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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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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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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 October 3, 2017 at 3:51pm

Letter to Democratic senator:

I urge you to oppose Eric Dreiband to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His only experience with civil rights is his long record of ATTACKING civil rights.

I urge you to reinstate funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which just expired. It’s wrong to strip away annual checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, X-ray services, and emergency services from 9 million children. Minnesota’s program already ran out of funds this past weekend.

I urge you to insist that closing the backdoor loophole known as Section 702 of a 2008 package of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has to be part of FISA reauthorization. The controversial, widely used, surveillance law is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats want it to be permanent in its current form. Please join the powerful bipartisan group of lawmakers who believe the law needs key reforms.

I urge you to oppose the nomination of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve's Vice Chair of Bank Supervision. A Wall Street lawyer who has spent his career fighting crucial regulations and defending the banks that caused the 2008 crisis is unfit to serve as our top banking watchdog. When he served in the Treasury Department immediately prior to the 2008 crisis, he wrongly insisted that the big banks could withstand a housing collapse. Now he wants to change to the 'stress tests' that examine a bank's ability to withstand crisis to allow banks to cheat the results and hide their financially risky behavior.

I urge you to fight restrictive voter ID laws and voter suppression. A new study from the University of Wisconsin provides definitive evidence that the controversial voter ID bill, passed in 2011 and held up in the courts until 2016, worked precisely as Wisconsin Republicans intended — to make it more difficult for targeted voters to cast their ballots. 44,000 Wisconsin voters were kept away, while Trump won by 23,000 votes. Representative Glenn Grothman flatly stated that Wisconsin’s photo ID law would help the GOP win Wisconsin in the November 2016 election.  “The photo ID law must be suspended until changes can be made to restore every voter’s access to the ballot box,” said Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell whose office commissioned the study.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2017 at 3:50pm

Letter to Rep. House:

I urge you to reinstate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which just expired. It’s wrong to strip away annual checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, X-ray services, and emergency services from 9 million children. Minnesota’s program already ran out of funds this past weekend.

I urge you to insist that closing the backdoor loophole known as Section 702 of a 2008 package of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has to be part of FISA reauthorization. The controversial, widely used, surveillance law is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats want it to be permanent in its current form. Please join the powerful bipartisan group of lawmakers who believe the law needs key reforms.

I urge you to oppose the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, H.R.3668, and Hearing Protection Act, H.R.367. Hunters and other private citizens have no legitimate need for silencers. Hunters have effective ear protection available, without sacrificing the public’s ability to hear and flee a shooter.

In fact, it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. The ugly truth is that the Founders’ intent was not an “individual right to own a gun”, only created in 2008, but protection for states from a federal standing army and from slave insurrections.

Our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us, as shown by numerous studies including the 2016 American Journal of Medicine report finding a gun homicide rate 25 times higher than in other populous, high-income countries. The US is the only developed country that enables madmen and terrorists of all varieties to acquire as many weapons as they want. I urge you to join Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich in demanding a reform of the Republican Party over its support for former Judge Roy Moore, the far-right Republican nominee for Alabama’s Senate seat with a history of incendiary comments on race, sexuality and religion. Kasich said, “I don’t support that. I couldn’t vote for that.”

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 3, 2017 at 9:21am

H.R. 36, a 20-week abortion ban claiming that fetuses can feel pain at that point, is supposed to be voted on today in the House. I called my congressman's office. (He'll probably vote no, since the two previous incarnations of the bill passed the House along party lines.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2017 at 9:29am

Letter to Repub senator:

Shame on Trump for attacking Yulin Cruz and the media!  Shame on Trump for trying to divide the country to deflect blame for his administration's genocidal failure! A US President who wallows in blame, anger and victimhood instead of doing his job brings shame to the Republican Party and to the whole country. The Trump Administration’s response to Maria is comparable to the 1995 level of response to category 4 Hurricane Opal. The damage inflicted by Opal was more than an order of magnitude less than the damage inflicted by Maria. Our response is about 45,000 short of the mark.

