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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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Action alerts and talking points

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 13. 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

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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

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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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How are we doing ? As of February 17, 2017

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 17. 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

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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 16. 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

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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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 8. 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 3:54pm

A Senator letter today,

Thank you for voting NO on "Foreclosure King" Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.

I urge you to support an exhaustive investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia. Congress needs to know who authorized Flynn’s actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks. We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security. Trump’s tweet that the “real story” of Flynn’s resignation is illegal leaks suggests he would have continued Flynn’s access to the most sensitive classified information had the public not learned Flynn was compromised.

Hardline House conservatives are plotting a major push to repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately without simultaneously approving an alternative. Block all such action.

I urge you to cosponsor the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," which would prohibit any US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress. It’s deeply disturbing that President Trump, who has expressed eagerness to “negotiate” from a position of nuclear weapons power,  has the sole authority to launch US nuclear weapons and potentially start a civilization-ending nuclear war--and no one can stop him.  Many of us fear his intemperate response to disrespect makes the world insecure.

I urge you to investigate Donald Trump’s fitness as president on the grounds that he ignores obvious security issues by discussing a response to a North Korean missile launch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a busy patio at Mar-a-Lago.  Passersby were apparently able to get close to classified documents and snap photos whenever they pleased. Past presidents usually used a secure SCIF tent to deal with classified national-security information when they were away from the White House.

In addition, the reporting and cameras serve as a free ad from his property, which raises serious ethical concerns about whether he’s using the presidency for his personal benefit. From day one, President Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution's foreign and domestic "emoluments" clauses.

Your concerned constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 3:53pm

My House letter today.

I urge you to support Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s "resolution of inquiry" that amounts to the first legislative step toward impeachment. . From day one, President Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution's foreign and domestic "emoluments" clauses.  Fighting for impeachment is a way to go on the offensive, directly challenging the huge corruption that Trump has brought to the White House.

Donald Trump’s fitness as president is also called into question on the grounds that he ignored obvious security issues by discussing a response to a North Korean missile launch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a busy patio at Mar-a-Lago. Passersby were apparently able to get close to classified documents and snap photos whenever they pleased. Past presidents usually used a secure SCIF tent to deal with classified national-security information when they were away from the White House.

In addition, the reporting and cameras in that setting serve as a free ad from his property, another example of the ethical concerns about using the presidency for his personal benefit.

I urge you to support an exhaustive investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia. Congress needs to know who authorized Flynn’s actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks. We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security. Trump’s tweet that the “real story” of Flynn’s resignation is illegal leaks suggests he would have continued Flynn’s access to the most sensitive classified information had the public not learned Flynn was compromised.

Hardline House conservatives are plotting a major push to repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately without simultaneously approving an alternative. Block all such action.

I urge you to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill to prohibit any US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress. It’s deeply disturbing that President Trump, who has expressed eagerness to “negotiate” from a position of nuclear weapons power,  has the sole authority to launch US nuclear weapons and potentially start a civilization-ending nuclear war--and no one can stop him.  Many of us fear his intemperate response to disrespect makes the world insecure.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2017 at 3:24pm

My calls today:

Urging my representative and senators to cosponsor and support HR669 / S200, the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017”, which would prohibit 45* or any US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress authorizing this.

Asking my senators to oppose ultra-conservative tea partier Mick Mulvaney's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget.

Asking my senators to [follow Robert Reich's advice and] block any action, even denying a floor vote, on Neil Gorsuch or any nominee to the Supreme Court until Trump establishes his legitimacy as president: "Which means

  • the Senate intelligence committee and FBI must first conclude that Russian operatives were not responsible for Trump’s electoral victory,
  • Trump must reveal his taxes, and
  • he must put his assets into a blind trust."

(bullet points added)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2017 at 3:05pm

I just sent the following little bon mot to Paul Ryan, courtesy of UltraViolet:

Paul, I would hope you have noticed by now that there is a petulant child in the White House, one who apparently never took a civics class or is much interested in the structure or operation of our government.  Yet there he is, making mistake after blundering mistake.

