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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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Examine your state legislators

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The Center for Public Integrity presents a data base of state level legislative conflicts of interest. Find your state legislators' financial interests…Continue

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17, 2017. 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

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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

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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

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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: ky Feb 16, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

Finding addresses/phones for your Senators and Representative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 8, 2017. 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 September 7, 2017 at 3:21pm

Letter to House:

I urge you to take immediate action and pass H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act, and urge your colleagues to pass it by a veto-proof majority. I’m angry about betrayal of DREAMers, who came forward in trust and are now threatened with arrest and deportation in 6 months. Business leaders and most of your constituents want them to have legal status and a path to citizenship. Their contributions to Social Security are also critical to its solvency. Rescinding DACA would reduce the GDP by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

I strongly urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan. Oppose any plan that eliminates Medicaid expansion and fails to guarantee affordable coverage for low-income Americans. The American people want not repeal but a bipartisan approach to repairing and expanding the ACA.

I urge you to support the bipartisan amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill, HR 3267 which would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs. 76% of physicians support the medical use of marijuana for specific conditions. This compromise is necessary to protect medical marijuana programs and prevent malicious prosecution of innocent patients using marijuana on doctors’ advice.

In the wake of Harvey, and facing Irma, it’s time to treat public policies built on science denial as gross negligence.  It’s time to pass laws to hold politicians and public servants who end up killing large numbers of people and destroying critical infrastructure accountable, when they contemptuously cast aside clear scientific warnings. A ProPublica and Texas Tribune investigation found last year that those who have overseen Houston’s flooding issues dismissed scientists’ warnings as “anti-development.” In August 2016, months after Houston had been hit by the second of two back-to-back “hundred year floods,” Mike Talbott, then the head of Houston’s flood control district, refused to consider scientific studies that development worsened flooding. Preceding Hurricane Harvey, Republican lawmakers delayed implementing safety rules for a local chemical plant. The Texas Department of Housing, Department of Public Safety and Health and Human Services were caught off-guard by the scale of Harvey’s destruction, because the Texas legislature had repeatedly killed bills to create a “climate adaptation plan” that could have resulted in preparations. If we don’t stop institutionalized climate change negligence at all levels of government, our country will spiral into preventable catastrophe. In 2012, North Carolina’s Coastal Commission released a scientific report projecting a sea level rise of 39 inches along the state’s shores over the course of the coming century, North Carolina legislators responded by passing a law that essentially banned the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise. The 2017 hurricanes will teach us that anti-scientific government policy is suicide. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 6, 2017 at 4:47pm

Today's letters for both senators:

I urge you to oppose Jim Bridenstine to head NASA. With the US threatened by super hurricanes, it’s counterproductive to put a climate denier with no formal qualifications in science or engineering or space in charge of the satellites. No one from elected politics has ever led NASA.

I urge you to oppose David Zatezalo, a former coal executive whose company clashed with federal officials over mining safety rules under President Obama, to the top mining safety post in the Department of Labor.

I urge you to oppose Tom Marino for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position often referred to as drug czar. He’s said he wants to “put nonviolent drug offenders in some sort of 'hospital-slash-prison.” Bill Piper, senior director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, called Marino "a disastrous choice"

I urge you to oppose Adam I. Klein, a staunch advocate of mass surveillance, to chair one of the few barriers standing between intrusive government spying and the American people’s privacy, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). Although Klein advocates a balance between national security and privacy, he routinely comes down on the side of government surveillance.

I urge you to oppose sweatshop lobbyist Patrick Pizzella for deputy labor secretary, the number two man in the Department of Labor. Aiding worker exploitation in the North Mariana Islands must preclude Pizzella from overseeing fair labor standards.

If the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s hold on Steven Bradbury for Trump’s general counsel for the Transportation Department is lifted, I urge you to oppose his nomination. The man wrote the legal memos authorizing the use of torture by the CIA for the Bush administration deserves no place in government. 

Senate GOP leaders are expected to attach a debt ceiling increase to the $8 billion Harvey disaster relief bill, with hopes of sending it back to the House for approval and to President Donald Trump's desk by Sunday. The House Freedom Caucus is already vowing to fight the idea, unless a debt ceiling increase is coupled with spending cuts. I urge you oppose such immoral blackmail attempts and to pass a clean disaster relief bill.

Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Cory Gardner, and Johnny Isakson are introducing a joint resolution that would force Trump to officially go on the record condemning the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rallies. I strongly urge you to support this bipartisan joint resolution, and force Trump to sign it into law. Congress must take a moral stand against weaponized American Nazis and their terrorist style murder of Heather Heyer.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 5, 2017 at 4:26pm

My calls today were brief, and dealt entirely with the tRump administration phasing out DACA.

I asked my Democratic senator to support S. 1615, the DREAM Act of 2017, and work to have it passed by veto-proof majorities. (I'd called the Republican senator last week.) I asked my (Democratic) congressman to support H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act of 2017 as well as S. 1615. (More about those in Ruth's letters below.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 2, 2017 at 2:05pm

Ruth and I worked together on letters today.

This is the House letter. The Senate letters are similar, with the end of the last paragraph changed to urge the senator to "ensure that a similar amendment ... is added to the Senate budget bill"; and the Republican senator's first paragraph mentions "the Constitution which you swore to support and defend".

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I urge you to support budget relief for Harvey’s damage without doing offsets, without trying to rip the money out from other programs. It’s time for Republicans to say, “We can’t do the wall right now, because this was the greatest disaster in U.S. history.” It’s insane to gut permanent domestic policy programs every time we have a disaster, because climate destabili­zation will escalate the steady slate of disasters in play. The fossil fuel industry’s control of our country has begun destroying it. Our government exists, according to the Constitution which every member of Congress swore to support and defend, to “promote the general Welfare”, not to enrich powerful corporations whose externalized costs manifest as climate destabilization.

It is telling that fossil fuel interests and the politicians they own rely on outright deception. Wind and solar are now less expensive in most applications than gas and coal, so rapidly replacing fossil fuels with renewables makes economic sense as well as being the sane moral course. If Trump or the Freedom Caucus insist on offsets, I urge you to sponsor a bill to go through the budget with a fine tooth comb, identifying and cutting every direct and indirect subsidy for fossil fuel.

Taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels are disaster accelerants, responsible for making Harvey and the wildfires burning in California so horrific. Subsidizing fossil fuels and denying climate science are on par with the house- and book-burning “firemen” of Fahrenheit 451.

Harvey-like superstorms will become the norm as the world continues to heat up. The Clausius-Clapeyron equation that tells us there is a roughly 3% increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5°C of warming. Each new climate disaster will cause unique damage. Harvey shut down 61 percent of U.S. ethylene capacity, an impact which will ripple through the economy. Historian Naomi Oreskes says that, for the past two decades, the Republican Party has been “the greatest obstacle to American action on climate change.” As Bobby Kennedy said in 1964, “The problem of power is… how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.”

Congressman Adam Schiff introduced an amendment to the upcoming government spending bill to defund Trump's commission on voter fraud. I agree with his accusation that the commission is laying the groundwork for new restrictions on voting that disproportionately disadvantage minority voters. Kris Kobach, the head of this so-called Commission on Election Integrity, was the mastermind of the racist voter purges using intentionally sloppy Crosscheck matching, and is a paid columnist at the conservative Breitbart News website. It’s un-American to use taxpayer dollars to pay for such trickery designed to disenfranchise them. I urge you to support this amendment defunding the sham “voter fraud” commission.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2017 at 3:18pm

Rep House letter:

I urge you to heed Senator John McCain’s advice about Trump. "We are not his subordinates. We don't answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation." Don’t be a part of Trump’s rebranding the Republican Party as the largest racist, white supremacist organization in the country.

Former Sen. John Danforth warns that the GOP "has been corrupted by this hateful man, and it is now in peril." The Party of Lincoln started to preserve the union. Trump is "the most divisive president in our history.” Danforth said, “We Republicans must disassociate ourselves from Trump by expressing our opposition to his divisive tactics and by clearly and strongly insisting that he does not represent what it means to be a Republican.

I call on you to reject racism and divisiveness. I urge you to defend DACA recipients against Trump and state AGs' threats. I urge you to cosponsor and support the American Hope Act (H.R. 3591).

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation is a moral challenge. I urge you to insist that hurricane relief funding take the place of wall funding. Trump wants to cut $1 billion of federal disaster assistance in order to help finance the border wall. If Trump objects, tell him that he has NO moral standing on this issue because he tweeted that he intentionally understaffed FEMA in order to shrink the federal government.

