(1) Action-a-bull: (things to take action on)
TODAY, May 1 - Show up for May Day actions across the Triangle, defending immigrant, undocumented, black, Muslim & ALL workers
Members of Congress
Tuesday: Tell 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!)
Monday: Tell your senator to vote against bill that’s a blatant attack on protestors: HB330, which passed the House last week, would allow people to hit protesters who are blocking roads without any legal consequences as long as they “exercise due care.” After asking your state senator to vote against this bill, go the extra mile and encourage your friends in ‘red’ districts to call their senators. Find state senators’ contact info here.
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 10am - 5pm: Carolina 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)
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.
Catch-up on the School Board’s discussion about the Superintendent search, budget proposal and more in our recap of the April 27th meeting.
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