Tuesday Actions: Impeach Trump, Support VAWA, Reject Silent Sam Payoff, and More

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IMPEACHMENT:

Attend an “Impeach & Remove” event:
On Tuesday, December 17th at 5:30pm, people across the country will come together to support the impeachment of Donald Trump and, in doing so, will send a clear message that no one, no matter how powerful they may be, is above the law. The timing of this event is particularly critical given the expected vote on impeachment in the House on Wednesday. To find the event closest to you, check out the link below:

Details: www.impeach.org

For those of you who live near Raleigh, the rally will be held in Bicentennial Plaza but there are events being held across the state. Check the link above for further details.


Pass VAWA and Ensure It Closes the “Boyfriend Loophole:”

Moscow Mitch still hasn’t allowed the Violence Against Women Act to come up for a vote in the Senate. Despite what Trump’s buddies on Fox News are saying, the Democratic-controlled House has passed literally hundreds of bills, and few are more important than this one. Among other things, the new-and-improved version passed by the House closed the infamous “boyfriend loophole,” which excludes people convicted of stalking or abusing a non-spouse partner from the scope of laws that limit an abuser’s ability to obtain firearms. The House version of VAWA also expanded the jurisdiction of tribal courts over non-Native men who abuse Native women, and strengthened provisions of the VAWA related to transgender survivors of domestic violence. Members of these demographic groups are disproportionately likely to experience domestic and sexual violence: More than half of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence or physical violence by an intimate partner, according to a 2016 report, and a 2015 survey found that 47 percent of transgender people report being sexually assaulted at some point during their lives. Joni Ernst (R-NRA) produced a “compromise” version of the bill that omits the closure of the boyfriend loophole because the NRA still wants it to be possible to sell guns to stalkers. But even with this more modest language, only ten Republicans have signed onto Ernst’s version of the bill. Let’s push for the House bill (HR 1585) to be passed by the Senate

Details:
https://www.gq.com/story/senate-violence-against-women-act 

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________ to urge Sen. _____________ to pass the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2019. Specifically, I want you to pass HR 1585, the House version of the bill because it closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole” and because it adds protections for Native American women and people who identify as transgendered. The Senate version of the bill authored by Joni Ernst does not address those concerns. VAWA needs to be renewed and updated to address some of the loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to have access to guns. Thank you.


Call Your Congresspeople and Demand Impeachment:

The impeachment vote is Wednesday. Although Trump will likely only face two articles of impeachment, he has repeatedly violated the Constitution. The damage Trump has done to the Constitution will likely take decades to unravel, and the GOP Congress has enabled much of this behavior. We need to light up those phones and make absolutely clear that there is public support for protecting our Constitution and the rule of law. Please note that I have a separate script for Thom Tillis, who needs to recuse himself from being a juror in any impeachment trial.

Link:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/05/this-moment-was-made-nancy-pelosi/

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Rep./Sen. ______________ to support the impeachment of Donald Trump and his removal from office. There is now clear evidence that he withheld military aid for Ukraine to coerce them into announcing that they were investigating Joe Biden’s son. It’s time to stand up for the principles enshrined in our Constitution and demand that Trump be held accountable. Thanks.

Tillis Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from __________ calling to urge Senator Tillis to recuse himself from participating in the Senate impeachment trial. Senator Tillis will take an oath to be impartial during the impeachment trial, but he has already promised to ignore that oath because of his support for Trump. Oaths should mean something and when elected officials, like Tillis, ignore them for partisan purposes, they undermine our democracy. Thank you.

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/


OPEN ENROLLMENT:

Open Enrollment for Federal Healthcare Deadline:
[Borrowed from WNCT] Governor Cooper is reminding North Carolinians that the open enrollment deadline for healthcare for 2020 has been extended to December 18. Many people who get their insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace get help paying for their premiums and may also be able to get help with copayments and deductibles. At HealthCare.gov, North Carolinians can compare plans based on price, benefits and other features. Importantly, coverage cannot be denied because of pre-existing or chronic conditions like cancer or diabetes.

Those who had coverage for 2019 through HealthCare.gov, should log in to their Marketplace account as soon as possible to review their options for 2020. Factsheets on the Marketplace are available in English and Spanish. North Carolinians seeking free, in-person assistance with enrollment can also visit the NC Navigator Consortium to find a local application assister or call the toll-free NC Navigator Helpline at 1-855-733-3711.

Details:
https://www.wnct.com/news/north-carolina/last-week-for-open-enrollment-for-federal-health-care-marketplace

Open Enrollment Website:
https://www.healthcare.gov/

NC Navigator:
https://www.ncnavigator.net/


Tell the UNC Board of Governors to Rescind Payments to Racists:

The UNC BOG Silent Sam Scandal keeps getting worse and worse. It now looks like the UNC BOG decided to pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans (a pro-Confederacy group) $2.5 million before there was even a threat of a lawsuit. Several members of the BOG, including former GOP rep, Bob Rucho have now written an op-ed where they also add that they paid the SCV $75,000 not to fly the Confederate flag on campus, which raises a whole host of questions. Are they willing to pay other people NOT to fly the Confederate flag? Where do I get MY $75,000 check? This deal is costing our UNC system WAY more than $2.5 million. The Mellon Foundation has already withdrawn a multi-million dollar grant. The UNC system, once a shining star among state university systems, is now a national embarrassment. This UNC Board of Governors does NOT represent us, and they need to hear from us.

Details:
https://twitter.com/EveryVoiceNC/status/1206577489503502337

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

Second Action:
Call your reps and tell them that you do not support the current UNC BOG.  Remember, the NCGOP took full control of the nomination process during the 2016 coup that severely curtailed the Governor’s powers. Once you call, support your Democratic candidate to ensure that we win back at least one chamber of the NCGA during the 2020 elections.

State Contact Numbers:
NC House: http://bit.ly/2CVneDK
NC Senate: http://bit.ly/2DamgAn

Originally published on Indivisible Triangle.
Re-posted with permission.


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