Letter to Senator Burr

January 21, 2020

Dear Senator Burr,

We are hoping so much that you will be able to provide some moral leadership during this perilous time for our country.  We were outraged to learn that the intelligence community is failing to produce documents to Congress related to Ukraine.  As you know, according to the 1947 Security Act, the intelligence community must produce all relevant intelligence to Congress.  We are worried that intelligence agencies are giving in to pressure from the Trump Administration, and we call upon you as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to join Representative Schiff in a statement calling on them to produce these requested documents immediately.

We have seen the Department of Justice, the Attorney General of the United States, and now the Intelligence community each succumb to the president’s constant bullying.  If you do not stand up now for the rule of law, you are complicit in its destruction, and you are part of the cover up of the president’s corruption.

As the trial to remove the president begins, we implore you to consider your oath of office and the oath you took to be an impartial juror.  Our prayers are with you.

Karen Ziegler; this will be signed by all people at a protest today in Raleigh at the Federal Building

Healthcare is our Human Right

January 21, 2020

Dear Senator Tillis,

Senator McConnell’s ludicrous rules for the impeachment trial perpetrate a fraud on the American people.  His party is afraid of the truth and you are all participating in a massive cover up.  None of you have even tried to argue that the president is innocent since all of the evidence confirms his guilt.  He has suppressed documents and witnesses and you are joining him on the wrong side of history.

The evidence of the president’s guilt and corruption is going to keep coming out, and you are going to be embarrassed if you don’t do the right thing now.  Already 51% of the American people want to see this President removed from office. 

This unstable and cruel President has no respect for the rule of law or the Constitution.  The Department of Justice, Attorney General, and leader of the Senate also appear completely corrupt.  We just learned that the intelligence community is withholding documents that Congress is legally entitled to, having finally succumbed to the president’s constant bullying.  Where does this end? 

Today we are also gathering to protest your cruel and clueless position on health care.  You have voted against the ACA 7 times, and the attacks on the ACA have resulted in 500,000 people losing their health insurance in the past 3 years.  Without health care, people die.   The Amicus brief you and 36 other Senators sent to the Supreme Court requesting that they revisit and overturn Roe v Wade is also outrageous.  Repeatedly you put your party politics over human lives.

You are one of the most powerful people in the country, and one of the few who could make a real difference at this extremely perilous time in our history.  We implore you to consider the oath of office you took as well as your oath to be an impartial juror in the trial, and do the right thing.

Will be signed by “Tuesdays with Tillis” protest in front of your office in Raleigh NC

Public Demonstration: “Healthcare is a Human Right”

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

For Tuesday, January 21, 11:30am ET 

Public Demonstration: “Healthcare is a Human Right

 

What: Constituent gathering to address Sen. Thom Tillis (who refuses admittance to office)

When: Tuesday, January 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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

Who: Tuesdays with Tillis; Healthcare for All, Y’all; NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina 

Visuals: Invigorated, diverse crowd; March with signs; Speakers; Sing-a-longs with acoustic guitar

 

Karen Ziegler | Tuesdays with Tillis | 919-819-2073

Rebecca Cerese | Healthcare for All, Y’all | 919-824-0811

Tara Romano | NARAL | tara.romano@gmail.com

 

RALEIGH, NC— During the week we celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birth, we remember that the civil rights icon said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhuman because because it often results in physical death.” Because of this Administration’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured people has risen sharply over the past few years, leaving 500,000 additional people uninsured in 2018.

With almost 30 million uninsured and tens of millions more who cannot afford to use the insurance they have, people are faced with choices like draining their life savings to pay for cancer care, rationing insulin, and skipping or delaying care or medications due to the cost. When uninsured and underinsured rates go up, so do deaths!

In light of the moral imperative to act while people are suffering and healthcare protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remain under attack, dozens of advocates and activists will hold an energetic protest Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Senator Tillis’s Raleigh office, protesting his multiple votes to repeal the ACA, his “yes” vote on the 2018 budget resolution which sought to cut Medicare by $473 billion and Medicaid by $1.3 trillion. We demand Senator Tillis reverse course from the votes he’s made to dismantle healthcare protections and finally start voting to protect the ehealth and save the lives of North Carolinians.

Healthcare justice is also a women’s rights issue. Senators Tillis and Richard Burr recently signed a resolution with 37 other GOP Senators to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v Wade, which healthcare and women’s rights advocates vehemently oppose. 

“We must stand strongly in defending the women’s reproductive dignity and our right to self-determination over our own bodies and futures,” said Tara Romano, the director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. “We’ll stand together to say abortion must remain a safe and legal procedure that is a choice a woman makes in consultation with her doctor. Abortion is health care.”

Speakers include members of Healthcare for All, Y’all, a local organization dedicated to building grassroots power to pass Improved Medicare for All, and the director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.

