WEDNESDAY 9/27/2017

DONATE:

Donate to and Volunteer for Puerto Rico Relief Efforts:

We know that Puerto Rico is a massive humanitarian crisis, and while we still need to call and petition our leaders to do their job and take care of the people whose lives and homes were devastated by this massive storm. Here are a few ways you can help out:

1) Donate or Volunteer with Puerto Rico Rises. They have several drop-off locations (if there is not one in the Triangle yet, it should be available soon). In addition to supplies, they are looking for volunteers to support and transport goods and to put them on pallets. https://m.facebook.com/groups/205524156652442

2) Donate through our fundraiser to Habitat for Humanity Puerto Rico. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1407541179341863/279931799190413/

FEDERAL:

If Repeal and Replace Is Really Dead, What Next?

Many activists will not rest until the September 30th deadline for reconciliation, but TrumpCare appears to be dead. So what is next? There seem to be two paths forward, and perhaps both of them can be achieved: shoring up the ACA and providing Medicaid for all. One thing that is certain is that even though they are devoid of credible ideas themselves, Republicans in Congress will do everything they can to sabotage the ACA. Even though it is the law of the land, it needs vital subsidies for states approved, and it needs a strong marketing push to get the necessary number of enrollees to make it viable. It takes 60 Senators to pass bills in the Senate for a reason: the framers wanted bipartisan cooperation to be a check against single-party tyranny. We must insist that Congress take up meaningful, substantive health care reform that does not begin and end with a personal vendetta against the achievements of Barack Obama. Health care is, as Trump noted, complicated. The best policy will emerge when multiple stakeholders, from patients’ groups, medical lobbies, and even insurers are heard in open, thorough hearings. Background:
http://www.latimes.com/…/la-ed-graham-cassidy-dead-20170926…

Script:
I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to initiate immediate bipartisan meetings with the goal of shoring up the ACA. This is the health care law of the nation, and it has now withstood four distinct attempts at its repeal. The time has come for both parties to get to work making this law work better for all Americans. We must not let any party or politician, including the president, to sabotage it without holding extensive, open hearings involving multiple stakeholders. 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:

Speak Out Against Judicial Gerrymandering

State GOP leaders are rushing through new maps for judicial districts, with a committee vote coming on Wednesday. Read the attached background material to get crucial insight into the real impacts of the new maps. Ask your reps why on Earth they think MORE gerrymandering is a good idea? The GOP seems not content with skewing their own district maps. Now they want total control over the courts as well. Considering their blatant power grabs against Cooper and his agencies, it would appear that King Berger and Tom give me Moore won’t rest until they have usurped every bit of power away from the people and onto themselves. Tell your reps, “no!” Background:
http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/…/lawmakers-refuse-say-incumb…/

Script:
I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep.Sen __________ to oppose HB 717, a bill that would gerrymander state judicial districts. Given the recent court decisions around gerrymandered legislative districts, this seems like a terrible, and wholly partisan idea. The courts are the last refuge for non-partisan authority in our state. Please oppose HB 717.

Judicial Redistricting Committee:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gasc…/Committees/Committees.asp…

NC House contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/…/members/reports/room-phone.pl…

NC Senate Contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/…/members/reports/room-phone.pl…