WEDNESDAY 6/28/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Rigging the game

FEDERAL:

FROM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON: Senate GOP delays health care vote until after after July 4th recess. In other words, they ain’t got the votes. 

Senate Republicans delay Obamacare repeal vote until after recess

If anyone tries to tell you that the ACA was created and passed in secret, show them this infographic. As a matter of fact, go ahead and print it out, then staple it to their foreheads for good measure. 

It is looking more and more hopeful that there are some Republicans in the Senate who realize that this bill will literally kill the very people who voted for them.  Thank Heaven for small miracles! Still, that doesn’t give us leave to stop calling, writing, Tweeting, Facebooking, emailing and visiting our Congress Critters.

Recently a letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  This letter, signed by 40 economists, six of whom are Nobel laureates, outlined their opposition to the Senate health care bill.  “At a time when economic change is making life more difficult for all but the relatively well-to-do, denying people to access health insurance is a giant step in the wrong direction,” the letter reads. “The goal should be to hold down health costs and increase access to affordable, quality health coverage for all. Unfortunately, the Better Care Reconciliation Act threatens reduced coverage and higher costs for those who continue to have it.”

As usual, call Richard Burr & Thom Tillis 

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m calling from __________, NC. I want to urge the Senator to vote NO on the BCRA recently put forward by the Senate. This bill is badly thought-out and plainly cruel. The Congressional Budget Office has determined it will take health insurance away from 22-24 million Americans. Americans need more and better coverage at a lower rate. This bill does the exact opposite. Can you tell me how the Senator plans to vote on the bill so that I will know how to vote when the Senator comes up for reelection? Thank you for your time.

ALSO: The CBO Finance Office (202-224-4515) is keeping count of Americans requesting public hearings on the Senate ‘healthcare’ bill. Call & request that Public Hearings be held. They are counting and sharing the data with senators.

Encourage your out-of-state friends to call their Senators, also, especially the ones in the following states:

STATE:

ALSO FROM YESTERDAY AFTERNOON: The General Assembly has decided to wait until the new session starts to try and gerrymander the courts. It’s a short reprieve, but don’t get too comfortable.

Judicial maps won’t be redrawn this session

GERRYMANDERING THE JUDICIARY

I mentioned yesterday that the General Assembly is tinkering with the court system in our fair state. Their recent budget cut 1/3 of the funding from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office. He will have to lay off nearly half the staff in his office. The Republican-run GA is also working to make it harder for judges to waive court costs for indigent people. Just yesterday we found out that they’re going to try their hand at gerrymandering the judiciary. You heard me right, they want to break up the districts and reconfigure them. Bet you can’t guess why. Mostly because the court districts they want to break up are the ones that keep ruling against Republicans and their unconstitutional attempts at controlling the state.

“Burr said the districts weren’t drawn with racial considerations, promoting Rep. Grier Martin, a Democrat from Raleigh, to ask if they were drawn with partisan considerations.

“There’s some reason these lines are as squiggly as they are,” Martin said. “Was the motivation to gain partisan advantage or is partisan advantage a pure accident?”

We all know what they’re up to. You can’t tell me that Justin Burr is soooo concerned with fairness in the court system when he has been one of the perpetrators of one of the worst cases of gerrymandering in history. Anything he says is immediately suspect. Republicans in Raleigh are desperate to hang on to the power they have so they can continue to drain our state’s coffers and funnel the money to their wealthy friends.

North Carolina legislature looks to keep power by gerrymandering courts – “In an interview with NC Policy Watch, Rep. Marcia Morey (D), a former judge, also criticized the change, as well as the less-than-24-hour notice given, since the legislature will be voting on the maps at 4 p.m. on Monday. “Why did we learn about this on Twitter?”

