MONDAY 8/14/17 CALL TO ACTION: Domestic Terrorism

 

Truly, I just don’t even know what to say today. This weekend has been just awful. Not only are we living under the threat of preemptive nuclear strikes on North Korea from a President who seems to have no idea about the ramifications of what he says but now we’ve had yet another domestic terrorist attack on Americans by a conglomeration of right-wing neo-Nazi hate groups. We get to put this on the pile with people of color being targeted and brutalized by police every single day, income inequality, rampant poverty, voter suppression, and so many other issues that this administration is ignoring in favor of beating the war drums and coddling (and employing) white supremacists. In just under seven months, Donald Trump has managed, along with his henchmen and his know-nothing army of sycophants, to undo much of the good and goodwill that has been achieved over the past 40-50 years.

These people should be shunned by society.

 

The following comes from a Twitter thread by @JuliusGoat and I thought it summed up the kind of people we’re dealing with, with this new breed of white supremacist. These are not the hairy rednecks we’ve been told we have to watch out for. Many of them are wealthy, college educated, clean-cut, privileged and polite in everyday interactions. Don’t let that fool you, though. Like my grandmother always said, “even the Devil can quote scripture.”

There is some profanity ahead, so if you don’t like that sort of thing, don’t read any further. Just skip down to the bottom.

Imagine if these people faced actual oppression.
Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry.
Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for “male health care.”

The law never…
Enslaved their great-grandparents
Robbed their grandparents
Imprisoned their parents
Shot them when unarmed.

There is no massive effort at the state and local level to disenfranchise them of the vote. There is no history of centuries of bad science dedicated to “proving” their intellectual inferiority. There is no travel ban on them because of their religion. There is no danger for them when they carry dangerous weapons publicly.

Their churches were never burned. Their lawns were never decorated with burning crosses. Their ancestors never hung from trees.

Their mothers aren’t being torn away by ICE troopers and sent away forever. They won’t be forced to leave the only country they ever knew. The president has not set up a hotline to report crime committed at their hands.

They are chanting “We will not be replaced.” Replaced… as what?

I’ll tell you.

Replaced as the only voice in public discussions. Replaced as the only bodies in the public arena. Replaced as the only life that matters.

THIS is ‘white people’ oppression: We used to be the only voice. Now we hold the only microphone. THIS is ‘white man’ oppression. We face criticism now. We were free from it, because others feared the consequences.

THIS is ‘oppression’ of white Christians in this country. Christmas used to be the only holiday acknowledged, now it’s not.

I would so love to see these people get all the oppression they insist they receive, just for a year. Just to see.

Give them a world where you ACTUALLY can’t say Christmas. A world where the name “Geoff” on a resume puts it in the trash. Give them a world where they suddenly get a 20% pay cut, and then 70 women every day tell them to smile more.

Give them a world where their polo shirt makes people nervous, so they’re kicked off the flight from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis.

Give them a world where they inherited nothing but a very real understanding of what oppression really fucking is.

Give them a world where if they pulled up on a campus with torches lit and started throwing hands, the cops would punch their eyes out. Put THAT in your Tiki torches and light it, you sorry Nazi bitches.

 

So, what do we do?

My suggestion is to inundate all our elected officials, state and federal level, with calls, email, postcards, tweets, Facebook interactions and in-person contacts. What to say?

Someone has, again, died at the hands of right wing hate groups. The President froze funding for research into right-wing hate groups. That needs to be reinstated right now.

Trump — once again — fails to condemn the alt-right, white supremacists

Donald Trump and Mike Pence need to denounce these white nationalist, neo-Nazi, white supremacist supporters of his immediately. There is no place in the White House for someone who says “both sides are bad” while giving a wink and a nod to domestic terrorists.

Trump Is Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists

Donald Trump and Mike Pence can both be contacted at the following address:

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
White House Comment Line at at 202-456-1111
Email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC:
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3154
Fax: (202) 228-2981
Email: https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC:
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
Email: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

Rep. Mark Walker

1305 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3065 Fax: (202) 225-8611
Email: https://walker.house.gov/contact/email

NC Legislature

How little does out state legislature value our Constitutional rights; especially the right to petition our government for a redress of grievances?

Well, let’s see: The NC House passed a bill that would give immunity to people who run over protesters with their cars. 

