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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

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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

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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

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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

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 Grinning Cat on Friday

Part 2 of Ruth's letter to her Republican congressman:

I urge you to oppose H.R. 3990, the Orwellianly-named “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”. It would bar the Antiquities Act from being used to protect land­marks, prehistoric structures, public lands, and objects of “scientific interest,” restricting the law’s scope to the vague term “object or objects of antiquity.” Rob Bishop’s bill is a killing blow aimed at the very foundation of the American public lands tradition. The goal is to not only roll back what has been protected in the past, but to prevent protections in the future.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday

Today's letter was similar to all, excepting I removed the "your party" bit for Democrats.

I am outraged by Trump’s intent to abandon 3.4 million US citizens in Puerto Rico. As far as I’m concerned Puerto Rico’s $72 billion in pre-hurricane debt, being overseen by a federal oversight board, is a legacy of colonial and Wall Street exploitation. I urge you to forgive their debt with a bankruptcy proceeding,  just as if they were Detroit – which wasn’t totally ravaged by a hurricane. This is our country! Widespread food shortages are reported. The US government is providing only 200,000 meals a day. A senior FEMA official said they are 1.8 million meals a day short.  World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés,  had their contract to cook and distribute 20,000 meals a day expire Tuesday, and FEMA is in no hurry to renew it. More than a third of Puerto Ricans still don’t have clean drinking water. Continual mudslides and flooding hamper emergency response. This is a humanitarian crisis on American soil and the manifestly negligent and heartless administration brags about their “exceptional” response – recalling the paradoxical Orwellian maxims that “war is peace”, “freedom is slavery”, and “ignorance is strength”.

Even before the challenge of Zika and before Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Puerto Rico’s healthcare needs were significantly underfunded because federal Medicaid funding was provided through a block grant. Now Puerto Rico’s needs are far more dire. I urge you to support legislation to provide Puerto Rico with additional Medicaid funds. Immediate action is needed, but occasional Congressional additions to the block grant have never been enough to overcome the health and infrastructure challenges associated with long-term underinvestment in services or Puerto Rico’s recent economic decline. I urge you to support the stabilization provided by Medicaid matching payments, which incentivize state investment and increase when economic conditions worsen.

The House included FEMA cuts in the 2018 budget proposal, in order to fund a border wall and further fatten the wealthiest with tax cuts. FEMA can’t even do an adequate job for current hurricane and wildfire emergencies. I urge you to push for increased FEMA funding in the Senate. The 2017 fire season and a hurricane seasons thus far are consistent with models of a changing climate. Science tells us such crises will get worse as Earth gets hotter. Cuts are malicious and voters will remember. I urge you to turn you corrupt political party around, to abandon their wealthy donors in favor of actually taking care of citizens – as you took an oath to do, and as your reelection will depend on.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2017 at 3:31pm

Page 2 to Senator:

Trump's obsession with controlling public attention goes way beyond Facebook, Google, and Twitter employees being "embedded" inside his campaign. Trump is a product of the “attention economy”, where the internet and TV must meet the demands of an advertising economy. As a ratings-driven reality TV celebrity, Trump excels at attentional control by sensationalizing, baiting, entertaining, promoting fake conspiracies, and exploiting or creating outrage. He's distorted how US government is conducted, normalizing perpetual outrage in supporters and critics. Trump’s teasers about upcoming preemptive nuclear war, to deflect the public from noticing tax NOT-reform and his Puerto Rico failure, are a clear symptom of presidential incompetence.

A group of military veterans, there on their own dime, assisting the Mayor of Aňasco, report that supplies still aren't flowing into Western Puerto Rico and that some people are so desperate they are drinking sewer water. “Our guys at the Mayaguez airport they have receipts for supplies delivered. It says delivered on the manifest, but I assure you we have not seen one bit of it."

Alfie Kohn sums up many professional assessments,"He doesn't even bother -- or maybe just lacks the sophistication -- to conceal how desperate is his craving for attention and approval, how precarious is his mental state. The vulnerability, the naked need, would almost occasion our pity were it not for the potentially catastrophic consequences when someone with this profile is in a position of power."

VoteVets admonishes, “Trump is the most dangerous man in the world. Congress needs to intervene now and take his ability to start a preemptive war.

I urge you to work with any remaining sane members of the administration to quietly neutralize Trump before his inability to distinguish his job from reality TV kills you and a million others.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2017 at 3:30pm

Page 1 to Senator:

I urge you to support S. 1821, a bill to establish a national commission on the cybersecurity of US election systems. The government must take steps to protect the integrity of our elections, and an investigative commission is a crucial step in combatting future attempts by Russia to interfere with our voting systems again. According to Google, Russian agents bought ads aimed to spread disinformation on YouTube, Google Search, Gmail, and DoubleClick. However, the threat from manipulated social media is much broader than election trickery, and is ongoing. For example, Russian operatives also use Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel with propaganda, putting fake or slanted news from Russian-controlled accounts mixed with a wide range of legitimate content consumed by veterans and active-duty personnel in their Facebook and Twitter news feeds.

