Month: March 2021

Women’s History Month

For #WomensHistoryMonth I am honoring Ruth Cook. Ruth was born in Berlin, Germany and escaped Nazi control at a young age. She made her way to North Carolina with her husband. Ruth was the first woman elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives from Wake County in 1974.

She championed the causes of children, the underprivileged, the mentally ill and much more. Her legacy will live on through her good works.

DC Highlights

Happy to be home in Raleigh but I wanted to give a few highlights of the work we’ve been doing in DC: 

✅Passed #VAWA, which included 2 of my amendments
✅Passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act
✅Passed 2 commonsense gun violence prevention bills, H.R. 8, & H.R. 1446.

Accelerated Vaccine Schedule

Today Governor Roy Cooper announced an accelerated vaccine schedule. Starting March 31st, Group 4b, people who are classified as essential workers will become eligible. Starting April 7th, Group 5, all people 16 years and older will be able to sign up. While this is exciting news for our state, please continue to stay safe by wearing your mask and practicing social distancing.

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is when all women on average catch up to men’s earnings from 2020. We must work together to ensure that we are working to close the gap and make #EqualPayDay obsolete.

We must take action to combat gun violence.

I’m heartbroken about the 10 people killed in yesterday’s mass shooting in Boulder. Sending my love and strength to honor the lives of the victims, including a Boulder police officer. Praying for their families and the entire community. 

Words cannot bring back loved ones. We must take action to combat gun violence.

Women’s History Month

Reverend Nancy Petty has dedicated her life to the service of others. As a member of the LGBTQ community, she welcomes all people in her church, Raleigh’s historic and progressive Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. She is a champion of marriage equality, has focused on facilitating interfaith dialogue with Raleigh’s Muslim community, and has partnered with the Jewish community on social justice advocacy.

I’m honored to call her a friend and neighbor. #WomensHistoryMonth

Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community in Cary

Last night I joined the local Asian-American and Pacific Islander community in Cary to honor the lives and dignity of the individuals murdered by a gunman in the Atlanta, Georgia area. 

We must all stand up and condemn hatred and work to prevent further violence. It’s on all of us to combat racism and bigotry by calling it out whenever we see it, and standing in solidarity with the AAPI community.

Dream Act

Yesterday, the House passed the bipartisan Dream Act! Dreamers, TPS and DED holders are essential workers, teachers, and medical personnel. This bill will allow them to gain permanent legal status so that they can continue to contribute to the country they call home. #HomeIsHere