Triangle Talk Show Episode 123: Alamance Behaved

On October 31, 2020, Reverend Greg Drumwright led a march to the polls in Graham, NC. During a peaceful rally at the courthouse, marchers, including a 5-year-old and a woman on a scooter, were pepper-sprayed by Alamance County Sheriffs deputies and the Graham police. Gary Pearce of Triangle Talk Show has edited together videos from various sources to give a timeline of the events and compares this to a later march that was allowed to proceed peacefully to the polls.

The Portland BLM Protests: A first-hand account

Ted Corcoran is a disabled veteran, an advocate and a member of Tuesdays with Tillis. He traveled to Portland to document the Black Lives Matter protests and shared his videos with us at a recent Tuesday meeting.

You can follow Ted at:

Twitter: @RedTRaccoon

Instagram: redtraccoon

Youtube: Red Raccoon

Thanks to Gary Pearce for taping and editing Ted’s presentation. Gary’s info can be found on our Zoom Meeting page.

Monday Meeting with the TwT Food Committee

Vegetables arranged in a rainbow pattern

Join us for a zoom call on Monday, 7/13 at 12 noon sponsored by the Tuesdays with Tillis food group.  We welcome Jenna Wadsworth, who is running for NC Commissioner of Agriculture as our special guest. The meeting will be facilitated by our friend Lowell Simon, who is running for NC House of Representatives. Together with the Moore County NAACP Lowell has been working on feeding hungry people since the beginning of the pandemic. What we saw as a temporary food crisis now may be very lengthy and very serious indeed. What does this mean for the work of the Commissioner of Agriculture? All who are interested in food and hunger in North Carolina are welcome to join us.

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Absentee Ballot Request Form – FAQ

This is taken from the North Carolina 2020 Absentee Ballot Request Form.

1. Why Should You Care? The general election is set for Tuesday, November 3rd . It is unlikely that we will have a COVID-19 vaccine by this date, let alone have had enough time to innoculate the whole population. Additionally, there could be a 2nd wave that could impact your ability to get to the polls to cast your vote. By requesting an Absentee Ballot, you will be able to mail/deliver your vote without jeapardizing yourself nor your family and friends.

2. When can I fill in the attached form and send to my County Board of Elections? Now!

3. How do I make a request for an Absentee Ballot? Read through the information on Page 2, Complete the form on Page 3, and mail the completed form to your County Board of Elections found on Page 4.

4. What is the cutoff to submit the attached form? No later than 5pm the Tuesday before the general election, October 27, 2020.

5. Can I request an Absentee Ballot and then change my mind and decide to vote in person? Yes. Along as you have not returned the Absentee Ballot to your County Board of Elections, you can still vote in person during Early Elections or on Election Day. But once you have returned your Absentee Ballot, you have voted and can not vote again for this election.

6. If I decide to vote in person, do I need to take my Absentee Ballot? No. The poll workers will provide you a new ballot to be used. You may bring the Absentee Ballot if you desire but you will not be able to use that Absentee Ballot as your in-person Ballot.

7. When will I receive my actual Absentee Ballot? Once the ballots have been locked and printed.

8. What is required to complete the Absentee Ballot? Follow the directions that come with the Absentee Ballot. Currently there are two ways to verify an Absentee Ballot is valid: 1) Two signatures that attest that you alone have made your selections or 2) You make your selections with a Notary Present. There is current legislation pending that could change this requirement, so follow the directions that will come with the Absentee Ballot.

9. How do I return my Absentee Ballot? Once you have completed the directions, you can mail the Absentee Ballot to your County Board of Elections. Some County Board of Elections will have drop boxes available; follow the directions that come with your Absentee Ballot. Note only the voter or the voter’s near relative (spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child,
grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild) may take possession of the absentee ballot for purposes of returning the ballot to the board of elections.

10. May I mail my voted absentee ballot in the same envelope as another person’s envelope? No. The envelope is specific to that voter and must contain only that voter’s ballot. So a husband and wife can NOT place their ballots in the same return envelope.

