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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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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17. 6 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

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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.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: 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

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 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 August 28, 2017 at 4:09pm

One letter to all legislators, page 1:

I’m greatly concerned that instead of instead of trying to raise his approval rating, Trump is radicalizing his base. His latest actions suggest that Trump is positioning himself to stay in power with a power grab in the case of an impeachment attempt. Attacking congress, demonizing the press, forbidding protest, demanding personal loyalty from all government workers, turning his public appearances into campaign rallies for his base, normalizing the threats of violence, and promoting a cult of personality are widely used tactics to transition from democracy to dictatorship.

Trump pardoned white supremacist Joe Arpaio, someone who used state power toward racist ends in violation of the 14th Amendment. The United States is in the middle of disputes for which Joe Arpaio is a precise and destructive symbol, the police being needlessly violent and abusive toward civilians with the use of deadly force, and using state power to maintain racial advantages and disadvantages. Political regimes that round up members of minority groups and send them to concentration camps, while rejecting the rule of law are called fascist. American fascism is what Arpaio brought to Maricopa and what the president of the United States just endorsed. People who, out of cowardice or self-interest, go along with such abuses are rightly called collaborators. Trump’s not pursuing a reelection strategy but dictatorship strategy.

Chauncey DeVega argues that Trump is less a political figure than the leader of a cult of toxic white masculinity – a very nearly religious movement deeply infused with racism, misogyny and nativism. Combining celebrity, racism, misogyny, gun culture and toxic masculinity, Trump promotes a type of violence, a type of privilege, a sense of superiority and entitlement that justifies defiance of the rule of law and our constitution. Donald Trump is a cult leader like that of which historian Richard Hofstadter warned in the sixties.

With Trump’s hyper-nationalism, toxic masculinity, violence, militarism, chronic lying, attacks on political opponents to the point of wanting a one-party state, subversion of democratic norms and hostility to the media, he’s acted like a fascist dictator - short of calling for mass ethnic violence. The way he twists language suggests that’s next.

One sign that he’s ramping up for a coup/civil war is reversing the ban on allowing local police forces to use surplus military equipment. Let’s NOT militarize police against protestors. There’s no justification to give armed aircraft and grenade launchers to police to terrorize civilian populations “for their safety”.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2017 at 2:47pm

One letter to all legislators today:

By pardoning lawless lawman Joe Arpaio, Trump makes it clear that his goal is institutional racism. This pardon, at this time, undermines Trump’s claim to respect the rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions. Only an immoral president would describe a law enforcement officer violating a federal court order meant to prevent racial profiling as “doing his job”. Trump just signaled that “law and order” doesn’t require a law enforcement officer to actually adhere to the rule of law. It’s clear Trump approves of big, “tough,” theatrical stunts that violate the rights of their targets in the name of law enforcement, which are designed to target, victimize, and intimidate minorities. Arpaio is notorious for his relentless pursuit of Latinos for years. He set up inhumane tent city detention facilities in the Arizona desert that he bragged were "concentration camps."

Trump disrespected his own Justice department because there was no pardon review process, common in such matters. Without a Justice Department review and recommendation for a pardon, why did the White House counsel sign off? This pardon rebukes equal justice and the rule of law.

The Arpaio pardon flaunts years of procedures followed by presidents of both parties, opening the way to wide abuse of the pardon power. When President Clinton's pardoned fugitive financier Mark Rich in 2001, the GOP howled in protest, triggering years of investigation. Now they’re OK with this race-war-match-in-a-tinderbox pardon?

Arpaio’s pardon sends an alarming signal to abusive law enforcement officials as well as aides and allies enmeshed in independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. It suggests Trump might recklessly use the pardon power as a get-out-of-jail card for his friends and supporters. During the ratification of the Constitution, James Madison explained that abuse of the pardon power could be grounds for impeachment. In the Watergate scandal, one of the counts of obstruction of justice brought against Richard Nixon was that he dangled clemency before one of the conspirators in an effort to buy his silence.

I urge you to cosponsor a law putting into place procedures to ensure that the pardon power is not abused, and to make sure the Justice Department plays its proper role. I also urge you to censure Trump for his White Nationalist behavior.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2017 at 4:03pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

The United Nations issued an “early warning” to the US over its "alarming" racism, urging the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination.

