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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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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 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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