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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.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2017 at 3:53pm

California, Oregon and Washington residents, take note of today's senate letter:

I urge you to lead a congressional call for the US to remain a signatory to the Paris Climate Accord. Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord makes no sense, even for people who imagine that climate change is a hoax. The Paris accord is entirely voluntary, relying on the power of transparency and peer pressure. That means all talk of Paris being a “bad deal” for the US, or hurting US trade, or affecting the US coal industry in any way, is nonsense. Using IPCC mid-range assumptions one can calculate how much warming has already been locked in. If we stopped emitting tomorrow, in thirty years we would still see 1.6C rise above preindustrial temperatures due to 400ppm of CO2 alone. When you count the other greenhouse gases we have 525ppm CO2e, which will warm the globe by 2.6C rise, well beyond catastrophic. The latest research also shows that under a dual onslaught of global warming and localized urban heating, some of the world’s cities may be as much as 8C (14.4F) warmer by 2100. The total economic costs of climate change for urban centers could be 2.6 times higher when the urban heat island effect is taken into account.

The threat of climate change is a huge deal for Europe, including key partners on issues of real importance to Trump, like war and terrorism. In the process of working up to and through the Paris agreement, the US made dozens of bi- and multilateral deals on the side, with a wide array of countries, many in areas where the US has direct strategic interests. With China alone there are a good half-dozen bilateral agreements. Why throw away all of that built-up capital? Pulling out is a reckless and entirely unnecessary thumb in the eye of world opinion, just to thrill Trump’s core supporters for a news cycle or two.

I urge you to support the Bipartisan Justice Safety Valve Act S. 1127. Even though crime is near record lows, Attorney General Sessions recently ordered prosecutors to go after the “most serious, readily provable offense” when prosecuting even low-level drug crimes. This is wrong and is overwhelmingly opposed by the majority of Americans. Mandatory minimums take discretion away from judges and are a major contributor to the mass incarceration. This “weapon” in the failed War on Drugs policy pursued in the 1980’s, jailed a disproportionate number of poor urban black and Hispanic Americans, swelled prison populations, placed state and local governments in the impossible situation of funding and managing overcrowded prisons, and deprived millions of the right to vote.

Trump’s proposed budget cuts the $10 million/year that the government has been spending to develop the early warning system, dubbed ShakeAlert, to give those in Northern California, Oregon and Washington an earthquake warning so they can find a safe spot to ride out a major quake. Under the current funding plan, scientists expected a limited public rollout as early as next year. The states where the early warning system would operate have also invested in the system. The California Office of Emergency Services has partnered with ShakeAlert and the state has invested $10 million. The University of Washington, University of California, Berkeley and Caltech have all contributed resources toward the project. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has also supported the project. The $23 million that US already been invested would be wasted along with state funds. Support for the early warning system in Congress has been sustained, growing and bipartisan. I urge you to reject this attempt by the president to kneecap a vital funding stream for a program that will save many lives.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2017 at 3:51pm

Today's House letter page 2:

I urge you to cosponsor and support the ‘GET FOREIGN MONEY OUT OF U.S. ELECTIONS ACT’ (H.R. 1615), which would close a campaign finance loophole that allows foreign-owned, foreign-controlled, and foreign-influenced corporations to funnel unlimited cash into U.S. elections. Although current law bars individual foreign nationals from personally contributing to federal campaigns, foreign political spending can still take place via American-registered corporations that are foreign subsidiaries, foreign-owned, or foreign-controlled and influenced, all thanks to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling. The problem is that domestically registered corporations can be taken over, bought up, controlled, or influenced by foreign corporations and foreign nationals, and this means foreign powers have an easy and perfectly lawful way to funnel foreign money into American elections. Foreign interests have already spent many millions of dollars on U.S. political campaigns, and we just witnessed unprecedented foreign efforts to undermine our democracy during the 2016 election cycle. Protect the integrity of American democracy and close this dangerous foreign money loophole!

I urge you to support H. Res. 349, "Calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws." As affirmed in the stirring words of our Declaration of Independence, governments derive their just powers not from any god or religion, but from the consent of the governed. Official punishments for thought crime -- up to and including the death penalty -- are bad enough; blasphemy and apostasy laws also give cover and "legitimacy" to vigilantes.  Such laws have no place in a civilized world.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2017 at 3:51pm

Today's House letter page 1:

I urge you to oppose H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. This legislation guts consumer and marketplace protections enacted after the disastrous financial collapse of 2008 and allows big Wall Street banks and payday lenders to run amok again while leaving the average hardworking consumer, investor and taxpayer with no protection from unfair financial practices.

