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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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Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 13. 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. 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 27, 2017 at 2:06am

Thanks, k.h. ky. I appreciate the feedback. 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 9:17pm
Ruth, Grinning Cat, I appreciate the letters you both post. I use your ideas and amend them to send to my elected officials. Thank you both and please keep it up. So many of us do appreciate it very much.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 26, 2017 at 7:36pm

I added a paragraph for my Republican Senator.

Dear Senator Toomey,

“We have at most a year to defend the Republic,” warned Yale historian Timothy Snyder after the election.

Conspiracy theories hold no attraction for me. However, the very sudden assault on journalism and free press, on the judiciary, on university funding, plus suspension of orderly vetting of nominees by congress, plus continual lies and contradictions from the administration, at the same time as 11 states simultaneously seek laws to strip away free speech and assembly, all happened in one month. It stretches credulity that all of this was not planned. We’re supposed to believe that the GOP isn’t setting the stage for a police state, immediately after executive orders for “a military operation” rounding up immigrants, expanded police powers, and defining new Federal crimes?

Steve Bannon bragged that Trump recruited Federal Agency heads specifically to dismantle their own agencies, to “deconstruct the administrative state”. The White House tried to quash an FBI treason investigation.

Bannon has previously said he wants to “destroy the state," “bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”  Extremist Think Tanks have prepared for decades for this opportunity. Pence is committed to the ChristoFascist movement, which openly espouses that theocracy replace democracy. Not to mention the Dominionist agenda and DC influence.

Do you maintain that an Administration that seeks to subvert our Constitution is fit to rule unchecked?

As a Trump agenda supporter and loyal Republican, it’s time to re-evaluate your place in history, Senator Toomey. Are you committed to democracy or complicit in its overthrow? 2017 will expose either your patriotism or treachery.

I urge you to sponsor an independent bipartisan investigation into threats to replace constitutional democracy with a corporate-serving police state. Air this in public, with public hearings and an independent prosecutor who does not answer to Sessions.

Your alarmed constituent,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 26, 2017 at 7:21pm

Letter for 2-27, for both houses:

“We have at most a year to defend the Republic,” warned Yale historian Timothy Snyder after the election.

Conspiracy theories hold no attraction for me. However, the very sudden assault on journalism and free press, on the judiciary, on university funding, plus suspension of orderly vetting of nominees by congress, plus continual lies and contradictions from the administration, at the same time as 11 states simultaneously seek laws to strip away free speech and assembly, all happened in one month. It stretches credulity that all of this was not planned. We’re supposed to believe that the GOP isn’t setting the stage for a police state, immediately after executive orders for “a military operation” rounding up immigrants, expanded police powers, and defining new Federal crimes?

Steve Bannon bragged that Trump recruited Federal Agency heads specifically to dismantle their own agencies, to “deconstruct the administrative state”. The White House tried to quash an FBI treason investigation.

Bannon has previously said he wants to “destroy the state," “bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”  Extremist Think Tanks have prepared for decades for this opportunity. Pence is committed to the ChristoFascist movement, which openly espouses that theocracy replace democracy. Not to mention the Dominionist agenda and DC influence.

Do you maintain that an Administration that seeks to subvert our Constitution is fit to rule unchecked?

I urge you to sponsor an independent bipartisan investigation into threats to replace constitutional democracy with a corporate-serving police state. Air this in public, with public hearings and an independent prosecutor who does not answer to Sessions.

Your alarmed constituent,

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 25, 2017 at 12:04pm

I'm sending my members of Congress a similar letter, reminding them in the conclusion that they swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

More about Republicans in at least 11 states considering making it dangerous or costly to attend or be near a protest (Alternet)

More on Arizona's "property damage = riot, riot = racketeering" bill (Joe.My.God.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 25, 2017 at 11:18am

Today I plan to use the same text for senate and house:

State level assaults on basic freedoms of speech and assembly recognized by the First Amendment are the concern US senators when they impact constitutional rights nationwide.  I urge you to introduce legislation to counteract state laws that strip US citizens of free speech and free assembly.

Consider the actual, not hypothetical, chilling national effect of Arizona's SB1142, passed by the state's senate this week, and likely to be become law. It will allow the government to prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. By including rioting in racketeering laws, it actually permits police to arrest those who are planning events. This law gives Arizona the right to seize assets of national organizations to which protestors belong. If one individual arrested in a group of a thousand received an email from a New York based organization, encouraging him or her to join a protest where someone, even someone from the opposing side, broke a window in Arizona, the New York organization can legally have assets seized.

The GOP continually justifies punitive measures against nonviolent protestors on the grounds of public safety. Yet the cumulative effect of their policies of voter suppression and attacks on constitutional rights seem designed to force unhappy citizens toward violent resistance as their last remaining option. Is replacement of democracy with a police state their actual goal? Facing the loss of White Christian dominance, it appears “The Party of NO” has chosen to overthrow democratic constitutional government. What will you do to preserve democracy?

