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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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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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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 18, 2017 at 9:46pm

Letter to Dem Senator:

I urge you to absolutely oppose any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no healthcare plan to replace it. In other words, vote against the motion to proceed. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans don’t intend to debate the House TrumpCare bill, but to use it as a vehicle for a full repeal bill. The first amendment that McConnell will offer is one that strikes the entire House bill, and replaces it with the repeal bill already passed in 2015. Every Senator should oppose both the latest version of Trumpcare and this motion to proceed. Under this framework, which repeals as much of the law Republicans can get away with through reconciliation, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 18 million Americans would lose their insurance in the first year. The CBO also said premiums would increase by 25% in the first year and that they would double by 2026.

Don’t buy the argument that they’ll work on a replacement later, with Democrats forced to negotiate. Make it clear that Democrats find holding millions of lives hostage morally abhorrent. Insurers called the current Senate health care bill “simply unworkable in any form”.

I urge you to sponsor legislation to limit non-compete clauses in employment contracts to high-level jobs that involve protecting proprietary knowledge. It's chilling that ordinary workers are being turned, functionally, into indentured servants through abuse of non-compete clauses. 1 in 5 American workers is now locked in with a non-compete clause in an employment contract. When corporations use non-competes to prevent ordinary employees from moving to newer or better jobs, they essentially turn employees into corporate property, violating their constitutional rights. Idaho, for example, recently passed a law that recognizes and rigorously enforces non-compete agreements in employment contracts, which means that if Ohioans want to move to a different, more highly paid, or better job, their employers can bankrupt them with lawsuits and legal costs. This blatant encroachment of corporate power - cancelling basic human rights - crosses the threshold of nonhuman entities dominating human beings, ushering in a horrific dystopian United States. What began with corporate personhood and corporate capital equaling free speech is now mutating into a neo-feudalism worthy of science fiction. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 18, 2017 at 9:45pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

I urge you to absolutely oppose any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no healthcare plan to replace it. In other words, vote against the motion to proceed. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans don’t intend to debate the House TrumpCare bill, but to use it as a vehicle for a full repeal bill. The first amendment that McConnell will offer is one that strikes the entire House bill, and replaces it with the repeal bill already passed in 2015. Every Senator should oppose both the latest version of Trumpcare and this motion to proceed. Under this framework, which repeals as much of the law Republicans can get away with through reconciliation, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 18 million Americans would lose their insurance in the first year. The CBO also said premiums would increase by 25% in the first year and that they would double by 2026.

No one will buy the argument that you’ll work on a replacement later, with Democrats forced to negotiate. Holding millions of lives hostage is intolerable. Insurers called the current Senate health care bill “simply unworkable in any form”. If Congress can’t find a compromise today, nobody will trust Congress to find one in a year or two.

If the Trump camp have tread the path toward treason, so too has the entire Republican Party. In September the intelligence community wanted members of Congress to craft a bipartisan report that would alert the public that the intelligence services of Putin had corrupted the U.S. presidential campaign with a hacking operation designed to damage the Democratic nominee.  McConnell threatened to paint any such report as an attempt by then-President Barack Obama to tilt the election in Clinton’s favor. In other words, McConnell knew that Putin, the head of state of a foreign adversary, was working to subvert the democratic process, and he protected Putin’s subversion from public scrutiny, assisting its success. Republican legislators have shown little interest in protecting the republic from the racket now run out of the White House. Trump, his family, and closest associates are using the presidency to personally enrich themselves. Like Putin, they view government position as a personal ATM, rather than a means of serving the public good and general welfare. For the majority Republicans, power trumps truth. They’ve bought into the racket. I urge you to fight this biggest con ever on the American people, and honor your oath of office.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 17, 2017 at 3:47pm

Letter for any senator:

Mitch McConnell bypassed the standard committee review process and moved in late June to advance an 800-page energy bill to the Senate floor. I urge you to oppose the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017, which is a shameless giveaway to the polluting oil and gas industry. It would lock in our country’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels for decades to come and intentionally undermine critical state and federal efforts to promote clean, renewable energy — our only path to staving off the worst effects of impending climate chaos. By speeding approval of liquefied natural gas exports, it would lead to expanded fracking nationwide, permanently poisoning essential aquifers and polluting air near new wells, pipelines, compressor stations and gas storage facilities. Such large scale investment in new natural gas infrastructure will require decades to be recouped by corporations, guaranteeing their operation until profits are returned. By that time, decades from now, it will be far too late to save us from climate catastrophe.

