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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 Apr 12. 4 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2017 at 9:35pm

Here's today's House letter,

I urge you to join Rep. Adam Schiff’s call for Devin Nuñes to recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russia investigation and all oversight matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition. Nuñes has disqualified himself as the leader of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation. He implicated himself in a possible violation of the law, destroyed the Republicans' preferred line of defense and implicitly admitted that the administration has no rebuttal to Yates' testimony. Cancelling the hearing in which Sally Yates and James Clapper were to testify, and then cancelling the classified hearing with FBI Director James Comey (which was Nuñes’ excuse to cancel the first hearing) provide evidence of Nuñes’ unsuitability.

The involvement of Trump’s inner circle in Russian collaboration continues to widen, with new evidence that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner not only met with Sergei Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S., in December but that Kislyak had him meet with the head of the Russian bank VEB. This administration has lost all legitimacy, and must be investigated by an independent special prosecutor.

Trump’s attempt to claim immunity from civil suit based on the Supremacy Clause puts the US Government in the morally corrupt position of shielding a man who first sexually assaulted a woman and then defamed her after she came forward. Do you personally support such disgusting behavior in the name United States welfare? Speak out!

I urge you to sign "Dear Appropriator" letters to the House Appropriations Committees in support of full federal funding for the LSTA and the IAL programs. Large numbers of Members of Congress signing these letters would send a strong signal to the Appropriations Committees to continue to fund our nation's libraries.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2017 at 12:03pm

Loren, thanks for the laugh, "specious twit", indeed.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2017 at 12:02pm

Thanks, Thomas. I appreciate it. Sometimes I feel as if nobody notices the letters or writes to their legislators.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 28, 2017 at 4:34pm

Ruth,

I wish I can send you flowers for all the work you are doing.

But for now, I hope this will do.

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2017 at 3:36pm

Damn, Ruth!  You make me look like a piker, with both the quantity and the quality of your output.  That specious twit Toomey should watch his ass!  BRAVA!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 28, 2017 at 3:18pm

Today's letter to Senator Toomey was a response to his letter to me, which disgusted and angered me.

Dear Senator Toomey,

Your justification for S. 87, implying that all immigrants are dangerous by citing one murder and three released child molesters, vilifies a minority. It’s a fact that undocumented immigrants have a lower crime rate than native-born US citizens.

Withholding federal funds from Philadelphia to force our city to help ICE persecute and deport undocumented immigrants would replace a peaceful city of compassion with one ruled by fear of police and vigilantes.

Rule by vilification is dangerous. Divisiveness makes everyone unsafe. Blaming “enemies” for a country’s problems leads inevitably to persecution of one minority after another and to war. In 1934 and thereafter, it didn’t make German citizens safer to vilify Jews, and then Romani, and then the handicapped. Once hate replaces sanity in governance, one persecuted group easily replaces another. After Trump has exhausted undocumented immigrants and Muslims as targets, no doubt he’ll move on LGBT, Hispanic, Atheists, Jews, and anyone who isn’t 100% obedient.

You must be aware of how Trump and his surrogates treat any diversion from total obedience to his agenda as betrayal. Even a mild criticism could put you on Bannon’s war room whiteboard hit list. The StormTrumpers stand at the ready to crucify any Republican legislator they view as disloyal or insufficiently resolute. Texas Rep. Bill Flores was not only smeared for a mild criticism, he got death threats. I urge you to embrace democratic diversity instead of vilification, for your own safety as well as that of your people.

Why are you trying to establish a country reliant on the blaming of minorities for government support, instead of representing all Pennsylvanians? Philadelphia isn’t dangerous and doesn’t deserve to be punished!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 28, 2017 at 3:16pm

Today's House letter:

I urge you to reject reauthorization of D.C. Voucher Program. Instead of supporting private and sectarian religious schools through vouchers, taxpayer money should be used to support and improve our shared public school system, which provides a religiously neutral, constitutionally sound, and evidence-based education for all students. Our children are better served by using public funds to make public schools stronger.

Consider these reasons to oppose the D.C. voucher program:

— It violates the separation of church and state. Approximately 80 percent of the students who participate in the D.C. voucher program attend religious schools. Parents certainly have the right to choose religious education for their children, but taxpayers should not be required to pay for another’s religious education.

— It fails to improve education. Four separate studies by the Department of Education have found that the D.C. school voucher program does not necessarily improve academic achievement.

— It is unfair and unaccountable. Investigations have shown that D.C. private and religious schools that receive voucher funds do not provide the same rights, protections, and educational opportunities to students as public schools, including students with disabilities.

I urge you to oppose the budget proposal. President Trump’s proposed budget includes plans to cut $6 billion in federal housing support from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). These cuts could leave 192,516 families in Pennsylvania homeless or without access to affordable housing. Trump’s plan would also cut HUD’s community assistance program, which supports parks, social services, and disaster relief.

During his nomination hearings, HUD Secretary Ben Carson would not deny that his policies could benefit Trump financially due to his many real estate investments. It is unfair and immoral of Trump to increase the burden of homelessness in Pennsylvania due to his own conflict of interest in the housing market.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 28, 2017 at 3:16pm

Today's letter to Senator Casey:

Thank you for speaking out against Judge Gorsuch for Supreme Court.

