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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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Keep Families Together Act

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 21. 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. 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. 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

Tags: support, confirmation, oppose, campaign, writing

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2017 at 11:22am

Today's House letter.

To the Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick,

I urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 804. No previous president politicized the National Security Council. Steve Bannon must be removed. He is not only unqualified to be on the NSC Principals Committee, he has openly supported warmongering for the purpose of replacing US democracy with theocracy.

I urge you to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. Oppose any White House executive order to declare the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

The Muslim Brotherhood has no known presence in the US. The unfounded claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government is an Islamophobic smear tactic. This designation could spark a witch. Innocent institutions and individuals could be tarnished and impugned. The administration could invoke expansive material support laws and seek to prosecute individuals and institutions, forfeiting their assets. The Washington Post says that ten years ago Bannon proposed a documentary-style movie blaming a coalition of liberal Jewish groups and Muslim civil rights organizations for importing terror into America.

The real US government infiltration threat is the white nationalists who are part of Donald Trump’s fascist and authoritarian movement such as Steve Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Members of Congress should beware of extremists who believe in an “end times” eschatological battle between good and evil and believe that public policy should be directed toward serving that goal.

According to CNN and the New York Times, senior officials from the Trump campaign were in constant and continuous contact with Russian intelligence. Depending on what Trump knew and when he knew it, he may be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting articles of impeachment. His advisers could have committed treason.

Until an investigation is completed, Trump’s mandate is suspect. Nothing he does – no executive order, no Supreme Court appointment, no legislation he sends to Congress – is legitimate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2017 at 11:22am

Today's senate letter.

Dear Senator Casey,

I expect you to uphold the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Senate rules still require a three-fifths vote to end debates on legislation and Supreme Court nominations. Every justice to sit on the Supreme Court had the approval of a filibuster proof majority. This is a vital check-and-balance in our democracy, and an important function of the United States Senate. I will be watching how you vote on this critical issue closely. Will you publicly pledge that the Judge Gorsuch will only be confirmed to the Supreme Court if he receives a filibuster-proof majority (60 votes) in the full Senate?

I urge you to vote NO on Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator. Delay this vote until the pending court case regarding email records is resolved. He received record contributions toward his reelection campaigns from energy companies.  At least 15 companies with financial ties to Scott Pruitt have faced hundreds of EPA enforcement actions. Pruitt provided just 411 of at least 3,000 documents related to an open record request submitted by Center for Media and Democracy in 2015.

I urge you to cosponsor and support S. 291. No previous president politicized the National Security Council. Steve Bannon must be removed. He is not only unqualified to be on the NSC Principals Committee, he has openly supported warmongering for the purpose of replacing US democracy with theocracy.

I urge you to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz. Oppose any White House executive order to declare the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The Muslim Brotherhood has no known presence in the US. The unfounded claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government is an Islamophobic smear tactic.

According to CNN and the New York Times, senior officials from the Trump campaign were in constant and continuous contact with Russian intelligence. Depending on what Trump knew and when he knew it, he may be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting articles of impeachment. His advisers could have committed treason.

Until an investigation is completed, Trump’s mandate is suspect. Nothing he does – no executive order, no Supreme Court appointment, no legislation he sends to Congress – is legitimate.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 15, 2017 at 10:31pm

Thanks for that information, Joan!

Today I called my members of Congress, opposing H.J.Res. 66 (that would block states' retirement plans, as Ruth detailed in her letter to her congressman), and also demanding that Jeff Sessions recuse himself from any role investigating tRump's aides and their relationships with Russia (again, more detail in Ruth's letter below).

The staffer for Toomey, my Republican senator, was noticeably upset at the second request, insisting that Sessions has "no role" in the "bipartisan" investigation being conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee. When I responded that it may well reach the point that the attorney general is involved, he told me not to speak in hypotheticals. I said, "If it does, he absolutely must recuse himself" and explained why. That wasn't the first time a Toomey staffer was audibly uncomfortable with my call when I went against the party line.

Republican members of Congress absolutely have to feel the heat about the current Republican administration's actions and policies!

And for Democrats who are on the correct side of things, it's good for them to know that they have n thousand constituents caring enough to call or write and support them!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2017 at 10:15pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2017 at 9:49pm

Gorka Says He Wears Nazi Ally's Medal To Honor Dad's Anti-Communist Efforts 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/sebastian-gorka-horthy-medal-father...

