WEDNESDAY 10/11/2017

FEDERAL:

Russia Investigation:

[Script contributed by Jennifer Alexander] Money laundering. Obstruction of justice. Collusion. These are just some of the questions known to be under consideration in the special counsel’s office. Some brave Republicans and Democrats have come together and introduced legislation that would stop the White House from interfering in the investigation and getting Trump off the hook. The bipartisan legislation would require a federal judge’s sign off before they could act and gives the special counsel the ability to challenge his dismissal in federal court. TODAY let's call, email and/or fax our Federal legislators to support bipartisan legislation to prevent Donald Trump from firing the Special Counsel. The House bill is H.R. 3771 authored by Republican Rep. Walter Jones and Democratic Rep. John Conyers. If Rep. Jones is your House member, thank him for sponsoring HR3771.

The Senate bills are S.1735 authored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Cory Booker; and S.1741 authored by Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Democratic Senator Chris Coons. Since Senator Tillis is a sponsor of S1741 we should call and thank him but also encourage him to support S1735.) But we need to call, email and/or fax Senator Burr and strongly encourage him to support S1735 and S1741 and call our representatives to get them behind the House.

Script:
Hello, I'm a constituent urging Senator/Representative _______to protect the Russia collusion investigation by supporting the new, bipartisan legislation to stop Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Please support (Senate S1735 and S1741) or (House HR3771.) Thank you.

Tillis:
DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr
DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/

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STATE:

Update on SB 656

Yesterday, Governor Cooper vetoed SB 656, which cancels judicial primaries in 2018. We don't know when the veto override will be taken up, but just in case it is taken up this week, tell your state legislators to keep the veto (ie vote against veto override).
More info, including talking points on our NCGA update page (check often!): http://www.twwnc.the-brand-box.com/ncga-action-alerts-for-…/

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________________ to urge Sen./Rep. __________________ not to override Gov. Cooper’s veto on SB 656. This bill would abolish a scheduled election, would provide voters with less time to learn about judge candidates, and would give too much power to the legislature over the judiciary, which violates the principle of separation of powers. Thank you for taking my call.

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CORPORATE:

Tell ESPN to Revoke the Suspension of Jemele Hill:

ESPN suspended commentator Jemele Hill for two weeks because it claimed that she had violated the company’s social media policy for her pointed comments about Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, who threatened to fire or bench any players who kneeled for the anthem. Hill is one of the great truth teller in sports journalism, and ESPN is essentially silencing a key voice in the discussion of why the players are kneeling (systemic racism, police brutality). While this is not directly a free speech issue, ESPN is doing a disservice to its customers and the rest of the public in blocking her from joining this conversation. Let’s call ESPN and let them know that we are disappointed by their actions. If you subscribe to cable, you can threaten to cut the cord (which would cost about $10 per subscriber per month).

Script:
Hello, I am calling to comment on ESPN’s decision to suspend Jemele Hill [They may send you through to a different office]. I am disappointed that ESPN felt the need to suspend her for two weeks. By suspending her, ESPN is essentially silencing one of the most important voices out there in talking about the purpose of the players’ protests, which is to stand up against systemic racism and police brutality. In fact, suspending her actually serves to reinforce systemic racism by keeping her out of this conversation as it unfolds in public [If you are a cable/satellite subscriber, threaten to cut the cord]. Thank you for taking my call.

Call:
ESPN Corporate Office: 1-860-766-2000 or 1-888-549-3776