Retired Adm. James Stavridis, former commander of NATO forces and current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, warns that Trump’s tweets are doing more than inch us toward war. “We are starting to really sleepwalk toward a conflict on the Korean Peninsula. A million people are going to die, and we can still avoid that if we can hold ourselves back from this kind of impetuous behavior.”

Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Trump is treating his office like “a reality show” and his reckless threats could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

Paul Lewis cites Silicon Valley innovators’ warning that the rise of social media and the attention-based market that drives it is having a devastating impact upon our political system. Left unchecked, digital forces could even render democracy as we know it obsolete. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2017 at 3:29pm

Page 2 to House:

Alfie Kohn sums up many professional assessments, "He doesn't even bother -- or maybe just lacks the sophistication -- to conceal how desperate is his craving for attention and approval, how precarious is his mental state. The vulnerability, the naked need, would almost occasion our pity were it not for the potentially catastrophic consequences when someone with this profile is in a position of power."

VoteVets admonishes, “Trump is the most dangerous man in the world. Congress needs to intervene now and take his ability to start a preemptive war.

I urge you to work with any remaining sane members of the administration to quietly neutralize Trump before his inability to distinguish his job from reality TV kills you and a million others.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2017 at 3:29pm

Page 1 to House:

Retired Adm. James Stavridis, former commander of NATO forces and current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, warns that Trump’s tweets are doing more than inch us toward war. “We are starting to really sleepwalk toward a conflict on the Korean Peninsula. A million people are going to die, and we can still avoid that if we can hold ourselves back from this kind of impetuous behavior.”

Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Trump is treating his office like “a reality show” and his reckless threats could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

Paul Lewis cites Silicon Valley innovators’ warning that the rise of social media and the attention-based market that drives it is having a devastating impact upon our political system. Left unchecked, digital forces could even render democracy as we know it obsolete.

Trump's obsession with controlling public attention goes way beyond Facebook, Google, and Twitter employees being "embedded" inside his campaign. Trump is a product of the “attention economy”, where the internet and TV must meet the demands of an advertising economy. As a ratings-driven reality TV celebrity, Trump excels at attentional control by sensationalizing, baiting, entertaining, promoting fake conspiracies, and exploiting or creating outrage. He's distorted how US government is conducted, normalizing perpetual outrage in supporters and critics. Trump’s teasers about upcoming preemptive nuclear war, to deflect the public from noticing tax NOT-reform and his Puerto Rico failure, are a clear symptom of presidential incompetence.

A group of military veterans, there on their own dime, assisting the Mayor of Aňasco, report that supplies still aren't flowing into Western Puerto Rico and that some people are so desperate they are drinking sewer water. “Our guys at the Mayaguez airport they have receipts for supplies delivered. It says delivered on the manifest, but I assure you we have not seen one bit of it." 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 9, 2017 at 2:20pm

Page 2 to Rep House:

I urge you to oppose Trump’s plan to greatly raise tariffs on solar panels coming into the U.S. which would hobble our job-creating solar power industry, just so Suniva and SolarWorld can force uncompetitive products on US businesses and homeowners. This is anti-jobs and anti-free market, going against what conservatives claim to revere.

I urge you to push for gun control. The US Census Bureau says that the US represents about 5% of the world’s population but accounts for more than 30% of the world’s mass shootings. Study after study shows that the widespread availability of guns makes the US more dangerous, not safer. Mental health problems exist everywhere; frequent mass shootings don’t. Statistically, drugs and alcohol use predict violent crimes while mental health problems don’t.

I urge you to criticize Vice President Pence, as a Republican, for his divisive PR display. His stunt walking out of Sunday’s game wasn’t patriotic. It served no other purpose than to sow division, stoke the administration’s conservative base, try to cow NFL owners, and deflect attention from the new neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville. Taxpayers shouldn’t pay $242,500 for a pre-planned publicity stunt.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 9, 2017 at 2:19pm

Page 1 to Rep House:

I urge you to sponsor a bill similar to the European Data Protection Rules. Starting in May in Europe, Google and Facebook will be unable to use the personal data they hold for advertising purposes without user permission. Sites will need to ask for consent, or present an opt-out choice, at different times and for different things according to varying levels of risk. Bad actors are exploiting the internet to change public opinion. Congress must change the technology industry to put our best interests first rather than the interests of any entity, such as Russia, willing to pay for ads. Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist who greatly profited from investments in Google and Facebook, says that the companies he invested in should be subjected to greater regulation, including new anti-monopoly rules.

