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.  

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

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!

Stop Family Separation

Protesters in front of Thom Tillis' office protesting the separation of families at the border. Yellow sign reads No Human Beings are Illegal

Family separation continues in North Carolina and at our borders because of the racist and cruel policies of the Trump Administration. Our goal is our biggest rally ever, with publicity. Please spread the word. ICE raids are increasing in North Carolina, and what is happening in our name on the Southern border is a crime against humanity.
Physicians for Human Rights has declared that family separation is a form of torture. Separation happens to families in many ways, including deportation, detention, the virtual disappearance of legal immigration, the abolition of our asylum system, and the camps on the Southern border. ICE raids are increasing in North Carolina. We hope to involve many organizations so that this can be a huge and well-publicized reminder to our communities that this Administration’s cruelty to migrants and undocumented people is something we will not tolerate. If you can help with publicity or communicating with other organizations and individuals who might be interested in joining us, please let us know.
You can help North Carolina families who are being affected by deportations through Siembra NC.

Climate Emergency, Election Emergency

Lady Liberty and other protesters with sign that says Climate Change is Real -No fossil Fuel -Yes to Clean Energy

We learned this week that not only is Russia interfering in the 2020 election, but the Trump Administration is actively helping them, notably by firing the Director of National Intelligence because his deputy briefed Congress about this. This continuing pattern of people being fired for for doing their job and for telling the truth speaks of an escalating autocracy, the literal destruction of the administrative state. Meanwhile, we learned that a PAC funded by #MoscowMitch is actively interfering in the NC Senate race and that Putin is apparently aiding Trump in the Democratic primaries. The climate emergency is arguably more important and urgent than all of this, but if we do not have free and fair elections in 2020, there is not hope that we can slow the escalating destruction of the planet. We are proud to welcome guest speakers Josh McClenney, the NC Field Coordinator for Appalachian Voices, and Karen Beardon, the 350.org Triangle Coordinator.

Please join us and wear red if you have it.

Reject the Coverup

We the people will not tolerate a lawless president or a senate which covers up an illegal conspiracy.

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?

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