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.
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.
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?
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
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
I Trump 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.
Senator TIllis has already stated that he plans to find the president innocent. He must be reminded that he is a juror and, in the impeachment trial, will take an oath to be impartial. The trial will be a sham without witnesses. We demand that Pompeo, Mulvaney, and Guiliani be called as witnesses and that Senator TIllis recuse himself if he finds himself unable to be impartial.
January 7, 2020
Dear Senator Burr,
We are all in danger now as a result of the President’s reckless assassination of General Suleimani. An impulsive act of war was carried out without the consultation of Congress, which is illegal according to our Constitution. The President has spent three years dismantling the federal government and isolating us from our allies, and now the fight with ISIS is thoroughly stalled.
Thousands of our troops are once again headed to the Middle East for no good reason. We have been down this road before.
There is no doubt that the motivation for this attack is to distract us from impeachment. You can no longer dispute the rapidly accumulating evidence that the president abused his power for personal gain. Now that John Bolton has offered to testify in the Senate trial, you must vote for a trial with witnesses, including Nick Mulvany, Rudolph Guiliani, Secretary Pompeio, and Vice President Pence.
This President boasts of his willingness to commit war crimes. He solicits help from foreign governments to help him win elections. He lies continually. He seems to be following Putin’s direction even as he denigrates our intelligence agencies, debases our military, and destroys our institutions.
History will not remember you kindly if you continue to defend this President. We do not want a war and we do not want our country to be divided by partisanship. Please vote for a fair trial, with witnesses. These are not partisan issues. Your choice is to stand up for the truth, or continue to assist in the cover up by defending lies with more lies.
If 4 Republican Senators vote with Democrats on the rules, there might actually be an impeachment trial in the Senate, with witnesses. The president must be removed. He is a danger to the national security and the very soul of America. #NotAboveTheLaw