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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.)

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday

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 Friday

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.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 2, 2018 at 3:58pm

I wrote to my congressman and Democratic senator (and made a brief call) about that, about the need to face and declare our climate emergency with the same urgency and resolve with which we triumphed in WWII.

I also keep calling to oppose Kavanaugh, this time asking my Republican senator to call on him to withdraw. This in light of more perjury by Kavanaugh, intentionally lying under oath concerning his attempts at witness tampering for one of the sexual assault accusations against him.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 1, 2018 at 9:11am

Today's letter is in the Morals & Ethics Forum.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 28, 2018 at 2:51pm

My calls today to my senators (in addition to supporting the Hold the LYNE Act) were about Brett Kavanaugh, who won party-line approval this morning from the Senate Judiciary Committee, and awaits the full Senate voting on his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

My message was inspired by, and greatly expanded from, a PCCC / Bold Progressives script on the theme of "I believe her" (Christine Ford) and calling on Republican senators to say so as well.

"Hi, my name is ... and I’m a voter in ..., zip code ...

I’m calling about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Both he and we, the American people, deserve a fair consideration of his qualifications, history, and character.

Christine Ford’s testimony yesterday before the Judiciary Committee was extremely credible. I believe her.

Judge Kavanaugh was not. He refused to answer simple questions.

I believe Dr. Ford.

Even if Judge Kavanaugh weren’t implicated in multiple credible allegations of sexual assault, there are other reasons he is unfit for the bench. He lied under oath before the Judiciary Committee, both this month, and in 2004 and 2006 for his DC Circuit seat. He lied about respecting Roe v. Wade (which a majority of Americans, including Republicans, rightfully support) as “settled law”.

People are routinely evaluated for promotions without the high standard of proof of a criminal trial. Being denied a job promotion, and “merely” keeping his lifetime appointment on the nation’s second most important court, is hardly “ruining a man’s life”. Being subjected to violent attempted rape, as Dr. Ford was, does change a life forever. It's something I fortunately never experienced firsthand, and which nobody should have to experience firsthand.

Again, I believe Dr. Ford, and I’m asking Senator ... to publicly say that he believes her also, and to oppose Kavanaugh.

[or if the senator already opposes the nomination:] ... to continue to speak out against Kavanaugh’s nomination, and do everything possible to block a rushed vote before the full Senate.

Thank you for taking our calls.

 

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