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  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:


(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 if you’re interested in learning more!

- Account-a-bull Teams