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

Healthcare is our Human Right

Protesters holding signs that say Healthcare is a Human Right! and Denying Health Care is Violence

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.

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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Stop the Attacks on Women’s Healthcare

Peaceful protest at Senator Tillis’ office

Stop the attacks on reproductive health care for all – whether it is lack of pregnancy support, restrictions on contraception and abortion, or lack of access to comprehensive reproductive health care, it all compromises our reproductive freedom. Join speakers from NC NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and Action NC.

Attacks on abortion include bans, protestors who feel entitled to interfere with personal medical decisions, and real abortion clinics being outnumbered by fake clinics (CPCs). We are also seeing higher costs and less availability of care due to loss of Title X funding, less and inequitable healthcare coverage, and high poor maternal and infant outcomes for African Americans.

Wake County just made a plan because the infant mortality rate for African American babies in Wake County is astronomically higher than the statewide rate:
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article234253812.html

Attacks on Planned Parenthood and other comprehensive reproductive health care programs impact all aspects of women’s health.