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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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Examine your state legislators

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

Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 17, 2017. 6 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

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

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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by kathy: ky Feb 16, 2017. 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

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W Feb 16, 2017. 7 Replies

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, 2017. 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

Tags: phone numbers, legislation, tracking legislation, phones, addresses

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 3:25pm

My calls today:

To my congressman:

Opposing H.R. 899, "to terminate the Department of Education";

and urging a repeal of the regulation-micromanaging REINS Act, and lobbying Senate colleagues to kill their counterpart bill S. 21. (Thanks, Ruth, for your "animal abusers by proxy" talking points!)

To my senators:

opposing the REINS Act;

and again urging them to filibuster, deny, and block Neil Gorsuch from the stolen Supreme Court seat.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 12:01pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 11:56am

Some folks prefer the phone to the mail. Phone calls are especially effective!

My phone calls yesterday:

To my congressman:

supporting H.R. 804, Protect the National Security Council from Political Interference Act of 2017 (prohibiting people like Bannon whose "primary... responsibility is political in nature"),

and opposing H.R. 861, "to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency".

To my senators:

supporting S. 54, the Protect American Families Act, which would forbid any “immigration-related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality”, such as a Muslim registry;

opposing S.J. Res. 11, that would kill the Bureau of Land Management's methane waste rule;

opposing Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services (my Democratic senator opposed him; Price was confirmed at 1:46 a.m. this morning on a party-line vote);

and again urging them to deny a floor vote, filibuster, delay, and block by every means possible the confirmation of extremist Neil Gorsuch to the stolen Supreme Court seat that should have been filled by Merrick Garland.

(My Republican senator is a "lost cause", who voted to confirm every nominee so far, and has statements praising Gorsuch and other picks of this Republican administration. He still needs to be worried about losing reelection.)

I might not keep up with posting on here, but I do intend to keep calling them every business day.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2017 at 11:40am

Today's letters.

The House,

To the Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick,

I urge you to vote for H.R. 804: Protect the National Security Council From Political Interference Act of 2017. Political operatives in the National Security Council would horrify our founding fathers.

I urge you to vote against HR 861, which will terminate the EPA. As the Arctic is destabilizing this year, eliminating the EPA goes against self-preservation.

When HR 899 comes to the floor, vote against it. It’s crazy to eliminate the Department of Education. Such a bill makes me think that the GOP really does want to slash and burn the American way of life.

Since HR26, the REINS act, passed the House, congress is taking on the responsibility to approve or kill every proposed federal regulation within 70 days.  As REGULATION MICROMANAGERS you personally assume responsibility for all federal regulation – moral responsibility.

That means when Trump made it impossible for people to learn about abusive puppy mills and breeders, and he decides it’s OK to sell poisoned pet food in stores, all in congress become animal abusers by proxy.

A Freedom of Information request to find out who abuses animals! Before you buy a puppy?

Now it’s your moral duty to reverse this deregulation.

The Senate,

Dear Senator Casey,

With the REINS act, congress is taking on the responsibility to approve or kill every proposed federal regulation within 70 days.  As REGULATION MICROMANAGERS you personally assume responsibility for all federal regulation – moral responsibility.

That means when Trump made it impossible for people to learn about abusive puppy mills and breeders, and he decides it’s OK to sell poisoned pet food in stores, all in congress become animal abusers by proxy.

A Freedom of Information request to find out who abuses animals! Before you buy a puppy?

Now it’s your moral duty to reverse this deregulation. Or vote against S.21 because it shouldn’t be  the Senate’s job to manage every federal agency’s regulations.

Do not confirm Judge Gorsuch for Supreme Court. He has voted to deny insurance benefits to disabled employees and people battling cancer.

It is hypocritical of Republicans to rush to appoint Judge Gorsuch when they spent the past year aggressively blocking Merrick Garland, the equally educated and qualified Democratic nominee. The GOP violated the constitution for a stolen seat.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 9, 2017 at 1:16pm

Today's letter to Senators. I enclosed the warning signs of Fascism as a check off list.

Dear Senator

I urge you to vote NO on S.J. Res 11. If it becomes law, massive amounts of methane will go to waste, speeding climate change, harming national park air quality and costing American taxpayers millions of dollars per year. Right now – today - the Arctic is destabilizing, with above freezing temperature at the North Pole. It’s the height of insanity to accelerate Climate Change in the year we’re crossing an Arctic tipping point.

I urge you to oppose Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court. During his tenure, Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly favored insurance companies over employees, denying benefits to workers either injured on the job or too sick to work.

