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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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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

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 12. 4 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

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How are we doing ? As of February 17, 2017

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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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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 16. 3 Replies

This is a little different, but not much, from how to write letter to Senator.  Again, this info is from wikihow.  There is overlap with the Senator letter writing concept.…Continue

Guide to how to write letter to your senator

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If we write letters, but don't do it correctly, we might undermine our well-meaning efforts. Here is a simple guideline from wikihow.  Briefly from…Continue

Finding addresses/phones for your Senators and Representative

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A few places where you can easily find where to write or call your members of Congress:Official starting points:www.senate.gov - "Find Your Senators" in the upper right (choose your state)…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago

Letter to Rep Sen Toomey:

I urge you to oppose Damien Schiff, Trump's nominee to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. During his time as a lawyer at the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, Schiff argued for allowing unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns and argued against environmental protection laws including the Endangered Species Act. Schiff's extremist views suggest there is no place for him in one of the highest courts in our country.

Shame on you for lying about the Senate healthcare bill on Face the Nation. Shame on you for claiming that "the Senate bill will codify and make permanent the Medicaid expansion" (a lie), and that "no one loses coverage" (another lie). In fact, the bill phases out the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, which will result in millions of Americans losing coverage. Not only that, it cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid while fundamentally transforming the program to enable states to cut benefits and throw recipients off their coverage.

The CBO concluded that the Senate bill will result 18 million Americans losing their health insurance next year alone. How many millions are you eager to kill? From how many asthmatics’ hands will you rip their inhalers next year, so you can pass money to the filthy-rich? How many elderly Americans whose medical needs are not covered by Medicare will be ejected from nursing homes next year, so you can pass money to the filthy-rich?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago

Letter to Dem Senator:

I urge you to oppose Damien Schiff, Trump's nominee to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. During his time as a lawyer at the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, Schiff argued for allowing unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns and argued against environmental protection laws including the Endangered Species Act. Schiff's extremist views suggest there is no place for him in one of the highest courts in our country.

Regards Sen. Dean Heller’s harsh critique of the Republican effort to kill Obamacare, I urge you to refrain from vicious reviews. I agree with Angel Padilla, policy director at Indivisible, “There are plenty of reasons to try to replace Heller, but on this he’s done the right thing. We do think we need to praise members when they do something right, for whatever reason.” Democratic attacks on Heller are offensive at a time when thousands of lives are on the line. Even if his concerns are just about self-preservation, there’s plenty for which to attack him later.

I urge you to support Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker’s position to block future U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and four other Gulf nations until the regional conflict is resolved.

Thank you for opposing the Republican so-called Health Care bill.

I urge you to cosponsor and support Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders’ bill calling for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. According to Parrick Lee of Sempra Energy,” We have a solution now to adjust the intermittency of solar and wind energy. That is no longer a technical challenge. Now it is an economic decision.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago

Today's House letter:

The House Armed Services Committee has consistently failed to ask hard questions about the strategic utility and proper deployment of America’s Special Operations forces. Counter­terrorism, fighting violent extremist organizations, remains the highest priority for USSOCOM in both focus and effort, everywhere Al Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are to be found. The failure of U.S. Special Operations forces to achieve decisive and enduring successes lies not with the troops themselves, but with a political and military establishment that often appears bereft of strategic vision. During this first half-year of the Trump administration, U.S. commandos have already been sent to 137 countries, with elite troops now enmeshed in conflicts from Africa to Asia. SOCOM’s annual budget has risen to more than $10 billion. The lack of meaningful strategic results from them has not led Congress to raise fundamental questions about the ways the U.S. employs its elite forces. I urge you to push for a strategic justification from this administration. Special Forces are not toys for worldwide secret games.

I urge you to oppose the proposal by Jason Chaffetz to raise Congressional remuneration from $174,000 a year to over $200,000 by an extra $30,000 housing allowance.

I also have three questions about your position on climate.

