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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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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 17. 11 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday

To Senators, about Trump's acting Labor Secretary pick:

Oppose Patrick Pizzella for Labor Secretary. His record, including lobbying with convicted felon Jack Abramoff on behalf of sweatshops and pushing anti-worker policies as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority — make him unfit to lead the Department of Labor.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday

Letter to my Representative:

Most companies do a poor job of disclosing climate-related risks, even if those risks are substantial. Meanwhile, US government press statements are deliberately misrepresenting climate risks to the taxpayers who fund the research. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) study published in March vastly underestimated the threat of rising seas that they found in California.

I urge you to reevaluate your positions of fossil fuels versus renewable energy based on startling new data. The world economy faces a "net energy cliff." when net energy available to society declines rapidly due to the increasing amounts of "parasitical" energy required in the energy production. Calculations that consider where energy enters the economy put us close to this precipice. Scientists from the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds showed that the energy return on investment (EROI) for fossil fuels has been misleadingly calculated to favor fossil fuels by measuring at the extraction stage rather than finished fuels. These ratios, such as 25:1, do NOT take into account the energy required to transform oil, coal and gas into finished fuels. At the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources -- roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity. If we fail to rapidly convert to renewables, constraints on energy available to society will unfold in rapid and unexpected ways. US economic policies are based on lies about fossil fuel benefits and lies about climate change risks.

I urge you to support the declaration of a Climate Emergency. Harvard professor James Anderson warns that our window to avoid hurtling into Eocene-like conditions is only five years.

I sent a similar letter to my senators, the bill there is sponsored by Elizabeth Warren.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2019 at 4:31pm

I sent similar letters to my Congressman and Democratic Senator.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2019 at 4:25pm

Sent to my Republican Senator:

In Hitler's Kristallnacht, Nazis rounded up 30,000. Trump's ICE Storm Troopers are gearing up to round up a million immigrants. We're already operating Immigrant Concentration Camps. What the hell is wrong with Republicans!
Find your moral center and stop our final transformation into an outright authoritarian hate regime.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2019 at 2:59am

Presidents/Leaders for Life whose lives ended badly:

Julius Caesar, Roman Empire, assassinated; 

Adolf Hitler, Germany, defeated in war, suicide; 

Kim Il-sung, North Korea, he died, he did not live eternally; 

Toussaint Louverture, Saint Domingue, arrested and exiled after one year in office;

Henri Christophe, Haiti, suicide; 

Jean-Pierre Boyer,  Haiti, deposed; 

Sukarno, Indonesia, died under house arrest;

Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana, deposed, died in exile; 

Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Haiti, deposed; 

Hastings Banda, Malawi, stripped of title; 

Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Central African Republic, deposed; 

Francisco Macias Nguema, Equatorial Guinea, deposed and executed; 

Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia, deposed, died under house arrest; 

Idi Amin, Uganda, defeated in war, died in exile; 

Lennox Sebe, Ciskei, deposed;

Well, Arrogant-POTUS-for-life-Trump, look at those who claimed the title for life and how their lives ended!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2019 at 2:21am

Ruth, the Clean School Bus Act proposed by Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator for California, focuses on a crucial polluter and an act I strongly support. My letters and phone calls to my senators follow. Thanks for the heads-up. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 27, 2019 at 10:11pm

Yes, Joan. He's already doing trial balloons for "President for Life", i.e. official dictator.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 27, 2019 at 10:08pm

Sent to senators:

I urge you to support the Clean School Bus Act introduced by Senator Kamala Harris. It will provide the down payment that schools serving low-income neighborhoods need to transition from dirty diesel to zero-emission buses and improve the health and educational outcomes for our children. As a former teacher who hated the horrid fumes from idling school buses, I know this is right for health and the climate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 10:42pm

Ruth! I hope you profoundly misjudge the group and each one understands the terrible problems w face and the corruption that envelops our political system. 

Come on, people, know what we face, stand up and speak out about the crimes that occur in plain sight, and let Ruth and all of us know that you do care and you do take action to fight off the wolves of an empire. 

Pay attention to what Trump says and believe he is saying what he means to say. i.e. 

"'We ran one time and we're 1-and-0 — but it was for the big one. Now we're going to have a second time. And we're going to have another one. And then we'll drive them crazy,' the president said to a cheering crowd.

"'And maybe if we really like it a lot — and if things keep going like they're going — we'll go and we'll do what we have to do. We'll do a three and a four and a five,' Trump added."

“'We’re going to have another one, and it’s going to be great,' he concluded."

~ Donald Trump, Newsweek, https://www.newsweek.com/president-trump-joking-suggests-serving-5-... 

Was Trump joking? Really? Does Trump ever joke? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 24, 2019 at 10:27pm

Thanks, Joan, for your activism. Sometimes I feel as if nobody here cares.

 

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