September 17, 2019
Dear Senator Tillis,
Surely you can see that the bullying, “winner take all” attitude of your party in North Carolina (your enduring legacy here) and in the White House and Senate are a real danger to democracy. Indeed, you have nearly destroyed democracy, and we wonder if you know the extent of the damage. Clearly the GOP cannot win elections without lying and cheating, and you need the help of hostile foreign governments and aggressive voter suppressionin order to elect candidates who will further your extreme right-wing agenda.
If this is not true, why is the Senate not taking up H. R. 3351, the House bill which gave 500 million dollars to the states for election security? Apparently, Senator McConnell wants the Russians to continue to tilt the election in the president’s favor, and he himself wants to continue to get their help. Apparently both men know that in a true election (one person, one vote) they will be voted out. Doesn’t this bother you, or have you totally sold your soul because you too know that cheating and lying is the only way you can stay in power?
Our entire intelligence community has said emphatically that hostile foreign powers are already at work on the 2020 election. In every country, we need paper ballots and machines that can’t be hacked, in time for the next election.
We call upon you to represent ALL of the people of North Carolina, to have town halls, to listen and give serious thought to what benefits all of us. We call upon you to stand up for election security and against voter suppression. This would be contrary to everything you have done so far in public life, but you took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is never too late to do the right thing.
August 27, 2019
Dear Senator Tillis,
You wrote in a recent letter to constituents, “I welcome a discussion of ideas to make our communities safer from gun violence,” and “a healthy dialogue is long overdue.” Yet you still have never had a town hall and you continue to meet only with wealthy donors and people who you know will agree with you. Meanwhile, an average of 1,113 people in North Carolina die every year from gun violence, many of them children. That’s one death every 7 hours.
Polls indicate that 70% of Americans support red flag laws, yet you worry that these laws may take away the constitutional rights of gun owners. We ask you, what about the constitutional rights of the rest of us? We know that you accepted 4.5 million dollars from the NRA in your 2016 election. Is money worth more than the lives of children? On August 19th, Z’Yon Person, 9 years old, was shot in the head in Durham NC and instantly killed as he rode in a car with 4 other children. Gun violence is the third leading cause of death for children in our state.
In February, the House passed HR 8 requiring background checks prior to gun sales, a measure supported by 97% of Americans. We demand that you publicly urge Senator McConnell to bring this bill to a vote in the Senate.
You say in your letter, “I am supportive of common sense measures to prevent dangerous criminals and mentally ill individuals from having access to firearms.” In fact, mentally ill people are much more likely to kill themselves than other people, and blaming them for gun violence is misleading and increases needless stigma.
Instead of joining the president in demonizing mentally ill people, we urge you to point out the clear relationship of both domestic violence and hate speech to gun violence. The misogynistic and racist rhetoric that the president displays on a daily basis is another part of the problem, and we urge you to do your job as a Senator and stand up to him. It is not too late to do the right thing.
Senator Tillis Must Speak Up
Last week the president gutted the Endangered Species Act and created a whole new way to punish immigrants. Then, he re-tweeted a conspiracy theory.
Meanwhile, Sen. Thom Tillis is acting the role of a “useful idiot,” pretending that what is happening is not happening.
It seems the only thing Tillis he cares about is getting re-elected. Anyone who truly intended to “protect and serve the Constitution” would be calling out the president’s blatant disregard for the rule of law and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s misuse of the Senate.
Tillis needs to meet with his constituents, not just his wealthy donors. He needs to speak up for the creatures who are being killed and the public land which is being destroyed to make way for more oil and gas, the children being separated from their parents, and the earth itself, which is crying out for our advocacy.
Karen Ziegler, Durham
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