Call your legislators:

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT: My name is _______ calling from the Rep/Sen’s district in regards to the plan to gerrymander North Carolina’s court districts. We taxpayers have already had enough of our money spent on these time-wasting, unconstitutional attempts at consolidating power by Republicans in the General Assembly. I am calling to find our where the Rep/Sen stands on this issue so that I may know how to vote come election day. These ridiculous attempts at gerrymandering everything under the sun are a deal-breaker and I will not vote for anyone who supports them. Thank you for your time.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

TUESDAY 6/27/17 CALLS TO ACTION: With Senators like these, who needs enemies?

FEDERAL:

I will refer you to yesterday’s call to action for the list of who to call, because nothing is more important than letting our Senators know this bill is unacceptable. Everyone should still focus mainly on the list I posted yesterday, but it is important that we also let Burr and Tillis know we disapprove.  We absolutely cannot let this “healthcare” bill stand as it is. It is cruel and heartless and the losses in coverage for 24 million Americans will literally mean the death of thousands. These are the death panels Sarah Palin (remember her? lol) warned us about.

They’re calling this “plan” BRCA, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Personally, I think BRCA sounds more like the noise your stomach makes after seeing your new insurance premiums.

This link from the Kaiser Family Foundation is a helpful one from which we can discern approximately what the rate of change will be under BRCA.

Premiums and Tax Credits under the Affordable Care Act vs. the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act: Interactive Maps – “This map includes premium and tax credit estimates by county for current ACA marketplace enrollees at age 27, 40, or 60 with an annual income of $20,000, $30,000, $40,000, $50,000, $60,000, $75,000, $100,000, or 351% of the federal poverty level (which is just above the cutoff for tax credits under the BCRA). The map includes estimates for premiums, tax credits, and premiums after tax credits for bronze and silver plans in each county in 2020.”

SPOILER ALERT: Premiums are going up! Thank goodness the Senate has our best interests at heart. (I really need a font that denotes sarcasm.)

 

STATE:

Here’s an excellent summary of what’s going on that we should be concerned about in the NCGA this week. Kill the Bill

Republicans in the General Assembly just can’t help tinkering with the courts. If they can’t stack the benches, they’ll fiddle with funding just to make a mess. This most recent budget they’ve floated includes significant cuts to the Attorney General’s office, which means  AG Josh Stein will have to lay off about 1/3 of the employees in NC’s Justice Department

State Senator Terry Van Duyn breaks if down for us. AG budget cuts will cost constituents

And lest they forget sticking it to the poor and indigent, the General Assembly has added a new paragraph to the budget which will make if harder for judges to waive court fees for indigent defendantsRepublicans in the GA have been looking at these waivers for years and have now decided, while everyone is reeling from all the other indignities visited upon us by our Republican controlled state and federal governments, that this is the time to drop the hammer. Maybe they should have dropped the meat cleaver instead, and chopped off a whole lot of the pork in the bill.

“Most defendants are indigent, and this procedure “sort of ties the judges’ hands,” according to Cristina Becker, who fought the language on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. Forcing people who can’t afford fines to pay is “essentially trying to draw blood from a stone,” she said.”

“When they can’t pay … they’re being jailed for it,” Becker said.

In other words, we’re bringing back debtors’ prisons. Good job, North Carolina, good job.

Call your State Senators as well as your State Representatives to let them know that this pork-laden budget which punishes state employees, the poor, the indigent and so many other groups of North Carolinians is unacceptable and that we, as citizens, expect them to do a better job for us than they are currently doing.

Midterms are coming up next year. Let’s get rid of these rubber-stamping zombies in Raleigh and find some real Senators and Representatives, who will work to repair the damage our Republican-led legislature has done to our citizens and our reputation.

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Protest Sen. Tillis: Spin the Trumpcare Wheel of Misfortune! –  Tuesday June 27 12:15 – 2:00PM, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh – We, as North Carolinians who value quality, affordable health care for all, do not accept the Senate’s cruel health care bill / tax cut for the wealthy. Join concerned citizens as we protest in front of Senator Thom Tillis’s office in Raleigh—and spin the Trumpcare Wheel of Misfortune!

