WEDNESDAY 8/16/2017

FEDERAL:

Tell Congress to Demand the Removal of Racists from Trump’s Staff:

On Tuesday, Donald Trump doubled down on his false equivalencies between racist, bigoted, violent extremists and principled protesters in Charlottesville. He equated statues of Robert E. Lee to those of George Washington. Even at the urging of many in his own party, he quibbled with and downplayed the definition of terror that even his own Attorney General has applied to events at this weekend’s hate rally. Yet, despite protestations from GOP lawmakers such as Ted Cruz and John McCain, their continued acceptance of fascist White House advisors Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller is the height of hypocrisy. These men are Nazis with ties, well-educated, dissembling bigots, whose words are carefully coded dog whistles that give the go ahead, with a wink and a nod, to extremists in our culture. Every minute they remain is an affront to decency, and gives lie to the fact that anyone in the GOP really cares about the dangerous direction our country is headed. Trump is hopeless. He never retracts, only escalates. But leaders like McCain need to put up or shut up. Demand that fascists in the White House be denounced.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _________ to demand that Rep./Sen. __________ call for immediate removal of known racists and fascists from the White House. So called “alt-right” counselors Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka have views that implicitly condone and encourage the kind of domestic terrorism that led the tragedies in Charlottesville. It is unpatriotic and unconscionable for Rep./Sen. _________ to tacitly condone their continued employment in our government.

The Department of Justice Wants to Sweep Up Names of Potential Activists

The Justice Department is attempting to force an internet hosting company to turn over visitor logs to a web site that resisted the inauguration of Donald Trump. It is requesting some 1.3 million names of for possible investigation–simply for clicking a link! This outrageously invasive request has been denied by the company and heads, like many actions of the Trump administration, to court. Once again, we ask that our members of Congress speak out against this breach of our civil rights. Clicking on a link in no way constitutes agreement with the agenda of a web page. Many on the left keep close tabs on Breitbart, Fox News, and others. Visiting those sites does not make us right-wing ideologues. When government uses its overbearing power to squelch dissent, we have a word for that. The word is fascism. Background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/politics/justice-department-trump-dreamhost-protests.html

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _________ to request that Rep./Sen. _________ protect my civil rights by denouncing the Department of Justice’s request for over one million names of people who visited a protest web site. This heavy handed approach to law enforcement invades our privacy and is wholly un-American. Thanks 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

 

 

STATE:

Repeal S 22, a Law that Protects Monuments of Hate:

In 2015, as other states including South Carolina were moving to remove divisive symbols of the Confederacy, our state predictably moved in the opposite direction, enacting a law that makes it extremely difficult to do the same here. The tragedy in Charlottesville has forced this issue to the forefront of our collective conscience. As communities grapple with the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and continuing and resurgent racism, the General Assembly must untie their hands and allow them to make local decisions as they see fit. Today, Durham has one less symbol, as protesters took it upon themselves to remove a notorious statue Their pain–and demands for the abolishment of these racist memorials–are unmistakable. Yes, the Civil War is a part of our heritage: a heritage of hate. Communities must be given the opportunity to destroy, relocate, or recontextualize these objects according to the will of the people. To learn more about how many of these monuments were erected after 1898, as white power was consolidating in the wake of Reconstruction, read here:

http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article31123988.html

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/whoseheritage-timeline150_years_of_iconography.jpg

 

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ________ to call for immediate repeal of the 2015 law that strictly regulates the removal of Confederate memorials across the state. In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, the time has come for local communities to make their own decisions regarding these divisive structures.

 

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