Stand up for the Rule of Law, Senator Tillis

December 10, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

You have said that you will not vote for impeachment and that Trump supports you because he understands that you have “committed to the reform agenda that he has put in place.”  What “reform agenda” is that exactly?   Is it taking food away from hungry children?  His most recent cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will affect a million people, and in North Carolina 1 in 5 children already face hunger on a regular basis.  We need you to speak out about this cruel and clueless abuse of his power.

Does the “reform agenda” involve the tax cuts?  They simply increased an already obscene wealth disparity, raiding the federal treasury to give the rich more money.  Meanwhile 10,000 people in North Carolina are homeless, and affordable housing is rapidly disappearing.

Does the “reform agenda” involve the mind-boggling escalation of the global climate crisis?

Does the “reform agenda” involve having an avowed white nationalist in the White House determine our immigration agenda?  Is the president’s racist rhetoric part of the “reform agenda”?

America is under attack by a foreign government who, by the account of all of our intelligence agencies and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee, interfered with the 2016 election and is interfering with the 2020 right now.  The president and his Attorney General and others in the highest levels of our government including you are promoting false conspiracy theories about Ukraine that we now know originated with Putin.  Is this the “reform agenda” you are talking about, the reforming of a democracy into an autocracy?

Senator Tillis, please stand up for the rule of law and defend America’s most cherished values.  It is not too late to do your job, and to do the right thing.

The President Must Be Impeached

November 26, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

There is now overwhelming evidence that president Trump is acting under the influence of Putin. We all know why he is doing this. For years his finances have been entangled with organized crime and Russian oligarchs. This started years before the election, and it is for this reason that his foreign and domestic policy decisions are in Putin’s interest. This is completely plain to anyone who cares to look, and we are sure that you are aware of this. We know that you were briefed, as a Senator, on the fact that the Ukraine story was a lie cooked up by Putin. The fact that Trump is continuing to promote this lie on national television and in emails and advertisements is no longer surprising. We have come to expect lies and criminal behavior from this man. However the willingness of the Attorney General of the United States and of Senators including you to support and defend him is so horrifying that we must continue to protest, to write to you and call you, and to beg you to wake up.

Do you really expect us to believe that the honorable people who testified under oath are lying and the people who are breaking the law by ignoring subpoenas are telling the truth? Do you really want to support a president who exonerates a service member who has committed war crimes, destroying the morale and discipline of our troops and causing the Secretary of the Navy to resign in protest? Do you really want to support a president who endangers the national security of the United States with nearly every major decision he makes, when every decision is clearly in the interest of Mr. Putin?

Who are you serving, Senator Tillis? Have you been bought by Mr. Putin too? This president must be impeached. You must stop defending him before it is too late. Our country will not survive another year of this president and his reckless and criminal behavior.

Now We Really Need to Impeach Trump

Protesters at Senator Tillis Office. Signs say Democracy is under Attack and Impeach.

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

Support the For the People Act

Tuesdays with Tillis marchers with Lady Liberty and Let the People Vote and Remember in November signsDetails

HR 1 was passed by the House of Representatives; we are demanding that the Senate pass it as well. Its purpose:
To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

 

Voting

Specifically, the bill expands voter registration and voting access, makes Election Day a federal holiday, and limits removing voters from voter rolls.
The bill provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions

The bill also sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, protecting the security of the voter rolls, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect the security and integrity of U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems.

Money in Politics

This bill addresses campaign spending, including by expanding the ban on foreign nationals contributing to or spending on elections; expanding disclosure rules pertaining to organizations spending money during elections, campaign advertisements, and online platforms; and revising disclaimer requirements for political advertising.

This bill establishes an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices. The system involves federal matching of small contributions for qualified candidates.

Ethics

This bill sets forth provisions related to ethics in all three branches of government. Specifically, the bill requires a code of ethics for federal judges and justices, prohibits Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, expands enforcement of regulations governing foreign agents, and establishes additional conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House.

The bill also requires candidates for President and Vice President to submit 10 years of tax returns.

Impeachment and Immigration

Peaceful protest at Senator Tillis’ office immigration reform

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

Defend the Country, not the 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.

