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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

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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

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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

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The Center for Public Integrity presents a data base of state level legislative conflicts of interest. Find your state legislators' financial interests…Continue

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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

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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

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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 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 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.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2017 at 1:53pm

Thanks for your contribution, Loren.

My letters to Senators today, without the mentions of their recent votes.

 I urge you to vote against Neil Gorsuch for that stolen seat in the Supreme Court.

I urge you to vote against Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator. Pruitt’s office was responsible for lax enforcement of the consent decree in the Mahard case, yet he pretends his predecessor’s  investigation into Mahard was his doing.

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. Oppose any such measures in the Senate.

I urge you to open an investigation into Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, for ethics laws violations, § 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain. She went on Fox News, and with the White House seal in the background repeatedly urged viewers to buy Ivanka Trump's clothing line. No White House should have publicly paid employees promoting the commercial interests of the President's family members. 

 I urge you call on the Republican administration to fire national security adviser Michael Flynn if he lied about talking about sanctions with a Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition. If General Flynn discussed lifting sanctions with him, considering Russia’s effort to tip the election toward President Trump, the General’s actions are disqualifying. 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.

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.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 11, 2017 at 9:47am

Just sent to Senators Brown & Portman:

I am writing in opposition to the appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

As with too many other Trump appointees, Scott Pruitt has espoused attitudes and positions which are diametrically opposed to what the EPA is all about.  Pruitt's history in colluding with polluters exacerbates this situation even worse.  He has repeatedly demonstrated his disregard for the goals of the EPA and as such is utterly unqualified for the position.

I urge you in the strongest terms possible to block the appointment of Scott Pruitt to the EPA.

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.

 

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