The Bull's Eye: June 12, 2017

Welcome to the Bull’s Eye - calls to action and updates from PA’s Account-a-bull Teams. Check out our website for even more content! We’ll be doing things a little differently this summer. Between summer schedules and our growing focus on the upcoming City Council & Mayoral elections, we’ll scale back the the Bull’s Eye emails. We’ll send the emails when there are pertinent updates and calls to action, but it may not be every week.

 

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)  

SHOW UP TONIGHT - MONDAY AT 7PM (location)-  to the County Commission Budget meeting and speak out in support of public education funding and jail visitation rights! We’ve included background on these issues and suggested talking points at the bottom of this email.

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We've got 3 important actions for you this week:

  1. Thank our City Council members for their votes promoting affordable housing and living wages,

  2. Call our Senators and tell them to vote NO on Trumpcare,

  3. Attend tonight's County Commission meeting to speak out for public education and jail visitation rights


Details for each action:

(1) Thank our City Council members for their votes promoting affordable housing, paid leave, and living wages. 


It’s important that our City Council members know we’re paying attention and appreciate the work they’re doing to make Durham a more progressive, just place for us all to live. Email them at council@durhamnc.gov to thank them for:

  • Paid leave. We appreciate that our City Council are leaders among NC municipalities in making sure that all city employees have access to paid family leave and for including this in the 17-18 budget.

  • Living wages. This is still in process, but it's also worth thanking the Council (Steve Schewel and Don Moffitt, in particular) for working with the staff and city manager's office to make sure that all part-time City staff (seasonal and non-seasonal) are being paid the city's living wage and for planning to make any adjustments in next year's budget to fund this, if necessary.

  • Investing in affordable homes by:

    • Doubling the Penny for Housing,

    • Helping lower income homeowners with big increases in property taxes,

    • Funding affordable housing at the Durham Station and Fayetteville St.  

  • Also let them know that we encourage City Council to:

    • Prioritize very low income residents,

    • Keep homes affordable long-term,

    • Work with community groups to help residents stay in their homes,  

    • Ensure that 15% of homes built at a transit station are affordable.

(2) Protect healthcare - Call Senators Burr and Tillis

  • The next few weeks are a critical moment for healthcare in our country - Call Burr ((202) 224-3154) and Tillis ((202) 224-6342) and urge them to reject any bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and tell them to vote NO on TrumpCare. Click here for a call script.

(3) TONIGHT at 7pm - attend County Commission meeting to speak out for public education and jail visitation rights

1. Fully funding public education

The commissioners will be considering the Board of Education's Proposal to fully fund our public schools. Our schools desperately need this money. This isn't extra money - this is money that is going to keep us from losing teaching and assistant principal positions, and supporting our bus drivers and support staff.

This is money we need because our state is failing to fund our schools. We are fighting an uphill battle with a state government consistently showing us that they do not prioritized public education. We will continue to hold our General Assembly responsible for what they are doing, but now is the time for Durham to stand together and make it clear that our schools are important to us, and that we will do what it takes for our kids to have the money they need.

We need the room to be full of Durham residents who support DPS to show our County Commissioners how much this means to our community.


2. Protecting in person visitation at the jail and increasing access to visitation overall.

Jail visitation policies are under the purview of Sheriff Andrews not the County Commissioners; however, as there is no similar public forum for taking concerns to the Sheriff, we encourage you to share your concerns on Monday night with the County Commissioners (a majority of whom we believe share PA’s concerns) as a way of continuing to bring visibility to this important issue.  

Background

Sheriff Andrews said in a statement to PA: “As we’ve repeatedly explained to journalists and residents, the video visitation vendor provided the Sheriff’s Office with a menu of options including revenue-generating services, but I rejected any idea of charging for onsite visitation.  We have not yet decided whether to offer remote visitation which would facilitate the ability of some persons to visit detainees, but would also include a service fee. I am always cognizant of the burden placed on the families of detainees.”

At this point we have at least two concerns about video visitation:

  1. That some space currently used for in person visitation will be dedicated to video visitation, reducing the space available and thus opportunities for people to visit in person with family or loved ones in the jail.

  2. That the jail will charge a service fee for remote visitation.  

Talking Points

  • I understand that the County Commissioners don’t determine visitation policies at the jail.  But I am here tonight because there is no other public forum for addressing my concerns to the Sheriff, and because I believe you care about this issue.

  • Improving conditions in the jail is part of making Durham a model progressive community. While there are many concerns we have about jail conditions, on this issue it means:

    • not reducing in person visitation,

    • expanding visitation where possible for those who might have difficulty traveling to the jail, and

    • keeping visitation free in all its forms.    

  • The most compelling reason to offer video visitation is to increase access for those who might have a more difficult time traveling to the jail to visit with loved ones.  If the jail invests in video visitation it should be to expand access, it should be offered free of charge, and it should not reduce or replace any current space dedicated to in person visitation.  

  • Thank you for your time and for doing whatever you can to work with the Sheriff on this important issue.

We'll see you at the County Commissioners meeting!

The Bull's Eye: June 5, 2017

Welcome to the Bull’s Eye - calls to action and updates from PA’s Account-a-bull Teams. Check out our website for even more content! We’ll be doing things a little differently this summer. Between summer schedules and our growing focus on the upcoming City Council & Mayoral elections, we’ll scale back the the Bull’s Eye emails. We’ll send the emails when there are pertinent updates and calls to action, but it may not be every week.

Have you thought about running for office, working on a campaign or organizing on an issue that matters to you in Durham? Join us this Saturday for the Activist Academy!

Activist Academy - Tools to Win Power for a More Progressive Durham
Saturday, June 10 from 10am-4pm in downtown Durham
Co-hosted by PA and Durham for All - Learn about Durham's political history; power-mapping current organizations and players; grassroot organizing; volunteer management; media and 'telling your story'; and campaign management & finances. Space is limited - View the agenda & facilitatorsApply online.


(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)  

City Council

  • TODAY - Monday at 7pm (City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza): Tonight's City Budget Hearing is going to be a big City Council meeting with a lot of important issues at stake, including:

    • a highly contested rezoning at Latta and Guess (learn more about it here and here), and

    • budget implications for affordable housing - Show up and show support for these affordable housing demands:

      • 1. Double the Penny for Housin. 2 Cents for housin is needed to increase the number o homes affordable for the lowest income residents of Durham.  ur priorities are Durham residents who are struggling with urgent needs for housing now, including: seniors, persons with disabilities, workers making a minimum wage.

