Today, TIPS Raleigh
and event organizer Trey Roberts
are teaming up with Raleigh restaurants to help stop the passage of Senate Bill 145, which proposes sweeping anti-immigrant legislation in North Carolina.
Though the state Senate won't go into its short session until May, TIPS and Roberts are taking a proactive stance by launching a letter-writing campaign in hopes of squashing any proposed legislation.
Starting at eleven a.m., anyone can visit a participating restaurant to write and send letters to state senators, with the help of nonprofit organizations El Pueblo and ACLU North Carolina, who will have representatives on hand.
Eight restaurants and bars are participating through midnight. Here's the schedule:
Videri Chocolate Factory—11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jose and Sons—1p.m.-3 p.m.
The District Raleigh—4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Morning Times—5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Person Street Bar—6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Centro—6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Ruby Deluxe—8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Slim's Downtown—10 p.m.-12 a.m.
The ACLU of North Carolina lays out SB145 provisions as follows:
Among its provisions, Senate Bill 145 would
- Compel the University of North Carolina system to disclose the immigration status of students to law enforcement upon request, potentially forcing schools to violate privacy protections in the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Remove the ability of local law enforcement to use local or community IDs to determine a person’s residency or identity
- Require the N.C. Department of Public Safety to enforce federal immigration laws through the 287(g) program, effectively turning Highway Patrol officers into immigration officials - the only such active statewide program in the U.S.
- Withhold a range of tax revenues from local governments that choose to limit their role in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
- Allow anonymous tipsters to claim that a local government is violating immigration laws, compelling the Attorney General’s office to dedicate resources to an investigation.
- Empower the Attorney General’s office to determine if a local government is in violation of immigration laws and cut off funding for transportation and other critical projects if a jurisdiction is found in violation.
Roberts, an event organizer who is a student at Peace University and also a server at The Cortez, says he began volunteering with El Pueblo after DACA was rescinded. He teamed up with TIPS, which stands for "This Is Proper Service," a community of service industry professionals who give back to local causes on their days off.
"Since moving to downtown Raleigh from a smaller Native American community of Hollister, N.C., I appreciated the connection local businesses have made with the community," says Roberts. "And I feel that's what makes Raleigh so successful and great. So I wanted to inspire others, especially in this political climate, that we don't have to divide but work together as a community. So many wonderful artists in the undocumented community have inspired me with their tenacity, talent, and drive; I felt the need to use our privileges to speak up for those who are being unfairly persecuted. By uniting with several local restaurants, I hope to send a message to N.C. that we will not stand for xenophobic actions and we are stronger together."
For more information, visit TIPS's Facebook event page here.