MONDAY 5/15/2017

FEDERAL:

Investigate Trump’s Obstruction of Justice
Nationwide, calls to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, his possible collusion with that nation’s hacking into our election process, and his tangled web of ethical business conflicts around the world are growing. On May 21st, in cities across North Carolina, RISE and Indivisible groups will rally together to defend our democracy. In advance of these protests, we need to make it perfectly clear to our elected officials what we seek: the immediate creation of an independent investigative body such as a special prosecutor or a special congressional committee. With Trump apologists now in control of the FBI, and the existing committees in Congress seemingly incapable of progress, the time has come for our nation to get serious about these existential threats to our very system of government. Our own Richard Burr has made some reluctant gestures that make a pretense of independence, but we should not forget that, according to the New York Times, “Mr. Burr’s independence was forcefully questioned after reports in February that he had spoken with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute potentially damaging articles about associates of Mr. Trump’s having contact with Russian intelligence operatives.” The idea of checks and balances is a basic tenet that should easily transcend partisan politics. Let’s remind our representatives.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from __________ to demand the immediate formation of an independent body to investigate Donald Trump’s potential obstruction of justice, illegal and unethical ties to Russia, and collusion in the hacking of our election. Only a special prosecutor or special committee will be able to thoroughly and independently get to the bottom of these grave matters. 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

HOUSE:
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

EXTRA CREDIT: On April 5th Thom Tillis held a live Q&A on Facebook where he said that he would be having an in-person town hall in either May or June. He has not set a date for this, of course, and last Thursday during yet another live FB Q&A he did not even mention it. It was asked several times in the comments section but he did not address it. Let's remind him. Call Senator Tillis a second time today.

SCRIPT:
Hi, my name is ________, I'm calling from zip code ________. In a live Facebook question and answer session on April 5th, Senator Tillis announced that he would be holding an in-person town hall in either May or June. Can you tell me the date and location of this event? His constituents are eager to have a real conversation with him. Please take down my contact information so someone can get back to me with the details of this upcoming event. Thank you.

_______________________________________

STATE:

Demand Hurricane Matthew Relief

The devastating storm that caused over $4 billion in damage left many North Carolinians with nothing. Governor Cooper requested, in consultation with Thom Tillis and others, $900 million in aid, a conservative figure he was assured would be approved. Instead, the Trump administration provided a stingy $6 million, the equivalent to a few Trump trips to Mar-a-Lago. This is not a partisan issue; however those displaced and affected by Matthew are disproportionately poor. Please tell HUD, FEMA, and our Congressional delegation to immediately release more funding to help North Carolinians is desperate need.

Department of Housing and Urban Development:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.,
Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112

Federal Emergency Management Agency:
500 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20472
(202) 646-2500

Use same federal contact numbers above.