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.)

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 2. 3 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

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

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 16. 3 Replies

This is a little different, but not much, from how to write letter to Senator.  Again, this info is from wikihow.  There is overlap with the Senator letter writing concept.…Continue

Guide to how to write letter to your senator

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W Feb 16. 7 Replies

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

Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 14. 3 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

Finding addresses/phones for your Senators and Representative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 8. 3 Replies

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

Tags: phone numbers, legislation, tracking legislation, phones, addresses

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago

Tomorrow's letter, same for both houses.

I urge you to reject the Republican budget, not only because it favors excessive military buildup over the well-being, health, and very lives of US citizens, but because, along with a slew of new laws and executive orders, it finalizes a drastic change in US governance. Since the election, we are witnessing a fundamental change: from an overall functional government struggling with pockets of corruption to corrupt strongman rule, which is a kleptocracy.

In other words Trump and the GOP leadership now emulate Putin’s government style, as described by Fiona Hill, the White House's senior director for Europe and Russia in her book Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.

The political compact Putin made his elite enter into with the Kremlin was an extension of the old Andropov rule from the KGB Fifth Directorate. Rather than resort to pure brutality to keep the masses in line, one could blackmail and extort businessmen. In this way Putin reined in the banking and energy sectors by appealing to them like a mafia protector. Play according to the rules, don’t challenge or taunt the regime, and you could earn and pilfer as much as you liked. Cross the boss, and face the consequences. Russia’s industrialists are thus run like assets of the KGB.

Consider the Republican administration’s moves to privatize public lands, prisons and education, and its proud elimination of regulations protecting citizens from corporate pillage. Corporate insiders appointed to senior government positions are precisely positioned to remove restraints on their own interests.

Consider Trump’s close connection with people who have done serious business with Russian kleptocrats, such as his new Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. When Ross took over the Bank of Cyprus, he installed Josef Ackermann as chairman, a man who had left Deutsche Bank under a cloud, including a $650 million fine for laundering Russian money. Cyprus banks have a long and painful history of laundering dirty money from Russians involved with corruption and criminality. Deutsche Bank is also Trump’s largest known lender. Trump now owes Deutsche about $300m. He has four large mortgages, all issued by Deutsche’s private bank. Oligarch Dmitry Ryvoloviev, another owner of that Cyprus bank, bailed out Trump when his finances softened, by purchasing an unsaleable Palm Beach mansion for around $60 million more than the market price, before tearing it down unused.

Trump isn’t just an open admirer of Putin’s style of governance, and entangled with Russian oligarchs in business. His political style resembles a Mafia Don. He called out Mark Meadows, who led the conservative opposition to the Republican health care plan, to stand up, saying, "Mark, I'm gonna come after you". "I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018," he said to the other Republicans called behind closed doors, a threat style stereotypic of movie Mafiosi.

Corrupt strongman governance isn’t just un-American, it is economically dysfunctional. MIT science historian Loren Graham points out why Russia’s economy is dependent on resource extraction despite its brilliant scientists and engineers, because corruption inhibits commercializing their creativity. When entrepreneurship means entering a dirty realm of crime, corruption, wheeling and dealing, the conditions necessary for commercial success in technology do not exist.

In summary, the ongoing behavior of Trump and the Republican leadership fundamentally betrays not only core American values but also the Republican Party’s business-friendly roots.

The example of Russia demonstrates why this “new” Republican model of government not only goes against all ideals of a representative democracy, it also seriously cripples a nation’s economy.

I call on you to reject the Republican budget plan.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago

My last letter was individualized, according to their stated position on  ACA's replacement by Republicare. Here's what I sent to Senator Toomey.

                                                                        March 21st, 2017

Dear Senator Toomey,

According to your March 9th statement, you are considering voting in favor of The American Health Care Act (Republicare) if “some changes” are made. I urge you to vote NO on it.

Republicare’s $880 billion cut to Medicaid is much more than an attack on the poor, working families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. It is an attack on the American people. Medicaid provides vital health insurance protections to seniors in nursing homes and low-income Americans of all ages. Medicaid spends more money on long term care for seniors and people with disabilities than anything else.

Under Pennsylvania’s ACCESS program, schools are reimbursed for the cost of health-related services provided to students with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid. If federal Medicaid funding is cut or block granted to states, federal ACCESS funding for Pennsylvania’s students with disabilities will no longer be guaranteed.

I urge you to oppose Trump's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, Wall Street’s bailout attorney and a former Goldman Sachs adviser. Clayton's conflicts of interest stem from ties to companies like Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays. He’s partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, which had four clients in the last five years who were charged with breaking SEC rules. There's precedent for blocking Jay Clayton. His Sullivan & Cromwell colleague, H. Rodgin Cohen, had to withdraw his name from a senior Treasury Department post in 2009 because of his similarly deep ties to the financial crisis.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017, introduced by Senator Ben Cardin. It takes on not only racial profiling, but profiling based on religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The bill creates create meaningful remedies to prevent profiling. 

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I am having trouble posting the full content of the EPA HR:1431 bill....

Comment by Thomas Murray yesterday

A bill designed to reduce or eliminate scientists participant in EPA Board titled:

EPA HR:1431

Comment by Grinning Cat on Monday

I called my senators earlier today, with what I said before about Neil Gorsuch (disappointing that Casey is still considering his record; it's a STOLEN SEAT!). I again asked the Republican senator to renounce the "nuclear option".

