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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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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 To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

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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

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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

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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 May 12, 2017 at 5:02pm

Thanks for the Esquire article, Bertold. Today's letter to a Democratic Senator:

We cannot allow Republicans to wreak havoc on this nation and our lives while they help an illegitimate president cover up treasonous election fraud. Trump is clearly desperate to cover up his relationship with Russia. He cannot be allowed to manipulate the government to hide his corruption. Stop Trump and the Republicans. Shut down the Senate floor until we have a special prosecutor who doesn't answer to Trump. Only then will we get a fair investigation. Senate Democrats are already slowing Senate business down to a painful crawl by blocking unanimous consent, invoking obscure rules, forcing long roll call votes, and giving Republicans a taste of their own obstruction medicine. These delays will stop Trump from filling federal positions--including the FBI director who should investigate him--with right-wing white nationalists. They will also eat up a huge amount of legislative time and stop inhumane bills like the Obamacare repeal from becoming law. I urge you to support shut down of all Senate business until we get an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia ties.

Trump’s firing of Comey violated the essential spirit of US law. Have you ever seen a cover-up with no underlying crime? Trump’s attempt to extract a pledge of personal fealty, which Comey refused, and subsequent threat about “tapes” of their conversation sounds the “tyrant alarm”. I urge you to recommend that every single other person Trump has appointed or nominated be questioned under oath about fealty demands.

I urge you to oppose Trump’s sham “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” created by executive order, and any recommendations it might make. This clearly isn’t about protecting voters since Kris Kobach , who has four active lawsuits against him for infringing on voting rights, is in charge along with Mike Pence, who has a very long documented history of making it harder to vote. Vigorously resist this latest attempt to use “alternative facts” (i.e. lies) to advance voter suppression.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 11, 2017 at 12:50pm

Charles Pierce penned a masterful recap of the Watergate miasma and the obvious parallels.

ARE THERE ANY REPUBLICAN HEROES LEFT?
REPUBLICANS STEPPED UP DURING WATERGATE. WHO WILL STEP UP NOW?

[Esquire]

The accompanying readers' comments are well worth reading as well.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2017 at 12:08pm

Today's letter is for senate and house:

A Constitutional crisis threatens to burn the last shreds of US democracy! Trump’s suspiciously “convenient” firing of James Comey itself warrants independent inquiry and hearings, in addition to investigating Trump’s connections to Russia, and reinforces the need for the Attorney General to step down.

Sessions formally recommended Comey’s firing, after having recused himself due to lying under oath about Russian meetings. Sessions now has a duty to resign, or he should be impeached.  Trump appointee and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now technically overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation, also colluded in Comey’s firing with a supporting paper quoting former Democratic and Republican officials to question Comey's actions.

It’s obvious that Trump will fire anyone who investigates his ties to Russia. Ken Dilanian of NBC reports, “Former senior FBI official tells me: ‘I believe the intent here is to replace him with someone who will close the Russia probe.’”

McConnell is giving a full defense of Comey’s firing. Every time news breaks about Trump and Russia, congressional Republicans claim to care about an investigation but backtrack when the news dies down. Fear and anger rein, as there’s nobody left we can trust to investigate an illegitimate administration that’s beholden to a hostile foreign power, rotten with conflicts of interest, and virulently attacking freedoms of speech, assembly and press.

I urge you to demand that Jeff Sessions resign and that his successor appoint a special prosecutor who can conduct a real, independent and thorough investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. I urge you to impeach Trump, and impeach Sessions if he fails to resign. I urge you to push for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement with the Trump campaign and the 2016 election.

On another matter of concern:

The administration’s anti-science zeal – most recently demonstrated in the unjustified firing of half of the scientists from the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors – puts the US at risk when the next biohazard strikes.

The 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors advises the EPA on writing and organizing its strategic research action plans, the documents which guide the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. The Board of Scientific Counselors is not the same as that favorite target of anti-regulation Republicans, the EPA Science Advisory Board. Their work is highly technical and not at all political.

Of the nine scientists fired from the Board of Scientific Counselors, some appear to have no equivalent expert from private industry. Consider two. Less than three years ago when  the US faced an Ebola threat  two biosecurity experts on the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors, Paula Olsiewski, a biochemist of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Tammy Taylor, a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory assisted crisis managers. As part of Paula Olsiewski’s role on the Board of Scientific Counselors, she chaired the EPA’s homeland-security research subcommittee. The EPA’s homeland-security research team figures out safe disposal of dead animals and medical wastes from pandemic vectors such as bird flu, ebola, and SARS.

