Making Noise

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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 volunteers, either through their affiliation with this group or other local groups, have been busy. Below are some ways in which HPTA members and their communities are working towards progressive change:

 

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

 

Working for Fair Democracy Practices:

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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

 

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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.

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Participating in Cross-group Initiatives:

#RussianTies postcard campaign directed towards Senator Burr

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Building and Supporting Coalitions:

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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

Connecting with Our Elected Officials:

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Graig Meyer, North Carolina General Assembly member, representing House District 50, speaking to HPTA on May 12th, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough.Enter a caption

  • 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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HPTA at Resistance CON in Durham, June 3rd, 2017.  Music, art and activism!