Letter to Senator Burr

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?

Letter to Senator Burr

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

Tillis the Juror Accepted Bribes from Trump

Tuesdays with Tillis protesters celebrating their 150th week marching in front of Thom Tillis' office. Signs read Tillis Supports LiarsTrump is giving campaign contributions to Tillis, Burr, and other Republican Senators. They are jurors about to vote on his removal from office. How is that not felony bribery? We are honored to welcome Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause NC, as our speaker. We will also be part of the taping of a French documentary centered on the illegal campaign contributions that got Tillis elected in 2016 and how he is using the same tactics in 2020.

Article here

 

We Demand a Real Impeachment Trial

December 24, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

We the people of North Carolina demand a real impeachment trial in the Senate, not the sham trial that Senator McConnell clearly prefers.  You will have to take an oath before this trial, so we expect you to be open to any outcome. Further, no one is above the law, so we expect that the president will not use presidential power to block witnesses, as he did in the House investigation.  We demand that Rudy Guliani, Mike Pompeo, and Nick Mulvaney all testify in the Senate trial. These are the people in the position to know the truth. If the president does not have anything to hide, if he did nothing wrong, why does he not want these witnesses to testify?

We expect you to be interested in the truth. We demand that you stand up to the president and to Senator McConnell and act in the interest of truth and justice.  We are tired of the cover up. We are outraged by the obstruction of justice by the president, the Attorney General of the United States, by Senator McConnell, and by you so far in this process.   

And we continue to ask you to have a town hall.  The president’s campaign of disinformation mirrors that of Putin, and we are truly worried that you are more interested in falling into line with the cult of Trump than in doing your job. Consider your legacy in history.  It is not too late to do the right thing.

Impeach and Remove the President

Tuesdays with Tillis protesters celebrating their 150th week marching in front of Thom Tillis' office. Signs read Tillis Supports Liars

Please note that this is Tuesdays with Tillis’ weekly daytime event, not the MoveOn.Org event that will happen on Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome at both, but the larger event will happen at 5:30 on Bicentennial Plaza.

On the day the articles of impeachment were presented last week, the president entertained the Russian foreign minister in the Oval Office. Our country has been attacked by a hostile foreign power which is being aided at the highest levels of our government. Only massive public pressure can both impeach and remove the president and begin to hold others accountable for the damage to our democracy and contempt for the Constitution. Meanwhile, an avowed white supremacist is in the White House directing immigration policy and 10,000 children are in concentration camps. Wall street is awash in cash and 140,000 Americans are living in poverty. The president’s policies accelerate the global climate crisis. Some would say capitalism is exploding into fascism. Please join us to demand that Senator Tillis honor his oath of office and represent the people of North Carolina, not just his wealthy and corporate donors. A retired Intelligence Analyst will brief us on the situation and lead our discussion.

 

Nobody Is Above the Law Rally in Raleigh to Demand Trump Be Impeached and Removed From Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 13, 2019

CONTACT:

Marci Curtis, Michael Eisenberg

Tuesdays with Tillis

https://TuesdayswithTillis.org

Email: Tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.com

Phone: 919-696-8011 (Marci Curtis)

            312-371-1447 (Michael Eisenberg)

Nobody Is Above the Law Rally in Raleigh to Demand Trump Be Impeached and Removed From Office

SPEAKERS

Gerald Givens, President Raleigh Apex NAACP

Faisal Khan, Carolina Peace Center

Aylett Colston, Attorney, Raleigh Apex NAACP

State Senator Erica D Smith

Reverend Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and Poor People’s Campaign

Susanna Hailey-Thomas, Law Works North Carolina

Keith Bullard, Fight for 15

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Yavnah: A Jewish Renewal Community

Bob Phillips, Common Cause NC

[Raleigh, NC] — At 5:30 PM local time, on December 17th, the night before the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach Donald Trump for his high crimes and misdemeanors, activists will gather at Bicentennial Plaza as part of the nationwide “Nobody Is Above the Law” rallies. The rally and march in Raleigh will be one of about four hundred actions occurring nationwide.  Well over 1,000 people are expected.

The mobilization is part of a massive, grassroots effort to ensure Congress holds Donald Trump accountable for using military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections. Protesters will demand that the House of Representatives fulfills its constitutional duty by impeaching Donald Trump and that the Senate remove him from office for attempting to rig the 2020 elections. Congress must show that no one—including the criminal in the White House—is above the law.

Protesters will gather at Bicentennial Plaza at 5:30pm for a rally, then a short march around the Capitol Building for those who are able (vigil for those who are not), then another rally at about 7:00pm.  There will be creative signs, costumes, songs, and chants.

“The impeachment inquiry has clearly shown that the president of the United States has used the power of his office to pressure a weaker foreign government to help him personally in the 2020 election. This abuse of power cannot go unchecked! Our Senators must do their job of defending the constitution,” said Karen Ziegler, lead organizer for the Tuesdays With Tillis group that has been rallying around Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office for over 150 weeks.

Activists will use #NotAboveTheLaw to engage communities on social media. Information about other events can be found at Impeach.org. The link to the event in Raleigh is here.