Elon Musk and others in the business of clean, green power have made clear that Puerto Rico’s centralized fossil-fueled electric grids should not be rebuilt. I urge you to include a mandate that a hurricane-resistant decentralized green power system be funded instead of a fossil fuel power infrastructure.

I urge you to join Rep. Ro Khanna to call on Democrats in Congress to hold Trump to his word to relieve Puerto Rico’s crushing debt. I urge you to introduce legislation for that purpose. Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billion to billionaire-managed hedge funds and Wall Street banks. We must forgive that debt and invest major federal money in rebuilding Puerto Rico.

I urge you to censure Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for deliberately ignoring San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. “We filtered out the mayor a long time ago,” he said, and he called her complaints “just political noise.” Such blatant racism renders him incompetent to perform his duties. He must be fired! If Trump refuses to fire him, Trump must be impeached!

Trump’s proposal to deeply cut clean water programs by more than a third would devastate Pennsylvania drinking water safety. I urge you to fight Pennsylvania losing $1.2 million in grants for protecting healthy drinking water sources. I urge you to fight slashing $4.7 million in grants for Pennsylvania to address pollution from farms, stormwater runoff and other dispersed sources. I urge you to fight eliminating programs to control the flow of pollution from abandoned mines into the Delaware River Watershed. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 9, 2017 at 2:16pm

Letter to Dem Sen, page 2:

I urge you to censure Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for deliberately ignoring San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. “We filtered out the mayor a long time ago,” he said, and he called her compaints “just political noise.” Such blatant racism renders him incompetent to perform his duties. He must be fired! If Trump refuses to fire him, Trump must be impeached!

Trump’s proposal to deeply cut clean water programs by more than a third would devastate Pennsylvania drinking water safety. I urge you to fight Pennsylvania losing $1.2 million in grants for protecting healthy drinking water sources. I urge you to fight slashing $4.7 million in grants for Pennsylvania to address pollution from farms, stormwater runoff and other dispersed sources. I urge you to fight eliminating programs to control the flow of pollution from abandoned mines into the Delaware River Watershed.

I urge you to oppose Trump’s plan to greatly raise tariffs on solar panels coming into the U.S. which would hobble our job-creating solar power industry, just so Suniva and SolarWorld can force uncompetitive products on US businesses and homeowners. This is anti-jobs and anti free market, which conservatives claim to revere.

I urge you to push for gun control. The US Census Bureau says that the US represents about 5% of the world’s population but accounts for more than 30% of the world’s mass shootings. Study after study shows that the widespread availability of guns makes the US more dangerous, not safer. Mental health problems exist everywhere; frequent mass shootings don’t. Statistically, drugs and alcohol use predict violent crimes while mental health problems don’t.

I urge you to push back on V.P. Pence’s Sunday divisive PR display. Walking out of Sunday’s game wasn’t patriotic. It served no other purpose than to sow division, stoke the administration’s conservative base, try to cow NFL owners, and deflect attention from the new neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville. Taxpayers shouldn’t pay $242,500 for a pre-planned publicity stunt.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 9, 2017 at 2:15pm

Letter to Dem Sen, page 1:

I urge you to sponsor a bill similar to the European Data Protection Rules. Starting in May in Europe, Google and Facebook will be unable to use the personal data they hold for advertising purposes without user permission. Sites will need to ask for consent, or present an opt-out choice, at different times and for different things according to varying levels of risk. Bad actors are exploiting the internet to change public opinion. Congress must change the technology industry to put our best interests first rather than the interests of any entity, such as Russia, willing to pay for ads. Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist who greatly profited from investments in Google and Facebook, says that the companies he invested in should be subjected to greater regulation, including new anti-monopoly rules.

The $4.1-trillion budget passed by the House will take over $150 billion away from several poverty programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). One in six Americans face hunger, more than any other developed country, and these cuts will increase starvation. This budget proposal would shift a substantial share of food need responsibility to the states or propose penalties that state budgets can’t absorb. SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger in the U.S. Even without these cuts, some states are cutting corners by making it more difficult to apply for SNAP so they make more room in their budget. I urge you to oppose budget cuts to poverty programs.

Elon Musk and others in the business of clean, green power have made clear that Puerto Rico’s centralized fossil-fueled electric grids should not be rebuilt. I urge you to include a mandate that a hurricane-resistant decentralized green power system be funded instead of a fossil fuel power infrastructure.

I urge you to join Rep. Ro Khanna to call on Democrats in Congress to hold Trump to his word to relieve Puerto Rico’s crushing debt. I urge you to introduce legislation for that purpose. Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billion to billionaire-managed hedge funds and Wall Street banks. We must forgive that debt and invest major federal money in rebuilding Puerto Rico.

 

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