      • 2. Keep Homes Affordable. Durham benefits when w invest public funds and land to keep homes affordable, stable and well-maintained for 30 years or more.

      • 3. Help Homeowners Stay in their Homes. Lower income homeowners need grants for repairs and taxes to stay in their home.

      • 4. Help Renters Buy Homes. Long-time Durham renters need help to uy homes with incomes of $30,000-$40,000 (about 60% Area Median Income).

      • 5. Partner with Communities. The City should partner with communities, neighborhoods, and non-profits on affordable housing plans to best serve the housing needs o residents.


Members of Congress

  • TuesdayKeep up the pressure on health care with calls to Senators Burr and Tillis. The new CBO score is out and—surprise!—it’s just as bad as before. Here is a quick summary from your PA Indivisibull team on what to know about zombie Trumpcare. Here’s a script for calling Burr ((202) 224-3154) and Tillis ((202) 224-6342):

    • “Hello, my name is _______ and I’m a North Carolina citizen from (zip code). I urge the Senator to vote against the AHCA, because it guts Medicaid and destroys protections for pre-existing conditions. Instead, I want the Senator to get on board with a Medicare for All system, and recognize that healthcare is a human right, not a commodity.”

 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

Members of Congress:

  • Last week, Trump announced that he’s pulling the U.S. out of the historic Paris Climate Accord. By doing so, Trump hopes to roll back critical climate and health protections at the expense of the American public and of generations to come. Indivisible has compiled these resources to help you understand what this move means and how we can resist here at home.


We’ve got an important local election coming up this fall! People’s Alliance is working on lots of great stuff to educate and engage Durham to elect progressives to City Council and Mayor. The City Council Account-a-bull team is currently researching split votes which will go into creating a Progressive Scorecard - coming soon! Email us (maganthigpen@gmail.com) to get involved with the City Council team - there’s lots of work and fun to be had as we gear up for the elections!



- Account-a-bull Teams 

The Bull's Eye: May 22, 2017

We’ll be doing things a little differently this summer. Between summer schedules and our growing focus on the upcoming City Council & Mayoral elections, we’ll scale back the content in the Bull’s Eye emails. We’ll send the emails when there are pertinent updates and calls to action, but it may not be every week.

2 ways to engage with PA & Account-a-bull Teams:

People's Alliance and Durham 4 All are co-hosting our 3rd Activist Academy - Tools to Win Power for a More Progressive Durham!
Saturday, June 10 from 10am-4pm in downtown Durham
Learn about Durham's political history; power-mapping current organizations and players; grassroot organizing; volunteer management; media and 'telling your story'; and campaign management & finances. Space is limited - Apply online.

Are you overwhelmed by the news out of DC but want to find a way to engage with local resistance efforts? Help shape our PA Indivisibull action plan! We’re considering focusing on 3 key areas in the coming months: Health Care, a “Do your job Richard Burr” campaign, and Gerrymandering. We’ve begun an action plan for engaging on these issues but we need your input and more folks involved to make it happen! Contact us at indivisibull@gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more.


(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)  

School Board

  • Tuesday from 7-9pm: Attend the PA Education team meeting to discuss the DPS Superintendent search and BOE Budget Proposal. Address and RSVP online.


Members of Congress
We’ve all been inundated with news about the investigation into Russia’s interference with our election. The PA Indivisibull team has 2 quick summaries of the most relevant information to guide our action: why a special counsel is not enough and what we should expect of Senator Burr as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Two actions you can take this week:

  • WednesdayKeep the pressure on Senator Burr - call and tell him you expect him to lead a thorough Russia investigation.

    • Burr’s DC office, (202) 224-3154 - Call script: Hello, I’m a North Carolina voter from (Zip Code), and I’m concerned about the status of the Russia Investigation. Senator Burr needs to do his job in the Senate Intelligence Committee and demand more resources for the investigation. He also needs to use his subpoena power to the fullest extent regarding Trump’s firing of James Comey.

  • ThursdayCall Representatives Price (202.225.1784) and Butterfield ((202) 225-3101) to thank them for supporting bringing to vote an independent special commission (details here).

Mark your calendar - June 3: The March For Truth in Raleigh (this is a nationwide effort)


(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

We’ve got an important local election coming up this fall! People’s Alliance is working on lots of great stuff to educate and engage Durham to elect progressives to City Council and Mayor. Here are a couple of people from the City Council Account-a-bull team doing the glamorous work this weekend of researching split votes which will go into creating a Progressive Scorecard - coming soon!

Are you jealous of how much fun this looks like and want to join us in nerding out on local politics? Email us (maganthigpen@gmail.com) to get involved with the City Council team - there’s lots of work and fun to be had as we gear up for the elections!

    

 Rosa the pitbull is running for the coveted position of PA City Council Account-a-bull Team mascot

Rosa the pitbull is running for the coveted position of PA City Council Account-a-bull Team mascot

 A preview of the votes City Council did not unanmiously agree on - we're researching all of these to tell you why the vote mattered and which members took the more progressive stance

A preview of the votes City Council did not unanmiously agree on - we're researching all of these to tell you why the vote mattered and which members took the more progressive stance

The Bull's Eye: May 15, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)  

City Council

Take action to support more affordable housing in Durham.  Ask City Council to add another Penny for Housing.  Durham's residents are struggling to find and keep affordable homes. Now is the time for the City Council to double its investment in affordable housing to help both low income renters and homeowners afford and maintain safe homes.

About the Penny for Housing.  Supporting an additional Penny for Housing would add 1 cent to your property per $100 of your home’s property value.  This means a person who owns a $200,000 home in Durham would pay an extra $20 per year to help build housing for a low-income neighbor.  Durham has already dedicated one penny for housing, so this would double our community’s investment at a time when it is sorely needed.  Our current penny makes it possible for the City to invest $2.75 million per year, which has been used -- just to name a few things -- to end homelessness among Veterans, support rapid rehousing for others facing homelessness, expand the Durham Community Land Trust, and support the Housing Authority’s efforts to improve and renovate Durham’s current affordable housing stock that is decrepit.  

Here is how you can support more affordable housing!

  • Tuesday: Email City Council at Council@DurhamNC.gov urging them to support an additional penny for housing.  

