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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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Examine your state legislators

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 1. 2 Replies

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

Tags: state political corruption

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

Tags: changing beliefs, white supremacist takeover, data analytics, psychological warfare, bio-psycho-social profiling

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

Tags: representatives, legislators, congresscritters, senators, political actions

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

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

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

Tags: phone numbers, legislation, tracking legislation, phones, addresses

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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.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2017 at 5:44pm

Aug 30 Senate p 2:

NOAA is one of the organizers of a congressionally mandated national climate assessment, and it maintained a 15-person advisory committee intended to help the business community as well as state and local governments use the assessment for planning. Trump just cancelled its charter. Scott Pruitt refuses to release the thoroughly scientific peer reviewed assessment, so he can try to refute it with “red team” pseudo-experts, possibly from the Heritage Foundation. I urge you to oppose S. 1662, which cuts science funding.

Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of regulations that would have required the federal government to take into account the risk of flooding and sea-level rise as a result of climate change when constructing new infrastructure and rebuilding after disasters. I urge you to insist on climate science in all infrastructure bills.

Trump is appointing anti-environment judges such as Ralph Erickson to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. I urge you to oppose the nomination of any judges who fail to recognize climate science and the importance of protections (regulations).

The administration favors disaster profiteering, such as that orchestrated by Mike Pence after Katrina. Don’t let Harvey be a trigger for profiteering by no bid contracts to corporations.

As coal companies fall toward bankruptcy, regulators and judges are allowing companies to dodge their pension and health care obligations to retirees, allowing them to “self-bond” and avoid paying to reclaim strip-mined land, and allowing them to lease public land at beneath-market rates -- to the tune of about $25 billion. These “invisible to the public” government actions raise our risk for future disasters such as Harvey. Oppose this!

I urge you to support of the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization bill that ensures affordable flood insurance for Americans in flood-prone areas. Additionally, I encourage you to protect the solvency of the NFIP by investing in disaster prevention based on sound climate science and to support infrastructure regulations that reflect the growing threat of climate change.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2017 at 5:42pm

Aug 30 Senate p 1:

Harvey is what climate change looks like. Three 500-year Houston floods in 3 years is just the beginning. This will not be the last time that the National Weather Service has to add additional colors to its maps to account for extreme rainfall totals. With Earth already over 1°C rise, the hydrological cycle has increased 8%. Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth estimates that as much as 30 percent of Harvey’s rainfall is attributable to climate change. Hurricanes will continue to get stuck in one area for days, because melting Arctic Sea Ice has slowed the Jet Stream and deepened its waves. Institutionalized climate denial in our political system has real consequences that look like Houston. Land temperatures are rising more than 0.6°F a decade now, a bit more than double the ocean warming. Facing the fact that current policies condemn entire cities to a watery, terrifying future isn’t “politicizing” a tragedy—it’s our moral duty.

Trump, along with Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry and other fake-science fossil fuel pushers, imperil the health and safety of the people on many fronts.

The GOP seeks to cut $1 billion of federal disaster assistance (to help finance the border wall). Cuts to science programs are serious, especially for climate science. The proposed 2018 budget also calls for a $300 million reduction to the U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire fighting programs, another $50 million in cuts to its wildfire prevention efforts and a 23 percent reduction in funding for volunteer fire departments. FEMA Director Brock Long is pushing for decreases in federal disaster relief that would make local governments pay more when a hurricane hits with the claim that federal aid “rewards risk”. I urge you to fully support disaster preparation and relief in the 2018 budget.

Trump tweeted that he intentionally understaffed FEMA in order to shrink the federal government. Ryan Zinke, Sonny Perdue and members of Montana’s Republican delegation blamed environmentalists for wildfires. I urge you to speak up against this nasty and irrational behavior by our own government.

I urge you to oppose the administration’s War on Climate Science. The EPA stopped sponsoring the Climate Leadership Awards program and conference. Multiple researchers who received grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) have been asked to remove references to “climate change” and “global warming” from the descriptions of their projects.

Rick Perry commissioned a Department of Energy evaluation of grid stability report. When experts found that the US grid was now more reliable than it had been, he ignored that to recommend the anti-solution of increasing energy production through the use of coal power plants and recommending that regulations should be relaxed so that the fossil fuel industry could again profit. The 125 page report never used the term “climate change” and showed unabashed hatred towards renewable energy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2017 at 5:41pm

Aug 30 letter Rep House, p 2:

NOAA is one of the organizers of a congressionally mandated national climate assessment, and it maintained a 15-person advisory committee intended to help the business community as well as state and local governments use the assessment for planning. Trump just cancelled its charter. Scott Pruitt refuses to release the thoroughly scientific peer reviewed assessment, so he can try to refute it with “red team” pseudo-experts, possibly from the Heritage Foundation. I urge you to oppose H.R. 3267, which cuts science funding.

Trump signed an executive order revoking a set of regulations that would have required the federal government to take into account the risk of flooding and sea-level rise as a result of climate change when constructing new infrastructure and rebuilding after disasters.

The administration favors disaster profiteering, such as that orchestrated by Mike Pence after Katrina. Don’t let Harvey be a trigger for profiteering by no-bid contracts to corporations.

