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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".

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17. 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. 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. 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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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: 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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 8. 3 Replies

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 on August 23, 2017 at 3:47pm

Page 1 House letter:

By backing White Nationalists and ChristoFascists, the GOP is taking our nation into uncharted and dangerous territory. As author Thomas Frank points out in What’s The Matter With Kansas?, culture wars allow the Republicans’ other major base—predatory capitalists—to exploit the electorate and rise to power.

This goes beyond Putin’s use of US Neo-Nazis to destabilize our country. The strain of fascism threatening to overtake the US is far more virulent than that of Hitler’s Germany, because of the larger context in which it unfolds. We’re not just facing systemic moral corruption and genocidal-intent racism dividing the country, devouring our economy, and ultimately killing millions this time. Now global corporations are taking control of humanity, in a more absolute sense than the exploitation of human beings for slave labor in Axis factories. Corporations are becoming a privileged class of “citizens” approaching ultimate dominance through corporate “free speech”, dark money, data analytics such as Cambridge Analytica, the predictive techniques of Palantir, use of Justice System warrants to create a data base of all citizens who oppose the Trump Administration, and ownership of mass media.

Open fascist organizing, nuclear warmongering, celebrity antics, and threats to healthcare all distract the public from the magnitude of changes afoot and our Climate Change driven danger. Attacks on science, truth, and fact checking hide the self-limiting self-immolating corporate agenda’s larger context. The GOP-backed corporate/1%er coup elevates quarterly profit over species survival. Fossil fuel corporations fund this hard right shift to thwart our efforts to curtail them in the interests of forestalling climate destabilization and losing a habitable planet. This time we won’t just lose 6 million Jews plus 3% of world population in war casualties, with a chance to reconstruct a new society from the ashes. Fossil fuel dependence is degrading the fundamental environment upon which everyone depends. The current political struggle is an existential crisis. The GOP is shoving all future into a Climate Chaos meat grinder, which nature won’t reverse for 100,000 years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2017 at 3:47pm

Page 2, Senate letter:

I urge you to purge all White Nationalists from government -- Steve Bannon’s resignation was merely a token. I urge you to oppose the open carry of weapons nation-wide in public protest situations, including sticks and sharpened shields. All it takes is the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and the common sense to know that guns and public protests do not mix. No “states rights” should allow states to endanger their citizens or to legalize (or selectively enforce) brandishment in sensitive situations such as Charlottesville. I urge you to investigate the links between Neo-Nazi leaders and hostile foreign states such as Russia, including William Daniel Johnson, David Duke, Preston Wiginton, Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, and Matthew Heimbach.

I urge you to oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis for USDA Undersecretary. It is unacceptable for the USDA's top scientist to be a climate change denier with no formal scientific training, and for the Trump administration to continue endorsing racism and bigotry by appointing a birther.

I urge you to support the bipartisan Authorization for Use of Military Force introduced by Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine. It is time to end the overly broad and outdated 2001 authorization and reintroduce appropriate congressional oversight of the fight against terrorism.

I urge you to oppose the secret NAFTA negotiations, which will allow corporations to use industry-rigged trade tribunals take power over national governments and human citizens. You must protect environmental and climate safeguards by preventing global corporations from using secretive international investment tribunals to sue governments for millions or billions of dollars if environmental or other public interest regulations interfere with corporations’ expected future profits. NAFTA regulatory review process inherently gives disproportionate weight to quantitative data and economic costs, while diminishing the perceived importance of 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2017 at 3:46pm

Page 1 Senate letter:

By backing White Nationalists and ChristoFascists, the GOP is taking our nation into uncharted and dangerous territory. As author Thomas Frank points out in What’s The Matter With Kansas?, culture wars allow the Republicans’ other major base—predatory capitalists—to exploit the electorate and rise to power.

This goes beyond Putin’s use of US Neo-Nazis to destabilize our country. The strain of fascism threatening to overtake the US is far more virulent than that of Hitler’s Germany, because of the larger context in which it unfolds. We’re not just facing systemic moral corruption and genocidal-intent racism dividing the country, devouring our economy, and ultimately killing millions this time. Now global corporations are taking control of humanity, in a more absolute sense than the exploitation of human beings for slave labor in Axis factories. Corporations are becoming a privileged class of “citizens” approaching ultimate dominance through corporate “free speech”, dark money, data analytics such as Cambridge Analytica, the predictive techniques of Palantir, use of Justice System warrants to create a data base of all citizens who oppose the Trump Administration, and ownership of mass media.

Open fascist organizing, nuclear warmongering, celebrity antics, and threats to healthcare all distract the public from the magnitude of changes afoot and our Climate Change driven danger. Attacks on science, truth, and fact checking hide the self-limiting self-immolating corporate agenda’s larger context. The GOP-backed corporate/1%er coup elevates quarterly profit over species survival. Fossil fuel corporations fund this hard right shift to thwart our efforts to curtail them in the interests of forestalling climate destabilization and losing a habitable planet. This time we won’t just lose 6 million Jews plus 3% of world population in war casualties, with a chance to reconstruct a new society from the ashes. Fossil fuel dependence is degrading the fundamental environment upon which everyone depends. The current political struggle is an existential crisis. The GOP is shoving all future into a Climate Chaos meat grinder, which nature won’t reverse for 100,000 years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 17, 2017 at 3:58pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

I urge you to support the support The Private Prison Information Act (S. 1728), which would require prisons run for profit to be accountable to the public through FOIA on the same terms as public prisons.

I urge you to support a clean bill to lift spending caps, without any “poison pill” riders such as the spending cuts or other House Freedom Caucus concessions. Trump’s demands for border wall funding this time around, even if it means shutting down the government, are insane.

Since Sept. 11, more than twice as many Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by white supremacists than by all other foreign or domestic groups combined. In their joint intelligence bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said white supremacist groups had carried out more violent attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years, and were likely to commit more. Despite these warnings, the White House defunded a program aimed at countering white nationalist extremism. Life After Hate, the only anti-white nationalism group given funding under the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) program, saw a 20-fold increase in calls for help from those reporting signs of radicalization in themselves or others. Life After Hate co-founder Christian Picciolini said. “We have hundreds of thousands of homegrown sovereign citizens and militia members with ties to white nationalism training in paramilitary camps across the U.S...” James Alex Fields’ apparent radicalization and subsequent violence is part of a larger pattern flagged by both the FBI and the DHS. I urge you to push to re-fund and expand Life After Hate.

 Former Bush era ethics czar Richard Painter blames the Charlottesville Riot on rhetoric from far-right White House Staffers. Rep. Steve Cohen says President Donald Trump must be removed from office following his explosive comments defending participants in a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville. “President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership.” I urge you to support his call for impeachment. In The Daily Stormer, Neo-Nazis celebrate Trump’s support. The Republicans in six states trying to pass laws to protect drivers who hit protesters must be condemned for encouraging domestic terrorism! The institutional bigotry of Republican voter suppression laws and gerrymandering also helped to fan these flames. I call on you to root out the institutionalized promotion of White Supremacy by members of our government, before it destroys our country as it destroyed the Confederacy and Hitler’s Germany.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 17, 2017 at 3:57pm

Letter to Rep House:

A majority of U.S. House Democrats have signed on to John Conyers' bill, HR 676, proposing Medicare for All. The bill has 116 cosponsors. I urge you to join them.

I urge you to support a clean bill before the end of the month to lift spending caps, without any “poison pill” riders such as the spending cuts or other House Freedom Caucus concessions. Trump’s demands for border wall funding this time around, even if it means shutting down the government, are insane.

The Anne Frank Center published a list of alarming parallels between Trump and pre-Holocaust Germany:

  • The President creates his own media.
  • He exploits youth at a rally.
  • He endorses police brutality.
  • He demonizes people who believe, look, or love differently.
  • He believes Congress should change its rules to give him more power.

 

Since Sept. 11, more than twice as many Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by white supremacists than by all other foreign or domestic groups combined. In their joint intelligence bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said white supremacist groups had carried out more violent attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years, and were likely to commit more. Despite these warnings, the White House defunded a program aimed at countering white nationalist extremism. Life After Hate, the only anti-white nationalism group given funding under the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) program, saw a 20-fold increase in calls for help from those reporting signs of radicalization in themselves or others. Co-founder Christian Picciolini said. “We have hundreds of thousands of homegrown sovereign citizens and militia members with ties to white nationalism training in paramilitary camps across the U.S.” James Alex Fields’ apparent radicalization and subsequent violence is part of a larger pattern flagged by both the FBI and the DHS. I urge you to push to re-fund and expand Life After Hate.

Former Bush era ethics czar Richard Painter blames the Charlottesville Riot on rhetoric from far-right White House staffers. Rep. Steve Cohen says President Donald Trump must be removed from office following his explosive comments defending participants in a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville. “President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership.” I urge you to support his call for impeachment in the House. In The Daily Stormer, Neo-Nazis celebrate Trump’s support. The Republicans in six states trying to pass laws to protect drivers who hit protesters must be condemned for encouraging domestic terrorism! The institutional bigotry of Republican voter suppression laws and gerrymandering also helped to fan these flames. I call on you to root out the institutionalized promotion of White Supremacy by members of our government, before it destroys our country as it destroyed the Confederacy and Hitler’s Germany.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 17, 2017 at 3:57pm

Letter to Dem senator:

Oregon has passed a law protecting workers from predatory scheduling by bosses. Employers with more than 500 workers will have to give workers a 10-hour break between shifts, or pay them extra, and give employees their schedules in writing at least a week ahead of time. If Democrats want to retake Congress on a good jobs agenda, this belongs right alongside minimum wage and paid leave. I urge you to introduce a similar federal law.