Trump denied human-caused climate change in over 100 tweets. In June Earth Science Professor Robert Kopp warned us that, “In the absence of major efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience, the Gulf Coast will take a massive hit. Its exposure to sea-level rise – made worse by potentially stronger hurricanes – poses a major risk to its communities.” Hurricane Harvey offers a glimpse of an ever more likely future because the administration is denialist.

Oil companies KNOW. While they’ve spent millions sponsoring climate deniers, they raised the height of their platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, from 40ft above sea level in 1940, to 70ft in the 1990s, to 91ft today. By failing to acknowledge the obvious link between climate breakdown and danger, politicians push the world towards catastrophe. The most profound extinction, the PETM, happened because volcanoes released up to 0.58 petagrams of carbon per year. About 10 petagrams of carbon are currently released every year from fossil fuel emissions. Climate change denial must stop!

I urge you to reject any funding cuts to nutrition programs like SNAP and WIC. These cost-effective programs serve as a bridge out of poverty for vulnerable families. Cutting billions from such programs will force millions to go hungry and be too weak to work. State flexibility is a ruse, an excuse, to starve your poorest constituents to fund tax breaks for the rich.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2017 at 3:17pm

letter to Dem Sen:

I urge you to defend DACA recipients against Trump and state AGs' threats. On July 20th, Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced the DREAM Act (S. 1615), a bipartisan bill which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA participants. Cosponsor and support S. 1615!

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation is a moral challenge. I urge you to insist that hurricane relief funding take the place of wall funding. Trump wants to cut $1 billion of federal disaster assistance in order to help finance the border wall. If Trump objects, tell him that he has NO moral standing on this issue because he tweeted that he intentionally understaffed FEMA in order to shrink the federal government.

Trump denied human-caused climate change in over 100 tweets. The Trump administration named climate change doubter Cathy Stepp as the principal deputy administrator for the Region 7 EPA office. I urge you to object.

In June Earth Science Professor Robert Kopp warned us that, “In the absence of major efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience, the Gulf Coast will take a massive hit. Its exposure to sea-level rise – made worse by potentially stronger hurricanes – poses a major risk to its communities.”

Oil companies KNOW. While they’ve spent millions sponsoring climate deniers, they raised the height of their platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, from 40ft above sea level in 1940, to 70ft in the 1990s, to 91ft today. By failing to acknowledge the obvious link between climate breakdown and danger, politicians like Trump and GOP Senators push the world towards catastrophe. The most profound extinction, the PETM, happened because volcanoes released up to 0.58 petagrams of carbon per year. About 10 petagrams of carbon are currently released every year from fossil fuel emissions. I urge you to challenge you denialist colleagues on Climate change denial!

I urge you to oppose Jeffrey Bossert Clark for our nation’s top environmental prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Clark is a climate change denier who has publicly condemned government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and he helped lead industry challenges to the EPA’s “endangerment finding,” He has a long history of attacking the government agencies he would be charged with protecting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2017 at 3:16pm

letter to Rep Sen page 2:

Oil companies KNOW. While they’ve spent millions sponsoring climate deniers, they raised the height of their platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, from 40ft above sea level in 1940, to 70ft in the 1990s, to 91ft today. By failing to acknowledge the obvious link between climate breakdown and danger, politicians like you and Trump push the world towards catastrophe. The most profound extinction, the PETM, happened because volcanoes released up to 0.58 petagrams of carbon per year. About 10 petagrams of carbon are currently released every year from fossil fuel emissions. Climate change denial must stop!

I urge you to oppose Jeffrey Bossert Clark for our nation’s top environmental prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Clark is a climate change denier who has publicly condemned government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and he helped lead industry challenges to the EPA’s “endangerment finding,” He has a long history of attacking the government agencies he would be charged with protecting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2017 at 3:16pm

letter to Rep Sen page 1:

I urge you to heed Senator John McCain’s advice about Trump. "We are not his subordinates. We don't answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation." Don’t be a part of Trump’s rebranding the Republican Party as the largest racist, white supremacist organization in the country.