I urge you to oppose Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Services. Price has voted against federal regulation of public health, grants for drug research and female contraceptives during his time in Congress. He also spent the past four years trading over $300,000 of health-industry stocks while sponsoring legislation that would improve the value of the stocks. Price critics fear that his new insurance plans would directly benefit his own interests rather than those of the American people.

It’s up to you to resist the fascist takeover of our government. Look at the signs [Holocaust poster enclosed]. Trump is concentrating power to a tight inner circle and challenging all government restraints on his takeover.

Your concerned constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 8, 2017 at 1:15pm

Today's letter to the House could be used in any state.

To the Honorable ,

I urge you to support and cosponsor H.R. 371 — 115th Congress: Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, eliminating the current exemptions of president and vice president from conflicts of interest statutes.

I urge you to support and cosponsor Congresswoman Murphy’s H.R. 804, to protect the National Security Council from political interference. This bill will ensure that no individual whose “primary responsibility is political in nature” is assigned to the NSC or authorized to attend NSC meetings, and it stresses that the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have standing invitations to attend Principal Committee meetings. Trump had no business reorganizing the National Security Council to reflect partisan interests.

Your concerned constituent,

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 8, 2017 at 10:15am

Both excellent letters! Thanks GC & Ruth. Ezra Klein wrote an article pointing out that it's precisely with Republican Congresscritters that the responsibility for containing Drumph lies:

How to stop an autocracy
The danger isn’t that Trump will build an autocracy. It’s that congressional Republicans will let him.

[Vox]

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 8, 2017 at 9:56am

For opposing Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, Daily Kos has a "write your own letter" form with talking points.

Here's my letter (using allcaps instead of bold, because the senators' contact forms accept plain text only):

Block Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court

For a year, after Antonin Scalia died, Senate Republican leadership flouted their constitutional duty by blocking hearings on principle for any nominee President Obama might choose, including his choice of the respected centrist Merrick Garland. They argued they should "let the people choose." A majority of Americans did -- by electing and then reelecting Barack Obama.

This Supreme Court vacancy is a STOLEN SEAT, that should not be filled unless and until President Trump renominates Mr. Garland to this seat. Afterwards, nominations to fill any future vacancies during Trump's term can be considered on their merits.

This is notwithstanding "Fascism Forever Club" Gorsuch's history of putting corporate and authoritarian interests over those of actual people, including his Hobby Lobby ruling elevating a corporation's "religious liberty" over employees' healthcare. Consumers and workers -- who are the majority of your constituents -- need a Supreme Court dedicated to protecting Main Street, not Wall Street.

In summary, I urge you to vote AGAINST Gorsuch's nomination coming to a floor vote; FILIBUSTER it if it does; and OPPOSE AND BLOCK it with all possible tactics.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 8, 2017 at 9:25am

We need to call or write daily, the activists say. Sustained nonviolent resistance, this is the easiest part. But it's hard to create up to date content every day. Here's my letter yesterday.

Feb 7th, 2017

Dear Senator

I urge you to support S 54. Creating a registry of Muslim immigrants is religious persecution, against the freedom of religion for which our country was founded.

I urge you to open an investigation into the mental competence of Donald Trump. First his “alternative fact” approach would base policies on lies rather than reality. Second, it’s looking more and more like Steve Bannon is in charge. Bannon called Trump “a blunt instrument”. Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush report that Trump signed both the Executive Order giving Bannon a seat on the National Security Council and the Muslim Ban without fully reading them. Trump’s acts against the European Union also call his competence into question. His open hostility to the EU and nomination of Ted Malloch as EU ambassador endanger a reliable economic and military partnership.

I urge you to open an investigation into the 19.5% transfer of Rosneft, to guarantee it didn’t go to Trump as the Steel Dossier claimed.

I urge you to block the move to gut Social Security, currently brought to the House by House Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson, when it reaches the senate.

Trump’s Executive Orders and appointments are building a corporate state, privatizing as much as possible while sacrificing citizens to corporate profit. Together with congressional pro-privatization legislation and state-side attacks on Democrat-run cities the GOP is assaulting basic government, especially at the local level. For example, 23 states now ban the local minimum wage and 15 states ban cities from requiring companies to offer sick days. Stand up for the citizens who elected you instead of corporate donors.

Moves by Orin Hatch and John Barasso, changing their committee rules so Republicans could vote without a single Democrat present, constitute an assault on legitimate government. Condem those acts!

Your concerned constituent,

 

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