I urge you to support the Bipartisan Justice Safety Valve Act H.R. 2435. Even though crime is near record lows, Attorney General Sessions recently ordered prosecutors to go after the “most serious, readily provable offense” when prosecuting even low-level drug crimes. This is wrong and is overwhelmingly opposed by the majority of Americans. Mandatory minimums take discretion away from judges and are a major contributor to the mass incarceration. This “weapon” in the failed War on Drugs policy pursued in the 1980’s, jailed a disproportionate number of poor urban Black and Hispanic Americans, swelled prison populations, placed state and local governments in the impossible situation of funding and managing overcrowded prisons, and deprived millions of the right to vote.

I urge you to lead a congressional call for the US to remain a signatory to the Paris Climate Accord. Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord makes no sense, even for people who imagine that climate change is a hoax. The Paris accord is entirely voluntary, relying on the power of transparency and peer pressure. That means all talk of Paris being a “bad deal” for the US, or hurting US trade, or affecting the US coal industry in any way, is nonsense. Under a dual onslaught of global warming and localized urban heating, some of the world’s cities may be as much as 8C (14.4F) warmer by 2100, researchers have warned. The total economic costs of climate change for urban centers could be 2.6 times higher when the urban heat island effect is taken into account.

The threat of climate change is a huge deal for Europe, including key partners on issues of real importance to Trump, like war and terrorism. In the process of working up to and through the Paris agreement, the US made dozens of bi- and multilateral deals on the side, with a wide array of countries, many in areas where the US has direct strategic interests. With China alone there are a good half-dozen bilateral agreements. Why throw away all of that built-up capital? Pulling out is a reckless and entirely unnecessary thumb in the eye of world opinion, just to thrill Trump’s core supporters for a news cycle or two.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 27, 2017 at 5:37pm

Today's letter for all legislators:

Trump and the GOP have signaled a massive shift in U.S. policy, both domestic and foreign. Trump's Budget is a blueprint for a Banana Republic-Style Military Dictatorship to replace democracy. The general sentiments of the proposal suggest a perspective and intention to transform America's constitutional Republic into a de facto military junta. The Trump administration has been sending clear signals to rest of the world that we have nothing but contempt for human rights. The GOP is using Trump to orchestrate the shift to an autocratic, anti-democratic society where decision-making will be confined to a small elite. This increases the economic opportunities provided by corruption. I urge you to bring this up in congressional budget deliberations.

Contempt for civil society by our corrupt government and the party behind it permeates the news. Trump said that a military assault abroad must not be criticized if it resulted in the loss of one soldier, because to do so is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Our Commerce Secretary praises the lack of protest in a country where it's punishable by death. The unrelenting Republican assault on the free press continued on Friday when Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, joked about shooting journalists. Greg Gianforte was elected, and defended by his party after assaulting a reporter instead of answering a question on health care. Laughing at a ludicrous claim by Jeff Sessions was punished as a crime. Peaceful protestors are charged with multiple felonies without evidence, jailed for months without trial. Congressional subpoenas in a case of possible treason are arrogantly defied. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s statement, ‘I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” illustrates the contempt for the vulnerable which flourishes in the GOP. I urge you to speak out against these pernicious values, call out the hypocrisy of their “freedom” and “democracy” justifications for real attacks on constitutional rights.

Trump in Saudi Arabia and Tillerson at the State Department made it clear that “America First” means we’ll promote American prosperity and security with little regard for the internal issues of other countries that are not related to those two goals. From these two speeches, it’s clear that our “shared interests and values” do not include things that could be divisive, like respect for human rights and democracy. Tillerson lifted all human rights preconditions on a major sale of fighter jets and other lethal weapons to Bahrain. By removing these preconditions, he sent a clear message to Bahrain, the same one that Trump is now sending to Saudi Arabia: As long as foreign governments give the United States money, the Trump administration will turn a blind eye to those governments’ acts of torture, genocide, oppression or any blatant human rights abuses and supply them with weapons of war. The United States is not supposed to sell weapons to countries that are going to use them to target civilians. Saudi Arabia has consistently failed to live up to international and U.S. humanitarian standards in how it uses its weapons. Trump’s current deal even includes precision-guided missiles which Saudi Arabia has used to directly attack and murder civilian and humanitarian targets in the past. Congress has the power to stop this. Section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act says that Congress has the power and authority to pass legislation to block or modify an arms sale at any time up until the weapons are delivered into foreign hands. I urge you to block the sales to countries such as Saudi Arabia and pass laws that place conditions on our future arms sales so that we never sell weapons to human rights abusers again.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2017 at 8:30pm

