Concerned Citizens Requests for Meetings Ignored by Local Members of Congress

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2017
Indivisible Piedmont's Town Hall Event to Focus on Trump Administration Executive Orders

Indivisible Piedmont NC will be holding a Town Hall event this Thursday, March 16, from 6pm to 8pm, in the sanctuary of Green Street United Methodist Church, 639 S. Green Street, Winston Salem, NC. At this event, we will have several local experts speaking about topics of great importance both locally and nationally. Our speakers include: 

* Jennifer Foy is the Office Director of World Relief for High Point and Winston Salem. World Relief provides opportunities for churches, groups, families, and individuals to assist refugees and victims of human trafficking. One of their programs is refugee resettlement. Ms. Foy will speak about the impact of new federal orders on refugee resettlement work.
* Helga Welsh is a professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. She will be speaking about Russian motivations and their involvement in elections in the US and in Europe.
* Mark Hall is director of the Health Law and Policy Program at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Prof. Hall regularly consults with government officials, foundations, and think tanks about health care public policy issues.

On February 7, Indivisible Piedmont NC sent certified letters to the local offices of Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, and Rep. Virginia Foxx, asking that our group (with now over 1100 members) have an opportunity for a town hall meeting with these members of Congress during the intersessional congressional break in February. These letters were in  addition to many visits to their offices, along with phone calls placed by constituents. On February 28, our organization sent certified letters to the local offices of the above three members of Congress in addition to Ted Budd, Mark Walker, and Alma Adams.To date, we have received regrets from Rep. Foxx and Rep. Adams.

There are over 75 Indivisible groups in North Carolina, and the number continues to grow. Between Indivisible Piedmont NC and Indivisible Greensboro's Rapid Response group, thousands of concerned citizens have signed up to participate in reaching out to local representatives in the Triad alone. We have written letters, made numerous phone calls, and sent groups to local offices each week. And each of these citizens have reached out to friends, family, and neighbors who have also responded with actions designed to express their concerns. Due to the lack of affirmative responses by members of Congress, this event will provide a chance for local citizens to learn more about these critical topics.
Indivisible Piedmont NC invites the public to attend, but seating is limited to 300. While there is no fee to attend, a seat should be reserved at http://buytickets.at/indivisiblepiedmontnc/87575

Media are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Questions should be directed to Grace Haynes at 336-215-5506