We have learned so much from the impeachment hearings; perhaps the most important thing we know now is that Trump is actively spreading disinformation which originated with Putin. He and his GOP allies have been caught in a Russian intelligence deception in the conspiracy theories about Ukraine. What to do about it? Our speaker is Aylett Colston, one of the most brilliant legal thinkers and activists in our community. #NoOneIsAboveTheLaw
November 19, 2019
Dear Senator Tillis,
Today we are coming to your office to demand that you stop lying to the people of North Carolina and stop defending this president and his criminal friends. As a member of the Judiciary Committee and a United States Senator, your continued determination to defend the indefensible is shameful. You have told so many lies this week, like when you said that the Mueller report “found that there was no collusion and no obstruction.” You know perfectly well that this is not true, and that this report detailed actual crimes by the president, some of them impeachable offenses.
You said, “The American people are tired of the House getting nothing done.” On the contrary, the House has passed over 100 bills that the Senate is sitting on, including a crucial bill on election security. All the Senate does is confirm extremist judges.
You said that the impeachment hearing is based on “secondhand knowledge.” This is only true because the president and the state department have forbidden the firsthand people to testify. They have demanded that people defy subpoenas, which is a crime. Evidence of the quid pro quo, and bribery, has now been backed up by multiple witnesses, and we all saw witness intimidation by the president in real time last week.
You said that the “American people” think the impeachment hearing is a waste of time, yet 70% of Americans believe that what the president did in the Ukraine was wrong. You said that nothing wrong happened because the aid was released to the Ukraine. But you know perfectly well that the aid was released only after the whistleblower report became public, and after months of bipartisan pressure by multiple senators, representatives, and officials.
It is not too late for you to stop lying in a futile effort to save your job. It is not too late to do the right thing. A president who uses his power for personal gain in a way that consistently undermines the national security of the United States deserves to be impeached.
Donald Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 election. He withheld U.S. military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to launch a sham investigation into a 2020 political rival in order to hurt his candidacy.
That’s bribery and extortion. We are demanding that Senator TIllis stand up for the rule of law and stop defending the president, whose actions are indefensible.
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We want Senator Tillis to support the impeachment of the president. Meanwhile the Senator is spending his time bragging about his opposition to “sanctuary cities,” and warning of crimes by immigrants. We know that immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than naturalized citizens, and that the war on immigrants is a way that the president and his party distract us from his crimes and feed the racism of their base. Meanwhile, 5,400 children have been separated from their parents at the border (kidnapped by our government), child separation continues at an escalating rate, and the administration has virtually ended asylum and even legal immigration. We come together to resist the racism which is behind these policies, policies which cause lifelong trauma to children, heartbreak, ruined lives, and continued genocidal policies toward black and brown people. #OneSimpleQuestion
November 5, 2019
Dear Senator Tillis:
I cry myself to sleep almost every night over the loss of my country – our country. I am a registered Democrat but far more than that I am an American. I plead with you to search your conscience and take an informed stand about what is happening. When I write “what is happening,” I mean all of the things that each cabinet leader seems to be doing with what used to somewhat work (Justice, Environment, State, etc etc). I mean the Chair-Sitter in the oval office.
You and Senator Burr are all we have to represent us in this toxic Senate environment. We don’t understand why you are not standing up. I really mean that. I look at the facts – and I mean real facts, not flexible facts – and can’t you see that the majority of us also believe there is an emergency at the border – the emergency is about deaths, moral choices and human rights.
I could go on and on but please know I love this country to the depths of my being. I never believed in love it or leave it and I am not one looking to Canada for a new life. I am staying put to bring my care and my talent to bringing justice to everyone. Right now, justice looks like removal of the Chair-Sitter.
If you met me, you might see how sincere I am. And others who are like me. You can easily gather with us in a Town Hall here in the City of Oaks or anywhere of your choosing. All of us are in so much pain over your silence and that of your colleagues. It is not too late to access your moral core, your soul. Please meet with us.
Senator Tillis co-sponsored Lindsey Graham’s resolution complaining about the process in the House, and he approved of the obstruction of the hearing on Wednesday by representatives of his party, which delayed it by 5 hours. The American people want the truth, and we need to keep pointing out the costs of this presidency to the rule of law, our democratic process, our elections, our allies, and our values. People are exhausted by all the news coming out of Washington, yes, but meanwhile we absolutely must build public pressure to remove this president.
Dear Senator TIllis,
It is amazing to us how you seem to focus on exactly the wrong things. At a time when the president uses his powers for personal and political gain, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States acts like the president’s personal attorney, both break laws, and both force others to do the same, you pretend that all of this isn’t happening. You focus on non-issues such as “sanctuary cities.” There are no sanctuary cities in North Carolina, and multiple studies have shown that undocumented people are far less likely to commit crimes than naturalized citizens. The reason why you and the president lie about undocumented people is to inflame the racism of your base. This kind of divisive politics serves no one except Putin and the billionaires.
Meanwhile, 5,400 migrant children were separated from their parents. How can you possibly support a president who would do this? How can you continue to support a president who takes money away from FEMA, and from our troops so that he can build a useless wall and fund ICE?
The Senate resolution objecting to the House investigation of the president is another non-issue. Meanwhile, actual pressing issues include the corruption of our own government, the climate crisis, racist policies, a trillion dollar deficit as a result of the tax cut for the rich, mass incarceration, gun violence, the 400,000 children who have lost health care coverage since 2016, and the abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria. You have nothing to say about any of these things.
Your contempt for your constituents and your contempt for the rule of law become clearer every day. But, as always, it is not too late to do the right thing. Support the impeachment of this lawless president and start talking about things that matter.
October 22, 2019
Dear Senator Tillis,
The president has surrounded himself with criminals and commits high crimes and misdemeanors repeatedly in public. He is corrupt to the core, and has appointed corrupt people to serve on his cabinet, most of them selected for their willingness to dismantle the very agencies they are supposed to lead. Partisan voter suppression is rampant, and interference with our elections by foreign governments is invited and occurs in plain sight. Our intelligence agencies and dedicated public servants are contradicted and silenced and threatened. The Attorney General of the United States is using his office to traffic in false conspiracy theories so that he can punish the political enemies of the president. The president blatantly mocks and disregards the rule of law.
Where will it end? Meanwhile, you who have been charged with defending the Constitution instead continue to parrot the lies and obstruction of the president and his cronies. Meanwhile, you think the most important thing you can do is to sign an amicus brief for a florist who thinks it is her 1st Amendment right to refuse to make a flower arrangement for queer people. This was emphatically not what our founders intended by putting “freedom of religion” in the Constitution, and you know it.
It is not too late to decide to be on the right side of history. There is no way you can win the next election except by becoming as much of a criminal as the president. Why not do the right thing, and actually represent the people of North Carolina, and actually defend the Constitution of the United States? We demand that you call for the House bill about Syria to come to the floor of the Senate. We demand that you impeach this president.
Even when Trump abandoned the at the direction of Turkey’s president, Tillis defended him, saying he “trusts” Trump. Join us as we demand that Senator Tillis defend our country’s most sacred values and stand up to this corrupt, narcissistic, and racist president.
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