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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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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

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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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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2017 at 5:02pm

Letter to Dem Senator, page 1:

As Trump and the GOP leadership veer close to lunacy in regards to both Russia and domestic politics, Democrats keep acting as if we still have a functional democracy.

Hackers working for a foreign government recently breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas. The enemy could be positioning itself to eventually disrupt the nation’s power supply, officials warned. Hackers also recently infiltrated a company that makes control systems for equipment used in the power industry, an attack that officials believe may be related. The chief suspect is Russia, according to three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks. Russian hackers have previously taken down parts of the electrical grid in Ukraine and appear to be testing increasingly advanced tools to disrupt power supplies.

Meanwhile we just agreed to an impenetrable Cyber Security Unit with Russia, to protect against election fraud. This is positively surreal, and makes as much sense as forming a crime-fighting unit with the Mafia, and handing them cyber keys to our nuclear power plants.

Trump’s convoluted rhetoric at Warsaw suggested that the U.S. intelligence community consensus (that Russia was solely responsible for hacking and leaking Democratic Party emails last year) is wrong — but that President Obama should have acted on this faulty intelligence anyway. Trump sounds incoherent, hypocritical, self-contradictory and delusional all at once. Rex Tillerson seemed to say Putin will try to make sure Putin stops meddling in our elections. This too bears no relation to reality. Since the November election, US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have detected an increase in suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the US, likely emboldened by the lack of a significant retaliatory response from both the Trump and Obama administrations.

By becoming the party that does its best to obstruct and undermine every national and international attempt to address climate threats, the Republican Party has embraced an extremely short-sighted recipe for long-term disaster. The GOP is crafting itself as the party of climate supervillains, hell-bent on destroying the world.

Individual mass media organizations are finally daring to speak truth. Miami Herald writer Leonard Pitts said, “A party that once provided a sober conservative counterweight to the Democrats’ more liberal impulses has flat out lost its mind, given itself over to rage, fear, schoolyard taunts and bizarre conspiracy theories.… it becomes more obvious every day that we are where we are because something is very wrong with the GOP.” I urge you to lead the Democratic Party in daring to speak the truth, so out of normal bounds that it would have sounded crazy just a decade ago.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2017 at 5:01pm

Letter to Rep Senator Toomey, Page 2:

By becoming the party that does its best to obstruct and undermine every national and international attempt to address climate threats, the Republican Party has embraced an extremely short-sighted recipe for long-term disaster. The GOP is crafting itself as the party of climate supervillains, hell-bent on destroying the world.

How did Republican leaders lose all interest in the long-term health of the planet, human society, or even their own political party? Past Republican presidents like Reagan and Bush have implemented successful policies that have solved hazardous environmental problems like acid rain, ozone depletion, and air pollution, with economic benefits far exceeding their costs. Current Republicans are dismantling them.

After the 2012 elections the GOP recognized the threat to their party in a 2013 Growth and Opportunity Project report. Now party leaders ignore the findings of their own report along with the scientific realities of climate change.

Miami Herald writer Leonard Pitts said, “A party that once provided a sober conservative counterweight to the Democrats’ more liberal impulses has flat out lost its mind, given itself over to rage, fear, schoolyard taunts and bizarre conspiracy theories.… it becomes more obvious every day that we are where we are because something is very wrong with the GOP.” I urge you to lead your party back to sanity, Senator Toomey.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2017 at 5:01pm

Letter to Rep Senator Toomey, page 1:

The GOP is applying at the federal level the authoritarian political tactics that North Carolina’s GOP and Senator Thom Tillis honed since assuming power in 2010. They demonstrated how the state’s Republican Party could ram through legislation without even a pretense of transparency. They tacked abortion restriction onto a motorcycle safety bill. They passed the most homophobic legislation in the United States just 13 hours after Democrats first saw it. Republicans polished ruthless tactics to wield power by excluding legislative Democrats and the public from the process of governance, discarding all norms. I urge you to practice civilized honest governance instead of fascist-style legislative bullying.

Hackers working for a foreign government recently breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas. The enemy could be positioning itself to eventually disrupt the nation’s power supply, officials warned. Hackers also recently infiltrated a company that makes control systems for equipment used in the power industry, an attack that officials believe may be related. The chief suspect is Russia, according to three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks. Russian hackers have previously taken down parts of the electrical grid in Ukraine and appear to be testing increasingly advanced tools to disrupt power supplies.

Meanwhile we just agreed to an impenetrable Cyber Security Unit with Russia, to protect against election fraud. This is positively surreal, and makes as much sense as forming a crime-fighting unit with the Mafia, and handing them cyber keys to our nuclear power plants.

Trump’s convoluted rhetoric at Warsaw suggested that the U.S. intelligence community consensus (that Russia was solely responsible for hacking and leaking Democratic Party emails last year) is wrong — but that President Obama should have acted on this faulty intelligence anyway. Trump sounds incoherent, hypocritical, self-contradictory and delusional all at once. Rex Tillerson seemed to say Putin will try to make sure Putin stops meddling in our elections. This too bears no relation to reality. Since the November election, US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have detected an increase in suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the US, likely emboldened by the lack of a significant retaliatory response from both the Trump and Obama administrations. Thank you for joining Lindsey Graham and other Republicans coming out against President Trump when it comes to dealings with Russia.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2017 at 4:59pm

Letter to Rep House, Page 2:

By becoming the party that does its best to obstruct and undermine every national and international attempt to address climate threats, the Republican Party has embraced an extremely short-sighted recipe for long-term disaster. The GOP is crafting itself as the party of climate supervillains, hell-bent on destroying the world.

How did Republican leaders lose all interest in the long-term health of the planet, human society, or even their own political party? Past Republican presidents like Reagan and Bush have implemented successful policies that have solved hazardous environmental problems like acid rain, ozone depletion, and air pollution, with economic benefits far exceeding their costs. Current Republicans are dismantling them.

After the 2012 elections the GOP recognized the threat to their party in a 2013 Growth and Opportunity Project report. Now party leaders ignore the findings of their own report along with the scientific realities of climate change.

Miami Herald writer Leonard Pitts said, “A party that once provided a sober conservative counterweight to the Democrats’ more liberal impulses has flat out lost its mind, given itself over to rage, fear, schoolyard taunts and bizarre conspiracy theories.… it becomes more obvious every day that we are where we are because something is very wrong with the GOP.” I urge you to lead your party back to sanity.

I urge you to lead the Republican party away from white supremacist corporatist fascism. Donald Trump continued to push forward his white nationalist agenda in his Warsaw speech that, as Sarah Wildman at Vox wrote, “often resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and American alt-right.” He portrayed this Western civilization as under assault from forces “from the South or the East”. When Trump uses the age-old fascist theme of “civilization threatened” by evil Others and “enemies within”, his history provides context.

What Trump and his GOP backers mean by “civilization” and “traditional values” is that golf-playing white men dominate every aspect of society for their own pleasure, power and profit. Ever since that dominion dimmed a tiny bit — with women’s rights, civil liberties, and unionization — the ruling class has been in panic about the “fall” of “civilization”. These men, accustomed to upper-class impunity, simply don’t comprehend that actual civilization’s actual destruction by climate destabilization and out-of-control inequality looms.

Trump’s speech wasn’t subtle. Folks on TheDonald forum on Reddit were inspired to post heavily about how immigrants and leftists are “destroying” Europe and only the hard right can “stop the damage”.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2017 at 4:58pm

Letter to Rep House, Page 1:

The GOP is applying at the federal level the authoritarian political tactics that North Carolina’s GOP and Senator Thom Tillis honed since assuming power in 2010. They demonstrated how the state’s Republican Party could ram through legislation without even a pretense of transparency. They tacked abortion restriction onto a motorcycle safety bill. They passed the most homophobic legislation in the United States just 13 hours after Democrats first saw it. Republicans polished ruthless tactics to wield power by excluding legislative Democrats and the public from the process of governance, discarding all norms. I urge you to practice civilized honest governance instead of fascist-style legislative bullying.

Hackers working for a foreign government recently breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas. The enemy could be positioning itself to eventually disrupt the nation’s power supply, officials warned. Hackers also recently infiltrated a company that makes control systems for equipment used in the power industry, an attack that officials believe may be related. The chief suspect is Russia, according to three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks. Russian hackers have previously taken down parts of the electrical grid in Ukraine and appear to be testing increasingly advanced tools to disrupt power supplies.

Meanwhile we just agreed to an impenetrable Cyber Security Unit with Russia, to protect against election fraud. This is positively surreal, and makes as much sense as forming a crime-fighting unit with the Mafia, and handing them cyber keys to our nuclear power plants.

