MONDAY 8/14/2017

FEDERAL:

Condemn the White Supremacist Rally and Acts of Terror in Charlottesville

White supremacists–do NOT call them the alt-right; they are racists, pure and simple–held a massive series of rallies over the weekend in Charlottesville. On Friday night, they held a torch rally and used the torches to threaten peaceful protesters at a nearby church. On Saturday, they held a Unite the Right rally with militias, people marching in uniforms analogous to the brownshirts, and even snipers positioned on top of buildings. They have thrown objects at peaceful protesters. They have chanted Nazi chants. Finally, in an act of domestic terror, a driver mowed down innocent counter-demonstrators, killing one, and injuring 19. This is not about economic anxiety. These guys were wearing polo shirts and bought their tiki torches at Pier 1 Imports. They are the racist right and Trump’s election has emboldened them. The GOP implicitly appealed to them during the election through campaign promises to build walls and ban Muslims. We started with a tweetstorm directed at our elected officials urging them to condemn this racist movement. Now that their offices are open, it’s time to escalate and make some phone calls and demand that our lawmakers condemn this group. Silence or a less than full denunciation equals complicity.

SCRIPT:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________. I want Sen./Rep. __________________ to condemn the racist marches and acts of terror that took place in Charlottesville this weekend. These white supremacists were shouting Nazi chants and in some cases even assaulted peaceful protesters using baseball bats, brass knuckles, and thrown objects. Finally, a protester lost her life and many more were injured in a senseless act of terror. This behavior has no place in civil society and is a clear sign of rising fascism. In addition to condemning this march, I want Sen./Rep. ______________ to demand the resignation or firing of all of Donald Trump’s advisors who are aligned with white supremacist groups, including Seb Gorka, Steve Bannon, and Stephen Miller. Thank you for taking my call.

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

 

Call the White House and Demand that Trump Condemn Charlottesville Events as Terrorism:

Yesterday the President deflected blame onto “many sides”, which the white supremacist, torch-bearing mob in Charlottesville has taken to be a validation that they’re actions are justified and acceptable. Trump has been quick to condemn terror attacks when they are committed by jihadists, but has been eerily tight-lipped about this event. Call the President and demand he denounce David Duke, Richard Spencer, and their band of racists in no uncertain terms. The President must label Saturday’s actions as terror, plain and simple.

The White House: (202) 456-1111

STATE:

Remember the “Run Over Protesters” Bill? We Do:

In March, a group of GOP state lawmakers introduced HB 330, a bill that would, in certain circumstances, relieve motorists from liability if they hit protesters with motor vehicles. Now, an argument can be made to defend this bill, since it only covers people in the street without a permit. However, given today’s political climate, which has included the ban of Reverend Barber from the legislative building, politicians avoiding town halls and constituents, and the rise of the resistance, this bill was clearly meant to chill dissent and empower those who would abuse citizens’ exercising their rights to speech and assembly. Sure enough, within days of the unveiling of HB330, protesters caught trucks on video revving their engines and driving recklessly through assembled crowds. Saturday’s tragedy in Charlottesville brings this issue full circle. We are not arguing that local lawmakers caused this act of terror. Rather, we want them to consider how HB 330 may be taken as a “go” signal to the worst among us, who are emboldened by dog whistles and menacing legislation. The House passed this bill, and while it languishes in the Senate Rules Committee, we think it is high time to kill it. Today we direct you to email your representatives in both the House and the Senate, and to write the sponsors of this bill as well. Watch video of a near tragedy in Durham on May 1: http://abc11.com/society/watch-durham-driver-clashes-with-may-day-protesters/1940536/

HB 330 text here: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2017&DocNum=1289&SeqNum=0

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent writing from ___________. In light of the tragic events in Charlottesville over the weekend, I write to you today to ask you to oppose and condemn HB 330, a bill that would exempt drivers who hit protesters with vehicles from liability. While I am aware that this bill would not have applied to the Virginia tragedy, it is my hope that you will use your office to protect the civil rights to assemble and speak, rather than create unnecessary laws that are actually meant to quell dissent. I eagerly await a response as well as a public statement on this matter. Thank you.

Bill sponsors:

Burr;  MillisBoswell;  Clampitt;  Cleveland;  Collins

NC House contacts:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=House&viewType=normal

NC Senate Contacts:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal