ASK MOE: POLICE REFORM IS COMING

We receive questions from voters all of the time and do our best to try to answer them. Here’s Moe’s response on policies involving police reform:

“In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and many others, which have prompted both peaceful protests and violence in the streets across our country in recent weeks, I have been asked about police reform policies I would support.

First, let me say that I believe this is a historic reckoning for the years and years of racial injustice. How we move forward from this moment will define who we are as a nation. We must be on the right side of history.

As you may know, I have had many colleagues of color — as a student at North Carolina Central University, where I earned my law degree, and as a law professor at Howard University. I have stood my whole professional life trying to fight injustice, wherever and however I encountered it. In Congress, I will do the same.

We must change our culture and we can begin to do so by changing our laws. On the federal level, I support ending qualified immunity so that police officers can be held liable for violating the rights of people they serve. I would also push to establish a federal model policing program, adopting policies from the #8CantWait campaign that create standards of conduct and emphasize de-escalation and the use of non-lethal force. And it is long past time to make lynching a federal hate crime.

Finally, we need to create a database to track complaints of officer misconduct, officer-involved shootings, use-of-force incidents and misuse of body cams, to begin to bring some accountability to our 18,000 police agencies across the country.

Some of these policies are part of the House police reform bill – another effort at much needed change. And they are a good start. I look forward to continuing to improve on these when I am in Congress.

Rest assured, change is coming. Finally.”

We will have more on this in the near future.

PRINCIPAL CHIEF SNEED JOINS MOE TALKS!

We are excited to announce that Richard G. Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will join Moe on Moe Talks on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

Principal Chief Sneed, a former Marine and longtime teacher, manages day-to-day operations for the 15,000-member EBCI based in the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina.

“I have a lot to learn about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and what a member of Congress can do to be an effective advocate for their interests, so I’m grateful to Principal Chief Sneed for taking time to talk to me,’’ Davis said. “He and I are both military veterans and former educators, so we share a common commitment to our country and our communities.”

SAVING DACA

Imagine growing up in America, working hard to gain an education, earning a job and paying taxes like everyone else. Imagine living that American dream and then being told after doing everything right for years that you will have to move to a country you have never known because you weren’t born here.

It’s un-American. We are a nation of immigrants and those who were brought here as children and worked to fully contribute to our society have earned their place in it.

So we wholeheartedly support the Supreme Court decision handed down today that President Trump cannot end DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that protects these immigrants from deportation.

It is our hope, after the November election and when a new Congress is sworn in, that immigration reform will be a top priority and a path to citizenship is created for DACA recipients.

Once and for all.

ATTACKING WILDFIRES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Wildfires are a reality for Western North Carolina, as many who were here in 2016 well know. We lost about 62,000 acres during a severe drought that fall.

We need to be better prepared for the next drought. To that end, the McDowell Community Wildfire Network has been created.

According to The McDowell News, “This is a partnership between local agencies including the city of Marion, McDowell County, Marion Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, N.C. Forest Service, Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Nature Conservancy and others.

“The partnership was recently granted $40,000 from the Action, Implementation and Mitigation (AIM) grant program offered by an organization called Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. out of Lake George, Colo. This grant will support the partnership with program coordination, tracking mitigation activities, and acquiring mitigation equipment.”

You can read more about the partnership in this link, along with ways you can help prevent wildfires from damaging your home in the future.

Droughts are likely to become more common because of climate change. It is in our best interest in Western North Carolina to elect leaders who will actually listen to scientists and push for green energy and green technology to protect our environment.

We have too much to lose.

A JUNETEENTH TO REMEMBER

Last Friday was Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. But this year it felt a little different, didn’t it?

There are still protests and marches in the streets across the U.S. over police violence against people of color. We are 155 years past June 19, 1865, when slavery ended in Texas, and yet there is still a need to speak out and demand equality.

So today, let’s speak out about the monuments across the country that celebrate Confederate war generals and other symbols of division. As petitions are submitted and heated arguments ensue in town halls and city councils everywhere, let’s remember on this Juneteenth what those monuments truly stand for and why they must come down.

The Confederate flag — that whole issue — was a battle to divide the country. It was a group of people that didn’t want United States. They wanted dis-United States. That was treasonous. So to have monuments glorifying this effort to divide the country, particularly knowing the message — what that conveys to a significant segment of the population — there’s just no sense in it.

This is an issue that should have been settled long ago, so it’s one that we need to settle. We ought to be focusing on issues that really matter, like getting healthcare and education. We ought to be focusing on those and not on honoring the past when that past is not something that was honorable.

So we support the efforts to remove the monuments and relocate them to an appropriate place that’s not public property.

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APPLY FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT SOON

Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and how it could impact voting in November, we are urging everyone in the 11th District to apply to vote by absentee ballot. Currently the NC Congress has just voted on a new application & rules that are not ready for publication.  Go to this website at Voting Information for additional information when available.

WE’LL KNOW OUR OPPONENT TOMORROW

The Republican runoff between Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn will be held tomorrow, June 23, so we will finally know our opponent in the November election.

Not that it makes a difference. Republicans want to hold onto Mark Meadows’s old seat in Congress, and they have already spent $2 million to try to buy it even though the two candidates have no relevant experience for the job.

Don’t let them get away with it. Please.

We aren’t accepting corporate PAC money, so we need your contributions to fight for this seat.