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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 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

Tags: changing beliefs, white supremacist takeover, data analytics, psychological warfare, bio-psycho-social profiling

Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 13. 4 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

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 17 hours ago

GOP Senator (hard right) page 2:

The Trump administration and Republican Party have signaled in many ways that we’re devolving into a rogue state. At the UN, instead of offering a plan for peaceful resolution, Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, a U.N. member state of 20 million people. He told North Korea and the world that the United States can no longer be trusted to honor commitments. No U.S. allies will support reneging on the Iran nuclear deal. Why should Kim Jong-Un negotiate anything now? Meanwhile, through Pennsylvania Rep. Aaron Bernstine and South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto,  Republicans released trial balloons for their new moral code – that instead of freedom of speech and assembly the GOP endorses vehicular homicide of protestors on public roads. St. Louis police in military gear taunted protestors that streets belong to the police, NOT citizens. The Justice Department defied a court order to release visitor logs for Mar-a-Lago. The Department of Homeland Security also denied Freedom of Information Act requests. Filing lawsuits against people requesting public records is the new US trend at all levels of government to hide information, delay disclosure and intimidate critics. University of Kansas journalism professor Jonathan Peters wrote, “These lawsuits are an absurd practice and noxious to open government.” Citizens in a democracy shouldn’t have to sue their own government to find out what they’re doing in their name with their tax dollars. Continuing your unflinching support for your party and the odious Trump administration will condemn you to global moral condemnation possibly within a year, after Trump’s fascist power grab and soon-to-follow nuclear war. There’s still time to re-embrace democracy and sanity. I urge you to set an example toward reforming your party and to oppose these assaults on Constitutional freedoms.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago

GOP Senator (hard right) page 1:

Your vote to destroy healthcare for millions with the ACA repeal caused a tsunami of outrage. I strongly urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, which is far worse. It destroys the governing structures upon which a national health care system (which is favored by 62% of the public) might be built. It transfers healthcare decisions and money to states, then strangles that until it’s gone in 2027, cutting a fifth of state budgets from Medicaid loss alone in two decades. Since those block grants would have no strings attached, states could use them for anything else, such as roads or corporate subsidies. It would dismantle Medicaid, end federal subsidies for Obamacare policy­holders, end minimum insurance coverage standards, cut trillions in health care funding, and shift billions from blue states like Pennsylvania to red states. Medical associations oppose the bill because they know the chaos it would bring, starting with double-digit insurance premium hikes and leading to an estimated 32 million people losing coverage over the next decade. Blue Cross opposes it. Health “insurance” under Graham-Cassidy would be a con, because after a healthy person pays for years, the day they get cancer their premiums would become prohibitively expensive and they’d die for lack of medical care.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 (S.1593) to encourage states to reform their bail systems. The bail system is broken. It doesn’t make us safer as half of high-risk defendants post bail while low-risk defendants overcrowd jails at taxpayer expense. The Pretrial Justice Institute estimates that bail reform could save taxpayers up to $78 billion per year.

I urge you to cosponsor and support S. 1820, which would block Trump’s transgender military ban. Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve — including those who are trans­gender. If men and women are brave enough to put their lives on the line to protect us, we should be brave enough to allow them to serve. There’s no constitutional mandate to micromanage the internal organs of soldiers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago

GOP House (center-right):

I urge you to oppose the Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act, purportedly written by an MLM industry trade group with direct connections to the DeVos family, which actually makes it easier for bad Multilevel Marketers to operate pyramid schemes with impunity.  I urge you to oppose the more insidious attempt to legalize pyramid schemes the Moolenaar Amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, HR 3280. The amendment’s redefinition of pyramid scheme breaks all legal understanding of the term. I urge you to oppose HR 3280 unless the Moolenaar Amendment is removed. Six former high-ranking FTC officials warned that passing the spending bill with the Moolenaar amendment intact could “put practices now recognized as harmful and deceptive beyond the reach of the law.”