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

MONDAY 6/26/17 CALLS TO ACTION: The next few days are key

FEDERAL:

We’re coming into the last few days when we can put pressure on our Senators to kill the sorry excuse for a healthcare bill that Mitch McConnell has foisted upon us. As usual, call Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and demand that they vote NO for the sake of the health of all Americans.

If you know people in the following states, tell them to call their senators and tell them to vote NO on the healthcare bill.

From someone who was just on healthcare coalition call with U.S. Senators opposed to the Trumpcare bill:

1. Grassroots pressure will determine whether this passes.
2. They’re not seeing nearly the response there was to the House bill. That needs to change.
3. It’s make or break this week. Unlikely McConnell will drag this on past this week because he wants     to move on to tax cuts.
4. The following Senators are wavering and need to be flooded with contacts.

1. Dean Heller (Nevada) is the most important – (202) 224-6244
2. Collins – Maine – (202) 224-2523
3. Murkowski – Alaska – (202) 224-6665
4. Capito – West Virginia – (202) 224-6472
5. Cassidy – Louisiana – (202) 224-5824
6. Flake – Arizona – (202) 224-4521
7. Gardner – Colorado – (202) 224-5941
8. Portman – Ohio – (202) 224-3353
9. Cruz – Texas – (202) 224-5922
10. Paul – Kentucky – 
(202) 224-4343
11. Lee – Arizona – (202) 224-5444
12. Sasse – Nebraska – (202) 224-4224

 

List of Health Care Staffers for Republican Senators

Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121

Find You Senators’ Contact Info

STATE:

‘NC is the only state where no doesn’t mean no’: Law says women can’t back out of sex

“The Supreme Court ruled that “if actual penetration is accomplished with the woman’s consent, the accused is not guilty of rape, although he may be guilty of another crime because of his subsequent actions.”

So for the next 38 years, women in North Carolina who allegedly agree to sex but change their minds or say “no” during intercourse cannot legally say “no” after sex starts.

State Sen. Jeff Jackson of Mecklenburg County thinks that’s absurd.”

 

Under NC law, no doesn’t always mean no

Jonathan Wayne Guy, 48, was initially charged with second-degree rape in the case, but because the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a 1979 case that women cannot revoke consent after sex begins, the charges were lowered to misdemeanor assault on a female.”

Call your Senator and urge them to support SB 553 Revoke Consent for Intercourse Act, sponsored by Senator Jeff Jackson, which will rectify the 1979 ruling that says a woman cannot revoke consent after sex begins.

 

FRIDAY 6/23/17 CALLS TO ACTION: How can you be pro-life and try to kill us all?

FEDERAL:

After seeing what this bill does, I never want to hear another Republican congressperson say they are “Pro-Life.” You don’t get to claim any moral high ground anymore.

Below is Robert Reich’s take on the Senate version of the “healthcare” bill. It’s basically the House bill with some of the rougher edges scraped off and plastered over with delays, platitudes and tax cuts. Wow. I am shocked.

The Senate version of the repeal (and “replacement”) of the Affordable Care Act — which Mitch McConnell is now sharing with Senate Republicans — eliminates just about all of its extra taxes on the rich by deeply cutting Medicaid and reducing subsidies to the poor. But McConnell figures he can keep moderate Republicans in the fold (he needs almost all their votes) by delaying these provisions and allowing states to reduce insurance coverage.

The plan:

1. Basically retains Obamacare’s insurance subsidies. But starting in 2020 this assistance wouldn’t be available for most of the working-class who now receive them, nor for anyone ineligible for Medicaid. See #2.

2. Cuts Medicaid more deeply than the House version by giving states an amount per person that grows more slowly than the growth in healthcare costs. This provision won’t kick in for 7 years, well past senators’ next reelection battles.

3. Ends the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in 5 years — gradually reducing the extra federal payments starting in 2021.

