MONDAY 4/17/2017


No Military Action without Congressional approval
The Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized the President to take military action against any entity that committed or aided the attacks, or harbored perpetrators, in order to prevent future attacks (the 2001 AUMF). All use of US military force since then, including the Syrian missile strike, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. By any measure, the 2001 AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent and there is currently disagreement as to whether President Trump’s missile attack on the Syrian air base is legal and authorized by Congress. Many in Congress in both parties want Congress to play a more explicit role in authorizing military action in Syria and elsewhere. By dropping a MOAB in Afghanistan and threatening North Korea, Trump appears to be escalating military action, quite possibly as a distraction from the Russia news. With an unpredictable and ill-informed president risking nuclear attack or retaliation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force before it occurs.

Was the Syria attack legal? (USA Today):

Hi. My name is _________ and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I’m concerned that the White House is carrying out military operations without Congressional approval. I urge Sen/Rep ________ to insist Congress reassert its Constitutional duty and require the president to obtain Congressional approval before any further military action in Syria, North Korea or anywhere else. Thank you!

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685

Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531

Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

Save Arts and PE Programs in Public Schools
With each passing week without passage of HB 13, a bill that gives relief to restrictive class size limits, arts and PE programs across the state become increasingly at risk. Smaller class sizes are a noble goal, but new state laws accomplish this in a way that seems deliberately designed to attack music, visual art, and physical education. Our state has a budget surplus, so it is possible to have small classes and high-quality enrichment programs. Why is this legislation stuck? Because the GOP-led legislature is battling Governor Cooper on every point of his budget. Cooper wants to strengthen our public schools; the GOP want to continue to defund them.
Today, we advocate calling your representatives in the legislature, but a movement is sweeping the state to take the issue to the local level. Attend school board meetings. FInd out when budgets need to be finalized for next year. If you work in or have a child at a public school, start a conversation with other stakeholders, including administrators about what can be done. All across the state, local school boards, superintendents, and groups of parents and teachers are speaking out about this issue.
Sign this petition sponsored by the North Carolina Educators’ Association:…/pass-house-bill-13-to-save-teac…

Hi, I am a constituent from _________ calling to urge Rep./Sen. _________ to resolve whatever issues are at stake so that our public schools can have small class sizes while still retaining arts and PE programs. Please stop playing partisan politics with our students’ education and pass Roy Cooper’s budget now. Thank you for recording my call.

NC Senate…/members/…

NC House…/members/…

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