As coal companies fall toward bankruptcy, regulators and judges are allowing companies to dodge their pension and health care obligations to retirees, allowing them to “self-bond” and avoid paying to reclaim strip-mined land, and allowing them to lease public land at beneath-market rates -- to the tune of about $25 billion. These “invisible to the public” government actions raise our risk for future disasters such as another Harvey. Oppose this!

I urge you to support the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization bill that ensures affordable flood insurance for Americans in flood-prone areas. Additionally, I encourage you to protect the solvency of the NFIP by investing in disaster prevention based on sound climate science, and to support infrastructure regulations that reflect the growing threat of climate change.

Republicans who support this administration’s climate change denial are dooming their own party, as well as the welfare of the United States.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2017 at 5:41pm

Aug 30 letter Rep House, p 1:

Harvey is what climate change looks like. Three 500-year Houston floods in three years is just the beginning. This will not be the last time that the National Weather Service has to add additional colors to its maps to account for extreme rainfall totals. With Earth already over 1°C rise, the hydrological cycle has increased 8%. Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth estimates that as much as 30 percent of Harvey’s rainfall is attributable to climate change. Hurricanes will continue to get stuck in one area for days, because melting Arctic Sea Ice has slowed the Jet Stream and deepened its waves. Institutionalized climate denial in our political system has real consequences that look like Houston. Land temperatures are rising more than 0.6°F a decade now, a bit more than double the ocean warming. Facing the fact that current policies condemn entire cities to a watery, terrifying future isn’t “politicizing” a tragedy—it’s our moral duty.

Trump, along with Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry and other fake-science fossil fuel pushers, imperil the health and safety of the people on many fronts.

The GOP seeks to cut $1 billion of federal disaster assistance (to help finance the border wall). Cuts to science programs are serious, especially for climate science. The proposed 2018 budget also calls for a $300 million reduction to the U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire fighting programs, another $50 million in cuts to its wildfire prevention efforts and a 23 percent reduction in funding for volunteer fire departments. FEMA Director Brock Long is pushing for decreases in federal disaster relief that would make local governments pay more when a hurricane hits with the claim that federal aid “rewards risk”. I urge you to fully support disaster preparation and relief in the 2018 budget.

Trump tweeted that he intentionally understaffed FEMA in order to shrink the federal government. Ryan Zinke, Sonny Perdue and members of Montana’s Republican delegation blamed environmentalists for wildfires. I urge you to speak up against this nasty and irrational behavior by our own government.

I urge you to oppose the administration’s war on climate science. The EPA stopped sponsoring the Climate Leadership Awards program and conference. Multiple researchers who received grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) have been asked to remove references to “climate change” and “global warming” from the descriptions of their projects.

Rick Perry commissioned a Department of Energy evaluation of grid stability report. When experts found that the US grid was now more reliable than it had been, he ignored that to recommend the anti-solution of increasing energy production through the use of coal power plants and recommending that regulations should be relaxed so that the fossil fuel industry could again profit. The 125-page report never used the term “climate change” and showed unabashed hatred towards renewable energy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 3:30pm

Aug 29th Rep Sen, p 2:

Charles Kaiser, author of a book about France under fascism, says, “What we are now experiencing is exactly what incipient fascism looks like. Like the men and women of Vichy France who began their collaboration with the Nazis 77 years ago, from now on, every senator and House member of either party who continues to remain silent about this president’s unconstitutional acts is directly complicit in the high crimes and misdemeanors of Donald Trump.” Senators who wish to avoid a full-blown constitutional crisis, worse than anything we have seen since the secession of the Confederate states, must speak loudly and act clearly right now. I urge you to immediately pass S. 1741, the bipartisan bill introduced by senators Chris Coons (D‑Del.) and Thom Tillis (R‑N.C.) that would shore up the independence of the special prosecutor, and call on colleagues in both chambers of Congress to pass it with veto-proof majorities.

I also urge you to support the bipartisan effort to protect the DACA program, S. 1615, the DREAM Act, to grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA participants. DHS has made clear that if Congress wants to keep the principles of DACA in place, it would need to introduce legislation to do so.

I also urge you to express outrage at the military transgender ban. As Congressman Joe Kennedy says, “Our president has told thousands of U.S. soldiers that they will fight for us, but we won’t fight for them. That although they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom, we will not offer them the most basic freedom in return.”

I also urge you to prioritize Hurricane Harvey disaster relief and oppose any spending on a US-Mexico border wall. It’s unconscionable to put funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans, even in states whose legislators rejected Sandy relief.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 3:29pm

Aug 29th Rep Sen, p 1:

To some it appears that “Trump is failing” as a president. Critically, Trump is succeeding at imposing fascism. We’re in the early stages of a constitutional crisis. Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio signals to the police in this country that he’ll back them if they follow Arpaio’s example. He and Sessions are working to transform police into Trump loyalists, ready to enforce a police state. Trump once claimed that on his first day in office he would declare that it is mandatory to seek the death penalty for any cop killing. He won’t let “superficial concerns” about traumatizing entire neighborhoods prevent police from being armed with repurposed grenade launchers, M-16 assault rifles, sniper rifles, shock cuffs, bayonets, military drones, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs), rotating machine gun turrets that shoot .50-caliber ammunition, helicopters, and armed planes. Around 500 MRAPs have been distributed. Government reports indicate that local police departments in almost every state have more MRAPs than their states' respective National Guard units. The 1033 program lacks transparency and encourages police to use heavy-handed paramilitary techniques in the course of everyday policing tasks, feeding popular perceptions that the police are an inherently violent and antagonistic force.