Barber Banned From Legislative Building After Protest Arrest

Pat Hurley House Dist. 70
N.C. House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 532
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Phone: 919-733-5865
pat.hurley@ncleg.net

Allen McNeill House Dist. 78
N.C. House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418C
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Phone: 919-715-4946
allen.mcneill@ncleg.net

Rick Gunn Senate Dist. 24
N.C. Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 523
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Phone: (919) 301-1446
Rick.Gunn@ncleg.net

Jerry Tillman Senate Dist. 29
N.C. Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 309
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-5870
Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

TODAY!!  Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

FRIDAY 8/11/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Distractions

Visit this link if your are interested in being a Precinct Official in Randolph County for upcoming elections. 

 

FEDERAL:

Fire & fury? More like distract & divert.

We’ve surely all seen the posturing the so-called President has been doing of late with regards to North Korea. Frankly, I wondered if we’d be neck deep in nuclear war when I woke up Thursday morning. Later on yesterday Trump issued this little nugget:

That whooshing sound you hear is my eyes rolling all the way back in my head. This administration wouldn’t know foreign policy and diplomacy if it crawled up and bit them on their Korean Peninsula. Only weak and ineffective people have to resort to bullying and threats to get their point across.

President Trump Threatens North Korea Yet Again

 

I wonder what he could be trying to divert our attention from?

Oh, right. We just found out about this.  

FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home

 

“The search warrant requested documents related to tax, banking and other matters. People familiar with the search said agents departed the Manafort residence with a trove of material, including binders prepared ahead of Manafort’s congressional testimony.”

“To get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, prosecutors must show that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed.”

Curious.

Turns out Paul Manafort was the person who gave up the goods on Don Jr.’s “adoptions” meeting with that ever-expanding group of Russians.

Manafort Alerted Authorities to Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

Paul Manafort, former campaign manager to Donald Trump, tipped off authorities to the controversial meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

I’m surprised he’s not stomping about, demanding Manafort’s head on a platter. I guess instead he thought it was a good idea to threaten North Korea, who is already threatening us via Guam. Also, I’m pretty sure Trump had no idea before yesterday that Guam is a US territory.

 

So, what can we do?

Same thing we always do. Call our member of Congress. Let them know in no uncertain terms that risking WWIII is not an option just because the President need to distract from his and his friends’ misdeeds with the Russians. Congress needs to rein in the President and they need to do it yesterday. We are watching closely to see which Senators and Representatives work for the safety of Americans and which ones play fast and loose with out national security. We won’t forget come election day, either.

In closing out the federal section for the week, I’d like to sum up this little diatribe of mine with one final thought:

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

Good news!

POLL SAYS NCGOP STARTS THE 2018 ELECTION CYCLE IN A DEEP HOLE

“Of elected officials, only Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has a favorable image. Respondents give him a 15-point positive rating, 48% to 33%. The top elected Republicans, US Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, are both upside down. Voters like Burr a little more. His approval rating is 34 positive, 42% negative. Tillis is only 28% positive with 45% holding an unfavorable opinion of him. And fully half of the people have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump while only 44% view him favorably.”

Well, whoda thunk it? North Carolinians don’t like it when you turn our state into a economic and cultural wasteland by subverting every single democratic institution you come across. Maybe legislators should stop working for ALEC, Art Pope and the Kochs and start working for the people they represent. What a novel idea.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

Needed: precinct officials!

The Randolph County Democratic Party is currently compiling a list of part time precinct officials to submit to the Board of Elections.

 If you are interested in working at the polls, please fill out our Precinct Official Interest Form.

These are paid, temporary positions working on the following days:

  • October 10, 2017 Primary Election (for High Point precincts only)
  • November 7, 2017 Municipal Election (for municipal precincts only)
  • May 6, 2018 Federal, State, and Local Primary
  • June 21 or July 12, 2018 Second Primary (if needed)
  • November 3, 2018 General Election

Qualifications

You must:

  • Live in Randolph County.
  • Be a registered voter in Randolph County.
  • Be able to read and write.

You must not:

  • Be an elected official in any federal, state or local government.
  • Be a candidate for nomination or election.
  • Hold any office in a political party or political organization.
  • Be a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party.

Requirements of Precinct Officials

You must:

  • Provide your own transportation to and from the polling place.
  • Work all day on Election Day (6 a.m. or earlier to 8:30 p.m. or later). The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Attend a meeting on the day or evening before the election to help set up supplies and election equipment at the polling place.
  • Attend all required training sessions.