The National Weather Service and track modelers were certain the eye of Maria would pass close to or over Puerto Rico four days before it hit as a cat 5. Failure to prepare needed supplies and station needed troops before landfall demonstrates that Trump is unfit. I urge you to mobilize Senators to address the unfolding crisis. The US Army says 55% of Puerto Rican citizens have no drinking water. People are dying! Congress must step up in the face of this administration’s depraved neglect and Trump’s depraved verbal attacks on our dying territory’s citizens.

You’ve supported this man, who is making sure that enormous citizen mass casualty occurs.  He doesn’t care because they aren’t part of his white supremacist base. You must step up to hold the administration accountable and do everything a senator can do to save the 3.5 million citizens in extreme peril right now. The death toll and national disgrace will vastly dwarf Katrina. Act not because Trump’s incompetence and self-justifying malevolence will destroy your party and your reelection. Take responsibility because you’re not a monster too.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2017 at 9:25am

Letter to Democratic senator:

Shame on Trump for attacking Yulin Cruz and the media!  Shame on Trump for trying to divide the country to deflect blame for his administration's genocidal failure! A US President who wallows in blame, anger and victimhood instead of doing his job brings shame to the whole country. The Trump Administration’s response to Maria is comparable to the 1995 level of response to category 4 Hurricane Opal. The damage inflicted by Opal was more than an order of magnitude less than the damage inflicted by Maria. Our response is about 45,000 short of the mark.

The National Weather Service and track modelers were certain the eye of Maria would pass close to or over Puerto Rico four days before it hit as a cat 5. Failure to prepare needed supplies and station needed troops before landfall demonstrates that Trump is unfit. I urge you to mobilize Senators to address the unfolding crisis. The US Army says 55% of Puerto Rican citizens have no drinking water. People are dying! Congress must step up in the face of this administration’s depraved neglect and Trump’s depraved verbal attacks on our dying territory’s citizens.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 26, 2017 at 4:22pm

Letter Dem Senator:

I urge you to oppose H.J. Resolution 111, which overturns the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent Arbitration Rule. As highlighted by the recent Equifax security breach, allowing consumers to take group action against financial institutions is a necessary check against predatory, risky and illegal banking practices such as those of Wells Fargo. The CFPB's arbitration rule, if allowed to go into effect as planned early next year, would prevent companies like Equifax from denying legal remedies to consumers hurt by identity theft and other corporate misconduct.

At least six of Trump’s closest advisers, including Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, and Ivanka Trump have used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, an issue Republicans continue to hammer former secretary of State Hillary Clinton about, even now. I urge you to support a companion bill to HR 3654, the Support the Security Review Clearance Act. Giving the FBI tools to review security threats among White House employees is a reasonable and necessary check on the executive branch. Jared Kushner is the most visible example of the President’s willingness to choose personal loyalty over national security. If private email use for government business is a security issue for Clinton then it’s a security issue for this administration too.

Trump’s imperius arrogance must be countered by congress. The White House and DOJ continue to withhold Russia-related documents on everything from Jared Kushner's security clearance to details of Trump's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey from congressional investigators. I urge you to pressure your colleagues to draw a moral line with illegal noncooperation!

Thank you for opposing Graham-Cassidy, which over 200 organizations denounce.

I urge you to counter Donald Trump’s attempts to bully NFL players exercising their right to free speech. Speak out against this racism! Restricting free speech by calling criticism of the administration disrespectful of country and soldiers is a fascist tactic. Martin Luther King took a knee to protest injustice many times. Pat Tillman’s widow had the right to criticize Trump’s politicizing his memory. Trump may confuse personal loyalty to himself with patriotism, but you shouldn’t. Trump displays more rage toward black men who dare to exercise their First Amendment rights than he does towards neo-Nazis and white supremacists who maim and kill innocent. . I urge you to denounce Trump’s divisive barrage, which happens to reinforce Russia’s strategy to divide us.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 26, 2017 at 4:21pm

Letter Rep Sen:

I urge you to oppose H.J. Resolution 111, which overturns the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent Arbitration Rule. As highlighted by the recent Equifax security breach, allowing consumers to take group action against financial institutions is a necessary check against predatory, risky and illegal banking practices such as those of Wells Fargo. The CFPB's arbitration rule, if allowed to go into effect as planned early next year, would prevent companies like Equifax from denying legal remedies to consumers hurt by identity theft and other corporate misconduct.