    • If you are a renter, you might discuss the challenges you face finding affordable housing in Durham.  

    • If you are a homeowner, consider sharing with Council Members that you are willing to pay an extra penny for housing to support more affordable housing for others.  Go the extra step by telling them exactly how much extra this would mean you would pay (take the price of your home and divide by 100 twice).

    • Thank Council Members for the commitment the city has already made to increasing affordable housing, and that you fully support doubling this investment given the needs of our community.

  • Thursday: Attend PA’s Affordable Housing Action Team meeting on May 18, 6:30 - 7:30PMand get organized for the upcoming City Budget Hearing.  The meeting will be at Southside Community Center, 201 W. Enterprise St, 27707.

  • Friday: Contact PA’s staff member to join the PA Affordable Housing Action Team’s email list.


Members of Congress

  • WednesdayDon’t let up pressure on healthcare - Call Senators Burr & Tillis and tell them you don’t support the American Health Care Act and expect a full CBO score before they vote. Now is the time to make sure our Senators know that if they pass TrumpCare, they can expect the same constituent outrage the House saw this recess. Read this refresher: TrumpCare Passed the House: Now What? Burr’s DC office: (202) 224-3154 & Tillis’s DC office: (202) 224-6342


(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

New Account-a-bull resource: Your guide to the 2017 City Council races! Stay informed on who's running to lead our city, what they stand for and figure out how you can help ensure a progressive City Council for Durham.

Federal

Buried in last week’s news about Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director Comey were developments in other parts of our federal government that will directly harm people and our democracy:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a policy memo directing the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys to send people to prison for as long as the law allows. The directive from Sessions reverses Obama-era policies on charging and sentencing nonviolent drug offenders and orders federal prosecutors to seek harsher penalties. From the ACLU: "[Sessions] is directing federal prosecutors to increase a failed War on Drugs that has devastated the lives of millions of Americans, ripping apart families and communities, particularly Black people and other people of color, in a vicious cycle of incarceration." 

  • The Director of the Census abruptly resigned, raising concerns about leadership for conducting the 2020 census. Learn about why he resigned, why the census matters and why we should be paying attention to this.

County Commission

  • Durham’s Pre-K Task Force calls for Durham to increase and expand quality preschool to all low-income four-year-olds by 2019Read other recommendations from Durham’s Young Children Task Force.  Interested in supporting the effort to expand Pre-K?  Get involved in PA’s Education Action Team - the next meeting is May 23rd.

State

  • Good news for NC! The U.S. Supreme Court will not take on an appeal to reinstate North Carolina’s “monster” voting law, which was struck down by a lower court because it was passed with intent to racially discriminate against African American voters. Read more about what this means.

 

We want to hear from you - help us update PA's Vision & Mission Statement. The PA vision statement has served the organization well for many years. This year, the PA board reviewed the vision statement and decided that some revisions would allow it to more fully encompass all areas we focus on in our work today - including adding a more explicit commitment to dismantling structural racism and other forms of oppression. 

Please review the draft vision & mission statement and click here to sign-up to attend a feedback session to provide your input.  

The Bull's Eye: May 9, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)  

State Legislature

Members of Congress

Want to turn your frustration with our current political climate into action? Check out opportunities to volunteer with You Can Vote, a project of the People’s Alliance C3.
 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

New Account-a-bull resource: Your guide to the 2017 City Council races! Stay informed on who's running to lead our city, what they stand for and figure out how you can help ensure a progressive City Council for Durham.

City Council

  • Vernetta Alston has announced that she is running for the City Council Ward 3 seat.This seat is currently held by Don Moffitt, who isrunning for reelection.

  • The Durham Police Department has released its 1st quarterly report of 2017, which showed that violent and property crime are up this year compared to last year while homicides and burglaries are down. Making quarterly reports to city council were one of the 5 FADE recommendations to increase transparency and accountability. 

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • TrumpCare passed the House - now what? Read this quick summary of what happens next to be prepared to take action!

  • We’re getting organized for statewide action! Yesterday, over 90 leaders representing more than 50 Indivisible groups statewide came together to strategize and coordinate. Thank you to our team leader Jen Hill who helped facilitate and to Heather Hazelghini from Together We Will NC, Laurie Anderson and everyone else from Indivisible groups statewide for organizing! 


(3) Applaud-a-bull:

The Bull's Eye: May 1, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)  

TODAY, May 1 - Show up for May Day actions across the Triangledefending immigrant, undocumented, black, Muslim & ALL workers

Members of Congress

  • TuesdayTell your representatives you oppose the new version of the AHCA. Last week, Trumpcare was resurrected and it actually has a chance of passing. We must stop this. Read our explainer of what’s going on and call your representatives --  Rep. Price’: (202) 225-1784, Rep. Butterworth: (202) 225-3101 (plus tell your friends- especially those in conservative districts- to call their representatives!)

State Legislature

School Board

  • Thursday, May 4th at 5:30pm: Tell the School Board what you want from your next superintendent. The School Board will ask for public comments about what DPS need in their future superintendent. All Durham residents, regardless of whether they have children in DPS, are invited to attend.

Saturday, May 6 from 2-5pm: Attend Durham Refugee Day in Central Park and contribute here to help raise $2,000 to support the event and refugee resettlement agencies.

Saturday, May 6 from 10am - 5pmCarolina Resistance Training Summit.Our goal is to bring together some of the best progressive trainers in North Carolina with North Carolina organizers and activists for a day of learning, skills-building, and fellowship.
 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

State Legislature

  • Did you know that North Carolina is the only state left in the nation to treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system? Read this letter from the PA Board to Senator Berger and House Speaker Moore asking them to Raise the Age in NC by supporting the passage of House Bill 280, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act.

  • Update on appointments to the state Court of Appeals: The legislature recently overrode Governor Cooper’s veto on a bill to reduce the size of the state Court of Appeals from 15 to 12 justices. The 3 seats will be eliminated as current justices retire or die. The legislature cited the court’s decreased workload as the reason for the bill, despite evidence to the contrary. In fact, the move is designed to prevent Cooper from appointing Democratic judges to replace the three judges slated for mandatory retirement during Cooper’s term. However, Republican judge Douglas McCulloch tendered his resignation early, allowing Cooper to appoint a new justice and preserve the size of the Court of Appeals for the time being.

