The national media is finally noticing what’s happening in North Carolina! Yesterday, Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC devoted a full hour of her show to detailing the attack on our fundamental rights in North Carolina – from the attack on voting rights, to the refusal to expand Medicaid, to the cut in unemployment benefits, to the cuts in public education at every level – from K-12 through community colleges to the university system, to the repeal of the racial justice act. She and her panel reminded their audience that this was not a homegrown response to voters, but a national ALEC-defined strategy to hold back change and hold on to power. You can view it at http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46979745/#52142954
Of course Governor McCrory describes us as “special interest groups defending the status quo,” while he is “concentrating on the economy, education, and government efficiency.”
I don’t get how it is good for the economy to turn down billions of dollars in Federal Medicaid funds that would create 23,000 jobs in healthcare related fields and provide health care for 500,000 individuals currently unable to afford health care, who make less than 138% of the poverty level.
And I don’t get how it’s good for education to do away with limits on class size, to do away with teacher assistants, and to transfer $90,000,000 of funding for public education to pay for vouchers for private schools. Why not use the money to lower class size, provide more teachers, and more individualized instructions in public schools?
And I don’t get how you can simply do away with core government functions and protections for citizens – and call it efficiency. It looks more like robbery to me – taking from the rest of us to look after the rich!
I hope you will continue to join Durham Democratic Women in standing up for our rights this week!
Here are some things you can do:
Every Day. Fight on for Medicaid Expansion. According to the N&O: “For all the wrong done during this stormy session of the General Assembly, the greatest wrong remains what lawmakers have chosen not to do: expand Medicaid.”
Call or write Governor McCrory again, urging him to revisit his decision and bring $15 Billion in Federal Funds into the state economy to provide health care for 500,000 very low-income working people and – as a byproduct – create 23,000 new jobs in health care fields.
Last week the N&O had a great editorial based on a Rand Corporation study that concluded there is no benefit in the short or long term to any state turning down the government’s offer to fully fund Medicaid Expansion. You can read the editorial athttp://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/06/2944030/nc-needs-to-look-again-at-medicaid.html
Then write or call the Governor. You can reach him at:
Write the Governor:
Governor Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Call the Governor at: (919) 814-2000
For more background information to help you write your card or letter visit our website:http://www.durhamdemwomen.org/healthcare.html
Monday, June 10. Join us at Halifax Mall behind the State House at 5:00 PM for Moral Monday. Our numbers are growing. It is harder and harder for our elected officials to ignore us. And why would they want to? We are asking them to enact legislation that benefits all the people of North Carolina – not just the very few very rich. Download the Moral Mondays flyer and bring your friends and coworkers. Together we can make a difference! http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101933772499-712/Moral+Monday+Flyer+6-7-13_D.pdf
Durham Peoples Alliance is organizing buses to the event for a $5-10 donation. To reserve a seat email Kate at Kate@durhampa.org
Wednesday, June12. The People’s Lobby is back in front of the State House, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Join us as we reach out to school kids and passersby about what is going on inside the State House and how it will effect them. We also provide an important role: reminding the Democrats inside that we are standing up for them, too! And this Wednesday, we’ll be on hand to cheer on the Witness Wednesday delegation from the NAACP, coming to remind the lawmakers inside of the people’s best interests.
We carpool every week from Durham. Please sign up athttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA5AB28A75-standing
Save Sunday August 4 for our next Durham Democratic Women Meeting.
If you missed our terrific DDW meeting last Sunday, June 2, you missed two terrific presentations on what we can do to turn things around in North Carolina. 30 Durhamites attended our meeting at the Durham Public Library where we heard Cathy Moore and Carol Teal present two legs of a careful strategy to turn North Carolina blue again. To be successful, we need to start working right now: the 2014 elections are just a little over a year away. We need to make sure Kay Hagan holds on to her Senate seat and we need to start working with our neighboring counties to elect representatives who share our values and will speak up and stand up for all of us.
Watch for more details about our strategy in the weeks ahead and plan to join us on August 4 to get started on the work ahead. ’Cause if we can’t change their minds, we’ve got to change them out.
Hope to see you on Monday. And Wednesday.
Together, we can make a difference.
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.