Required Training for Precinct Officials

All precinct officials are required to attend at least one training session conducted by the Board of Elections prior to each major primary and general election. Workers receive an Election Manual and related handouts at a training session. Some precinct officials will be required to attend additional laptop or other trainings. The training classes cover specific issues related to the upcoming election. Workers receive $15 for each training session they attend in addition to their Election Day compensation (minimum $115 per election.)
Some of these positions must be submitted to the Board of Elections next week, so get your information in as soon as possible!

WEDNESDAY 8/9/17 CALLS TO ACTION: They always go after the most vulnerable

FEDERAL:

 

Fight over right to sue nursing homes heats up

Next time be born rich!

“When you are trying to get someone in a nursing home, often time it’s stressful or an emotional time. Often times loved ones can’t take care of themselves, so for a nursing home to say in order to get in you have to waive your right is shameful,” he said.

“We’re talking about everything you may have a problem with — abuse, neglect, sexual assault, a wide variety of things — they are now saying you are waiving your right to full justice.”

As someone who had a grandparent who was mistreated while in a nursing home, this hits close to home for me. To strip rights away from patients and families during one of the most stressful events we face as humans is unconscionable.  The Trump administration is not only incompetent, it is hard-hearted and evil.

“Simply making the argument that we are a new administration and want to make sure corporations don’t have regulations that are forcing them to be accountable is not a good enough reason to change a rule that underwent extensive review.”

 

Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands

“Afterward, protesters from the Sierra Club and other groups held a rally in the town square against the actions taken by Mr. Zinke during his first months on the job, chanting “Shame!” and “Liar!” and carrying signs opposing his policies.

But Mr. Zinke was not in public view. Just before the rally started, he was inside a nearby building, meeting with Bill Cadman, a vice president of Whiting Petroleum, a company that drills on federal lands.”

Coal is dead. That’s all there is to it. That the Trump administration continues to beat this dead horse instead of putting funds toward renewable energy and training for the people left behind by the dying coal industry shows how disingenuous and backward they really are.

Make some calls:

Call your Senators, Burr & Tillis.  Tell them to protect our public lands from coal companies who leave pollution and devastation in their wakes. We also need to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, nursing home residents, from deregulation that would allow large “health care” organizations to take advantage of their infirmity.

Senator Thom Tillis is evidently hiring chickens to run his offices

Check out the reception these Indivisible members get when just trying to deliver a “thank you for supporting Special Counsel Robert Mueller” letter to Thom Tillis’ office.

 

LOCAL:

Commissioners asked to take down statue

“Dr. Wesley Fennell asked the Randolph County commissioners Monday to remove the Confederate monument from the Historic 1909 Courthouse, claiming it is a symbol of white supremacy.

Fennell was speaking during the public comment segment of the August meeting of the commissioners. His reasoning was that the Confederate soldier exemplifies a time in our history when slaves were treated inhumanely.”

Personally, I love the idea of a statue in honor of our abolitionist Quaker roots here in Randolph County. We didn’t want to secede, we didn’t want to go to war and many of our ancestors worked to tear down the institution of slavery. What do you think?

Below is an excerpt from William T. Auman’s book Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt: The Confederate Campaign Against Peace Agitators, Deserters and Draft Dodgers that tells a lot about our Randolph County ancestors and how they weren’t as dedicated to the Lost Cause as we’re led to believe by our local rebel-flag-waving conservative contingent.

Click to enlarge

 

If you feel strongly about this, here are links to the contact pages for Asheboro’s City Council if you would like to tell the councilmembers your opinion on this issue. I also recommend writing a letter to the editor of the Courier-Tribune about it if you are so moved.

Mayor Smith
Mayor Pro Tem Moffitt 
Councilmember Bell
Councilmember Burks
Councilmember Carter
Councilmember Redding
Councilmember Snuggs

Councilmember Swiers

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

MONDAY 8/7/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We’re all human rights activists

We’re looking for donated items to fill our auction baskets for this year’s Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala. Visit this link to find out more: Fundraiser Auction Items Needed!

FEDERAL:

Healthcare stuff

Now that the most recent efforts to repeal and replace (or just repeal) the Affordable Care Act have failed, it’s time to put pressure on our legislators in Washington DC to shore up the ACA for the benefit of all Americans. It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop sabotaging it and start working for us.

Testing Paul Ryan’s damning attack on the Affordable Care Act: ‘Obamacare has failed’

Republicans call Obamacare a ‘failure.’ These 7 charts show they couldn’t be more wrong

If they don’t want to strengthen the ACA, then the only other acceptable option is to get on board with HR 676, which is the Medicare for All bill, sponsored by John Conyers of Michigan and co-sponsored by 116 other representatives. Personally, I like this idea. It’s simple, effective and there would be huge cost savings to taxpayers. What’s not to like? Nothing, unless you’re a Republican who gets all stopped up when a Democrat gets credit for anything good.

