FRIDAY 8/25/2017

FEDERAL:

Demand Congressional Oversight on Trump’s Afghanistan Plan:

Remember Trump’s Afghanistan “plan?” It feels like it was weeks ago, but on Monday,  Donald Trump promised to “win” in Afghanistan. Of course, he has offered no explanation for what that looks like. He offered no details about troop levels, about timelines, or about when an attack would take place. As one commentator on MSNBC observed, Trump just offered “a formula for a forever war.” The lack of detail over plans is dangerous, and we need to insist on oversight. Tillis has already spoken out in favor of the speech, claiming that Trump offered a “detailed” plan.. We’ve already been in Afghanistan for 16 years, and Trump’s speech likely commits us to be there for several more years. Let’s push Congress to demand that Donald Trump seek approval for escalating the war.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent concerned about Donald Trump’s speech last night about the war in Afghanistan. I want Sen./Rep. __________________ to insist that President Trump go to Congress to seek their approval for expanding the war. Trump has refused to disclose the number of troops that he would send to Afghanistan and has offered no clarity about what counts as “winning” the war. We need Congress to demand that Trump seek an authorization for using force in Afghanistan before he commits to any expansion of the war there.

Reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act:

Human trafficking is a huge problem, one that affects vulnerable populations across the globe. In the U.S., the Trafficking Victims Protection Act has been useful not only in reducing trafficking but also in providing resources that will help victims and survivors heal and recover from their experiences. The Act is already law but needs to be reauthorized.

Background:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Reauthorize-the-human-trafficking-act-11943253.php

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________________ to ask that Sen./Rep. ____________________ support the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. It is absolutely vital to support this bill so that victims and survivors of human trafficking can receive funding for services that will help them heal. Thank you for taking my call.

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:

Fund Governor Cooper’s Proposal to Monitor Wilmington Drinking Water:

Governor Cooper has proposed a modest $2.6 million emergency budget request to pay for water quality monitoring and a study to determine the health effects of GenX, the potentially dangerous chemical that Chemours was dumping into the Cape Fear River near Wilmington where it has seeped into the water supply. Amazingly, seven state senators including Michael Lee, a New Hanover Republican, have challenged that request. More recently, at a public hearing on Wednesday, the NC GOP stalled and sought to deflect blame onto Cooper, even though this problem was known during McCrory’s term. And much of what made this possible was–you guessed it–systemic efforts by the NC GOP to gut regulations that could have prevented this from happening. It’s time to escalate the anger on this one and make clear that we won’t tolerate dangerous drinking water.

Background:

http://www.progressncaction.org/news/nc-policy-watch-lawmakers-attempt-to-deflect-blame-assail-cooper-administration-at-special-genx-hearing

NCGA Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from _________________ calling to ask Sen./Rep. ___________________ to stop stalling and to support Governor Cooper’s request for $2.6 million to pay for increased water quality monitoring in Wilmington and for a study to determine the health effects of Gen X and other chemicals. It is essential that we provide citizens with safe drinking water, and carefully monitoring the water supply will help to protect everyone. Please stop playing games and support this funding request that takes an important step toward guaranteeing the safety of our water supply. Thank you.

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

Fair Maps:

We are now facing the decisive final battle over partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. The new districts drawn by the NCGOP arguably *still* take race into consideration in order to preserve supermajorities. Tuesday, they held sham hearings, with many NCGOP sleeping or texting during the personal testimonies of their constituents, many of whom drove several hours, to speak out. For now, we should follow Democracy NC’s lead. Sign their petition. Follow their link to send a message to the NCGA, and finally, if you spoke at one of these gerrymandering panels and feel your voice was not heard, Democracy NC wants to hear from you. They are filing a brief with the federal judges who ruled on the case originally, and we need to show that the NCGA broke its promise for “robust” public hearings.

Go here to access Democracy NC’s fair voting actions:

https://democracync.org/take-action/fairmaps/

DONATE:

At last count, sixteen charitable organizations have backed out of plans to hold events at Mar-a-Lago. At least some of these charities stand to lose thousands of dollars in donations due to standing up against white supremacy, so we’ve created a guide with links to all of these charities’ donation pages. Note: if you see any errors, email Chuck Tryon at chutry@msn.com so he can make any necessary edits.
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