1. Are you committed to converting to 100 percent renewable energy? According to Parrick Lee of Sempra Energy, “We have a solution now to adjust the intermittency of solar and wind energy. That is no longer a technical challenge. Now it is an economic decision.” Senators Merkley and Sanders have introduced a bill calling for 100% renewable energy by 2050. I urge you to introduce a similar bill in the House.

2. Will you work to keep fossil fuel in the ground? Philadelphia has plans to become a fossil-fuel “hub” for the Atlantic seaboard, but a broad coalition of scientists and community groups is putting up a stiff fight. I urge you to oppose the fossil-fuel “hub” plan and fracking nationwide.

3. Do you oppose development of natural gas as a “bridge fuel”? Fracking trades very short-term profit for permanent toxic contamination of Pennsylvania ground water. Research now shows that the process of producing gas has been releasing so much methane (itself a powerful greenhouse gas) that it is as bad for the environment as burning coal

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Letter to Rep House:

I’m outraged that under Trey Gowdy’s “leadership”, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee has stopped investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and President Trump’s possible obstructions of justice. Gowdy’s excuses to stop the previous use of hearings as fact-finding exercises mean nothing. It’s a brazen cover-up. After years of leading public hearings on Benghazi – a baseless, made-up controversy, whose admitted purpose was to hurt Hillary Clinton – Gowdy ignores a far more serious actual threat. This is your party and your House – fight this cover-up!

I urge you to join Rep. Adam Kinzinger in rebellion against new efforts by the White House and its allies to water down the Russian sanctions bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate (S. 722).  President Trump’s pressure on House Republicans to “slow and block” the legislation is specifically concerning given the ongoing investigations into the administration’s dealings with Russia and the Russian interference in the US election.

I urge you to oppose H.R. 3004 (“Kate’s Law”), which boosts penalties for immigrants who try to re-enter the United States after being deported, and to oppose H.R. 3003 (“No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act”). It’s both bad economics and vindictive to punish sanctuary cities. Denying Homeland Security and Justice Department grants to Philadelphia deliberately makes the city less safe. Immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born citizens. Blaming every illegal immigrant with a revoked visa or a drunk-driving arrest as a homicidal criminal is deeply immoral. Such persecution is a fascist move!

On another issue, I urge you to pursue a bipartisan effort to wrest war-making policy out of the hands of generals. The Trump administration is more than willing to deprioritize the fight against ISIS, in order to weaken Syria’s government and its close ally Iran. (This is acknowledged by the Carnegie Middle East Center, a centrist Pentagon-funded think tank.) US ramp-up of military aggression at al-Tanf might be hurtling towards a direct confrontation with Iran and Russia. The U.S. has deployed more troops to southeast Syria, and for the first time sent long-range rocket launchers known as high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) which can fire missiles up to nearly 200 miles away. We are training Sunni militants as a supposed proxy force against ISIS.

Isn’t control of Mideast oil taking precedence over US security right now? We’re throwing ever more lives and hardware into preventing Iran from gaining a land path from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon that leads straight through the cities of Baghdad, Ramadi, Damascus and Beirut, reestablishing the so-called Axis of Resistance. The Carnegie Middle East Center’s senior editor Michael Young observed that “the greatest paradox, one nobody in Washington will mention, is that in the greater game between Iran and the U.S., the Americans do not want the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor to be defeated by anyone but themselves—certainly not by Tehran’s allies.” While Iran is pouring resources into the fight against ISIS, shouldn’t we step aside from their anti-ISIS campaign?

The United States is threatening Iran with regime change and Saudi Arabia is threatening pre-emptive warfare; since Iran uses missiles when it feels most threatened, missile warfare is increasingly likely. Military escalation in Syria risks kicking off global war!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Letter to Rep Senator:

I urge you to oppose the “Regulatory Accountability Act” (H.R. 5), the deadly proposal which should really be known as the License to Kill Act. This bill would give giant corporations permanent power to block food safety standards, clean water protections, toy safety rules, workplace safety protections, rules to stop bank rip-offs and much more. The bill would force government agencies to undergo 53 additional procedural steps before issuing a new regulatory protection — and give big corporations the right to sue over each of them. It also directs agencies to focus not on how they can best protect the American public, but on how to limit the impact on corporate profits. This monstrous corporate-overthrow-of-government act which passed the House must be stopped in the Senate!