Since Sept. 11, more than twice as many Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by white supremacists than by all other foreign or domestic groups combined. In their joint intelligence bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said white supremacist groups had carried out more violent attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years, and were likely to commit more. Despite these warnings, the White House defunded a program aimed at countering white nationalist extremism. Life After Hate, the only anti-white nationalism group given funding under the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) program, saw a 20-fold increase in calls for help from those reporting signs of radicalization in themselves or others. Life After Hate co-founder Christian Picciolini said. “We have hundreds of thousands of homegrown sovereign citizens and militia members with ties to white nationalism training in paramilitary camps across the U.S...” James Alex Fields’ apparent radicalization and subsequent violence is part of a larger pattern flagged by both the FBI and the DHS. I urge you to push to re-fund and expand Life After Hate.

Former Bush era ethics czar Richard Painter blames the Charlottesville Riot on rhetoric from far-right White House Staffers. Rep. Steve Cohen says President Donald Trump must be removed from office following his explosive comments defending participants in a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville. “President Trump has failed the presidential test of moral leadership.” I urge you to support his call for impeachment. In The Daily Stormer, Neo-Nazis celebrated Trump’s support. The Republicans in six states trying to pass laws to protect drivers who hit protesters must be condemned for encouraging domestic terrorism! The institutional bigotry of Republican voter suppression laws and gerrymandering also helped to fan these flames. I call on you to root out the institutionalized promotion of white supremacy by members of our government, before it destroys our country as it destroyed the Confederacy and Hitler’s Germany.

I urge you to support the support The Private Prison Information Act (S.1728), which would require prisons run for profit to be accountable to the public through FOIA on the same terms as public prisons.

I urge you to support a clean bill to lift spending caps, without any “poison pill” riders such as the spending cuts or other House Freedom Caucus concessions. Trump’s demands for border wall funding this time around, even if it means shutting down the government, are insane.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 16, 2017 at 7:54pm

Letter to Rep House:

What kind of free country do we have when students and clergy have to depend upon Anarchists and anti-Fascists to save their lives from neo-Nazis? Cornell West said that in Charlottesville, the police just stood by. “The next day, for example, those 20 of us who were standing, many of them clergy, we would have been crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and the antifascists who approached, over 300, 350 antifascists. We just had 20. And we’re singing "This Little light of Mine,"…The antifascists, and then, crucial, the anarchists, because they saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely crushed, and I’ll never forget that.”

I urge you to support the resolution introduced Tuesday by Rep. Pramila Jayapal which calls for the removal of administration employees who have supported or encouraged support for White Supremacists. I urge you to call for the removal of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller and national security aide Sebastian Gorka as targets of the resolution.

I urge you to push for the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Department of Justice’s handling of domestic terrorism, to hold hearings on the White Supremacy terrorism threatening our country. Push for immediate and separate action by The House Homeland Security Committee, which is downplaying the threat by lumping it into an annual “global threats” hearing scheduled sometime in September. Push GOP leaders to hold public sessions or launch inquiries, which they’ve been resisting. Statements of condemnation, by themselves, won’t stop a Fascist takeover in the US. Racist outlets like Breitbart must be ousted from the White House press corps!

Nancy Pelosi said, "There is only one side to be on when a white supremacist mob brutalizes and murders in America. The American people deserve a president who understands that." McCain said, "There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry.” Trump may rely on neo-Nazis to build and fortify his power, but you have more moral character, don’t you. Don’t you? Actions speak.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 16, 2017 at 7:53pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

I call on you to oust the White Supremacists infesting the White House under your Party’s banner! Racist outlets like Breitbart must be ousted from the White House press corps!

White supremacists like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke were heartened by Trump’s remarks blaming "both sides" for the violent skirmishes, and incorrectly stating that marchers wielding torches and performing Nazi salutes were "protesting very quietly" the night before the violent skirmishes in Virginia.

What kind of free country do we have when students and clergy have to depend upon Anarchists and anti-Fascists to save their lives from neo-Nazis? Cornell West said that in Charlottesville, the police just stood by. “The next day, for example, those 20 of us who were standing, many of them clergy, we would have been crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and the antifascists who approached, over 300, 350 antifascists. We just had 20. And we’re singing "This Little light of Mine,"…The antifascists, and then, crucial, the anarchists, because they saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely crushed, and I’ll never forget that.”

While Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley refuses to call for one focused on the events in Charlottesville. I urge you to push Grassley to investigate this domestic terrorism. Another White Supremacist named Jerry Drake Varnell was arrested as he tried to set off a truck bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City, but his original intended target was the five-story building housing the Oklahoma branch of the Federal Reserve. In January, Fox News posted a video of cars mowing down protesters that urged viewers to “Study the Technique”. Donald Trump stood up in the lobby of Trump Tower and angrily defended the Nazis and Confederate sympathizers who protested and committed an act of domestic terror in Charlottesville last weekend. He dishonors the memory of every single American service member who fought and gave their life to fight these evils. Trump leads a movement to replace democracy with Fascism, and regardless of verbal condemnations, the GOP is complicit as long as they block congressional efforts to stamp out this domestic terrorism.

I urge you to sponsor a Senate resolution similar to the one introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal which calls for the removal of administration employees who have supported or encouraged support for White Supremacists. I urge you to call for the removal of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller and national security aide Sebastian Gorka as targets of the resolution.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 16, 2017 at 7:53pm

Letter to Dem Senator:

I call on you to oust the White Supremacists infesting the White House! Racist outlets like Breitbart must be ousted from the White House press corps!

White supremacists like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke were heartened by Trump’s remarks blaming "both sides" for the violent skirmishes, and incorrectly stating that marchers wielding torches and performing Nazi salutes were "protesting very quietly" the night before the violent skirmishes in Virginia.

What kind of free country do we have when students and clergy have to depend upon Anarchists and anti-Fascists to save their lives from neo-Nazis? Cornell West said that in Charlottesville, the police just stood by. “The next day, for example, those 20 of us who were standing, many of them clergy, we would have been crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and the antifascists who approached, over 300, 350 antifascists. We just had 20. And we’re singing "This Little light of Mine,"…The antifascists, and then, crucial, the anarchists, because they saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely crushed, and I’ll never forget that.”

While Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley refuses to call for one focused on the events in Charlottesville. I urge you to push Grassley to investigate this domestic terrorism. Another White Supremacist named Jerry Drake Varnell was arrested as he tried to set off a truck bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City, but his original intended target was the five-story building housing the Oklahoma branch of the Federal Reserve. In January, Fox News posted a video of cars mowing down protesters that urged viewers to “Study the Technique”. Donald Trump stood up in the lobby of Trump Tower and angrily defended the Nazis and Confederate sympathizers who protested and committed an act of domestic terror in Charlottesville last weekend. He dishonors the memory of every single American service member who fought and gave their life to fight these evils. Trump leads a movement to replace democracy with Fascism. Regardless of verbal condemnations, senators are complicit if they block congressional efforts to stamp out this domestic terrorism. Shame your colleagues who won’t act.

I urge you to sponsor a Senate resolution similar to the one introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal which calls for the removal of administration employees who have supported or encouraged support for White Supremacists. I urge you to call for the removal of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller and national security aide Sebastian Gorka as targets of the resolution.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 15, 2017 at 4:29pm

My calls today (most of this to both senators and to my Rep.):

- In response to white nationalists’ violence & murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville on Saturday, every member of Congress must specifically condemn white nationalists and domestic terrorism by name, demand removal of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka from the administration (else it signals that white supremacists can continue), and demand that Breitbart News be banned from the White House.

[More at Ruth's letter]

- Condemn Dept. of “Justice”’s warrant demanding that Dreamhost provide 1.3 million IP addresses and other information about visitors to disruptj20.org, a website that organized participants of political protests against the current administration.

“The request also covers emails between the site’s organizers and people interested in attending the protests, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information — such as names and addresses — and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site’s database.” This is precisely the sort of unconstitutional fishing expedition the Fourth Amendment was intended to prevent!

(More at Dreamhost / The Hill / Joe.My.God. [quoting WashPost, Fortune, TechCrunch, and with hundreds of comments, including "Funny they're NOT asking for IP records from the daily stormer nazi site. Hmm...")

- Congress can multitask: it is as important as ever to investigate the extent of tRump & campaign’s collusion with Russia, and foreign interference in the presidential election.

- Congress can multitask: Medicare for All

And to my (democratic) congressman:

Don’t cripple the Consumer Product Safety Commission on table saw safety! Despite more than ten people losing fingers every day, the bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee for the 2018 fiscal year includes this oddly specific clause:

"Sec. 502. None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be used to finalize any rule by the Consumer Product Safety Commission relating to blade-contact injuries on table saws." (p. 69, lines 11-14 at this link)

Proven safety technology already exists, but is being opposed by the Power Tool Institute, an industry group -- reminiscent of opposition to seat belts, air bags, and "safer" cigarettes. It's as if they don't want to admit that table saws without the technology are "by far the most dangerous woodworking tool".

(More at NPR)

 

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