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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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Discussion Forum

Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 12, 2018. 7 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

Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 13, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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 Grinning Cat on January 25, 2019 at 3:21pm

I called my senators, urging them to cosponsor and support Sen. Mark Warner's "Stop the STUPIDITY Act", S. 198 (yet another cute backronym: officially the "Stop the Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The coming Years Act").

It would prevent future government shutdowns by providing that funding would continue at current levels if a budget isn't passed (except for Congress itself and the president). (press release / draft text / congress.gov / govtrack.us)

The bill was sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee, three of whose Republican members also voted Yea yesterday on the clean continuing resolution to temporarily reopen the government:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944
Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665

(That resolution didn't get the 60 votes needed to move forward. That was before Trump's announced "deal" today.)

If you're an Alaska, Maine, or Tennessee resident, your calls to those senators are doubly important. If not, your own senators can't vote on bills that don't make it to the floor! Urge these three senators to make sure S. 198 is reported out of committee, in addition to calling or writing your own senators.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 23, 2019 at 2:05pm

On the many poison pills embedded within the Republican bill that would end the shutdown:

G.O.P. Bill to End Shutdown Draws Protests Over Asylum Restrictions (NYT)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 23, 2019 at 1:56pm

NATIONAL CALL DAY today: Indivisible Guide is calling on us to call our members of Congress TODAY and demand they end the government shutdown, without any wall funding.

"Trump and Mitch McConnell refuse to let their hostages go. Trump and McConnell are losing. Out of desperation, McConnell is planning to bring two bills to the floor for a vote this week. The first is an extreme bill that reads like Stephen Miller’s wish list.

The second vote is on a clean continuing resolution that would fund the government until Feb. 8. If it passes, it would mean that federal employees would finally get paid, affected programs would be funded, and our government would open back up.

It’s important that we first block Trump’s anti-immigrant bill, and then put pressure on Republicans to do the right thing and open up the government by passing a clean CR.

Read more about the shutdown here. Tell your Senators to Vote NO on Trump's racist, anti-immigrant bill and vote YES on a clean CR. Then, check in with your House Representative to make sure they know you oppose Trump’s wall ransom."

https://act.indivisible.org/call/cr-reject-trumps-deportation-machi...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2019 at 9:00pm

To both senators:

I strongly urge you to oppose William Barr's confirmation for serving a second time as attorney general. Barr has a history of extreme hostility toward the constitutional separation of church and state. It is clear that he would use the Attorney General’s powers to impose a narrow version of Christianity on our secular republic, and to place religious discrimination above the law. You should be alarmed at Barr’s assertion that the President can start any wars he wants even if Congress votes against it. Barr’s inflexible position giving any president effective immunity for obstructing justice and from blocking ongoing investigations, including limitless pardons even of himself and his family infuriates me. His championship of corporate immunities (deregulation of EPA, FDA, FTC, and OSHA) also anger me. Any senator confirming a man who claims that “Congress has no authority in the area of foreign affairs.” is emasculating his own chamber. He intends to keep the full text of Mueller’s report secret! That’s outrageous!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 15, 2019 at 4:50pm

Yesterday I called my senators' offices; I talked to both the Democrat and the Republican about opposing William Barr's confirmation for serving a second time as attorney general.

As the Center for Inquiry writes in their action alert:

Barr has a history of extreme hostility toward the constitutional separation of church and state. It is clear that he would use the Attorney General’s powers to impose a narrow version of Christianity on our secular republic, and to place religious discrimination above the law....

While giving a speech to the Catholic League in 1992, then-Attorney General Barr blamed secularism for the nation’s “moral decline” and called for U.S. law to be based on “God’s law.” Barr attacked Americans who value a secular government: “the secularists of today are clearly fanatics.” He argued that removing forced prayers from public schools moved the nation away from a “Judeo-Christian moral tradition” and produced “soaring juvenile crime, widespread drug addiction, skyrocketing rates of venereal disease, [and] 1.5 million children aborted each year.”

If Barr had blamed crime, drug abuse, and venereal diseases on the immorality of Jewish Americans or Muslim Americans or African Americans, surely Congress would refuse to confirm his nomination. Blaming the same problems on secular Americans — and 24 percent of all Americans are nonreligious — should be similarly disqualifying. Demonizing this group simply because they are not members of Barr’s religion is beneath the dignity of any government office, let alone the highest law enforcement office in the land.

Wikipedia's summary of Barr's policy positions notes that "in a 1995 scholarly article for The Catholic Lawyer, Barr states that American government is 'predicated precisely' on the Judeo-Christian system." The article bemoans secularists' use of "Law as a Weapon for the Promotion of Secularization", in conflict with the "natural law" of a "transcendent moral order" that "flows from God's eternal law".

On a second topic, I told my Republican senator that the blame for the continuing government shutdown, despite bills that would reopen many departments, rests squarely on Trump and on Republicans in Congress; that the senator should be a leader, work for the actual interests of his constituents, and support those bills.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2018 at 1:52pm

Just sent this to the Democratic Party:

Your rebuff of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal, by selecting Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) to head a revived U.S. House panel on climate change is enraging! Instead of supporting the Democratic Party, I'm going to support Extinction Rebellion.
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.”

 

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