TUESDAY 02/06/18

FEDERAL:

DEMAND CONGRESS PASS THE DREAM ACT

The government must pass a continuing resolution, by this Thursday, to avoid another government shutdown.

Republicans shut down the government in order to defend Trump’s racist demands on immigration. It is that same racism that led to the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 300,000 immigrants and is placing 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at risk of deportation. This was a moment of truth for our country. Congress is a co-equal branch of government and has the responsibility to check the executive when it overreaches, when it abuses its power, and when it advances white supremacy.

Republicans have been complicit in every one of Trump’s abuses, and by voting to reopen the government without protections for Dreamers they enabled the worst instincts of Trump and hardline members of their caucus. On January 22, most Senate Democrats joined Trump and the Republicans and voted to deport Dreamers at a rate of 122 per day; this three-week funding extension doesn’t provide relief for Dreamers, but does fund their deportation.

Lawmakers agreed to fund the government through Feb. 8 after McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would address the status of young undocumented immigrants called “dreamers” who were brought to this country as children.

Let's demand our representatives support a clean DREAM ACT, and not hold hundreds of thousands of young people hostage for political gain.

SCRIPT:

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

I’m calling today to urge Sen/Rep ________ to support a clean DREAM Act and reject Trump’s demands to include massive, unnecessary spending on border security to the bill. It is unfair and immoral to use the lives of hundreds of thousands of young DACA recipients as bargaining chips to score political gains. Will Sen/Rep ______ support a clean DREAM Act or will he/she hold these young people hostage for purely political reasons? Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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

 

Stop Offshore Drilling OFF Our Coasts:

Based on feedback from the Governor’s office, we are doing one more day of the offshore drilling script. But in addition to our federal lawmakers, the Governor’s office, we are also going to call the Department of the Interior so that they hear our voices as well. As I mentioned yesterday, 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 so they know we don’t want drilling off our coastlines (or anywhere for that matter). 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.

Federal Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from zip code __________ to discuss the recent meeting between Governor Cooper and Interior Secretary Zinke about the issue of offshore drilling. Please urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to oppose offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina. 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. It makes no sense that Florida would be allowed to opt out of offshore drilling while other states are not allowed to do that. 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:

Judicial Gerrymandering:

North Carolina voters got a significant victory in the courts recently when a federal district court judge reinstated judicial primary elections for Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. While this does not restore primaries for Superior and District court races, it is an important check against the GOP’s attempts to control judicial races. We can probably expect the NC GOP to be riled up like a hornet’s nest for the next few days, so it’s possible that they may start making noise about passing the gerrymandered judicial maps. No matter what, we need to remind our lawmakers that we are monitoring their behavior and that we don’t appreciate their undemocratic efforts to rig judicial elections.

Script:

Hello, I am calling from _____________ to urge Sen./Rep. ______________ to oppose any legislation that would result in gerrymandered judicial districts. The courts have already ruled that our legislative districts were gerrymandered with “surgical precision,” and this would be yet another attempt to silence the voices of North Carolina voters. I am also opposed to any attempt to revise the state constitution to allow lawmakers to appoint judges rather than keeping that right in the hands of North Carolina citizens. Thank you for taking my call.

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

Short sessions don’t have a lot of action, so I’ll keep this call going. If you have any recommendations about other state calls, post them in the comments (or by email) and I’ll be happy to develop scripts around them. 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 the class-size mandate, 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, 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. The impact of this unfunded mandate would be massive. In Wake County alone, this would require the creation of 400 additional classrooms, and at least 27 elementary schools in Wake County don’t have the classroom space to accommodate these rules. Bottom line, the NCGA needs to fund this mandate or provide schools with greater flexibility so they can better meet their students’ needs.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________ to ask Sen./Rep. ____________ to support SB 703, which helps to provide some flexibility to address the mandates for lower class sizes in K-3 classes. While reduced class sizes are beneficial, the NCGA did not provide schools with adequate funding, and the result is that many schools will no longer be able to afford dedicated “specials” teachers for courses such as art, music, and PE. The mandate may also force schools to take teachers away from classrooms for grades 4-12 to meet the mandate. SB 703 offers greater flexibility to schools in meeting enrollment caps so that they can keep offering students a well-rounded educational experience. No matter what, we need to provide adequate funding for all of our public schools so that all of our students can thrive. Please support it. 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:

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