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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.)

If you read this group and haven't joined it, please consider joining! It'll encourage other AN members to be more politically active.

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 11, 2019 at 7:35pm

Letter to representative:

I urge you to support House Resolution 9, introduced by Nancy Pelosi -- A bill that would FORCE Trump to act on climate change and adhere to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Please read the study by Jeremy Martinich and Allison Crimmins of the EPA. It conservatively projects that the economic costs of business as usual climate inaction will cost about $500 billion EVERY YEAR by 2090.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 11, 2019 at 6:18pm

Letter to Republican senator Toomey:

Since you’ve consistently supported Trump’s deregulation policies, read the study by Jeremy Martinich and Allison Crimmins of the EPA. It conservatively projects that the economic costs of such inaction as you support will cost about $500 billion per year by 2090. Supporting and subsidizing fossil fuel will destroy this country. Support Green New Deal principals!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 11, 2019 at 6:01pm

Letter to senators:

I urge you to oppose Herman Cain for a seat on the U.S. Federal Reserve board. Like the unsuitable Stephen Moore, he has ties to the Americans for Prosperity group funded by the Kochs, the majority owners of fossil fuel conglomerate Koch Industries.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 5, 2019 at 10:04pm

As always, I appreciate the talking points! (I did reach a human at our Republican senator's office today.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2019 at 2:14pm

Keep weather information free! I sent this to both senators:

I urge you to OPPOSE Barry Lee Myers as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has no scientific degree and devastating conflict of interest. When Myers was AccuWeather CEO, which uses NOAA’s weather service data for its forecasts, his company argued that NOAA should cut weather information it releases directly to the public. His confirmation would lead to constituents paying twice for weather information, once through taxes and again with Accuweather fees, and the poor would be denied timely disaster warnings.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 4, 2019 at 5:07pm

Letter to Republican senator:

I strongly urge you to support initiatives congruent with objectives of The Green New Deal. New research from the Potsdam Institute forecasts that business as usual will bring Catastrophic Climate Change, 2 degree rise, within 50 years. There's more CO2 in the air than ever before in 3 million years. Bill McKibben says, "The world is changing with ferocious, ferocious speed."

I am angry that you supported McConnell's "Nuclear Option" on approving judges and dozens of sub-Cabinet administrative posts with only two hours of debate. By rigging the system, Republicans are directly jeopardizing constituent civil and human rights,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 4, 2019 at 4:59pm

To my representative:

I urge you to vote YES on HR 582, the Raise the Wage Act. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been increased in nearly a decade.
I strongly urge you to support initiatives congruent with objectives of The Green New Deal. New research from the Potsdam Institute forecasts that business as usual will bring Catastrophic Climate Change, 2 degree rise, within 50 years. There's more CO2 in the air than ever before in 3 million years. Bill McKibben says, "The world is changing with ferocious, ferocious speed. "

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2019 at 4:49pm

Letter to senators:

I urge you to oppose Stephen Moore for appointment to the Federal Reserve Board. Moore’s career as a hack “economic analyst” is a farce, as he consistently gets basic facts wrong.


I urge you to oppose David Bernhardt for Secretary of the Interior. David Bernhardt is uniquely unfit to be Secretary of Interior! Bernhardt’s lack of transparency in his dealings at the DOI and the way his past clients are reaping the rewards of the department’s loosening of regulatory actions and expansion of drilling options, are a public display of why he is unfit for the DOI’s top job.


When you took office as a Senator, you swore to support the Constitution of the United States, which speaks of promoting "the general Welfare", not sacrificing it for that of a few CEOs and shareholders.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 22, 2019 at 11:19am

Letter to Republican Senator Toomey,

Thank you for opposing Trump's attempt to usurp congressional budget powers with a spurious "national emergency" declaration to build his wall. He abused Presidential powers in the name of national security. Please continue to defend the role of congress to control our budget.

I urge you to oppose Trump's executive order through which, under the guise of protecting free speech, he's attacking the finances of all colleges and universities which want to prevent Nazi rallies and organizations on their campuses. Did we not sacrifice enough in World War II to keep Fascists from taking over our country? Trump uses his bully pulpit TO BULLY academic institutions! Use your legislative power to clarify this issue and protect our academic foundations of actual freedom.

Your alarmed constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2019 at 3:08pm

Sent to Rep House member:

I strongly urge you to oppose the House Resolution by Rep Jamie Raskin and Cedric Richmond.
The accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar are wrong and hateful. Criticizing our government’s support for Israeli actions that break international law isn’t anti-Semitic. Speaking out against the role money in politics plays toward that support isn’t anti-Semitic.
Congress consistently ignores dozens of UN resolutions condemning Israeli abuses. When Israel snipers mow down children and obviously disabled adults we’re silent.
Of course we should condemn anti-Semitism, but this political action equating criticism of U.S. policy toward Israel with an attack on Jewish people is itself a perverse form of anti-Semitism. We should oppose villainizing critics of color or Muslim faith with false claims of anti-Semitism, which we’ve seen before with Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, and Michelle Alexander. Look at what people actually say and do, to determine bias. The GOP tolerates bias at the highest levels. This is just a cover for harassment of a female black Muslim.

 

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