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 join! 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 Joan Denoo May 17, 2019. 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 June 6, 2020 at 7:14pm

A letter to my mayor. You might consider a similar missive.

I'm Bensalem resident and homeowner who votes.

I urge you to swiftly implement the eight concrete steps to respond to protests against police brutality from Campaign Zero. They cost nothing. The ideas include conduct remedies like banning chokeholds, changing reporting systems for use of force incidents, and requiring officers to intervene when they witness misconduct. Data shows that together these eight policies can decrease police violence by 72%.

Black lives matter. We also have many Indian and Hispanic residents. Let Bensalem be part of the global movement to treat everyone with respect.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 1, 2020 at 5:58pm

Sent to senators and congressman, based on this article

I urge you to support the $46 billion public health investment in a coronavirus aid package to safely reopen the economy proposed by Andy Slavitt and Scott Gottlieb. It includes $12 billion to help expand the contact tracing workforce. The officials estimate the workforce needs to increase by 180,000 until a vaccine is on the market, $4.5 billion to use vacant hotels for infected and exposed people without a place to self-isolate, and $30 billion to offer 18 months of income support — a per-person stipend of $50 a day, like jury duty — for those voluntarily self-isolating. This last stipend removes the death sentence from workers who have serious health issues who will be cut off from unemployment when their employers open up while the pandemic still rages.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 11, 2020 at 1:51pm

Sent to senators and congressman:

I'm OUTRAGED that the White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified. Truth and transparency are critical for effective pandemic control. Dozens of high level pandemic discussions have been held in the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility, usually reserved for intelligence and military operations. Meanwhile the administration promised total transparency! Use your power to stop this dysfunctional classification abuse!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 25, 2020 at 4:01pm

I called my representative and senators as well, both about inadequate funding to respond to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, and about needing a coherent, science-based pandemic response infrastructure (as opposed to Trump having fired everyone).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 23, 2020 at 11:48am

Sent to my congress persons:

Obama asked for $6 billion to fight Ebola. The $1 billion Trump wants is A DEATH SENTENCE, in the face of COVID-19. I'm 75 and have multiple health challenges. This will kill me quickly.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 31, 2020 at 2:24pm

Relevant while King tRump's impeachment trial is still going on:

John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump’s Trial. Will He?
Democratic House managers should ask the chief justice to issue subpoenas for John Bolton and others.

(The presiding judge can subpoena relevant witnesses and documents on his own authority, or if asked to by the impeachment managers. It would take a 2/3 supermajority of senators to block that.)

Impeachment managers' DC office numbers:

Rep. Adam Schiff 202-225-4176
Rep. Jerry Nadler 202-225-5635
Rep. Zoe Lofgren 202-225-3072
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries 202-225-5936
Rep. Val Demings 202-225-2176
Rep. Jason Crow 202-225-7882
Rep. Sylvia Garcia 202-225-1688

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2020 at 10:25am

I'm following the advice of "jamming the phones" and calling my senators every day while it's still possible for the Senate to allow additional witnesses and documents at the impeachment trial.

Something else the Senate should do quickly once they return to regular session: pass the DOTGOV Act of 2019, S. 2749. It would help state and local governments start or migrate websites under the .gov domain, which is much more difficult to create spoofs under than .com. This is especially important for election websites!

(The truly bipartisan bill was cosponsored by an even mix of Republicans and Democrats, and was approved by committee in a unanimous voice vote. Senators should still hear from us about passing it.)

In my experience as a Philadelphian, and are .gov, but sites like and are vulnerable to being spoofed by sites with similar names.

1 Simple Step Could Help Election Security. Governments Aren't Doin... (NPR)

An attacker could mimic a real elections site by buying a similar domain name, copying the site and then picking a district in which to suppress votes.

"They could choose urban areas if they wish to suppress Democratic votes. They could choose rural areas if they choose to suppress Republican votes[.] They would then send an email to users in those different districts that point them to a fraudulent site."

A fake site could look identical to a real site, only with slightly wrong polling-location information or slightly wrong times.

If both websites — the real one and the fake one — are closely alike and use .com top-level domains, voters probably would have no idea they were being manipulated until they showed up at a closed or empty polling location.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2020 at 4:12pm

Thanks, Ruth. I called my senators' offices with a similar message about the need for additional witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial. (For the Democratic senator, I urged him to do everything possible to pressure and shame his Republican colleagues into doing the right thing; for the Republican, I said that anything less than a full and fair trial would amount to a coverup, and spell the end of the credibility of the Republican Party.)

Apropos: Republican elephant: “The case against Trump contains NO NEW INFORMATION!” Second panel reveals him sitting on witnesses and documents: “And we mean to keep it that way.” (Tiny cartoonist in the corner: “He prefers nitwitnesses.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2020 at 3:02pm

Sent this email to Republican Senator:

I strongly urge you to vote to allow additional witnesses and evidence in President Trump's impeachment trial. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has confirmed that Trump directly told him that he wanted to freeze financial aid to Ukraine until they publicly announced an investigation into the Bidens. If you block Bolton from testifying, you personally cover-up Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The founders expected senators to have the moral courage to hold malevolent presidents accountable.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 10, 2020 at 7:20pm

I'll add my thanks for all your information, Ruth!

I called my congressman to thank him for being one of the many original cosponsors of the No War Against Iran Act -- all Democrats. (Yet another thing that shouldn't be a fracking partisan issue, but is, with our current Republican Party and misadministration.)

Quick links for H.R. 5543:

GovTrack also tracks individual legislators, notably automatically analyzing them through bill sponsorship and cosponsorship records for "ideology" and "leadership" scores. Here's an example for the congressman who introduced this bill: (as usual, click to enlarge)


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