Asset manager Schroders’ analysis of the biggest drivers of climate change, including oil and gas production and political action, suggested global temperatures are poised to rise by 4 degrees above pre-Industrial Revolution levels. Investors will not be able to avoid the “force of nature colliding with financial markets in the years and decades ahead. “ According to Schroders analysis, between 15 and 20 per cent of company cash flows are at risk, on average, because of climate change. Global warming is a real problem, not just a societal problem but a financial problem.

Climate change also escalates the speed of nationwide Zika epidemic. The CDC reports that 8% of women with confirmed Zika infection in the first trimester had children with birth defects, 5% of second trimester infections caused birth defects and 4% of third trimester infections caused easily detectable birth defects. Though less well studied, less obvious brain damage than microcephaly is also reported. While 28 states report Aedes aegypti, and Aedes albopictus is even more widespread, Brazilian doctors found that our common mosquito Culex is also a Zika vector. Since the lifetime medical costs for one microcephalic Zika baby is estimated at $10 million, passing the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 in an effort to boost our economy would be ludicrous.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 17, 2017 at 3:43pm

Letter to Rep House:

I urge you to oppose fully gutting the Johnson Amendment, which is part of a proposed budget bill passed the House Appropriations Committee. It prevents the IRS from investigating houses of worship (but not other tax-exempt nonprofits) for engaging in partisan politics. The proposal's backers talked specifically about churches. Most religious organizations oppose the Johnson amendment, not wanting to be exploited for political ends.

Churches and religious groups don't have the same disclosure and filing requirements as other nonprofits - they’re not required to file IRS Form 990. Churches don't have to tell anyone how much money they're getting, or from whom, or where it goes. With this budget change, churches would become a massive conduit of anonymous political dark money (tax-deductible to donors too!). This would legalize a tax-deductible money-flow-infrastructure for any nefarious agent who wishes to manipulate US elections. Russian money – totally hidden! Crime syndicate money – just create your own church!  Even a dark web agent for ISIS could just found a church. US elections at every level would be up for the highest secret bidder.

On the budget, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney had a Wall Street Journal column highlighting the benefits of "MAGAnomics." His deeply flawed piece exhibited ignorance of history and outright lies. Mulvaney complains about government benefits keeping people from working. The idea that large numbers of people aren't working because of generous welfare benefits shows a mind-boggling ignorance for an OMB Director. The United States has the least generous welfare state of any developed country. The idea that we will get any substantial boost to the labor force from further gutting benefits is absurd. I urge you to repudiate Republican budget talking points which rely on ignorant and deceptive economics.

The president’s budget is also hostile to the programs trying to save antibiotics and fight superbugs. Consider untreatable “super gonorrhea.” President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are proposing to make deep cuts to, and in some cases eliminate, the federal programs focused on battling antibiotic resistance. In 2016 Congress funded the CDC to the tune of $160 million to create the Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative (ARSI) to try to improve detection and containment of resistant infections across the country. That funding, the entire initiative, could soon vanish. Trump’s 2018 budget seeks to cut the ARSI budget by roughly $23 million, and it would shift the source of funding from the general CDC fund to its Prevention and Public Health Fund, the very same fund that the Republican-controlled Senate is hoping to eliminate completely with its latest health care bill. The combination of Trump’s budget and the Senate’s bill together will increase untreatable STDs. Meanwhile the Department of Health and Human Services just announced they are defunding the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) upon which many communities rely for evidence-based strategies to reduce teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and risky sexual behaviors. At risk too is the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), which tracks resistance patterns and infections at 17,000 of the country’s health care facilities. How are we going to know if super STDs are spreading, if we’re not tracking antibiotic use? I urge you to support full funding for ARSI, the NHSN and to reinstate funding through 2020 for the TPP.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2017 at 1:32pm

Should've mentioned that in addition to continuing to call my senators to oppose Republican health care "wealth care", I called my congressman yesterday to oppose gutting the Johnson Amendment -- a proposed budget bill passed the House Appropriations Committee that prevents the IRS from investigating houses of worship (but not other tax-exempt nonprofits) for engaging in partisan politics. The proposal's backers talked specifically about churches.