Trump’s convoluted rhetoric at Warsaw suggested that the U.S. intelligence community consensus (that Russia was solely responsible for hacking and leaking Democratic Party emails last year) is wrong — but that President Obama should have acted on this faulty intelligence anyway. Trump sounds incoherent, hypocritical, self-contradictory and delusional all at once. Rex Tillerson seemed to say Putin will try to make sure Putin stops meddling in our elections. This too bears no relation to reality. Since the November election, US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have detected an increase in suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the US, likely emboldened by the lack of a significant retaliatory response from both the Trump and Obama administrations. I urge you to join other Republicans coming out against President Trump when it comes to dealings with Russia.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 7, 2017 at 2:50pm

Letter to Rep Senator,

Thank you for criticizing Trump’s attacks on media as “not helpful to the Senate”. On the other hand, calling the Senate Trumpcare CBO analysis “wildly speculative” denies facts you don’t like.

As a climate denier, you’re setting Pennsylvania up for multiple, irreversible catastrophic climate impacts in the second half of this century. An MIT study just found that that ocean warming has already slowed carbon dioxide absorption. Over 33 years, as surface water temperatures increased the carbon export efficiency decreased 1% to 2%. Meanwhile researchers behind the ‘Anthropocene equation’ found that the climate shift driven by humans is 170 times faster than those caused by natural forces. Even worse, Cristian Proistosescu and Peter Huybers of Harvard University just resolved the scientific debate about how quickly human activity will heat up the planet. By considering both slow and fast climate change, they determined that planetary warming will accelerate. The bulk of planetary warming this century will occur in its final decades, with things getting worse faster. Later this century, when there is twice as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there was prior to the industrial revolution, instead of our current 1 °C rise we’ll suffer as much as 6°C rise. In case you forgot, 4°C rise is “incompatible with organized society”.

If you’re counting on reelection in 2022, due to voter suppression, gerrymandering, Cambridge Analytica tricks, and massive corporate donations, you are in for a shameful loss. Climate change is going to eat the Republican Party’s alternate reality. Riling up fears of a rich white man “civilization collapse” is no match for the actual destruction of our actual civilization by the heat emergencies, fires, droughts, floods, starvation, disease, sea level rise, and resource wars of coming decades.

I urge you to change your position on Climate Change based on these new findings.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 7, 2017 at 2:50pm

Letter to Dem Senator:

Dear Senator Casey,

Thank you for supporting Clean Energy and protecting the environment. New research shows that far more must be done now to stop the Republican assault on sustainability.

An MIT study just found that that ocean warming has already slowed carbon dioxide absorption. Over 33 years, as surface water temperatures increased the carbon export efficiency decreased 1% to 2%. Meanwhile researchers behind the ‘Anthropocene equation’ found that the climate shift driven by humans is 170 times faster than those caused by natural forces. Even worse, Cristian Proistosescu and Peter Huybers of Harvard University just resolved the scientific debate about how quickly human activity will heat up the planet. By considering both slow and fast climate change, they determined that planetary warming will accelerate. The bulk of planetary warming this century will be occur in its final decades, with things getting worse faster. Later this century, when there is twice as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there was prior to the industrial revolution, instead of our current 1 °C rise we’ll suffer as much as 6°C rise. In case you forgot, 4°C rise is “incompatible with organized society”.

I urge you to lead Democrats in prioritizing the fight for a sustainable planet based on the latest climate science. The Democratic Party still doesn’t frame our political conflict as an existential crisis. Many leaders still act as if this is politics as usual in a stable democracy instead of a corporate coup that endangers human survival.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 7, 2017 at 2:36pm

Letter to Fitzpatrick, my Rep. Congressman,

Thank you for introducing a House GOP resolution on Environmental Protection. However, new research shows that far more must be done now to reverse the embrace of climate denial by Republican leadership if your party -- and indeed our society as well -- are to survive.

An MIT study just found that that ocean warming has already slowed carbon dioxide absorption. Over 33 years, as surface water temperatures increased the carbon export efficiency decreased 1% to 2%. Meanwhile researchers behind the ‘Anthropocene equation’ found that the climate shift driven by humans is 170 times faster than those caused by natural forces. Even worse, Cristian Proistosescu and Peter Huybers of Harvard University just resolved the scientific debate about how quickly human activity will heat up the planet. By considering both slow and fast climate change, they determined that planetary warming will accelerate. The bulk of planetary warming this century will be back-loaded, occurring in its final decades, with things getting worse faster. Later this century, when there is twice as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there was prior to the industrial revolution, instead of our current 1 °C rise we’ll suffer as much as 6°C rise. In case you forgot, 4°C rise is “incompatible with organized society”.