11. When do I need to return my Absentee Ballot in order for it to count? You need to have the Absentee Ballot at your County Board of Election Offices by 5pm on November 3, 2020 OR Post Marked by the Post Office by 5pm on November 3, 2020 and then delivered by the Post Office at the County Board of Elections Office no later than 5pm on November 6, 2020.

12. How can I verify my Ballot has been received? You can go to your counties Board of Elections website to see if they can provide your past and current voting status. This is the Wake County site:

13. By filling in this form will this also register me to vote? No. You need to be registered PRIOR to requesting an Absentee Ballot. You can contact your County Board of Elections or go via this website: to register.

14. Additional Details on Absentee Voting can be found here: and
you should also check your counties Board of Elections web site.

15. Still have Questions? Contact your local County Board of Elections, phone numbers are provided on page 4.

Workers First Caravan – Postponed

***Please note that the organizing groups have decided to postpone this protest. We will post here and on social media when a new date has been set. Thank you to all who continue to advocate for worker rights. ***

On Wednesday, June 3, working people from Raleigh will join thousands of people from across the country in a Workers First Caravan, an all-out action of national solidarity calling for implementation of America’s Five Economic Essentials and passage of the HEROES Act.

Help us tell Thom Tillis that inaction is unacceptable. We’re ready to fight for our health, our economy and our country.


Tuesdays with Tillis is proud to join the North Carolina and the national AFL-CIO in this action.

Workers First Caravan – Press Release

***Please note that the organizing groups have decided to postpone this protest. We will post here and on social media when a new date has been set. Thank you to all who continue to advocate for worker rights. ***


Contact: Tuesdays With Tillis 

Workers First Caravan 

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Time: 11 – 11:30 am Where: Thom Tillis’s Raleigh Office, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601 

Raleigh, North Carolina Along with both the State and National AFL/CIO organizations, Tuesdays With Tillis will be participating in an action of national solidarity for the implementation of America’s Five Economic Essentials and passage of the HEROES Act

They will join with the AFL/CIO and other labor organizations in bringing to public attention the following five demands:

~ Keep front-line workers safe and secure.

~ Keep workers employed and protect earned pension checks.

~ Keep state and local governments, our public schools and the U.S. Postal Service solvent and working.

~ Keep America healthy – protect and expand health insurance for all workers.

~ Keep America competitive – hire people to build infrastructure.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, participants will form a Caravan of vehicles that will circle the Terry Sanford Federal Office Building & Court House at 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh. A smaller group will participate from the sidewalk, maintaining appropriate physical-distancing and wearing protective face masks. 

Since January 2017, Tuesdays With Tillis has been holding weekly rallies outside the Raleigh office of Sen. Thom Tillis, demanding that he support the needs of the people over the needs of his corporate donors. Honoring Gov. Roy Cooper’s requests to maintain physical distancing to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Tuesdays With Tillis members now continue to meet weekly via video conferencing, and are organizing action teams to meet the growing need for assistance among those most directly impacted and most vulnerable. Volunteers wishing to know more can contact the group at

TWT Gives: Sharing our Stimulus Checks

The TWT Care and Comfort Committee encourages all who have not been affected financially by the pandemic to consider sharing some or all of the funds that came to them from the US government in the form of the stimulus check.

A list of worthy North Carolina relief efforts can be found here, as well as the letter from the Care & Comfort Committee to the group.

Food Banks Near Meat and Poultry Plants

TWT member Elena Ceberio has compiled and vetted this database of food bank locations, generally within 25 miles of meat and poultry processing plants inspected by the USDA in North Carolina.

The information is broken out by county, then by the specific processing plant. In most cases there are four food banks listed for each of the plants.

If you are able, please support these food banks in any way possible and as often as possible. They are feeding people at a rate which is not sustainable without extraordinary effort on their part and in turn, we would hope to support them with the same commitment.

Please share this list freely, but do not provide it for any financial gain. If it is used in a public way, please cite the source.

If you would like to join one of TWT’s committees on immigrants or food security, please contact us here.

