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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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Examine your state legislators

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 1. 2 Replies

The Center for Public Integrity presents a data base of state level legislative conflicts of interest. Find your state legislators' financial interests…Continue

Tags: state political corruption

Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: ky Feb 16, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

Tags: phone numbers, legislation, tracking legislation, phones, addresses

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday

Email to House:

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Fair Representation Act, HR 3057. Larger districts with voters electing 3 to 5 representatives would incentivize politicians to run campaigns oriented to problem solving rather than extremism. The current single-winner district system distorts outcomes, and makes elections uncompetitive. Because election results with ranked choice voting would be proportional within each district, the skewed outcomes of our current system would be a thing of the past. Voters that are now shut-out, like Republicans in Massachusetts or Democrats in Oklahoma, would win their fair share of representation.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2018 at 11:41am

Never thought I'd quote the Cato Institute in an Email to my representative:

I urge you to oppose the Securing America’s Future Act sponsored by Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador and McSally. Even the Cato Institute criticizes it. “The worst enforcement provision is criminalizing simply being in the United States without status or violating any aspect of civil immigration law (p. 170). This would turn millions of unauthorized immigrants into criminals overnight. It would also criminalize legal immigrants who fail to update their addresses, carry their green card with them at all times, or otherwise abide by the million inane regulations that Congress imposes on them. It requires them [Dreamers] to maintain an annual income of at least 125 percent of the poverty line (p. 396). If they fall below that level for 90 days—not only are they subject to deportation again—they would be criminals.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 17, 2018 at 5:42pm

Just emailed this to Dem Bob Casey:

Bob Casey, you provided a decisive vote in favor of a cloture motion that essentially ensures the passage of The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.139), which would renew Section 702 of FISA, this week.
Your act of betrayal shocked me, since you are well aware that Trump’s Administration and the current GOP are rapidly moving toward a corporate/fascist replacement for democracy. The Washington Post reports that Trump and his top staff have discussed that a terrorist attack would avert the likelihood of a “blue tsunami” in the 2018 midterm elections. I agree with Chauncey DeVega that Trump and the Republican Party are already ramping up a "soft" ethnic cleansing of nonwhites and Muslim immigrants. Our US “Night of Broken Glass” is fast approaching. Nothing could justify handing expanded warrantless spying powers to neo-nazis!

He was one of 18 Senate Democrats who voted with Republicans to give Trump expanded warrantless spying powers. See 

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43248-these-18-senate-democrats-...

to learn if your senator was on the list.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 11:51pm

AskProfWolff: Economics of Net Neutrality

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 11:39pm

A block of Republicans in Congress have long sought to undermine net neutrality, including:

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash)

The FCC Still Doesn’t Know How the Internet Works.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/12/fcc-still-doesnt-know-how-int...

Unfortunately it looks like the FCC ignored the technical parts of that letter, because the FCC’s latest plan to kill net neutrality is still riddled with technical errors and factual inaccuracies. Here are just a few:

* The FCC Still Doesn’t Understand That Using the Internet Means Having Your ISP Transmit Packets For You.

* The FCC Still Doesn’t Understand How DNS Works.

* The FCC Still Doesn’t Understand How Caching Works.

* The FCC Doesn’t Understand How the Phone System Works.

* The FCC’s Plan to Kill Net Neutrality is Based on Faulty Technical Premises

Letter sent to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash).

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 10:50pm

Markey Net Neutrality Resolution Reaches 40-Vote Milestone in the Senate

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 

“43 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that overturns the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality. 

Senators co-sponsoring the CRA resolution include 

Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

“Over the last several years, the biggest job growth that we have seen in America has come from internet businesses. We are seeing an attack on that internet economy by FCC rolling back this open internet rule,”

“We cannot allow the FCC to put a chokehold on the internet by allowing big corporations to artificially charge consumers more. The open internet rule was here for a reason. It was to protect a level playing field and to make sure no one artificially created opportunity and access by controlling the internet.”

~ Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

~ & Patty Murray (D-Wash.),

States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/technology/net-neutrality-states...

Thank you notes sent to Maria & Patty

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 10, 2018 at 1:11pm

"Vote for Net Neutrality" has Sen. Casey (D-PA) listed as supporting an open internet, specifically supporting Sen. Markey's CRA resolution to strike down the FCC's repeal of Title II common-carrier oversight of ISPs. (It will go to a Senate floor vote, not blockable by committee chairs or filibuster.)

I called to thank him, and to urge my other senator (a Republican) to do the same, pointing out that 87% of voters, including 75% of Republicans, support net neutrality. We don't know what the next Apple or Google or Facebook will look like, but those innovators didn't have to pay ISPs extortionate tolls for meaningful access, and neither should new innovators.

(Yes, free discussion and free and open access to varied information sources are essential to a democracy, but many Republicans evidently don't care about such things.)

I also asked my congressman to oppose H.R. 4682, the so-called "Open Internet Preservation Act" that's actually a Republican Trojan horse. While it contains a few provisions that would be good first steps towards protecting an open internet, if they were in a clean bill, it also preempts FCC regulations and state laws that might provide stronger protection, it classifies broadband internet and advanced telecommunication services as "information services" and not common carriers,and it would still allow paid prioritization, letting ISPs grant "premium" faster speeds to their conglomerate's own sites and services, or to the large companies who pay handsomely for the privilege. Innovators and competitors without that budget would be relegated to second-class access to their users and customers. It would ruin the level playing field that the internet has traditionally provided for commerce.

The bill disallows ISPs from blocking or throttling sites, but the distinction between "normal vs. slowed-down" and "premium superfast vs. normal" is a distinction without a difference. And preempting stronger state laws or FCC regulations is completely unacceptable (unless you're an ISP or one of the large content providers they're linked to).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 9, 2018 at 7:21pm

Email to Sen. Bob Casey:

Your name is listed as not having committed to support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution introduced by Sen. Ed Markey. I've contributed to your campaign, but this may change my mind. Every member of the US Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant. Free speech is at stake! We need net neutrality.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 3, 2018 at 4:30pm

Calls to my members of Congress today:

Senate: 

Cosponsor and support the Secure Elections Act, S. 2261, which would among other things, give grants to states to switch to optically-scanned paper ballots (no money for hackable, inherently insecure electronic voting machines!), and implement statistical audits after every election to ensure a high level of confidence.

The bill's sponsor, James Lankford, is a Republican, and the cosponsors include Kamala Harris and two more Democrats, as well as two more Republicans.

Read more: "New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines" (Ars Technica)

House: 

Cosponsor and support the Fair Representation Act, H.R. 3057, which would

  • Change House elections from “winner take all” to “ranked choice voting” (specifying first choice, second choice, etc. on the ballot rather than "pick just one name and shut up about all the rest")
  • Mandate that each state with six or more House members create multi-member congressional districts of between three and five members each. "The total size of Congress would be the same, but individual districts would be geographically bigger and (in most cases) more demographically diverse."
  • Require states to redistrict by independent commissions, not through partisan legislatures.

Partially copy-and-pasted from 'Fair Representation Act would be “the most comprehensive approach to changing how we elect Congress in American history.”' (GovTrack Insider)

Comment by Loren Miller on December 22, 2017 at 10:26pm

Damn, but I HATE Rob Portman ... and I couldn't resist putting the following out on his website:

Your apologetics regarding this ridiculous excuse for a tax bill has demonstrated to me without any scintilla of doubt that you can't be bothered to think about where the real good of the people lies. You, like too many other Republicans, side with Trump purely because he's in power, and you want a piece of that power. Your mistake.

While your seat in the Senate isn't up for a while, we who have been wronged by your poor judgment will not forget this. You must already know that 2018 will be a political bloodbath for your fellows because of the stupidity coming from the White House, and you are already splashed by it. You don't need to refresh your resume now, but come 2022, I'd give serious thought to that.

Enow spake.

 

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