Buy Senator Richard Burr's Vote
Read about our campaign and our goals below.
Betsy DeVos gave $43,200 to Senator Richard Burr’s reelection campaign, and got a Cabinet seat in return. Meanwhile, as many North Carolina citizens know first-hand, Burr consistently fails to answer constituent concerns.
He refuses to hold town hall meetings because they “don’t work for him.” It’s near impossible to get in touch with staffers in his offices: phones are “busy,” voicemail boxes are full, and emails and letters are largely ignored. Burr’s office has called his own constituents, trying desperately to get their Senator’s attention, “out-of-state[rs]” and “lack[ing] civility and decorum” simply for voicing their opposition to his policy decisions. In the case of the phone campaign against DeVos’ nomination, Burr himself stated that the opposition was a “strategy hatched a long time ago” rather than a genuine outpouring of concern from North Carolina citizens.*
Clearly, that $43,200 means that DeVos gets Senator Burr’s attention and vote, while the citizens of North Carolina get dismissed and ignored by the person who is supposed to represent their interests.
So if money is the only thing Senator Burr listens to, let’s put our money to work!
Since we believe that what DeVos did by donating to Burr’s campaign was tantamount to bribery and unethical, we won’t be trying to buy his vote directly. But with your donation to Public School Forum of North Carolina** you’ll be supporting an organization that does important work advocating for better public education in our state’s schools. ***
Their policy work will be essential in the coming years to help protect public education in North Carolina from DeVos and the efforts of the Republican majority state legislature, whose policies have ensured that North Carolina is 47th in the nation for teacher pay and 45th in overall public school funding according to the NEA.****
We hope that by donating as much to efforts to protect NC public education from an unqualified opponent of public education like Betsy DeVos, we can send a strong message to Senator Burr: if money is the only message you understand, we’re speaking your language now.
*Betsy DeVos nomination triggers massive phone campaign in North Carolina - News and Observer
**If you want to read more about our Certified Charity, please go to NCForum.org
***This is a Certified Charity Campaign . GoFundMe deducts 7.9% + $.30 platform and payment processing fees from each donation, the rest is directly delivered to our chosen charity (Public School Forum of NC). We have no access any of the donated money. Anything we do to support this cause comes out of our own pockets
****NEA 2015 Rankings
Thank you to everyone who made this fundraiser successful beyond our wildest dreams.
We went to Burr's office with the giant check as promised! We joined a protest there with Progress NC, and you can see more pictures and our accounts of our harrowing adventure on our Facebook page, Where's Senator Burr?
We also raised $120 through our t-shirt sales! Thank you to all of those who purchased and allowed us to fully fund a color printer for Ms. Stackpole of Durham, NC to use to make learning materials for her students with disabilities. You can find out more about this project on our Facebook page as well.
We are so grateful for this opportunity and all of your support. Clearly the momentum on this fundraiser has wound down, so we will be deactivating it at the end of March. The page will still stay up! We will just no longer be accepting donations.
If you want to keep track of any future projects we're involved in, we'll continue to update the Where's Senator Burr? Facebook page, and you can always communicate with us there.
Thank you again, and keep resisting!
Lekha & Eunice
We've . . . got . . . T-SHIRTS!!!
We've worked with Cotton Bureau, a small shirt printing company out of Pittsburgh* to create this t-shirt design. If more than 12 t-shirts are ordered, all profits ($5/shirt) will go to Donors Choose projects. If not, all money will be refunded.
If you have the money to spare and want a quality shirt that supports a great cause, please consider buying! If not (and we've all been there) please think about sharing the link!
Also! We will be at Senator Burr's office in Winston-Salem early next week with our giant check! We'll be sure to take pictures to share with all of you who have made this possible.
In other good news, the campaign got a nice write-up in the Daily Tarheel: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2017/02/devos-burr-confirmation-vote-0207
Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to this GoFundMe - We're not stopping. This week NC Republican state legislators invited Betsy DeVos to come to North Carolina** to talk about "school choice" (i.e. de-funding public schools to prop up unregulated charter schools). Clearly the work done by The Public School Forum of NC is needed more than ever.
Again, we're so grateful to all of our contributors. Keep fighting the good fight and keep resisting.
*We would have loved to work with an NC-based company, but unfortunately we don't have any money to put down for a big t-shirt buy. However, Cotton Bureau is an awesome small company, and we're very happy to support them.
