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

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

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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

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Action alerts and talking points

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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

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How are we doing ? As of February 17, 2017

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 17. 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

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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

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Guide to how to write letter to your senator

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If we write letters, but don't do it correctly, we might undermine our well-meaning efforts. Here is a simple guideline from wikihow.  Briefly from…Continue

Finding addresses/phones for your Senators and Representative

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A few places where you can easily find where to write or call your members of Congress:Official starting points:www.senate.gov - "Find Your Senators" in the upper right (choose your state)…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2017 at 10:05pm

My letter to my congresscritters, elaborating on Ruth's:

Enemies of the American People”?!

That’s what our Republican president calls reputable news organizations including The New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, and CNN! This is precisely the language Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong and numerous other tyrants used to attack news media. Is Trump leading up to an authoritarian coup, or is he paranoid?

I urge you to open an investigation into Donald Trump’s fitness to serve as president. Mental health professionals are warning the public of Trump’s “grave emotional instability”. Starting with inauguration attendance figures and continuing with more substantive matters, TRUMP KEEPS LYING. Citizens need to know whether he is delusional and paranoid. At the least, his judgment with respect to national security is suspect, since he invited Bedminster, New Jersey golf club partygoers to join him for meetings with potential Cabinet nominees last November, and his unsecured “open-air situation room” last week at Mar-A-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in front of club members, demonstrates criminal, if not treasonous, negligence.

In this disturbing context, I again urge you to support, and [join fellow Pennsylvania congressman Brendan Boyle in] cosponsor[ing] [H.R.669][S200], the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. In our Republican president’s fragile mental state, his ability to unilaterally launch a nuclear first strike presents imminent danger.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 19, 2017 at 8:17am

Today's letter is short. Same letter to Senate and House, excepting for the bill number. “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017” is S200 in the Senate and HR 669 in the House.

“Enemies of the People!”  According to Trump, The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, ABC and CBS are “Enemies of the People!” This is exactly the language Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong and numerous other tyrants used to attack news media. Is he ramping up to an authoritarian coup or is he paranoid?

I urge you to open an investigation into Donald Trump’s fitness. Mental health professionals warn the public of Trump’s “grave emotional instability”. Trump trumpets easily disproved lies. Citizens need to know if he’s delusional and paranoid. At the least his judgment is suspect since he invited Bedminster, New Jersey golf club partygoers to join him for meetings with potential Cabinet nominees last November.

I urge you to cosponsor and support S200, the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017”. In Donald Trump’s fragile mental state, his authorization to unilaterally launch a nuclear first strike presents imminent danger.

Your alarmed constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 18, 2017 at 6:26pm

The Washington Examiner claims the National Guard mobilization story was incorrect, that the document was just an "early, pre-decision draft".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 18, 2017 at 12:48pm

Feb 18th letter to House.

I urge you to condemn the Republican Administration’s plan to mobilize US Armed Forces to target a specific ethnic community. Mobilizing 100,000 National Guard troops for door to door checks of people's document status is an abuse of Executive Power. This un-American action is fascism.

I urge you to join Rep. Elijah Cummings’ calls for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to investigate Trump’s corruption. It has come to light that disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with Russian agents and may be prosecuted. Because Trump is still hiding the full extent of his business entanglements, they must be investigated. We have no way of knowing if he is under the thumb of foreign interests, whether his business interests in the Middle East or other countries run counter to American foreign policy or whether he is merely using the presidency to enrich himself.

Instead of investigating Michael Flynn or Trump’s ever-widening web of corruption, House Government Oversight Committee Chair Chaffetz asked the Inspector General to target the people who brought to light Flynn’s lies and the administration’s suspect ties to Russia. In the face of potential treason and clear conflicts of interest, Chaffetz recently decided to instead seek criminal charges over Sec. Clinton’s emails. Chaffetz has refused to use his power as head of the House Government Oversight Committee to investigate Trump directly.

I urge you to sign Rep. Mark Pocan’s letter demanding Chaffetz act.

Mental health professionals warn the public of Trump’s “grave emotional instability”. Trump throws out easily disproven claims about the weather, protesters, a made up story about a cancelled meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings, voter registration fraud, and his Electoral College margin compared to other presidents. Donald Trump may be delusional enough to believe his own nonsense.

His team of liars misleads voters with “alternative facts”, and Trump is beginning to base policy on lies.

I urge you to block legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without any concrete plans for replacement. Your constituents do not want less affordable health care or to have Medicaid cut. We do not want to dismantle Medicare and replace it with a voucher system. We do not want to end guaranteed health benefits for millions of current and future retirees.