When bioterror or pandemic hits, will their replacements, whose expertise is maximizing industry profit, be competent as our biohazard “specialists”? Millions will die. I urge you to protect your constituents from anti-science stupidity and challenge these dismissals.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2017 at 4:15pm

Ruth, your letter in re: the Comey firing positively SIZZLES!  I just hope it has an impact.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2017 at 4:13pm

In light of the Comey firing, the following just went to both my Senators:

It is likely you have received several automated messages through various organizations regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, but, considering the circumstances, I thought it was necessary to send you something more personal.

When I heard of the firing, my mind immediately went to memories of the “Saturday Night Massacre,” when President Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox.  President Trump has repeatedly insisted that there is nothing to the Russia investigation, but his statements smack more than a little of: “Methinks thou dost protest too much.”  On top of that, I am now hearing reports that Trump was developing golf courses during the 2008 recession, a time when NO ONE ELSE was doing such work, using $100 million borrowed from the Russians!  Doubtless there are other such stories which were researched by Comey, but now with his removal, I have to wonder about who will replace him and what will become of the investigation he started, indeed IF said investigation will continue.  To say I find this and other allegations about Trump’s relationship to Russia and Vladimir Putin disturbing is to understate badly.

Senator, this situation demands, screams for an independent special prosecutor.  I strongly urge you to insist that such a prosecutor be put in charge of the FBI Trump-Russia investigation as soon as possible.  In addition, James Comey should be subpoenaed to testify as a part of that process and any other investigations the Senate may hold regarding this issue.

Thank you for your attention to this critical matter.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 10, 2017 at 2:26pm

Today's senate letter:

Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is a matter that should deeply concern every American, regardless of party, partisan politics or ideological leanings. This scandal and cover-up are far graver than Watergate, given that James Comey was heavily investigating Donald Trump for Russian collusion and corruption during the 2016 election year. We are talking about the very security of the United States and the sanctity of our republic. All legislators who claim to love this nation must demand answers. It is critical to appoint a special prosecutor and an independent nonpartisan commission NOW!

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is his most egregious interference yet with the ongoing investigation into his campaign's possible coordination with the Russian government. I urge you to make sure Congress confirms an impartial replacement for Comey -- not a Trump loyalist who will drop the investigation. 

The obvious historical parallel to Mr.Trump’s action was the 1973 so-called Saturday Night Massacre, when President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of the special prosecutor investigating Watergate, prompting the principled resignations of the attorney general and his deputy. Today there is no special prosecutor in place to determine whether the public trust has been violated, and whether the presidency was effectively stolen by a hostile foreign power.

The Senate subcommittee, which is chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, is not mounting a full investigation comparable to the inquiry being conducted by the House Intelligence Committee. With far less staff and limited jurisdiction, it unearthed that US intelligence had sensitive information, which was kept secret from the public, on interactions between Trump associates and possible Russian agents as early as late 2015. Still, most of the Republicans on the panel interfered by diverting attention to leaks, "unmasking”, and pounding Yates for her action regarding the Muslim travel ban. I urge you to call for replacement of those members for their treasonous malfeasance, subverting and interfering with a core national security investigation.

Rep. Ted Lieu, a former prosecutor, suggests that Donald Trump may have broken the witness intimidation law (18 USC 1512) when he tweeted about Sally Yates before her testimony at the Senate hearing yesterday, saying, “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.” I urge you to recommend to investigating committees that witness intimidation be added to the list of Trump’s illegal actions for prosecution.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 10, 2017 at 2:25pm

Today's house letter:

Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is a matter that should deeply concern every American, regardless of party, partisan politics or ideological leanings. This scandal and cover-up are far graver than Watergate, given that James Comey was heavily investigating Donald Trump for Russian collusion and corruption during the 2016 election year. We are talking about the very security of the United States and the sanctity of our republic. All legislators who claim to love this nation must demand answers. It is critical to appoint a special prosecutor and an independent nonpartisan commission NOW!

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is his most egregious interference yet with the ongoing investigation into his campaign's possible coordination with the Russian government. The obvious historical parallel to Mr. Trump’s action was the 1973 so-called Saturday Night Massacre, when President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of the special prosecutor investigating Watergate, prompting the principled resignations of the attorney general and his deputy. Today there is no special prosecutor in place to determine whether the public trust has been violated, and whether the presidency was effectively stolen by a hostile foreign power.

Rep. Ted Lieu suggests that Donald Trump may have broken the witness intimidation law (18 USC 1512) when he tweeted about Sally Yates before her testimony at the Senate hearing yesterday, saying, “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.” I urge you to recommend to investigating committees that witness intimidation be added to the list of Trump’s illegal actions for prosecution.

