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Writing to Congress

Many of us are angry and despairing at the political landscape, especially with the recent unprecedented threats to democracy itself in the United States.

Let's pool our brains and amplify our influence! Letters and phone calls to our elected officials make an impact, even if they don't always do what we ask, since they're ultimately concerned about "reelection, reelection, reelection."

Especially with help from our friends, it's not difficult to write letters calling for specific actions and telling powerful stories. We can share talking points, drafts, and letters we've sent, as well as problems we encounter and replies we get.

(The title refers to the U.S. system, but you're welcome to share how you're communicating with your elected officials in any country.)

If you read this group and haven't joined it, please join! It'll encourage other AN members to be more politically active.

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Discussion Forum

Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 17, 2019. 11 Replies

Two hundred years ago the founding fathers created three branches of government, assuming that one party wouldn't dominate all three at once, and assuming that the legislative and executive branch actually wanted to govern the country as a…Continue

Tags: changing beliefs, white supremacist takeover, data analytics, psychological warfare, bio-psycho-social profiling

Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 13, 2018. 3 Replies

I sometimes get discouraged. Here's advice from a Reddit user I found encouraging.On the topic of writing to congress.…Continue

Tags: adding your voice

Keep Families Together Act

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 21, 2018. 10 Replies

The actions of the current administration have had me incensed practically from the time they took office.  The depths to which they wish to descend appear to have few if any limits.  However, with the current action being taken against immigrants…Continue

Tags: Keep Families Together Act, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump

Letter to Rep and Senators Regarding New Congressional Freethought Caucus

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23, 2018. 3 Replies

The following letter has just been posted to the following Congresspersons:Congresswoman Marcia FudgeSenator Sherrod BrownSenator Rob Portmanand will be shortly followed by hard-copy letters sent by US Mail:As you well know, the United States was…Continue

Examine your state legislators

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 1, 2018. 2 Replies

The Center for Public Integrity presents a data base of state level legislative conflicts of interest. Find your state legislators' financial interests…Continue

Tags: state political corruption

Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 13, 2017. 4 Replies

Where do you find useful information on issues to communicate with your legislators about, or talking points you might not have thought about for calling or writing them?Continue

Tags: representatives, legislators, congresscritters, senators, political actions

How are we doing ? As of February 17, 2017

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 17, 2017. 0 Replies

block H.R.958 elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency - Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017, 115th Congress (2017-2018) | (Became law)block Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (Hearing is set for March 20)cosponsor and support S200,…Continue

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 31, 2020 at 2:24pm

Relevant while King tRump's impeachment trial is still going on:

John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump’s Trial. Will He?
Democratic House managers should ask the chief justice to issue subpoenas for John Bolton and others.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/opinion/john-roberts-impeachment...

(The presiding judge can subpoena relevant witnesses and documents on his own authority, or if asked to by the impeachment managers. It would take a 2/3 supermajority of senators to block that.)

Impeachment managers' DC office numbers:

Rep. Adam Schiff 202-225-4176
Rep. Jerry Nadler 202-225-5635
Rep. Zoe Lofgren 202-225-3072
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries 202-225-5936
Rep. Val Demings 202-225-2176
Rep. Jason Crow 202-225-7882
Rep. Sylvia Garcia 202-225-1688

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2020 at 10:25am

I'm following the advice of "jamming the phones" and calling my senators every day while it's still possible for the Senate to allow additional witnesses and documents at the impeachment trial.

Something else the Senate should do quickly once they return to regular session: pass the DOTGOV Act of 2019, S. 2749. It would help state and local governments start or migrate websites under the .gov domain, which is much more difficult to create spoofs under than .com. This is especially important for election websites!

(The truly bipartisan bill was cosponsored by an even mix of Republicans and Democrats, and was approved by committee in a unanimous voice vote. Senators should still hear from us about passing it.)

In my experience as a Philadelphian, phila.gov and pa.gov are .gov, but sites like votespa.com and phillypolice.com are vulnerable to being spoofed by sites with similar names.

1 Simple Step Could Help Election Security. Governments Aren't Doin... (NPR)

An attacker could mimic a real elections site by buying a similar domain name, copying the site and then picking a district in which to suppress votes.

"They could choose urban areas if they wish to suppress Democratic votes. They could choose rural areas if they choose to suppress Republican votes[.] They would then send an email to users in those different districts that point them to a fraudulent site."

A fake site could look identical to a real site, only with slightly wrong polling-location information or slightly wrong times.

If both websites — the real one and the fake one — are closely alike and use .com top-level domains, voters probably would have no idea they were being manipulated until they showed up at a closed or empty polling location.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2020 at 4:12pm

Thanks, Ruth. I called my senators' offices with a similar message about the need for additional witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial. (For the Democratic senator, I urged him to do everything possible to pressure and shame his Republican colleagues into doing the right thing; for the Republican, I said that anything less than a full and fair trial would amount to a coverup, and spell the end of the credibility of the Republican Party.)

Apropos: Republican elephant: “The case against Trump contains NO NEW INFORMATION!” Second panel reveals him sitting on witnesses and documents: “And we mean to keep it that way.” (Tiny cartoonist in the corner: “He prefers nitwitnesses.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2020 at 3:02pm

Sent this email to Republican Senator:

I strongly urge you to vote to allow additional witnesses and evidence in President Trump's impeachment trial. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has confirmed that Trump directly told him that he wanted to freeze financial aid to Ukraine until they publicly announced an investigation into the Bidens. If you block Bolton from testifying, you personally cover-up Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The founders expected senators to have the moral courage to hold malevolent presidents accountable.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 10, 2020 at 7:20pm

I'll add my thanks for all your information, Ruth!

I called my congressman to thank him for being one of the many original cosponsors of the No War Against Iran Act -- all Democrats. (Yet another thing that shouldn't be a fracking partisan issue, but is, with our current Republican Party and misadministration.)

Quick links for H.R. 5543: congress.gov govtrack.us

GovTrack also tracks individual legislators, notably automatically analyzing them through bill sponsorship and cosponsorship records for "ideology" and "leadership" scores. Here's an example for the congressman who introduced this bill: (as usual, click to enlarge)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 10, 2020 at 4:57pm

Sent to my representative:

I strongly urge you to cosponsor and support H.R.5543 - No War Against Iran Act introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna, which would cut off federal funds for any unilateral military action against Iran.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 7, 2020 at 4:07pm

I've urged my senators to support S.J.Res.63, the war powers resolution filed by Sen. Tim Kaine: "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (congress.gov) (govtrack.us)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2019 at 11:11pm

Emails sent to Senator Murray & Cantwell. Thanks for the information, Ruth!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 10, 2019 at 9:48pm

Email to my congress critters:

I urge you to vote NO on the National Defense Authorization Act. There is no pressing reason for Congress to shower Trump, his Saudi friends, and the Pentagon contractors of the military-industrial complex with this $738-billion taxpayer giveaway right now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2019 at 8:56pm

Letters sent to my Senators. 

 

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