Please don't think that your hard work wasn't worth it just because Betsy DeVos was confirmed. This is only the first round of a much longer fight. Our actions moved public opinion. Our donations are going to go to a group that will fight for public education in North Carolina in this difficult environment.
Honestly, those donations are needed now more than ever. Most public education policy is enacted on the state and local level. (Just today, the North Carolina General Assembly was discussing class sizes.) Find out who your state legislators are and get in touch with them. Keep tabs on your local school board and see if you can get involved. There are so many ways we can defend our schools.
Meanwhile, we are going to keep on fighting to be heard. We have started a Facebook page where you can keep up with actions to get our senators' (and other representatives) attention on important issues. You can find it here: https://m.facebook.com/wheressenatorburr/
I (Lekha) have posted an account of my visit to Tillis' Raleigh office there if you want to check it out.
Take some time to rest, take care of yourself, then come back to the fight. We need you beside us, strong, determined, with the knowledge that you know what's right. Don't let any of these battles shake your confidence. I know we can persevere.
We just wanted to say that we are FLOORED by all of the donations and supportive comments in just the past 24 hours! When we started we never expected such an enthusiastic response from our fellow North Carolinians and people all over the country.
We want to thank everyone who contributed, who shared the link, and who expressed support for these causes. A special shout-out goes to NC Policy Watch,* who posted about our campaign and I’m sure brought a lot of you here.
This campaign is not about us. It’s about creating a way to express our frustration when we are shut out by our elected representatives. It’s about creating a space where we can stand up for our values. We’re so glad that we will be able to make such a substantial donation to Public School Forum of NC, but regardless of the amount, the message we’re sending to our senators is what really matters.
So! As for the promised photo opportunity taking pictures at the senators’ offices - Our giant check is in the mail (har har) and will probably be here around the end of next week. We’ll keep in touch about when we plan to make our visits to Burr and Tillis. If you have a suggestion for a silly costume (preferably something we can pull of cheaply, since, again, none of this money goes to us) please leave a comment!
In the meantime, there have been reports that the DeVos confirmation vote will be held on Tuesday morning of next week (2/7/17). I (Lekha) plan to go to Tillis’ office that morning from 9-11am with some questions for his staffers and to talk to them about this campaign. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome! If you can make it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can coordinate.
I will also be attending the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) march on Saturday, Feb 11th. It’s a march organized and led by the NC NAACP, but hundreds of other social justice and advocacy organizations will be participating. The march focuses on a number of issues, but support for public education is one of them. I encourage you to attend! We will be gathering at 2 E. South St. in Raleigh at 9:00 am. You can learn more about this event at hkonj.com
That’s all for now! Keep resisting and keep spreading the word!
My view is vote for the children or vote for the end of your career. Anyone who would sell out our children's future for $43,200.00 doesn't represent the people who elected him Is 43,200.00 the value you place on our children's future?
From the Charlotte Observer: DeVos’ family, business network and business donors have contributed heavily to Burr and other members of the education committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Her family donated $43,200 to Burr’s re-election campaign against Democrat Deborah Ross. It also gave $2.25 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, which spent $13.7 million on the N.C. race. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article129863039.html#storylink=cpy
Proud of what you are achieving- made a donation. Good work!!!
This is AMAZING and I am so proud of your direct citizen action approach. I wish you great success in this endeavor. Here in ND, our republican senator is also voting in favor of DeVos in spite of strong and overwhelming opposition from his constituents. While there is much to resist in the coming days, things like this help me hold onto hope that resistance is not futile.
Why do we not go after Tillis, isn't he the one up for re election in 2018?
Do not apologize. They are the ones that should be apologizing to us! I was at Tillie's Charlotte office today (outside) at a rally, and we'll be there next week too. It's a marathon, not a sprint! Keep working hard for what you believe in.
I believe next weekend's march begins at 8:30.
See what $43,000 will buy you? “Betsy DeVos is going to put our children first,” Burr said in a statement after the vote. “I believe Mrs. DeVos is committed to helping our children succeed academically. I support her nomination and will work with her to ensure that every child in America receives a world-class education.”
I think this is a wonderful idea. Burr is truly out of touch with the people he represents. But this would be an ideal time to take advantage of a lot of emotional people. I don't have money to lose to a scam. So maybe you should provide more information about your contact with Public Schools of NC and the exact percentage you anticipate will go to them. I'm sorry to be cynical, and I hope you understand my need for more information