WEDNESDAY 9/6/2017

FEDERAL:

Protect DACA:

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it 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 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of a legislative fix, and several GOP Congresscritters (including Paul Ryan) have said that DACA should not be repealed.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.

Oppose Phony Tax Reform:

The GOP has been drooling to execute a so-called tax reform bill for years, but the reality is that they really just want to cut rates for corporations and the wealthy. Since much of the economic heavy lifting for this proposal was coming through the billions that would have been cut as a part of the failed health care plan, expect truly hideous numbers. The GOP dream is to make cuts revenue neutral; to do this, the losses in income have to come from somewhere. Most credible plans achieve this savings by tightening loopholes, each of which has its own cadre of lobbyists who will fight tooth and nail. Real reform would take months of hearings and an honest, bipartisan approach. Instead, the GOP wants to use reconciliation to avoid involving Democrats at all. However, given how Trump has alienated Congressional leaders, combined with the restrictions imposed by reconciliation, we may have a real shot at defeating this bogus plan. Remind staffers that closed door, single-party deals are part of what doomed health care. We the people demand transparency.  Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-tax-reform-pitch-is-entirely-divorced-from-reality/2017/09/05/1beb70fe-91aa-11e7-8754-d478688d23b4_story.html

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Rep./Sen. to reject the proposed GOP/Trump so-called tax “reform” plan because it is nothing of the sort. Instead, it is a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. We are being sold the idea that this plan will create jobs, but it is really just a windfall for the 1%. The rest of us would like to see loopholes closed and to be able to keep a bit more of our hard-earned salaries while still providing for critical government services. Thanks for taking my call.

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:

Judicial Gerrymandering: Obscure, but Crucial:

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