This is the week for a people’s encampment at the State House in Raleigh to protest whatNC Policy Watch calls ‘three reactionary months’ and Reverend Barber describes as an “Avalanche of Extremist Policies That Threaten Healthcare, Education, Voting Rights, Especially the Poor, African-Americans, Latinos, Women, Seniors and Students.”
Every day this week there are opportunities to stand up and speak out against these extremist policies. Durham Democratic Women will be there, with our banner held high. Hope you will join us as often as you can.
Monday, May 6, 5:30 PM Bicentennial Mall, across from the State House.
Last week Reverend Barber and the NAACP led a coalition of activists in protesting the actions of the General Assembly. 17 activists – including Rev Barber and Tim Tyson were arrested. This week we have the distinct privilege to join them in support of another round of protest and nonviolent civil disobedience. If you don’t want to join in civil disobedience come as an observer and supporter.
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 PM Forward Together, Not One Step Back
We all need to show up and be counted at a mass Rally, Protest and Candlelight Vigil organized by the NAACP, outside the NC General Assembly on W. Jones St.
Listen to Rev Barber’s call to action:
“Make no mistake about it: this is the beginning of something new in the Old North State….We are calling together a coalition of goodwill, a nonviolent volunteer army of love, to oppose this legislature’s heartless, ideologically driven agenda. We call on all people of goodwill to join us, that we might build the bridges of understanding,, not the walls of division….We shall speak and we shall act….And we will be heard.”
You can read Rev Barber’s full call to action, “Why We are Here Today” athttp://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101933772499-674/Why+We+Are+Here+Today_4.29.13.pdf
Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. Durham Democratic Women leads the People’s Lobby – a weekly vigil in front of the State House on W Jones St.
Last week The People’s Lobby was eight strong outside the State House – despite the rainy weather. Just check out our pictures on our Facebook page and atwww.durhamdemwomen.org You will see how great we looked.
But we didn’t just look good. We reached out to lots of folks passing in and out of the state house and passing by on the streets. And we cheered up all the folks inside for those dismal hearings on limiting abortion rights and an immigration bill that established Arizona-style detainment of those suspected of being undocumented as the “price” [or as Republican Paul Stam called it, the “honey”] for support of restricted driving licenses for undocumented immigrants.
My favorite part of our outreach continues to be educating the school children waiting to get inside about exercising our democratic right to protest.
So please come join us this Wednesday, May 8 or any Wednesday after that until the General Assembly packs and goes home!
Just sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA5AB28A75-standingfor
If you can’t demonstrate, how about writing letters, calling legislators, or phonebanking?
Let’s save public education. This week the House and the Senate will be hearing bills that will dismantle public education in North Carolina, piece by piece. Public Schools First North Carolina is organizing a letters to the editor campaign aimed at saving public education. Visit our website at http://www.durhamdemwomen.org/education.html to find out more about what’s going on and who you can write or call to make a difference.
Protect Our Vote Phone Banks ProtectNCVote is organizing phone banks every Tuesday and Wednesday to build support against Voter IDs and for saving early voting and Sunday voting. Join them…
VOTING RIGHTS PHONE BANK (DURHAM): Tuesday evening, May 7, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the home of Susan Yaggy (2012 OFA NTL), 3518 Ridge Road, Durham, 27705. Bring your cell phone. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call to let Susan know you're coming:
919-419-6118. Park across the street at Durham Academy Upper School
for easy parking.
VOTING RIGHTS PHONE BANK (DURHAM): Wednesday evening, May 8, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Democracy NC offices, 1821 Green Street, Durham,27705. Bringing a cell phone is very helpful but not required. Please email email@example.com to RSVP.
PHONE BANK FROM HOME: An on-line virtual phone bank is available for
those who want to make calls from home. All that is needed is a cell
phone, a computer and an internet connection. Scripts and caller
information load automatically after a brief sign-in. Link:
For more information about efforts to protect the right to vote --
including hosting your own community phone banks -- please email
If you need some talking points for those letters and calls, I haven’t seen a clearer statement of how what’s been happening on Jones St in Raleigh affects North Carolinians than Chris Fitzsimmon’s latest NC Policy Watch. Here’s an excerpt from his catalog of wrongs against the people of North Carolina.
If you lose your job through no fault of your own, it will be more difficult to receive unemployment benefits while you look for another one. You also won’t be able to receive benefits for as long—it might only be for 12 weeks—and you won’t receive the same level of benefits that laid off workers had been receiving while trying to find new employment.
If you are one of the tens of thousands of long-term unemployed workers in the state, your benefits are ending soon and you will not be able to receive emergency assistance from the federal government. Lawmakers voted to prevent laid off workers in North Carolina from receiving the federal benefits so businesses could pay lower unemployment taxes, the same businesses whose tax breaks over the years helped create the state’s unemployment debt.
If you are among 500,000 low-income adults without health insurance, you will remain uninsured, unable to afford to see a doctor and one medical emergency away from bankruptcy, even as your counterparts in many other states with Republican governors are now covered by Medicaid.
If you are one of the 900,000 people working hard every day in a low-wage job and trying to support your family, you will have less money next year because the state Earned Income Tax Credit will end. That’s the credit that former President Ronald Reagan called the best anti-poverty program we have, yet state lawmakers voted to reduce it and let it expire at the end of the year.
If you are a single mother earning just $16,000 a year, your four-year-old son or daughter may no longer qualify for the state’s award winning pre-K program because lawmakers think you make too much money for your child to qualify.
And if you find yourself in an emergency and unable to make ends meet and feed your family, you will not be able to apply for public assistance unless you can come up with $100 to pay for a drug test that lawmakers themselves refuse to take.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot more. You can read it all athttp://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2013/04/30/three-reactionary-months/
Hope to see you in Raleigh. We are all part of that coalition of goodwill, that nonviolent army of love to oppose this legislature’s heartless, ideologically driven agenda.
Sondra G. Stein
Durham Democratic Womenwww.durhamdemwomen.org
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