At least six of Trump’s closest advisers, including Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, and Ivanka Trump have used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, an issue Republicans continue to hammer former secretary of State Hillary Clinton about, even now. I urge you to support a companion bill to HR 3654, the Support the Security Review Clearance Act. Giving the FBI tools to review security threats among White House employees is a reasonable and necessary check on the executive branch. Jared Kushner is the most visible example of the President’s willingness to choose personal loyalty over national security. If private email use for government business is a security issue for Clinton then it’s a security issue for this administration too.

I urge you to oppose Senators Graham and Johnson’s push to merge another Obamacare repeal effort into tax reform to force both through using a 50-vote majority, unless, as McConnell suggests you intend to scuttle both Republican priorities at once.

I also call upon you, again, to oppose Graham-Cassidy, which over 200 organizations denounce.

Trump’s imperious arrogance must be countered by congress. The White House and DOJ continue to withhold Russia-related documents on everything from Jared Kushner's security clearance to details of Trump's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey from congressional investigators. I urge you to tell Trump that your support for him and his agenda is dependent on congressional compliance. Draw a moral line with illegal noncooperation!

I urge you to counter Donald Trump’s attempts to bully NFL players exercising their right to free speech. Speak out against this racism! Restricting free speech by calling criticism of the administration disrespectful of country and soldiers is a fascist tactic. Martin Luther King took a knee to protest injustice many times. Pat Tillman’s widow had the right to criticize Trump’s politicizing his memory. Trump may confuse personal loyalty to himself with patriotism, but you shouldn’t. Trump displays more rage toward black men who dare to exercise their First Amendment rights than he does towards neo-Nazis and white supremacists who maim and kill innocent people. I call on you, a Republican, to unite our country instead of remaining silent in the face of Trump’s divisive barrage, which happens to reinforce Russia’s strategy to divide us.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 26, 2017 at 4:20pm

House letter:

I urge you to immediately pass a robust hurricane relief package for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. I don’t see the kind of emergency mobilization that’s necessary. Can you push the military and administration to do more NOW! In the Florida Keys nine died of the heat because power was out. Thousands could die without power or drinkable water in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. When over 3.5 million US citizens are in the midst of a dire humanitarian crisis, the White House plan to wait until the first or second week of October to request relief funding from Congress is inhumane.

I urge you to support for HR 3654, the Support the Security Review Clearance Act. Giving the FBI tools to review security threats among White House employees is a reasonable and necessary check on the executive branch. Jared Kushner is the most visible example of the President’s willingness to choose personal loyalty over national security.

I urge you to counter Donald Trump’s attempts to bully NFL players exercising their right to free speech. Speak out against this racism! Restricting free speech by calling criticism of the administration disrespectful of country and soldiers is a fascist tactic. Martin Luther King took a knee to protest injustice many times. Pat Tillman’s widow had the right to criticize Trump’s politicizing his memory. Trump may confuse personal loyalty to himself with patriotism, but you shouldn’t. Trump displays more rage toward black men who dare to exercise their First Amendment rights than he does towards neo-Nazis and white supremacists who maim and kill innocent people. I call on you, a Republican, to unite our country instead of remaining silent in the face of 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 25, 2017 at 4:16pm

House letter p2:

Another of Trump’s violent policies is his expansion of drone strikes. Strikes conducted in secret by the CIA make it easier to wage endless war all over the globe without the knowledge or permission of the people or Congress. . I urge you to legislate against this expansion.