Sebastian Gorka wore a medal that some Hungarian news outlets and scholars identified with Miklós Horthy, the anti-Semitic World War II-era leader whose regime witnessed the murder of some 600,000 Hungarian Jews.

"Gorka, a former Breitbart News editor and self-proclaimed counterterrorism expert known for his hardline views on Islam, effused to Sean Hannity about the the death of “political correctness” in the Trump era.

"Gorka’s choice of dress, a black braided jacket known as a "bocskai" adorned with two medals, wouldn't necessarily catch the eye of an American viewer. But some Hungarians who came across the interview interpreted the getup as a nod to the knightly order of merit Horthy founded in 1920, the Order of Vitéz. Right-wing Hungarian media in particular fixated on what it saw as Gorka's callback to a resurgent native icon of the far-right.

Gorka chose to identify himself with a Nazi collaborator by wearing the Order of Vitéz medal on inauguration night. The legacy of Horthy himself remains disputed within Hungary, with the far right adopting him as a nationalist symbol since the fall of the Iron Curtain.\\the medal is identified with a knightly order founded by the Hungarian admiral and statesman Miklós Horthy, who oversaw the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 15, 2017 at 2:59pm

My senate letter today:

I urge you to block Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court. His decisions exhibit racist bias and he has voted to deny insurance benefits to disabled employees and people battling cancer.

I urge you to protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  It’s critical to protect the public from financial fraud such as scam mortgages, bank account fee scams, credit card fee scams, Debt-collection industry harassment and deception, and scams that promise to help consumers get out of debt, then do nothing after collecting up-front fees. A group of seven Senate Republicans are also moving to gut consumer protections for prepaid debit cards before they take force. Protect your constituents from these actions!

I urge you to investigate Donald Trump’s fitness as president. His pro-fascist leanings and moves to usurp authoritarian control threaten democracy more than any terrorist act. Sebatian Gorka, the deputy assistant to President Trump, who defended Trump’s failure to mention Jews or the Holocaust during his Holocaust Remembrance Day speech, wears a medal is from the order vitézi rend. The order of Vitezi is on a list of Nazi collaborators at the State Department.

I urge you to block elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency, and also object to the elimination of the EPA enforcement office. The Trump administration is reportedly weighing whether to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

I urge you to cosponsor and support S200, the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017”, which would prohibit a US president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress authorizing this.

I urge you to support the Affordable Care Act and reject any healthcare bill whose amendments would fail to protect people with pre-existing conditions, let young adults stay on their parents’ plan, continue access to contraception, protect children on Medicaid or CHIP or protect veterans’ health care.

I urge you to oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator. He sued the EPA 14 times, and wants to dismantle environmental protection. According to the latest research, climate change is happening 170 times faster than natural change and threatens to “trigger societal collapse”.

I urge you to support S 210, the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act. Trump’s rule would cut 9 billion dollars from US funding for global health care.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 15, 2017 at 12:48pm

Good idea, Daniel, to share your letter with Facebook friends.

Here's my letter today to the House.

I urge you to vote against H.J.66, which would block states from helping their citizens save money for retirement. Republicans have no business rescinding the Labor Department regulation that would allow states to provide a savings option to workers who have no 401(k) options.

I urge you to vote against HR 634, the “Electoral Assistance Commission Termination Act”, which would eliminate the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC), the only institution that oversees the security of voting systems, and states’ compliance with federal voting registration laws. This is an assault on a secure democracy.

I urge you to demand that Jeff Sessions recuse himself from any role investigating Trump’s aides and their relationship with Russia. Sessions was an early, influential adviser in Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump campaign aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign according to four current and former American officials. Phone records and intercepted calls show that the communications happened around the same time evidence was discovered that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee.

I urge you to vote against Rep. Matt Gaetz’s bill to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. Americans need clean air and clean water.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 15, 2017 at 12:26pm

Nice letter, Daniel. I wrote an e-mail to our less-than-dazzling Rep that was a bit less diplomatic:

Representative Hererra-Beutler:

Please do not think your constituents are stupid enough to forgive you if you vote to take away the Affordable Care Act without replacing it with something that will be fair and beneficial to all.

I got a boilerplate reply about a week later that was meaningless weaselspeak.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 9:11pm

Daniel, I think we should harass both the House and Senate to investigate presidential or cabinet misdeeds. 

As a vet, have you connected to votevets? were I a vet, I'd be pissed about the move to close VA medical facilities, and other stuff. They probably keep tabs on such issues. If it's helpful, you could share in the vetrans group here.

Thanks for sharing your letter.

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,

 

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