On Saturday, April 22nd, constituents from California’s 8th Congressional District will hold a town hall at the City of Victorville’s Activity Center. An expert panel will field questions about the local implications of U.S. environmental, immigration, education, and health care policy. The town hall is scheduled to coincide with Congress’s April recess — a period when legislators are expected to be in their home districts engaging with constituents. Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA) was invited to speak, but he will not attend the event.
Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to RSVP at the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660813270887656/
WHAT: Town Hall for California’s 8th Congressional District
WHERE: City of Victorville Activity Center
15075 Hesperia Rd, Victorville, CA 92395-3925
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 4-6 pm (doors open at 3 pm)
The town hall is being organized and funded by Cook’s constituents in California’s 8th District. Members of Indivisible Victor Valley have taken the lead in organizing the event. While Indivisible groups are dedicated to resisting the Trump agenda, event organizers stress that the town hall is open to all constituents.
“People of all political stripes have questions about the policy agenda being advanced by the Trump administration and Congress,” said Apple Valley resident and event organizer, Jason Graham. “We had hoped that Congressman Cook would join us and answer his constituents’ questions. But in his absence, we’re excited to host this expert panel that can help us understand what is at stake for the 8th District.”
The five expert panelists each have 15-plus years of professional experience in their respective areas: engineering geologist, Patrice Copeland will discuss environmental policy; high school english teacher, Seta Ghazarian will cover education; psychologist, Dr. Anna V. Wilson and physical therapist, Laurie Everett will each address health care; and community organizer and writer, Rebekah Rodriguez-Lynn will examine immigration. Each panelist will provide an opening statement, and then the panel will take questions from the audience. The town hall will be moderated by Resa Barillas — an entrepreneur and Co-founder and Chair of High Desert Young Democrats.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions that they wish Congressman Cook would have answered had he attended.
On both March 23rd and April 10th, event organizers invited Congressman Paul Cook to speak at the town hall; however, Cook’s office never responded to those invitations. On April 13th, Cook’s staffer, Matt Knox, told the Victorville Daily Press that the Congressman would not attend the town hall or any other event organized by an Indivisible group due to political and safety concerns. Event organizers say those concerns are unfounded. On April 12th and April 18th, another Cook staffer, Wasey Noori told event organizers that the Congressman would be out of the country on April 22nd; however, Cook’s office provided no further information about that trip.
For more information about the April 22nd town hall, contact info@IndivisibleVictorValley.org