WEDNESDAY 01/31/18

FEDERAL:

Support DACA:

Trump’s first State of the Union was a further expression of his--and his party’s--cruelty and their ability to dehumanize people different than them. First, he came for the Dreamers and other immigrants. Then he went after kneeling football players and their brave stance against police brutality. Then he went after Muslims with his pointed comments on terrorism. Then he doubled back and attacked immigrants again, equating the Dreamers with the heartless gang, MS13. He has staked out a clear ground when it comes to immigration, so we need to let our lawmakers know that they will pay at the ballot box if they continue to support this jingoistic garbage posing as a law-and-order speech.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ and I am calling to say I am alarmed by Trump’s dangerous rhetoric on immigration. He falsely conflated Dreamers with criminal gangs, and continued to push destructive policies on immigration. I want Sen./Rep. ____________________ to support the Dream Act and to push for a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. I also want Congress to maintain the diversity lottery and to support immigration policies based on family-reunification. Thank you for taking my call.

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CALL FOR THE RESIGNATION OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT ADVISOR STEPHEN MILLER 

Controversial adviser to President Trump Stephen Miller is at the center of Trump's  (anti)immigration policy. Although the White House defends Miller, he is increasingly being viewed as taking on an outsize role in shaping immigration policy and making (and breaking) deals with legislators.

While it is not unusual for White House staff to provide significant information and advice on policy matters, the decision ultimately rests with the President. This boundary appears to have blurred with the intensely loyal Miller and on immigration, Miller appears to be calling the shots. What is far more troubling is that the president has sought the counsel of a person who openly espouses views on immigration that are plainly racist at their root, and unbelievably, to the right of the president. Miller has well documented white supremacist beliefs, he has associated with neo-Nazi White Supremacist Richard Spencer, and as a staffer for Senator Jeff Sessions, worked actively to kill immigration legislation in 2013.

Stephen Miller's presence as a White House adviser is divisive, disruptive and sends a strong message that the real intent of White House policy on immigration has racism at its core. Demand that your representatives call for his resignation.

Background:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8778142/stephen-miller-trump-senior-policy-advisor-facts/

Script:

Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent from zip code _______.

I'm calling to ask for Sen./Rep. ________ to publicly denounce White House advisor Stephen Miller and call for his resignation. Miller is a racist anti-immigration hardliner, and should not be dictating immigration policy. His dangerous beliefs are hurting our chances for fair and bipartisan immigration reform. Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

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.

 

Ask Governor Cooper and AG Stein to Establish Net Neutrality Rules:

Montana became the first state to put net neutrality rules in place. Montana’s Democratic Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order stating that the Montana state government will refuse to business with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that violate the principles of net neutrality, such as throttling or blocking content or engaging in paid prioritization. Legislative fixes for net neutrality at the state level might be difficult, but the use of state contracts as a tool for keeping ISPs in line seems like a good one. New York and Rhode Island and are considering legislation that would follow these principles, but this might be a useful angle for Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein to push for net neutrality (AG Stein is already part of a lawsuit against the FCC on net neutrality). You can also reach out to your lawmakers at the NCGA to recommend this approach.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from ___________ calling to recommend that Gov./AG/Sen./Rep. _____________ follow Montana’s approach to the issue of net neutrality. Recently, Montana’s governor signed an executive order that would prevent Internet Service Providers from getting state contracts if they violate the principles of net neutrality. This approach will provide clear incentives for ISPs to uphold net neutrality without explicitly creating a law mandating it. Net neutrality has broad bipartisan support, and it is vital that we protect consumers and small businesses by ensuring that ISPs are required not to block or throttle legal content or to engage in practices like paid prioritization. Net neutrality promotes innovation. It is unlikely that Congress will act to preserve net neutrality, so it is up to state governments to preserve an open internet. Thank you for taking my call.

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

 

Gov. Roy Cooper: 919-814-2000 or

https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

 

Attorney General Josh Stein: 919-716-6400 or

http://www.ncdoj.gov/Home/ContactUs.aspx