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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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Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 13. 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

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 6, 2018 at 4:57pm

Sent this email to my Republican senator. Much of it was copied.

I strongly urge you to oppose confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court. The Republican Senate leadership's effort to ram through this confirmation with haste and secrecy is appalling. Trump has asserted that he has the unilateral right to pardon himself — it seems only reasonable that the judge he nominated to sit on the Supreme Court shares that view. It is mind-boggling, in one sense, that a federal judge doesn’t have a concrete answer as to whether the president can shred the Constitution in this way. “Can a president bribe someone?” is not a hard question. “Does our constitutional system permit the president to go on a crime spree and pardon himself?” shouldn’t be up for debate.
Latinx citizens residing near the southern border have been denied passports, prevented from re-entering the country without warning, detained in immigration camps and scheduled for deportation. Denial of citizenship to documented Latinxs who were born with midwife assistance in the US CAN NOT STAND! Stop this by sponsoring a bill. All citizens birthed by midwives, or by any other circumstance outside of a hospital, are threatened if you allow this outrage. Around 12% of US vaginal births are attended by certified midwives or nurse-midwives. In addition, about 7,000 babies/yr are born at home unattended by any medical professional. My mother birthed me at home with a midwife. This State Department is beginning to act like NAZI Germany did when it stripped Jews of citizenship.
The Trump administration’s aggressive interpretation of “fraud” in the Borgono case has raised the concern that it could denaturalize someone over any tiny omission or error in their application, no matter how innocent. It’s wrong to decouple the standards for denaturalization from those of naturalization. My concern is that this white supremacist administration will weaponize denaturalization for racist ends.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 27, 2018 at 8:22pm

One of the progressive groups that emails me suggests that we spread the epithet Above the Law Kavanaugh. far and wide, every time we mention the Supreme Court nominee in email, on social media, etc. Seems like a fair summary of his position with respect to the president*.

In addition to opposing Kavanaugh, and supporting Sen. Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act, I'm also urging my senators to oppose Sen. Thom Tillis's sham healthcare "fix" (apparently S. 3388) with a name that would make snake-oil salesmen proud: "Ensuring Coverage for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act". Insurers wouldn't be able to deny you a policy -- they just wouldn't have to actually cover your pre-existing condition! Also, premiums could vary, as they could before the Affordable Care Act, based on age, gender, occupation, or leisure activities. Small business premiums could vary based on the health of their employees.

"To be clear, this isn't about actually protecting anybody's healthcare. It’s about Republicans panicking over the fact that they've terrified voters with the lawsuit—backed by Trump's Justice Department—that would gut those protections. They're pretending like this bill would fix everything, should that challenge to the ACA prevail."

"Senate Republicans introduce sham bill to 'protect' pre-existing co..." (Joan McCarter, Daily Kos)

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 21, 2018 at 10:52am

Yes, the Accountable Capitalism Act is S. 3348.

I just added a discussion at Politics, Economics, and Religion, "Accountable Capitalism Act: 'real citizenship for corporate persons'", quoting from and linking to Matthew Yglesias' article at Vox giving detailed background and commentary: "Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism: she’s unveiling a bill to make corporate governance great again."

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 16, 2018 at 4:09pm

My calls yesterday and today were to my senators, to cosponsor and support Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act that she introduced yesterday (see the article at The Hill, and Sen. Warren's summary). (This might be S. 3348.)

Corporations with more than $1 billion annual revenue would be required to obtain a federal charter, and to consider the interests of all stakeholders, including their employees, customers, and communities.

At least 40% of Board of Directors members must be selected by employees; directors and officers may not sell company shares within five years after receiving them (to encourage action for the company's long-term viability); these corporations must obtain 75% shareholder approval and 75% board approval for all political expenditures; and state attorneys general can petition for the charter to be revoked for repeated and egregious illegal conduct.

I also repeated my opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, and to any Trump judicial nominee.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 8, 2018 at 4:07pm

...a man who cannot keep his own lies straight... The Putin summit and immigration atrocities indeed correlate with an increasing number of lies from Popular Vote Loser, now averaging 7.6 lies a day.

I've been calling my senators just about every day to oppose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, or any Trump judicial nominee for that matter. Some points:

- Kavanaugh believes that a sitting president should basically be above the law, not tried or charged or even investigated. This while the very legitimacy of his election is in question.