4. Continues to protect patients with preexisting conditions, but allows states to reduce insurance coverage to everyone, including people with preexisting conditions.

In other words, all cuts are made through the back door of delays and state waivers. It only looks like a kinder, gentler version of the House repeal of the Affordable Care Act — but 7 to 10 years from now its result would be even crueler.

What do you think?

And further analysis from writer Jim Wright:

 

Call your Senators again today and tell them that this bill is unacceptable. Pick a provision in the bill to talk about. There are so many:

Lipstick on a Pig

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood
  • Slashing Medicaid
  • Elimination of the mandate
  • Some conditions may not be covered, which is no different than denial for preexisting condition
  • Older people can be charged 5 times more than younger people
  • States can decide what qualifies as an essential health benefits
  • Ban on caps doesn’t change, but state can opt out
  • Pregnant women ineligible for Medicaid
  • Ends requirement for insurance to cover birth control

 

And finally, a short video from Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut about the bill:

STATE:

I’m old enough to remember during the Bush Administration, when people on the left wanted to exercise caution and not subvert the constitution with things like the Patriot Act or preemptive wars. We were called unpatriotic and unAmerican for it. You want unpatriotic and unAmerican, well here you go. Republicans like to call us lefties all sorts of names, all while accusing us of the very behavior they themselves are engaging in. I, for one, am sick of it. These fools need to be thrown out, onto the trash heap of history.

North Carolina Republicans Are Trying to Strip the Governor of His Power to Challenge Laws “Now, the state GOP believes it has devised a solution: stop Cooper from filing suit against unconstitutional laws in the first place.”

 

This is a blatant infringement on the separation of powers codified in our Constitutions, both state and federal. This highly cynical move by the NCGOP is indicative of their lust for power and their wanton disregard for the institution they represent. It is no longer about working for the people, it is about consolidating and holding power for as long as they can, in any way they can. Because they refuse to wield it responsibly, they have proven that they don’t deserve the power they have. This has to be stopped, for the sake of our state and our future.

Call our legislative delegation and complain loudly about how this pork-filled travesty of a budget is unacceptable and makes our state seem out of touch and weak.

Call your Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Call your Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Democratic Women Monthly Meeting – June 24, 2017 9:30AM at Democratic Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro.

Protest Sen. Tillis: Spin the Trumpcare Wheel of Misfortune! –  Tuesday June 27 12:15 – 2:00PM, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh – We, as North Carolinians who value quality, affordable health care for all, do not accept the Senate’s cruel health care bill / tax cut for the wealthy. Join concerned citizens as we protest in front of Senator Thom Tillis’s office in Raleigh—and spin the Trumpcare Wheel of Misfortune!

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

THURSDAY 6/22/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Don’t rile the old folks!

FEDERAL:

BREAKING NEWS:  A Draft of the Senate Health Care Draft has been Released 

Well here’s a little bit of good news. AARP Goes Into ATTACK Mode, Targets 11 GOP Senators On Behalf Of Seniors.  “Trumpcare proposes a $1 trillion cut to Medicaid alone, not to mention the huge changes to health care as far as insurance companies and drug policies. Trumpcare will raise premiums on older Americans, raise the cost of prescription drugs and provide less federal funding for older people in need.” The AARP has a very effective lobbying apparatus backed by 38 million members. If anyone can break this Senate, the AARP can. A good many members of the AARP are also Republican voters who can use their influence to pressure their senators to vote against this bill.

As always, call your Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to tell them to oppose this bill and the secrecy surrounding it.

And by the way, have y’all seen this ad for a candidate running against Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin? It’s awesome. We need someone like Randy Bryce to run against Mark Walker.

