THURSDAY 8/17/2017

FEDERAL:

Trump Revealed as a Fascist. Where Is the Condemnation?

“Very fine people.” That is what Donald Trump said of some of the white supremacists who rallied, bullied, and finally killed last weekend in Charlottesville. Tweets by Paul Ryan and John McCain won’t cut it any more. Where is the outrage and full-scale condemnation from rank-and-file Congressional Republicans? How do Pence, Mattis, McMaster, and McConnell wake up in the morning and presume to carry out the President’s agenda? How does anyone separate any of our demagogue-in-chief’s bigoted beliefs from actual policy? Religious bans, mass deportations, trans bans, and racist voter suppression are the agenda of this White House, and the GOP has the repercussions of this President’s words and deeds on its conscience. No longer can they be silent, hoping the latest crisis will play itself out. Silence is complicity.  So, for the House, let’s support Rep. Jerry Nadler’s bill to censure President Trump. For the Senate, let’s keep pushing the Senate to reject Trump’s racist policies.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/16/politics/republican-reactions-donald-trump/index.html

Censure resolution:

https://nadler.house.gov/press-release/reps-nadler-watson-coleman-and-jayapal-announce-censure-resolution-against-president

House script:

Hello, I am calling from _______________ to urge Rep. ____________________ to support Representative Nadler’s House resolution to censure Donald Trump. Trump repeatedly refuses to condemn the actions of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white nationalist groups, making him unfit to serve as President. He cannot effectively preside over the country when he endorses hate groups. Although Trump’s comments may not rise to the level of an impeachable offense, they are morally repugnant, and the House should take a strong stand in condemning them. Thank you for taking my call.

Senate script:

Hello, I am calling from _______________ to urge Sen. __________________ to reject Trump’s white supremacist political ideology. But I want to see Sen. _________________ do more than make a tepid public statement on Twitter condemning Trump’s comments. He/she must also condemn Trump’s policies, specifically his attacks on voting rights, which disproportionately affect African Americans and other minority groups. In order to do this, I want Sen. _________________ to support a full restoration of the Voting Rights Act. 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/

STATE:

Tear Down Confederate Memorials:

Governor Cooper came out with a powerful public statement in response to the events in Charlottesville. In addition to calling for the NC Senate to reject the bill that would allow motorists to run over protesters, he also issued a call for the NCGA to reverse a 2015 bill that prevents cities and counties from removing Confederate memorials without NCGA approval. We’ve already called about the protester bill (and will do so again). So, let’s call our state lawmakers and ask them to repeal the bill preventing the removal of Confederate  memorials.

NCGA Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from __________________. I want Sen./Rep. _______________________ to support Governor Cooper’s call to repeal the bill preventing cities and counties from removing Confederate memorials without NCGA approval. These memorials were an expression of defiance against integration and serve only to honor a racist rebellion against the federal government, and they need to be taken down. Overturning this bill will give cities and towns the ability to remove these statues that are relics of Jim Crow and segregation.

Governor Script:

Hello, I am calling to thank Governor Cooper for taking a strong stand against racism and in support of the rights of citizens to assemble freely. I want Governor Cooper to know I support his efforts to repeal the bill preventing cities from removing Confederate memorials. I am also glad to see him standing against the bill that would allow motorists to run over protesters.

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

Governor Cooper:

Phone: 919-814-2000

Email: https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

Duke University Robert E. Lee Statue:

The entrance to Duke Chapel is adorned by a statue of Robert E. Lee. Given that Duke is a private institution, they CAN take that statue down. Some alumni are already starting to pressure the university to do that, so let’s back them up.

Script:

Hi, I am calling to ask the university to remove or modify the statue of Robert E. Lee that adorns Duke Chapel. As stated in the News and Observer, it is inappropriate for a place of worship to honor someone who fought for the Confederacy and defended slavery. Statues of Lee are also linked to segregationist views, beliefs that should not be associated with institutions of higher learning. Thank you.

Email: dukenews@duke.edu

Phone: 919-684-2823