MONDAY 01/08/2018

FEDERAL:

Provide Long-Term Funding for CHIP:

Long-term CHIP funding is getting extremely dicey, and GOP lawmakers are once playing dangerous games with children’s health rather than fulfilling their obligations to govern. The brief funding extension is getting close to running out again and parents are already being forced to make difficult decisions about whether to make medical appointments for their children. No matter what, we obviously need long-term funding for this program, so let’s keep pushing for it.

SCRIPT:

Hello. I am a constituent calling from ________________ to encourage Sen./Rep. ________ to support long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I know that the temporary budget extends funding, but that is obviously not enough. The proposal to fund CHIP by taking money from the Affordable Care Act and weakening Medicare is insufficient. We need a sensible resolution soon. Parents of children in North Carolina will again face difficult decisions about their children’s healthcare in just a couple of months because they cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses out of pocket. Not passing CHIP will do tremendous harm to families right here in our state and our district. Thanks for taking my call.

Restore DACA:

The N&O had a solid editorial on DACA the other day, calling attention to the deeply harmful consequences of not continuing the DACA program. They point out that “members of Congress in both parties recognize that DACA is a good and sensible thing. Many of those protected by it are contributing to the American economy, and working toward improving their lives and prospects through education that will help them improve the countries from which they came or the United States, where they now live and where many would like to stay.” In addition, the continued delay in restoring DACA means that an average of 120 people PER DAY lose permits allowing them to stay in the country, which will create huge nightmares for immigration enforcement officials.

Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article191689279.html

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling to urge Sen./Rep. ________________ to support the DREAM Act. DACA recipients came here as children and contributing to society, either by going to school or by working full-time. They are taxpayers and they have no committed any crimes while living in the US. Instead of sending them to a country they may never have even known, we need to grant them permanent residency and eventually citizenship. Action is urgently needed because if we continue to delay, it will create huge nightmares for immigration officials trying to clarify someone’s immigration status. 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

 

STATE:

Now that the New Year is in full swing, so is the North Carolina General Assembly, and so are we. This means making calls and showing up at the NCGA to let our lawmakers know that we are watching them. The big issues this week are the unfunded class-size mandate and the fair courts issue. I’d also invite anyone who wants to lend their expertise about state issues to post in the comments.

Fair Courts Day of Action:

Stand up for fair courts on Wednesday, January 10th. From Progress NC: Top state lawmakers are trying to gain partisan control over the courts and rig the system in their favor. First, they canceled primary elections for judges, and now the politicians are planning to return in January 2018 to cancel judicial elections altogether and simply appoint their political friends to fill the bench and tilt the scales of justice in their favor. It's outrageous.

It's time to hold them accountable. The NCGA will be back in session on January 10th and we will be there.

Join the North Carolina NAACP, North Carolina Voters For Clean Elections (NCVCE), Democracy North Carolina, and Progress NC on January 10th for a day of action at the state legislature. We will kick off the day with a press conference in the Bicentennial Plaza, followed by a Citizens Lobby Day Of Action (lunch provided).

Here is a link to the event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1815507185187612/

 

TRIAD WOMEN'S MARCH

January 21, 2017 was a monumental day in history when millions of women around the world came together to demonstrate our desire to make the world a place that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all.

 

One year later we are wiser and stronger and we have been watching. 

 

One year later we march again to prove to our elected representatives that we have not forgotten the promises we made to ourselves and to them. If they will not take the steps to ensure basic human rights and dignity, then we will elect new representatives who will. We will celebrate the voices and victories of the past year and unite to focus on the 2018 elections and beyond.

 

Please join us on Corpening Plaza in downtown Winston Salem at 12:00 PM on January 20, 2018. There will be some amazing speakers, you can meet the candidates who are running for office, and learn how you can get involved in the political process.

 

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

 

Volunteers are needed! Please sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b44a9ab2fa64-rally