FRIDAY 8/18/2017

FEDERAL:

Censure Trump!

Once again, Trump has shown blatant hypocrisy in the face of condemning terrorism. While he took days to condemn the white nationalists in Charlottesville and even recanted that statement, he took just minutes to condemn the attacks in Barcelona and to blame them on Islamic groups. He also repeated a false and deeply offensive story about General Pershing threatening to kill Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood as a “solution” to the war on terrorism. Trump is a genuinely sick individual, and many GOP leaders are taking stronger public stances and rumors are they are even more concerned in private. Let’s keep pushing on calls for censure. We’re probably not going to get impeachment yet, but Trump has put himself in a position where he is incapable of leading the country. For your House reps ask them to support Jerry Nadler’s censure bill. For the Senate, demand that Tillis and Burr craft their own resolution censuring Trump.

House Script:

I am a constituent calling from ________________ and I want Rep. _________________ to support Rep. Jerry Nadler’s censure bill. Not only has Trump doubled down on equating peaceful protesters with neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Trump has also promoted a vile solution to the problem of terrorism by repeating a false story about General Pershing. Trump’s comments show that he is unfit to be Commander in Chief, and I want Rep. ______________ to support the censure bill.

Senate Script:

I am a constituent calling from ________________ and I want Sen. _________________ to propose a resolution calling for the censure of Donald Trump. Not only has Trump doubled down on equating peaceful protesters with neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Trump has also promoted a vile solution to the problem of terrorism by repeating a false story about General Pershing. Trump’s comments show that he is unfit to be Commander in Chief, and I want Sen. ______________ to demand that the Senate censure Donald Trump..

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:

On Wednesday, Phil Berger penned a tone-deaf editorial that was essentially a defense of Confederate memorials in our state. Given that he presided over the General Assembly when in passed its barely veiled bigoted defense of these monuments in 2015, we should not be surprised. However, in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville, and the President’s callous dog whistle responses, Berger’s message can be seen clearly for what it is: an apology to powerful and offensive symbols of white supremacy. Ironically, news broke this week that Berger’s campaign broke multiple campaign laws and now has to pay fines. Courts have determined time and again the illegitimacy of the General Assembly, a body fill with right-wing charlatans and usurpers who gained power through illegal gerrymandering. Enough is enough. Push back on Berger and demand that the 2015 law that restricts the removal of monuments be repealed immediately. Also call Governor Cooper, who has courageously demanded a repeal, and who could use some support right now. Background:

http://abc11.com/politics/nc-senate-leader-pens-op-ed-on-charlottesville-aftermath/2318326/

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