Tuesday Actions: Border Patrol, Drug Prices, Silent Sam, and More

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TILLIS WATCH:

Call Out Tillis’s Stance on Impeachment:
Tillis affirmed that he is a “definite no” on impeachment today, well before a Senate trial has even been scheduled. He has shown that he is unwilling to listen to widely confirmed evidence that Trump attempted to extort favors from Ukraine. Today’s testimony before the Judiciary committee did nothing to detract from these basic facts. Still, we need to keep pressing Tillis and to force him to account for being unwilling to put his country over his political party (or even his own re-election). According to Forbes, Trump has been helping Tillis fundraise for his reelection campaign, so this is essentially a form of bribery. I’ll give you money if you find me innocent during a Senate trial (and especially if you announces weeks before said trial that you’ll find me innocent).

With slight modifications of the script, you can also call Burr and demand that he impeach.

Link
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article238187974.html

Tillis Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________ to demand that Sen. Tillis withdraw his public statement that he plans to find Trump innocent if there is an impeachment trial in the Senate. It is a huge concern that Tillis is declaring Trump innocent before the trial, especially given that Trump has been fundraising for Senate candidates who announce publicly that they believe Trump is not guilty. I want Tillis to acknowledge that Trump’s actions are a serious threat to our democracy and that he needs to be removed from office. Thank you.

Thom Tillis: DC: (202) 224-6342

Burr Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________ to demand that Sen. Burr support the impeachment of Donald Trump and his removal from office. It is a huge concern that GOP Senators are declaring innocent before the trial, especially given that Trump has been fundraising for the Senate candidates who announce publicly that they believe Trump is not guilty. I want Burr to acknowledge that Trump’s actions are a serious threat to our democracy and that he needs to be removed from office.

Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154


Support H.R. 3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act:

HR 3, named after the late, great Rep. Elijah Cummings is coming up for a vote in the House. This bill would take some significant steps toward making prescription drugs more affordable. It would allow HHS to negotiate directly with drug companies for over 250 of the most expensive drugs. It would, for example, save diabetics up to $700 annually on insulin. In fact, at least one recent study has shown that 1 in 4 diabetics have been forced to ration insulin because of the cost. Manufacturers of drugs subject to negotiation would agree to a price no higher than 120 percent of the average price in other industrialized countries. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that H.R. 3 negotiations would result in an average discount of nearly 55 percent on current Medicare Part D net prices for the first group of drugs to undergo negotiations. I’ve seen two main groups opposed to this bill: The White House and Pfizer (presumably other drug manufacturers agree with Pfizer). Let’s create such overwhelming support for this bill that even GOP reps are forced to support it. The vote is scheduled for this week (yes, House Democrats can walk, chew gum, and impeach Trump at the same time), so the time is now to make those calls!!

Note: the link below has a list of many of the drugs that would have lower prices under HR3. If you’re on any prescription medication, it might be worthwhile to review the list so you can specifically talk about how YOUR costs would be lowered.

Details:
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2019/12/09/478380/house-bill-lower-patients-prescription-drug-spending-thousands-dollars/

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent caling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to support HR3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This bill would go a LONG way toward making prescription drugs more affordable. Diabetics, for example, would see the costs of insulin drop by $700 annually, which would be a life-changing cost savings for them. It would also bring our costs closer to the prices paid in every other industrialized nation. Please support HR3 and lower drug costs for millions of Americans. Thanks.

Federal Contact Numbers:
Thom Tillis: DC: (202) 224-6342
Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154
Tim Scott (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-6121
Lindsey Graham (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-5972
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


BORDER PATROL:

Let Doctors Vaccinate Migrant Children:
A few days ago, it was reported that a 15-year old Guatemalan boy died in CBP custody when his flu symptoms went ignored. He is the third known child to die of the flu while in CBP custody. Meanwhile, in Mexico, detained children are being given the flu vaccine. Once again, it is increasingly clear that the cruelty is the point. Physicians are outside a detention center w/flu vaccines & are being denied access. You can call CBP at 619-216-4000 (CBP Headquarters overseeing San Diego Sector) and demand that physicians be allowed access.

Details:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/story/2019-12-09/doctors-flu-shots 

Twitter Action:
Retweet the following tweet with a succinct message for Senator Tillis, Senator Burr, and your House Rep: https://twitter.com/dabeard/status/1204226871656931329


MORE TILLIS WATCH:

Tuesdays with Tillis:
Tuesdays with Tillis will be focused on the issue of changing the moral narrative about poverty this week. Be there and make your voice heard!

Event Details:
https://tuesdayswithtillis.org/event/changing-the-moral-narrative-about-poverty/


UNC:

Tell the UNC BOG to Withdraw Donation to Sons of Confederate Veterans:
Time is running out to post a public comment on the horrendous decision to give a $2.5 donation to the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with the statue itself. This was a massive “win” for the racist organization that will now claim ownership of a statue that was erected on UNC’s campus as an overt pro-segregationist statement. It’s important to note that UNC Chapel Hill is not to blame for this fiasco. Faculty, staff, students, and apparently even Chapel Hill administrators were not consulted. There is also evidence that some BOG members have received donations from Sons of Confederate Veterans members. Please send a message–loud and clear–that this is an abuse of the public’s trust and that the UNC system should not be subsidizing hate and discrimination.

Comment Portal:
https://www.northcarolina.edu/Board-Governors/UNC-Board-Governors-Public-Comment-Session

Here’s what I wrote:
I am incredibly disappointed by the BOG decision to donate $2.5 million to a racist and discriminatory organization such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Even the decision to give them the Silent Sam statue provides them with a moral victory and will allow them to control the narrative around this deliberately racist image.

By paying for the preservation of Silent Sam, you are also paying for the preservation of the values that it (not he) embodies. You are also sending the message that the voices of students, faculty, staff, and alumni matter less than 24 unelected officials who were chosen by the state legislature without any feedback from the governor or the public. Instead of wasting money supporting a pro-slavery emblem, you should be investing in students through scholarships.


BOYCOTT:

Boycott Richard Jewell:
I’m normally reluctant to call for boycotts of movies, but Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell is promoting a number of pernicious tropes. First, it only takes up the Jewell story because he has become a symbol in the right-wing media sphere of FBI overreach. Second, the film falsely reinforces a harmful trope about female journalists by implying that Katy Scruggs, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist, slept with sources in exchange for tips.This is patently false, and worse, because Scruggs has died, she is unable to defend herself. Her employer, the AJC, is suing the film’s producers. In addition to boycotting the film, I’d encourage you to tweet about why you’re boycotting. I’ll give you a tweet you can retweet below.

Details:
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/clint-eastwood-richard-jewell-kathy-scruggs-1203429660/

Retweet:
https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1204140374060621824   

Originally posted on Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action.
Re-posted with permission.


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