House letter May 26th, page 2:

Consider also "supercritical carbon dioxide," or sCO2, which promises the kind of quantum leap so desperately sought for steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. STEP, for Supercritical Transformational Electric Power, is among programs facing the ax in the Energy Department's proposed budget.  Its commercial development is fast approaching. The program made fantastic progress on merely $73 million per year. Scientists involved in this research describe the dramatic efficiency gains expected in conventional as well as renewable power-plant designs. Last year the Obama administration said STEP "has the potential to revolutionize electric power generation." Pennsylvania is vulnerable to sea level rise, and could really use more efficient turbines to save energy costs. Fight Trump’s ignorant attacks on climate science.

The Trump administration has proposed a massive $6 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. His budget forecasts about $2 trillion in extra federal revenue growth over the next 10 years, to pay for this "biggest tax cut in history". But that very same $2tr is then used to reduce the budget deficit. Mr. Mulvaney claimed that the alleged gimmick was done "on purpose". Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers pointed out the spending plan’s double-count of 2 trillion dollars is “a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course.” Trump’s budget officials’ explanation that this was not an error but a cunning plan is complete nonsense – unless the administration is engaging in outright fraud.

I urge you to oppose the total elimination of federal funding for public radio and TV in Trump’s budget. Is this administration afraid of objective, noncommercial reporting?

On the 18th the US military conducted more airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria. The Trump Administration does not have congressional authorization to carry out military strikes against the Assad regime. Congress must warn Trump against getting further entangled in the Syrian civil war with no clear strategy. President Trump needs to explain his plan for Syria to Congress and the American people. In the Senate, Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State and other terror groups, aiming to assert more congressional power over the post-9/11 war on terror. Flake and Kaine’s proposed AUMF would repeal the existing war resolutions and explicitly authorize force against ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It would sunset after five years. It also includes several measures that would exert congressional oversight over the White House, including more power for lawmakers to determine what can be considered as being “associated” with the three terror groups and to expand military action beyond Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. I urge you to introduce similar legislation in the House.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2017 at 8:29pm

House letter May 26th, page 1:

President Trump is now saying that he could release his returns after he leaves office — perhaps 2021 or 2025. I urge you to sign the discharge petition that would let the Presidential Tax Transparency Act (H.R. 305) bypass the committee and be brought to the House floor for a vote.

Days before taking office, Trump said his company would donate all profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, part of an effort to avoid even the appearance of a conflict with the Constitution’s emoluments clause. Now the Trump Organization is telling Congress that determining exactly how much of its profits come from foreign governments is simply more trouble than it’s worth. This new policy raises grave concerns about the president’s refusal to comply with the Constitution.  In a letter replying to the company, Representative Elijah Cummings of the Oversight Committee said it would be easy for a government like Russia to funnel money to the Trump Organization through unofficial entities, such as RT, its state-run television station. “Those payments would not be tracked in any way and would be hidden from the American public,” he wrote. I urge you to demand full transparency from all of Trump’s businesses or full divestment from his businesses. Failing immediate compliance, I urge you to support a special prosecutor with a mandate to look into his financial crimes and those of his immediate family and associates.

Half of the Great Barrier Reef may have died in last two years. Global production of maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans, the most important staple crops in the world, will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research. A new study shows a larger acceleration of sea level rise, nearly twice as fast as previous estimates. And that was before a study of Greenland’s Rink glacier revealed an entirely new way for glaciers to rapidly melt called a solitary wave. A new NATO special report concludes that climate change is the ultimate “threat multiplier.” Meanwhile, Trump is doing everything he can to increase our climate danger and decrease our understanding and planning to protect ourselves.

