THURSDAY 01/25/18

FEDERAL:

Demand a Clean DACA Bill:

There are already reports that some people who have seen their DACA protection expire have been deported. We don’t have exact numbers, but it’s completely dishonest for Trump to tell Dreamers “not to worry.” I think we’re also aware that the Republican Senate cannot be trusted to keep their promises about a DACA vote, but this is where public accountability matters. If we remind our Senators that we’re watching them and that we want a clean Dream Act, it raises pressure on them to hold a vote. And as Joy Reid noted, the debate going forward is “about whether Republicans want to kick out DREAMers or not, and whether they want to end non-white immigration or not.” If the GOP doesn’t bring a DACA bill to the floor, then the whole shutdown drama starts again, but this time the GOP won’t be able to hold 9 million CHIP recipients hostage. So, let’s keep fighting for a clean DREAM Act. It’s going to be a long-term battle for the soul of this country, and we need to make all sure all of our lawmakers know where we stand.

Script:

I am calling from _______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to support legislation that would allow DACA recipients to stay in the United States permanently, ideally with a path to citizenship. The Dreamers have obeyed all the rules, have complied with the government in coming forward, and have actively contributed society. They are working and going to school and are paying taxes. Most of them have no connection to their home country. It’s time to do the right thing and provide DACA recipients with permanent residency. This should be done without conditions such as wasteful spending on a border wall. Thank you for taking my call.

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Fund Community Health Centers:

While the CR bill that passed last week restored CHIP funding, it did not provide funding for Community Health Centers. These funds supported 9,800 CHCs in over 1,000 communities across the country. The health centers serve over 25 million low-income people annually, The CHCs currently have emergency funds that will keep them operating until March, but they have already been forced in some cases to issue hiring freezes and to avoid making future expansion plans while they wait to receive more permanent funding. It’s an absolute travesty that Congress has not funded these programs. As always, if you can work in a personal experience, it will make your call or fax even more powerful.

Background:

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/370314-community-health-centers-await-funding-that-expired-four-months-ago

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Sen./Rep. ___________________ to issue funding for Community Health Centers. These programs provide health care in communities across our state and country. Across the U.S., 27 million low-income people are served by community health care centers. In North Carolina alone, there are 34 federally qualified health centers that serve 450,000 people annually. These health centers are a vital part of our community, and we need to fund them adequately. 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:

Fix HB 13, the Class-Size Fiasco Bill by Supporting SB 703:

As we warned, HB 13, the bill that mandates reduced class sizes but doesn’t fund them, has created huge problems in many schools. Sen. Jay Chaudhuri has introduced SB 703, which would mitigate some of the biggest concerns about HB 13, providing schools with greater flexibility when it comes to staffing K-3 classrooms and ensuring that schools will continue to be able to keep their art, music, and PE teachers. It’s not a perfect fix--repealing HB 13 would be--but it will help. There is plenty of evidence that shows that student performance improves when they take art, music, and PE. Art can help develop critical thinking skills, while music reinforces math skills, for example. If you have children or family members in elementary school, you can be especially persuasive here.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________ to ask Sen./Rep. ____________ to support SB 703, which revises HB 13, the bill that mandates lower class sizes K-3 schools. While reduced class sizes are beneficial, HB 13 did not provide schools with adequate funding, and the result is that many schools will no longer be able to afford dedicated art, music, and PE teachers. SB 703 offers greater flexibility to schools in meeting enrollment caps so that they can keep offering students a well-rounded educational experience. Please support it. Thank you.

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Create an Independent Redistricting Commission:

As you likely know, federal courts confirmed what we already knew and ruled that North Carolina’s Congressional districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered along partisan lines. Slate has a GREAT article talking about how Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been quietly establishing the grounds for this ruling for years, once again confirming her status as a matron saint of the Resistance. At any rate, Jeff Jackson, one of the great stars of our NCGA has a great bill calling for an independent redistricting commission. Let’s support that bill.

Script:

[Focus on the House and Senate for now] Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to support SB 702, which would establish an independent redistricting commission. An independent commission is vital to the process of restoring faith in our state legislature and would fulfill the goals of creating competitive districts that will make our representatives more responsive to the needs of voters. Please support SB 702 and ensure that voters have a voice on North Carolina’s elections. Thank you.

 

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