Because churches and religious groups are privileged, and don't have the same disclosure and filing requirements as other nonprofits, they'd become a massive conduit of anonymous political dark money (tax-deductible to donors too!!!). They don't have to tell anyone how much money they're getting, or from whom, or where it goes. The new SuperPACs in "holy and righteous" sheep's clothing!

More background on the measure: "House Republicans Are Using a Budget Bill To Fully Gut the Johnson Amendment" (Friendly Atheist)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 14, 2017 at 5:35pm

Letter to Rep House:

The Dodd-Frank was put into place to prevent another recession. I urge you to oppose any spending bill that undermines implementation of this necessary law. Oppose the Financial Services appropriations bill's funding changes and new enforcement limitations on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other banking regulators. Shifting budgetary control of federal financial regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and several other agencies that oversee credit, mortgages, currency, etc. gives Congress greater control over these agencies, allowing them to weaken these agencies' regulatory and enforcement powers. Such agencies should continue to be funded by the Federal Reserve or other sources outside of the congressional appropriations process. Language in the spending bill blocks the implementation of the Volcker Rule (which bans banks from making risky investments), prevents the CFPB from regulating payday lenders, and stops the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from developing campaign finance rules for big corporations.

A new analysis by the Tax Policy Center finds that the tax cuts included in the Trump administration’s outline for tax reform released in April could cut federal revenues by as much as $7.8 trillion over 10 years, and that the benefits would go almost exclusively to the top 5 percent of earners. Trump’s tax cuts would give the poor $40 each and the ultrarich $940,000! I strongly urge you to oppose this regressive tax policy!

As further information comes to light, such as Craig Unger’s New Republic Article, “Trump’s Russian laundromat”, about how Trump used Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to launder money, it becomes obvious why his associates have Russian ties. Running an international crime syndicate isn’t appropriate executive experience for a US president. I recommend you dissociate yourself from this administration while you have some dignity left.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 14, 2017 at 5:35pm

Letter to Dem Senator:

I urge you to support revocation of Jared Kushner’s security clearance by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. As a senior advisor the President, Kushner is required to report (via SF86 security clearance forms) any meetings he's had with foreign government officials within the past 7 years. His repeated failures to disclose suspicious meetings pose a threat to national security.

I urge you to join other Democratic lawmakers in urging the Federal Election Commission to bring civil charges against Donald Trump, Jr., saying his meeting with a Russian who was offering opposition research on Hillary Clinton violated the law. Because the FEC requires bipartisan agreement to move forward on any actions, it’s incumbent on Democrats to shame Republican members who resist. The evidence is clear that Donald Jr. knew that the offer of opposition campaign research came from the Russian government, and the law is clear that giving such valuable research for free would have been a contribution to the Trump campaign. Not that secret information from a hostile foreign government being free is the central issue.

As further information comes to light, such as Craig Unger’s New Republic Article, “Trump’s Russian laundromat”, about how Trump used Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to launder money, it becomes obvious why his associates have Russian ties. Running an international crime syndicate isn’t appropriate executive experience for a US president. I urge you to use every means at your disposal to fight this “Russia Mafia” as Semion Mogilevich jokingly called it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 14, 2017 at 5:34pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

I urge you to support revocation of Jared Kushner’s security clearance by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. As a senior advisor the President, Kushner is required to report (via SF86 security clearance forms) any meetings he’s had with foreign government officials within the past 7 years. His repeated failures to disclose suspicious meetings pose a threat to national security.

With its “fixes”, TrumpCare is still the worst legislation proposed in decades. The Cruz-Lee amendment makes the bill much worse. Separating people into two insurance systems: one for healthy people, and one for people who are sick, expect to become pregnant, or had a health issue in the past would create a classic death spiral for health coverage. Today’s version still destroys Medicaid as we know it, ending its expansion and radically transforming it to a capped system. Health savings accounts are actually an extremely lucrative tax shelter for the wealthy that wouldn’t help middle- and low-income people. That few-billion-dollar “stabilization” fund is like robbing someone of $100 and giving them $10 back. The CBO finding that the bill, this fund included, kicks 22 million off insurance demonstrates shows that it’s just a token. The opioid funding is woefully inadequate to address the opioid crisis and is not a comprehensive solution. Though $45 billion sounds like a lot, it’s far less than the amount of guaranteed funding and comprehensive benefits available to fight opioid addiction under current law, which this bill seeks to undo. Keeping some of the ACA taxes is a small step in the right direction.

