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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.

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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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 To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

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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

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2017 at 3:20pm

Letter to Republican Representative:

I urge you to oppose Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the House Oversight Committee. He’s the last person qualified to oversee the sensitive investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured the FBI to drop a federal investigation of Michael Flynn, given his history chairing the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy would be easily pressured to clear the president. Freedom Caucus Rep. Jim Jordan, known for his fierce interrogations of Obama administration officials is similarly too partisan to be trusted to be an honest watchdog. When the base turns against Trump, only an unbiased, nonpartisan chairperson will weather the political storm and protect GOP’s legitimacy.

The Trump administration is trying to trick the public into thinking that it’s cracking down on Wall Street with their so-called ’21st-century Glass-Steagall Act’. I urge you to call out Steven Mnuchin’s double-speak in the legislature and in public.

I view Trump’s “deal” with Saudi Arabia - advanced weapons for a $200 billion investment in swing states Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin - as collusion with a foreign terrorism-friendly theocracy to secure his re-election. It seems as if everything he does as President is self-serving.

I urge you to oppose the diversion of $10.6 billion from a host of student-friendly programs into federal programs to expand corporate charter schools and vouchers for private schools. It’s is essentially class warfare in education. The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to department spending, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2017 at 3:19pm

Letter to Republican Senator:

I urge you to support Sen. Lindsey Graham’s position that the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling had transitioned from being a counterintelligence probe to being a full-fledged criminal probe. I urge you to call for a special council and an independent commission to investigate Trump and his associates.

I view Trump’s “deal” with Saudi Arabia - advanced weapons for a $200 billion investment in swing states Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin - as collusion with a foreign terrorism-friendly theocracy to secure his re-election. It seems as if everything he does as President is self-serving.

I urge you to oppose the diversion of $10.6 billion from a host of student-friendly programs into federal programs to expand corporate charter schools and vouchers for private schools. It’s is essentially class warfare in education. The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to department spending, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish.

I urge you to oppose Joe Lieberman for FBI director. The fact that his law firm represented Trump for years is an immediate disqualifier. He's too political for the post and doesn't have the experience needed to take over the embattled bureau.

The Trump administration is trying to trick the public into thinking that it’s cracking down on Wall Street with their so-called ’21st-century Glass-Steagall Act’. I urge you to call out Steven Mnuchin’s double-speak in the legislature and in public.

Is there nothing the senate can do to oppose David Clarke’s joining the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as assistant secretary in the Office of Partnership and Engagement? While the post doesn’t require Senate confirmation, Clark is clearly unfit for any office. Just a month ago a grand jury recommended charges against several staff members at one of Clarke's Milwaukee jails, where an inmate died after he was deprived of water for a week. The Department of Justice was going to investigate Sheriff Clarke. There’s widespread outrage at Trump handing him a top spot at Dept. of Homeland Security.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2017 at 4:06pm

Letter to GOP Senator:

Despite the appointment of Robert Mueller to head the FBI Trump/Russia investigation, I urge you to press for a separate, independent Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, and into Trump’s repeated efforts to thwart the FBI’s investigation. The special counsel investigation is solely criminal in nature and solely focused on Trump’s ties to Russia. It likely will not investigate just how far Trump went to shut down James Comey’s original investigation. It is up to Congress to investigate whether Trump’s actions constitute obstruction of justice. We do not have votes of no confidence or snap elections in this country. Our Founding Fathers relied on Congress to be a strong and independent branch, capable and willing to check the awesome power given to the presidency. The GOP is being tested right now, and we cannot let your party off the hook because the Department of Justice did its job. The GOP still needs to do its job.

GOP dirty laundry is already tainting everyone in party. June 15, 2016 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, according to a recording. Speaker Ryan responded, “What’s said in the family stays in the family.” GOP leaders now cast the exchange as “an attempt at humor”. The Republican Party seems bonded to him in a political suicide mission.

In 2014, Trump said the thing he looks for most in an employee is loyalty. In the federal government, allegiance is sworn to the Constitution, and evidence is growing that Trump does not understand the difference. This is not only a political dilemma but also a moral one: a test of allegiance to the truth, to the law and to the traditions of government. So far, the GOP's 52 Senators have all voted in accordance with the Trump Administration's preferences at least 88% of the time. The dominant narratives of the Trump White House now  is the divide between those who are there to serve Trump himself and those who toil for the institution of the presidency. Trump is an "instinctive and reactive" leader, in the words of one aide, "unwilling or incapable" of hewing to a long-term strategy. He demands loyalty but gives none. Senator John McCain exhorted colleagues to stop carrying water for the President. I concur.