Some White Nationalists and Christian Nationalists are openly calling for civil war.

Carl Bernstein says that "Republicans in Congress, the highest of intelligence officials, the highest of military officers in our country, leaders of the business community -- all of whom have dealt with the White House, and many of them dealt personally with Donald Trump -- have come to believe that he is unfit for the presidency, …raising the very question of his stability and his mental fitness."

With this administration’s glaring failure of moral leadership, it is desperately important that Senate Republicans stand up and speak out to defend American principles and values. Leaders in the president’s own party must summon their reserves of political courage to challenge President Trump publicly, loudly and unambiguously. I urge you to introduce a formal resolution censuring Trump for his failure to condemn the white supremacist violence committed in Charlottesville. Congress must unite in formally denouncing Trump's endorsement of racist violence.

I also urge you to support S.J.Res 5 which would remove the 1982 deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Now is the time to establish strong legal protections in our Constitution against sex-based discrimination.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2017 at 4:00pm

Letter to Rep House:

The United Nations issued an “early warning” to the US over its "alarming" racism, urging the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination.

Trump is fueling a rising terror threat from White supremacists and Neo-Nazis through his appointments and speech. Trump’s Phoenix speech made it obvious that by “Make American Great Again” he means “Make America White Again.” Just days prior to Charlottesville, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka emphasized an exclusive focus on radical Islamic terrorism and heaped scorn on a New York Times reporter for mentioning the white supremacist threat. In part through the efforts of Gorka’s wife, also a Trump aide, the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism program now focuses only on the radical Islamic threat, cutting programs aimed at deradicalizing neo-Nazis.

Some White Nationalists and Christian Nationalists are openly calling for civil war. What white supremacists planned in Charlottesville was more like a military invasion than a protest. They seemed more committed to inciting violence and raising the profile of their extremist movement than staging a peaceful rally. Trump led the way in condoning their terrifying actions and communicating to them that he is on their side.

One of President Donald Trump’s most trusted religious confidantes, Christian Nationalist pastor Paula White has defended Trump’s response to Charlottesville, and on national TV argued that resisting Trump equates resisting “the hand of God.” “… he …has been raised up by God.” “It is God who raises up a king.” “We must take back … our nation.” She claims that campaigns against Trump are the work of demons.

I call upon you to resist these attempts to divide our nation and promote civil war. Censure Trump for his response to the violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville.

I urge you to support H.Res.496, a resolution of censure condemning Trump's failure to adequately condemn the white domestic terrorism committed in Charlottesville and his hiring of white supremacist sympathizers.

I also urge you to support H. R. Res 53, which would remove the 1982 deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Now is the time to establish strong legal protections in our Constitution against sex-based discrimination.

Comment by John Dumaker on August 24, 2017 at 8:31pm

Nazi's are bad. We all hate Nazi's here. This hatred of Nazis is, in some cases though, threatening free expression. Check out the online civil rights activist group EFF ( Electronic Frontier Foundation ) 

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/08/fighting-neo-nazis-future-fre...

In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is “dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.” Subsequently Cloudflare, whose service was used to protect the site from denial-of-service attacks, has also dropped them as a customer, with a telling quote from Cloudflare’s CEO: “Literally, I woke up in a bad mood and decided someone shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet. No one should have that power.”

We agree. Even for free speech advocates, this situation is deeply fraught with emotional, logistical, and legal twists and turns. All fair-minded people must stand against the hateful violence and aggression that seems to be growing across our country. But we must also recognize that on the Internet, any tactic used now to silence neo-Nazis will soon be used against others, including people whose opinions we agree with. Those on the left face calls to characterize the Black Lives Matter movement as a hate group. In the Civil Rights Era cases that formed the basis of today’s protections of freedom of speech, the NAACP’s voice was the one attacked.  

Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected. We do it because we believe that no one—not the government and not private commercial enterprises—should decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2017 at 3:48pm

Page 2, House letter:

I urge you to purge all White Nationalists from government -- Steve Bannon’s resignation was merely a token. I urge you to oppose the open carry of weapons nation-wide in public protest situations, including sticks and sharpened shields. All it takes is the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and the common sense to know that guns and public protests do not mix. No “states rights” should allow states to endanger their citizens or to legalize (or selectively enforce) brandishment in sensitive situations such as Charlottesville. I urge you to investigate the links between Neo-Nazi leaders and hostile foreign states such as Russia, including William Daniel Johnson, David Duke, Preston Wiginton, Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, and Matthew Heimbach.

I urge you to support the bipartisan Authorization for Use of Military Force introduced by Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine. It is time to end the overly broad and outdated 2001 authorization and reintroduce appropriate congressional oversight of the fight against terrorism.

I urge you to oppose the secret NAFTA negotiations, which will allow corporations to use industry-rigged trade tribunals take power over national governments and human citizens. You must protect environmental and climate safeguards by preventing global corporations from using secretive international investment tribunals to sue governments for millions or billions of dollars if environmental or other public interest regulations interfere with corporations’ expected future profits. NAFTA regulatory review process inherently gives disproportionate weight to quantitative data and economic costs, while diminishing the perceived importance of qualitative benefits such as saving lives and maintaining the global ecosystem.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2017 at 3:47pm

Page 1 House letter:

By backing White Nationalists and ChristoFascists, the GOP is taking our nation into uncharted and dangerous territory. As author Thomas Frank points out in What’s The Matter With Kansas?, culture wars allow the Republicans’ other major base—predatory capitalists—to exploit the electorate and rise to power.

This goes beyond Putin’s use of US Neo-Nazis to destabilize our country. The strain of fascism threatening to overtake the US is far more virulent than that of Hitler’s Germany, because of the larger context in which it unfolds. We’re not just facing systemic moral corruption and genocidal-intent racism dividing the country, devouring our economy, and ultimately killing millions this time. Now global corporations are taking control of humanity, in a more absolute sense than the exploitation of human beings for slave labor in Axis factories. Corporations are becoming a privileged class of “citizens” approaching ultimate dominance through corporate “free speech”, dark money, data analytics such as Cambridge Analytica, the predictive techniques of Palantir, use of Justice System warrants to create a data base of all citizens who oppose the Trump Administration, and ownership of mass media.

Open fascist organizing, nuclear warmongering, celebrity antics, and threats to healthcare all distract the public from the magnitude of changes afoot and our Climate Change driven danger. Attacks on science, truth, and fact checking hide the self-limiting self-immolating corporate agenda’s larger context. The GOP-backed corporate/1%er coup elevates quarterly profit over species survival. Fossil fuel corporations fund this hard right shift to thwart our efforts to curtail them in the interests of forestalling climate destabilization and losing a habitable planet. This time we won’t just lose 6 million Jews plus 3% of world population in war casualties, with a chance to reconstruct a new society from the ashes. Fossil fuel dependence is degrading the fundamental environment upon which everyone depends. The current political struggle is an existential crisis. The GOP is shoving all future into a Climate Chaos meat grinder, which nature won’t reverse for 100,000 years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2017 at 3:47pm

Page 2, Senate letter:

I urge you to purge all White Nationalists from government -- Steve Bannon’s resignation was merely a token. I urge you to oppose the open carry of weapons nation-wide in public protest situations, including sticks and sharpened shields. All it takes is the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and the common sense to know that guns and public protests do not mix. No “states rights” should allow states to endanger their citizens or to legalize (or selectively enforce) brandishment in sensitive situations such as Charlottesville. I urge you to investigate the links between Neo-Nazi leaders and hostile foreign states such as Russia, including William Daniel Johnson, David Duke, Preston Wiginton, Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, and Matthew Heimbach.

I urge you to oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis for USDA Undersecretary. It is unacceptable for the USDA's top scientist to be a climate change denier with no formal scientific training, and for the Trump administration to continue endorsing racism and bigotry by appointing a birther.

I urge you to support the bipartisan Authorization for Use of Military Force introduced by Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine. It is time to end the overly broad and outdated 2001 authorization and reintroduce appropriate congressional oversight of the fight against terrorism.