Any suggestions on a candidate for us? Send them to randolphdem@gmail.com


STATE:

THE BUDGET

Income tax cuts postponed until 2019 in NC budget compromise

“The tax plan in the budget, which is expected to pass the legislature later this week, would reduce the personal income tax rate from 5.499 percent to 5.25 percent. It would raise the standard deduction – the amount on which people pay no income taxes unless they itemize – to $20,000 for married couples filing jointly from $17,500.

It would also lower the corporate income tax rate to 2.5 percent from 3 percent.”

So they’re lowering the corporate income tax rate also. If they go any lower, taxpayers will be paying the corporations for the privilege of having them use the services we pay for.

“The conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity had called for bigger – and more immediate – tax cuts in a memo sent to budget negotiators last week. “Candidly, any tax cut proposal that cuts less than $471.3 million over the next fiscal year – not biennium – is stealing money from North Carolina taxpayers,” AFP state director Donald Bryson wrote.

On Monday, however, Bryson praised the budget in a news release, pointing to “$530 million in much needed tax relief for North Carolina families.”

If Americans for Prosperity is on board, you can bet it will be bad for working families. Sure, they boast of $530 million in tax cuts, but that shortfall in revenue has to be made up somewhere else. And where do Republicans always like to slash and burn? Education and social programs; the things that these families they say they’re helping need to most.

If you do the Twitter thing, check out the hashtag #sooee, as in calling the pigs, to see all the pork in the budget. It’s an amazing thing. They can’t give raises to teachers, but they can spend $975,000 to build a replica of a fort in Iredell County. Phil Berger commandeered 13+ million for a youth center in his home county of Rockingham.

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

WEDNESDAY 6/21/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We’ve elected the Little Rascals!

FEDERAL:

AS USUAL LATELY, HEALTHCARE IS ON THE AGENDA

Call Burr & Tillis about the Super Secret Healthcare Committee™ and let them know we are watching even though their Senate colleagues are hiding out in their He-Man Woman Haters club house.

There are several scripts in recent calls to action here on our site.

If you’d like to take a crack at calling senators in other states, Indivisible has a handy, dandy list to use, complete with scripts and everything.

Actual footage from the first Senate Healthcare Committee Meeting  😄

STATE:

And while we’re at it, we should call our senators and representatives in Raleigh and try to get them on record about their feeling toward the Super-Secret Healthcare Bill being concocted deep in the bowels of the US Senate. Our General Assembly is notorious for engaging in the same kind of dark-of-night, behind-closed-doors shenanigans as our US Senate is doing right now.  I’m sure we can pretty much guess our legislators’ positions, as they are mostly party line, rubber stampers, but it’s good to have them on record.

You may want to remind them how much of an effect kicking 1.3 million North Carolinians off their health insurance coverage will have on the opioid crisis we are currently facing. There is also the small matter of children, elderly, indigent and disabled people who will lose access to insurance, which will in turn drive up health costs because they will have to seek medical care in Emergency Rooms rather than having proactive care from their regular doctors.

So much for fiscal responsibility on the part of Republicans, huh?

N.C. governor warns Obamacare repeal will hurt battle against opioid addiction

1 in 10 Americans Could Lose Access to Marketplace Plans

(From the above link) See our county right there? We’re in the “high risk” for losing health insurance bracket.

 

Posting this again today, because it is a useful thing.

 

Call your Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Call your Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT: Hi, I am calling from Sen/Rep __________’s district. I would like to know what the Sen/Rep’s feelings are about the healthcare bill being drafted in secret meetings in the US Senate. What are the Sen/Rep’s feeling on the 1.3 million North Carolinians who are projected to lose access to health insurance with the passage of this bill? How does the Sen/Rep feel about these proceedings being conducted out of the public eye? Transparency in government is a very important issue to me and I think it’s important for the Sen/Rep to support transparency from the people charged with making our laws. Thank you for your time.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters CANCELLED –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

TUESDAY 6/20/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Super secret “healthcare” bill

This is the most important thing going on right now.