I appreciate that you have not been intimidated by Trump to follow his agenda blindly. The Trump administration and Republican Party have signaled in many ways that we’re devolving into a rogue state. At the UN, instead of offering a plan for peaceful resolution, Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, a U.N. member state of 20 million people. He told North Korea and the world that the United States can no longer be trusted to honor commitments. No U.S. allies will support reneging on the Iran nuclear deal. Why should Kim Jong-Un negotiate anything now? Meanwhile, through Pennsylvania Rep. Aaron Bernstine and South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto,  Republicans released trial balloons for their new moral code – that instead of freedom of speech and assembly the GOP endorses vehicular homicide of protestors on public roads. St. Louis police in military gear taunted protestors that streets belong to the police, NOT citizens. The Justice Department defied a court order to release visitor logs for Mar-a-Lago. The Department of Homeland Security also denied Freedom of Information Act requests. Filing lawsuits against people requesting public records is the new US trend at all levels of government to hide information, delay disclosure and intimidate critics. University of Kansas journalism professor Jonathan Peters wrote, “These lawsuits are an absurd practice and noxious to open government.” Citizens in a democracy shouldn’t have to sue their own government to find out what they’re doing in their name with their tax dollars. I urge you to lead your party to re-embrace democracy and sanity while there’s still time. I urge you to oppose these assaults on Constitutional freedoms.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago

Dem Senator:

Thank you for opposing Trumpcare. I strongly urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, which is far worse. It destroys the governing structures upon which a national health care system (which is favored by 62% of the public) might be built. It transfers healthcare decisions and money to states, then strangles that until it’s gone in   2027, cutting a fifth of state budgets from Medicaid loss alone in two decades. Since those block grants would have no strings attached, states could use them for anything else, such as roads or corporate subsidies. It would dismantle Medicaid, end federal subsidies for Obamacare policy­holders, end minimum insurance coverage standards, cut trillions in health care funding, and shift billions from blue states like Pennsylvania to red states. Medical associations oppose the bill because they know the chaos it would bring, starting with double-digit insurance premium hikes and leading to an estimated 32 million people losing coverage over the next decade. Blue Cross opposes it. Health “insurance” under Graham-Cassidy would be a con, because after a healthy person pays for years, the day they get cancer their premiums would become prohibitively expensive and they’d die for lack of medical care.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 (S.1593) to encourage states to reform their bail systems. The bail system is broken. It doesn’t make us safer as half of high-risk defendants post bail while low-risk defendants overcrowd jails at taxpayer expense. The Pretrial Justice Institute estimates that bail reform could save taxpayers up to $78 billion per year.

I urge you to cosponsor and support S. 1820, which would block Trump’s transgender military ban. Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve — including those who are trans­gender. If men and women are brave enough to put their lives on the line to protect us, we should be brave enough to allow them to serve. There’s no constitutional mandate to micromanage the internal organs of soldiers.

The Trump administration and Republican Party have signaled in many ways that we’re devolving into a rogue state. At the UN, instead of offering a plan for peaceful resolution, Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, a U.N. member state of 20 million people. He told North Korea and the world that the United States can no longer be trusted to honor commitments. No U.S. allies will support reneging on the Iran nuclear deal. Why should Kim Jong-Un negotiate anything now? Meanwhile, through Pennsylvania Rep. Aaron Bernstine and South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto, Republicans released trial balloons for their new moral code – that instead of freedom of speech and assembly the GOP endorses vehicular homicide of protestors on public roads. St. Louis police in military gear taunted protestors that streets belong to the police, NOT citizens. The Justice Department defied a court order to release visitor logs for Mar-a-Lago. The Department of Homeland Security also denied Freedom of Information Act requests. Filing lawsuits against people requesting public records is the new US trend at all levels of government to hide information, delay disclosure and intimidate critics. University of Kansas journalism professor Jonathan Peters wrote, “These lawsuits are an absurd practice and noxious to open government.” Citizens in a democracy shouldn’t have to sue their own government to find out what they’re doing in their name with their tax dollars. I urge you to oppose all of these Republican-backed assaults on democracy.

Comment by Loren Miller 23 hours ago

This just went off to Rob Portman.  I didn't send anything to Sherrod Brown because I KNOW I don't have to worry about him or his position on Graham-Cassidy:

We've gone around and around with this issue, and not once have the Republicans offered a reasonable healthcare bill which would do less harm than good.  This latest bill – Graham-Cassidy – rather than being the best of the lot gives every appearance of being far and away the worst.

