This week is sandwiched between two inaugurations that are both spurs for action.
We need to make sure that Governor McCrory and the State Legislature act in the best interests of all North Carolinians. And we need to make sure that President Obama and Democrats in the Senate and Congress stand up for us too!
So join us this week!
Come Out for our Martin Luther King/Inauguration Day Service Event.
We need ten Democratic Women to join us on Saturday morning, January 19, at Crayons2Calculators Warehouse to help them get needed supplies to teachers at the neediest Durham Public Schools. We’ve committed to work two shifts on January 19th at the Warehouse, 9-11 and 11-1. Can you help us? Please sign up at our Sign Up Genius link.http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA5AB28A75-crayons2calculator
And if you’d like to contribute some classroom supplies – copy paper and pencils are in special demand – please drop them off before Saturday in the box on Helen Compton’s porch at 2215 W Club St. To see the whole list of what teachers want, visit the Crayons2Caluclaors website at http://www.crayons2calculators.org/donate-supplies.html
Write a postcard to Governor McCrory urging him to expand Medicaid in North Carolina as part of implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Here’s the story: While the Supreme Court said the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, it also said that states couldn’t be required to participate in the Medicaid expansion. This is how the Affordable Care Act covers about 17 million adults and families across the US who make less than 133% of the Federal poverty level ($15,000/yr for an individual; $29,000/yr for a family of 4).
Governor McCrory has just hired a woman as his Director of Medicaid services who is opposed to Medicaid expansion. The grounds are that it will cost the state money: $830 million over the first 6 years. But during that same time, the Federal government will pay $15.5 billion for Medicaid costs in NC that will cover 93% of the costs for nearly 500,000 adults and families that are currently not eligible for Medicaid and have no other access to health care. So it’s a win-win for North Carolina. 500,000 people get health coverage that saves lives at a tiny fraction of the cost to the state. And the state health care system gets an infusion of federal money that creates jobs.
So please send a postcard to Governor McCrory and tell him he needs to sign on to the expansion of Medicaid for the good of the state. Send your postcard to:
Governor Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
And let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org when you do. For more information on the issue visit http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=health/medicaid-expansion-under-affordable-care-act
Sign the NAACP Petition to the Governor and the General Assembly reminding them that it is their constitutional duty to govern for the good of the whole:
The NAACP is circulating a petitions with a set of non-partisan values that we can hold our elected officials to:
1) Economic sustainability, addressing poverty, full employment, living wages, disparate unemployment and labor rights, affordable housing, targeted empowerment zones and fair tax reform;
2) Educational equality - every child deserves a high quality, well-funded, constitutional, diverse public education – and access to Community Colleges and Universities;
3) Healthcare for all and ensuring access to Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security and providing environmental protection;
4) addressing the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system for black, brown and poor white people; and
5) protecting, defending and expanding voting rights for all people.
The petitions will be delivered later this month to the leadership of both parties in the N.C. General Assembly and the governor by the NC NAACP and members of the HK on J People's Assembly Coalition. The full text of the petition is at bit.ly/V3e2zN You can sign up at bit.ly/118nGnU
Find out about the state of our schools.
Superintendent Dr. Eric J. Becoats will update our community on DPS's progress in implementing our Strategic Plan and making our vision become reality. Please join us Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. at the historic Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. Free parking is available in the Durham Centre garage.
Plan to join One Million Moms for Gun Control in Washington, DC on Saturday January 26th.
On Tuesday the President will receive the recommendations from Vice President Biden’s Commission addressing gun violence. Before the inauguration, the President will surely lay out, in his words, a common sense plan for reducing gun violence and saving our children. He was strong and clear in his Press Conference today. The march is aimed at putting countervailing pressure on Congress to act. For more information see March on Washington for Gun Control, January 26, 2013.
Sign up to help out at the Democratic Party State Executive Committee Meeting on February 1-2.
Durham is hosting the State Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting this year. They are looking for about 20 volunteers on Saturday to help with the registration table and be vote counters. These should not be our delegates, but other committed Democrats. There will be many votes to count so we hope we have many volunteers. If you’d like to help out, send an email to Tracey our Democratic Party chair Send all names to Tracey Burns-Vann email@example.com.
Learn more about Durham Democratic Women’s action priorities for the year, right here, next week, and on our website www.durhamdemwomen.org
We had a great meeting on Sunday to celebrate our accomplishments in 2012 and set our priorities for this year. Lots of wonderful women with great energy. I’m writing up the notes now: more next week!
Hope to see you Saturday at Crayons2Calculators.
Sondra G. Stein
Durham Democratic Women