I urge you to oppose S.95, the Regulatory Accountability Act. The current rule-making process is already long, burdensome, and heavily favors industry. The RAA would make this bureaucratic process so much worse that process of protecting citizens would be completely paralyzed. Your constituents need functioning federal agencies to protect us from industry abuses in areas such as toxic chemicals, labor protections, disability access standards and consumer finance regulations.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2017 at 4:06pm

Letter to Dem Senator. Consult list for those favoring impeachment.

Despite the appointment of Robert Mueller to head the FBI Trump/Russia investigation, I urge you to press for a separate, independent Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, and into Trump’s repeated efforts to thwart the FBI’s investigation. The special counsel investigation is solely criminal in nature and solely focused on Trump’s ties to Russia. It likely will not investigate just how far Trump went to shut down James Comey’s original investigation. It is up to Congress to investigate whether Trump’s actions constitute obstruction of justice. We do not have votes of no confidence or snap elections in this country. Our Founding Fathers relied on Congress to be a strong and independent branch, capable and willing to check the awesome power given to the presidency.

 As of now 27 legislators are talking impeachment. You aren’t on that list. I urge you to seek impeachment.

I urge you to oppose S.95, the Regulatory Accountability Act. The current rule-making process is already long, burdensome, and heavily favors industry. The RAA would make this bureaucratic process so much worse that the process of protecting citizens would be completely paralyzed. Your constituents need functioning federal agencies to protect us from industry abuses in areas such as toxic chemicals, labor protections, disability access standards and consumer finance regulations.

If Joe Lieberman is nominated for head of the FBI, I urge you to oppose him. He’s senior counsel at a major law firm that has represented Trump for years, threatening legal action on everything from publication of his tax returns to news stories about the infamous Access Hollywood tape.

Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul want to overturn long-standing precedent for what can be done under reconciliation, the fast-track budget process the GOP is using to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The key factor in allowing reconciliation to proceed is whether each provision in the bill has a direct impact on the budget — a question typically put to the Senate parliamentarian, a nonpartisan staffer. Though this move comes from Republicans, I urge you to do all in you power to block it, as it threatens to undermine the senate and quickly lead to the end of the legislative filibuster.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2017 at 4:03pm

Letter to Republican Rep.

I was upset that that on Wed, when House Democrats circulated a discharge petition that called for the creation of  a truly independent bipartisan commission (patterned after the 9/11 Commission) to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia, Republicans blocked it. Did you support it?

Despite the appointment of Robert Mueller to head the FBI Trump/Russia investigation, I urge you to press for a separate, independent Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, and into Trump’s repeated efforts to thwart the FBI’s investigation. The special counsel investigation is solely criminal in nature and solely focused on Trump’s ties to Russia. It likely will not investigate just how far Trump went to shut down James Comey’s original investigation. It is up to Congress to investigate whether Trump’s actions constitute obstruction of justice. We do not have votes of no confidence or snap elections in this country. Our Founding Fathers relied on Congress to be a strong and independent branch, capable and willing to check the awesome power given to the presidency. The GOP is being tested right now, and we cannot let your party off the hook because the Department of Justice did its job. The GOP still needs to do its job.

In 2014, Trump said the thing he looks for most in an employee is loyalty. In the federal government, allegiance is sworn to the Constitution, and evidence is growing that Trump does not understand the difference. This is not only a political dilemma but also a moral one: a test of allegiance to the truth, to the law and to the traditions of government. So far, the GOP's 52 Senators have all voted in accordance with the Trump Administration's preferences at least 88% of the time. The dominant narratives of the Trump White House now  is the divide between those who are there to serve Trump himself and those who toil for the institution of the presidency. Trump is an "instinctive and reactive" leader, in the words of one aide, "unwilling or incapable" of hewing to a long-term strategy. He demands loyalty but gives none. Senator John McCain exhorted colleagues to stop carrying water for the President.

GOP dirty laundry is already tainting everyone in the party. June 15, 2016 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, according to a recording. Speaker Ryan responded, “What’s said in the family stays in the family.” GOP leaders now cast the exchange as “an attempt at humor”. The Republican Party seems bonded to him in a political suicide mission. As of now 27 legislators are talking impeachment. You aren’t on that list. I urge you to seek impeachment

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 17, 2017 at 7:46pm

Letter for my Republican Senator,

Dear Senator Toomey,

President Trump revealed highly classified Israeli-sourced information to Russian officials last week. The information was considered so sensitive that some details had been withheld from American allies and was restricted within the US government. Yet you continue to support Trump.

