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

FOOD PLANT WORKERS
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.

Sincerely,

Doyle G. Graham, MD, PhD

Dean Emeritus of Medical Education
Duke University School of Medicine

Professor Emeritus
National University of Singapore

and

Tuesdays with Tillis

 

 

Food for Children in Chatham County

Kids Eat Free provided by Chatham County Schools

For those of you desiring a worthwhile endeavor to support during these difficult times, please consider the Chatham County Schools (CCS) food for kids. CCS fed over 2600 meals to children in our community, providing free breakfast and lunch. Meals can be picked up daily at fourteen (14) school sites and mobile delivery is made to six (6) additional sites. Food is available to all children regardless of what school they attend and or where they reside.

The Chatham County School Nutrition Services works with two food pantries who also provide food to the kids: West Chatham Food Bank and CORA.  The following provides information about the programs and where donations can be made. 

Chatham County Schools 

These are extraordinary times, affecting everyone and Chatham County Schools (CCS) are providing free breakfast and lunch to all children, ages 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up curbside at school locations, and mobile delivery is made to additional sites.  Food is available to all children regardless of what school they attend or where they reside. Adult meals can be purchased, $2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

Families may pick up food distributed by the Chatham County School Nutrition staff and school employees, at curbside, minimizing any safety concerns. Information and updates on meal services, including locations and times, are available at Nutrition Services Facebook.

Food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers with a safety label including instructions for safe food handling information.

Donations are welcome to the Chatham County School Nutrition Program.

Please make the check payable to Chatham County School Nutrition Services, 369 West Street, PO Box 128, Pittsboro NC 27312

Information is available about Chatham County Schools District Website and Facebook page. 

Food Pantries

West Chatham Food Pantry (Chatham Residents Only)

Feeding the children is their number one priority, as well as their families, if possible. West Chatham Food Pantry Fuel Up program provides about 1000 weekend bags monthly to five schools, approximately 2700 students. Due to the coronavirus, they may expand service to local churches who have children in need. Additionally, they are starting to provide Fuel Up bags to children through their drive-up service at the pantry.

West Chatham Food Pantry welcomes and would much appreciate:

Food donations: rice, dried pinto beans, canned items, franks & beans, pasta, canned corn, chicken ramen noodles, cereal cups, white and chocolate milk, chicken noodle soup, animal crackers or nabs, fruit packs, diced tomatoes and small fruit cups or pudding. 

Monetary donations:  West Chatham Food Pantry, include on the memo line Fuel Up and mail to PO Box 254, Siler City NC 27344.

Curbside drop off food donations are available at the Pantry – new address is 2535 Old Hwy 421N Siler City 27344, (919) 742-3111. The food pantry is open Monday 4:30 to 6pm, Wednesday 12:30 – 2pm and Friday 12:30 – 2pm.

Food donations can be made at any time. If the pantry is closed, contact lougiovenco@gmail.com or call (941) 468- 5130. Lou will meet anyone who would like to donate, opening the doors to the pantry.  For information and questions, send an email to wcfoodpantry@gmail.com

CORA (Chatham Outreach Alliance)

CORA provides food to individuals and families within our community who are in need during difficult personal economic periods. These are extraordinary times and CORA is continuing their work to create a community without hunger. CORA is grateful for you and their partners’ work to support vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The true strength of a community lies in our ability to come together and care for each other, especially during times of need and uncertainty. 

 CORA welcomes and would much appreciate:

Food donations: canned veggies, fruits, and proteins, such as tuna, chicken, SPAM, and ham. In addition,  kid-friendly food is appreciated, such as single-serve mac and cheese, applesauce, cereal bars, fruit snacks, cheese and crackers, and juice boxes. 

Monetary donations: CORA can make a dollar go much further than an individual can because they’re able to buy in bulk. Please send donations to CORA at PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or give securely online here. 

Curbside drop off donations can be made at the Pantry: 40 Camp Drive in Pittsboro, NC, 919-542-5020, Monday through Friday between 9am and 3pm.

For the latest news and updates, check their website.

The most recent updates to Food for Children in Chatham County can be found here.

We will be posting resources for other counties on this website as we find them. Please check back frequently.

Citizens Demand Emergency Action from NC Legislature to Ease COVID-19 Hardships

Dear Governor Cooper, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Speaker of the House Tim Moore,  and all NC Senators and Representatives,

As North Carolinians, our Tuesdays with Tillis group has been gathering outside Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office for the past 163 consecutive Tuesdays to bring attention to the unmet needs of the people of North Carolina. Tomorrow, and for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, we will practice social distancing and meet virtually online each week to continue our witness in this time of peril brought on by a global pandemic that now includes a growing number of cases in our State.

Today, we are calling upon Governor Cooper, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, and all NC Senators and Representatives to meet in an emergency special session to be convened immediately on a virtual basis.

We call upon you to address the following issues which require an immediate and effective response to take care of the people you were elected to serve:

1) Take all necessary action now to ensure that the 2020 elections take place as scheduled, with a paper ballot provided to all registered voters with a pre-addressed postage-paid envelope, as Oregon has done successfully since 2000;

2) Expand Medicaid to all citizens who currently live without benefit of health care coverage. This alone would provide the State with $4 billion in added economic growth;

3) Provide no-cost health insurance for all currently uninsured children living in the State;

4) Extend unemployment insurance to all workers;

5) Provide all workers with paid sick leave;

6) Provide a guaranteed minimum income to all North Carolinians for the duration of the pandemic;

7) Increase the State minimum wage to $15 an hour;

8) Ensure that all children who receive free meals at school will continue to be fed;

9) Honor and extend the mandated 30-day moratorium on evictions, provide safe shelter for the homeless, and create a permanent plan for affordable housing throughout the State; and

10) Establish state-wide provisions for food and other necessities to be delivered to anyone who is in quarantine, including those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Emergency plans for our senior citizens also must be implemented.

All of these demands can be met with funds from the State’s Rainy Day Fund. That day has come.

We look forward to your immediate response.

Sincerely,

Tuesdays with Tillis

Letter to Senator Burr

February 4, 2020

Dear Senator Burr,

If you have a shred of decency and if a tiny bit of your soul has not been lost to greed and lies, you must vote to remove this president.  It is inconceivable to us that you could continue to provide cover for the most powerful person in the world, a man who surrounds himself with criminals and undeniably acts like a mob boss.  You will have no credibility whatsoever if you fail to hold this man accountable for his brazen betrayal of our national security and election security.

The president’s lawyers argue, “Let the voters decide,” yet your party has completely eroded our confidence in our elections.  We know that if you do not find him guilty, this man will continue to find it perfectly normal to solicit foreign help for his election in 2020.  If he wins, American will not have any idea if it was “the voters” or foreign governments who made that decision.

Perhaps you never thought you would find yourself in a situation where you are one of a very few people on whom the entire future of our country depends.  Clearly nothing has prepared you for this weighty fate.  So far you have not shown yourself equal to it.  But you simply have to do the right thing, and it is simple.  You must vote to remove this president, because it is completely clear he is guilty of high crimes and is a danger to our national security and to our soul as a nation.

We all die eventually.  When you die, do you want to be remembered for being a coward or for standing up against all odds for the truth and for the Constitution of the United States of America?

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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