Letters to the Senator

October 15, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

All over the world, indigenous people are fighting for their lives and fighting to save the earth. All over the world, people yearn for democracy and for justice. This past week, the president made a disastrous decision regarding Syria for no apparent reason, crushing the Kurdish people and accelerating the destruction of a part of the world that had achieved a fragile stability.

You have defended the president’s decision. Doesn’t it worry you that he did not consult anyone from the Pentagon or any foreign policy advisors or allies, but simply did this hideous and hugely consequential thing on a whim during a phone call with one of his favorite strongmen? Doesn’t it disturb you that now not only the Kurdish people but also our own troops are under attack, and the United States is weakened suddenly while all of this is in the interest of Russia, Syria, Iran, and ISIS? Why exactly are you allowing this to happen? Surely you know it is wrong.

Meanwhile, the greed and cruelty that seems to fuel the president is the same mindset that is destroying the earth. His destruction of the EPA, rollback of crucial environmental regulations, and contempt for the Paris agreement are rapid movements in the wrong direction at the very time when we absolutely must apply all of our energy into trying to save the earth for future generations. It is no longer possible to deny that the earth is becoming uninhabitable for increasing numbers of people each year because of carbon emissions and environmental destruction. If you would have town halls you would see that this is emerging as the number one concern among young people, and for good reason.

Please meet with your constituents. Represent the people of North Carolina, not the billionaires and corporations. It is not too late to do the right thing.

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

 

Letters to the Senator

October 8, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

Blatantly inviting or coercing foreign governments to help him get elected is a good reason to impeach the president, but his rhetoric and policy concerning immigrants is just as disturbing. Since he first announced his campaign, he has characterized Mexicans as criminals and worse, manipulating public sentiment in false and hideous ways. The truth is that only 1.8% of immigrants commit crimes, compared to 3% of naturalized citizens.

Meanwhile, there is a concerted effort by the White House to make people believe that immigrants are a drain on the economy when the opposite is true. Study after study has shown that immigrants put far more money into the economy than they take out. Undocumented people put 16 billion dollars into Social Security each year and will never be able to collect any of this money.

Every week there are efforts by the White House to terrorize undocumented people and restrict immigration. Constitutional and human rights violations of immigrants escalate daily. In the past few weeks alone, there have been repeated efforts by the Administration to severely limit immigration, by the “presidential declaration,” the “public charge” declaration, and the proposal to deny visas to immigrants who lack health care coverage.

North Carolina is home to about 325,000 undocumented people. They are our neighbors, colleagues, and friends. We are protesting today in solidarity with them and demanding that you stand up to this president’s cruelty and lies.

Letters to the Senator

Letter prepared to present to NC Rep Price at his informal town hall and to Sen Tillis who has not had a public town hall since elected in 2018.

My name is Laurie Fox, from Durham.
Thank you for this opportunity to speak directly with you.

I am here to urge you to intervene on behalf of Carlos Hernandez, a man who has been unjustly detained by ICE since August 13 of this year.

I’d like you to think about the repercussions of removing this, or ANY, Head of Household from a family of 6.

I ask you: Who becomes the breadwinner? Who will be the children’s caregiver as they are catapulted into POVERTY?

Think of the effect of the trauma to the whole family, especially the children: the effects on their schooling and their overall education, their physical and mental health: the fear, anger, depression and distrust that may imprint for life.

Think of the human repercussions that the community must deal with in the schools, on the street and at our clinics. I have seen similar tragic cases during the years I worked at a community heath center. The psycho-social and economic ramifications are exceeding painful and costly for the whole community!

Think of the human consequences of ONE entirely unnecessary and cruel ICE action: the detention of a decent, contributing, longstanding member of the community who has harmed noone.

No one benefits from this action. The entire community suffers.

Are you not moved, Rep Price, Senator Tillis, to stop this cascade of life-long misery with all your power and heart?

Please commit to fighting for Carlos Hernandez, his family, and our whole community.

STOP ICE from fueling the disintegration of families and communities, citizens and non-citizens alike.

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.

Mueller Report

Protester outside the Federal Building with sign: You might think it's OK, I don't. Mueller report discussed at the protest.Did Mueller Make the Case?
Pop Quiz Questions
Week 11, 10/01/2019
Reading assignment: PP 159-199
  1.  In a meeting on 11/30/2016, before the Trump administration had been sworn in, what did Kislyak offer to Jared Kushner?
  2. In that same meeting, what did Kushner ask of Kislyak and why didn’t either of these things occur?
  3. What five individuals associated with the Trump campaign were indicted and convicted of crimes as a result of the Mueller investigation?
  4. Why was the Trump campaign not indicted for campaign finance offenses regarding the June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower?
  5. What were the primary considerations of the Special Counsels Office regarding prosecution and declination decisions related to Vol. 1 of the report?

Continue reading “Mueller Report”

The Mueller Report

Mueller report reading assignment for this week is Volume II pp 103-159.  You can download the report here.  The quiz questions are below.

Lady Liberty and protesters march for free and fair elections, discuss Mueller report
1) “What exactly is the Magnitsky Act?”

2) “Which members of the Trump campaign attended the 06/09/2016 Trump Tower meeting?”
3) “Which Trump campaign official testified that he believed Donald Trump knew beforehand of a 06/09/2016 meeting in Trump Tower?”
4) “Who is Eric Prince’s sister?”
5) “Kirill Dmitriev served as an intermediary between Vladimir Putin and members of the Incoming Trump Administration prior to the inauguration.
 What specific task was Dmitriev asked to perform by Putin?”
Tiebreaker Question-“In your estimation, which individual with ties to Russia and/or Ukraine, and discussed in pages 103-159 of the Report, engaged in actions that posed the single biggest threat to the national security of the United States? Support your answer”

Thank you so much for reading this!  Have a good week, and don’t lose heart.  Things look bad, I know, but it is truly amazing how much strength people are bringing to their activism and awakening these days.  All our inner and outer efforts will bear fruit.

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.

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.