City Council-- updates on the upcoming elections

  • 4 candidates have announced for the Mayor’s race - Steve Schewel, Farad Ali, Pierce Freelon, and, an article in today’s paper stated that Kershemia “Shea” Ramirez has announced plans to run. Catch-up on the latest in this Indy article.

  • Ward 1 seat: Cora Cole-McFadden will be running for reelection of the Ward 1 seat. Read about Cora's priorities and work on Council in these notes from Account-a-bull's conversation with her on April 4, 2017. DeDreana Freeman is also running for the Ward 1 seat.

  • Ward 2 seat: LeVon Barnes and John Rooks Jr. are seeking the Ward 2 seat - read more about the candidates here. The Ward 2 seat is currently held by Eddie Davis, who has announced he is not seeking reelection.

School Board

Final thoughts

The Bull's Eye: April 24, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull:

State legislature

  • Today and tomorrow: Call Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office to advocate for passage of HB 280. This bill would raise the age of juveniles to 18 years old before they are considered adults in the criminal justice system. Senator Berger is threatening to block this bill. Read this page for more info and to get talking points.

(2) Note-a-bull

- Account-a-bull Teams

The Bull's Eye: April 17, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on) 

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • Now until April 24: Call your Members of Congress and tell them to reject Trump’s cruel budget and preserve essential federal funding for our state. Read our explainer to learn about some of the local consequences of Trump’s federal budget, and then use this information to make yourself heard!

State legislature   

  • Monday: Call your representative and ask them to support HB 280. North Carolina is now the only state in the country that automatically tries 16- and 17-year olds in adult court. HB 280, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act, would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include teens up to age 17 (with exceptions for certain felonies). Call your state representative and urge them to vote for HB 280 and raise the age!

Final thoughts:

  • Are you interested in working on one of the Account-a-bull organizing teams to keep track of how our elected officials are voting and leading, organizing actions and helping raise awareness in the community? If you have a couple of hours a week to commit to this work, you can join one of our organizing teams. If you're interested in learning more, email indivisibull@gmail.com.

The Bull's Eye: April 10, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)

State legislature

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • Wednesday: Urge Senators Tillis and Burr to grant asylum to Syrian refugees. Script here. Burr’s DC office: (202) 224-3154. Tillis’s DC office: (202) 224-6342.

Training opportunity

 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

Local:

  • Learn about how School Board Member Matt Sears see the greatest need in the budget, how to fund pre-K and his other priorities.

  • Do you want to advocate for public transit? Find opportunities for workshops, hearing and more.

  • Update on coming City Council & Mayor race: Mayor pro-tem Cora Cole-McFadden announced last week she will not run for mayor, but will run for her current ward seat again. Former council member Farad Ali enters the race instead.  Our city council team will begin working to document his past record on council.  Stay tuned for more.

  • Did you know that 1 in 4 workers in Durham are in low-wage jobs? Over 30% of low-wage workers in Durham make less than $10 an hour - that’s less than $20,800 a year working full time. Learn more about the State of Low-Wage Work in Durham in the report that PA released last week in solidarity with Fight for $15.

State:

Federal:

 

(3) Applaud-a-bull (things our electeds did this week to call out)

North Carolina legislators have introduced HB 563 and SB 588, known as the Whole Woman’s Health Act, to repeal laws that impede access to safe abortion, prevent the passage of future anti-choice laws, and uphold women’s right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Representative Graig Meyer (House District 50) and Senator Mike Woodard (Senate District 22) are co-sponsors of the bill. We applaud these Durham County legislators’ support for this pro-choice legislation.

Final thoughts:

 

- Account-a-bull Teams

The Bull's Eye: April 3, 2017

This Wednesday (4/5) at 6:30 p.m. 
Join PA and Rep. Graig Meyer to talk about
Durham’s role in state politics, organizing,
and Our Shot!
at Motorco, (Geer St. and Rigsbee Ave.)

Gather with the PA community, enjoy a drink and snacks and hear Representative Graig Meyer on Durham's role in State Politics, Organizing, and Our Shot! Graig is a progressive leader in the N.C. General Assembly and a major organizer for progressives statewide. We will also hold a PA chapter and PAC meeting to update membership on our priorities for the year, our accomplishments to date, and our financial goals moving forward. The PAC will lay out our plan for mayor and city council endorsements and elections this year, and to call for volunteers. While most PA meetings are open to all, this meeting is for current members because it pertains to the business of the organization. Email L'Tanya at ltanya@durhampa.org to check the status of your membership. Click here to become a member and join us on Wednesday!


(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on) 

State legislature

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • Thursday: Call Congressman Butterfield and urge him to advocate for ICE detainee Vicente Noyola’s release. Vicente Marcial Noyola was detained on March 7 for failing to appear in court for driving without a license. He was arrested in front of his seven children, ages 5 to 21, and is now at risk of deportation. Vicente is his children’s primary caretaker, and they desperately need for their father to come home. Call Congressman G.K. Butterfield’s Durham office (919-908-0169) and urge him to advocate for the release of Vicente Noyola (inmate # 1362789) from Wake County Detention Center.


(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

  • If you are concerned about affordable housing, take note! The City released their Budget Development Guidelines at the end of March.  If you are interested in and care about what the city plans to spend money on and how it plans to fund new expenditures, we highly recommend you read these 3 pages.  The guidelines state, “an additional tax rate adjustment of up to 1 cent (per $100 assessed value) may be considered to fund the Five-Year Affordable Housing Goals.” In other words, the city is considering up to an additional penny on the property tax rate to support affordable housing -- something we think is applaud-a-bull.  If you agree, please let your City Council members know.  

  • “I work on housing every day. Every day.” Learn what else City Council member Steve Schewel cares about and is working on here (scroll down to Steve’s profile).

  • Last week, President Trump passed an Executive Order rolling back many environmental protections put in place under the Obama administration. Be informed byreading our summary on our website and taking our suggested local actions to advocate for change.

  • Durham County Chief District Judge Marcia Morey has been appointed to serve as the state representative for House District 30. Morey’s legislative priorities include raising the juvenile jurisdiction age, improving public schools, improving election fairness, defending the environment, and increasing healthcare access. During her 18 years on the bench, she helped establish a misdemeanor diversion program to reduce the number of young people charged with certain misdemeanors. Morey is filling the vacancy left by long-serving Representative Paul Luebke, who passed away shortly before the 2016 election. Phil Lehman served as a temporary appointee prior to Morey’s appointment.