I urge you to oppose the secret NAFTA negotiations, which will allow corporations to use industry-rigged trade tribunals take power over national governments and human citizens. You must protect environmental and climate safeguards by preventing global corporations from using secretive international investment tribunals to sue governments for millions or billions of dollars if environmental or other public interest regulations interfere with corporations’ expected future profits. NAFTA regulatory review process inherently gives disproportionate weight to quantitative data and economic costs, while diminishing the perceived importance of 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2017 at 3:46pm

Page 1 Senate letter:

By backing White Nationalists and ChristoFascists, the GOP is taking our nation into uncharted and dangerous territory. As author Thomas Frank points out in What’s The Matter With Kansas?, culture wars allow the Republicans’ other major base—predatory capitalists—to exploit the electorate and rise to power.

This goes beyond Putin’s use of US Neo-Nazis to destabilize our country. The strain of fascism threatening to overtake the US is far more virulent than that of Hitler’s Germany, because of the larger context in which it unfolds. We’re not just facing systemic moral corruption and genocidal-intent racism dividing the country, devouring our economy, and ultimately killing millions this time. Now global corporations are taking control of humanity, in a more absolute sense than the exploitation of human beings for slave labor in Axis factories. Corporations are becoming a privileged class of “citizens” approaching ultimate dominance through corporate “free speech”, dark money, data analytics such as Cambridge Analytica, the predictive techniques of Palantir, use of Justice System warrants to create a data base of all citizens who oppose the Trump Administration, and ownership of mass media.

Open fascist organizing, nuclear warmongering, celebrity antics, and threats to healthcare all distract the public from the magnitude of changes afoot and our Climate Change driven danger. Attacks on science, truth, and fact checking hide the self-limiting self-immolating corporate agenda’s larger context. The GOP-backed corporate/1%er coup elevates quarterly profit over species survival. Fossil fuel corporations fund this hard right shift to thwart our efforts to curtail them in the interests of forestalling climate destabilization and losing a habitable planet. This time we won’t just lose 6 million Jews plus 3% of world population in war casualties, with a chance to reconstruct a new society from the ashes. Fossil fuel dependence is degrading the fundamental environment upon which everyone depends. The current political struggle is an existential crisis. The GOP is shoving all future into a Climate Chaos meat grinder, which nature won’t reverse for 100,000 years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 17, 2017 at 3:58pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

I urge you to support the support The Private Prison Information Act (S. 1728), which would require prisons run for profit to be accountable to the public through FOIA on the same terms as public prisons.

I urge you to support a clean bill to lift spending caps, without any “poison pill” riders such as the spending cuts or other House Freedom Caucus concessions. Trump’s demands for border wall funding this time around, even if it means shutting down the government, are insane.

Since Sept. 11, more than twice as many Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by white supremacists than by all other foreign or domestic groups combined. In their joint intelligence bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said white supremacist groups had carried out more violent attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years, and were likely to commit more. Despite these warnings, the White House defunded a program aimed at countering white nationalist extremism. Life After Hate, the only anti-white nationalism group given funding under the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) program, saw a 20-fold increase in calls for help from those reporting signs of radicalization in themselves or others. Life After Hate co-founder Christian Picciolini said. “We have hundreds of thousands of homegrown sovereign citizens and militia members with ties to white nationalism training in paramilitary camps across the U.S...” James Alex Fields’ apparent radicalization and subsequent violence is part of a larger pattern flagged by both the FBI and the DHS. I urge you to push to re-fund and expand Life After Hate.

 Former Bush era ethics czar Richard Painter blames the Charlottesville Riot on rhetoric from far-right White House Staffers. Rep. Steve Cohen says President Donald Trump must be removed from office following his explosive comments defending participants in a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville. “President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership.” I urge you to support his call for impeachment. In The Daily Stormer, Neo-Nazis celebrate Trump’s support. The Republicans in six states trying to pass laws to protect drivers who hit protesters must be condemned for encouraging domestic terrorism! The institutional bigotry of Republican voter suppression laws and gerrymandering also helped to fan these flames. I call on you to root out the institutionalized promotion of White Supremacy by members of our government, before it destroys our country as it destroyed the Confederacy and Hitler’s Germany.

 

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