Your concerned constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 18, 2017 at 12:48pm

Senate letter for 18th.

I urge you to join Senator Kamala Harris in condemning the Republican Administration’s plan to mobilize US Armed Forces to target a specific ethnic community. Mobilizing 100,000 National Guard troops for door to door checks of people's document status is an abuse of Executive Power. This un-American action is fascism.

I urge you to block the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without any concrete plans for replacement, which will be introduced as soon as recess is over. Your constituents do not want this bill that will make health care less affordable and cut Medicaid. We do not want to dismantle Medicare and replace it with a voucher system. We do not want to end guaranteed health benefits for millions of current and future retirees.

I also urge you to block Concurrent Resolution 3, which lays out steps to completely cut the funding for the Affordable Care Act and ends all incentives and subsidies for the program. Support Single-payer, Medicare-for-All!

I urge you to block Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court. Follow the precedent set with Garland. According to a 2016 speech by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “nowhere in [the Constitution] does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote.” The incoming Senate Democratic Leader did not even wait until the final year of Obama’s term to declare that the Senate should “not confirm a Supreme Court nominee except in extraordinary circumstances.” As Judiciary Committee Chair, Vice President Biden said, “It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.”

Therefore, as Donald Trump is officially campaigning for president, the Senate should put off voting on Neil Gorsuch until his 2020 election campaign has ended.

 

It has come to light that disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with Russian agents and may be prosecuted. I urge you to start a full, independent, nonpartisan investigation with public hearings into Trump's potentially treasonous actions, to start immediately.

Because Trump is still hiding the full extent of his business entanglements, they must also be investigated. We have no way of knowing if he is under the thumb of foreign interests, whether his business interests in the Middle East or other countries run counter to American foreign policy or whether he is merely using the presidency to enrich himself.

Mental health professionals warn the public of Trump’s “grave emotional instability”. Trump throws out easily disproven claims about the weather, protesters, a made up story about a cancelled meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings, voter registration fraud, and his Electoral College margin compared to other presidents. Donald Trump may be delusional enough to believe his own nonsense.

His team of liars misleads voters with “alternative facts”, and Trump is beginning to base policy on lies.

Your concerned constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 17, 2017 at 10:56am

My letter to both houses:

Trump is going down. Conspiring with a foreign leader to commit electoral fraud is treason.

Jeff Session won’t recuse himself from the DOJ investigation. This means there’s no chance that someone independent of Trump would get an opportunity to look at the evidence. Republicans won’t form a special committee or appoint an outside prosecutor and seem eager to investigate only how the public learned of the Russia scandal. Without an independent bipartisan investigation with public hearings, the public will see a cover up.

Trump has lost all credibility, and widespread civil disobedience is likely if congress fails to get to the bottom of it. Nationwide nonviolent resistance is likely to be severe enough to cause a stock market crash, as foreign investors flee.

CNN and the New York Times reported senior officials from the Trump campaign were in constant and continuous contact with Russian intelligence.  When he demonizes the media and accuses Democrats of making this up, it’s a pitiful childish response.

When the president lies about protestors, the CIA, the opposing political party and the media, it means he’s working toward an authoritarian regime. Financial entanglement with foreign powers, conflicts of interest at home, refusal to release taxes, nothing about this man is honest.

Until an investigation is completed, Trump’s mandate is suspect. Nothing he does – no executive order, no Supreme Court appointment, no legislation he sends to Congress – is legitimate.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 17, 2017 at 10:40am

My letters sent just now to my (and Ruth's) senators, courtesy of "bacon" from Friends of the Earth (confirmed by news media), text massaged/customized/edited/expanded a bit. I'll be following up with phone calls.

Urgent: DELAY the vote on Scott Pruitt

Dear Senator _________,

An Oklahoma judge ruled yesterday afternoon that the Oklahoma attorney general must release thousands of communications related to U.S. EPA administrator nominee Scott Pruitt's communications with oil, gas and coal groups. The judge gave the AG’s office until Tuesday to turn over more than 2,500 documents, but the confirmation vote is expected THIS AFTERNOON.

These documents could contain crucial information that should inform your decision on whether to confirm Scott Pruitt. The Senate should do its duty and consider it before voting on Pruitt’s confirmation.

DELAY THE VOTE on Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator until after Senators have had a chance to review the documents that will be released.

This includes not even acquiescing to a floor vote until then.

