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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.)

If you read this group and haven't joined it, please consider joining! It'll encourage other AN members to be more politically active.

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Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 3 Replies

I sometimes get discouraged. Here's advice from a Reddit user I found encouraging.On the topic of writing to congress.…Continue

Tags: adding your voice

Keep Families Together Act

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 21. 10 Replies

The actions of the current administration have had me incensed practically from the time they took office.  The depths to which they wish to descend appear to have few if any limits.  However, with the current action being taken against immigrants…Continue

Tags: Keep Families Together Act, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump

Letter to Rep and Senators Regarding New Congressional Freethought Caucus

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23. 3 Replies

The following letter has just been posted to the following Congresspersons:Congresswoman Marcia FudgeSenator Sherrod BrownSenator Rob Portmanand will be shortly followed by hard-copy letters sent by US Mail:As you well know, the United States was…Continue

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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 19, 2018 at 12:59pm

I called my Senators to oppose the confirmation of James Bridenstine to be the administrator of NASA; they're supposed to be voting this afternoon.

Nominated by Trump in September last year, Bridenstine has no scientific experience or credentials, and denies the overwhelming evidence that human activity is changing Earth's climate. (Earth climate research is a critical part of NASA's mission.)

Further, he engaged in self-dealing from the budget of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum while he managed it, which "could have jeopardized the Museum’s status as a tax-exempt organization."

(bits borrowed from Center for Inquiry email)

Senate Advances Bridenstine to Lead NASA (Politico, 4/18)

Trump's NASA Pick Used His Nonprofit to Benefit Himself (Daily Beast, 4/18)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2018 at 4:55pm

S. 2554: Patient Right to Know Act (sponsored by Susan Collins, R-ME) prohibits “pharmacy gag clauses”; ensures that customers can find out whether insurance coverage or paying out-of-pocket is less expensive for a certain product.

S. 2580: Every Person Counts Act - forbids citizenship or immigration status questions on the census; would ensure a more accurate count of every person living in America, not undercounting (and losing Congressional representation for) areas where many immigrants would be afraid of deportation, etc. and wouldn't participate -- areas that happen to coincide with the unfortunate tendency of too many citizens to vote Democratic. :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2018 at 4:55pm

I called my congresscritters earlier this afternoon about a number of bills:

Net neutrality (both houses): the Senate and House need to pass S.J.Res. 52, Sen. Ed Markey’s resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC's rollback of the 2015 net neutrality protections, and preserve a free, open Internet that's equally accessible to all businesses and innovators -- Google and Facebook were once small startups! -- as well as to all citizens. In a December survey where voters heard arguments for and against the repeal, 83% of voters opposed the FCC's repeal of net neutrality laws, including 75% of Republicans!
"If you and other Senators and Representatives truly represent your constituents, Congress will quickly overturn the repeal by a veto-proof margin."
This is urgent - it needs to be passed within 60 "legislative days" from Feb. 22 publication of the FCC rule, meaning reported out of committees, considered, passed, and a probable veto overridden, by (probably) mid-June.

Letting local newspapers negotiate as a group with Google and Facebook (House): H.R. 5190: Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2018 would give newspapers a four-year reprieve from antitrust enforcement under specific conditions, allowing smaller local papers to negotiate as a group with large online content distributors like Google and Facebook, including improvements in prioritizing trustworthy news -- so their articles can actually be seen online! -- and sharing more ad revenue. “This bill empowers local newspapers to negotiate collectively with the biggest technology platforms to ensure consumers have access to the best journalism possible.”
“The republic is not going to suffer terribly if we have bad cat video or even bad movies or bad TV. The republic will suffer if we have bad journalism.”

Review Every Act Diligently In Total Resolution (READ IT Resolution), H.Res. 801 would require a mandatory minimum review period before House consideration of any bill.
“Last week’s 2,232-page omnibus bill to fund the government was literally impossible to both fully read and comprehend in the limited time between release and vote.
The bill, largely written in secret and by congressional leadership, was only publicly released and given to most members about 18 hours before the vote. Even if you could read one page per minute, it would have taken about 37 hours to read the whole thing.”

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2018 at 4:36pm

The "Bank Lobbyist Act" S.2155 that "needlessly delivers more than two dozen deregulatory gifts to bank lobbyists" passed the Senate, and is on to the House. We need to call our Representatives!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 6, 2018 at 1:25pm

Turns out S. 2155, like many bills these days, has a misleading, Orwellian name: the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act".

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 6, 2018 at 1:19pm

From a Rootstrikers / DemandProgress email asking for petition signatures opposing S.2155: (The petition page has information about the bill; I think adding individual calls to our senators will be more effective! [It turns out that after signing, you're encouraged to call your senators and report how it went.])

The Senate is set to vote any day this week on the "Bank Lobbyist Act," a horrifying grab-bag of giveaways to the bank lobby....

The spin-meisters will try to say this bill is just about "community banks," but make no mistake. The Bank Lobbyist Act (S.2155) would:

  • Deregulate big banks that took $47 million in taxpayer bailouts during the economic crash – and raise the risk of another meltdown.
  • Make it easier for banks to racially discriminate, by letting 85% of banks stop reporting data about whether they push worse loans on communities of color.
  • Cut oversight for foreign megabanks operating in the U.S., like Deutsche Bank and Santander.

Mitch McConnell has cleared the Senate calendar to vote on this bill this week. We need to act NOW to stop the Bank Lobbyist Act in its tracks and save Dodd-Frank.

From the petition page:

Sen. Mike Crapo’s bill attacking President Obama’s landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act puts consumers at risk of predatory lending and cuts away safeguards against another financial meltdown. The few minor “consumer protections” in this bill can’t hide the facts: it needlessly delivers more than two dozen deregulatory gifts to bank lobbyists, at a time banks are earning record profits. Please do everything in your power to stop the Crapo bill (S.2155) from passing.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2018 at 12:37pm

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

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