Letter to the Senator

Dear Senator TIllis,

It is amazing to us how you seem to focus on exactly the wrong things. At a time when the president uses his powers for personal and political gain, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States acts like the president’s personal attorney, both break laws, and both force others to do the same, you pretend that all of this isn’t happening. You focus on non-issues such as “sanctuary cities.” There are no sanctuary cities in North Carolina, and multiple studies have shown that undocumented people are far less likely to commit crimes than naturalized citizens. The reason why you and the president lie about undocumented people is to inflame the racism of your base. This kind of divisive politics serves no one except Putin and the billionaires.

Meanwhile, 5,400 migrant children were separated from their parents. How can you possibly support a president who would do this? How can you continue to support a president who takes money away from FEMA, and from our troops so that he can build a useless wall and fund ICE?

The Senate resolution objecting to the House investigation of the president is another non-issue. Meanwhile, actual pressing issues include the corruption of our own government, the climate crisis, racist policies, a trillion dollar deficit as a result of the tax cut for the rich, mass incarceration, gun violence, the 400,000 children who have lost health care coverage since 2016, and the abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria. You have nothing to say about any of these things.

Your contempt for your constituents and your contempt for the rule of law become clearer every day. But, as always, it is not too late to do the right thing. Support the impeachment of this lawless president and start talking about things that matter.

Letters to the Senator

October 22, 2019

 

Dear Senator Tillis,

The president has surrounded himself with criminals and commits high crimes and misdemeanors repeatedly in public.  He is corrupt to the core, and has appointed corrupt people to serve on his cabinet, most of them selected for their willingness to dismantle the very agencies they are supposed to lead.  Partisan voter suppression is rampant, and interference with our elections by foreign governments is invited and occurs in plain sight. Our intelligence agencies and dedicated public servants are contradicted and silenced and threatened.  The Attorney General of the United States is using his office to traffic in false conspiracy theories so that he can punish the political enemies of the president. The president blatantly mocks and disregards the rule of law.

 

Where will it end?  Meanwhile, you who have been charged with defending the Constitution instead continue to parrot the lies and obstruction of the president and his cronies.  Meanwhile, you think the most important thing you can do is to sign an amicus brief for a florist who thinks it is her 1st Amendment right to refuse to make a flower arrangement for queer people.  This was emphatically not what our founders intended by putting “freedom of religion” in the Constitution, and you know it.

 

It is not too late to decide to be on the right side of history.  There is no way you can win the next election except by becoming as much of a criminal as the president.  Why not do the right thing, and actually represent the people of North Carolina, and actually defend the Constitution of the United States?  We demand that you call for the House bill about Syria to come to the floor of the Senate. We demand that you impeach this president.

Letters to the Senator

October 15, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

All over the world, indigenous people are fighting for their lives and fighting to save the earth. All over the world, people yearn for democracy and for justice. This past week, the president made a disastrous decision regarding Syria for no apparent reason, crushing the Kurdish people and accelerating the destruction of a part of the world that had achieved a fragile stability.

You have defended the president’s decision. Doesn’t it worry you that he did not consult anyone from the Pentagon or any foreign policy advisors or allies, but simply did this hideous and hugely consequential thing on a whim during a phone call with one of his favorite strongmen? Doesn’t it disturb you that now not only the Kurdish people but also our own troops are under attack, and the United States is weakened suddenly while all of this is in the interest of Russia, Syria, Iran, and ISIS? Why exactly are you allowing this to happen? Surely you know it is wrong.

Meanwhile, the greed and cruelty that seems to fuel the president is the same mindset that is destroying the earth. His destruction of the EPA, rollback of crucial environmental regulations, and contempt for the Paris agreement are rapid movements in the wrong direction at the very time when we absolutely must apply all of our energy into trying to save the earth for future generations. It is no longer possible to deny that the earth is becoming uninhabitable for increasing numbers of people each year because of carbon emissions and environmental destruction. If you would have town halls you would see that this is emerging as the number one concern among young people, and for good reason.

Please meet with your constituents. Represent the people of North Carolina, not the billionaires and corporations. It is not too late to do the right thing.

Press Releases


MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Elena Ceberio, Tuesdays with Tillis, 919-836-1836  ejcsocialjustice@gmail.com

 

Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano bring attention to Trump’s continued war on immigrants and refugees

 

What: Protest outside Senator Tillis’s office by his constituents

When: Tuesday, October 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh NC 27601

Who: Concerned North Carolinians, activists from El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, Tuesdays with TillisCarolina Jews for Justice

Visuals: Large, diverse crowd; sidewalk march; interesting signs and art; some impacted speakers, music

 

The cruelty of the Trump Administration with regard to the treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.  This past week, an order was issued to deny visas for people who do not have health care coverage. This came as the Administration is preparing to implement a “public charge rule” to deny green cards and US citizenship to poor people.  

 

The 325,000 undocumented people in North Carolina are threatened with raids.  50,000 people are being held by ICE or CBP, most in for-profit prisons. The human rights and constitutional rights of immigrants are routinely violated.  Despite the fact that immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than naturalized citizens and contribute far more than they receive from the economy, yet the President announced that only 18,000 people will be allowed into the country from abroad next year.