I urge you to oppose all expansion of unbridled violence by government agents both civilian and military, against citizens, immigrants, and foreign nationals. Much of this pro-violence policy is hidden within budget priorities, in the language of legislation, or in the background of nominees.

An example of this pervasive embrace of violence is the SHARE Act, which includes the Hearing Protection Act. I urge you to oppose it. This shameful bill would allow trophy hunters to kill threatened species such as wolves and bears on public land using, the perfect tool for poachers, silencers. Title XVI of the bill, the “Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act,” denies the government authority to reclassify ammunition which pierces body armor as “armor piercing ammunition” if the manufacturer claims the ammo is meant to be used for sport and not for killing people wearing body armor. It also says that if a person legally owns a gun in a state like Texas with anything-goes gun laws, he can transport that gun through places with restrictive laws, such as Washington, D.C. People would be free to take their AR-15s, AK-47s and M134 machine guns to the capital, as long as they don’t intend to leave them there. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that wildlife watchers outnumber sport hunters by a ratio of seven to one and spend $75.9 billion on their pursuits, as compared to $25.6 billion spent by hunters. This bill is not about helping the vast majority of sport hunters who shoot deer or birds to consume the meat. It's about extreme hunting methods such as killing wolves and their pups in their dens and luring grizzly bears with bait in order to shoot them at point-blank range on lands never set aside for these purposes.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 25, 2017 at 4:15pm

House letter p 1:

I’m very upset by this administration taking the country toward systemic violence.

Ryerson University Professor Henry Giroux articulates how Trump has emboldened the idea that violence is the only viable political response to social problems and has normalized violence. Violence is the principal force that shapes Trump’s language, politics and policies. He uses language as a weapon to threaten, humiliate, bully and inflict symbolic violence.  He has emboldened and indirectly supported the violent actions of white supremacists, and during the presidential campaign encouraged right-wing thugs to attack dissenters — especially people of color.

During his presidential campaign, Trump endorsed state torture and pandered to the spectacle of violence that his adoring crowds treated like theater. Trump repeatedly gives license to his base and others to commit acts of violence. Trump’s embrace of torture made clear that he not only was willing to normalize the unspeakable, but was more than willing to turn the American government into a criminal organization. Like a mafia figure, he openly displays a criminogenic ethic, willing to engage in violence as an act of vengeance and retribution.

Many of Trump’s domestic policies bear the weight of a form of domestic terrorism, in other words they are policies of systemic violence intended not only to harm or kill but also to instill fear in specific populations through intimidation and coercion. His pardon of a sadistic racist Joe Arpaio, foreshadows the US as a society of violence. Trump is the legitimator-in-chief of gun culture, police brutality, and a pro-war culture of violent hypermasculinity. He’s instituting a political and social order that expands the boundaries of social abandonment and the politics of disposability of all who oppose him or are marginalized by race and class. His politics of disappearance and disposability build a foundation for the US as a police state.

Our country’s degeneration has begun, as St. Louis Metropolitan Police interim chief Lawrence O’Toole embraced the type of mentality that dictatorial regimes encourage when using militarized forces to control an angry populace. His force used a controversial tactic of mass arrests called “kettling,” ultimately taking more than a hundred people into custody through savage force. This included abuse of journalists such as Mike Faulk among those arrested. Multiple officers knocked Faulk down, he said, and pinned his limbs to the ground. A firm foot pushed his head into the pavement. After he was subdued an officer squirted pepper spray in his face. When police claim ownership of public spaces they are reframing the relationship between the public and police in a manner that reflects the slide toward fascism. When police counter-chant “Blue Lives Matter” they’re proclaim themselves above African-Americans. They’re bragging that Black Lives don’t matter to them, because “Black Lives Matter” is a just plea to respect black Americans. As St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says, “This is institutional racism.” Trump and Jeff Session encourage police to think they have the right to mistreat, brutalize and even kill the very people they are meant to serve.

 

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