On Wednesday Durham Democratic Women held our first vigil outside the State House in Raleigh. It was fabulous! There were just five of us but we made a strong statement. We stood on the lawn with our signs. We passed out flyers to folks coming to the State House. We talked to dozens of people. People working at the State House. People coming to lobby. Students coming for tours. Everyone read our signs. Most gave us the thumbs up. Or smiled. “Look” the third graders said to their teachers. “They’re protesting.” And we talked to them, and dozens of other kids about why we were protesting. The response was phenomenal. Positive. We made a difference. So we are going back. And we want you to join us.
Can you sign up to be part of our vigil for one or more Wednesdays between now and when the session ends? It’s easy. Just click here.http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA5AB28A75-standing
We want to send a message to our legislators that their actions do not represent us. That we are standing up for
§ The right to access quality and affordable health care for our families.
§ The right to quality public education for our children.
§ The right to live in communities that are safe and healthy.
§ The right to vote for elected officials who will stand up for us, protect our rights, and vote our best interests.
These are Durham Democratic Women’s legislative priorities for 2013 – set by all of us at a meeting in January. Since then, of course, this General Assembly has added many more issues to our list of concerns:
– their attack on a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions;
– their vicious cut to unemployment insurance for the long term unemployed to make up for a shortfall which is the result of their own short-sightedness.
– their cut in Earned Income Tax Credits for working families so they can cut taxes for estates and corporations.
– their repeal of the Racial Justice Act…
The list of attacks on our well-being grows everyday and will just keep growing until we act to take back our state.
We are joining together with other groups across the state and calling ourselves thePeople’s Lobby. Our goal is to be a regular, persistent reminder to our Governor and to every man and woman in the General Assembly that they are our elected representatives and we will not go away until their actions represent us!
The women united for peace in Liberia did it! Their persistent vigil brought peace to their country after years of violence and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female President, who has begun the process of transforming government to attend to the people’s needs. They are our inspiration! We can make our government listen to us too!
So please sign up to join our vigil. Any Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, on the lawn in front of the State House [left side, of course!] on W Jones St. We have signs and leaflets for passersby. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA5AB28A75-standing
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Other Actions and Events this Week:
Safe Fracking is a Fairy Tale. Democratic Women of Chatham County have been educating themselves on the dangers of fracking and they are ready for action to keep the ban on fracking in place. They’ve put together a very powerful petition that will educate each of us on the issues. So please, read it and sign it.
The signed petition will go with a strong cover letter to all the legislators, and the mining & energy commission. The letter will reference the recent court case in California where a Federal Judge ruled that federal authorities broke the law when they leased land to oil and gas drillers without considering the environmental impacts of fracking. This decision recognizes that fracking poses new, unique risks to air, water, and wildlife that government can't ignore. We will forewarn the legislators of all the dangers by listing them and indicating the scientific data source. Being forewarned of the dangers we will ask them to do their legislative duty and to ban fracking. Fracking would be a terrible legacy to leave our children.
Let’s Keep Public Dollars in Public Schools. Come to the Durham Main Library, Thursday evening, April 25, 7:00 – 9:00 PM to learn more about what the General Assembly is doing to dismantle public education in North Carolina and how you can become part of a growing statewide network of parents, community leaders, and educators united in support of public education. Sponsored by Public Schools First NC
Making Our Voices Heard Now: Taking On the State to Preserve our Rights
Last year it was a war on women. This year, it seems like the Republican General Assembly – with the help of the Governor – is waging a war on all of us and every one of the democratic values and public institutions we believe in.
Join Durham Democratic Women
Sunday, April 28th, 3:00-5:30 PM
Hear a report from the war zone from: Senator Mike Woodard, former Durham City Councilman and Current State Senator and Page McCullough, longtime Education Activist and cofounder of Public Schools First NC.
Join us, and find out:
§ What is the General Assembly doing to us now?
§ And what can we do right now to make our voices heard and make a difference?
The meeting begins at 3:00 PM at Pebble Creek Condominium Clubhouse
702 Constitution Drive
Durham, NC 27705
Please post our flyer so more folks can come to this important meeting!
Meeting Sign 4-28-13-2.docx
Hope to see you at the vigil and at our meeting April 28!
We can make a difference…if we all work together.
Sondra G. Stein
Durham Democratic Womenwww.durhamdemwomen.org
– Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.