On another issue: the Senate health care bill, like the House version, will permit insurance companies to raise premiums for people age 50-64 by 66%. States will allow insurance companies to drop coverage of pre-existing conditions from the policies they offer. Annual and lifetime limits on benefits, including on prescriptions, along with escalating drug costs, will take away medicine and treatment from millions. If a state decides that prescription drugs or maternity care are no longer "essential benefits," your annual out-of-pocket costs for those services will no longer be limited by an annual "out of pocket max". Nearly two million veterans across the country rely on Medicaid, and for around 365,000 of them, it is their only source of health coverage. Adding insult to injury, the Senate bill makes the huge tax cut for the rich retroactive. Renounce this evil, Senator Toomey. Don’t stake your name on class warfare.

Multiple experts who have reviewed the health care bill believe it would reverse key consumer protections in small business health care and push up costs for small businesses whose workers are not overwhelmingly young and healthy. There have been zero hearings about the Republicans’ Senate bill. There have been zero venues for patients with lifetime limits, for example, to make the case against reviving that policy — or health policy experts to offer testimony on the best ways to incentivize healthy Americans to purchase health coverage. This isn’t to say Republicans couldn’t have hearings. The Thursday deadline is artificial, set by McConnell to speed the legislating process along. It would only take three Republican senators refusing to vote for a bill without a hearing to force such consideration of the bill. No senator has made that proposal yet, or said they can’t vote for a bill that only receives one week’s consideration. I urge you to take the lead and refuse to vote on the healthcare bill without a hearing.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Letter to Dem Senator:

Thank you for opposing the Republican healthcare bill.

On another issue, I urge you to pursue a bipartisan effort to wrest war-making policy out of the hands of generals. The Trump administration is more than willing to deprioritize the fight against ISIS, in order to weaken Syria’s government and its close ally Iran. (This is acknowledged by the Carnegie Middle East Center, a centrist Pentagon-funded think tank.) US ramp-up of military aggression at al-Tanf might be hurtling towards a direct confrontation with Iran and Russia. The U.S. has deployed more troops to southeast Syria, and for the first time sent long-range rocket launchers known as high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) which can fire missiles up to nearly 200 miles away. We are training Sunni militants as a supposed proxy force against ISIS.

I know you consider Assad’s regime so evil that we should be trying to topple him, but you also said, “It is critically important that our nation work with a broad coalition of countries to defeat and destroy ISIS.” Isn’t control of Mideast oil taking precedence over US security right now? We’re throwing ever more lives and hardware into preventing Iran from gaining a land path from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon that leads straight through the cities of Baghdad, Ramadi, Damascus and Beirut, reestablishing the so-called Axis of Resistance. The Carnegie Middle East Center's senior editor Michael Young observed, "the greatest paradox, one nobody in Washington will mention, is that in the greater game between Iran and the U.S., the Americans do not want the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor to be defeated by anyone but themselves—certainly not by Tehran’s allies." While Iran is pouring resources into the fight against ISIS, shouldn’t we step aside from their anti-ISIS campaign?

The United States is threatening Iran with regime change and Saudi Arabia is threatening pre-emptive warfare; since Iran uses missiles when it feels most threatened, missile warfare is increasingly likely. Military escalation in Syria risks kicking off global war!

