Friday Actions: Social Security, Climate Change, and More

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FEDERAL

Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
While impeachment is absolutely necessary, the Trump-GOP cartel is using it to quietly push for cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare, ostensibly to reduce the deficit. These deficits were created by the Trump-GOP cartel’s tax cuts for the rich, which concentrates even more wealth in the top 1%.  A Democratic House likely won’t allow cuts to these programs, but we need to make clear that we are watching. You can be absolutely sure that these programs will be curtailed if Trump wins a second term, so we need to (1) make sure our lawmakers know we want these programs preserved and (2) make sure we work form candidates who will make protecting these programs (they are NOT entitlements) a major priority.

Details:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/23/politics/donald-trump-medicare-entitlements-cuts/index.html

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from ____________ calling to urge Rep./Sen. ______________ to block any efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare. These programs play a vital role in sustaining vulnerable populations. Instead of giving away tax cuts to the wealthy, we should be working to make these programs stronger. Do not make any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.

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/


Support the Green New Deal
Climate change is one of the urgent issues of our time, as we have seen with the wildfires in Australia. If we don’t take action soon, we will experience massive sea level rise, and many coastal cities will be underwater. We will have more extreme heat and more severe hurricanes. In case you’re tired of calling about impeachment, let’s also make some calls demanding that one Congresspeople come out in support of both rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and of crafting a Green New Deal.

Script:
I am a constituent calling from ___________ to urge Rep. / Sen. ____________ to demand that we rejoin the Paris Climate Accords. Carbon emissions are leading to increased temperatures, and in turn this will lead to seal level rise and other massive problems.  I would also like to see you support a Green New Deal. This bill would tackle climate change head-on while creating thousands of good jobs. 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/


EVENTS

Empty Chair Town Hall for Senator Thom Tillis
Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action is sponsoring another empty chair town hall for Thom Tillis. When he was campaigning, Senator Tillis promised that he would hold town halls to meet with his voters and hear our concerns. He hasn’t done that. We’ve repeatedly invited him to our town halls. We’ve emailed, called, faxed and hand-delivered invitations. We’ve even considered a singing telegram. And yet, he never shows up. But ALL the other major candidates HAVE confirmed. Democrats Erica Smith and Cal Cunningham have stated they plan to be in attendance, along with Libertarian Shannon Bray.

While all questions are certainly welcome, the primary theme of this town hall will be healthcare. We’d like you to (1) sign up to attend and (2) come prepared with your questions about Tillis’s views on healthcare.

Event details: Empty Chair Town Hall, Thursday, February 20, 6 PM, Youngsville Community Center, 115 E Main St., Youngsville, NC.

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/565550154026996/permalink/565550164026995


Raleigh Women’s March
The fourth Raleigh Women’s March is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday, January 26, from 12:30-3pm at Halifax Mall. Once again, Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action will be sponsoring and will have a table at the event. If you’re interested in helping us staff our table, please let us know. If you’ve commented or used our scripts but we haven’t met in person, we’d also enjoy meeting you, so please stop by. No matter what, the Women’s Marches have been galvanizing events where you can hear outstanding speakers and network with other progressives in our community.

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/426392828266564/

Donate Coats at the Women’s March to Help Raleigh’s Homeless Population:
From Tony Cope: We are collecting ‘gently used’ coats and winter wear for the Raleigh Women’s Center. They are a severe need. We can collect these at our Moms Demand Action table on Sunday.


Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington
Many of us have followed the Moral Monday movement as well as the wonderful work of the Poor People’s Campaign. On June 20, 2020 people across this country will come together for a “fusion movement” that demands the adoption of a Moral Agenda. You can already RSVP for the event and start planning on how you’ll participate in this national movement. On a day in which Dr. King is nationally recognized, today is the perfect time to build upon his work and legacy by engaging in this action.

From the Poor People’s Campaign: “The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane. We are building power for an agenda that lifts all people by challenging the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism!”

Link:
https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/


Support a Community Member Being Displaced by Highway Construction
In 1952, Mr. Lynn Council, just a teenager at the time, was wrongfully arrested by the Apex Chief of Police. Two deputies tried to force a confession from Mr. Council by hanging him from a tree. Thankfully, he survived this attempted lynching and lives on as an inspiration to those still trying to create a more just society (source).

Now, in his late 80’s, Mr. Council is still seeking a life lived in peace. The NC Department of Transportation is extending the NC-540 highway. As many know, these projects often come with a steep cost. Finding himself in the way of this particular project, Mr. Council was forced to leave his long-time home in Holly Springs. Thankfully, he has recently found a new home. Unfortunately, 20 years ago, the Federal government offered Mr. Council a $20,000 loan to help him make his place of residence more livable. These loans were targeted toward low-income seniors and did not have to be paid back, as long as the individual continued to live in their house. Now that Mr. Council is being forced to move, he must pay this loan back.

Members of the NAACP and Mr. Council’s attorney have tried to get this debt forgiven, but these efforts were unsuccessful. Mr. Council will be closing on his new home in the coming days and will be living off of his modest social security check. It is now up to our community to stand in solidarity with Mr. Council as he continues to face adversity in his later years. To those who donate and spread the word, thank you. Thank you for showing that people, when they come together, can be a powerful thing.

Link:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/mr-lynn-council-was-displaced-by-nc540-help-him


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


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