Making Noise

Messages to U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, inviting him to meet with his constituents in Hillsborough for a Town Hall-style question and answer session (and possibly Pokemon).  February 20th, 2017

HPTA has been BUSY.

HPTA members, either through their affiliation with this group, or in conjunction with other established advocacy organizations, are working toward improving our community and nation.

Here’s an overview of the types of projects HPTA has been working on:

Supporting Repeal of HB2:
  • Flowers and cards hand delivered to Senator Berger’s office on Valentine’s Day 2017, asking him to work towards repealing HB2

Supporting National Improved Medicare for All:
  • March for Medicare, July 24th, 2017 in Downtown Hillsborough
Humans and Canines March together for Medicare for All
The  “HAND MADE” National Improved Medicare for All art piece gets out on the town once again in Hillsborough
Promoting Medicare for All — at Hillsborough Art Council’s Last Friday Art Walk

Working for Fair Democracy Practices:
  • “Death by Gerrymandering: The Lost Districts”, displayed at the NC Legislative Building, July 26th, 2017, is a protest of the new redistricting effort by the NCGA Redistricting Committee.  The same Representative (David Lewis) that created the illegal districts in 2011 is once again Chair of the Redistricting Committee. Even worse, the private “map-maker” consultant, Dr. Hofeller is ALSO back on the scene to push the legal limits of party advantage.  Details:  Anti-Gerrymandering Display at NCGA


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Twenty-eight NC districts were illegally racially gerrymandered in 2011 — the elected officials in these districts are illegitimate. The democratic process is now DEAD in multiple regions of the state.


Citizen’s Lobby Day to protest gerrymandering — legislators drawing voting districts for political advantage.  Outside the General Assembly building in Raleigh on March 1st, 2017
Redistricting reform seminar featuring Iowa’s strategy for drawing fair districts using an independent redistricting committee. February 3rd, 2017



  • HPTA co-hosted a 2- hour session with two state-wide advocacy groups to educate our community (Hillsborough and Northern Orange County) about fair democratic process.


  • Spreading the word about fair redistricting practices at Hillsbourough Art Council’s Last Friday Art Walk




Participating in Cross-group Initiatives:

#RussianTies postcard campaign directed towards Senator Burr




Building and Supporting Coalitions:




In Support of Clean Investment
Hillsborough Clean Investment Coalition











Parents, students, and other community members (including some affiliated with HPTA and/or Hate-Free Schools Coalition) attend an Orange County School Board meeting to ask that students not be allowed to display symbols of hate in school

  • Spreading the word about voter registration with North Carolina group You Can Vote

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Connecting with Our Elected Officials:
North Carolina General Assembly Representative Graig Meyer
  • HPTA hosted a Question and Answer session  with NC representative Graig Meyer (House District 50).  Many asked Rep. Meyer for the best strategies to get the NC legislature to hear our voice. One key strategy is to bring party balance back to the General Assembly, with the possibility that some districts will shift power in 2018.  Rep. Meyer also recommended reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (by Jonathan Haidt)

Networking with Other Local Activist Groups:


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