I'm not expecting you to oust him, though that may become necessary.  I DO expect you to stand up to him, especially when he is as wrong as he's been, and to do so publicly.  I have next to no tolerance for the brand of stupidity I've seen from our 45th president.  He needs to be corrected - repeatedly - and by more than one person.

Make yourself one of them.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 14, 2017 at 6:43am

I agree, Daniel; our rep is beyond worthless.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2017 at 6:20am

Daniel, I saw your letter about affordable meds (too bad "drugs" too often connotes dangerous recreational substances!) -- powerful and well-written! Thanks for sharing it!

I find picking up the phone easier than writing letters; my senators' and representative's local and DC office numbers are in my contacts list.

A tiny silver lining of our current delusional, incompetent Republican administration is that it could make even Tea Partiers in solidly "red" areas worried about reelection. I agree with the advice Bernice King passed along recently, to avoid saying the president*'s name and always refer to "the Republican administration" or "the Republicans" -- it'll put pressure on Republican members of Congress to either take responsibility for, or distance themselves from, 45*'s statements and policies; and it'll make them more worried about that prime directive of all politicians, getting reelected.

(Yes, I'm using the asterisk as sports historians do, to denote some record or achievement made under questionable circumstances.)

Comment by Daniel W on February 13, 2017 at 9:57pm

GC, thank you for a truly important group.  I am not in the habit of writing letters to our congress critters. Here is a link to the topic that I did write a letter about, to my state's senators regarding their support for criminalization of affordable medications from abroad.  I don't know if it was read by my senator's staffs - I wrote to both WA senators - because they did not send confirmation. 

My Congressional rep is a Teapartyite.  I need to pay more attention to the stuff that she does, beyond her self-promoting junk mail.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 13, 2017 at 4:05pm

I also called my congressman (and my Republican senator) about H.R. 634, passed out of committee last week, eliminating the Election Assistance Commission, the only federal agency tasked with ensuring voting machines can't be hacked. I emphasized that the committee vote made it look like Republicans wanted it to be harder for citizens to vote.

Ruth wrote about that in more detail to her Representative; her letter is two comments below this one.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 13, 2017 at 3:38pm

I used these talking points, about Michael Flynn's communications with Russia about sanctions before Trump was inaugurated, in my calls to my senators and congressman: "Investigate Michael Flynn's Communications with Russia" (Indivisible Guide)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2017 at 1:54pm

My letters to the House today, without mention of previous votes.

I urge you to reject any budget that eliminates funding for the arts and humanities. The Republican administration is promoting a budget blueprint that completely eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

I’m very upset that the House Administration Committee voted along party lines to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked. The Committee also voted to eliminate the public-financing system for presidential elections dating back to the 1970s. House GOP members are restructuring to make it easy to steal elections. The EAC needs to be strengthened, not replaced. This toxic hypocrisy ironically coincides with the Trump administration launching a massive investigation into nonexistent voter fraud. It’s your job to defend voter rights in the face of fellow member attacks on them.

 I urge you to open an investigation into Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, for ethics laws violations. She went on Fox News, and with the White House seal in the background repeatedly  urged viewers to buy Ivanka Trump's clothing line.

§ 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain. 
An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity ...

No White House should have publicly paid employees promoting the commercial interests of the President's family members. 

I urge you to join Representative Eliot Engel in calling on President Trump to fire national security adviser Michael Flynn if he lied about talking about sanctions with a Russian official during the transition. If General Flynn discussed lifting sanctions with Russia’s ambassador, considering Russia’s effort to tip the election toward President Trump, the General’s actions are disqualifying. And if General Flynn negotiated with Russia to change American policy, he may be in violation of the Logan Act, which bars such conduct. The President must relieve General Flynn immediately. The 

Republican administration’s confusion over Flynn’s discussions with Kislyak jeopardizes national security. Either General Flynn lied to the Administration or the Administration lied to the American people. Congress must conduct a thorough, nonpartisan investigation into Russia’s illegal interference into our election and take steps to punish those responsible.

 

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