January 11, 2018
5 Minute Actions

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TODAY, THURSDAY 11th:  Join Progress NC at 12.30pm outside the legislative building on Jones Street to pack the room in which the Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting is going to meet. From Progress NC:  “We need you to be there with us, we must not let these legislators rig our courts behind closed doors.”

Indivisibles NC Weekly Calendar: http://bit.ly/2D3l4Pe, includes info about many upcoming marches and rallies across NC, including Women’s Marches in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem

Resist NC Event Calendar: http://resistnc.org/events/

Medicare for All Rally, Jan 13, 12N, Durham, co-sponsored by TWWNC: http://bit.ly/2DW9cyG. Sign-making party in Durham TODAY, January 11: http://bit.ly/2CwRVuX  

Indivisible Flip NC Launch Party, Jan 14 in Durham. This launch event (#turnupturnoutnc) will bring together grassroots groups from across the state and engaged citizens looking for opportunities to be of service. http://bit.ly/2j9XY05

Check here for updated Mueller Action Alerts, including a link to rapid response plans across the state: http://bit.ly/2z2uytZ


North Carolina focus: Keep up the focus on the General Assembly!

The NCGA convened yesterday. What we know so far:

  • GenX: the band aid funding was passed out of committee, including funding for a high-resolution mass spectrometer. The bad news is that the committee declined to add extra funding to DHHS to help deal with health issues arising from GenX and other compounds.
  • Class Size: So far it seems that they aren’t minded to act to solve the issues they created with the new class size mandate. *UPDATE*: Senate calendar for Friday includes a bill introduced by a Democrat to give more flexibility on class size.
  • Judicial reform: There is no time frame as of yet for the judicial reform committee.

*UPDATE*: Also on the Senate calendar for Friday is a bill to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot for an independent redistricting commission.

ACTIONS:

*UPDATE* – Call your NC Senator and ask them to support the class size flexibility bill and the constitutional amendment bill. Find their contact information here: http://bit.ly/1lPF5K8

  • Follow our Facebook page for updates: http://bit.ly/2t7i1CD 
  • Sign up for Fast Democracy updates – this allows you to select topics of interest to you, track bills and contact your legislators as bills make their way through the legislative process: https://fastdemocracy.com/

National focus: Call on our US senators and representatives to take the DREAMER pledge and commit to supporting a continuing resolution on the budget only if it includes the DREAM act.

“On Sept. 5, Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era program provides relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. These immigrants have gone to our schools, they live and work in our communities, they have families, and now they’re at risk of deportation. Congress must act immediately to protect Dreamers by passing a clean Dream Act now.

Without question, the most vulnerable group in Trump’s America is immigrants. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force.

To be indivisible means to treat an attack on one as an attack on all—that is why we are calling on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act.”

“There are 29,260 DACA recipients in North Carolina alone, and each year they contribute $63,618,000 in State and local taxes. It’s up to your members in Congress to stand up to Trump’s hateful decision and secure the futures of all DREAMers with a legislative fix: The DREAM Act.”

“There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in both the Senate and House. The majority of Americans do not want to pour billions of their tax dollars to fund Trump’s mass deportation machine. Demand that Congress pass the Dream Act. Now.”

(Source: https://www.dreamerpledge.org/)

 ACTIONS

 Talking points:

  • There are 29,260 DACA recipients in North Carolina, and each year they contribute $63,618,000 in taxes to our economy
  • These are all young people who were brought here as minors and who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to contributing to our society. They are people who have done everything the government has asked of them
  • The majority of Americans believe that DACA recipients should be allowed to remain in the USA with a path to citizenship (http://bit.ly/2CNWHUO)
  • Among registered voters, a 46 percent plurality said Congress should not agree to construct a border wall between the United States and Mexico in exchange for protecting Dreamers (http://bit.ly/2CNWHUO)
  • (If calling Tillis) Senator Tillis has consistently talked up his commitment to immigration reform. Now is the time for him to demonstrate he is prepared to move from talk to action.


Sources: Dreamer Pledge (https://www.dreamerpledge.org/), Indivisible (http://bit.ly/2mqQ2d5), Morning Consult (http://bit.ly/2CNWHUO)


Fax your US legislators for free. US Reps: http://bit.ly/2l4Tgkx. US Senate: http://bit.ly/2l0HAin
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