(3) Applaud-a-bull

  • Thank you Representatives Autry, Beasley, Black, Brisson, Brockman, Butler, Fisher, Harrison, Insko, Lehman, G. Martin, Meyer, Quick, Reives and B. Turner for voting NO to HB142, the non-repeal of HB2.

(4) What the Account-a-bull teams have been up to

Indivisibull - Member of Congress

  • Members of the Indivisibull team and Durhamites had a conference call with Angela Wiles, Senator Burr’s Health Policy Director in Washington DC. We talked about Senator Burr’s previous statements about health care and his proposed health care plan that includes provisions such as leaving essential health benefits up to the states and his support of age & income adjusted tax credits, rather than subsidies. Using the personal stories of Durham citizens, we explained to Ms. Wiles why Durham disagreed with these ideas. We also found some common ground - Senator Burr is in favor of NIH funding for biomedical research and using preventative care to reduce healthcare costs. The Indivisibull team will be having many more such meetings with our MoCs and staff to advocate for Durham values and needs.

Final thoughts:

  • Are you interested in working on one of the Account-a-bull organizing teams to keep track of how our elected officials are voting and leading, organizing actions and helping raise awareness in the community? If you have a couple of hours a week to commit to this work, you can join one of our organizing teams - email indivisibull@gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more!

  • Bookmark the Durham Progressive Action Calendar - your one-stop place for all the ways you can show up for advancing a more just and equitable Durham and N.C.! Share the link with your friends: bit.ly/durhmshowsup  


- Account-a-bull Teams 

The Bull's Eye: March 28, 2017

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on) 

City, County, & State  

  • Tuesday at 7pm: Interested in addressing economic inequality? Join PA’s Economic Inequality Action Team meeting tonight at 7PM at First Presbyterian Church (enter in backdoor via parking lot off Roxboro St). The team is working to increase tax fairness, strengthen workforce development, promote living wages and adequate benefits, and promote the expansion of jobs and worker ownership.  

State legislature

  • WednesdayTell the State House not to lock in tax breaks for millionaires. The North Carolina Senate has voted to approve a constitutional amendment, SB 75, that would permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. This bill, if passed by the House, would forever preserve the income tax cuts the GOP-led legislature has provided to the richest North Carolinians, depriving our state of $2 billion in annual revenue. This amendment would force our state to continue under funding schools, public health, and infrastructure while offering tax breaks to the very North Carolinians who need them the least. Call your state House representative and demand they vote no on SB 75. Find your representative.

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • SATURDAY from 1-4pm  at Ponysaurus: Join the People's Alliance Indivisibull team for an afternoon of activism, community and beer! Details and RSVP on Facebook. Show up to enjoy some Ponysaurus brews with new and old friends and:

    • Flood Sen. Burr and Sen. Tillis's voicemail to tell them how Trump's budget proposal would harm North Carolinians! It's been scientifically proven that leaving a strongly worded voicemail for your Senator is more fun after a couple of delicious Ponysaurus beers. Don't just talk with your friends about how dangerous Trump's proposal is - tell your Senators! We'll have sample call scripts and contact info there for you.

    • Share what matters to you. Indivisibull is meeting with congressional staff to lift up the concerns of Durhamites. We want to put faces to the issues YOU care about, and are starting a project where we photograph people alongside signs with the issues or policies they care about most. Knowing what is most important to the people of Durham will help our accountability work and remind our representatives who they really represent.

    • Get resources to hold your Members of Congress account-a-bull & learn more about Indivisbull. We'll provide you with information on your representatives including: how they vote, how/when/where to contact them, and where they have the most influence.



Next Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30pm at Motorco -PA Membership Meeting, Featuring Rep. Graig Meyer & Our Shot. Gather with the PA community to discuss our priorities and role in the current political movement, enjoy a drink and snacks and hear Rep. Graig Meyer on Durham's role in State Politics, Organizing, and Our Shot! Graig is a progressive leader in the N.C. General Assembly and a major organizer for progressives statewide. As a grassroots organization, PA is entirely driven by our members - members meet throughout the year to discuss our priorities, strategy and business. Start or renew your membership today at:www.durhampa.org/member.  RSVP on Facebook.


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(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

  • The Board of Education and County Commission had their Joint Quarterly Meeting on March 21, 2017. Did you miss the meeting and want a quick recap? We've got you covered! Check out highlights from the meeting here.

  • Last Friday, House Republicans withdrew the vote on the American Health Care Act after failing to garner sufficient votes for the bill. This was a major blow to the GOP agenda and a victory for healthcare!

  • The State Legislature is considering a change to the local option sales tax adjustment factor.  SB 126, if passed, could mean a loss of $2 million in sales tax revenue for Durham -- at a time when council is contemplating a number important new investments in affordable housing, firefighters, and paid family leave. Learn more.

  • Check out The Durham Progressive Action Calendar - your one-stop place for all the ways you can show up for advancing a more just and equitable Durham and N.C.! Bookmark the calendar - submit events to be added - and share the link with your friends: bit.ly/durhmshowsup

 

(3) Applaud-a-bull

  • Applauds ALL of YOU who opposed the AHCA by calling, writing, and protesting. We will continue to monitor and mobilize against threats to the ACA and affordable healthcare for all North Carolinians.  

  • Applauds City Council member Jillian Johnson who spoke about the need to address the challenges of gentrification in Durham on NPR’s 1A.  Listen to her remarks here (start at 31:50 mark).

  • Applauds City Council members Steve Schewel, Charlie Reece and Don Moffitt for raising questions and concerns about AT&T during the most recent council meeting.  Reece requested that the item be moved to the business agenda, which made it possible for concerns to be raised about the more than 500 complaints the city has received about the provider's service.  Among concerns shared by Schewel was the fact that under new state legislation, the city will likely bear more of the cost associated with inspecting fiber optic installations. Schewel said, “I just want to tell you I think it’s wrong.  I am disappointed in the utilities...I think it is unfair to taxpayers.” (read more here).  Moffitt and Reece agreed.

 

(4) What the Account-a-bull teams have been up to

Indivisibull - Member of Congress

  • Last week, the Indivisibull team met with former DC staffer Madeline Wade to hear her insights about contacting your members of Congress effectively. See our write-up on our website that summarizes her tips for effective Congressional advocacy.

  • We’re working on planning an event for the April Congressional recess - stay tuned for details!