The only acceptable “fix” to healthcare coverage is to pass a universal single-payer system such as Rep. Conyers’ Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act.

As further information comes to light, such as Craig Unger’s New Republic Article, “Trump’s Russian laundromat”, about how Trump used Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to launder money, it becomes obvious why his associates have Russian ties. Running an international crime syndicate isn’t appropriate executive experience for a US president. I recommend you dissociate yourself from this administration while you have some dignity left.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 12, 2017 at 4:18pm

Letter to Dem Senator:

Please publicly support the FCC's existing Title-II-based net neutrality rules, and denounce Chairman Pai's plans. Do whatever you can to dissuade him.

The Trump/Russia collusion saga casts doubt on the basic patriotism of the current White House and calls into question whether our foreign policy is being driven by favors President Donald Trump owes Vladimir Putin or blackmail. The Trump Jr./Veselnitskaya meeting took place after two Russian spy agencies had hacked the Democratic National Committee but before this was made public. If Trump wasn’t in the loop, how did he get the “guilty knowledge” to tweet about “33,000 emails that you deleted” to Clinton the day of the meeting – before public disclosure?  The Trump Jr. emails explicitly stated that Russian-Azeri businessman Aras Agalarov had met with Russia’s crown prosecutor and offered to provide “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump…” Intent to collude was evident when Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner took these emails without further vetting or discussion. No one suggested running it by the foreign policy team or even the FBI.

This public evidence lays bare that nothing the current White House says can be trusted. This crisis leaves vast swaths of American politics stained. The election is tainted. The White House is tainted. Our foreign policy is tainted. If impeachment seems impossible, it is only because we believe that Republicans in Congress would sooner protect a criminal administration than risk their legislative agenda to uphold the rule of law — which is all to say, Congress is tainted, too.

Historically, presidents aren’t prosecuted in court. If a president is prosecuted at all it's in Congress. I urge you to support unfettered investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and to call for a special prosecutor with public hearings.

It’s time for Democrats to challenge Republican lawmakers to shed their Russian-collusion cover up. Senators who still support Russian meddling with our election because their candidate won, after these revelations, should be shamed as non-patriots.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 12, 2017 at 4:17pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

Please publicly support the FCC's existing Title-II-based net neutrality rules, and denounce Chairman Pai's plans. Do whatever you can to dissuade him.

The Trump/Russia collusion saga casts doubt on the basic patriotism of the current White House and calls into question whether our foreign policy is being driven by favors President Donald Trump owes Vladimir Putin or blackmail. The Trump Jr./Veselnitskaya meeting took place after two Russian spy agencies had hacked the Democratic National Committee but before this was made public. If Trump wasn’t in the loop, how did he get the “guilty knowledge” to tweet about “33,000 emails that you deleted” to Clinton the day of the meeting – before public disclosure?  The emails explicitly stated that Russian-Azeri businessman Aras Agalarov had met with Russia’s crown prosecutor and offered to provide “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump…” Intent to collude was evident when Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner took these emails without further vetting or discussion. No one suggested running it by the foreign policy team or even the FBI.

This public evidence lays bare that nothing the current White House says can be trusted. This crisis leaves vast swaths of American politics stained. The election is tainted. The White House is tainted. Our foreign policy is tainted. If impeachment seems impossible, it is only because we believe that Republicans in Congress would sooner protect a criminal administration than risk their legislative agenda to uphold the rule of law — which is all to say, Congress is tainted, too.

Historically, presidents aren’t prosecuted in court. If a president is prosecuted at all it's in Congress. I urge you to support unfettered investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As a Republican, the only way to resurrect your moral character is to renounce support for Trump, the inner circle of conspirators, and legislators who intentionally cover it all up. Lead Congress in uniting across the aisle to sweep out all Russian-linked corruption and treason. Senators who support Russian meddling with our election because their candidate won are not patriots.

 

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