Our blog team is taking a break this week, we'll be back on November 26 and post daily through the NC General Assembly session that starts on November 27. We're grateful this Thanksgiving for our amazing Stamp NC Blue team of volunteers, from the coordinators to all of YOU - people who value and work for justice, equality, respect, and compassion for every one. Here's a reminder of the truth behind the romantic myth of our Thanksgiving from the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.
Remember that we ALL have a quick "to do" list for this week, before the session begins:
- Contact your NCGA senator and representative to let them know that you support postponing discussion of voter photo ID requirements until January, when the newly-elected NCGA convenes. Copy Republican leaders Sen Berger and Rep. Moore on your email or call their offices, as well. Contact info lists by name: NC House, NC Senate. Personalize this script drafted by activist Chuck Tryon with Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action:
- Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to end the November session as soon as possible and delay any attempt to craft voter ID-enabling legislation until the regular session in January. The voters have spoken, and while they narrowly supported the voter ID amendment, they also voted for a new state legislature. The current state legislature was elected using unconstitutional maps and should not be making decisions that could affect our state for decades.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. These are tracked by NCGA staff and can make a difference - and it's not that hard to get published. Your papaer's guidelines and submission forms should be available online. Activist Peter Wilbur sent this letter to the Asheville Citizen-Times, with permission for it to be shared and personalized.
While North Carolinians passed a voter ID amendment, they also sent a clear message to the Republican-controlled super-majority: we don't want you controlling every aspect of our state. The actual law that gets written from the amendment should be done by the incoming legislature, not the rejected lame-duck body that was formed and maintained by partisan gerrymandering. That body has been ruled illegitimate through multiple court decisions striking down unfair voting districts. To let this body convene yet another mysterious special session right on the eve of its dissolution is unfair, unwise, and undemocratic. There is no rush to write a new law, as elections just happened. Let's hold numerous public hearings, town councils, and debates to determine the best way to ensure election integrity and widespread ballot access. Surely North Carolinians can come together under those two goals.
- Plan to attend the Nov 27 press conference in Raleigh, and any of the subsequent NCGA sessions you can. Bodies showing up send a message to the legislators and the media. National attention can make a difference!
- Charlotte, Tues, Nov 20, 2p, No Lame Duck Legislation Rally, 700 East 4th St
- Greensboro, Tues, Nov 20, 10:30am, No Lame Duck Legislation Rally, Old County Courthouse, 301 W Market St
- Raleigh, Tues, Nov 27, 10:45am, Democracy & Accountability Day of Action, Bicentennial Plaza
- Check our last post for more!
**THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO SUPPORT JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, AND EQUALITY IN OUR STATE!