City Council

  • We are meeting with each council member (up next: Mayor Pro-Tem Cora Cole McFadden), attending council meetings and work sessions, creating a historical record of split votes (rare but important instances where members’ votes are not unanimous), tracking news stories, and identifying important actions you can take to make Durham a model progressive city.  

School Board

  • We will be setting up meetings with each board member and will share notes from those with you! We're also attending board meetings and work sessions. Stay tuned for a call to action around the district budget soon! 


Final thoughts:

  • Are you interested in working on one of the Account-a-bull organizing teams to keep track of how our elected officials are voting and leading, organizing actions and helping raise awareness in the community? If you have a couple of hours a week to commit to this work, you can join one of our organizing teams - email indivisibull@gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more!


- Account-a-bull Teams 

The Bull's Eye: March 20, 2017

Welcome to the Bull’s Eye - your weekly newsletter with calls to action and updates from PA’s Account-a-bull Teams that help you stay aware of what your elected officials are doing and share clear actions you can take to voice your opinions and hold them accountable to representing you. 

Do you want to subscribe to these weekly emails? 

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on) 

City Council

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • WednesdayCall Senator Tillis and ask him to build bridges not walls by voting FOR S.128 (The BRIDGE Act) and ask him to vote AGAINST S. 446 (Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017). These are the bills to focus on this week because they’re both before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Sen. Tillis is a member. Get caught up on these bills by reading our summary and then call Tillis to say you want him to vote AGAINST S. 446 and vote in SUPPORT of S. 128.  Senator Tillis’s DC office: (202) 224-6342

NC General Assembly

  • Thursday:Urge your House Rep to vote against anti-immigrant bill HB 63. Go the extra mile - share this with a friend in a red district in NC so they can call their state rep with the same message! The House Judiciary II Committee of the NC General Assembly is considering HB63, the “Citizens Protection Act of 2017” which would create harsher penalties for people who use fake IDs, strip undocumented people of their right to be released on bail post-arrest, withhold state and federal funds from municipalities who don’t comply with federal immigration law, and require the state Attorney General’s office to investigate anonymous allegations that governments are not enforcing immigration laws. Democratic and Republicans have concernsthe bill could be unconstitutional. Use this script tocall your NC representative andurge them to vote NO on HB 63.
    • Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge to you vote against HB 63. This bill interferes with judicial authority and calls for undocumented immigrants to receive unequal treatment by the criminal justice system. If this bill is passed, it will likely lead to another expensive and embarrassing series of lawsuits. Please vote NO on HB 63.   

Durham Public Schools’ Superintendent Budget Proposal

  • Thursday at 6pm: Come to the Superintendent's Budget Proposal at the Cleveland Building (511 Cleveland St, 27702) to get informed about this critical budget process and show that we care about fully funding public education. Get caught up on the current DPS proposal on our website. We will be in touch with how you can help advocate for the extra money our schools need for this coming school year.

Mark your calendar - April 5th at 6:30pm at Motorco -PA Membership Meeting, Featuring Rep. Graig Meyer & Our Shot. Gather with the PA community to discuss our priorities and role in the current political movement, enjoy a drink and snacks and hear Rep. Graig Meyer on Durham's role in State Politics, Organizing, and Our Shot! Graig is a progressive leader in the N.C. General Assembly and a major organizer for progressives statewide. As a grassroots organization, PA is entirely driven by our members - members meet throughout the year to discuss our priorities, strategy and business. Start or renew your membership today at:www.durhampa.org/member.  RSVP on Facebook.
 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

  • Sustaining Durham's Tree Canopy: Did you know this was an issue? It is. Many of Durham's trees are nearing the end of their lives - in 20 years, if we take no action our tree canopy will be far more sparse.  And let's not forget that tree are not equitably dispersed today - tree planting followed red-lining practices, so that historically black neighborhoods have fewer trees today. Read more about this issue and how to address it now. 
  • What Trump’s budget proposal means: Our team has written a summary to help you understand Trump’s budget proposal released last week, what happens to his proposal now, and how you can hold your members of Congress accountable for their spending decisions. Trump’s preliminary Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal describes the changes he would like to make to the federal government’s discretionary spending in the coming year. It includes major increases to defense spending and major cuts to things like research, diplomacy, the arts, housing, and more.
  • Congress barreling ahead with vote on American Health Care Act (AHCA): Despite concerns from both sides of the aisle about the bill’s effects, the House is expected to hold a floor vote on the AHCA this Thursday. Read our summary of the AHCA here. Both Rep. Price and Rep. Butterfield have rejected this replacement plan.
  • Announcing: The Durham Progressive Action Calendar - your one-stop place for all the ways you can show up for advancing a more just and equitable Durham and N.C.! Bookmark the calendar - submit events to be added - and share the link with your friends: bit.ly/durhmshowsup  

(3) Applaud-a-bull

  • City Council members Schewel and Moffitt for championing forward looking policies that can sustain Durham's tree canopy while also spreading it more equitably across Durham neighborhoods.  
  • Senator Thom Tillis is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to create 2,500 more visas for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The SIV program was established to help Afghans who assisted the US military in Afghanistan (e.g. by serving as interpreters) come to the United States. 

 Final thoughts:

  • The Indivisibull team is in the process of scheduling our first conversation with Senator Burr’s staff. If you’d like to join us in these conversations with Members of Congress (MoCs), fill out this survey. We will do all the planning and you can join to build your advocacy skills and make your voice heard!
  • Are you interested in working on one of the Account-a-bull organizing teams to keep track of how our elected officials are voting and leading, organizing actions and helping raise awareness in the community? If you have a couple of hours a week to commit to this work, you can join one of our organizing teams - email indivisibull@gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more!

- Accountabull teams

The Bull's Eye: March 14

Welcome to the Bull’s Eye - your weekly email with calls to action and updates from PA’s Account-a-bull Teams.These emails will help you stay aware of what your elected officials are doing and share clear actions you can take to voice your opinions and hold them accountable to representing you. Check out our website for even more content!

Do you want to subscribe to these weekly emails? 