I urge you to join Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer’s push back against efforts to fund Trump’s xenophobic agenda, such as packaging funding for wall construction and immigration agents into an upcoming appropriations bill which must pass by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. If Republicans include funding for Trump’s wall, even more critical programs will be gutted. Although DHS estimates the wall to cost $21 billion, MSNBC projects that number could grow to $50 billion.

I also urge you to defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in budget deliberations. We have to fight back against this assault on the agency standing up for student loan borrowers, and other customers who’ve had their money stolen by financial firms. Wall Street, predatory lenders, student loan servicers and their friends in Congress are pushing for measures that would gut the Bureau’s independence, gut its funding, and deadlock their leadership structures.

I urge you to sponsor legislation forcing Donald Trump to actually divest from his businesses or resign. Ethics experts from both parties agree: Donald Trump must divest from his businesses or put the United States at risk. President Obama's chief ethics counsel issued a statement saying Trump's massive conflicts of interest will bring "scandal and corruption" – and George W. Bush's chief ethics counsel agrees. The American people deserve to know that Trump is working for us, not just passing laws to benefit his businesses and line his own pocket.

 I urge you to push for immediate hearings to get to the bottom of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's abuses of power, and to fix this broken agency before approving another nominee to the Commission. Until a new FERC commissioner is approved by the Senate, the agency cannot issue the certificates needed to approve fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations, or LNG exports. This means we’ve got a short window to protect communities and the climate.  Fix this broken agency before approving another nominee to the Commission. FERC is a rubber stamp machine. In its 30-year history, the commission has said “no” to only one pipeline project – ever. FERC routinely ignores the legitimate concerns of affected communities, downplays the climate impacts of the projects it approves, and seizes families’ property to boost pipeline company profits.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 28, 2017 at 3:15pm

Monday's letter to Senator Casey:

I urge you to support the formation of an independent, nonpartisan commission with full subpoena power, like those that investigated the attacks of 9/11 and the intelligence failures in Iraq. We need public testimony on national TV, like the Watergate investigation. This administration is thoroughly tainted not only with foreign collusion but also with illegal behavior and corruption. Systemic moral failure cannot be reversed by half measures.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act, or MAR-A-LAGO Act (apparently S. 721).
 It’s time to require the White House to publish visitor logs—not only for the White House, but for Trump’s other frequent meeting places in New York and New Jersey, as well.

Without any official notification, Trump sent 500 new American troops into Syria, and some news reports say that the plan is for hundreds more American troops to be added in the coming weeks. No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret. Join Senator Chris Murphy in publicly asking “what is our mission and what is our exit strategy?” and “Do we have a political strategy or just a military strategy?”

Americans have a right to know what Trump is planning and whether this will lead to an Iraq-style occupation of Syria for years to come. Making U.S. troops an indispensable part of the invasion force will likely require us to stay and become an indispensable part of the occupation force as well. It happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump’s deployment of a small group of Special Forces operators to Manbij to keep the peace between Kurdish and Turkish-backed forces suggests that our military mission is much broader—and more complicated—than simply helping to retake Raqqa.

This deployment poses a significant, potentially catastrophic risk for the United States and the future of Syria and the Middle East. Certainly you don’t want a new war to start in secret, without Congress even noticing it. Congress needs to get in the game and start asking questions—before it’s too late.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 28, 2017 at 3:14pm

Monday's letter to Senator Toomey:

Your position in favor of the FBI investigation into Trump/Russian connections and “in favor of an investigation by the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee into Russian election actions” is not good enough. Attention to the Russian government meddling in our election is laudable, but ignores wrongdoing within our administration which is more critical to our nation’s survival. I urge you to support the formation of an independent, nonpartisan commission with full subpoena power, like those that investigated the attacks of 9/11 and the intelligence failures in Iraq. We need public testimony on national TV, like the Watergate investigation. This administration is thoroughly tainted with not only foreign collusion but also illegal behavior and corruption. As a stalwart supporter of Trump and the GOP leadership covering for him, your own reputation is also on the line, even without personal participation in their misdeeds. Systemic moral failure cannot be reversed by half measures.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act, or MAR-A-LAGO Act (apparently S. 721).
It’s time to require the White House to publish visitor logs—not only for the White House, but for Trump’s other frequent meeting places in New York and New Jersey, as well.

Without any official notification, Trump sent 500 new American troops into Syria, and some news reports say that the plan is for hundreds more American troops to be added in the coming weeks. No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret. Join Senator Chris Murphy in publicly asking “what is our mission and what is our exit strategy?” and “Do we have a political strategy or just a military strategy?”

Americans have a right to know what Trump is planning and whether this will lead to an Iraq-style occupation of Syria for years to come. Making U.S. troops an indispensable part of the invasion force will likely require us to stay and become an indispensable part of the occupation force as well. It happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump’s deployment of a small group of Special Forces operators to Manbij to keep the peace between Kurdish and Turkish-backed forces suggests that our military mission is much broader—and more complicated—than simply helping to retake Raqqa.

This deployment poses a significant, potentially catastrophic risk for the United States and the future of Syria and the Middle East. Certainly you don’t want a new war to start in secret, without Congress even noticing it. Congress needs to get in the game and start asking questions—before it’s too late.

 

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