Due to the recommended COVID-19 guidelines, we will be reducing our presence in front of Senator Tillis’ office temporarily. Please join us virtually by signing up for our tiny letter and following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or MeWe. We will also post here when we resume normal marches. In the meantime, we are working on continuing our activism as a community remotely. Please stay healthy and we will see you all in person soon!
Family separation continues in North Carolina and at our borders because of the racist and cruel policies of the Trump Administration. Our goal is our biggest rally ever, with publicity. Please spread the word. ICE raids are increasing in North Carolina, and what is happening in our name on the Southern border is a crime against humanity.
Physicians for Human Rights has declared that family separation is a form of torture. Separation happens to families in many ways, including deportation, detention, the virtual disappearance of legal immigration, the abolition of our asylum system, and the camps on the Southern border. ICE raids are increasing in North Carolina. We hope to involve many organizations so that this can be a huge and well-publicized reminder to our communities that this Administration’s cruelty to migrants and undocumented people is something we will not tolerate. If you can help with publicity or communicating with other organizations and individuals who might be interested in joining us, please let us know.
You can help North Carolina families who are being affected by deportations through Siembra NC.
We learned this week that not only is Russia interfering in the 2020 election, but the Trump Administration is actively helping them, notably by firing the Director of National Intelligence because his deputy briefed Congress about this. This continuing pattern of people being fired for for doing their job and for telling the truth speaks of an escalating autocracy, the literal destruction of the administrative state. Meanwhile, we learned that a PAC funded by #MoscowMitch is actively interfering in the NC Senate race and that Putin is apparently aiding Trump in the Democratic primaries. The climate emergency is arguably more important and urgent than all of this, but if we do not have free and fair elections in 2020, there is not hope that we can slow the escalating destruction of the planet. We are proud to welcome guest speakers Josh McClenney, the NC Field Coordinator for Appalachian Voices, and Karen Beardon, the 350.org Triangle Coordinator.
Please join us and wear red if you have it.
We the people will not tolerate a lawless president or a senate which covers up an illegal conspiracy.
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?
We need to let our Senators know that the rule of law demands that Trump be removed from office, and the continual disregard of the rule of law by this administration and the president’s party in the Senate is destroying our democracy. Now is the time to show up any way we can, in Raleigh or in Washington, and to call our Senators. #RemoveTrump
Because of this Administration’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured people has fallen for the past few years, by 500,000 last year.
With almost 30 million uninsured and countless 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 due to the cost. When uninsured and underinsured rates go up, so do deaths! This is a moral issue.
Healthcare justice is also a women’s rights issue. This month, Senators Tillis and Burr signed a resolution with 37 other GOP Senators to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v Wade. We must stand strongly in defending the women’s reproductive dignity and our right to self-determination over our own bodies and futures. We’ll stand together to stay abortion must remain a safe and legal procedure that is a choice a woman makes in consultation with her doctor. Abortion is health care.
We will also focus on the importance making your voice heard this election year – and always – and ways for you to get active with supporting #MedicareforAll, the #LowerDrugCosts Now act (the bill introduced by the late Elijah Cummings), and other efforts to defend current protections and advance healthcare justice for the people of NC and beyond.
Our speakers will be Rebecca Cerese of the NC Justice Center and Healthcare for all, Y’all, Stacie Borrello of Healthcare for All, Y’all, and Tara Romano, Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.
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
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