 

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Letter to Senator Burr

January 14, 2020

Dear Senator Burr,

We are protesting today in Raleigh outside the Federal Building because we are alarmed by the president’s disregard for the rule of law and the failure of Senators in his party to stand up and defend our democracy and our Constitution.

More evidence emerges every day about the president’s corruption in connection with Ukraine and Russia. Russia has now hacked a server in Ukraine.  Many of us believe that Trump would not have been elected without the help of Russia.  Are you going to be complicit in a repeat of the election of 2016?  Is it okay with you for foreign powers to be involved in our elections?

Recently the President boasted of Saudi Arabia sending a check for a billion dollars in return for our troops.  Are our young men and women in uniform considered mercenaries to be sold to the highest bidder? To whom was that check written?
It is not normal for a president to lie over 15,000 times in three years.  It is not normal for Senators to join in an obvious cover up of crimes.

It is not normal for a president to accuse the leaders of the other party of being terrorists simply because they are trying to defend the rule of law.  It is not lawful for a president to commit an act of war without consulting allies or Congress unless there is an urgent, imminent threat. It is clear there was no such threat.

It is because of the election of 2020 that the House did not wait for lengthy court battles before they voted to impeach the president.  Your party appears to be joining the president in believing that the purpose of presidential power is to serve the personal interests of the person holding the office, and appears to approve of his lies, cruelty, crassness, and disinformation.

A president who does not defend the rule of law is a dictator.  If we do not defend the rule of law we will have permitted both its destruction and the destruction of our democracy.

If you felt at all accountable to the people of North Carolina, you would stand up for the rule of law instead of serving the personal interests of a corrupt and dishonest president.

 

Money in Politics

January 14, 2020

Dear Senator Tillis,

This is the 155th consecutive week we have protested outside your office.  We never intended this, but you keep making statements that indicate to us that you do not respect the Constitution and you do not believe in democracy.  What you consistently do is defend the President, and it is clear that he does not respect the rule of law or the Constitution.  This is why we keep showing up.

Over the past three years as we studied your statements and votes, it is clear that you do not feel accountable to the people of North Carolina, and we know that one of the reasons for this is because of the way your campaigns are funded.  You take the majority of your money from billionaires and corporations, and from out of state.

What is at stake in the impeachment trial (as well as the president’s recent assassination of a leader of a sovereign nation on the soil of another sovereign nation) is the rule of law.  More evidence emerges every day about the president’s corruption in connection with Ukraine and Russia, yet you continue to join the President in trying to suppress witnesses in the Senate trial.  In the past few days, evidence has emerged that Russia is hacking servers in the Ukraine in a direct attempt to help Trump get elected in 2020.

It is because of the election of 2020 that the House did not wait for lengthy court battles before they voted to impeach the president, and you know it.  You seem to be joining the President in believing that the purpose of presidential power is to serve the personal interests of the person holding the office.  You seem to be fine with his lies and disinformation.

It is not normal for a president to accuse the leaders of the other party of being terrorists.  It is not normal for a president to lie over 15,000 times in three years.  It is not normal for Senators to join in an obvious cover up of crimes.

A president who does not defend the rule of law is a dictator.  If we do not defend the rule of law we will have permitted both its destruction and the destruction of our democracy.

If you felt at all accountable to the people of North Carolina, you would stand up for the rule of law instead of serving the personal interests of a corrupt and dishonest president.

Sincerely,

“Tuesdays with Tillis”

Stop Escalation toward War, Sen Burr

January 7, 2020

Dear Senator Burr,

We are all in danger now as a result of the President’s reckless assassination of General Suleimani. An impulsive act of war was carried out without the consultation of Congress, which is illegal according to our Constitution.  The President has spent three years dismantling the federal government and isolating us from our allies, and now the fight with ISIS is thoroughly stalled.

Thousands of our troops are once again headed to the Middle East for no good reason.  We have been down this road before.

There is no doubt that the motivation for this attack is to distract us from impeachment.  You can no longer dispute the rapidly accumulating evidence that the president abused his power for personal gain.  Now that John Bolton has offered to testify in the Senate trial, you must vote for a trial with witnesses, including Nick Mulvany, Rudolph Guiliani, Secretary Pompeio, and Vice President Pence.

This President boasts of his willingness to commit war crimes.  He solicits help from foreign governments to help him win elections.  He lies continually.  He seems to be following Putin’s direction even as he denigrates our intelligence agencies, debases our military, and destroys our institutions.

History will not remember you kindly if you continue to defend this President.  We do not want a war and we do not want our country to be divided by partisanship.  Please vote for a fair trial, with witnesses.  These are not partisan issues.  Your choice is to stand up for the truth, or continue to assist in the cover up by defending lies with more lies.