I called on all three of my members of Congress to oppose tRump's deadly "orgy of cruelty" budget blueprint. (Medicare? Meals on Wheels? Home heating assistance? A third of the EPA budget, so polluters know they face no enforcement. But plenty of money to gear up for an Armageddon war! Much more in Ruth's letters below! Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, but it's OK to spend $60 million a year so two special snowflakes can stay in Trump Tower and not move to the White House like every other president's spouse and kids. Eliminate PBS, ax Sesame Street, ax All Things Considered, so there'll be less investigation and fact-checking of the average of four lies a day coming from the Republican White House.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

Today's 2 page letter, part 2:

What does Mussolini’s history tell us?

The aim of Fascism is to end democracy.

Given civilized norms in a democratic society, it is always going to be difficult for fascists to muster a majority of citizens. Emergencies are required to cobble together the support of an artificial, frightened majority. Like Mussolini, Trump is trying to make predictions of chaos and violence a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is a staple of all fascist regimes: They bring about disorder, thrive on it, and then claim to be the only ones that can end it.

Fascism, like all forms of government not based on the consent of the majority, requires more and more energy to keep the population under control as time goes by. Once the façade of virile domesticity (“USA! USA!”) wears thin, war becomes the only option to keep the regime going. Fascism always claims that war is not of its choosing, that it is forced into war by others. Fascism relies on fear and violence to activate our most atavistic, violent and primitive selves.

Just as war is inevitable, so is virulent racism. Both go together in fascism. One provides an external enemy while the other provides an internal enemy. It is absolutely key that Trump began his campaign by proclaiming a genocidal manifesto against Mexicans — and then Muslims and Arabs — and has continued to keep it as his central point of action. Because fascism is not competing on an even ideological terrain — most people in any civilized country are not given to violence — it must imagine enemies powerful enough to sustain a majority reaction.

This kind of conspiratorial thinking is a unifying strand which connects many of the ultra-conservative ideologies throughout the past century. The Reds become Jews, then Muslims, then immigrants; substitution is easy. Think Alex Jones. Trump’s Muslim bans were never justified by facts, only conspiracy ideation.

All of Italy’s wars were financially ruinous, and this has also been true of our own wars after 9/11. The faux-religious world war blowing in this war-budget wind will be our country’s economic ruin, though it temporarily bloats fossil fuel and military contractor coffers.

Unlike the 1940’s, you and I face more than cross-continent death, cultural depravity, and economic ruin. Handing over the reins of power to a fossil-fuel loving corporatist police state today risks global nuclear Armageddon and, sometime near century’s end, a world climate unable to sustain civilized society.

Your sleepless and terrified constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

Today's 2 page letter is too long to fit in a comment. Part 1

I urge you to oppose Trump’s budget in the strongest terms possible. This war budget is evidence, along with much other evidence, that a fascist takeover looms. This is profoundly disturbing and terrifying. Please read Anis Shivani’s Salon article, “Trump and Mussolini: 11 Key Lessons from Historical Fascism”.

Consider these trends as evidence of emerging US fascism:

1. Trump’s war budget. His most influential advisor, Steve Bannon has publicly claimed we’ll be at war in the South China Sea and the Middle East, urging people to gird for a bloody Christian war against Islam (as well as secularism). Trump reorganized the National Security Council to empower Bannon.

2. Attacks on constitutional rights and on ethics enforcement within government.

3. Sacrifice of common good for corporate profiteering.

4. Deep corruption and almost universal conflicts of interest, such as Trump advisor Carl Icahn getting a radical rules change to the U.S. renewable fuel mandate policy for his immediate profit of over $500 million.

5. Demonization of minorities and an “enemies list” approach.

6. Attacks on free press, and the steady stream of lies such as inventing a “Bowling Green massacre” to justify anti-immigrant policy.

7. “Deconstruction” of the administrative state — Bannon’s stated goal, shown in the appointment of cabinet members poised to gut the departments they’ll head — and signing the “Comprehensive Plan For Reorganizing The Executive Branch”.

8. Destruction of church/state separation.


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday

Today's letter to the Senate:

I urge you to oppose the Trump budget proposal. The Republican budget plans will kill more Americans per quarter than have died from al Qaeda or ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in the last 20 years. We need a federal budget that is not rigged for billionaires and big corporations.

Trump’s massive unnecessary $54 billion defense spending increase only makes sense as gear-up for the Steve Bannon’s religious war. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said a key priority would be “restoring our nuclear capabilities,” meaning more money for nuclear weapons. The new low-yield tactical nuclear “tailored for limited use” weapons, which the Defense Science Board recommended, will not enhance deterrence but undermine it. It sounds like the “more flexible nuclear enterprise” envisioned will be Trump bullying the world with tactical nukes in hand. Such Trump “negotiation” with foreign powers will quickly lead not only to Bannon’s war but also to global Armageddon.

President Ronald Reagan declared that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Former Defense Secretary William Perry has argued that even a single nuclear detonation would have dire social and political consequences “beyond what people understand.”

Eliminating the Chemical Safety Board, the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents, puts American lives at risk. That watchdog agency is one of the best bargains in Washington, broadly improving safety for only $12 million a year. The 18 other agencies eliminated is also appalling. The budget would also fully privatize the air-traffic control system.

Funding reductions to the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance signals to polluters that they can break pollution laws because no one will be watching. People will get sick because the EPA won't be able to adequately protect public health.

I urge you to oppose Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court. Gorsuch signaled his view that religion can be used to justify real harm to others, including the denial of access to healthcare services. This ominous position undermines true religious freedom.  In E-mails, Neil Gorsuch praised Hans von Spakovksy a leading Republican activist behind voter suppression efforts.

I urge you to oppose S. 370, which would abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Oppose as well any Trump executive action to attack the CFPB.


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