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 25, 2017 at 10:31am

Ruth, thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your letters to Congress (as well as to Pennsylvania legislators), even when you're dealing with health challenges!! I for one find your letters useful in helping me frame my own talking (or writing) points.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 25, 2017 at 12:17am

My senate letter of 2-24:

It's critical that the Presidential Tax Transparency Act be passed by the U.S. Congress and that it be signed into law. Without seeing Trump's tax returns, the American people have no idea who he really is. We don't know how executive orders he passes or laws he signs will benefit him financially. We don't know if he has financial ties to Russia. We don't know if he's fully divested from his businesses that he says his sons are now running. He laid out a plan to ensure there were no conflicts of interest that he has not implemented yet. We can’t believe a man who lives in an "alternative facts" world. During his presidential campaign, PolitiFact found that 70% of Trump's statements were false.

I urge you to block approval of the attempt by Waste Control Specialists, a private company with ties to the Trump administration, to take over our nation’s stockpile of highly radioactive nuclear waste. The company can’t launch this potentially disastrous privatization scheme without approval from the U.S. Department of Energy and Congress. Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Energy Rick Perry signed legislation for a similar scheme with Waste Control Specialists in Texas when he was governor. The owner of Waste Control Specialists at the time was one of Perry's biggest funders, with more than $1.3 million in campaign contributions. It’s insane to trust a private, for-profit company to never cut corners while handing highly radioactive nuclear waste for decades to come.

White House officials asked the FBI to knock down reports about alleged contact between the Trump campaign and Russia last year. There are legal restrictions on contact between the White House and FBI during active investigations. After the FBI denounced Trump’s request to publicly reject reports about communications between Trump’s associates and Russians, he accused the FBI of failing to prevent sensitive leaks to the media. This Republican Administration attack on the intelligence community is a cover up of treason. I urge you to fight Trump’s authoritarian takeover maneuver and save democracy from a Fascist coup.

I urge you to block Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court. Judge Neil Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled to favor corporations over the interests of everyday people. Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the independence of the judiciary. It is imperative that the next Supreme Court justice have a demonstrated commitment to standing up to his executive power.

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sorry for the earlier erroneous post

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 2:56pm

Simple calls again on my part:

For the House: supporting Jerry Nadler's resolution of inquiry into the president*'s conflicts of interest, and opposing the Judiciary Committee acting to prevent a floor vote in the full House.

For all three members of Congress: supporting the Johnson Amendment and opposing any weakening, nonenforcement, or repeal (as 45* and Republicans would like to do). Without the Johnson Amendment, churches and "charitable" groups that accept tax-deductible donations would be allowed to explicitly campaign and intervene for or against political candidates; people would get tax breaks for subverting the government for private profit!

(Political parties, campaigns, unions, etc. are already nonprofits that don't need to pay taxes; their donors currently can't deduct their donations. That's why some organizations maintain a separation between a "charitable" 501(c)3 educational group, that can't engage in politicking, and donations to which are tax-deductible, and an associated "action" group that does engage in partisan politics, and donations to which are not deductible.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2017 at 1:01pm

Today's house letter:

Jerry Nadler's resolution of inquiry, which would require Attorney General Jeff Sessions to turn over documentation showing any investigations of Trump’s activities and other agencies to make information available for review, was sent to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote. This maneuver, timed just before just before Trump’s first address to Congress, is designed to kill Nadler's resolution without a full House vote, so Representatives can hide their positions from the public by avoiding a roll call. This cover up of treasonous behavior will not stand!

It's critical that the Presidential Tax Transparency Act be passed by the U.S. Congress and that it be signed into law by President Trump. Without seeing Trump's tax returns, the American people have no idea who he really is. We don't know how executive orders he passes or laws he signs will benefit him financially. We don't know if he has financial ties to Russia. We don't know if he's fully divested from his businesses that he says his sons are now running. He laid out a plan to ensure there were no conflicts of interest that he has not implemented yet -- but how can we believe a man who lives in a world where "alternative facts" are the truth? During his presidential campaign, PolitiFact found that 70% of Trump's statements were false.

I urge you to oppose H.R. 899, the bill to terminate the Department of Education.

I urge you to block approval of the attempt by Waste Control Specialists, a private company with ties to the Trump administration, to take over our nation’s stockpile of highly radioactive nuclear waste. The company can’t launch this potentially disastrous privatization scheme without approval from the U.S. Department of Energy and Congress. Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Energy Rick Perry signed legislation for a similar scheme with Waste Control Specialists in Texas when he was governor. The owner of Waste Control Specialists at the time was one of Perry's biggest funders, with more than $1.3 million in campaign contributions. It’s insane to trust a private, for-profit company to never cut corners while handing highly radioactive nuclear waste for decades to come.

White House officials asked the FBI to knock down reports about alleged contact between the Trump campaign and Russia last year. There are legal restrictions on contact between the White House and FBI during active investigations. After the FBI denounced this White House request to publicly reject reports about communications between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russians known to U.S. intelligence during the campaign, Trump accused the FBI of failing to prevent sensitive leaks to the media. This is another Republican Administration attack on the intelligence community, to cover up treason. I urge you to fight Trump’s authoritarian takeover maneuver and save democracy from a Fascist coup.

 

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