Preserve our Earth and our Future

Tuesdays with Tillis protester marching for environment, climate justice

Climate Justice, Climate Catastrophe: whatever we call it is the most important issue of our time. Join us as we protest the Administration’s policies which exacerbate climate injustice and climate catastrophe. Join us as we learn about crucial local efforts and local organizations.

Stop the War on Immigrants

The president’s attacks on immigrants, especially those who are people of color, have continued to escalate with the help of the Supreme Court and the failure of the Senate to hold him accountable. We must stand up and demand an end to deportation, to the concentration camps, to for-profit detention centers, and to the separation of families. We must demand a clean DREAM act and an end to white supremacist policies and racist rhetoric. We must demand an end to the funding of this reign of terror.

Press Releases


MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Elena Ceberio, Tuesdays with Tillis, 919-836-1836  ejcsocialjustice@gmail.com

 

Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano bring attention to Trump’s continued war on immigrants and refugees

 

What: Protest outside Senator Tillis’s office by his constituents

When: Tuesday, October 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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

Who: Concerned North Carolinians, activists from El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, Tuesdays with TillisCarolina Jews for Justice

Visuals: Large, diverse crowd; sidewalk march; interesting signs and art; some impacted speakers, music

 

The cruelty of the Trump Administration with regard to the treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.  This past week, an order was issued to deny visas for people who do not have health care coverage. This came as the Administration is preparing to implement a “public charge rule” to deny green cards and US citizenship to poor people.  

 

The 325,000 undocumented people in North Carolina are threatened with raids.  50,000 people are being held by ICE or CBP, most in for-profit prisons. The human rights and constitutional rights of immigrants are routinely violated.  Despite the fact that immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than naturalized citizens and contribute far more than they receive from the economy, yet the President announced that only 18,000 people will be allowed into the country from abroad next year.

 

Jeff Land of Carolina Jews for Justice, is among the speakers.  “ As Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again.  We know from our own history what happens next when people are targeted in this way.  Many of our ancestors narrowly escaped from conditions like what we are seeing today in concentration camps at the border and detention centers around the country.” 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-administration-aims-to-make-citizenship-more-difficult-for-immigrants-who-rely-on-public-assistance/2019/08/12/fe3f8162-b565-11e9-8949-5f36ff92706e_story.html

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-will-deny-visas-to-immigrants-who-lack-health-care-coverage/2019/10/04/81e4f48a-e710-11e9-b403-f738899982d2_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/us/politics/trump-border-wars.html?searchResultPosition=4

 

Press Releases

CONTACTS:

Mike Eisenberg, Tuesdays with Tillis, mikeeisen@yahoo.com, 312-371-1447

Karen Ziegler, Tuesdays With Tillis, ziegl001@gmail.com, 919-819-2073

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Protest at the Federal Building: Impeach Now

 

WHAT: Protest of the president’s crimes and demand for impeachment

WHERE: Federal Buildlng, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh 27601

WHEN: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm TODAY Tuesday September October 1

This is part of a national mobilization.  Everyone will sign the following letter:

October 1, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

We appreciate that you took the time this week to listen to the soldiers and families at Fort Bragg.  This could not have been easy for you.  It would be so great if you would know that, having survived this difficult event, you are strong enough to continue to listen to your constituents.

It is true that the President is more popular than you are in our state, so we understand why you would think that continuing to defend him might improve your own political fortunes.

We also understand why you are afraid of him.  He is a bully who will stop at nothing to stay in power.  He is also fighting for his life and for the lives of his family.  All of them are deeply implicated in numerous crimes.

Now he and Senator McConnell and AG Barr and apparently the head of the State Department are betting that Trump’s ability to whip people into a frenzy of hate will allow them to take over the House as well as keep the Senate and the White House.

We ask you today if you really want to be part of this plan.  Have you so totally sold your soul that you want to bet your own life on such a fragile house of cards?  Will lies win in the end, or truth?  Will brute strength crush all voices of reason, and all songs of love?  Will the earth die because a few wealthy men are determined to continue to amass wealth by cultivating hate and false conspiracy theories and crimes?

It is not too late to do the right thing and to be on the right side of history.  Please listen to those of us who are crying out for the future of our democracy, which has shown itself to be extremely fragile.  And please try to listen to your own heart and your own conscience.  At some point it will be too late, and this time is coming soon.