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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

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 24, 2018 at 4:52pm

Thanks, Grinning Cat. I used your template to send messages to both senators and my representative. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 24, 2018 at 3:48pm

I called my Democratic congressman and senator to thank them for cosponsoring the Equality Act (HR2282 and S1006), explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression, and urging them to work to get it out of committee (where it's been languishing for over a year) and passed.

The cosponsorship of these bills is almost entirely along party lines, for yet another matter that shouldn't be a goddamned partisan issue! Republicans are showing their true colors as the party of joblessness, homelessness, starvation, illness, and death.

In more than one way.

Many Trump supporters literally want transgender people to die. The proposed HHS rule change narrowly redefining "sex", and erasing trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people, isn't just an inconvenience. It isn't "just" a serious hardship. It's also an incitement to murder.

Protecting hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans is more urgent than ever. It's time to finally pass a strong Equality Act! (Again, HR2282 and S1006.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 21, 2018 at 6:15pm

Letter to senators and congressman:

This Republican Administration is DEVOLVING! They’re proposing a rule that would define sex as "either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with" in order to strip transgender and intersexed citizens of any and all rights and protections associated with their gender. Their declaration that inclusive Obama-era rules "wrongfully extend civil rights protections to people who should not have them" is depraved.

Clearly this body blow to our civil liberties deflects from

  • Republican support of Russian election interference,
  • evidence of Trump-Putin collusion,
  • their plan to abuse Federal lands and military installations on the West coast to profit fossil fuel companies and accelerate climate destruction,
  • news of Trump’s outright fraud to avoid taxes on more than $400 million inherited from his father, and
  • Trump’s support of Saudi Arabia’s assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in a NATO member state, and his praise for assault on another journalist here.

Legislators have a moral duty to protect not only US citizens but the entire world. I urge you to protect the US Constitution and defend us from irreversible climate devastation as soon as 2030.

Every week a new positive climate warming feedback is documented, that shrinks the window left in which the fate of our planet remains in human hands. This week it was increasing Arctic shrub cover accelerating permafrost thaw.

If Republican elites succeed in cementing global fossil fuel industry dominance internationally, we’ll actually have less than 11 years of “civilization” left.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 13, 2018 at 1:31pm

Letter to Democratic Senator:

I urge you to cosponsor a law for a massive, international, eco-socialist mobilization of governments and industries, to prevent climate disaster by 2030.

The IPCC 1.5°C Special Report proposed a carbon tax of up to $5,000 per ton of carbon dioxide by 2030, growing to $27,000 per ton by 2100. No existing carbon taxes adopted by others can head off disaster.  According to the non-profit CDP and the Climate Accountability Institute, about 100 companies have been responsible for about 71% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The people actively pushing us into a climate death spiral, threatening to drown 20 percent of the global population, are the billionaires in the boardrooms of these companies. Right now capitalism’s final solution is nothing less than complete ecological collapse. Consider that in 2012 the 20 largest oil, gas and coal producing companies made a collective $275 billion in after-tax profit, while externalizing $822 billion in costs to everyone else.

I especially urge you to oppose the Baker-Schultz Plan which only proposes a modest tax, but calls for the rollback of greenhouse gas emissions regulations and an “end to federal and state tort liability for emitters.”

At the precipice of permanent climate disaster as early 2030, Democrats must step away from corporate donors and follow Bernie Sander’s lead. What we face in 2030 isn’t just ubiquitous “natural disaster”, but transition to an unstable horribly inhospitable planet.

Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the final IPCC document was “incredibly conservative” because it did not mention the likely rise in climate-driven refugees or the danger of tipping points that could push the world on to an irreversible path of extreme warming.  Aromar Revi, an author of the report, warns, “You can set up a wall to try to contain 10,000 and 20,000 and one million people, but not 10 million.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 12, 2018 at 1:39pm

Letter to Republican Senator:


