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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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Write and Call and get friends involved

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Keep Families Together Act

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The actions of the current administration have had me incensed practically from the time they took office.  The depths to which they wish to descend appear to have few if any limits.  However, with the current action being taken against immigrants…Continue

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Letter to Rep and Senators Regarding New Congressional Freethought Caucus

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23. 3 Replies

The following letter has just been posted to the following Congresspersons:Congresswoman Marcia FudgeSenator Sherrod BrownSenator Rob Portmanand will be shortly followed by hard-copy letters sent by US Mail:As you well know, the United States was…Continue

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

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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 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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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2017 at 6:50pm

Letter to Senators, page 2:

Forcing your constituents to prop up the dirty energy industry creates more wildfires, more hurricanes, more droughts, and more heat waves to kill us. Tropical rain forests have already become carbon sources - one of four key climate tipping points. We’ve already pushed half of the amount of carbon into Earth’s oceans that would trigger catastrophic mass extinction. How many states and territories does climate change have to destroy before bought-off politicians return to climate sanity? I strongly urge you to oppose all fossil fuel subsidies and renewable tariffs and disincentives in the 2018 tax budget.

On the topic of Climate Change disaster, Puerto Ricans pay payroll taxes, business taxes, and estate taxes. They helped pay for disaster relief in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and in Florida after Hurricane Irma. So far, Trump has only authorized the basic response for short-term emergency help in Puerto Rico, called A-B public assistance. FEMA has yet to authorize full disaster help for Puerto Rico, which Texas got 10 days after Harvey hit. FEMA authorized the category C-G response for 27 counties in Texas. A few days later, it agreed to fund 90 percent of those costs, instead of the standard 75 percent. It's over two weeks since Maria inflicted worse damage on Puerto Rico. I urge you to sponsor a bill providing extended categories of help known as C-G assistance at 90 percent funding for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Restoring power, communications, and running water isn’t the kind of work that emergency responders can do. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2017 at 6:49pm

Letter to Senators, page 1:

I urge you to cosponsor and support the bill introduced by Sen Feinstein that would ban the sale and possession of bump-stock equipment and other devices that essentially turn a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic one.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2017 (SB 1458), which would pay states to decrease incarcerations while keeping down crime. Under the bill, states that decreased the number of prisoners by 7% over three years without a substantial increase in crime would be eligible for grants. The United States has the world’s worst incarceration rate, both per capita and in absolute numbers, in part due to a 1994 crime bill that incentivized states to increase prison populations. Americans spend almost $80 billion per year on our prison system.

The so-called tax reform proposed by Republicans would be self-destructive to our country in both climate and energy costs. Proposals would disrupt the economics of clean energy according to Daniel Shurey, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Lower corporate tax rates would threaten the supply of tax equity, a key source of clean-power financing. A new Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA ) report indicates that renewable energy is disrupting electricity markets worldwide at a pace of change difficult to imagine just a few years ago. Electricity utilities that perform best going forward will be those that strategically transition to renewable energy-based business models. Cheaper renewable electricity is our best economic investment.  But a report by Oil Change International (OCI) says that fossil fuel subsidies "have been defended by a Congress influenced by $350 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by the fossil fuel industry," which reseachers estimate "equates to a 8,200 percent return on investment. Until we separate oil and state, the dirty energy money cycle of fossil fuel contributions going into Congress and oil, gas, and coal subsidies coming out will stymie our chances at revolutionizing the energy sector and staving off worsening climate disasters." Taxpayer subsidies, including financial handouts, flexible liability policies, and tax breaks "waste billions of dollars propping up an industry incompatible with safe climate limits."

A separate study by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) concluded that US subsidies to oil companies encourage them to drill oil fields that would otherwise be unprofitable. Over half of the new oil investments over the next few decades would be unprofitable without tax preferences and other subsidies.

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

Letter to House, page 2:

Forcing your constituents to prop up the dirty energy industry creates more wildfires, more hurricanes, more droughts, and more heat waves to kill us. Tropical rain forests have already become carbon sources - one of four key climate tipping points. We’ve already pushed half of the amount of carbon into Earth’s oceans that would trigger catastrophic mass extinction. How many states and territories does climate change have to destroy before bought-off politicians return to climate sanity? I strongly urge you to oppose all fossil fuel subsidies and renewable tariffs and disincentives in the 2018 tax budget.

On the topic of Climate Change disaster, Puerto Ricans pay payroll taxes, business taxes, and estate taxes. They helped pay for disaster relief in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and in Florida after Hurricane Irma. So far, Trump has only authorized the basic response for short-term emergency help in Puerto Rico, called A-B public assistance. FEMA has yet to authorize full disaster help for Puerto Rico, which Texas got 10 days after Harvey hit. FEMA authorized the category C-G response for 27 counties in Texas. A few days later, it agreed to fund 90 percent of those costs, instead of the standard 75 percent. It's over two weeks since Maria inflicted worse damage on Puerto Rico. I urge you to sponsor a bill providing extended categories of help known as C-G assistance at 90 percent funding for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Restoring power, communications, and running water isn’t the kind of work that emergency responders can do. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2017 at 6:46pm

Letter to House, page 1:

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2017 (HR 3845), which would pay states to decrease incarcerations while keeping down crime. Under the bill, states that decreased the number of prisoners by 7% over three years without a substantial increase in crime would be eligible for grants. The United States has the world’s worst incarceration rate, both per capita and in absolute numbers, in part due to a 1994 crime bill that incentivized states to increase prison populations. Americans spend almost $80 billion per year on our prison system.

