MONDAY 02/05/18

FEDERAL:

Stop Offshore Drilling OFF Our Coast:

Governor Roy Cooper and AG Josh Stein met with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina. Cooper and Stein requested that the government give our state the same treatment as Florida, which was allowed to opt out of the drilling program because of its tourism industry and the views of its local elected officials. So, this means we need to put MASSIVE pressure on our federal elected officials, in particular. In the past, Tillis and Burr have expressed support for offshore drilling, but more recently, they have been compelled to listen when it came to the leaking of toxic chemicals in the drinking water in Wilmington. So for Monday, this is our ONE and ONLY focus for daily calls. Instead of just calling federal reps, I am going to encourage you to call state lawmakers, too. But we’re also asking for a little homework on your part. After you call, report to us, either through a Facebook comment or via email what your rep said about their stance on offshore drilling. We only have one coastline and a major oil spill would leave behind oil-soaked birds and ruin our beaches for years to come. If you have any personal reasons that you can add to your call, feel free to add them to show why you are invested in the issue.

I also want to encourage you to call or contact the Governor and the Attorney General’s Offices and let them know that you have their back when it comes to opposing offshore drilling.

Federal Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to discuss the recent meeting between Governor Cooper and Interior Secretary Zinke about the issue of offshore drilling. Can you tell me where Rep./Sen. ______________ stands on the issue of offshore drilling off our coasts?

[Wait for answer, then regardless of answer, enforce that you are opposed to offshore drilling]

Please urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to oppose offshore drilling off our coasts. It is incredibly dangerous. Oil rig fires are a persistent problem, and the dangers of a spill are immense. If we have an oil spill off our coasts, the beaches--and our state’s tourism industry--would be permanently damaged. Thank you for taking my call.

Governor & AG Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to discuss the recent meeting between Governor Cooper, Attorney General Stein, and Interior Secretary Zinke about the issue of offshore drilling. I want Governor Cooper and A.G. Stein to know that I support their efforts to oppose drilling off our coasts because of the significant environmental risks involved. I also want to know if there is anything I can do to help support the governor and attorney general in pushing for a drilling ban. 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 CONTACTS:

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

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STATE:
 

Demand that the NCGA Address the GenX Crisis:

The N&O has a bombshell article reporting that a class-action suit has been filed against Chemours, alleging that the company knew about the dangers of the chemical GenX but dumped it into the region’s drinking water anyway. There is also evidence that the counties near Wilmington have MUCH higher rates of liver disease than other parts of the country. The NCGA needs to take responsibility and fully fund the Department of Environmental Quality and to provide all necessary tools to ensure that our state’s drinking water is safe. We can also call Governor Cooper and push him to act on this vital issue. The House has passed a bill authorizing the DEQ to spend $1 million addressing the problem, but the Senate GOP--led by Phil Berger--is refusing to bring this bill to a vote. Both the House and the Senate, however need to act urgently to address this problem.

Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article197854754.html

NCGA Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to demand that Rep./Sen. ________________ act immediately to address the contaminated water crisis in Wilmington. Chemours has knowingly been dumping a dangerous chemical into the water. The NCGA needs to provide sufficient funding for the Department of Environmental Quality to buy the Mass Spectrometer the state needs to test the water. We also need to strengthen environmental regulations to ensure that the public is protected from polluters like Chemours. The DEQ should also be encouraged to set a standard for GenX, even though the EPA does not currently have a standard for it. This has affected thousands of families who can no longer trust the drinking water. 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

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Events:

HKonJ March:

The HKonJ rally (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) is taking place on Saturday. Thousands of activists and social justice supporters will be taking on voices to the street.

Details:

https://naacpnc.org/hkonj-peoples-assembly-coalition/