His EPA stripped climate science from their website and modified recent public statements on pollution discharges and other subjects to be misleading and incompatible with extensive agency research. Trump’s Interior Department Interior deleted an explanation that climate change drives sea level rise. Trump’s budget cuts climate research programs, and eliminates the National Sea Grant College Program, the 50-year-old coastal protection program that has served as a leader on coastal adaptation. It funds research that benefits the fishing industry and coastal businesses. In recent years it has focused on climate change adaptation initiatives that will prepare coastal communities for the predicted impacts of climate change. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2017 at 8:28pm

Senate letter May 26th, page 2:

I urge you to oppose John K. Bush as judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush’s public statements and writings reveal legal opinions that are widely out of step with well-established law accepted by Democrats and Republicans alike. In 2009 he said that a seminal Supreme Court decision protecting journalists from malicious libel suits (among other things) “probably wasn’t correctly decided.” Bush’s analysis conflicts with one of the most firmly established principles in First Amendment law.

I urge you to oppose the State Refugee Security Act of 2017, S. 211. Governors shouldn’t be given blanket rights to refuse placement or resettlement of refugees based on their personal opinion that refugees haven’t been proven to present no security risk whatsoever. Assuming that refugees pose security risks and demanding the logically impossible is pernicious.

I urge you to oppose the total elimination of federal funding for public radio and TV in Trump’s budget. Is this administration afraid of objective, noncommercial reporting?

On the 18th the US military has conducted more airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria. The Trump Administration does not have congressional authorization to carry out military strikes against the Assad regime. Congress must warn Trump against getting further entangled in the Syrian civil war with no clear strategy. President Trump needs to explain his plan for Syria to Congress and the American people. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State and other terror groups, aiming to assert more congressional power over the post-9/11 war on terror. Flake and Kaine’s proposed AUMF would repeal the existing war resolutions and explicitly authorize force against ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It would sunset after five years. It also includes several measures that would exert congressional oversight over the White House, including more power for lawmakers to determine what can be considered as being “associated” with the three terror groups and to expand military action beyond Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. I urge you to cosponsor and support their AUMF.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2017 at 8:27pm

Senate letter May 26th, page 1:

Half of the Great Barrier Reef may have died in the last two years. Global production of maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans, the most important staple crops in the world, will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research. A new study shows a larger acceleration of sea level rise, nearly twice as fast as previous estimates. And that was before a study of Greenland’s Rink glacier revealed an entirely new way for glaciers to rapidly melt, called a solitary wave. A new NATO special report concludes that climate change is the ultimate “threat multiplier.” Meanwhile, Trump is doing everything he can to increase our climate danger and decrease our understanding and planning to protect ourselves.

His EPA stripped climate science from their website and modified recent public statements on pollution discharges and other subjects to be misleading and incompatible with extensive agency research. Trump’s Interior Department Interior deleted an explanation that climate change drives sea level rise. Trump’s budget cuts climate research programs, and eliminates the National Sea Grant College Program, the 50-year-old coastal protection program that has served as a leader on coastal adaptation. It funds research that benefits the fishing industry and coastal businesses. In recent years it has focused on climate change adaptation initiatives that will prepare coastal communities for the predicted impacts of climate change.

Consider also "supercritical carbon dioxide," or sCO2, which promises the kind of quantum leap so desperately sought for steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. STEP, for Supercritical Transformational Electric Power, is among programs facing the ax in the Energy Department's proposed budget. Its commercial development is fast approaching. The program made fantastic progress on merely $73 million per year. Scientists involved in this research describe the dramatic efficiency gains expected in conventional as well as renewable power-plant designs. Last year the Obama administration said STEP "has the potential to revolutionize electric power generation." Pennsylvania is vulnerable to sea level rise, and could really use more efficient turbines to save energy costs. Fight Trump’s ignorant attacks on climate science.

The Trump administration has proposed a massive $6 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. His budget forecasts about $2 trillion in extra federal revenue growth over the next 10 years, to pay for this "biggest tax cut in history". But that very same $2 trillion is then used to reduce the budget deficit. Mr. Mulvaney claimed that the alleged gimmick was done "on purpose". Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers pointed out the spending plan’s double-count of 2 trillion dollars is “a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course.” Trump’s budget officials’ explanation that this was not an error but a cunning plan is complete nonsense – unless the administration is engaging in outright fraud.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 25, 2017 at 3:59pm

Today's letter is for a Democratic Senator. For all other legislators, just delete the first paragraph.

Dear Senator Casey,

Thank you for fighting to stop the GOP devastation of our health care. Thank you for opposing Trump’s Sixth Circuit nominee Amul Thapar. I appreciate Democrats staying unified in their opposition to a judge whose view of the law would prevent common sense measures to reign in big money in politics.

