THURSDAY 8/31/2017

FEDERAL:

Stop ICE from Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has requested approval from the National Archives to destroy records related to its detention operations. As the ACLU has reported, this would put an entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights abuses at risk. ICE wants to routinely destroy records pertaining to solitary confinement, sexual abuse, and even deaths of immigrants while in custody. It is vital that these documents remain publicly available so that the action of ICE will be open to scrutiny–especially given the fact that Trump intends to vastly expand the role of ICE.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling to urge Sen./Rep. _______________________ to take a stand against a new proposed policy that would allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to destroy records related to its detention operations. Under this policy, ICE would be allowed to destroy records pertaining to incidents of solitary confinement, sexual abuse, and even deaths of people while in custody. Keeping these documents publicly available is vital to understand and evaluate a system known to have inhumane and unconstitutional conditions. Please make sure that ICE is required to preserve important records about their daily operations. Thank you.

Oppose a Setback for Gender Pay Equity:

On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget scrapped plans to start collecting data about the gap in gender pay. It will come as no surprise that this plan was begun under Obama, and has reportedly been shelved after heavy pressure from the Chamber of Commerce and other groups not known to champion the causes of workers or women. Even Ivanka Trump, who has staked herself to pay equity, has signed off on this move, citing bogus claims that the issue needs more study. In would seem that Ivanka is all talk and is not interested in actual reform. So much for her supposed moderating influence. Clearly this executive branch cares little for equality or civil rights of any sort, so we turn our attention to Congress, where measures to mitigate or end the wage gap have repeatedly failed in GOP-dominated chambers. However, it is worth the fight, and worth committing our representatives to record on this important issue. Background:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-white-house-equal-pay_us_59a6c33be4b063ae34da471f

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to stand up and speak out against the Trump administration’s disappointing rollback of a plan to collect data about pay salaries in order to end the wage gap between men and women in this country. The problem persists in workplaces and must be ended. Does the Rep./Sen. support legislation to mitigate or end the wage gap? Thanks 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:

Say No to Judicial Gerrymandering:

First they came for the legislature, with ridiculous districts that gave us a Republican super-majority and extremists like Michael Speciale. Then they gutted the executive branch in a series of special session midnight power grabs. Now they are going for the judicial branch in an attempt to gerrymander those districts. It’s bad enough that many of these races have been made partisan. In this balanced, purple state, when will the GOP learn that not all of us agree with its policies? When will one person equal one vote? Does the idea of checks and balances mean anything, or do they actually want to turn our state into an autocracy run by Berger and Moore? This issue is a bit obscure, but make no mistake: judicial gerrymandering must be opposed. We will start with the newly minted committee that is going to oversee this process. Reserve extra scorn and scrutiny for Representative Justin Burr, whose brainchild this seems to be, and who chairs the committee.

SCRIPT:

I am a North Carolina citizen calling today to express my outrage that the General Assembly is even considering gerrymandering judicial districts. The legislature ought to have its tail between its legs, given the stern rebuke it has gotten for race-based legislative districts. How in good conscience can doing the same to judicial districts be a good idea? As a constituent, I demand a justification for what looks to be a continuation of a purely partisan power grab.

Judicial Redistricting Committee:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=House%20Select_184