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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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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 2. 3 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

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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 k.h. 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

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W Feb 16. 7 Replies

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

Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 14. 3 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

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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 Daniel W on February 14, 2017 at 9:47pm

Ruth, I included my history in the letter for a particular reason.   By including that information about myself, I thought it made the letter more credible as someone who wants to defend my country against external aggressors. 

I don't join most advocacy or political organizations any more, because the goal of most is to promote themselves, and do fundraising.  I am beyond sick and tired of spam and robocalls, that continue to arrive, including today.  Advocacy organizations make the calls, and sell your info to other advocacy organizations.  I'm fed up with them too.

But I will write an occasional letter to someone who I think might make a difference, and add my voice to what I imagine to be a chorus.  If it's just me, then that too is fine.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 9:11pm

Daniel, I think we should harass both the House and Senate to investigate presidential or cabinet misdeeds. 

As a vet, have you connected to votevets? were I a vet, I'd be pissed about the move to close VA medical facilities, and other stuff. They probably keep tabs on such issues. If it's helpful, you could share in the vetrans group here.

Thanks for sharing your letter.

Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2017 at 9:11pm

I also copied the letter to my Facebook page.  I have few friends, but some might use that letter to write their own.

Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2017 at 8:54pm

I sent the same letter to my other senator, Maria Cantwell.

Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2017 at 8:51pm

My letter today.  I try to keep it as simple as I can.  I don't know if it does any good.

"Dear Senator Murray,

I am a Washington State resident and voter, and a US Army veteran who served our country honorably in time of need.

I urge you to do whatever possible to bring about an official investigation into dealings of US Executive branch officials with Russian government. Repeated news accounts of unwise, and possibly illegal, dealings with the Russian government are very worrisome.  From the Russian Dossier, some parts of which have apparently been verified, to General Flynn's apparent lies about his dealing with the Russian ambassador, to the news that the President of the United States was apparently aware of those actions, and did nothing, to the news that the Vice President was lied to about Flynn's actions, the pattern is extremely worrisome.  Please protect the United States from powerful foreign enemies, who it appears that we are instead cozying up to.  An urgent investigation is the right thing to do.

Sincerely, "
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Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2017 at 8:25pm

Is investigation of presidential or cabinet misdeeds just the Senate responsibility, or is the house involved too?  Given that the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn entered into inappropriate talks with Russian ambassador - "Ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn was reportedly interviewed by the FBI about a secretly recorded conversation with a Russian ambassador days after he took office, and the White House acknowledged Tuesday it’s known about the controversy “for weeks.” " I feel like it's important to have a thorough investigation into executive branch dealings with the Russian government.  I can write a letter to my senators, but wonder if my teaparty congressional rep should get a letter too.  Mine would be brief, and more like Ruth's paragraph beginning "I urge you to investigate".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 3:54pm

A Senator letter today,

Thank you for voting NO on "Foreclosure King" Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.

I urge you to support an exhaustive investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia. Congress needs to know who authorized Flynn’s actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks. We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security. Trump’s tweet that the “real story” of Flynn’s resignation is illegal leaks suggests he would have continued Flynn’s access to the most sensitive classified information had the public not learned Flynn was compromised.

Hardline House conservatives are plotting a major push to repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately without simultaneously approving an alternative. Block all such action.

I urge you to cosponsor the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," which would prohibit any US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress. It’s deeply disturbing that President Trump, who has expressed eagerness to “negotiate” from a position of nuclear weapons power,  has the sole authority to launch US nuclear weapons and potentially start a civilization-ending nuclear war--and no one can stop him.  Many of us fear his intemperate response to disrespect makes the world insecure.

I urge you to investigate Donald Trump’s fitness as president on the grounds that he ignores obvious security issues by discussing a response to a North Korean missile launch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a busy patio at Mar-a-Lago.  Passersby were apparently able to get close to classified documents and snap photos whenever they pleased. Past presidents usually used a secure SCIF tent to deal with classified national-security information when they were away from the White House.

In addition, the reporting and cameras serve as a free ad from his property, which raises serious ethical concerns about whether he’s using the presidency for his personal benefit. From day one, President Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution's foreign and domestic "emoluments" clauses.

Your concerned constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 3:53pm

My House letter today.

I urge you to support Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s "resolution of inquiry" that amounts to the first legislative step toward impeachment. . From day one, President Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution's foreign and domestic "emoluments" clauses.  Fighting for impeachment is a way to go on the offensive, directly challenging the huge corruption that Trump has brought to the White House.

Donald Trump’s fitness as president is also called into question on the grounds that he ignored obvious security issues by discussing a response to a North Korean missile launch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a busy patio at Mar-a-Lago. Passersby were apparently able to get close to classified documents and snap photos whenever they pleased. Past presidents usually used a secure SCIF tent to deal with classified national-security information when they were away from the White House.

In addition, the reporting and cameras in that setting serve as a free ad from his property, another example of the ethical concerns about using the presidency for his personal benefit.

I urge you to support an exhaustive investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia. Congress needs to know who authorized Flynn’s actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks. We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security. Trump’s tweet that the “real story” of Flynn’s resignation is illegal leaks suggests he would have continued Flynn’s access to the most sensitive classified information had the public not learned Flynn was compromised.

Hardline House conservatives are plotting a major push to repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately without simultaneously approving an alternative. Block all such action.

I urge you to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill to prohibit any US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress. It’s deeply disturbing that President Trump, who has expressed eagerness to “negotiate” from a position of nuclear weapons power,  has the sole authority to launch US nuclear weapons and potentially start a civilization-ending nuclear war--and no one can stop him.  Many of us fear his intemperate response to disrespect makes the world insecure.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2017 at 3:24pm

My calls today:

Urging my representative and senators to cosponsor and support HR669 / S200, the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017”, which would prohibit 45* or any US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress authorizing this.

Asking my senators to oppose ultra-conservative tea partier Mick Mulvaney's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget.

Asking my senators to [follow Robert Reich's advice and] block any action, even denying a floor vote, on Neil Gorsuch or any nominee to the Supreme Court until Trump establishes his legitimacy as president: "Which means

  • the Senate intelligence committee and FBI must first conclude that Russian operatives were not responsible for Trump’s electoral victory,
  • Trump must reveal his taxes, and
  • he must put his assets into a blind trust."

(bullet points added)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2017 at 3:05pm

I just sent the following little bon mot to Paul Ryan, courtesy of UltraViolet:

Paul, I would hope you have noticed by now that there is a petulant child in the White House, one who apparently never took a civics class or is much interested in the structure or operation of our government.  Yet there he is, making mistake after blundering mistake.

I'm not expecting you to oust him, though that may become necessary.  I DO expect you to stand up to him, especially when he is as wrong as he's been, and to do so publicly.  I have next to no tolerance for the brand of stupidity I've seen from our 45th president.  He needs to be corrected - repeatedly - and by more than one person.

Make yourself one of them.

 

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