Also, I urge you to oppose the “Regulatory Accountability Act” (H.R. 5), a deadly proposal that should really be known as the License to Kill Act. This bill would give giant corporations permanent power to block food safety standards, clean water protections, toy safety rules, workplace safety protections, rules to stop bank rip-offs and much more. The bill would force government agencies to undergo 53 additional procedural steps before issuing a new regulatory protection — and give big corporations the right to sue over each of them. It also directs agencies to focus not on how they can best protect the American public, but on how to limit the impact on corporate profits. This monstrous corporate-overthrow-of-government act which passed the House must be stopped in the Senate!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday

Letter to Toomey, pg2:

I urge you to rein in the escalating Mideast Conflict which Trump apparently nudged into overdrive. Congress must reestablish limits on what the military can do overseas. The military has been given free rein to massacre at will, especially in the Muslim world. Secretary of Defense Mattis and his ally, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Rex Tillerson seem to be making relevant national security policy – none of them were elected. This Administration ramped up violence overseas as soon as Trump overturned Obama-era rules designed to limit civilian casualties in airstrikes. The predictable result is that the military is now free to massacre people at will, such as the U.S. airstrikes in Raqqa that killed hundreds of civilians and displaced 160,000 people.

I urge you to join with Senators John McCain and Jack Reed in calling for investigations into reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, also called for an investigation and noted that support for the UAE forces could violate a law he wrote that forbids funding to known human rights violators. In the Yemeni city of Mukalla, former inmates described shipping containers smeared with feces and crammed with blindfolded detainees, and said they were beaten, roasted alive on a spit and sexually assaulted. One witness, who is a member of a Yemeni security force, said American forces were at times only yards away. “Reports of acts of torture by agents of a government that is supported by the United States, and the possibility that U.S. military personnel may have been aware of it, should ring alarm bells at the Department of Defense,” Leahy said.

The U.N. blames warring sides for Yemen's 'man-made' cholera 'catastrophe', which reached 179,548 by 20 June, with 1,205 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. A Reuters analysis of WHO data showed the cholera caseload is growing at more than 4 percent a day, while the number of deaths is rising at just over 3.5 percent a day. US warmaking makes us complicit in this epidemic. It’s as if the administration wants to be at war with the entire Middle East at once. As almost no one in Washington is pushing back, it’s up to you to exert leadership and sanity.

On the topic of water-borne disease, Trump is repealing the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, making it easier for polluters to dump their waste in our waterways. By repealing the Clean Water Rule, Trump will once again put polluter profits ahead of the needs of our communities, businesses, and environment. At the same time the Senate health-care would eliminate critical funds for about 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget. The Senate bill would end funding starting in fiscal 2018, which begins in October. Americans will be at greater risk from vaccine-preventable disease, food-borne infections, and deadly infections contracted in hospitals. I urge you to protect your constituents from contagious disease.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday

Letter to Toomey, Rep Sen,pg1:

I urge you to sponsor the Captive Primate Safety Act in the Senate, similar to the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2920). The exotic pet trade causes hundreds of primate injuries and hampers global primate conservation. This bill will expand the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit importing, exporting, sale and purchase of nonhuman primate in interstate and foreign commerce. End the trade of captive primates.

I urge you to support and cosponsor the Eliminating Taxpayer Subsidies for Stadiums Act (S. 1342), which would ban the use of federal tax subsidies in the form of tax-free municipal bonds to construct sports arenas. The legislation would only prevent federal taxpayer subsidies for stadiums, so state and local subsidies could still be allowed. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, leaving critical infrastructure unfunded, when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits. Economic research casts doubt on whether the increased economic impact of these stadiums is greater than the financial costs.

Sen. Mike Lee said that prior to the big reveal, not even all of the 13 Republican men who were in the working group meant to draft the bill were allowed to see it. Are you being set up as a fall guy for the cruel, ugly Senate Trumpcare bill? I urge you to oppose it.  Just about everyone in America who is not among the top 2 percent will see more money vanish from their paychecks and savings, as insurance executives, hospital corporations and drug makers get richer. That the Senate version preserves Obamacare's protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions is a misleading claim. If an insurance company has to accept diabetics, but is allowed to refuse covering treatments for diabetes, you get dead patients all the same.  Sanders said it’s by far the most harmful piece of legislation he’s seen in his lifetime. In the health bill protest at your Philadelphia office, Rev. William Barber called Obamacare repeal the greatest moral failing since slavery.