I urge you to sponsor a bill supporting investigation of election tampering using Sequoia AC Edge touchscreen system voting machines. In Wisconsin, votes for Trump in the 2016 Primary, and votes for Trump in the 2016 Presidential vote were significantly correlated with the proportion of voters using the Sequoia AVC Edge touchscreen system, a finding that held true even when considered alongside a multitude of demographic variables. The same systems did not have the same effect in the 2012 Presidential election. The results suggest that manipulation occurred by modifying genuine votes rather than adding fake voters

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 9, 2017 at 5:21pm

My calls today (with many thanks to Ruth for her letters yesterday and today!) :

To my senators:

Thanked the Democrat for cosponsoring / urged the Republican to cosponsor and support S. 27 [establishing an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections].

Oppose the SCRUB Act, H.R. 998 - yet another attempt to undermine protections for the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe, among countless other public health and safety concerns.

Oppose the president*'s ultraconservative judicial nominees [as in Ruth's letter yesterday].

To my (Democratic) congressman:

Thanked him for cosponsoring HR 356 (Protecting Our Democracy Act - establishing independent “National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election”)

Oppose HR 2090, the so-called Election Integrity Act of 2017, which would require government-issued photo ID in order to vote in federal elections.

[This suppresses votes to solve a non-problem. Getting hit by lightning is far more likely than someone impersonating another voter! Even "free" state photo ID is unaffordable if someone can't risk losing their job over missing a day of work. Photo ID laws precisely target voters more likely to vote Democratic, as Republican officials have themselves admitted.]

Instead advocate for automatic voter registration, like the law that just passed the Illinois Senate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 9, 2017 at 4:38pm

Today's senate letter:

I urge you to end partisan investigation obstruction by use of a special prosecutor, and cosponsor S. 27. Sally Yates briefed White House legal counsel Don McGahn on evidence of Flynn's misconduct, stating that Flynn was lying to WH officials and VP Pence about his contact with the Russian Ambassador. But Flynn remained the National Security Advisor for 18 days. It wasn't until after the news media broke the story, and after Yates had been fired for refusing to defend Trump's Muslim ban EO, that Flynn was finally removed. Obama, who had fired Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Trump less than 48 hours after the November election that he would have profound concerns about Flynn becoming a top national security aide. Trump hired Flynn anyway. Former director of national intelligence James Clapper also testified, saying Russia launched “cyber operations” against the Democratic and Republican parties during the 2016 presidential campaign. He said Putin sought to “advantage” Trump’s campaign and confirmed that British intelligence officials shared “very sensitive” information about Russian connections to Trump’s campaign. It is time for Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees the Russia investigation, to appoint a Special Prosecutor.

I urge you to oppose ultraconservative nominees to fill lower federal court positions and to federal district courts. Given the critical importance of the circuit courts, it is incumbent upon the Senate to treat its duty to provide advice and consent very seriously. Trump continues to draw upon those “vetted” by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. Thus far his nominees have been very far from the judicial mainstream.

Last month, the Trump-appointed FCC chair, Ajit Pai, reinstated the “UHF discount,” an outdated loophole that allowed media conglomerates to exceed the nation’s 39 percent cap on ownership. Sinclair—the Trump-favoring broadcast mega-chain—has now been given FCC rules changes and expects others to be erased, so that Sinclair can blanket  nearly 70 percent of local US markets with pro-Trump news. Along with the administration’s other attacks on free press, this consolidation threatens freedom of the press. I urge you to address these abuses in the senate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 9, 2017 at 4:37pm

Today's house letter:

I urge you to end partisan investigation obstruction with a special prosecutor, and cosponsor H.R. 356 that would establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election.

GOP behavior at the hearing titled "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election," in which Sally Yates testified, made it clear that the House Intelligence Committee's investigation has been corrupted by partisan loyalty and politically motivated actions. Shameful partisan politics are obstructing congressional investigations from moving forward in a real, significant way.  All but one GOP Senator spent the entire hearing focused on the Muslim ban, unmasking leaks, and even Hillary Clinton's emails. At one point during the hearing, every GOP Senator aside from Chairman Lindsay Graham had left the room. It is time for Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees the Russia investigation, to appoint a Special Prosecutor.

Yates briefed White House legal counsel Don McGahn on evidence of Flynn's misconduct, stating that Flynn was lying to White House officials and to Mike Pence about his contact with the Russian Ambassador. But Flynn remained the National Security Advisor for 18 days. It wasn't until after the news media broke the story, and after Yates had been fired for refusing to defend Trump's Muslim-ban executive order, that Flynn was finally removed.

I urge you to oppose HR 2090, the so-called Election Integrity Act of 2017, which would require government-issued ID in order to vote. Voter fraud is near zero. This bill’s purpose is to prevent many ordinary citizens from voting.  An Arizona State University study found that, of the 2,068 cases of alleged election fraud that were found in an exhaustive search of public records between 2000 and 2012, only 10 were cases of voter impersonation - the only kind of election fraud that a photo ID requirement would be able to stop. Advocate instead for a law similar to that passed by the Illinois Senate in which Illinois residents would be automatically registered to vote.

 

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