Trump scandals unfold daily. (1) Trump telling Comey to stop investigating Flynn.  (2) An abrupt settlement of the major US investigation that Preet Bharara was working on when he was abruptly fired by Donald Trump back in March, looking suspiciously as if some kind of political pressure had been applied to settle before the trial started Monday. This cancelled witness testimony expected to shed light on how Russian dirty money gets laundered. Experts in the field are questioning how easily the Russian company got off with a small payment. This is the same case where two relatively young lawyers died and one person “fell out of” a Moscow apartment window but survived. (3) The Dutch TV documentary, The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: King of Diamonds, just showed how the U.S. president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have apparent partnerships with an Israeli billionaire tied to “trading in blood diamonds and how this relationship overlaps with power circles in Russia - reaching President Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs. Urge fellow Republicans to wash their hands of Trump, and set an example.

There are reports that Trump’s FY2018 budget further guts Medicaid while cutting Social Security Disability Insurance as well. Trump leaked a trial balloon that he would eliminate Social Security’s dedicated funding under the guise of his “tax reform” plan. Social Security is one program where your constituents won’t tolerate any cuts! I also urge you to demand greater funding for the Census Bureau in the 2018 budget. According to the Bureau, the current funding proposal from Congress would “require unsustainable reductions” to the American Community Survey and Economic Census - both required for accurate counting. A planned electronic counting system upgrade will cost more than originally anticipated, and therefore would not be fundable under the current budget plans. Fair representation of all Americans is at risk. The Census Bureau must be able to do its job without undue political influence, with the funding it needs to conduct a thorough count.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 17, 2017 at 7:45pm

Letter for Democratic Senator:

There are reports that Trump’s FY2018 budget further guts Medicaid while cutting Social Security Disability Insurance as well. Trump leaked a trial balloon that he would eliminate Social Security’s dedicated funding under the guise of his “tax reform” plan. Social Security is one program where your constituents won’t tolerate any cuts! I also urge you to demand greater funding for the Census Bureau in the 2018 budget. According to the Bureau, the current funding proposal from Congress would “require unsustainable reductions” to the American Community Survey and Economic Census - both required for accurate counting. A planned electronic counting system upgrade will cost more than originally anticipated, and therefore would not be fundable under the current budget plans. Fair representation of all Americans is at risk. The Census Bureau must be able to do its job without undue political influence, with the funding it needs to conduct a thorough count.

Trump scandals unfold daily. (1) Trump telling Comey to stop investigating Flynn.  (2) An abrupt settlement of the major US investigation that Preet Bharara was working on when he was abruptly fired by Donald Trump back in March, looking suspiciously as if some kind of political pressure had been applied to settle before the trial started Monday. This cancelled witness testimony expected to shed light on how Russian dirty money gets laundered. Experts in the field are questioning how easily the Russian company got off with a small payment. This is the same case where two relatively young lawyers died and one person “fell out of” a Moscow apartment window but survived. (3) The Dutch TV documentary, The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: King of Diamonds, just showed how the U.S. president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have apparent partnerships with an Israeli billionaire tied to “trading in blood diamonds and how this relationship overlaps with power circles in Russia - reaching President Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs. (4) The highly classified information Trump shared with Russian officials last week was Israeli-sourced, giving our allies good reason to withhold further intelligence. Do everything within your power to challenge the legitimacy of this administration and of the Republican loyalists betraying our country.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 17, 2017 at 3:12pm

Letter to my representative, the last paragraph is personalized:

I urge you to demand greater funding for the Census Bureau in the 2018 budget. According to the Bureau, the current funding proposal from Congress would “require unsustainable reductions” to the American Community Survey and Economic Census - both required for accurate counting. A planned electronic counting system upgrade will cost more than originally anticipated, and therefore would not be fundable under the current budget plans. Fair representation of all Americans is at risk. The Census Bureau must be able to do its job without undue political influence, with the funding it needs to conduct a thorough count.

Trump scandals unfold daily. (1) Trump telling Comey to stop investigating Flynn.  (2) An abrupt settlement of the major US investigation that Preet Bharara was working on when he was abruptly fired by Donald Trump back in March, looking suspiciously as if some kind of political pressure had been applied to settle before the trial started Monday. This cancelled witness testimony expected to shed light on how Russian dirty money gets laundered. Experts in the field are questioning how easily the Russian company got off with a small payment.  This is the same case where two relatively young lawyers died and one person “fell out of” a Moscow apartment window but survived. (3) The Dutch TV documentary, The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: King of Diamonds, just showed how the U.S. president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have apparent partnerships with an Israeli billionaire tied to “trading in blood diamonds and how this relationship overlaps with power circles in Russia - reaching President Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs. Urge fellow Republicans to wash their hands of Trump, and set an example.