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • WednesdayCall Senators Tillis and Burr and demand they vote against the disastrous American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office just released its analysis of the AHCA, House Republicans’ proposed ACA replacement, and it’s a disaster. The bill is predicted to increase overall out-of-pocket costs, leave up to 24 million additional people uninsured thanks largely due to cuts to Medicaid funding, and provide over half a trillion dollars in tax cuts to wealthier Americans. Call your senators and demand they reject the AHCA and any other ACA replacement that increases uninsurance rates and benefits rich Americans at the expense of low- and middle-income people. Check out Indivisible for talking points about the AHCA.  (Senator Burr’s DC office: (202) 224-3154; Senator Tillis’ DC office: (202) 224-6342)

  • ThursdayTell Senator Richard Burr we want him to hold a town hall during the April Recess.Senator Burr claims to be a public servant, but refuses even to meet with the public he represents. By not being accessible to constituents, Senator Burr has basically indicated he will not be held accountable for his votes for the next six years. Call one of Senator Burr’s local offices and continue to demand he hold a real, adequately publicized, in-person town hall during the April Recess.

City Council

  • FridayLearn about Participatory Budgeting and email City Council if you support bringing it to Durham! Jillian Johnson is leading the charge on City Council to establish participatory budgeting in Durham.  Learn more about how it works by reviewing the slides and watching the video on our website.  Get contact information for City Council here.

County Sheriff

  • By FridayWe are still asking people to sign-up here if you would be interested in participating in a town forum with the Sheriff to ask questions and share concerns about checkpoints and jail visitation. There are frequent public meetings with our elected officials on City Council, County Commission and School Board. However, there aren't similar opportunities for the public to engage with the Sheriff. There are currently fears and concerns across our community about important issues that the Sheriff is involved with - including checkpoints and jail visitation rights. Sign-up on the form and we’ll keep you updated as we work to organize this town forum.

 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

  • In the Senate: The Most Boring and Dangerous Bills You’ve Never Heard Of. Corporate lobbyists are hoping you don’t notice what the Senate has been up to with the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 998) which would create an unelected board to make recommendations to Congress on cutting regulations. This may not sound like a big deal—but it is. It’s a quiet way to give big business a big gift: the end of regulations essential to protecting our environment, health, and workplace safety. This bill has already passed the House and is currently before the Senate: here’s our script for telling your Senators to vote NO on this dangerous legislation.

  • As if that weren’t bad enough, the Senate is also considering the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (S. 21), which requires congressional approval for a huge number of regulations. This bill would put corporate lobbyists in the driver’s seat—taking aim at the health and safety protections Americans depend on. REINS is a truly reactionary, fundamental reworking of the federal government, and not in a fun way. It’s been called “the most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of.”

  • Find out what the city learned from the resident’s survey on our website

  • Announcing: The Durham Progressive Action Calendar- your one-stop place for all the ways you can show up for advancing a more just and equitable Durham and N.C.! Bookmark the calendar - submit events to be added - and share the link with your friends: bit.ly/durhmshowsup

 
(3) What the Account-a-bull teams have been up to

Indivisibull - Member of Congress

  • Yesterday (3/13), three members of our Indivisibull team met with Kim Canady Barnes, Senator Tillis’ Deputy State Director. We shared PA’s concerns with the new healthcare law and that we wanted to see the ACA improved, not replaced. We also shared a video we made from the Resistance Rodeo, where folks shared why they cared about the ACA. A summary of the points we made can be found here. Sen. Tillis’ staff was very receptive to our visit and the video and we will be doing many more visits in the future to continue sharing the voices and concerns of Durhamites!

 

  • If you’d like to join us on visits to our Members of Congress (MoCs), fill out this survey. Our team just attended our first meeting with a Member of Congress (Senator Tillis), and we plan to schedule many more - sign-up to join us! We will do all the planning and you can join to build your advocacy skills and make your voice heard!

City Council

  • The team is meeting with City Council members to learn more about their leadership and priorities. We have met with Steve, Jillian and Don so far and will be meeting with other council members soon. We will update our website with notes from this meeting when they're available. 


Final thoughts:

  • Are you interested in working on one of the Account-a-bull organizing teams to keep track of how our elected officials are voting and leading, organizing actions and helping raise awareness in the community? If you have a couple of hours a week to commit to this work, you can join one of our organizing teams - email indivisibull@gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more!

   Three members of our Indivisibull team met with Kim Canady Barnes, Senator Tillis’ Deputy State Director on 3/13/17

 Three members of our Indivisibull team met with Kim Canady Barnes, Senator Tillis’ Deputy State Director on 3/13/17


- Indivisibull Teams

The Bull's Eye: March 6, 2017

Welcome to the Bull’s Eye - your new weekly email with calls to action and updates from PA’s Account-a-bull Teams.These emails will help you stay aware of what your elected officials are doing and share clear actions you can take to voice your opinions and hold them accountable to representing you.

Do you want to subscribe to these weekly emails? 

(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)

Indivisibull - Members of Congress

  • TuesdayCall Senators Burr & Tillis to tell them to demand Jeff Sessions resign for his actions against transgender students and Texas minority voters and scaling back oversight of civil rights complaints against police departments plus his lies about his communication with Russian officials while he was a Trump campaign surrogate. Sadly, this final issue appears to be what’s most likely to fracture the Republican support of Sessions - if we can press this issue to remove Sessions from office, we should do it.
  • Before 10:30am on WednesdayCall your representatives to urge them to reject the replacement plan introduced by Republicans that has not undergone CBO review and tell them we want to improve the ACA, not replace it! Click here to read our summary of the Republican’s moves this week to craft their ACA repeal in secret and get call scripts + contact info.

NC General Assembly

  • TuesdayCall your state reps to urge them to support House Bill 200 to establish an independent redistricting committee and set objective standards for fair district design.Rep. GrierMartin (D-Wake) said the bill is not a cure for all the problems of redistricting, but rather, “a wonderful treatment to a bipartisan problem from which our democracy suffers.” You can find your representative here and see who's sponsoring the bill here. If your rep has already sponsored the bill, let them know you’re paying attention and appreciate their leadership - call them to say thank you!

City Council

County Sheriff

  • By Wednesday: Sign-up here if you would be interested in participating in a town forum with the Sheriff to ask questions and share concerns about checkpoints and jail visitation. There are frequent public meetings to provide input to our other local elected officials, but there aren't regular opportunities for people to share concerns and questions with the Sheriff. There are currently many fears and concerns across our community about important issues that the Sheriff is involved with - including checkpoints (and the checkpoint to prison pipeline) and jail visitation rights. We will be in touch with more details in the coming week as we consider steps to organize this forum. 

