THURSDAY 6/1/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We’ll always have Paris (not really)

FEDERAL:

Well, it looks like it’s going to be contest between Trump and our NCGA as to who can ruin NC first. Signed by an actual president, President Barack Obama, the Paris Agreement was a deal to limit greenhouse gases in order to combat climate change. It has been signed by 175 countries and took effect in November 2016. The Trump Administration is going to keep on deregulating oil and gas, denying climate change and then pulling the US out of the Paris Accords. Yes, Virginia, he is an idiot. And he obviously hates Barack Obama more than he loves America.

Meanwhile in NC: The Department of Defense has identified coastal North Carolina as “one of the nation’s most vulnerable regions to climate change.”  The Union of Concerned Scientists has determined that sea levels in this area could rise between 3 and 6 feet by the end of this century. I guess it’s a good thing the NCGA has already outlawed sea-level rise! Recently Trump signed an executive order expanding drilling for oil off the coast and in the Arctic. He has also opened up the Carolina coast for seismic blasting. I guess we can look forward to our own Deepwater Horizon incident. Bring on the tarballs, oily pelicans and beached dolphins!

Call the White House Comment Line at at 202-456-1111 and tell the Trump Administration how foolish it would be to vacate the Paris Agreement.

Send some postcards to the “President” and let him know that we will not compromise on climate change.

climate change is real (no address)

climate change is real (addressed)

STATE:

From Stronger NC –  The state budget and its ramifications for education in NC “We are concerned about the fact that the House, just like the Senate, broke its promise to fund Specials in NC. As of this exact moment, the budgets on the table include NO funding to restore the funding for specialists that the NCGA’s class size law strips from the schools. Worse, the Senate budget draft also prohibits schools from moving funds from one allotment to another, which has the functional effect of making it illegal for schools to fund specialists.”  Please follow the link for their calls to action. They are very thorough.

How will the House budget impact education in NC? (from Public Schools First NC)

 

Here is the contact info for our Randolph County legislators

House:

Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

House Appropriations Committee

House Finance Committee

Senate:

Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

 

HB 746 – NC Constitutional Carry Act

This is a bill they’re getting ready to take up in the House that allows people to carry concealed handguns without a permit. That means the requirement to take the handgun safety classes would be null and void. Any yahoo with enough cash can go buy an easily concealable pistol and tote it around without one whit of training. You’d think legislators like Allen McNeill, who used to be in law enforcement, would balk at this bill. Hopefully he will, but I’m not going to hold my breath

Call your state representative: .

SCRIPT: My name is _________ calling from Rep. ____________ district. I would like to urge the Representative to oppose HB 746, the NC Constitutional Carry Act. It is a bad idea for people who have not taken proper handgun training to be able to legally carry a concealed weapon in this manner. It will make it much more dangerous for law enforcement officers to do their jobs when anyone and everyone feels as if they can carry a concealed gun. There is also the danger of untrained people accidentally shooting someone else because of this lack of training in the handling of their weapon. Please oppose this bill. Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March for Truth – On June 3 at Bicentenial Plaza, 1. E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC, thousands of people in dozens of cities across the nation will gather and march to call for

* special counsel and independent investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia and Russia’s role in the 2016 election
* release of Trump’s tax returns
* full investigation of Trump’s foreign ties
* prosecution of any wrongdoing that is or has been revealed.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

WEDNESDAY 5/31/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Are we there yet?

FEDERAL:

TRUMP-RUSSIA:

Keep calling about Trump’s ties to Russia. This thing is not going to right itself. We have to stay on the Republicans in Congress. They won’t do the right thing unless we pressure them to. They’ve already proven that their party is more important to them than their country. Call Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and let them know you support an independent investigation into the entire Trump campaign, including VP Mike Pence, all the advisers like Flynn, Bannon and Miller and his entire cabinet and staff.

There are several scripts available on our website in past call to action posts.

 

Republican Insurance Plan (RIP)

Trump effect on health care: NC’s most popular plan sees 40-percent increase in deductible, out-of-pocket max – “One example of the ramifications of ending the payments: For the Blue Advantage silver plan, by far the most popular choice for enrollees in 2017, the deductible would be $500 and the out-of-pocket maximum $5,000 with the payments intact.