 

Jeff Land of Carolina Jews for Justice, is among the speakers.  “ As Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again.  We know from our own history what happens next when people are targeted in this way.  Many of our ancestors narrowly escaped from conditions like what we are seeing today in concentration camps at the border and detention centers around the country.” 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-administration-aims-to-make-citizenship-more-difficult-for-immigrants-who-rely-on-public-assistance/2019/08/12/fe3f8162-b565-11e9-8949-5f36ff92706e_story.html

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-will-deny-visas-to-immigrants-who-lack-health-care-coverage/2019/10/04/81e4f48a-e710-11e9-b403-f738899982d2_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/us/politics/trump-border-wars.html?searchResultPosition=4

 

Letters to the Senator

October 8, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

Blatantly inviting or coercing foreign governments to help him get elected is a good reason to impeach the president, but his rhetoric and policy concerning immigrants is just as disturbing. Since he first announced his campaign, he has characterized Mexicans as criminals and worse, manipulating public sentiment in false and hideous ways. The truth is that only 1.8% of immigrants commit crimes, compared to 3% of naturalized citizens.

Meanwhile, there is a concerted effort by the White House to make people believe that immigrants are a drain on the economy when the opposite is true. Study after study has shown that immigrants put far more money into the economy than they take out. Undocumented people put 16 billion dollars into Social Security each year and will never be able to collect any of this money.

Every week there are efforts by the White House to terrorize undocumented people and restrict immigration. Constitutional and human rights violations of immigrants escalate daily. In the past few weeks alone, there have been repeated efforts by the Administration to severely limit immigration, by the “presidential declaration,” the “public charge” declaration, and the proposal to deny visas to immigrants who lack health care coverage.

North Carolina is home to about 325,000 undocumented people. They are our neighbors, colleagues, and friends. We are protesting today in solidarity with them and demanding that you stand up to this president’s cruelty and lies.

Letters to the Senator

Letter prepared to present to NC Rep Price at his informal town hall and to Sen Tillis who has not had a public town hall since elected in 2018.

My name is Laurie Fox, from Durham.
Thank you for this opportunity to speak directly with you.

I am here to urge you to intervene on behalf of Carlos Hernandez, a man who has been unjustly detained by ICE since August 13 of this year.

I’d like you to think about the repercussions of removing this, or ANY, Head of Household from a family of 6.

I ask you: Who becomes the breadwinner? Who will be the children’s caregiver as they are catapulted into POVERTY?

Think of the effect of the trauma to the whole family, especially the children: the effects on their schooling and their overall education, their physical and mental health: the fear, anger, depression and distrust that may imprint for life.

Think of the human repercussions that the community must deal with in the schools, on the street and at our clinics. I have seen similar tragic cases during the years I worked at a community heath center. The psycho-social and economic ramifications are exceeding painful and costly for the whole community!

Think of the human consequences of ONE entirely unnecessary and cruel ICE action: the detention of a decent, contributing, longstanding member of the community who has harmed noone.

No one benefits from this action. The entire community suffers.

Are you not moved, Rep Price, Senator Tillis, to stop this cascade of life-long misery with all your power and heart?

Please commit to fighting for Carlos Hernandez, his family, and our whole community.

STOP ICE from fueling the disintegration of families and communities, citizens and non-citizens alike.

Press Releases

CONTACTS:

Mike Eisenberg, Tuesdays with Tillis, mikeeisen@yahoo.com, 312-371-1447

Karen Ziegler, Tuesdays With Tillis, ziegl001@gmail.com, 919-819-2073

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Protest at the Federal Building: Impeach Now

 

WHAT: Protest of the president’s crimes and demand for impeachment

WHERE: Federal Buildlng, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh 27601

WHEN: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm TODAY Tuesday September October 1

This is part of a national mobilization.  Everyone will sign the following letter:

October 1, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

We appreciate that you took the time this week to listen to the soldiers and families at Fort Bragg.  This could not have been easy for you.  It would be so great if you would know that, having survived this difficult event, you are strong enough to continue to listen to your constituents.

It is true that the President is more popular than you are in our state, so we understand why you would think that continuing to defend him might improve your own political fortunes.

We also understand why you are afraid of him.  He is a bully who will stop at nothing to stay in power.  He is also fighting for his life and for the lives of his family.  All of them are deeply implicated in numerous crimes.

Now he and Senator McConnell and AG Barr and apparently the head of the State Department are betting that Trump’s ability to whip people into a frenzy of hate will allow them to take over the House as well as keep the Senate and the White House.

We ask you today if you really want to be part of this plan.  Have you so totally sold your soul that you want to bet your own life on such a fragile house of cards?  Will lies win in the end, or truth?  Will brute strength crush all voices of reason, and all songs of love?  Will the earth die because a few wealthy men are determined to continue to amass wealth by cultivating hate and false conspiracy theories and crimes?

It is not too late to do the right thing and to be on the right side of history.  Please listen to those of us who are crying out for the future of our democracy, which has shown itself to be extremely fragile.  And please try to listen to your own heart and your own conscience.  At some point it will be too late, and this time is coming soon.