TUESDAY 9/5/2017

FEDERAL:

Protect DACA:

Donald Trump has indicated that he will end DACA after a six-month “delay.” While it is ambiguous what this means in terms of the legal status of DREAMers (and even less clear whether Trump’s advisers have even thought through what it means), it IS clear that Trump’s executive order places millions of undocumented residents at risk. But Trump’s executive order leaves open the possibility of a legislative fix, and several GOP Congresscritters (including Paul Ryan) have said that DACA should not be repealed. In fact, Senator Tillis is poised to propose the RAC Act, a bill that would provide most Dreamers with legal status and even a path to citizenship but with incredibly strenuous eligibility requirements. It’s a decent bill, but we need something more inclusive. More crucially, we need to pass a DACA bill without any other conditions, like increased funding for border security, funding for Trump’s ridiculous border wall, slashing legal immigration, and crackdowns on sanctuary cities. As always, personal stories, if you can share them, will likely have a more significant impact, but please do respect the privacy of anyone you know who is a DACA beneficiary.

Tillis Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ___________________. I want to thank Sen. Tillis for proposing the RAC Act. Repealing DACA would put millions of innocent young people at risk. The Dreamers came to the US as children. They have obeyed the law, paid their taxes, and they trusted the government with their personal information. It is beyond cruel to withdraw this promise to so many people. However, I would instead like to see Tillis sign on as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan 2017 Dream Act, which would be a more inclusive bill. More crucially, any immigration bill should be passed without conditions such as increased funding for border security, funding for Trump’s ridiculous border wall, slashing legal immigration, and crackdowns on sanctuary cities. Thank you for taking my call.

Burr and Congress script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ___________________. I want to encourage Sen./Rep. _______________ to support the bipartisan 2017 DREAM Act. Repealing DACA would put millions of innocent young people at risk. The Dreamers came to the US as children. They have obeyed the law and they trusted the government with their personal information. It is beyond cruel to withdraw this promise to so many people. In addition, the 2017 Dream Act should be passed without conditions such as increased funding for border security, funding for Trump’s ridiculous border wall, slashing legal immigration, and crackdowns on sanctuary cities. Thank you for taking my call.

Attend the Greensboro DACA rally!

We need a big crowd for this one. We need to show that we stand strong with the Dreamers. The nativists are making a lot of noise about this, so we have to make sure our voices are heard loudly. Tillis has announced that he plans to introduce the RAC Bill, which would protect Dreamers but would come with narrower eligibility requirements than similar bills.

Details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/114642505869335/

Fund Aid for Hurricane Victims in Texas and in North Carolina:

Although much has been made of Texas Senators’ voting against aid for Superstorm Sandy victims, we should set aside partisan rancor when thinking about Harvey aid and ask ourselves a simple question: what would we want the government to do if it happened to us? And it did happen to us just last year as Matthew barrelled into our state causing millions in damage. Infamously, the Trump administration only gave us 1% of what we asked for, and our weak legislative cohort barely made any noise about it. When considering funding for Texas, we must urge our representatives to fight for us in Congress. After all, that is literally their job. Trump and Mnuchin want to tie aid to raising the debt ceiling limit, and with an already dysfunctional Congress chafing at criticism from Trump, expect this to get and stay ugly for the rest of the month. No matter what, all victims of natural disasters deserve to have basic aid in order to get their lives together again. Background:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mnuchin-congress-must-tie-harvey-aid-to-raising-debt-limit/

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ___________ to urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to fully fund aid packages for victims of Hurricane Harvey. At the same time, we must fully fund victims of Hurricane Matthew which swept through North Carolina last year, causing millions of dollars in damage. So far, our state has only received 1% of the funds we need to fully recover. Please treat all storm victims across the country equally. 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/

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. 

For a comprehensive look at this issue and for ideas for further actions you can take, take a look at this guide from our friends at Stronger NC:

http://strongernc.org/speak-behalf-nc-judges/

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