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Activists Plan To Confront Sen. Burr With Mass “Die-In” Friday

Die-In Protest (Photo: NY Post)

Durham, NC — With Congress potentially voting to strip millions of health care, activists will demand that Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis vote NO on Trumpcare.

Sen. Richard Burr is scheduled to speak at Duke University on Friday, March 24, the day after Congress will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Protecting Progress in Durham will respond to the ACA vote with a press conference at 10am on Friday featuring Triangle residents who have been impacted by the Affordable Care Act.

Protesting Progress in DurhamFollowing the news conference, the group will hold a mass “die-in” at 11:00 am to illustrate the consequences of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians losing health insurance. Protecting Progress in Durham is a grassroots group that recently rallied over 200 concerned citizens to a mock town hall for NC’s senators.

“Senator Burr has repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare, but after seven years, he and his fellow Republicans have no serious plan to replace it, “ said Kelly Garvy, one of the organizers of the demonstration. “Instead, they’ve proposed a massive tax cut for the rich that would lead to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians losing their health insurance. The statements of his constituents and our die-in will show Senator Burr that repealing Obamacare would have very real and dangerous impacts on people in Durham and North Carolina as a whole.”

WHAT: Reaction to ACA repeal and “die-in” targeting Sen. Richard Burr

WHO: Protecting Progress in Durham, a grassroots organization

WHEN: Friday, March 24 at 10:00am

WHERE: Corner of Cameron Drive and Science Drive in Durham

According to the Congressional Budget Office, Donald Trump’s health care proposal would cause 24 million people to lose health insurance by 2026. Most of the effects would be immediate, with more than 14 million losing insurance in 2018.

Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Even with this increased coverage, NC continues to have the 5th highest uninsured rate in the nation. The people who will be most affected by the proposed repeal want Sen. Burr to hear their concerns and to learn why he should avoid moving our state backwards on health care.

“Unlike other Republican senators, Sen. Burr has not stated his position on Trumpcare,” added Garvy. “It’s time for Senator Burr to hold a town hall meeting and hear our concerns, and speak out in favor of protecting health care for seniors and others who stand to lose from Trumpcare.”

For more information about the Protecting Progress in Durham or this event, contact Alex Rosen at 919-321-1034.

Photo: NY Post

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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