***The U.S. Senate Candidate Assembly has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts with candidates. We are making alternate plans with candidates, and will let you know as soon as they are finalized.***
Sunday, October 16, 3-4:30 pm
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
810 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701, United States
Assembly with NC Candidates for U.S. Senate: Cheri Beasley (Democrat), Ted Budd (Republican), Matthew Hoh (Green Party), and Shannon Bray (Libertarian)
Join forces with hundreds of members from Justice United's sister groups (ONE Wake, Durham CAN, Forsyth Multiracial project, and NC Congress of Latino Organizations) with candidates for U.S. Senate, united around a common agenda for change. This strictly nonpartisan assembly is an opportunity to demonstrate our collective power, to protect and improve our community's health and safety.
We will ask the candidates to commit to proposals on our top shared priorities:
- Affordable Housing
- Healthcare (including Mental Health)
- Immigration Reform
- Gun Safety
Specific Proposals by Issue:
Issue: Expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program
The ask: If elected U.S. Senator, will you sign on in support of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act that will create up to 299,000 additional affordable units in the next 10 years?
Healthcare (including Mental Health)
Issue: Protect funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers
The asks:If elected will you fight for and defend the funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, including Piedmont Health, that serve patients on a sliding scale and patients without insurance? (Federal funding for these essential centers is continuously at risk of not being renewed.)
Will you defend the 340B Drug Pricing program to ensure that life-saving medicine remains affordable to patients?
Issue: Comprehensive immigration reform
The asks: Will you support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are already in our country, invests in securing our borders, treats people with dignity, reduces wait times for legal immigration, and improves existing Visa programs?
Will you fight to protect the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program?
Issue: Gun safety, and illegal gun trafficking
The asks: Will you work with us, with law enforcement, and with colleagues from both parties to push the gun industry to develop state-of-the-art, quick-access gun locks that owners will actually use – and to get these products to market?
Will you work with us, with law enforcement, with the gun industry, and with your colleagues from both parties to give law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on gun trafficking and illegal guns?
WHY A STATEWIDE ASSEMBLY?
There are 200+ institutions organizing with the IAF in North Carolina, and each are dealing with complex local issues (immigration, access to health care, affordable housing, safety, education, etc.) that should be addressed at the federal level.
The upcoming midterm elections will determine the direction of the U.S. in years to come, given its very competitive nature and the slim balance of power in Congress.
Elections often present an opportunity for grassroots leaders to gather important commitments from candidates seeking to gain votes.
North Carolinians need a vehicle through which their voices are heard on issues that impact their families.
***Orange County Justice United is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse candidates or parties.***
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