The so-called tax reform proposed by Republicans would be self-destructive to our country in both climate and energy costs. Proposals would disrupt the economics of clean energy according to Daniel Shurey, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Lower corporate tax rates would threaten the supply of tax equity, a key source of clean-power financing. A new Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA ) report indicates that renewable energy is disrupting electricity markets worldwide at a pace of change difficult to imagine just a few years ago. Electricity utilities that perform best going forward will be those that strategically transition to renewable energy-based business models. Cheaper renewable electricity is our best economic investment.  But a report by Oil Change International (OCI) says that fossil fuel subsidies "have been defended by a Congress influenced by $350 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by the fossil fuel industry," which reseachers estimate "equates to a 8,200 percent return on investment. Until we separate oil and state, the dirty energy money cycle of fossil fuel contributions going into Congress and oil, gas, and coal subsidies coming out will stymie our chances at revolutionizing the energy sector and staving off worsening climate disasters." Taxpayer subsidies, including financial handouts, flexible liability policies, and tax breaks "waste billions of dollars propping up an industry incompatible with safe climate limits."

A separate study by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) concluded that US subsidies to oil companies encourage them to drill oil fields that would otherwise be unprofitable. Over half of the new oil investments over the next few decades would be unprofitable without tax preferences and other subsidies.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2017 at 6:44pm

Letter to House, page 1:

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of 2017 (HR 3845), which would pay states to decrease incarcerations while keeping down crime. Under the bill, states that decreased the number of prisoners by 7% over three years without a substantial increase in crime would be eligible for grants. The United States has the world’s worst incarceration rate, both per capita and in absolute numbers, in part due to a 1994 crime bill that incentivized states to increase prison populations. Americans spend almost $80 billion per year on our prison system.

The so-called tax reform proposed by Republicans would be self-destructive to our country in both climate and energy costs. Proposals would disrupt the economics of clean energy according to Daniel Shurey, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Lower corporate tax rates would threaten the supply of tax equity, a key source of clean-power financing. A new Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA ) report indicates that renewable energy is disrupting electricity markets worldwide at a pace of change difficult to imagine just a few years ago. Electricity utilities that perform best going forward will be those that strategically transition to renewable energy-based business models. Cheaper renewable electricity is our best economic investment.  But a report by Oil Change International (OCI) says that fossil fuel subsidies "have been defended by a Congress influenced by $350 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by the fossil fuel industry," which reseachers estimate "equates to a 8,200 percent return on investment. Until we separate oil and state, the dirty energy money cycle of fossil fuel contributions going into Congress and oil, gas, and coal subsidies coming out will stymie our chances at revolutionizing the energy sector and staving off worsening climate disasters." Taxpayer subsidies, including financial handouts, flexible liability policies, and tax breaks "waste billions of dollars propping up an industry incompatible with safe climate limits."

A separate study by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) concluded that US subsidies to oil companies encourage them to drill oil fields that would otherwise be unprofitable. Over half of the new oil investments over the next few decades would be unprofitable without tax preferences and other subsidies.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2017 at 3:52pm

Letter to Rep Senator:

I strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 36, the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This federal 20-week abortion ban is not only unconstitutional, and based on bad science, but it also jeopardizes women’s health and physicians’ ability to care for their patients. No doctor should go to jail for aborting a seriously malformed fetus.

I urge you to oppose Eric Dreiband to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His only experience with civil rights is his long record of ATTACKING civil rights.

I urge you to reinstate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which just expired. It’s wrong to strip away annual checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, X-ray services, and emergency services. From 9 million children. Minnesota’s program already ran out of funds this past weekend.

I urge you to insist that closing the backdoor loophole known as Section 702 of a 2008 package of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has to be part of FISA reauthorization. The controversial, widely used, surveillance law is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats want it to be permanent in its current form. Please join the powerful bipartisan group of lawmakers who believe the law needs key reforms.

I urge you to oppose the nomination of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair of Bank Supervision. A Wall Street lawyer who has spent his career fighting crucial regulations and defending the banks that caused the 2008 crisis is unfit to serve as our top banking watchdog. When he served in the Treasury Department immediately prior to the crisis, he wrongly insisted that the big banks could withstand a housing collapse. Now he wants to change the “stress tests” that examine a bank’s ability to withstand crisis to allow banks to cheat the results and hide their financially risky behavior.