If you support and vote for this bill, you will have made it more than evident that you care more about the position of your party than you do the welfare of the people you supposedly represent, and you will have done all of us a grievous disservice.  For once, rather than go with the crowd, DO SOMETHING RIGHT ... and reject Graham-Cassidy.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

Senate letter, page 2:

With two weeks still remaining in the budget year, the U.S. Forest Service has already spent more than two billion dollars on wildfire suppression.  Harvey is estimated to have caused $180 billion of destruction, and Irma’s costs are still unknown. The Trump administration’s approach to costly increases in climate-related extreme events is not only denial, seeking more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest, but war-mongering. It’s almost as if Trump imagines we can be distracted from climate change by a new multiple-front war. We’re teetering on the brink of war with North Korea, we increased troops to Afghanistan, and now the administration complains that Iran’s full compliance to our nuclear deal doesn’t matter – we need to consider war because the real threat is Iran’s regional “expansion”. While the military’s domestic responsibilities are on the rise due to climate change, the president envisions assigning them vastly expanded overseas missions further pushing overworked crews and overstretched resources. That the armed forces face a crisis is highlighted by the recent deadly collisions involving Navy vessels in the Pacific. Trump is manifestly unfit to serve, and his replacement of competent administrators with crony capitalist climate deniers multiplies the fragility of our entire government. It takes no psychiatric expertise to see that Trump’s retweet of a GIF of himself striking Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball is a symptom of impending breakdown. Trump’s administration isn’t just corrupted by self-dealing and Russian influence, it’s not just deliberately dismantling itself; Trump’s administration is catabolic – like the dysfunctional metabolism of a wasting terminal patient. Replacing both Trump and Pence, legally and without triggering nuclear catastrophe or civil uprising, will be necessary but not sufficient to salvage democracy. We also need an awakening in Congress to the nation-suicide tendencies pushed by backers such as the Mercers and the Koch Brothers. Do what you can to save us all.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

Senate letter, page 1:

I urge you to oppose Bill Wehrum for Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA. As a Hunton & Williams partner, he spent much of the last decade fighting regulation of oil and gas companies at the state and federal level. Under his leadership of the Bush EPA air program, America’s largest polluters were always favored over enforcing the law.

I urge you to vote against the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan. Any plan that eliminates Medicaid expansion and fails to guarantee affordable coverage for low-income Americans is unacceptable. Your constituents want Medicare for All!

I urge you to intervene in cases where military officers advocate religious persecution in violation of the US constitution. Air Force Reserve chaplain Sonny Hernandez is notorious for proselytizing. Repeated requests by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to investigate him have been ignored. On Sept. 12 he wrote in Barbwire.com, “Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions — because the language in the Constitution permits — are grossly in error, and deceived.” Public opposition to the Constitution violates his oath of office! Moreover, this administration encourages fundamentalist persecution of non-Christian military members. Complaints to MRFF about fundamentalist Christians have skyrocketed since Trump came to power. I urge you to protect the civil rights those serving in our military, even if it requires new law.

The House passed a “megabus” appropriations bill, H.R. 3354, that grants churches the privilege of violating the Johnson Amendment, which forbids tax-exempt nonprofits from endorsing political candidates. I urge you to oppose the Section 116 language during the reconciliation process; it prohibits Johnson Amendment enforcement against "a church, an integrated auxiliary of a church, or a convention or association of churches". This language of blatant religious privilege violates separation of church and state. In addition, most ministers and pastors want the Johnson Amendment kept strong and effective, so congregations don't end up getting divided over partisan politics.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2017 at 3:42pm

Letter to both senators:

A Scripps Institution of Oceanography paper calculates a 5 percent chance of catastrophic climate change by 2050, and a smaller chance that climate change would broadly wipe out human life by then. An “existential threat” to the survival of humans in 30 years can’t be ignored. 

Meanwhile the Trump administration is looking at long list of Heartland Institute recommended climate deniers as nominees for the EPA's Science Advisory Board, including Joseph D'Aleo, Edwin Berry, Alan Carlin, Kevin Dayaratna, Craig Idso, Gordon Fulks, Anthony Lupo, Leighton Steward, and David Legates. I urge you to oppose them. Republican efforts to promote climate destabilization for short term fossil fuel profit are a self-genocide nightmare. Barbuda was the first country entirely destroyed by climate change. Imagine the United States needing to evacuate in thirty years. Imagine your children and their families facing extinction-level threat.