Former Sen. John Danforth warns that the GOP "has been corrupted by this hateful man, and it is now in peril." The Party of Lincoln started to preserve the union. Trump is "the most divisive president in our history.” Danforth said, “We Republicans must disassociate ourselves from Trump by expressing our opposition to his divisive tactics and by clearly and strongly insisting that he does not represent what it means to be a Republican.

It’s disgusting that every Republican Senator but McCain voted to confirm John Bush as a federal judge, a man known for sexist, racist, and homophobic speech. I call on you to reject racism and divisiveness from here forward. I urge you to defend DACA recipients against Trump and state AGs' threats. On July 20th, Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced the DREAM Act (S. 1615), a bipartisan bill which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA participants. Cosponsor and support S. 1615!

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation is a moral challenge. I urge you to insist that hurricane relief funding take the place of wall funding. Trump wants to cut $1 billion of federal disaster assistance in order to help finance the border wall. If Trump objects, tell him that he has NO moral standing on this issue because he tweeted that he intentionally understaffed FEMA in order to shrink the federal government.

Trump denied human-caused climate change in over 100 tweets. The Trump administration named climate change doubter Cathy Stepp as the principal deputy administrator for the Region 7 EPA office. I urge you to object.

In June Earth Science Professor Robert Kopp warned us that, “In the absence of major efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience, the Gulf Coast will take a massive hit. Its exposure to sea-level rise – made worse by potentially stronger hurricanes – poses a major risk to its communities.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2017 at 1:43pm

Page 2 to all legislators:

Hitler had fervent support of Germany’s Christian sects. Hitler forged an alliance with industry, bringing former executives of the nation’s largest corporations into high government positions. Hitler discredited the “lying” free press, until it was shut down and wealthy hard-right friends of his regime controlled the press. Hitler and his controlled media equated him with the nation itself, just as Trump equates himself with our country. It is as if Trump were following a Hitlerian script. Will a nationwide media campaign attacking Trump’s critics as treasonous be next? Hitler sold the German people on the idea that the “left” was responsible for the Reichstag Fire. Antifa and the imaginary “alt-left” are cued up for his base to blame. The Trump-speak ground­work is laid for Trump’s Reichstag Fire event.

On impeaching and removing a president, consider this quote from Clinton’s White House Counsel Charles Ruff:

“There is only one question before you, albeit a difficult one, one that is a question of fact and law and constitutional theory. Would it put at risk the liberties of the people to retain the President in office?” [emphasis mine]

This isn’t just more Trump lies. It’s urgent that you to speak out strongly against these preparations for a Fascist power grab. Congress must stop this would-be tyrant!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2017 at 1:43pm

Page 1 to all legislators:

Trump is chain-sawing democracy by criminalizing dissent. The DreamHost warrant seeking information on inauguration protesters amounts to a “general warrant, a demand for sweeping information not related to any specific crime or individual. This administration is violating the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures” and requires that all warrants be based on “probable cause… particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” They have precedent now to demand data tantamount to the membership list of any advocacy group organizing or supporting protests and other opposition activity.

While Trump demonizes the free press exactly as Hitler did, he defends Neo-Nazi supporters who equate hate speech like “Blood and Soil” (which calls for genocide) to Free Speech. Rallies screaming for genocide are no more protected free speech than shouting “Fire” in a theatre.

President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is a presidential endorsement of racism. Appointment of Fred Malek as chair of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a highly recognized think tank that is part of the Smithsonian Institution, is a presidential endorsement of anti-Semitism. Malek put together a hit list of Jewish officials in the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Nixon to purge. After only a few were transferred or demoted, Nixon-era memos reveal that Malek wrote to Haldeman and said, “I had several meetings with [Labor] Secretary [James D.] Hodgson to convince him of the need for fairly drastic moves.” “These moves do not go as far as I would have preferred but represent a reasonable compromise [with the president’s demand for a Jew purge]…”

A recent analysis of terror attacks from the libertarian CATO Institute concluded that, since 1992, far-right extremists have killed about 10 times as many Americans as far-left extremists have. Senior US law enforcement officials have raised concerns that in recent months the potential for violence from far-right extremists including neo-Nazi, KKK, and certain militia groups has escalated. Still the administration apparently turns a blind eye to far-right terror, preferring to smear Antifa and invent a so-called “alt-left” scapegoat. It’s obvious that Trump plans to imitate Hitler’s Reichstag Fire move.

 

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