- Accused criminals do not get to choose the judges who will review or suspend or dismiss their case.

- New: Kavanaugh believes a president can simply ignore laws that he asserts are unconstitutional, as in numerous signing statements from the Bush White House.

I've told my congressman that the House needs to pass the congressional resolution of disapproval already passed by the Senate to restore net neutrality.

I've told all three of my members of Congress to oppose the new proposal that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become permanent residents or U.S. citizens. "Trump's proposal would prevent legal immigrants from obtaining citizenship or green cards if they [or their household members have] ever used social programs like the Affordable Care Act, children's health insurance, or food stamps. The proposal is the brainchild of Stephen Miller and would not require congressional approval. If enacted, it would represent the biggest change to the U.S. legal immigration system in decades, and more than 20 million immigrants could be affected." (NBC News via What The Fuck Just Happened Today) The proposal would redefine "public charge" in the immigration regulations. It might not require congressional approval, but like other federal rulemaking, could be overruled by a congressional resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (just like the fight to restore net neutrality).

Comment by Loren Miller on July 18, 2018 at 9:22am

The Trump - Putin summit was bad enough.  To listen to Rob Portman react to Trump's "correction" by saying that "I take him at his word" was about 10 squares past ludicrous, especially when members of his own party were considerably more critical.  With that in mind, Senator Portman has just gotten yet another little bon mot from yours truly:

Your reaction to Trump's "correction" regarding the Trump - Putin summit was almost as embarrassing as the summit itself was. You appear to be attempting to carry water for a man who cannot keep his own lies straight, a fact which Politifact confirms on a daily basis. That doesn't even address the fact that Trump effectively kowtowed to the leader of a nation which has been dedicated to frustrating if not dismantling the international relationships which have kept it and him under at least relative control. Such behavior does not deserve support; it deserves at least criticism if not sanction.

Trump's utter ineptitude at foreign relations does not deserve even the kind of knee-jerk support you have offered. How about growing a backbone and challenging him to do better, which, considering the current situation, wouldn't be all that hard?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2018 at 7:54pm

Go right ahead, Joan. The Senate needs to know that they're behind the 8-ball with Trump. Kick ass and take names!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2018 at 7:29pm

@Loren, A great letter. I plan to plagiarize it, send it to my Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sign it as my own with thinks to you. Is that OK with you?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2018 at 8:20am

Yesterday in Helsinki genuinely pissed me off ... to the point where the following just went into Senator Rob Portman's inbox:

Enough is enough.  Yesterday, before a worldwide audience, President Trump sided with Vladimir Putin over American intelligence agencies in the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  These agencies have in recent days locked down and quantified the actions of Russian agents who actively worked to subvert social media in the service of their own ends in assisting the election of Donald Trump.  Yet Trump ignores or denies this critical violation of the integrity of our electoral process.  THIS IS INTOLERABLE.  If you wish to remove yourself from the hole you have dug for yourself in supporting Trump and his policies, you will cease to support this Manchurian Candidate of a president and his actions which have undermined and are undermining our democracy.

It is well past time to put country over party.  DO IT.


Yeah, it's a bit testy, but Portman continues to defer to Trump, when a great number of his Republican colleagues are calling out Trump for that disaster of a summit meeting. This Crap Has Got To STOP!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 11, 2018 at 8:50am

This just went out to Rob Portman, via his website:

Let me be clear about this: DO NOT, under any circumstances, support Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.  It's bad enough that Kavanaugh seems to think that a 17-year-old girl being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term is not an undue burden, while a church being required to fill out a five-entry form IS such a burden.  Kavanaugh has stated the opinion that the president should be exempt from prosecution while in office.  Such an argument is specious at best.  This nation survived both Richard Nixon's resignation and Bill Clinton's impeachment and kept right on running.  There is no reason why Trump should be treated any differently.  Donald Trump should NOT have the chance to place himself above the law, certainly not while being under investigation, and especially not considering the kinds of results that Robert Mueller's team has yielded to date.  Kavanaugh's opinion, translated into law, would be tantamount to that effect.

This is no time for "deference" to a president who has been a loose cannon from Letter A.  It is time to hold him to account, and part of doing so means rejecting Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.


I see no need to copy Sherrod Brown on such a note.  Sherrod knows the score on a guy like Kavanaugh.  Portman?  Not so much.

 

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