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Growing Tillis protests come to Raleigh again today

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis — whose support in opinion polls has now sunk to 29% in the aftermath of his recent feckless statement that he would support any GOP health care bill that could get 51 votes — will be the target for yet another protest today.

Resistance movement leaders will be gathering outside of Tillis’ Raleigh office in the Federal Building at 310 New Bern Ave. at 11:30 a.m. for a one-hour demonstration. Leaders of the group have been seeking a meeting with Tillis for months, which, not surprisingly, he has refused to grant.

Today’s event, which follows on the heels of the pontoon boat protest that took place outside of Tillis’ lake house near Charlotte over the weekend, will focus on the disastrous Senate Affordable Care Act repeal bill that Tillis has said he will support in essentially whatever form it take. Here are the details:

Another coalition of community organizations including Raleigh NOW, Progress North Carolina, and the Resource Center for Women in Ministry in the South will come together on Tuesday, July 11th, from 11:30-12:30 pm, at Senator Tillis’s office (310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh) to highlight the devastating effect this bill would have on women, babies, and children.

Currently, 40% of all pediatric care and 49% of all births in North Carolina are funded by Medicaid.   This is higher than the national average.

A similar rally drew 150 people two weeks ago, and the momentum of the resistance to the bill is building. Children will be present at this rally.

Featured speakers include Erica Pettigrew MD, Medical Director of the Orange County Health Department as well as several young people and parents whose health care would be eliminated or at risk if this bill is passed.

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