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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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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 17. 11 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

Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 13, 2018. 3 Replies

I sometimes get discouraged. Here's advice from a Reddit user I found encouraging.On the topic of writing to congress.…Continue

Tags: adding your voice

Keep Families Together Act

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 21, 2018. 10 Replies

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

Tags: Keep Families Together Act, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump

Letter to Rep and Senators Regarding New Congressional Freethought Caucus

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23, 2018. 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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 1, 2018. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 10:42pm

Ruth! I hope you profoundly misjudge the group and each one understands the terrible problems w face and the corruption that envelops our political system. 

Come on, people, know what we face, stand up and speak out about the crimes that occur in plain sight, and let Ruth and all of us know that you do care and you do take action to fight off the wolves of an empire. 

Pay attention to what Trump says and believe he is saying what he means to say. i.e. 

"'We ran one time and we're 1-and-0 — but it was for the big one. Now we're going to have a second time. And we're going to have another one. And then we'll drive them crazy,' the president said to a cheering crowd.

"'And maybe if we really like it a lot — and if things keep going like they're going — we'll go and we'll do what we have to do. We'll do a three and a four and a five,' Trump added."

“'We’re going to have another one, and it’s going to be great,' he concluded."

~ Donald Trump, Newsweek, https://www.newsweek.com/president-trump-joking-suggests-serving-5-... 

Was Trump joking? Really? Does Trump ever joke? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 24, 2019 at 10:27pm

Thanks, Joan, for your activism. Sometimes I feel as if nobody here cares.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 9:49pm

Letter to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Friday, May 24, 2019

Impeach Trump now!

It’s about democracy, not about Democrats, not about Republicans. It’s about the republic. 

Nowhere in Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution does it say that the House must have a Senate that will agree with it. The Constitution says if the president commits impeachable acts, the House must move forward. That is your prerogative and duty. It does not require that the public agree. What it requires is that you act on principle, not politics, that you put the people above your political party. It requires that you not allow the moral imperative to be trumped by political expediency.

If Congress doesn’t act, you say that the president is above the law and it’s OK to obstruct justice and defy House subpoenas. You officially approve a de facto coup, imperial rule.

No president has to commit a crime to be impeached. In Federalist 65 you will find that Hamilton, Jay, and Madison concluded that a president who does harm to society can be impeached. 

In 1999 Rep. LINDSEY GRAHAM said, “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role. … Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”

Thanks, Ruth Anthony-Gardner, for the research

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 24, 2019 at 6:36pm

Letter to Representative:

Impeach Trump now!
It’s about democracy, not about Democrats, not about Republicans. It’s about the republic. Nowhere in Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution does it say that the House must have a Senate that will agree with it. The Constitution says if the president commits impeachable acts, the House must move forward. That’s your prerogative and duty. It does not require that the public agree. What it requires is that you act on principle, not politics, that you put the people above your political party. It requires that you not allow the moral imperative to be trumped by political expediency.
If Congress doesn’t act, you’re saying that the president is above the law and it’s OK to obstruct justice and defy House subpoenas. You’re officially approving a de facto coup, imperial rule.
No president has to commit a crime to be impeached. In Federalist 65 you will find that Hamilton, Jay and Madison concluded that a president who does harm to society can be impeached. In 1999 Rep. LINDSEY GRAHAM said, “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic, if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role. … Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2019 at 5:58pm

Letter Rep Senator (part 2)

Imperial War to Cover Up Corruption

Trump, John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are obviously attempting to launch an illegal, unauthorized war with Iran. Senators Tom Udall and Dick Durbin warn that, just as President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, invaded Iraq using false charges that Baghdad had a secret stash of nuclear and chemical arms, the Trump White House has taken a series of provocative, unwarranted steps that have brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war. On April 22 Trump ended the sanction waivers that allowed countries such as India, Turkey, and China to import oil from Iran, “intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero”—in other words, strangling the country’s lifeline. May 3 the White House said the United States would no longer permit Iran to enrich uranium or to “transfer enriched uranium out of Iran in exchange for natural uranium.” Both activities, along with many other provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), were explicitly tolerated under that UN accord. The US is bullying Iran to either shut down its limited and highly regulated uranium-enrichment program or to withdraw from the JCPOA.