[for the Republican]
This is a chance to demonstrate that you place the needs of Americans -- including your Pennsylvanian constituents who are closely watching our Senators' actions in these first eventful days of the new Republican administration -- above blind party-line obedience.

[for the Democrat]
This is a chance for both parties to demonstrate that they place the needs of Americans -- including your Pennsylvanian constituents who are closely watching our Senators' actions in these first eventful days of the new Republican administration -- above a blind party-line agenda.

Sincerely,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2017 at 11:22am

Today's House letter.

To the Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick,

I urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 804. No previous president politicized the National Security Council. Steve Bannon must be removed. He is not only unqualified to be on the NSC Principals Committee, he has openly supported warmongering for the purpose of replacing US democracy with theocracy.

I urge you to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. Oppose any White House executive order to declare the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

The Muslim Brotherhood has no known presence in the US. The unfounded claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government is an Islamophobic smear tactic. This designation could spark a witch. Innocent institutions and individuals could be tarnished and impugned. The administration could invoke expansive material support laws and seek to prosecute individuals and institutions, forfeiting their assets. The Washington Post says that ten years ago Bannon proposed a documentary-style movie blaming a coalition of liberal Jewish groups and Muslim civil rights organizations for importing terror into America.

The real US government infiltration threat is the white nationalists who are part of Donald Trump’s fascist and authoritarian movement such as Steve Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Members of Congress should beware of extremists who believe in an “end times” eschatological battle between good and evil and believe that public policy should be directed toward serving that goal.

According to CNN and the New York Times, senior officials from the Trump campaign were in constant and continuous contact with Russian intelligence. Depending on what Trump knew and when he knew it, he may be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting articles of impeachment. His advisers could have committed treason.

Until an investigation is completed, Trump’s mandate is suspect. Nothing he does – no executive order, no Supreme Court appointment, no legislation he sends to Congress – is legitimate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2017 at 11:22am

Today's senate letter.

Dear Senator Casey,

I expect you to uphold the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Senate rules still require a three-fifths vote to end debates on legislation and Supreme Court nominations. Every justice to sit on the Supreme Court had the approval of a filibuster proof majority. This is a vital check-and-balance in our democracy, and an important function of the United States Senate. I will be watching how you vote on this critical issue closely. Will you publicly pledge that the Judge Gorsuch will only be confirmed to the Supreme Court if he receives a filibuster-proof majority (60 votes) in the full Senate?

I urge you to vote NO on Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator. Delay this vote until the pending court case regarding email records is resolved. He received record contributions toward his reelection campaigns from energy companies.  At least 15 companies with financial ties to Scott Pruitt have faced hundreds of EPA enforcement actions. Pruitt provided just 411 of at least 3,000 documents related to an open record request submitted by Center for Media and Democracy in 2015.

I urge you to cosponsor and support S. 291. No previous president politicized the National Security Council. Steve Bannon must be removed. He is not only unqualified to be on the NSC Principals Committee, he has openly supported warmongering for the purpose of replacing US democracy with theocracy.

I urge you to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz. Oppose any White House executive order to declare the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The Muslim Brotherhood has no known presence in the US. The unfounded claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government is an Islamophobic smear tactic.

According to CNN and the New York Times, senior officials from the Trump campaign were in constant and continuous contact with Russian intelligence. Depending on what Trump knew and when he knew it, he may be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting articles of impeachment. His advisers could have committed treason.

Until an investigation is completed, Trump’s mandate is suspect. Nothing he does – no executive order, no Supreme Court appointment, no legislation he sends to Congress – is legitimate.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 15, 2017 at 10:31pm

Thanks for that information, Joan!

Today I called my members of Congress, opposing H.J.Res. 66 (that would block states' retirement plans, as Ruth detailed in her letter to her congressman), and also demanding that Jeff Sessions recuse himself from any role investigating tRump's aides and their relationships with Russia (again, more detail in Ruth's letter below).

The staffer for Toomey, my Republican senator, was noticeably upset at the second request, insisting that Sessions has "no role" in the "bipartisan" investigation being conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee. When I responded that it may well reach the point that the attorney general is involved, he told me not to speak in hypotheticals. I said, "If it does, he absolutely must recuse himself" and explained why. That wasn't the first time a Toomey staffer was audibly uncomfortable with my call when I went against the party line.

Republican members of Congress absolutely have to feel the heat about the current Republican administration's actions and policies!

And for Democrats who are on the correct side of things, it's good for them to know that they have n thousand constituents caring enough to call or write and support them!

 

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