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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 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

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 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.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 10, 2018 at 1:22pm

Some points I used when calling my Senators' offices opposing Brett Kavanaugh's (or any Trump nominee's) nomination to the Supreme Court:

(for the Democrat, who in my case previously announced he'll strongly oppose anyone tRump names) it would continue and enshrine for decades tRump's elevation of corporations (with "political" and "religious" "beliefs" and "rights") above actual human beings. See Citizens United and Hobby Lobby.

(for both) a president under active criminal investigation -- related to the legitimacy of his election -- should not be allowed to nominate judges who'll be reviewing his case!

(for the Republican) when his constituents see how SCOTUS is hurting actual Pennsylvania citizens, the senator's enabling of the Trump court will become a reelection liability. [Yes, it's a speculative "prophecy"; but let him be afraid of it being fulfilled!]

We need to contact our Senators EVERY DAY about this!

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 6, 2018 at 2:51pm

I called my Republican senator's office about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy left by Anthony Kennedy's retirement, and about Trump's stated desire to nominate a justice who respects the Founders' "original intent". That original intent was arguably one where slavery was OK and women couldn't vote. Also, corporations as legal "persons" with deeply held political and religious "beliefs" (Citizens United and Hobby Lobby) were most certainly not part of that original intent!

Better to recognize the broader original intent of providing a mechanism to amend the Constitution as we become more enlightened and get better at recognizing the rights and freedoms of Americans!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 18, 2018 at 4:44pm

Thanks, Loren! And I'll add a few more noteworthy bits from the text of the "Keep Families Together Act" in your discussion.

The more of us call and write and visit, the more staffers' time is taken up by issues we're concerned about, the more likely the members of Congress are to get the message that their reelection depends on paying attention to their constituents.

That's why for phone calls, I prefer to talk to human beings rather than leave voicemail. It's too easy for a staffer to listen to just the beginning of a saved message, decide "She's for the bill" or "He's against the bill", and not hear the whole thing. I want to know that some person is engaged with my entire message.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2018 at 4:23pm

Most excellent, GC ... ROCK ON!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 18, 2018 at 4:15pm

I called my senators in support of S. 3036, Keep Families Together Act introduced by Dianne Feinstein, that would forbid DHS, the Justice Dept., and HHS from separating children from their parents at or near the border (but still allowing for individual court or official determinations of trafficking, danger of abuse or neglect, etc. "in consultation with a child welfare specialist"; and imposing training, family notification, and public reporting requirements, and requiring a way for parents to locate their separated children).

To my layperson's quick read-through, the bill text seems well-written. Notably, it includes

"(b) Prohibition on separation.--

An agency may not remove a child from a parent or legal guardian solely for the policy goal of deterring individuals from migrating to the United States or for the policy goal of promoting compliance with civil immigration laws."

(This bill seems significantly stronger than the "HELP Separated Children Act" which has numerous provisions for "humane enforcement"; still, any and all legislative resistance to the inhumanity going on is a good thing.)

Anyway, I also asked my Republican senator to speak to counter the lies that the monstrous policy of tearing children apart from their parents is supposedly a "Democratic law" [which applied to children crossing without parents] rather than what it actually is, the "zero-tolerance" criminal-charges-for-all policy of Jeff Sessions and the Republican Trump administration.

My Democratic senator is already a cosponsor of S.3036. I made sure to thank him.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2018 at 4:19pm

I've called on my senators and representative to support the Do No Harm Act (H.R. 3222 introduced last year, and S. 2918 introduced two weeks ago).

The American Humanist Association explained that the act would ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "cannot counteract civil rights laws, employment law, protections against child abuse or access to health care. That means that RFRA would finally do what it was intended to do: protect the religious rights of all Americans while also protecting our civil rights and liberties."

The CRS summary of the House bill further explains that "The bill makes RFRA inapplicable to: (1) terms requiring goods, services, functions, or activities to be performed or provided to beneficiaries of government contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, or awards; or (2) denials of a person's full and equal enjoyment of a government-provided good, service, benefit, facility, privilege, advantage, or accommodation.

To assert a RFRA claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, the government must be a party to the proceeding." (Also an important correction!)

This is yet another piece of legislation that should not be a goddamned partisan issue, except for the Republican Party evidently supporting the preservation of conservative Christian privilege and oppression of all others.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 14, 2018 at 3:42pm

The Hill reports that Senate Democrats will force a vote on Wednesday on Ed Markey's bill to save the FCC's net neutrality regulations from repeal.

"The bill currently has 50 backers in the Senate, including every Democrat plus Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Democrats need one more Republican to cross the aisle for 51-vote majority..."

I called my Republican senator, urging him to support S.J.Res. 52 and save net neutrality. Internet users should be able to count on free access to news sites and publishers like National Review and Fox News, without throttling, extra fees, or censorship by ISPs who disagree with the sites' politics.

Also, the next generation of business innovators, like those which became Facebook and Google, should be allowed to thrive on a level playing field.

(The corresponding House bill seems to be H.J.Res. 131.)

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)

 

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