However, without the payments, the deductible is $700, or 40 percent higher, and the out-of-pocket maximum is $7,150, or 43 percent higher.”

Memo to GOP: My chronic disease isn’t a choice – “Instead of advancing health care in the United States, the AHCA looks backward. Its provisions return to a time when insurers could charge those with pre-existing conditions more for their insurance or impose annual and lifetime caps on benefits paid. The most vulnerable – people with chronic diseases, the elderly and children – may be at risk for financially crippling medical bills. Further, the AHCA repeals the individual mandate in Obamacare. Instead, it puts in place a continuous coverage penalty that would unfairly punish people with chronic diseases who may not be well enough to work consistently to obtain insurance through their employers or afford individual coverage.”

Call Mark Walker and tell him that his support for this bill is not only unconscionable, but unChristian, which is disappointing coming from someone who calls himself a “pastor”.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mark Walker 6th District Town Halls – Tuesday May 30, 2017  Rep. Walker will be holding town halls across the district, in Reidsville, Graham, Sanford and Asheboro. There is limited capacity and limited time, so please reserve your spot soon! See link for more details.

March for Truth – On June 3 at Bicentenial Plaza, 1. E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC, thousands of people in dozens of cities across the nation will gather and march to call for

* special counsel and independent investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia and Russia’s role in the 2016 election
* release of Trump’s tax returns
* full investigation of Trump’s foreign ties
* prosecution of any wrongdoing that is or has been revealed.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

TUESDAY 5/30/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Feet to the fire

Today is the day of the infamous Mark Walker town halls. If you’ve got a ticket, please come and ask Rep. Walker to answer for his votes in Congress. There will be a meeting at Democratic HQ today at 11:00am to discuss topics we want to raise with Rep. Walker. Please attend if you would like some guidance or to run your idea past someone.

If you don’t have a ticket, there will be protesters from Indivisible NC 6th District outside the venue at RCC. Make your best sign and come on out.

Four-Stop Town Hall Listening Tour: Rockingham County
Location: Wentworth Town Hall, 124 Peach Tree Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320
Time: 8:30a.m. – 9:30a.m.

Four-Stop Town Hall Listening Tour: Alamance County
Location: Alamance Community College Auditorium, 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27258
Time: 11:00a.m – 12:00p.m.

Four-Stop Town Hall Listening Tour: Lee County
Location: Sanford Public Works Department, 601 North 5th Street, Sanford, NC 27330
Time: 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Four-Stop Town Hall Listening Tour: Randolph County
Location: Randolph Community College, Corporate Training Center, 413 Industrial Park Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27205
Time: 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

We’ll be back tomorrow morning with more calls to action.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mark Walker 6th District Town Halls – Tuesday May 30, 2017  Rep. Walker will be holding town halls across the district, in Reidsville, Graham, Sanford and Asheboro. There is limited capacity and limited time, so please reserve your spot soon! See link for more details.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

FRIDAY 5/26/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Getting rid of another Confederate monument…

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, or as I like to call him Jeff “Secessions”, was the wrong choice for US Attorney General. We all know that. We called. We faxed. We sent postcards, Facebook messages and Tweets. Still, they wouldn’t listen. So now we’ve got to call again because more shady dealings have come to light regarding AG Secessions’ relationship with Russian operatives.

AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says – “Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years, officials said.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is More Dangerous Than Trump – “His record thus far shows a determined effort to dismantle the Justice Department’s protections of civil rights and civil liberties. Reversing course from the Obama Justice Department on virtually every front, he is seeking to return us not just to the pre-Obama era but to the pre-civil-rights era.”

Call Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to let them know they need to put pressure on the President to fire Jeff Sessions because he lied on his security clearance paperwork.