According to a report published in the journal Climatic Change, 90 companies are responsible for 42 to 50 percent of the increase in the Earth’s surface temperature and 26 to 32 percent of sea level rise. These 90 companies owe a major debt to the entire planet, but especially to the victims of Harvey and Irma. Many of these companies knew the damage they were causing and spent vast sums promoting climate denial. I urge you to shift focus toward legislation that eliminates direct and indirect subsidies to these companies and also taxes them to rebuild and to fund a rapid shift to renewables.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2017 at 3:04pm

House letter:

I urge you to oppose the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan.  Silencers should not be deregulated. The Violence Policy Center report showed that requiring people to register silencers has largely been successful in keeping them out of criminal hands. The few instances of silencer use in deadly crimes shows how seriously they threaten public safety. Many silencer cases involved attempted terrorist attacks planned by white supremacists, anti-government radicals or ISIS affiliates. Unregulated silencers would empower mass shooters to massacre police and the public undetected.

I urge you to oppose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposal to revoke provisions of the “beryllium rule” limiting occupational exposure to beryllium in the construction and shipyard sectors. The Department of Labor’s own analysis shows that if these safety rules are rolled back, six additional people will develop chronic beryllium disease every year, and four will die of it. The costs to taxpayers of these illnesses and lives lost would far exceed the $11.9 million per year businesses would save by not implementing the safety rules. Clearly, unnecessary worker deaths and extra burdens on health services are acceptable to the Trump administration if they boost their donors’ profits.

I urge you to defend James Comey from the Trump administration’s ferocious attacks. As Rep. Eric Swalwell said, criticisms of Comey are an attempt to smear the original investigator into the alleged Russia collusion. This scurrilous behavior advertises Trump’s guilt. Innocent people work with prosecutors; they don’t try to undermine their credibility.

One way to prevent another hack like Equifax is to legislate a minimum standard of security protocol. I urge you to support new law to safeguard the US economy from cyber­criminals.

As a 2018 Farm Bill is being negotiated, I urge you to support changes to crop insurance that encourage farming practices making farms more resilient to climate change driven higher heat, drought and floods. The current crop insurance program discourages farmers from planting cover crops, and allows commodity growers to "hide" the impacts of climate change by discounting years in which extreme weather destroys crops.

Trump’s hostility toward other countries is corrupting our international standing. Recent visa sanctions against Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone illustrate the growing adversarial position we’re adopting against other countries. Trump couldn’t even articulate sympathy for Mexico’s own hurricane and earthquake victims, after Mexico had offered material assistance to us after Hurricane Harvey. We’ll have no friends left if his tenure continues. I urge you to push for Trump’s removal from office.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 13, 2017 at 2:45pm

House letter. For senate I removed 1st paragraph:

I urge you to oppose the ADA Education and Reform Act, H.R. 620, which would eliminate all incentives for businesses to proactively ensure their businesses are accessible to people with disabilities. Shifting the responsibility of ADA compliance from businesses to people with disabilities, Congress would destroy a key element of the ADA.

I urge you to object to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new policy that employees may not talk to the press, "even for a simple data-related question." Demanding that all correspondence with news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC's Atlanta Communications Office, cuts off citizens’ access to critical health information for which they paid.

The Trump administration has been trying to sabotage state-run retirement funds, using an interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Constituents need secure retirement accounts that don’t have a 1.0 percent annual fee for the account manager on top of the separate fees to cover the cost of managing the funds. The 1.0 percent that 401(k) holders pay to manage their account is entirely an excess charge, just welfare for Wall Street on the backs of our elderly. California, Illinois, and Oregon, and other states have passed legislation that allows workers in the private sector to buy into low cost funds managed through the state. I urge you to sponsor a bill to protect low cost state run retirement funds.

Carl Bernstein advises, "There's considerable evidence that there's a consensus developing in the military, at the highest levels, in the intelligence community, among Republicans in Congress, including the leaders in the business community that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is unfit to be the President of the United States. It's a dangerous moment in our history." Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes says that, “The best diagnosis for Trump is that he is a malignant narcissist. … the malignant part is the sociopathy dimension.  He’s paranoid because … he needs to defend himself, his self-esteem, by saying that other people are bad. He is extremely paranoid and it edges into delusion. He does not really know what the truth is, at least at those moments. The more desperate Trump becomes, the more he needs to have a crisis so the country will rally around him. If I had to pinpoint it I would say he is going to start bombing North Korea.”

Trump is said to be in discussions about using “mini-nukes” in a limited, tactical nuclear war.  In 1974, during Nixon’s final days in office, the Secretary of Defense instructed the military to divert any emergency orders from Nixon involving nuclear weapons to him or the secretary of state. I urge you to discuss how to legally remove Trump without him having an opportunity to initiate a first strike against North Korea with other members of congress and the military.

 

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