by Lisa Piraneo,Director of Government Relations
As we informed you last month, the Virginia General Assembly shockingly passed a resolution commending the Falls Church Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center – an organization that has a long history of ties to multiple known and convicted terrorists – including the perpetrators of 9/11.
Since the vote was tallied by “voice” – which means legislators simply say “aye” or “nay” en masse when the vote is called – there is no official notation of how each legislator voted on the resolution – no matter what he or she may tell their angry constituents after the fact.
The response by ACT! for America’s membership was swift and severe. Thank you for taking action.
Over the course of 24 hours, 28,000 e-mails were sent to the 8 members of the House and Senate leadership. These individuals were targeted as they were ultimately responsible for allowing the vote on the resolution to go forward.
In addition, I travelled to Richmond to hand deliver an ACT! for America Open Letter, signed by 1,000 Virginians, in opposition to the passage of the resolution.
The uproar by ACT! for America’s grassroots members has been a wake-up call to Virginia officials and politicians. Whereas many had been previously unaware and unwelcome to efforts to educate them on important national security issues, your actions have caused a large chunk of Virginia legislators (including leadership) to start seeing the light. For example:
In the end, the Virginia legislature knows that ACT! for America is watching what they do and that we will hold them accountable.
Again, thank you for takiong action, Together, we ARE making a difference.
REMEMBER, YOUR VOICE COUNTS!