Call your members of Congress to let them know that now is the time to put all the partisan flailing aside and at the very least, work with Democrats to strengthen the ACA for the good of their fellow Americans.

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: This is ________ from _________.  I am calling to urge the Sen/Rep to join with Democrats to help strengthen and shore up the ACA for the good of all Americans. Republicans have been saying for years that the ACA is failing but the facts just do not bear it out. One of the main reasons the ACA has had such trouble is because of Republican efforts to sabotage the law and make it harder for people to have access. I am calling on the Sen/Rep to stop these attacks on my health insurance and get down to the business of representing me and my interests. If the Sen/Rep can’t do that, I will be working diligently to ensure that he will be on the unemployment line at the first opportunity. Thank  you.

Town Halls

It would also be a good idea to ask when the Senators or Representative will be holding town halls to speak directly to their constituents. Facebook Live sessions and telephone town halls are not effective at all, because it is too easy to tune out anyone they don’t want to talk to. If they are afraid to talk to the voters, then they should get into a line of work where they don’t have to deal with the public. I recommend something like manning a lighthouse in the North Sea or land surveying on far-flung atolls in the Pacific Ocean.

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

Racial Gerrymander

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

We’re still waiting on Republican legislators to deliver the redistricting maps. We know they’re dragging their feet in order to stay in power as long as possible. These people need to get on the ball. We North Carolinians have been disenfranchised enough by our so-called-legislators. Do your jobs.

 

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep__________’s district. I would like to know what the hold-up is in completing the court ordered redistricting maps to correct the racial gerrymandering GOP legislators engaged in. Elected officials such as yourself should not be considered above the law. If I, a citizen of this state, ignored a court order I would be thrown in jail for contempt. Please explain how the General Assembly members charged with redrawing these maps are not in contempt of court as we speak. Do your jobs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

FRIDAY 8/4/17 CALLS TO ACTION: The Grandest of Juries

 

FEDERAL:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: Mueller convenes grand jury in Russia investigation 

Grand juries give prosecutors the ability to put witnesses under oath if there is evidence of a crime. Mueller and his expanding team will also have the power to seek indictments and subpoena documents. According to the Journal, the grand jury was convened in Washington several weeks ago. Another grand jury in Virginia had been investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but that probe has been taken over by Mueller, the Journal reported.

This is the second Grand Jury under Robert Mueller.  The first is the jury he took over in the Michael Flynn investigation. So, now we can say there are multiple Grand Juries convened in the Trump-Russia probe.

Hold on to your hats, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

 

Credit Where Credit is Due

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) have introduced a bill that would prevent removal of special counsel without judicial review. This will protect the work Robert Mueller is doing on investigating the Trump Administration and their collusion with Russia to hack our government and the 2016 elections. So, giving credit where credit is due, thank you Senators Tillis and Coons.

Senator Tillis’ tweet:

And from Senator Coons:

So in the interest of positive reinforcement, give Thom Tillis a call and let him know that this bill to safeguard the process of the special counsel is much appreciated.

That being said:

Don’t forget that Thom Tillis is part of the reason we don’t have a sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping anymore.

During his tenure as Speaker of the NC House, Thom and his partner in crime Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger effectively raised taxes on the middle and working classes by eliminating this tax holiday.

“But I thought Republicans only cut taxes,” you say.  Oh you sweet summer child. They only cut taxes for the rich because the rich donate to their campaigns. Now get back to work, they’ve got zillionaires to coddle!

Think about this while you ‘re shopping for that long list of items your kids’ teachers send you.

 

 

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

Republican Revenge Fantasies

Josh Stein cuts 45 positions in AG’s office: ‘We can’t do the last third’

At a news conference the same morning the General Assembly returned to Raleigh for a special session, Stein announced that state agencies, commissions and boards had come up with another $3 million or so that would stave off some personnel cuts he had anticipated. But Stein still has to find $3 million more in savings, he said, adding, “we’ve cut the attorney general’s office into the bone and we cannot go deeper.”

“What I’m telling you today is, we can’t do the last third,” said Stein, a Democrat in his first term. “The last third will put too much damage, too much risk on the public’s safety. For that reason, we are repeating our call to the General Assembly: ‘Please, protect the people of North Carolina, and find a way to fill this gap.’”