En español:

La miembro de TWT, Elena Ceberio, ha compilado y examinado esta base de datos de ubicaciones de bancos de alimentos, generalmente dentro de las 25 millas de las plantas de procesamiento de carne y aves inspeccionadas por el USDA en Carolina del Norte.

La información se desglosa por condado, luego por la planta de procesamiento específica. En la mayoría de los casos hay cuatro bancos de alimentos listados para cada una de las plantas.

Si puede, apoye a estos bancos de alimentos de cualquier manera posible y con la mayor frecuencia posible. Están alimentando a las personas a un ritmo que no es sostenible sin un esfuerzo extraordinario de su parte y, a su vez, esperamos apoyarlos con el mismo compromiso.

Comparta esta lista libremente, pero no la proporcione para obtener ganancias financieras. Si se usa de forma pública, cite la fuente.

Si desea unirse a uno de los comités de TWT sobre inmigrantes o seguridad alimentaria, contáctenos aquí.

Letter to the Editor N&O

May 6, 2020

When workers are classified as essential, the company that employs them must ensure their safety. Food processing plant employees work without masks, face shields, or physical barriers, which fosters the spread of coronavirus.

To secure our meat supply, we must improve worker safety. Plants should keep six feet between workers and provide PPE, plexiglass barriers and washing stations. Plants should also test and isolate infected workers. The costs of these measures must be borne by the companies.

President Trump issued an executive order for plants to re-open. CDC guidelines for worker safety are provided, but not required. We are asking that North Carolina lead the nation by insisting that worker health and safety come before profit — and that the lives of our workers be our state’s top priority.

Dr. Doyle Graham,

Tuesdays with Tillis member

Link here.

Worker Safety in Food Processing Plants


May 5, 2020

Dear Governor Cooper,

As North Carolinians, Tuesdays with Tillis have been gathering weekly for three years outside Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office to bring attention to the unmet needs of the people of North Carolina. We currently meet online each week to continue our work on behalf of people who are disproportionately affected by the global pandemic. Right now, we are concerned about the safety of those who work in our meat and poultry processing plants. 

When workers who toil in environments that involve close person-to-person contact are classified as essential (often a euphemism for expendable), the company that employs them must ensure their safety. Meat and poultry processing plants provide a number of conditions that promote the spread of communicable diseases, especially the coronavirus: people stand shoulder to shoulder with no barrier between them; while they wear gloves, they do not wear masks or face shields; the pace of work is unrelenting with pressure to work faster making safety lapses more likely. 

To secure our meat supply, we must make worker safety paramount. Fewer workers should be on the line at one time, allowing 6 feet of space between them; plexiglass barriers should be erected between workstations; workers should be provided with gloves, gowns, and high quality face masks that filter all inhaled air, like the KN-95 masks issued to waste disposal and sewer workers; workers should be provided with full face shields, since the lining of the eye also is a portal for entry of the virus. Hand washing stations and sanitizer must be readily available. In addition, the plants need to conduct diagnostic testing to know who is infectious and who is not, since many people carrying the coronavirus are asymptomatic. Those who test positive must be isolated from other workers and from their families until they no longer test positive. Attention needs to be paid as well to break rooms and safe transportation, as these environments are also sites of virus transmission and distance from each other should be maintained. All the costs of these measures must be borne by the companies. Workers should not endure financial hardship in addition to the risks that their jobs entail. 

President Trump has now issued an executive order for the meat and poultry plants to re-open. At the same time the states are enjoined from stopping the plants from opening and thus cannot require the plants to insure worker safety first.  This is outrageous. CDC guidelines for worker safety are provided, but are not required. 

Tuesdays with Tillis demands that the state of North Carolina lead the nation by challenging this executive order. We ask you to insist that worker health and safety come before profit and that the lives of our workers be our state’s top priority. 

Thank you for the work that you do on behalf of all North Carolinians.


Doyle G. Graham, MD, PhD

Dean Emeritus of Medical Education
Duke University School of Medicine

Professor Emeritus
National University of Singapore


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