State Department’s terrorist listing has never before designated an entire nation’s armed forces as an FTO. The Trump administration is painting Iran as a terrorist threat by adding the IRGC to the State Department’s foreign terrorist organization (FTO) list.

Through coercion and war-making threats Trump is making an end-run around Congress, to incite another Mideast War. Trump-Bolton want to justify military strikes on the dozens of Iranian scientific and research facilities devoted to its nuclear program. Anything, even Iran’s legitimate military activities, could provide Bolton with an excuse to go to war. According to a New Yorker profile of Bolton, as far back as last November he seemed to advocate bombing a missile test site in Iran after the country test-fired a medium-range missile. All of this gives extremists, including independent actors, the ability to try to provoke a US-Iran war by assassinating a US military officer or firing rockets into an American compound—even if Tehran has nothing to do with it. No President has the right to sabotage this country into a hair-trigger first strike war by such despicable manipulations. By waging economic warfare and coercing Iran to give us an excuse for a first strike, we inhabit the “Great Satan” image. Citizen distraction from criminal investigations of a regime is no justification for a new war killing millions. Don’t buy lies AGAIN! You must have learned something from the disastrous, illegal war on Iraq. It’s fiscally irresponsible to start this unnecessary war. Oppose it!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2019 at 5:55pm

Letter to Republican Senator (part 1)

Election Security

I urge you to break with the GOP hardline, to cosponsor and support election security bills. Trump denies Russian interference in his 2016 election. McConnell has refused to take up any of the election security bills offered by various members of both parties. He clearly has no interest in preventing Russian election sabotage from happening in 2020. The treasonous implications of a president or political party ignoring Pearl Harbor or 9/11 would have been instantly obvious.  Our 2016 election “cyber-Pearl Harbor” by contrast, inflicted grave damage invisibly and non-violently, enabling its perpetrator and chief beneficiary—Putin and Trump—to deny it happened. Defend the US from foreign cyber-warfare!

 Overt Coup Signals

I urge you to carry out your constitutional duties to protect the office of president from corruption and malfeasance. Monday, the President of the United States of America, armed with the stature and symbols of his office, accused his investigators of treason while his followers chanted “lock them up.” He proclaimed, “Maybe if we really like it a lot and if things keep going like they’re going, we’ll go and we’ll do what we have to do, and we’ll have a three [term presidency] and a four, and a five." The US President publicly stating HIS Attorney General will go after his political opponents and the FBI for treason, which carries the death penalty, sends up no warning flag for you? Announcing his intent to be President for Life! You must stop supporting him as he initiates a coup in broad daylight!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 22, 2019 at 6:58pm

Rest of letter to Democratic Senator (starts in previous comment):

Through coercion and war-making threats Trump is making an end-run around Congress, to incite another Mideast War. Trump-Bolton want to justify military strikes on the dozens of Iranian scientific and research facilities devoted to its nuclear program. Anything, even Iran’s legitimate military activities, could provide Bolton with an excuse to go to war. According to a New Yorker profile of Bolton, as far back as last November he seemed to advocate bombing a missile test site in Iran after the country test-fired a medium-range missile. All of this gives extremists, including independent actors, the ability to try to provoke a US-Iran war by assassinating a US military officer or firing rockets into an American compound—even if Tehran has nothing to do with it. No President has the right to sabotage this country into a hair-trigger first strike war by such despicable manipulations. By waging economic warfare and coercing Iran to give us an excuse for a first strike, we inhabit the “Great Satan” image. Citizen distraction from criminal investigations of a regime is no justification for a new war killing millions. Why doesn’t the Democratic Party denounce this moral outrage with the force it deserves?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 22, 2019 at 6:57pm

Letter to Democratic Senator: (last paragraph in next comment)

Election Security

McConnell has refused to take up any of the election security bills offered by various members of both parties. He clearly has no interest in preventing Russian election sabotage from happening in 2020. The treasonous implications of a president or political party ignoring Pearl Harbor or 9/11 would have been instantly obvious.  Our 2016 election “cyber-Pearl Harbor” by contrast, inflicted grave damage invisibly and non-violently, enabling its perpetrator and chief beneficiary—Putin and Trump—to deny it happened. Why doesn’t the Democratic Party denounce this moral outrage with the force it deserves?

