Moral Monday Action

On Monday, July 26, roughly a hundred people gathered on the sidewalk outside of Thom Tillis’s office in Raleigh for a Moral Monday lead by the Poor People’s Campaign of North Carolina.  Those assembled were attempting to raise awareness of, and demand support for, the For The People Act, The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, ending the filibuster, statehood for Washington, DC, and a $15.00/ hour minimum wage. 

Allied participating groups included the Forward Justice Law Firm, Fight For 15 NC, The Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, Healthcare Workers for Justice, Tuesdays With Tillis, and the NC NAACP.

The For The People Act comes in response to voter suppression legislation, much like the “Monster Voter ID Law” that Senator helped write in 2012 in his capacity as Speaker of The House in NC and as ALEC’s (American Legislative Exchange Council) point person in the North Carolina General Assembly, are proliferating in state legislatures across the country. 

An attempt by Tuesday’s With Tillis organizer Karen Zeigler to deliver a petition in support of the For The People Act was rebuffed at the front door but the struggle for the defense of voting rights, for equal protection under the law, and for a living wage has just begun.     

Text and photos by Kevin A Smith

Deadline for Our Democracy

June 29, 2021

For immediate release

CONTACT: Karen Ziegler: 919-819-2073

When: Friday,  July 2, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Thom Tillis’s Raleigh Office, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

Raleigh, North Carolina – In collaboration with Indivisible.Org, Tuesdays With Tillis will be participating in an action of statewide solidarity asking that Sen. Thom Tillis reverse his stand and vote to pass the “For the People Act.”

At 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, participants will gather in front of Tillis’ Raleigh office at 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh. This gathering will be mirrored at each of  his three other North Carolina state offices.

The “For the People Act” would apply retroactively to voter suppression bills that already have passed through other state legislatures. It would establish a minimum set of standards for the administration of federal elections and would effectively overturn state laws that make it more difficult for people to vote, by:

  • increasing the number of drop-off boxes;
  • requiring no-excuse absentee voting;
  • establishing automatic voter registration; and
  • banning partisan gerrymandering and requiring independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional maps.

Election administration experts advise that many provisions of the democracy reform bill, such as the anti-gerrymandering independent redistricting commissions, will take significant time to implement before the next midterm elections. These experts explain that Congress needs to pass the bill by the end of this summer, so in order to prevent gerrymandering and voter suppression in the 2022 midterm elections, Tillis must act on the “For the People Act” before summer’s end. 

Since January 2017, Tuesdays With Tillis has been holding weekly rallies outside the senator’s office or via Zoom, demanding that he support the needs of the people over the needs of his corporate donors. Volunteers wishing to know more can contact the group at  tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.org.  

Triangle Talk Show Episode 123: Alamance Behaved

On October 31, 2020, Reverend Greg Drumwright led a march to the polls in Graham, NC. During a peaceful rally at the courthouse, marchers, including a 5-year-old and a woman on a scooter, were pepper-sprayed by Alamance County Sheriffs deputies and the Graham police. Gary Pearce of Triangle Talk Show has edited together videos from various sources to give a timeline of the events and compares this to a later march that was allowed to proceed peacefully to the polls.

Monday Meeting with the TwT Food Committee

Vegetables arranged in a rainbow pattern

Join us for a zoom call on Monday, 7/13 at 12 noon sponsored by the Tuesdays with Tillis food group.  We welcome Jenna Wadsworth, who is running for NC Commissioner of Agriculture as our special guest. The meeting will be facilitated by our friend Lowell Simon, who is running for NC House of Representatives. Together with the Moore County NAACP Lowell has been working on feeding hungry people since the beginning of the pandemic. What we saw as a temporary food crisis now may be very lengthy and very serious indeed. What does this mean for the work of the Commissioner of Agriculture? All who are interested in food and hunger in North Carolina are welcome to join us.

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Food Banks Near Meat and Poultry Plants

TWT member Elena Ceberio has compiled and vetted this database of food bank locations, generally within 25 miles of meat and poultry processing plants inspected by the USDA in North Carolina.

The information is broken out by county, then by the specific processing plant. In most cases there are four food banks listed for each of the plants.

If you are able, please support these food banks in any way possible and as often as possible. They are feeding people at a rate which is not sustainable without extraordinary effort on their part and in turn, we would hope to support them with the same commitment.

Please share this list freely, but do not provide it for any financial gain. If it is used in a public way, please cite the source.

If you would like to join one of TWT’s committees on immigrants or food security, please contact us here.

En español:

La miembro de TWT, Elena Ceberio, ha compilado y examinado esta base de datos de ubicaciones de bancos de alimentos, generalmente dentro de las 25 millas de las plantas de procesamiento de carne y aves inspeccionadas por el USDA en Carolina del Norte.

La información se desglosa por condado, luego por la planta de procesamiento específica. En la mayoría de los casos hay cuatro bancos de alimentos listados para cada una de las plantas.

Si puede, apoye a estos bancos de alimentos de cualquier manera posible y con la mayor frecuencia posible. Están alimentando a las personas a un ritmo que no es sostenible sin un esfuerzo extraordinario de su parte y, a su vez, esperamos apoyarlos con el mismo compromiso.

Comparta esta lista libremente, pero no la proporcione para obtener ganancias financieras. Si se usa de forma pública, cite la fuente.

Si desea unirse a uno de los comités de TWT sobre inmigrantes o seguridad alimentaria, contáctenos aquí.

Weekly Protest

Tuesdays with Tillis Marches in HKonJ. Lady Liberty and other members carrying a banner on Fayetteville Street.
Photo credit: Greg Stewart

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!

Remove Trump

Marchers in an anti-Trump protest. Sign says Trump is not above the law.

 

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

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

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.