WEDNESDAY 01/17/18

FEDERAL:

Oppose the lifetime appointment of Thomas Farr.

The Thomas Farr confirmation vote is scheduled for this week, the same week that we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Given Farr’s record in defending voter suppression and other attacks on civil rights, this an absolute travesty. If confirmed, Farr will be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Congressional Black Caucus submitted a letter to the Senate Judiciary committee reminding them that Mr. Farr has worked for decades to intimidate and disenfranchise black voters. Farr is also known to North Carolina’s for having defended North Carolina’s voter photo ID law, which was struck down by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for discriminatory intent. Senator Thom Tillis has specifically defended his record. Still, we must share our opposition of Farr with our Senators and put the heat on them for supporting someone who goes against everything that Martin Luther King stood for when it comes to voting rights and other civil rights.

Script (Senate only):

Hi. I’m a constituent calling from ______ to urge Senator _______ to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the United States District Court. Mr. Farr has a history of opposing workers, civil and voting rights. Specifically, he has supported legislation that would intimidate and disenfranchise black voters and even defended North Carolina’s voter ID law, which was struck down by the courts. It is a travesty that we are holding a vote on Thomas Farr on the same week that we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. I want Senator ________________ to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to the federal bench.Thank you.

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Trump’s Executive Order on El Salvadoran TPS Recipients:

Trump has rescinded a long-standing U.S. policy of granting thousands of native El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allowing them to live and work in the United States. Salvadorans were granted TPS in 2001, and many of them have established homes and lives in the US. Many of them have children born in the US, and sending them home will disrupt families and place people in a dangerous location where there will be fewer job opportunities. We need to push for a Congressional solution, ideally one that would provide them with permanent residency.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from _____________, and I am calling Sen./Rep. _____________ regarding Trump’s decision to not to renew the Temporary Protected Status for thousands of immigrants from El Salvador. Many of these immigrants have now lived here for decades and have established families here. Sending them home would, in some cases, put their lives at risk and would potentially separate people from their families. I would like to see Congress pass legislation that would provide this group of residents with some form of permanent residency. Thank you for taking my call.

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

HOUSE:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

 

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STATE:

Oppose Shortening Judicial Terms to Two Years (SB 698):

The GOP state senate has drafted a bill that would shorten judicial terms to two years. This is a bad bill because it would place judges in constant campaign mode. Appellate judges and Superior Court judges currently serve eight-year terms and District Court judges serve four-year terms. An array of experts, including current Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin and retired Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr (both Republicans) and Governor Roy Cooper have spoken out forcefully against this bill, which would force judges to campaign and fundraise constantly.

Background:

https://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/01/09/north-carolinians-resisting-conservative-assault-courts/

Script (House and Senate only):

Hello I am a constituent calling from ________________ to urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to oppose Senate Bill 698, which would shorten judicial terms to two years. Appellate judges and Superior Court judges currently serve eight-year terms, allowing them to avoid being subject to the whims of short-term political conflicts. Shortening terms would essentially force judges to campaign and fundraise constantly. Several judicial experts, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin, are opposed to this bill. Please oppose SB 698. Thank you.

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Net Neutrality Legislation (State Action):

In response to the FCC ruling that ended net neutrality protections, several states, including very red states like Nebraska, have begun introducing legislation that would restore those protections or that would provide additional protections for consumers. Net neutrality is absolutely vital to protecting consumers and is potentially a free speech issue if internet service providers decide they don’t like certain types of content. Because there is bipartisan support for net neutrality, it is actually possible that we might be able to achieve something here. For now, we can contact our NCGA reps and the governor’s office to signal broad support for net neutrality. I’ve been told that GOP Rep. Jason Saine would likely be an important contact for any legislation related to technology, so if anyone is in his district, please make an extra effort to call, but you should reach out to friendly lawmakers like Jay Chaudhuri and Jeff Jackson, among others.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to encourage Sen./Rep./Gov. ___________________ to pursue legislation that would restore the net neutrality regulations that were in place prior to 2017. We need to restore net neutrality so that North Carolina citizens will not be charged different rates for different kinds of content. Without net neutrality regulations in place, Internet Service Providers could even block content that they dislike. Net neutrality is a bipartisan issue. In states ranging from California to Nebraska, lawmakers are introducing rules that would restore net neutrality. Maintaining net neutrality would also benefit the state economy and encourage development in the tech sector. Thank you for taking my call.

 

Gov. Roy Cooper: 919-814-2000 or https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

 

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EVENTS:

 

Triad Women's March On The Polls 2018

This Saturday, January 20th! It's going to be 52 degrees and sunny! All are welcome. Bring your friends, relatives, and kids. There will be some great speakers and music. It will be a fun day! See you there! #MarchOn #WeWillRise

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/162975924440724/