WHEN

Program:

5:30-Speakers

6:15-March/Vigil

7:00-Speakers

WHERE

Bicentennial Plaza, Raleigh

1 Edenton Street, Raleigh

WHO

Gerald Givens, President Raleigh Apex NAACP

Faisal Khan, Carolina Peace Center

Aylett Colston, Attorney, Raleigh Apex NAACP

NC State Senator Erica D Smith

Reverend Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and Poor People’s Campaign

Susanna Hailey-Thomas, Law Works

Keith Bullard, Fight for 15

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community

Bob Phillips, Common Cause NC

PRESS

If you are a member of the media who will be covering the event, please contact Michael Eisenberg at tuesdayswithtillisnc@gmail.com or 312-371-1447 for media logistics or to speak to a local organizer.

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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.

Speak the Truth, Senator Tillis

Protesters, including US Senate candidate Erica Smith, outside Thom Tillis’ office.

Dear Senator Tillis,

The first two Representatives who endorsed the president’s campaign, Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, have pled guilty and been indicted for corruption. The president’s lawyer (Michael Cohen), advisor (Roger Stone), campaign chair (Paul Manafort), national security advisor (Michael Flynn), campaign advisor (Rick Gates), and foreign policy advisor (George Papadopoulos) have all been indicted as well as many Russians who colluded with the president and his family in order to win the election.  (Just because he says over and over, “there was no collusion” does not make it true.)  Another one of the president’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, will likely be indicted any day now.

Meanwhile, cabinet officials Ryan Zinke, Ben Carson, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Robert Wilke, and Betsy Devos have all been embroiled in scandals.  The Attorney General of the United States is acting as this president’s personal lawyer, and the president continues to display a breathtaking contempt for the rule of law.  What kind of president advises people to ignore subpoenas?

You have been quoted as saying the president is doing a good job of energizing his base.  This explains your dishonest and obsequious behavior with regard to him.  We are protesting today because we are heartbroken over the ways that this president is ruining this country. A white nationalist in the White House is in control of immigration.  Every major foreign policy decision by the president benefits Russia, and GOP Representatives and Senators are parroting debunked conspiracy theories that originated with Putin. We are in a global climate emergency that is worsened daily by the president’s decisions and denial.  Meanwhile, while the tax cuts overwhelmingly benefited the rich, most Americans are struggling mightily simply to survive, and the president repeatedly cuts life-saving benefits like SNAP.   Affordable housing is disappearing.  Guns kill 100 Americans every day.

We demand that you represent the interests of the people of North Carolina, not only those who are being duped every day by Fox news and talk radio but also everybody else.  We demand that you face the truth, speak the truth, and save the country before it is too late.

Impeach Now

 

Here is Senator Tillis’s statement on the transcript:
“Nancy Pelosi should be embarrassed. The transcript debunks the Democrats’ false claims against President Trump and demonstrates that their call to impeach him is a total farce. This is yet another pathetic attempt by Democrats to destroy President Trump with falsehoods to overturn the results of the 2016 election. It has not worked in the past, and it will not work now.
“The Democrats’ obsession with defeating President Trump using any means necessary is now threatening the federal government’s ability to focus on real solutions like securing our border, rebuilding our military, and cutting more taxes for hardworking Americans.”
Here is a link to the transcript:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/official-readout-president-trump-s-july-25-phone-call-with-ukraine-s-volodymyr-zelensky/4b228f51-17e7-45bc-b16c-3b2643f3fbe0/
Every American needs to read the transcript and judge for him or herself whether impeachment of the President should occur, and whether Senator Tillis is honoring his oath of office.

Press Release

No President is Above the Law 

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: No President is Above the Law

WHAT: protest of the president’s crimes and demand that Congress hold him accountable

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

WHEN: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm TODAY Tuesday September 24

The Raging Grannies, elderly activists in costume, will perform a song with the following chorus:  “Thinks he’s a king now, a delusion, and its his fatal flaw, sooner or later he’ll pay for his crimes, ‘cause he’s not above the law.”

Over 70 participants are expected.  Everyone will sign the following letter to Senator Tillis.

Dear Senator TIllis,

Surely you can see that the president must be impeached.  He has admitted that he asked Ukraine to help him hurt Biden, and in that connection he threatened to withhold military aid that had been authorized by Congress.  This is extortion and blackmail.  He is coercing a foreign power to open an investigation on a political rival, repeatedly asking a foreign government to do his dirty work.

This is exactly what happened in the 2016 election.  He has publicly said that he sees nothing wrong with this.  Do you?

This president undermined every single branch of our intelligence service, contradicting their findings in favor of Putin while standing next to him.

He blatantly encourages foreign leaders (and members of the Administration and military) to enrich him and his family by staying at his hotels.  This is a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

He goes out of his way to alienate our closest allies while displaying obsequious behavior toward foreign dictators and autocrats.  He clearly wants to rule the way they do, hinting that even if he is voted out he will stay in office.

He lies every single day.  He regularly engages in racist and misogynist rhetoric.

People are waking up to the climate catastrophe and public pressure to do something about it grows stronger ever day, yet he goes out of his way to deny climate science and make sure that methane emissions and car exhaust continue to escalate.  

Your party so far has displayed an unwavering determination to win at all costs, no matter what kind of cheating and lying and selling out of American values this requires.  You took an oath to defend the Constitution. It is never too late to do the right thing.