I urge you to join Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich in demanding reform of the Republican Party over its support for former Judge Roy Moore, the far-right Republican nominee for Alabama’s Senate seat with a history of incendiary comments on race, sexuality and religion. Kasich said, “I don’t support that. I couldn’t vote for that.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2017 at 3:51pm

Letter to Democratic senator:

I urge you to oppose Eric Dreiband to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His only experience with civil rights is his long record of ATTACKING civil rights.

I urge you to reinstate funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which just expired. It’s wrong to strip away annual checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, X-ray services, and emergency services from 9 million children. Minnesota’s program already ran out of funds this past weekend.

I urge you to insist that closing the backdoor loophole known as Section 702 of a 2008 package of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has to be part of FISA reauthorization. The controversial, widely used, surveillance law is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats want it to be permanent in its current form. Please join the powerful bipartisan group of lawmakers who believe the law needs key reforms.

I urge you to oppose the nomination of Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve's Vice Chair of Bank Supervision. A Wall Street lawyer who has spent his career fighting crucial regulations and defending the banks that caused the 2008 crisis is unfit to serve as our top banking watchdog. When he served in the Treasury Department immediately prior to the 2008 crisis, he wrongly insisted that the big banks could withstand a housing collapse. Now he wants to change to the 'stress tests' that examine a bank's ability to withstand crisis to allow banks to cheat the results and hide their financially risky behavior.

I urge you to fight restrictive voter ID laws and voter suppression. A new study from the University of Wisconsin provides definitive evidence that the controversial voter ID bill, passed in 2011 and held up in the courts until 2016, worked precisely as Wisconsin Republicans intended — to make it more difficult for targeted voters to cast their ballots. 44,000 Wisconsin voters were kept away, while Trump won by 23,000 votes. Representative Glenn Grothman flatly stated that Wisconsin’s photo ID law would help the GOP win Wisconsin in the November 2016 election.  “The photo ID law must be suspended until changes can be made to restore every voter’s access to the ballot box,” said Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell whose office commissioned the study.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2017 at 3:50pm

Letter to Rep. House:

I urge you to reinstate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which just expired. It’s wrong to strip away annual checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, X-ray services, and emergency services from 9 million children. Minnesota’s program already ran out of funds this past weekend.

I urge you to insist that closing the backdoor loophole known as Section 702 of a 2008 package of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has to be part of FISA reauthorization. The controversial, widely used, surveillance law is scheduled to sunset at the end of the year, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats want it to be permanent in its current form. Please join the powerful bipartisan group of lawmakers who believe the law needs key reforms.

I urge you to oppose the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, H.R.3668, and Hearing Protection Act, H.R.367. Hunters and other private citizens have no legitimate need for silencers. Hunters have effective ear protection available, without sacrificing the public’s ability to hear and flee a shooter.

In fact, it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. The ugly truth is that the Founders’ intent was not an “individual right to own a gun”, only created in 2008, but protection for states from a federal standing army and from slave insurrections.

Our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us, as shown by numerous studies including the 2016 American Journal of Medicine report finding a gun homicide rate 25 times higher than in other populous, high-income countries. The US is the only developed country that enables madmen and terrorists of all varieties to acquire as many weapons as they want. I urge you to join Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich in demanding a reform of the Republican Party over its support for former Judge Roy Moore, the far-right Republican nominee for Alabama’s Senate seat with a history of incendiary comments on race, sexuality and religion. Kasich said, “I don’t support that. I couldn’t vote for that.”

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 3, 2017 at 9:21am

H.R. 36, a 20-week abortion ban claiming that fetuses can feel pain at that point, is supposed to be voted on today in the House. I called my congressman's office. (He'll probably vote no, since the two previous incarnations of the bill passed the House along party lines.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 2, 2017 at 9:29am

Letter to Repub senator:

Shame on Trump for attacking Yulin Cruz and the media!  Shame on Trump for trying to divide the country to deflect blame for his administration's genocidal failure! A US President who wallows in blame, anger and victimhood instead of doing his job brings shame to the Republican Party and to the whole country. The Trump Administration’s response to Maria is comparable to the 1995 level of response to category 4 Hurricane Opal. The damage inflicted by Opal was more than an order of magnitude less than the damage inflicted by Maria. Our response is about 45,000 short of the mark.

The National Weather Service and track modelers were certain the eye of Maria would pass close to or over Puerto Rico four days before it hit as a cat 5. Failure to prepare needed supplies and station needed troops before landfall demonstrates that Trump is unfit. I urge you to mobilize Senators to address the unfolding crisis. The US Army says 55% of Puerto Rican citizens have no drinking water. People are dying! Congress must step up in the face of this administration’s depraved neglect and Trump’s depraved verbal attacks on our dying territory’s citizens.

You’ve supported this man, who is making sure that enormous citizen mass casualty occurs.  He doesn’t care because they aren’t part of his white supremacist base. You must step up to hold the administration accountable and do everything a senator can do to save the 3.5 million citizens in extreme peril right now. The death toll and national disgrace will vastly dwarf Katrina. Act not because Trump’s incompetence and self-justifying malevolence will destroy your party and your reelection. Take responsibility because you’re not a monster too.

 

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