GOP leaders are counting on voter suppression, gerrymandering, Cambridge Analytica tricks, and massive corporate donations to seize permanent control of the government. But Climate change is going to eat the Republican Party’s alternate reality. Riling up fears of a rich white man “civilization collapse” is no match for the actual destruction of our actual civilization by the heat emergencies, fires, droughts, floods, starvation, disease, sea level rise, and resource wars of coming decades.

I urge you to lead the Republican Climate Caucus to win over your party to climate science reality. Failure to do so will see the GOP reviled as the great destroyer within a few decades.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 6, 2017 at 8:20pm

Yesterday's letter to Republican Senator:

I object to the use of my tax dollars to attack climate science. Scott Pruitt is launching an initiative to "critique" climate science at the EPA. Although 208,500 additional deaths are calculated to occur by 2026 under the Senate health plan, those numbers look only at loss of health care. With air and water pollution set to increase, forest fires increases, wild weather increases, heatwave increases, and so on, due to new anti-environment, anti-science, and anti-regulation policies, citizen deaths will be far far higher.  I urge you to counter the purge of science from the US government.

The Fourth of July is supposed to be about freedom. But for millions of working people across the country, freedoms to unionize are being taken away. For millions of breathing people across the country, freedom to breathe clean air is being taken away. For millions of people who drink water across the country, freedom to drink clean water is being taken away. For every freedom that our government created an agency to protect, Trump and his GOP fellows have put in charge someone whose life was dedicated to destroying that freedom in the pursuit of profit. This Republican administration has tainted the Fourth of July with hate and corruption.

Trump and his spokespersons attack the free press daily. For example, Kellyanne Conway branded the media's coverage of Trump as unpatriotic. What Trump really objects to is a free and independent media shining a light on his agenda and his actions. He doesn't actually hate CNN so much as he hates accountability. This administration and GOP members daily assail or undermine our Constitution and its values. The GOP blares out contempt for the media and anyone else challenging the corporate authoritarian regime they’re making. Contempt is woven into every cruel GOP policy proposal that aims to steal what little the have-nots possess in order to re-gift it to the haves. This isn’t just Trump’s philosophy, it’s the Republican brand, and you are a Republican. I urge you to either repudiate the assault on free press and contempt for constituents, or to repudiate your corrupt party and register as an Independent.

Your fed-up constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 6, 2017 at 8:20pm

Thanks for your update, Joan.

Here's yesterday's letter to Democratic Senator:

I urge you to publicly challenge the blackout of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s investigation which shows that Trump’s Syrian bombing was not justified by a sarin attack, but an illegitimate act based on his refusal to listen to his intelligence briefing. Democrats shouldn’t continue to buy Washington’s cover-up, but call him out.

Yale historian Timothy Snyder asserts that the U.S. is now moving down a cultural and political path that has much in common with Russia under Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian and oligarchic rule. Russia is a model of how you use the threat of terrorism to stabilize inequality over the long term and run a 21st-century, postmodern, authoritarian, kleptocratic, unequal regime. Snyder listed Trump campaign’s senior staff who had personal connections to Russian allies, oligarchs and Putin. Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer is the personal lawyer of the main Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. If Trump is denying his connections to Russia, could he not find a lawyer who is also not representing the Russians? Trump’s firing of James Comey and his threats to fire Robert Mueller, were tantamount to confessions. Snyder believes that the same kind of authoritarian rule that now exists in Russia is where Trump is taking the country. Snyder warns that the truth is critical. Modern authoritarians go after the truth with a three-part scheme. You first fill the public space with lies and contradictions; you don’t acknowledge they’re lies and contradictions. Step two is you say it’s the journalists who lie. Chaotic clashes between fake news and the truth have been persistent features of authoritarian regimes. Step three is everybody says, “Well, maybe’s he’s right. What is truth? Who knows? I’m just going to watch Netflix.” I’m just going to watch Netflix is basically how Russian-style authoritarianism works, Snyder warns. Since we’re already in stage 2 after only 6 ½ months, I urge you to fight an autocratic takeover. If you and other Democrats don’t even publicly name this we’ve already lost.

Your fed-up constituent,

 

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