Shaw University continues to better our community and truly acts as a model for our country. In partnership with the city, they recently launched a survey to address local racial and social justice issues. The results will inform a series of listening sessions on race, racism and social equity. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article251479293.html
Raleigh has so much to offer in the summertime. Glad we’re ranked one of the nation’s best summer destinations — from great restaurants to our wonderful greenways and museums, there’s always something to do. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article251495738.html
Yesterday, I voted in favor of forming a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol. All members of Congress took the same oath: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It’s our duty to investigate this attack on our democracy so we can gain a better understanding of what transpired, honor those who gave their lives to protect us, and then prevent something like this from ever happening again.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in discrimination, hate crimes, and violence targeted at the AAPI community – including in Atlanta when 8 people were murdered. This week in Congress, I voted for two bills to combat anti-AAPI discrimination, violence, and bigotry. Hate has no home in our country or North Carolina. https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/coastal/politics/2021/05/18/anti-asian-hate-crime-bill-heads-to-pres–joe-biden-s-desk
In case you missed it – yesterday the CDC announced fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask and today Governor Roy Cooper lifted the mandatory mask mandate and mandatory capacity requirements. If you have not received your vaccine yet, I encourage you to get it as soon as possible.
Yesterday I led a letter with Rep. Adams requesting a full investigation into the May 7th cyber-attack on the Colonial Pipeline — which delivers approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. I will continue to monitor the situation and hope we get this resolved as soon as possible.
I’m closely monitoring the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack and reports of gas shortages in Raleigh. At this time, it’s important to only fill your tank if it’s necessary. If you suspect price gouging, please report it to the NC Attorney General’s office. I’m encouraged by the Department of Energy’s efforts and am hopeful we can get this resolved quickly.
As a member of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans, I sent a letter to President Biden last week requesting more aid for India as they are experiencing the deadly second wave of COVID-19. So many people are suffering needlessly. Helping India respond to this latest wave is humane and is in our national interest, as this pandemic will not end anywhere until it ends everywhere. During this critical time, please consider supporting groups like The Desai Foundation that are providing what is needed locally on the ground, https://thedesaifoundation.org.