How can the GOP brag that it’s pro-life when it adds pregnant women to the list of individuals who are ineligible for Medicaid? Prenatal care is pro-life. More than half of all births in 24 states are financed by Medicaid. Your bill denies fetuses preventive care and a safe birth so people making more than $3.7 million a year can get an average tax cut of $165,000. Explain to me how that is pro-life!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday

Letter to Dem Senator, pg 2:

 I urge you to join with Senators John McCain and Jack Reed in calling for investigations into reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, also called for an investigation and noted that support for the UAE forces could violate a law he wrote that forbids funding to known human rights violators. In the Yemeni city of Mukalla, former inmates described shipping containers smeared with feces and crammed with blindfolded detainees, and said they were beaten, roasted alive on a spit and sexually assaulted. One witness, who is a member of a Yemeni security force, said American forces were at times only yards away. “Reports of acts of torture by agents of a government that is supported by the United States, and the possibility that U.S. military personnel may have been aware of it, should ring alarm bells at the Department of Defense,” Leahy said.

The U.N. blames warring sides for Yemen's 'man-made' cholera 'catastrophe', which reached 179,548 by 20 June, with 1,205 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. A Reuters analysis of WHO data showed the cholera caseload is growing at more than 4 percent a day, while the number of deaths is rising at just over 3.5 percent a day. US warmaking makes us complicit in this epidemic. It’s as if the administration wants to be at war with the entire Middle East at once. As almost no one in Washington is pushing back, it’s up to you to exert leadership and sanity.

On the topic of water-borne disease, Trump is repealing the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, making it easier for polluters to dump their waste in our waterways. By repealing the Clean Water Rule, Trump will once again put polluter profits ahead of the needs of our communities, businesses, and environment. At the same time the Senate health-care would eliminate critical funds for about 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget. The Senate bill would end funding starting in fiscal 2018, which begins in October. Americans will be at greater risk from vaccine-preventable disease, food-borne infections, and deadly infections contracted in hospitals. I urge you to protect your constituents from contagious disease.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday

Letter to Dem Senator, pg 1:

I urge you to support and cosponsor the Eliminating Taxpayer Subsidies for Stadiums Act (S. 1342), which would ban the use of federal tax subsidies in the form of tax-free municipal bonds to construct sports arenas. The legislation would only prevent federal taxpayer subsidies for stadiums, so state and local subsidies could still be allowed. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, leaving critical infrastructure unfunded, when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits. Economic research casts doubt on whether the increased economic impact of these stadiums is greater than the financial costs.

On the healthcare bill, I agree with Rev. William Barber who urged Democratic senators to invite constituents from their states who would be affected. “They need to invite them into the gallery, to have them into the meeting rooms, to have press conferences with them. Every time they’re up there, they need to put people who will die of cancer in front of the camera — family of people who did die from the lack of health care, or people with preexisting conditions. We need to change this from a conversation about tax cuts, to one about life versus death.” He says the GOP must be operating from a different politics than the politics which is in our deepest moral and religious values, when they write laws that negatively affect their own grandchildren.

I urge you to sponsor the Captive Primate Safety Act in the Senate, similar to the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2920). The exotic pet trade causes hundreds of primate injuries and hampers global primate conservation. This bill will expand the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit importing, exporting, sale and purchase of nonhuman primate in interstate and foreign commerce. End the trade of captive primates.

I urge you to rein in the escalating Mideast Conflict which Trump apparently nudged into overdrive. Congress must reestablish limits on what the military can do overseas. The military has been given free rein to massacre at will, especially in the Muslim world. Secretary of Defense Mattis and his ally, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Rex Tillerson seem to be making relevant national security policy – none of them were elected. This Administration ramped up violence overseas as soon as Trump overturned Obama-era rules designed to limit civilian casualties in airstrikes. The predictable result is that the military is now free to massacre people at will, such as the U.S. airstrikes in Raqqa that killed hundreds of civilians and displaced 160,000 people.

 

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