Overt Coup Signals

Monday, the President of the United States of America, armed with the stature and symbols of his office, accused his investigators of treason while his followers chanted “lock them up.” He proclaimed, “Maybe if we really like it a lot and if things keep going like they’re going, we’ll go and we’ll do what we have to do, and we’ll have a three [term presidency] and a four, and a five." The US President publicly stating HIS Attorney General will go after his political opponents and the FBI for treason, which carries the death penalty, sends up no warning flag for you? Announcing his intent to be President for Life! Is the Democratic Party waiting for an engraved invitation to a concentration camp? Because Trump accuses his political enemies of mounting a coup, does that mean you’ll let him carry out his own coup in broad daylight? Why doesn’t the Democratic Party denounce this moral outrage with the force it deserves?

Imperial War to Cover Up Corruption

Trump, John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are obviously attempting to launch an illegal, unauthorized war with Iran. Senators Tom Udall and Dick Durbin warn that, just as President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, invaded Iraq using false charges that Baghdad had a secret stash of nuclear and chemical arms, the Trump White House has taken a series of provocative, unwarranted steps that have brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war. On April 22 Trump ended the sanction waivers that allowed countries such as India, Turkey, and China to import oil from Iran, “intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero”—in other words, strangling the country’s lifeline. May 3 the White House said the United States would no longer permit Iran to enrich uranium or to “transfer enriched uranium out of Iran in exchange for natural uranium.” Both activities, along with many other provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), were explicitly tolerated under that UN accord. The US is bullying Iran to either shut down its limited and highly regulated uranium-enrichment program or to withdraw from the JCPOA.

State Department’s terrorist listing has never before designated an entire nation’s armed forces as an FTO. The Trump administration is painting Iran as a terrorist threat by adding the IRGC to the State Department’s foreign terrorist organization (FTO) list.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 20, 2019 at 4:18pm

Thanks, Ruth!

Looking at the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, it gives proportionate credit between 2030 and 2040 to "partial zero-emission vehicles" such as hybrids -- good for further discouraging pure internal-combustion cars!

Specific bill numbers we can cite to our congresscritters, and links:

Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2019: 
H.R. 2764 at congress.gov / govtrack.us
S. 1487 at congress.gov / govtrack.us / text from Sen. Merkley's website (congress.gov / govtrack.us should have bill text within a day or two)

Driving America Forward Act: 
H.R. 2256 at congress.gov / govtrack.us
S. 1094 at congress.gov / govtrack.us

(The Govtrack site lets you react to bills with emojis -- a crude, self-selected opinion poll, but still a way to influence others who check the same bills. We can use the bandwagon effect to our advantage!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 20, 2019 at 3:01pm

Letter to Representative:

We should double down on electrifying transportation and support an expansion of EV tax credits so we can stop pollution that is driving the climate crisis.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, introduced by Congressman Mike Levin. It would require half of all sales of new passenger vehicles in 2030 be Zero Emission Vehicles, with the mandate ramping up 5 percent per year to 100 percent by 2040,  amend the Clean Air Act,  set a federal zero-emissions standard for vehicles and boost the sales of battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Driving America Forward Act, introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee, to expand the electric vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell tax credits. It allows purchasers of an additional 400,000 vehicles per manufacturer to be eligible for the tax credit.

I urge you to stop all direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies. The oil industry receives over $26 billion in subsidies from American taxpayers and pays nothing for polluting the air we breathe or exacerbating the climate crisis. Pollution from fossil-fueled transportation is the largest single source of climate pollution in the United States. According to new research published in The Lancet Planetary Health, exhaust from cars is responsible for up to 4 million new cases of pediatric asthma each year.

 

 

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