I urge you to cosponsor a law for a massive, international, eco-socialist mobilization of governments and industries, to prevent climate disaster by 2030.
The IPCC 1.5°C Special Report proposed a carbon tax of up to $5,000 per ton of carbon dioxide by 2030, growing to $27,000 per ton by 2100. No existing carbon taxes adopted by others can head off disaster. According to the non-profit CDP and the Climate Accountability Institute, about 100 companies have been responsible for about 71% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The people actively pushing us into a climate death spiral, threatening to drown 20 percent of the global population, are the billionaires in the boardrooms of these companies. Right now capitalism’s final solution is nothing less than complete ecological collapse. Consider that in 2012 the 20 largest oil, gas and coal producing companies made a collective $275 billion in after-tax profit, while externalizing $822 billion in costs to everyone else.
I especially urge you to oppose the Baker-Schultz Plan which only proposes a modest carbon tax, but calls for the rollback of greenhouse gas emissions regulations and an “end to federal and state tort liability for emitters.”
Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the final IPCC document was “incredibly conservative” because it did not mention the likely rise in climate-driven refugees or the danger of tipping points that could push the world on to an irreversible path of extreme warming. Aromar Revi, an author of the report, warns, “You can set up a wall to try to contain 10,000 and 20,000 and one million people, but not 10 million.”
Noam Chomsky said that the Republican “party is dedicated to racing as rapidly as possible to destruction of organized human life. There is no historical precedent for such a stand,” with modern fascism directly correlated to the increasing chaos of climate change itself. Stand back from the monsters of eco-genocide, Senator Toomey.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 9, 2018 at 10:42pm

Rant to my Republican senator:

Dear Senator Toomey:

You enabled the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

He is a serial perjurer, having lied under oath to Congress about substantive matters to get his previous and his current seat. That is aside from standing credibly accused of attempted rape and other sexual assaults, charges which the FBI’s limited and incomplete travesty of a supplemental background check, ignoring key witnesses at the White House’s direction, did nothing to rebut. He is unfit for any bench. His repeated perjury is far beyond the “good Behavior” that judges’ lifetime appointments are contingent upon.

In Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings, the Republican Party blatantly continued its pattern of having no integrity, no honor, and no commitment to any values other than partisan power at any cost. Every senator who voted for cloture, every senator who voted for confirmation, is responsible.

Pennsylvanians will not forgive you. Women will not forgive you. Men who recognize that women are people will not forgive you. Unless -- you (1) leave the Republican Party and stop caucusing with Senate Republicans, and (2) work towards the immediate impeachment and removal of Brett Kavanaugh.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 5, 2018 at 2:30pm

Letter to Republican Senator:

You have undermined the credibility of the Supreme Court confirmation process, Senator Toomey! I demand that you delay the Kavanaugh vote until your constituents can honestly judge his fitness.
First, the Senate structured the peculiar one-day hearing which featured a sharply limited witness list and an outside counsel relieved of her responsibilities in the middle of the proceeding. Then the White House and the Senate majority set exceptional limits on the scope and timing of the subsequent FBI review. Then came this last step of rejecting calls from Republican as well as Democratic committee members for a public accounting of the results.
Does information collected by the FBI show that Kavanaugh falsified his conduct under oath? Republicans and Democrats are telling vastly different stories about the findings. Who would believe you conflict-of-interest Republicans when citizens aren’t allowed to see the FBI’s findings, even in summary form?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2018 at 5:11pm

Senate letter:

I urge you to postpone a vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Documents obtained in EPIC v. NARA reveal that Judge Kavanaugh played a significant role in controversial White House surveillance programs that implicate the constitutional privacy rights of Americans. The National Archives has now confirmed that there are hundreds of emails concerning Kavanaugh's role in such programs as warrantless wiretapping, the Patriot Act, "CAPPS II"(passenger profiling), and "Fusion centers" (government surveillance centers). Kavanaugh exchanged almost a dozen emails to John Yoo, whose legal memos on surveillance were later rescinded by the Office of Legal Counsel. The Electronic Privacy Information Center wrote, "the Senate curtailed several of these programs that Brett Kavanaugh helped develop."

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 4, 2018 at 3:10pm

Now 1700+ law professors and counting!

The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh (open letter in the NYT)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2018 at 1:59pm

Senate letter:

Over 650 professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions are urging the Senate to reject Kavanaugh’s confirmation, on the grounds that, regardless of his guilt or innocence in multiple allegations of sexual assault, his response to the Senate inquiry was so inappropriate and unbecoming a judge as to be disqualifying.

Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory and partial manner.

Statutes governing bias and recusal say judges must step aside if they are at risk of being perceived as or of being unfair. Impartiality of the judiciary is the cornerstone of US courts.  He lacks the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land.

Besides the truncated FBI probe, the obnoxious White House campaign against Ford and the arrogance of the Senate leadership, Kavanaugh is now tainted as well by the unscrupulous effort to impose him on us.

 

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