SCRIPT:  I am calling from ___________, NC. I want to urge the Senator to state on the record that Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to either step down from the DOJ or be fired. Sessions lied on his security clearance paperwork, which is highly suspect behavior. He has also seemed to be meddling in the firing of James Comey as head of the FBI, when he was supposed to have recused himself after lying about his Russian contacts during his confirmation testimony. Will Senator______ continue to overlook this shady behavior?  Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted.  If we cannot trust our Attorney General to be truthful, how can we trust anyone at the DOJ or in government as a whole. Jeff Sessions needs to go. Thank you.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mark Walker 6th District Town Halls – tuesday May 30, 2017  Rep. Walker will be holding town halls across the district, in Reidsville, Graham, Sanford and Asheboro. There is limited capacity and limited time, so please reserve your spot soon! See link for more details.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

THURSDAY 5/25/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Make it SNAPpy

We’re still learning all the new and creative ways that the Trump budget is going to hurt us. It’s almost as if Republicans in Congress sat down and thought “what would be the most cruel and tone-deaf ideas we could possibly come up with?”  Then they formed a budget around those ideas. Paul Ryan must be cackling with glee while thinking about children going hungry and old people having to choose between medicine and food. Not to worry, though, soon he’ll cut out Medicare for senior citizens and they won’t have to worry about making that choice anymore. Whew!

Call your members of Congress: Richard Burr, Thom Tillis and Mark Walker and let them know that we will not stand for our fellow North Carolinians and fellow Americans being treated like second class citizens just because Republicans in Congress want to cut taxes for the wealthy.

SCRIPT: I am calling from _________ in Randolph County and I want to urge Rep/Sen _________ to do a better job in helping the poor, indigent and disabled in our country. If this budget proposed by the President and touted by Mick Mulvaney is supposed to be compassionate conservatism in action, then we want no part of it. The fact that the party in power is fine with taking food out of the mouths of children and the elderly by eliminating SNAP benefits is exactly the kind of tone-deaf move that we have come to expect from the GOP. People don’t care about deficits, they care about feeding their families. We are paying close attention to how you vote on this and we, in turn, will vote accordingly come election time. Thank you.

Trump’s budget would cut off food for poor people if they have too many kids – “In a separate, closely related measure, Trump’s budget also proposes eliminating the minimum SNAP allotment of $16 per month for households with one or two people. The individuals who receive the SNAP minimum are most frequently low-income seniors and people with disabilities who have smaller households and higher incomes relative to others in their cohort.”

Begrudging seniors and disabled people $16 a month is the pinnacle of Republican greed and hubris.

Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead – “And at his March news conference, Mulvaney disdainfully told reporters Meals on Wheels didn’t help the people it was designed to serve. “Meals on Wheels sounds great,” but “to take that federal money and give it to the states, and say, ‘Look, we want to give you money for programs that don’t work’—I can’t defend that anymore.”

What a guy.

In the meantime, while our lawmakers are throwing the poor and indigent under the bus, we need to find a way to keep these folks fed and housed. Visit the following link for a very thorough list of food pantries and other places in Randolph County that provide assistance for clothing, utilities, emergency shelter, etc. Please share this link with anyone you think might need help.

Who do I call if I need….

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 5/24/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Hit ’em where it hurts

Let’s mix things up a bit today. Instead of calling legislators, lets see about getting some sanctions against horrible people in the media. For instance, Sleeping Giants has made it their mission to take down Breitbart and other racist, anti-Semitic organizations by putting pressure on the people who advertise on their websites.

Here is their most recent call to action:

If you scroll down through their Facebook timeline there’s all sorts of good stuff they’re doing to put pressure on companies who advertise on sites that condone hate speech.

 

Stick it to Hannity

I probably don’t have to tell you how odious Sean Hannity is, but lately he’s been a bootlicker extraordinaire for Trump, finding any way possible to contort the truth about Trump’s ties to Russia. Hannity has also recently been hammering the fake news story that a DNC staffer, Seth Rich,  was mysteriously killed during election season. Hannity is saying that this staffer is another on the Clinton Death List (remember that nonsense?). The Rich family has sent a cease and desist letter to Fox, but Hannity keeps on flapping his gums.

Then there’s this list of advertisers on Sean Hannity’s show. https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2017/05/23/these-are-sean-hannitys-advertisers/216607

I’d be willing to bet all these companies have Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. I’m sure they have contact numbers on their websites. If you’re feeling froggy, why not give some of them a call, email or social media callout. I’ll put links for the Facebook pages for first few in the list:

Alfa Romeo

Allstate

Angie’s List

AstraZeneca

Bayer

Blink Health

Boehringer Ingelheim

Booking.com

Capital One

 

 

 

TUESDAY 5/23/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Her elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top

If you’d like to sign up to receive these calls to action via email, please follow this link: Click me!