 

(2) Note-a-bull (things to be aware of)

  • Do you know how City Council is deciding which capital improvements (like sidewalks) to prioritize? Have you heard of the What Works Cities initiative that Durham is participating in? Catch-up on those issues and much more from our team's comprehensive notes from the Feb 17 budget retreat and the Feb 23 work session.

  • Announcing: The Durham Progressive Action Calendar - your one-stop place for all the ways you can show up for advancing a more just and equitable Durham and N.C.! Bookmark the calendar - submit events to be added - and share the link with your friends: bit.ly/durhmshowsup


(3) Applaud-a-bull (something great a public official did this week)

  • At Monday's City Council meeting, Charlie Reece made a strong stand against weakening Durham's storm water regulations for the sake of bringing the city's stormwater permit into compliance with the less environmentally friendly state law.  Durham is in compliance with federal law at least through early 2018. The measure failed, with Reece, Johnson, Moffitt, and Schewel voting nay.
  • On Sunday, Durham Police Department Chief C.J. Davis ordered all traffic checkpoints by DPD within the city of Durham to cease immediately. This is an important step toward ensuring Durham police do not contribute to immigration enforcement. 

 

(4) What the Account-a-bull teams have been up to:

Indivisibull - Member of Congress

  • At Saturday’s Resistance Rodeo, we recorded video testimonials from 20 folks sharing their story of why affordable, quality healthcare is critical for them. We’ll be compiling these stories and sharing them with our Members of Congress when we meet with them and ask them to improve, not replace, the Affordable Care Act.

  • We’ve scheduled our first of many visits to speak with our Members of Congress. Fill out this survey if you’re interested in joining us on future visits!

  • We followed up with Rep. Butterfield about his commitment to intervene in the deportation of Nestor Avila. Read more about where this currently stands.

 

City Council

 

Final thoughts:

  • Fill out this survey to join us on visits to our Members of Congress (MoCs). Our team has schedule our first meeting with a Member of Congress (Senator Tillis), and we plan to schedule many more - sign-up to join us! We will do all the planning and you can join to build your advocacy skills and make your voice heard!

  • Are you interested in working on one of the Account-a-bull organizing teams to keep track of how our elected officials are voting and leading, organizing actions and helping raise awareness in the community? If you have a couple of hours a week to commit to this work, you can join one of our organizing teams - email indivisibull@gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more!


- Account-a-bull teams

The Bull's Eye: February 27, 2017

Welcome to The Bull’s Eye - your new weekly email with calls to action and important updates from PA’s political accountability teams, now called Account-a-bull!

Do you want to subscribe to these weekly emails? 

Are you interested in ways to advocate to City Council about increasing local participation in our city budgetDo want to speak out against the Durham County jail possibly ending rights for people to visit their family in the jailAll of this and more is in the below email! 

About The Bull's Eye emails: Facebook and other sources can be overwhelming - our Account-a-bull teams of 40+ volunteers are going through all of that content for you, attending meetings and lifting up the most important things for Durham progressives to know and do each week. Check out our new Account-a-bull website - there’s a calendar with events from groups across Durham + lots more content including blogs for each elected body.


(1) ACTION-A-BULL - Things you can take action on this week

Saturday: Come to the Resistance Rodeo on Saturday (March 4th) from 4-7pm at Central Park! Visit our Accountabull teams, learn about other progressive orgs and enjoy food trucks, Fullsteam beer tent, kids activities and a DJ. More details on Facebook.  

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Indivisibull - Members of Congress Team (learn about our team

  • Today: Fill out this survey to tell us if you’re interested in visiting your Member of Congress (MoC)! Regular visits to our MoCs is a primary way the PA Indivisibull team will make our voices heard and keep our MoCs accountable to representing us. We’ll organize and schedule these weekly meetings, and we want you to come with us!
  • This week & Saturday: Call, tweet + write a postcard to tell Senator Burr to cut ties with Russia and appoint an independent investigation - visit the Indivisibull blog to get his phone number and call script, Twitter message & info about how to write a Cut Your Russian Ties postcard to mail to Burr! We'll have these postcards at our Indivisibull table at the Resistance Rodeo - you write it and we'll mail it! This is part of a statewide effort to flood Burr's mailbox with these messages. 


City Council (learn about this team)


County Commission (learn about this team)


(2) NOTE-A-BULL - what progressive Durhamites need to know


(3) APPLAUD-A-BULL - shoutouts of the week

  • City Council member Jillian Johnson for talking about how the HB2 compromise fails to right the wrongs of the law. I think that repealing HB 2 while essentially leaving its restrictions in place is a really problematic way to try to end the boycotts in North Carolina without addressing the reasons for those boycotts. We are being boycotted because we have a really discriminatory, bigoted, transphobic law on the books, and removing that law while also saying you can’t protect queer and trans people in North Carolina doesn’t actually address the issues that the boycotts are trying to get to.” We also applaud Don Moffitt, Charlie Reece, & Steve Schewel for opposing the compromise. Read more about the issue.
  • U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield for asking the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stay the deportation order for Felipe de Jesus Molina Mendoza, a gay Durham Tech student, while he appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals. (article in N&O)

 

(4) What Account-a-bull has been up to:

Indivisibull - Members of Congress Team

  • Our Indivisibull team attended Rep. Butterfield’s Community Discussion on Saturday Feb. 25. We asked him to co-sponsor U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) “resolution of inquiry” into Trump and his team’s connections with the Russian government if any. Rep. Butterfield said “it will be done by Monday.” Check the What To Know Now from Congress page for updates once we have confirmed his co-sponsorship.

City Council Team

  • The City Council Account-a-bull team launched this month with 9 members! We are attending every council meeting and work session and meeting with each council member in person. We will post important info on our website from all meetings and will share notes from meetings with council members. We will also post a vote tracking tool in the coming month, so stay tuned. 


Final thoughts...

  • Want to make more calls to your Members of Congress? We're lifting up the calls we think are top priority each week but if you want to make more, check out https://5calls.org/ for call scripts about issues like protecting the environment, demanding investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia, and protecting immigrant communities from deportation. Issues are updated daily and include scripts for Congress, state governors, media outlets, and more.

  • We have a School Board Accountability team coming soon! Email maganthigpen@gmail.com if you would like to join this team. 

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If you have feedback on these emails or want to request that we share additional types of information or resources - please email indivisibull@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the Resistance Rodeo on Saturday!

- Account-a-bull teams