We can’t afford another HB 2 disaster. Few people realize the other damage it continues to do, including the harm HB 2 does to women. Take action NOW to tell YOUR REPS to keep the special session focused on disaster relief. Oppose the partisan power grab (especially of NC Supreme Court) and any other interference in our state. Join Moral Monday at Legislature on 12/13/16 and maybe other days as well. This session may last a few days.
Two things to do NOW, the first can be done from anywhere –
- Action 1, write or better yet call your representatives today, Dec. 12, 2016. Actually do it any time during session, the sooner the better! Best to call or write your NC Senator, NC House Rep, Governor. Better still to include leaders of NC House and Senate (Rep Tim Moore and Senator Phil Berger). You can do this from anywhere with a computer or maybe with your cellphone. Details below.
- Action 2, join NC NOW in Raleigh with the Moral Monday movement in person to show how much you care about NC and dissuade legislators from coopting the special session. Go to the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St, at 9:30-9:45am. There will be a press conference at 10am, which is right now scheduled for the press room on the first floor. If tons more people come, it may be moved, so that’s another reason to go early.
More on these two actions.
TAKE ACTION 1 – Write or call from anywhere!!
NOW is your last chance to contact your NC legislators and tell them to OPPOSE court-packing legislation or any changes unrelated to disaster relief. The special session begins Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016, at 10am. We cannot afford another HB2 disaster!!
Email or call your own personal representative using the link at http://demnc.co/courts. This action has premade email text you can use or modify, and your representatives phone numbers show up too. Or as I wrote in my last nc now email, look up who represents you here.
Call Senator Berger at (919) 733-5708, email Phil.Berger@ncleg.net
Call House Speaker Tim Moore at 919-733-3451, email Tim.Moore@ncleg.net
You could wait to see if move is made to add more judges, and if so, call Governor McCrory directly at 919-814-2105. Or you could call anyway, so he knows how upset we already are.
The New York Times just published an article suggesting we call, titled “Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators,” 11/22/16, NY Times.
From “NC Gov. Calls Special Legislative Session, Setting Up Possibility of Court-Packing Power Grab,” 12/2/16, slate.com:
“The last time the North Carolina GOP held a special legislative session, it was to pass HB2 before most voters even knew what was happening. Republicans have mastered the art of the rushed special session designed to pass unpopular legislation without voter input. The upcoming December session marks a prime opportunity for the GOP to pull this trick with a court-packing bill.”
TAKE ACTION 2 – join the Moral Monday masses at the legislature
If you can make it to Raleigh on Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016, please join us at the Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones St. Come between 9:30am and 9:45am, so you can get a spot in or watch the press conference at 10am. I got a call that said the press conference would be in the small press room on the first floor, but if enough people come out, they may move it – another reason to go earlier. Wear your deep purple NOW shirt if you have one.
The NAACP-NC has a facebook event for this at https://www.facebook.com/events/156485208164992/ I’d love to see 1000 people signed up to be there!
We were told that the special session may go on a few days, so add your name to the facebook event and the NAACP-NC should put updates there. Definitely write or call your representatives in the meantime.
Why are people so concerned?
Much of the problem is the governor didn’t limit or focus the special session on disaster relief, and rumors have been flying. According to “Lawmakers to return to Raleigh with open-ended agenda,” 12/10/16, News and Observer,
“The governor left Tuesday’s agenda open-ended: The proclamation says the purpose also includes “addressing any other matters” legislators want to consider.
House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger won’t say what else might be on the agenda, but their recent comments haven’t ruled out an attempt to add two seats to the N.C. Supreme Court. And a high-ranking Republican House member said a deregulation bill from earlier this year could resurface.”
Thank you for taking action to prevent another power grab and goodness knows what else from NC’s so called conservative leadership.