Today, we remember the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King committed his life to fighting for justice for all people — for a future in which people could live free from prejudice and oppression. This is a fight we must carry on, and dedicate ourselves to fighting for fairness, justice, and opportunity for everyone.
Toys for Tots
Today I voted to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, a critical and timely piece of legislation to combat efforts to suppress the right to vote across the United States. The bill sets basic national standards for voter access and identification, ends partisan gerrymandering, and protects the integrity of our elections.
A panel of North Carolina judges just allowed Republicans’ partisan gerrymandered legislative maps to stand. Our state’s population has grown and diversified over the past decade. The redistricting process in our state should have reflected this change, creating fair districts where communities are not split apart and one vote counted just the same as the next — no matter the zip code. But instead, North Carolina Republicans abused the redistricting process and intentionally designed legislative and congressional maps that’ll make it easier for them to win future elections — disenfranchising millions of voters for their own political gain. I’m hopeful
On this day in 2021, insurrectionists — incited by hate and misinformation from the highest levels — stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to prevent a peaceful transfer of power. Today, we mourn the brave Americans who died in defense of our democracy and express our heartfelt gratitude to the courageous Capitol Police officers who defended the Capitol on that terrible day and work tirelessly every day to keep us safe. I’ll forever be inspired that on the evening of January 6th, even in the face of an insurrection, Congress reconvened. We came together on the House floor
I sent a letter to DHS and USCIS requesting that they fix the backlog of work authorizations for immigrant spouses. Due to changes under the Trump administration, applicants – many of them women in STEM fields – have faced lengthy wait times hurting their families and our economy. Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/article256818492.html
The N.C. Department of Health of Human Services is opening three new drive-thru COVID testing sites in Wake County to accommodate for the increased demand. These new sites do not require appointments but do require online registration with the department’s testing vendor. If you have symptoms or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID, you should get tested as soon as possible. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article256921607.html