Thanks you for your position that an independent leader must be nominated to lead the FBI. However your uncritical quotation of Chairman Nunes, “…we will fully investigate all the evidence we collect and follow that evidence wherever it leads.” in your position statement is laughable, given Nunes’ interference with the investigation. I urge you to join Republican Adam Kinzinger and other Republicans calling for an independent probe.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2017 at 4:24pm

Letter for a Democratic legislator:

Our Founding Fathers established impeachment to peacefully protect democratic institutions from “a rogue president.” If Democrats stand firm, it would only take some two dozen Republicans to shift — that’s just 10 percent of Republicans in the House. I urge you to support Trump’s impeachment.

There’s another explanation for the Trump’s downward spiral - revealing highly classified information to Russian officials last week, being easily duped by printouts of fake news and internet hoaxes that aides leave on his desk, claiming he invented the expression “to prime the pump” a few days ago, etc. Remember when Trump forgot which country he’d just bombed? When it just slipped his mind to sign a pair of executive orders during an event created for that explicit purpose? When he couldn’t locate Rudy Giuliani, who was sitting directly across from him at a media briefing? A case is made that Trump’s behavior is symptomatic of early onset Alzheimers. Moodiness, paranoia, belligerence and erratic behavior are all key indicators of dementia’s onset. Trump’s inappropriate tweets, his belief that his phones are tapped and his quickness to anger, as described by his staff, also fit the bill. He frequently falls back on words like “tremendous” and often drags on without using specifics.  Most obviously, his incomprehensible word salad soliloquies exhibit a deep drop-off in the use of unique words; a marked increase in the use of non-specific nouns (thing, something, anything); an uptick in filler words (well, so, basically, actually, literally, um, ah); and a greater use of low-imageability, high frequency verbs (get, give, go, have, do). I urge you to push for a mental competency examination.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2017 at 4:23pm

LOL, Bertold! 

Here's a letter for Republican legislators:

Our Founding Fathers established impeachment to peacefully protect democratic institutions from “a rogue president.” If Democrats stand firm, it would only take some two dozen Republicans to shift — that’s just 10 percent of Republicans in the House. I urge you to support Trump’s impeachment. At what point will the damage to the Republic be too much for Congressional Republicans to rationalize and ignore? Will you reach that point before Trump starts shooting people on 5th Avenue, and before he gets bold enough to simply ignore Congress altogether? Max Boot, who recently left the Republican Party “after a lifetime as a loyal member”, sums it up like this:

“Like other conservatives, I care about tax cuts and military spending increases. But I care even more about the rule of law — the only thing that prevents our country from going the way of Venezuela, Russia or Zimbabwe. … While the president has the authority to fire the F.B.I. director, to do so under these circumstances and for these reasons is a gross violation of the trust citizens place in the president to ensure that the laws ‘be faithfully executed.’ If this is not a prima facie case of obstruction of justice — an impeachable offense — it’s hard to know what is. Republicans would understand this and say so if these actions were taken by President Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to President Trump, they have checked their principles at the Oval Office door.”

There’s another explanation for the Trump’s downward spiral - revealing highly classified information to Russian officials last week, being easily duped by printouts of fake news and internet hoaxes that aides leave on his desk, claiming he invented the expression “to prime the pump” a few days ago, etc. Remember when Trump forgot which country he’d just bombed? When it just slipped his mind to sign a pair of executive orders during an event created for that explicit purpose? When he couldn’t locate Rudy Giuliani, who was sitting directly across from him at a media briefing? A case is made that Trump’s behavior is symptomatic of early onset Alzheimers. Moodiness, paranoia, belligerence and erratic behavior are all key indicators of dementia’s onset. Trump’s inappropriate tweets, his belief that his phones are tapped and his quickness to anger, as described by his staff, also fit the bill. He frequently falls back on words like “tremendous” and often drags on without using specifics.  Most obviously, his incomprehensible word salad soliloquies exhibit a deep drop-off in the use of unique words; a marked increase in the use of non-specific nouns (thing, something, anything); an uptick in filler words (well, so, basically, actually, literally, um, ah); and a greater use of low-imageability, high frequency verbs (get, give, go, have, do). I urge you to push for a mental competency examination.

 

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