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:
- Writing “Letters to the Editor” or Opinion articles
- Creating and broadcasting PETITIONS
- Postcard writing events, to communicate our needs and opinions to our elected officials
- Protesting – taking it to the streets to show support!
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
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
- Common Cause NC video
- “Redistricting Reform: Mapping Our Future” conference, co-hosted by Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service. 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:
- Created the Hillsborough Clean Investment Coalition
- Supporting the Hate-Free Schools Coalition
- Spreading the word about voter registration with North Carolina group You Can Vote
Connecting with Our Elected Officials:
- 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: