Tuesday Action: Burr Needs to Resign, Statewide COVID19 Actions, and More

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****Actions 3/31/2020****


Burr Kept Dangers of COVID-19 Secret. Call Him On It
A few days ago, we learned that Richard “No Socks, No Soul” Burr was privately warning a small group of donors at a Capitol Hill luncheon of the imminent dangers of the virus, comparing it to the 1918 flu epidemic that killed thousands of people. But despite these known dangers, Burr did not warn his constituents or the general public, implicitly allowing transmission of the virus to continue unabated. It’s a horribly irresponsible and hypocritical action, and he needs to be called out on it. We have a tweet and a call script you can use to call out Burr for not taking the health and safety of his constituents seriously.

Burr is now being investigated by the FBI for  insider trading and has hired a lawyer. Burr  sold off $600,000-$1.8 million in stock just before the market collapsed. So, Burr was denying the seriousness of COVID19 in public, but in private, he was warning his high-donor friends and selling off stock as fast as his fingers could dial his stock broker. Not only should he resign, he should also be prosecuted. Let’s push extra hard tomorrow. Burr’s phones should not stop ringing from the moment his office opens until the moment his staffers go home tomorrow afternoon. It’s time for him to resign.

The Juicy Details: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/19/senate-intel-chair-warned-of-coronavirus-disruption-in-private-137407

Burr Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from zip code __________ and I am calling to ask why Senator Burr thought it was appropriate to warn a private audience of big donors on Capitol Hill about the dangers of the Coronavirus but didn’t bother to issue the same warnings to his constituents? There was a lot of misinformation circulating about the virus, and Senator Burr could have made a huge difference by speaking out publicly about the risks associated with COVID-19. To make matters worse, Senator Burr has also engaged in insider trading, selling off stocks based on knowledge obtained through his position as a Senator. Senator Burr needs to resign immediately.

Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154

Burr Tweet:
.@SenatorBurr thought it was OK to warn a private audience of big donors about the Coronavirus but didn’t bother to warn his constituents. Then he sold off millions of dollars in stocks while the virus was spreading. He should resign.


Allow Nurse Practitioners to Practice without a Collaborating MD
Nurse practitioners are not allowed to maintain their own practice in North Carolina without registering with a collaborating physician. This places severe limits on NPs who are board certified. In most states, this rule has been eliminated. And during a time in which we are facing a medical emergency, we need more qualified medical providers to be able to practice without archaic limitations. This is actually a nonpartisan issue. The link below is from a conservative think tank, but it shows clearly that we need to update our laws regarding NPs. The bill is called the SAVE Act, and it is a simple, potentially bipartisan fix, that could improve our response to COVID-19.

Details: https://www.johnlocke.org/update/save-act-increasing-freedom-for-n-c-nurses/

.@NC_Governor drop the outdated Nurse Practice Act rule that forces NPs in NC to have collaborating MD in order to practice. We are board certified providers that could volunteer in this crisis in our full capacity if you do this now #NursePractitioner #COVID19

Hello, I am a constituent from ____________ calling to urge Rep./Sen./Gov. ___________ to support the SAVE Act. This bill would remove the requirement that nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives have a collaborative practice agreement to treat patients. North Carolina is one of 12 states that restrict the practice authority of nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives unless they obtain a collaborative practice agreement with a supervising physician. And in a time when we face an approaching medical crisis, we need all of the qualified medical providers to be able to work independently without any archaic restrictions. NPs could easily volunteer in remote locations or other areas where supervising physicians would be unavailable. Thank you.

State Contact Numbers:
NC House: http://bit.ly/2CVneDK
NC Senate: http://bit.ly/2DamgAn
Governor: Phone: (919) 814-2000
Email: https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper


Fill Out the Census Forms, then Remind Your Friends
Many of you should have received census forms by now. If you haven’t already filled it out, go online and get it done. You’re stuck at home anyway, and it only takes five minutes. Then remind your friends to do the same. There are enormous benefits to an accurate census. It will ensure that North Carolina gets adequate representation. It will help with redrawing districts. It will help the government to apportion out federal resources. If you need reasons to fill it out, go here:

Online Census: https://my2020census.gov/
Reasons to do the Census: https://www.prb.org/importance-of-us-census/
Instructions on how to do the Census Online: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/3/12/21168139/2020-census-online-how-to


Register to Vote Online
The State Board of Elections has opened up online voter registration. You can follow the link below to their website where you can register to vote or change your registration if you have moved.  You can also follow the tweet below to thank the SBOE and maybe gently nudge them to allow statewide vote-by-mail for the 2020 election.

Details: https://twitter.com/NCSBE/status/1244707072312250368


Help Flip the NCGA
Since we’re all social distancing, that means we need to rethink some of our campaign strategies, but it’s absolutely crucial that we flip at least one chamber in the state legislature so that Democrats have a seat at the table when districts are redrawn for the 2020s. Neighbors on Call has targeted three seats that are crucial to winning in 2020. Nicole Quick (NC HD 59) and Ricky Hurtado (NC HD 63) are trying to flip seats currently held by the GOP. And Sydney Batch (NC HD 37) is trying to protect a vulnerable house seat. They are all outstanding public servants and deserve our support.

Link: https://www.neighborsoncall.org/phonebanks

You should also follow them on social media:

  • Nicole Quick for NC HD 59
    • Twitter: @QuickforNC
    • Instagram: QuickforNC
  • Ricky Hurtado for NC HD 63
    • Twitter: @rickyhurtadonc
    • Instagram: rickyhurtadonc
  • Rep. Sydney Batch (NC HD 37)
    • Twitter: @friendsforbatch
    • Instagram: friendsforbatch

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

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