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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
HR 1 was passed by the House of Representatives; we are demanding that the Senate pass it as well. Its purpose:
To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.
Specifically, the bill expands voter registration and voting access, makes Election Day a federal holiday, and limits removing voters from voter rolls.
The bill provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions
The bill also sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, protecting the security of the voter rolls, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect the security and integrity of U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems.
Money in Politics
This bill addresses campaign spending, including by expanding the ban on foreign nationals contributing to or spending on elections; expanding disclosure rules pertaining to organizations spending money during elections, campaign advertisements, and online platforms; and revising disclaimer requirements for political advertising.
This bill establishes an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices. The system involves federal matching of small contributions for qualified candidates.
This bill sets forth provisions related to ethics in all three branches of government. Specifically, the bill requires a code of ethics for federal judges and justices, prohibits Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, expands enforcement of regulations governing foreign agents, and establishes additional conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House.
The bill also requires candidates for President and Vice President to submit 10 years of tax returns.
It is time for the Senate to vote on HR1, For the People Act of 2019: To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes. Do you have the courage to stand up and let M. Mitch know that a campaign finance and ethics overhaul is actually how many of you on the Hill are going to stay out of jail? I hope you have a lawyer and I hope she’s good.
Voting, Money In Politics and Ethics. Where do you stand?
Voting: No need to go further than your ardent defense of voter ID laws, your endlessly stunning commitment to discriminatory practices.
Money In Politics: $7,321,115.00 in your re-election bank. We know about the NRA. Yet others remain not so evident. Is Cambridge Analytica back on the job? Oh sorry, it closed last year in scandal mode. Who’s your upcoming Big Data company? HR1 will at least make you vet the next group you use.
Ethics: Your curious stand on information about a political opponent offered by a foreign adversary (yes sure, alert the FBI but oh heavens corroborate the information as well) does not fall into some gray area. It affects the security of the country. Please pass that on when you’re getting a little more cash from 45.
HR1 also requires candidates for President and Vice-President to submit 10 years of tax returns.
Our eternal wish: Senator Tillis, do your job. With your heart as a guide all these answers will come easily. You are forgetting who you are. You are forgetting who we are.