Healthcare “Reform” – thanks to Betsy Hitt for this call to action.

Today is the last day to send your comments to HealthReform@finance.senate.gov

The Senate is working away in secret to take health care away from millions of people.

Better speak up now. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/opinion/health-care-bill-senate.html

 

STATE:

Cherie Berry. You see her picture in elevators across the state. Who knew she was content to let unscrupulous employers engage in wage theft from their workers?

Report: NC employers stealing $316 million per year from employees; Labor Commissioner faulted – “The severity of minimum wage violations in North Carolina may come as less of a surprise given that the state’s elected labor commissioner during the period studied showed little interest in enforcing wage laws. An investigation by The Charlotte Observer noted that during the commissioner’s 15-year tenure, her office “sued companies for failing to pay wages only 35 times, an average of less than 2.5 times a year” (Locke 2015) [See The Reluctant Regulator]

They don’t make it easy to get in touch with the Labor Commissioner but here are some links I’ve found:

Twitter@CherieBerry2016

Sample tweets: 

@CherieBerry2016 NC workers must be able to trust their Labor Commissioner to go to bat for them. #WageTheft

@CherieBerry2016 Labor Commissioner ignoring #WageTheft by employers places vulnerable NC workers at risk.

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/cheriekberry/

Phone: 1-800-NC LABOR or (919) 733-7166

Commissioners.Office@labor.nc.gov

SCRIPT: My name is ________ calling from Randolph County. I have heard some disturbing news, that Commissioner Berry has been less than interested in pursuing cases of wage theft perpetrated on the hard-working people of North Carolina by certain employers. If we cannot trust our labor commissioner to go to bat for laborers themselves, exactly what are we paying her for?

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Lobbying 101 Training Session – Tuesday May 23, 2017 at Guilford Co. Democratic HQ  2300 W. Meadowview Rd. Suite 110 Greensboro, NC Join us for a short training session with Maddie Majerus, Director of Organizing for Equality NC. She will explain a bit about the lobbying process, how to be most effective, and spend some time workshopping with us–i.e. teaching us how to prepare personal stories and tell them effectively when meeting with representatives, etc.

MONDAY 5/22/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Education is a human right

Why have smart, low-income NC students been excluded from advanced classes? – “In theory, such things as race, culture and family background shouldn’t limit a child’s likelihood of being labeled gifted. In reality, the results of “intelligence” tests consistently yield the same advantage for white, Asian and non-poor students as traditional academic exams do. In 2015-16, for instance, CMS identified roughly 30 percent of white and Asian students in grades 3-5 as gifted, compared with about 4 percent of black and Hispanic students in those grades. The district doesn’t report that data based on income, but black and Hispanic students have significantly higher poverty rates.”

One of the main reasons that poverty and lower performing schools go hand in hand is that fact that school funding is tied to property taxes in this country. Older, poorer neighborhoods generate less property tax money and therefore the schools receive less funding in return. Wealthy neighborhoods pay more in property tax and receive more funding.

Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has made it her life’s mission to drive public school into the ground so that her wealthy friends can siphon off government dollars for their school privatization schemes. Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.”

At the state level, we saw how vindictive Republicans in the Senate rammed through an amendment, dreamed up behind closed doors, which cut education funding in Democratic districts. “Here’s another nugget: The amendment stripped seven counties, represented by Democrats, from a program that financially supports teacher assistants working on a college degree.” 

The mission today is to call anyone and everyone from President down to General Assembly and let them know that you support a strong PUBLIC education system. We will not stand for them making education inaccessible to poor students, minority students, immigrant students or any other arbitrary box they try to lump our children into. Education is a human right and our legislators need to get with that program or get out.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Lobbying 101 Training Session – Tuesday May 23, 2017 at Guilford Co. Democratic HQ  2300 W. Meadowview Rd. Suite 110 Greensboro, NC Join us for a short training session with Maddie Majerus, Director of Organizing for Equality NC. She will explain a bit about the lobbying process, how to be most effective, and spend some time workshopping with us–i.e. teaching us how to prepare personal stories and tell them effectively when meeting with representatives, etc.