His white nationalist base have tasted the blood of Heather Heyer, Ricky John Best, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and kept Trump’s support.  Many in Congress have done little more than verbal slaps on the wrist as Trump strides toward a fascist coup, which signals that if Trump fires Robert Mueller, and tries to shut down investigations into his personal and political links to Russia, he can be confident Republicans in Congress will do nothing more than express mild disagreement.

Trump is remaking the Republican Party, as a right-wing, white supremacist, white identity organization loyal to him personally, compliant to his fascist dictator power grab. We haven’t hit rock bottom in this ugly chapter of our history.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 3:28pm

Aug 29, Dem Sen :

To some it appears that “Trump is failing” as a president. Critically, Trump is succeeding at imposing fascism. We’re in the early stages of a constitutional crisis. Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio signals to the police in this country that he’ll back them if they follow Arpaio’s example. He and Sessions are working to transform police into Trump loyalists, ready to enforce a police state. Trump once claimed that on his first day in office he would declare that it is mandatory to seek the death penalty for any cop killing. He won’t let “superficial concerns” about traumatizing entire neighborhoods prevent police from being armed with repurposed grenade launchers, M-16 assault rifles, sniper rifles, shock cuffs, bayonets, military drones, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs), rotating machine gun turrets that shoot .50-caliber ammunition, helicopters, and armed planes. Around 500 MRAPs have been distributed. Government reports indicate that local police departments in almost every state have more MRAPs than their states' respective National Guard units. The 1033 program lacks transparency and encourages police to use heavy-handed paramilitary techniques in the course of everyday policing tasks, feeding popular perceptions that the police are an inherently violent and antagonistic force.

His White Nationalist base have tasted the blood of Heather Heyer, Ricky John Best, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and kept Trump’s support.  Many in Congress have done little more than verbal slaps on the wrist as Trump strides toward a fascist coup, which signals that if Trump fires Robert Mueller, and tries to shut down investigations into his personal and political links to Russia, he can be confident Republicans in Congress will do nothing more than express mild disagreement.

We haven’t hit rock bottom in this ugly chapter of our history.

Charles Kaiser, author of a book about France under fascism, says, “What we are now experiencing is exactly what incipient fascism looks like. Like the men and women of Vichy France who began their collaboration with the Nazis 77 years ago, from now on, every senator and House member of either party who continues to remain silent about this president’s unconstitutional acts is directly complicit in the high crimes and misdemeanors of Donald Trump.” Members of Congress who wish to avoid a full-blown constitutional crisis, worse than anything we have seen since the secession of the Confederate states, must speak loudly and act clearly right now. I urge you to immediately pass S. 1741, the bipartisan bill introduced by senators Chris Coons (D‑Del.) and Thom Tillis (R‑N.C.) that would shore up the independence of the special prosecutor, and call on colleagues in both chambers of Congress to pass it with veto-proof majorities.

I also urge you to support the bipartisan effort to protect the DACA program, S. 1615, the DREAM Act, to grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA participants. DHS has made clear that if Congress wants to keep the principles of DACA in place, it would need to introduce legislation to do so.

I also urge you to express outrage at the military transgender ban. As Congressman Joe Kennedy says, “Our president has told thousands of U.S. soldiers that they will fight for us, but we won’t fight for them. That although they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom, we will not offer them the most basic freedom in return.”

I also urge you to prioritize Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, and oppose any spending on a US-Mexico border wall. It’s unconscionable to put funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans, even in states whose legislators rejected Sandy relief.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 3:27pm

Aug 29 House letter, page 2:

I urge you to fight for a 2018 appropriations bill that fully funds our nation's scientific institutions, including NOAA and the National Science Foundation, because energy and climate change research is an investment in our nation's future. Scientific funding, which makes up less than 2% of the federal budget, is an essential investment in our country's future: technological innovation, especially in the renewable energy sector, will create American jobs and improve lives, while climate change research must remain a high priority if we are to preserve our country - and our world - for future generations. Cutting funds for the NOAA, ARPA-E, NASA, the NIST, or the NSF is not the way to address the problem of federal debt. Attacking science and continuing to ignore climate change will make disasters like Hurricane Harvey more frequent and severe.

I also urge you to express outrage at the military transgender ban. As Congressman Joe Kennedy says, “Our president has told thousands of U.S. soldiers that they will fight for us, but we won’t fight for them. That although they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom, we will not offer them the most basic freedom in return.”

I also urge you to prioritize Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, and oppose any spending on a US-Mexico border wall. It’s unconscionable to put funding for an unnecessary construction project over hurricane relief aid for thousands of Americans, even in states whose legislators rejected Sandy relief.

 

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