I urge you to oppose Trump’s plan to sell off America's energy resources for a pittance, like Russia did to create its oligarchs. President Trump's 2018 budget and executive orders create a bigger land grab than America’s Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s. Trump’s budget says that $36 billion could be raised over the next decade by selling off resources (such as half the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and infrastructure (power transmission lines across nearly 20 Western states), opening public lands for drilling and mining, and rescinding oil-and-gas revenues given to four Gulf of Mexico states.

His budget for the Department of Energy and Department of the Interior—which oversee leases for oil, gas and mining, and own interstate electric transmission lines—would set the stage for a return of the robber barons on taxpayer backs. Trump sees untapped equity in trillions of dollars in government-held energy and mineral resources as a way to pay down the federal debt and an opportunity to enrich private-sector friends—including his biggest corporate donors. The 270 billion barrels of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve are now valued at a comparatively low rate, about $51 per barrel, setting up a windfall for the purchaser. Selling government-owned transmission lines to the highest bidder will burden citizens and businesses with jacked-up power rates. The Interior Department’s budget doesn’t merely cut all funds for cleaning up abandoned mines, it would open up federal lands to mining and drilling by pouring many millions of tax dollars into “oil, gas and coal investments on public lands.” Onshore fossil fuel programs would receive $189 million annually, an increase of $24 million; offshore programs would get $343 million, including a $10 million increase to update the nation’s five-year offshore drilling plan. The Bureau of Land Management would get a $16 million increase in its oil and gas management program to accelerate the rate at which its staff processes permit applications and addresses right-of-way requests for infrastructure projects. Trump also just proposed a plan to allow drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fund a massive tax cut for his billionaire buddies. Under the GOP, great wealth for wealthy insiders and corporations is set up to come by grabbing public resources. Stealing from citizens on such a vast scale means this administration isn’t a democracy, it’s a kleptocracy!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 24, 2017 at 3:23pm

One letter for both houses:

I urge you to reject the $600 billion cut to Medicaid over the next ten years written into Trump’s budget. Reject the food stamp program cuts and cuts to Social Security Disability. The hopped-up “anti-fraud” programs intended to “save billions on Medicare” are an excuse to invent ways of cheating the poor. Trump’s budget would tighten the belt on programs for low-income families ranging from cash assistance to the child tax credit. It cuts Head Start and child care and after-school programs and health care and education. Nearly $200 billion in cuts will come directly from the federal food stamp program, which helps feed 44 million people each year. Apparently “compassionate conservatism” is cruel and deviant as it means starving everyone, eliminating their medical care, their education, and generally making immiserating all citizens miserable except the ultra-wealthy. They dare to call it “A New Foundation for American Greatness”! It’s the most anti-science budget any president has ever proposed. Medical research and disease prevention would be among the hardest hit. A proposed 25 percent cut to the Superfund budget would bring the cleanup program to a halt. Who wants a poisoned country? The GOP. Shame on the GOP! Shame on Trump! Nobody in their right mind wants military spending of $722 billion per year while limiting all domestic discretionary spending to $429 billion, except the ultra-wealthy like the Koch Brothers and those representing their interests. We are betrayed!

Mick Mulvaney’s spiel about forcing people to work is ludicrous, since people already can’t get jobs that pay enough to eat and buy medicine. It’s a mean excuse to strip the safety net from people in job-poor counties. Americans aren’t lazy, they’re bereft. This is the OPPOSITE of “a budget written through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes.” Because, while the statutory corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent, after loopholes and deductions, the effective tax rate that corporations pay is only 14 percent. And the wealthiest individuals pay the least taxes, with loopholes up the wazoo and charity deductions for not-really-charities. Those are the GOP “eyes”.

The budget projection that that the nation's economic growth rate will rise to 3 percent, higher than the 1.9 percent growth forecast by the Congressional Budget Office, is absurd.  Further, there is no aspect of economic management where Republicans do as well as Democrats. More than a dozen studies have been done comparing economic growth, unemployment, average length of unemployment, stock market performance, inflation, federal debt, and other economic indicators, during Democratic and Republican presidencies and congresses, and they all show stunningly better performance when Democrats are in power than when Republicans are. In the same way that a pitcher is responsible for runners left on base even after he’s been replaced, Presidents should be responsible for a few years of economic performance after they leave office. No matter what time-lag you choose, Democrats post higher GDP growth, lower unemployment, and lower inflation than Republicans. Stop this budget!

 

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