We Demand a Real Impeachment Trial

December 24, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

We the people of North Carolina demand a real impeachment trial in the Senate, not the sham trial that Senator McConnell clearly prefers.  You will have to take an oath before this trial, so we expect you to be open to any outcome. Further, no one is above the law, so we expect that the president will not use presidential power to block witnesses, as he did in the House investigation.  We demand that Rudy Guliani, Mike Pompeo, and Nick Mulvaney all testify in the Senate trial. These are the people in the position to know the truth. If the president does not have anything to hide, if he did nothing wrong, why does he not want these witnesses to testify?

We expect you to be interested in the truth. We demand that you stand up to the president and to Senator McConnell and act in the interest of truth and justice.  We are tired of the cover up. We are outraged by the obstruction of justice by the president, the Attorney General of the United States, by Senator McConnell, and by you so far in this process.   

And we continue to ask you to have a town hall.  The president’s campaign of disinformation mirrors that of Putin, and we are truly worried that you are more interested in falling into line with the cult of Trump than in doing your job. Consider your legacy in history.  It is not too late to do the right thing.

Nobody Is Above the Law Rally in Raleigh to Demand Trump Be Impeached and Removed From Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 13, 2019

CONTACT:

Marci Curtis, Michael Eisenberg

Tuesdays with Tillis

https://TuesdayswithTillis.org

Email: Tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.com

Phone: 919-696-8011 (Marci Curtis)

            312-371-1447 (Michael Eisenberg)

Nobody Is Above the Law Rally in Raleigh to Demand Trump Be Impeached and Removed From Office

SPEAKERS

Gerald Givens, President Raleigh Apex NAACP

Faisal Khan, Carolina Peace Center

Aylett Colston, Attorney, Raleigh Apex NAACP

State Senator Erica D Smith

Reverend Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and Poor People’s Campaign

Susanna Hailey-Thomas, Law Works North Carolina

Keith Bullard, Fight for 15

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Yavnah: A Jewish Renewal Community

Bob Phillips, Common Cause NC

[Raleigh, NC] — At 5:30 PM local time, on December 17th, the night before the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach Donald Trump for his high crimes and misdemeanors, activists will gather at Bicentennial Plaza as part of the nationwide “Nobody Is Above the Law” rallies. The rally and march in Raleigh will be one of about four hundred actions occurring nationwide.  Well over 1,000 people are expected.

The mobilization is part of a massive, grassroots effort to ensure Congress holds Donald Trump accountable for using military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections. Protesters will demand that the House of Representatives fulfills its constitutional duty by impeaching Donald Trump and that the Senate remove him from office for attempting to rig the 2020 elections. Congress must show that no one—including the criminal in the White House—is above the law.

Protesters will gather at Bicentennial Plaza at 5:30pm for a rally, then a short march around the Capitol Building for those who are able (vigil for those who are not), then another rally at about 7:00pm.  There will be creative signs, costumes, songs, and chants.

“The impeachment inquiry has clearly shown that the president of the United States has used the power of his office to pressure a weaker foreign government to help him personally in the 2020 election. This abuse of power cannot go unchecked! Our Senators must do their job of defending the constitution,” said Karen Ziegler, lead organizer for the Tuesdays With Tillis group that has been rallying around Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office for over 150 weeks.

Activists will use #NotAboveTheLaw to engage communities on social media. Information about other events can be found at Impeach.org. The link to the event in Raleigh is here.

WHEN

Program:

5:30-Speakers

6:15-March/Vigil

7:00-Speakers

WHERE

Bicentennial Plaza, Raleigh

1 Edenton Street, Raleigh

WHO

Gerald Givens, President Raleigh Apex NAACP

Faisal Khan, Carolina Peace Center

Aylett Colston, Attorney, Raleigh Apex NAACP

NC State Senator Erica D Smith

Reverend Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and Poor People’s Campaign

Susanna Hailey-Thomas, Law Works

Keith Bullard, Fight for 15

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community

Bob Phillips, Common Cause NC

PRESS

If you are a member of the media who will be covering the event, please contact Michael Eisenberg at tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.com or 312-371-1447 for media logistics or to speak to a local organizer.

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Stand up for the Rule of Law, Senator Tillis

December 10, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

You have said that you will not vote for impeachment and that Trump supports you because he understands that you have “committed to the reform agenda that he has put in place.”  What “reform agenda” is that exactly?   Is it taking food away from hungry children?  His most recent cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will affect a million people, and in North Carolina 1 in 5 children already face hunger on a regular basis.  We need you to speak out about this cruel and clueless abuse of his power.

Does the “reform agenda” involve the tax cuts?  They simply increased an already obscene wealth disparity, raiding the federal treasury to give the rich more money.  Meanwhile 10,000 people in North Carolina are homeless, and affordable housing is rapidly disappearing.

Does the “reform agenda” involve the mind-boggling escalation of the global climate crisis?

Does the “reform agenda” involve having an avowed white nationalist in the White House determine our immigration agenda?  Is the president’s racist rhetoric part of the “reform agenda”?

America is under attack by a foreign government who, by the account of all of our intelligence agencies and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee, interfered with the 2016 election and is interfering with the 2020 right now.  The president and his Attorney General and others in the highest levels of our government including you are promoting false conspiracy theories about Ukraine that we now know originated with Putin.  Is this the “reform agenda” you are talking about, the reforming of a democracy into an autocracy?

Senator Tillis, please stand up for the rule of law and defend America’s most cherished values.  It is not too late to do your job, and to do the right thing.

Speak the Truth, Senator Tillis

Protesters, including US Senate candidate Erica Smith, outside Thom Tillis’ office.

Dear Senator Tillis,

The first two Representatives who endorsed the president’s campaign, Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, have pled guilty and been indicted for corruption. The president’s lawyer (Michael Cohen), advisor (Roger Stone), campaign chair (Paul Manafort), national security advisor (Michael Flynn), campaign advisor (Rick Gates), and foreign policy advisor (George Papadopoulos) have all been indicted as well as many Russians who colluded with the president and his family in order to win the election.  (Just because he says over and over, “there was no collusion” does not make it true.)  Another one of the president’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, will likely be indicted any day now.

Meanwhile, cabinet officials Ryan Zinke, Ben Carson, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Robert Wilke, and Betsy Devos have all been embroiled in scandals.  The Attorney General of the United States is acting as this president’s personal lawyer, and the president continues to display a breathtaking contempt for the rule of law.  What kind of president advises people to ignore subpoenas?

You have been quoted as saying the president is doing a good job of energizing his base.  This explains your dishonest and obsequious behavior with regard to him.  We are protesting today because we are heartbroken over the ways that this president is ruining this country. A white nationalist in the White House is in control of immigration.  Every major foreign policy decision by the president benefits Russia, and GOP Representatives and Senators are parroting debunked conspiracy theories that originated with Putin. We are in a global climate emergency that is worsened daily by the president’s decisions and denial.  Meanwhile, while the tax cuts overwhelmingly benefited the rich, most Americans are struggling mightily simply to survive, and the president repeatedly cuts life-saving benefits like SNAP.   Affordable housing is disappearing.  Guns kill 100 Americans every day.

We demand that you represent the interests of the people of North Carolina, not only those who are being duped every day by Fox news and talk radio but also everybody else.  We demand that you face the truth, speak the truth, and save the country before it is too late.