This has never been about trimming the fat, it’s been about revenge, pure and simple. Phil Berger and Tim Moore want to punish all Democrats who had the audacity to win their elections last year, including Josh Stein and Roy Cooper.

After lawmakers approved the budget in June, Senate leader Phil Berger defended the cut, saying he did not think it would be as devastating as portrayed by Stein, who served alongside Berger when he was a state senator from Wake County. Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County, added that GOP leaders were not happy with how Stein has been doing his job.

“The attorney general’s job is to represent his client, and his client is the state of North Carolina, and in many respects, it’s the state of North Carolina as represented by the elected representatives of the state,” Berger said at a June 22 news conference. “There have been instances where the attorney general seems to believe that that’s not his job, that his job is to do whatever he thinks is appropriate.”

Berger seems to think that defending the constitutionally indefensible actions of the Republican-led General Assembly is a good way to spend North Carolinians’ tax dollars. Maybe they should have foregone all those extra special sessions last year which gave us nothing but new laws that were struck down by the courts. The Republican-led General Assembly seem good at doing two things: consolidating power in the most reprehensible ways they can and wasting taxpayer dollars on their revenge fantasies.

Call your so-called legislators in Raleigh to let them know this is unacceptable and they need to make this right.

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep_________’s district. I want to urge the Sen/Rep to revisit their involvement in the recent budget which cut funds for the NC Attorney General’s office. Republicans always claim to be law and order legislators who want to keep people in their jobs.  Yet at the first opportunity you vote to cut the AG’s office, forcing layoffs for 45 people and impeding the office’s ability to do its job. This is nothing but Republicans getting revenge on Democrats because they had the audacity to win their elections.

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

And while you’re at it:

Remind them that we’re still waiting on the maps correcting the illegal racial gerrymandering done by the Republicans in the General Assembly. What’s the hold up? They’ve had ample time to get this handled.

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep__________’s district. I would like to know what the hold-up is in completing the court ordered redistricting maps to correct the racial gerrymandering GOP legislators engaged in. Elected officials such as yourself should not be considered above the law. If I, a citizen of this state, ignored a court order I would be thrown in jail for contempt. Please explain how the General Assembly members charged with redrawing these maps are not in contempt of court as we speak. Do your jobs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

MONDAY 7/31/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Taking a breather

Has this been a great weekend or what? It’s nice to have a bit of a breather over the health care shenanigans in DC. It doesn’t mean we can let our guard down, but for a few moments we can do the happy dance.

If you’d like to send a thank you postcard to the three Republican senators who helped keep the ACA intact for now, here are their addresses:

Senator Susan Collins: 68 Sewall Street, Room 507, Augusta, ME 04330

Senator John McCain: 2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 115, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Senator Lisa Murkowski: 510 L Street, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501

 

See Jen Hoffman’s weekly Americans of Conscience checklist for other calls to action. She’s always on the ball and has great stuff.

It’s time to turn our eye toward our own state. We all know about the racial gerrymandering done by our Republican-led General Assembly. One Republican Representative, David Lewis of Harnett County was quoted last year as saying they were drawing up maps to election 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats, “because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.” 

Heads of the GOP have confirmed that they will be using the same mapmaker who made the racially gerrymandered maps to create their new, court ordered maps. Tom Hofeller, a GOP consultant involved in the same mapmaking process back in 2011 has been tapped to carry out what will likely be more gerrymandering of our state in order to try and stall the process until after next years elections. Most people, including the editorial board of the Raleigh News & Observer agree that they are stalling for time and, in true Trumpian fashion, are making a mockery of our democratic institutions.

They’ve been in contempt of court since at least that first “special session” last year. If they won’t heed the court’s ruling then do what would be done for any of the rest of us lowly constituents down here at the bottom: issue a warrant for arrest. Haul them in, seize their assets and throw them in jail to await trial. In the meantime, the court should appoint a non-partisan committee to draw the new lines. If you or I failed to follow a court order for this long, this is exactly what would happen to us. Why are the Senators and Representatives in Raleigh considered immune to justice?

Call your legislators in Raleigh:

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep__________’s district. I would like to know what the hold-up is in completing the court ordered redistricting maps to correct the racial gerrymandering GOP legislators engaged in. Elected officials such as yourself should not be considered above the law. If I, a citizen of this state, ignored a court order I would be thrown in jail for contempt. Please explain how the General Assembly members charged with redrawing these maps are not in contempt of court as we speak. Do your jobs.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.