Deadline for Our Democracy

June 29, 2021

For immediate release

CONTACT: Karen Ziegler: 919-819-2073

When: Friday,  July 2, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Thom Tillis’s Raleigh Office, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

Raleigh, North Carolina – In collaboration with Indivisible.Org, Tuesdays With Tillis will be participating in an action of statewide solidarity asking that Sen. Thom Tillis reverse his stand and vote to pass the “For the People Act.”

At 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, participants will gather in front of Tillis’ Raleigh office at 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh. This gathering will be mirrored at each of  his three other North Carolina state offices.

The “For the People Act” would apply retroactively to voter suppression bills that already have passed through other state legislatures. It would establish a minimum set of standards for the administration of federal elections and would effectively overturn state laws that make it more difficult for people to vote, by:

  • increasing the number of drop-off boxes;
  • requiring no-excuse absentee voting;
  • establishing automatic voter registration; and
  • banning partisan gerrymandering and requiring independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional maps.

Election administration experts advise that many provisions of the democracy reform bill, such as the anti-gerrymandering independent redistricting commissions, will take significant time to implement before the next midterm elections. These experts explain that Congress needs to pass the bill by the end of this summer, so in order to prevent gerrymandering and voter suppression in the 2022 midterm elections, Tillis must act on the “For the People Act” before summer’s end. 

Since January 2017, Tuesdays With Tillis has been holding weekly rallies outside the senator’s office or via Zoom, demanding that he support the needs of the people over the needs of his corporate donors. Volunteers wishing to know more can contact the group at  tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.org.  

Letter to Senator Tillis

Senator Tillis,

There are several compelling reasons to convict ex President Trump for the article of impeachment before you now. They are:

Prevention, Not Retribution:
We agree with your recent statement that “The great hallmark of our democratic republic is self-government”. The ex President’s intention in the attempted insurrection that he incited was to negate our right to self-government. How can you preserve our right to self-government if such actions are not sanctioned in the strongest possible way? He must not be allowed to hold public office again.

We must also look to the future and discourage any other future president from attempting any such similar actions. There must not be any “January Exemption” for presidential behavior. The precedent that gets set as a result of these impeachment proceedings will either destroy or support our right of self determination for a very long time.

The Rule of Law:
Ex President Trump bears responsibility for what happened at the Capitol on January 6th. It is widely documented that “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President.” The purpose of this insurrection was to prevent Congress from certifying the free and fair election of JR Biden by the Electoral College and the American voters.

He also, in the days and weeks prior to January 6th, conspired with multiple states’ election officials attempting to negate large swaths of legitimate votes for the purpose of overturning Biden’s election. Over 60 separate lawsuits from multiple states were either immediately rejected out-of-hand or lost, yet he persisted in telling the Big Lie that the election was stolen. Illegal actions must have consequences. He must face the consequences of his actions.
Constitutional Amendment XIV, Section3 states that, “No person shall … hold any office under the United States …. having previously taken an oath … as an officer of the United States … to support the Constitution, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Heal the Nation’s Body Politic:
Trump supporters must be convinced that the election was not stolen from them. Republicans are the only ones who can dispel the lies that have been told about the 2020 election. The first step to convincing people is to convict ex President Trump, thereby laying the foundation of truth about the fairness of the 2020 election. We then call on all Republicans to publicly refute any and all claims that the election was stolen. The contrition must be genuine and universal.

Thank You for your time and consideration,

Tuesdays With Tillis
North Carolina, United States of America

Letter to Senator Burr

Senator Burr,

There are several compelling reasons to convict ex President Trump for the article of impeachment before you now. They are:

The Rule of Law:
We agree with your recent statement that ex President Trump “bears responsibility for what happened at the Capitol on January 6th.” It is widely documented that “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President.” The purpose of this insurrection was to prevent Congress from certifying the free and fair election of JR Biden by the Electoral College and the American voters.
He also, in the days and weeks prior to January 6th, conspired with multiple states’ election officials attempting to negate large swaths of legitimate votes for the purpose of overturning Biden’s election. Over 60 separate lawsuits from multiple states were either immediately rejected out-of-hand or lost, yet he persisted in telling the Big Lie that the election was stolen. Illegal actions must have consequences. He must face the consequences of his actions.

Constitutional Amendment XIV, Section3 states that, “No person shall … hold any office under the United States …. having previously taken an oath … as an officer of the United States … to support the Constitution, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Prevention, Not Retribution:
He must not be allowed to hold public office again. He has already stated his intention to run again in 2024. Perhaps over time he may well change his mind or be unable to fulfill that intention, however, we cannot allow for that possibility. He has shown over and over again that he does not learn his lesson; or at least the one we wish he would learn.

We must also look to the future and discourage any other future president from attempting any such similar actions. There must not be any “January
Exemption” for presidential behavior. The precedent that gets set as a result of these impeachment proceedings will either destroy or support our right of self determination for a very long time.

Heal the Nation’s Body Politic:
Trump supporters must be convinced that the election was not stolen from them. Republicans are the only ones who can dispel the lies that have been told about the 2020 election. The first step to convincing people is to convict ex President Trump, thereby laying the foundation of truth about the fairness of the 2020 election. We then call on all Republicans to publicly refute any and all claims that the election was stolen. The contrition must be genuine and universal.

Thank You for your time and consideration,

Tuesdays With Tillis
North Carolina, United States of America

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: http://www.wakegov.com/elections/voters/Pages/voterinfo.aspx

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: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voters/Registering-to-Vote to register.

14. Additional Details on Absentee Voting can be found here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Voting-Options/Absentee-Voting 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.

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/sen-thom-tillis-put-workers-first

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. ***

March 29, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Tuesdays With Tillis tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.com 

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 tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.org

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.