatte or even rattling his cage would have significant national implications. The coming campaign for this House seat is an important opportunity for progressives/activists, those who give a damn to work the candidates, advance the dream advocated by MLK, and play an important political part. The stars may be lined up,judging from the polls, to advance a more peaceful, a more just and humane America and world.
I believe it won’t be until his fourth quarter that we can find out just who Obama really is. He’s said repeatedly he needs to be able to point to those outside Washington demanding change for him make it happen. I believe its in our interest he holds a strong hand during his last two years.
The ball is in our court.