The Senate is still hammering out their guaranteed-to-harm-the-poor-and-indigent “healthcare” bill. Mitch McConnell and 12 other old white guys have retired to their man cave to figure out the best way to stick it to the poors. They’ll be foisting their travesty of a bill off on us any day now. They want so bad to wipe out President Obama’s signature legislation and they don’t care who they hurt in the process. (Granted, they almost always see hurting poor people as a feature, not a bug.)

 

Call your Senators. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Let them know we’re tired of their underhanded, behind-closed-doors dirty dealing.

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am absolutely appalled by the way Senate Republicans have gone about crafting their version of the AHCA. Putting this thing together behind closed doors, without input from anyone other than old, white men is unforgivable. If it is anything like the House version, it will be a mean-spirited handout to the wealthiest people in the US while cutting services for the poorest. I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  I will never vote for someone who has such contempt for his fellow Americans.  Please let the Senator know that, should he support this bill, I will be working diligently to make sure that he and his Republican colleagues will be on the unemployment line at the nearest opportunity. Thank you for your time.

 

Going by the House version of the AHCA, how many people stand to lose their insurance? Let’s take a look, shall we? The chart below tallies the number of people in NC who are projected to lose their coverage. It is broken down by Congressional district. The 6th District’s projected loss is 99,000 people will lose coverage. Our representative, Mark Walker, voted to kick 99,000 of his closest neighbors off their health insurance. 

How many would lose coverage under Trumpcare in YOUR State/Congressional District??

Call Mark Walker also. Let him know that his vote for this bill is an affront to the people of North Carolina, and if he can’t do any better than this for his constituents he should go find another job.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Joint Program Committee & Executive Committee Meetings – Tuesday June 20, 2017 Program Committee 6-7 PM, Executive Committee 7-8 PM at RCDP Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro, NC

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

MONDAY 6/19/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Public money for private pockets

FEDERAL: 

DIANE RAVITCH ON “SCHOOL INC.” – (Video) Can education be run like a business? PBS’s series “School Inc.” makes the case, but not everyone thinks it makes the grade. Education historian Diane Ravitch tells us why.

Ravitch: Why is PBS running this education documentary? – “But this month the Public Broadcasting System is broadcasting a “documentary” that tells a one-sided story, the story that DeVos herself would tell, based on the work of the late free-market advocate Andrew Coulson. Author of “Market Education,” Coulson narrates “School Inc., “ a three-hour program, which airs nationwide in three weekly broadcasts on some PBS stations”

Dear PBS: School Inc. is right-wing, DeVos propaganda. Tell the truth. Air Diane Ravitch’s response. Air Backpack Full of Cash.

Sign the Petition

If you’d like to call PBS and ask them directly to show “Backpack Full of Cash,” their number is: 1 (703) 739-5000

 

STATE: 

YOUNG ACTIVISTS THREATENED WITH ARREST FOR TRYING TO DELIVER A LETTER TO SPEAKER TIM MOORE’S OFFICE

If the citizens of North Carolina aren’t able to access the offices of their representatives in the General Assembly, especially those of the Speaker of the House, then who, exactly is this legislature working for? The elected officials in Raleigh should be reminded that they are not our leaders, they are our employees. They are employed at the pleasure of the people, and given people’s general dissatisfaction with politicians, our legislators should be worried about their jobs.

Speaker Moore peeks out from his office to make sure the scary voters are gone.

Call, write or Tweet Speaker Tim Moore and let him know that we will not be deterred from petitioning our representatives in government for a redress of grievances. If Moore doesn’t want to speak to constituents, then he should step down and let someone with an interest in governing have the job.

House leader Tim Moore contact info:

919-733-3451

Tim.Moore@ncleg.net

Twitter: @NCHouseSpeaker

https://www.facebook.com/speakermoore/

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Joint Program Committee & Executive Committee Meetings – Tuesday June 20, 2017 Program Committee 6-7 PM, Executive Committee 7-8 PM at RCDP Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro, NC

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA