WEDNESDAY 8/30/2017

FEDERAL:

Stop the Militarization of the Police

On Monday, Trump rescinded an Obama executive order ending a program that provided military weapons to the police for free, with local police forces only paying for the cost of delivery. The program led to perceptions that police were an occupying force in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, rather than members of the community. While there is some value in allowing police forces to have access to “defensive” equipment, such as helmets, “offensive” equipment such as weapons pose a threat to communities. Senator Rand Paul is poised to reintroduce his Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act bill, which would prohibit transfer of “offensive” military equipment. Senator Paul’s civil libertarian tendencies provide us with a decent alternative for pushing back against the dangerous militarization of the police.

Background: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/08/27/trump-restores-program-sending-surplus-military-weapons-equipment-to-police/?utm_term=.f994ea1b7154

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling to express concern about President Trump’s executive order that allows police to obtain offensive military equipment at little cost. The militarization of police forces in places like Ferguson, Missouri, created the perception that police were an occupying force rather than members of the community. For this reason, I want Sen./Rep. ____________________ to support Sen. Rand Paul’s bill, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. This bill would continue to allow police to obtain defensive equipment, such as helmets or body armor but would prevent them from acquiring military weapons through this program. Please support the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement 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/

Reject Limits on Mueller’s Investigation Proposed in the House (by Jennifer Alexander):

Florida Republican Representative Ron DeSantis introduced an amendment to the government funding bill that would automatically defund special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump’s ties to Russia 180 days after the bill becomes law. This is a clear attempt to sabotage and to not so covertly threaten this extremely important investigation. Let’s remind the House that America is watching. This sneaky, obstructionist amendment in the spending bill is an egregious subversion of special investigator Mueller. What are they trying to hide? We cannot allow them to think that we will sit quietly about this. The House Rules Committee must get an earful when the House is back in session.  We must contact every member of the House Rules Committee and demand that they immediately discard the amendment to Division C of the Rules Committee Print 115-31 offered by Mr. DeSantis of Florida.

Script:

Hello, my name is ______ and I am calling today regarding the amendment to Division C of the Rules Committee proposed by Rep. DeSantis. I am outraged at this deliberate and obvious attempt to subvert special counsel Mueller’s investigation. I ask that you reject this amendment as it is clearly an obstruction of justice. Thank you for taking my call.

House Rules Committee

STATE:

Loudly Reject the Redistricting Plan Adopted by the NCGA:

After going through the motions of collecting comment and holding hearings, the General Assembly has produced a bogus rewrite that may or may not squeak by court scrutiny, but certainly does not in good faith remedy the fundamental flaws at issue, namely, race-based gerrymandering which is alive and well in the new maps. Today we follow the lead of Representative Chaz Beasley who publicly declared that he will support no plan that does not come out of an independent redistricting process. When we play sports, we like to have impartial referees making the rules; why should it be different in politics? Many great ideas have been buried in committee or killed outright, but they all have in common the desire to take mapmaking out of the hands of partisans and into the hands of experts.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling/writing from _________ to urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to initiate and/or support a process that independently creates legislative districts. The people of North Carolina are tired of partisan gerrymandering.

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