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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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Robert Mercer's psyops behind the extremist takeover

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 12, 2018. 7 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

Write and Call and get friends involved

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 13, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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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

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 yesterday

Sent to Rep House member:

I strongly urge you to oppose the House Resolution by Rep Jamie Raskin and Cedric Richmond.
The accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar are wrong and hateful. Criticizing our government’s support for Israeli actions that break international law isn’t anti-Semitic. Speaking out against the role money in politics plays toward that support isn’t anti-Semitic.
Congress consistently ignores dozens of UN resolutions condemning Israeli abuses. When Israel snipers mow down children and obviously disabled adults we’re silent.
Of course we should condemn anti-Semitism, but this political action equating criticism of U.S. policy toward Israel with an attack on Jewish people is itself a perverse form of anti-Semitism. We should oppose villainizing critics of color or Muslim faith with false claims of anti-Semitism, which we’ve seen before with Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, and Michelle Alexander. Look at what people actually say and do, to determine bias. The GOP tolerates bias at the highest levels. This is just a cover for harassment of a female black Muslim.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Response to Republican Senator Toomey.

In response to your letter about The Green New Deal.

Your claim that the Green New Deal is a “radical proposal [that] would be catastrophic for Pennsylvania and the nation” is alarmingly short-sighted and a grave error.?

Of course the Green New Deal threatens the US fossil fuel “renaissance”. Your politics is destroying everything for short term profit by the ultra-wealthy. Do you WANT your family to live in a world of ever-worsening catastrophes in about a decade? Your politics is crafting a world soon without hope, with out of control positive feedbacks spiraling toward our existential death-blow from the Stratocumulus Tipping Point.

Comment by Grinning Cat on Monday

Thanks, Ruth! I just called my congressman's and Republican senator's offices with a similar message.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 27, 2019 at 10:01pm

Letter to Republican Senator and Congressman:

I strongly urge you to support the Green New Deal, and take further extraordinary action to prevent further Climate Destabilization.

The International Energy Agency has already shown that maintaining our current fossil-fueled economic system virtually guarantees a 6℃ rise in the Earth’s temperature before 2050. Recently, climate physicists at the California Institute of Technology determined that when CO2 reaches 1,200 parts per million a? Stratocumulus Tipping Point will be breached. Earth’s temperature will then quickly soar an additional 8 ℃. We now know that humanity faces a hard limit.

If Republicans continue serving the fossil fuel industry instead of human beings, during our decade of control, everyone will die within a hundred years. If we fail to curtail human emissions soon, multiple natural positive feedbacks will spew carbon, and we'll be helpless to stop them.

As conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin says, the current Republican Party no longer stands for constitutional democracy but behaves like a cult. Naval War College Professor Tom Nichols also points out that the Republican Party has been taken over by extremists.

Your only moral choice is to represent your constituents, including the young people not yet of voting age. Thousands of teens are protesting climate inaction. In ten years public outrage over our existential crisis will dominate worldwide culture. Your choices today will be judged.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 27, 2019 at 4:48pm

Letter to Democratic Senator:

I strongly urge you to support the Green New Deal, and take further extraordinary action to prevent further Climate Destabilization. The International Energy Agency has already shown that maintaining our current fossil-fueled economic system virtually guarantees a 6°C rise in the Earth’s temperature before 2050. Recently, climate physicists at the California Institute of Technology determined that when CO2 reaches 1,200 parts per million, a Stratocumulus Tipping Point will be breached. Earth’s temperature will then quickly soar an additional 8°C. We now know that humanity faces a hard limit. If our government continues serving the fossil fuel industry instead of human beings, during our last decade of possible control, everyone will die within a hundred years. If we fail to curtail human emissions soon, multiple natural positive feedbacks will spew carbon, and we'll be helpless to stop them.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 25, 2019 at 3:21pm

I called my senators, urging them to cosponsor and support Sen. Mark Warner's "Stop the STUPIDITY Act", S. 198 (yet another cute backronym: officially the "Stop the Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The coming Years Act").

It would prevent future government shutdowns by providing that funding would continue at current levels if a budget isn't passed (except for Congress itself and the president). (press release / draft text / congress.gov / govtrack.us)

The bill was sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee, three of whose Republican members also voted Yea yesterday on the clean continuing resolution to temporarily reopen the government:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944
Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665

(That resolution didn't get the 60 votes needed to move forward. That was before Trump's announced "deal" today.)

If you're an Alaska, Maine, or Tennessee resident, your calls to those senators are doubly important. If not, your own senators can't vote on bills that don't make it to the floor! Urge these three senators to make sure S. 198 is reported out of committee, in addition to calling or writing your own senators.

Comment by 온라인슬롯사이트추천Grinning Cat on January 23, 2019 at 2:05pm

On the many poison pills embedded within the Republican bill that would end the shutdown:

G.O.P. Bill to End Shutdown Draws Protests Over Asylum Restrictions?(NYT)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 23, 2019 at 1:56pm

NATIONAL CALL DAY today: Indivisible Guide is calling on us to?call our members of Congress TODAY?and demand they end the government shutdown, without any wall funding.

"Trump and Mitch McConnell refuse to let their hostages go. Trump and McConnell are losing. Out of desperation, McConnell is planning to bring two bills to the floor for a vote this week. The first is an extreme bill that reads like Stephen Miller’s wish list.

The second vote is on a clean continuing resolution that would fund the government until Feb. 8. If it passes, it would mean that federal employees would finally get paid, affected programs would be funded, and our government would open back up.

It’s important that we first block Trump’s anti-immigrant bill, and then put pressure on Republicans to do the right thing and open up the government by passing a clean CR.

Read more about the shutdown here. Tell your Senators to Vote NO on Trump's racist, anti-immigrant bill and vote YES on a clean CR. Then, check in with your House Representative to make sure they know you oppose Trump’s wall ransom."

https://act.indivisible.org/call/cr-reject-trumps-deportation-machi...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2019 at 9:00pm

To both senators:

I strongly urge you to oppose William Barr's confirmation for?serving a second time as?attorney general. Barr has a history of extreme hostility toward the constitutional separation of church and state. It is clear that he would use the Attorney General’s powers to impose a narrow version of Christianity on our secular republic, and to place religious discrimination above the law. You should be alarmed at Barr’s assertion that the President can start any wars he wants even if Congress votes against it. Barr’s inflexible position giving any president effective immunity for obstructing justice and from blocking ongoing investigations, including limitless pardons even of himself and his family infuriates me. His championship of corporate immunities (deregulation of EPA, FDA, FTC, and OSHA)?also anger me. Any senator confirming a man who claims that “Congress has no authority in the area of foreign affairs.” is emasculating his own chamber. He intends to keep the full text of Mueller’s report secret! That’s outrageous!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 15, 2019 at 4:50pm

Yesterday I called my senators' offices; I talked to both the Democrat and the Republican about opposing William Barr's confirmation for serving a second time as attorney general.

As the Center for Inquiry writes in their action alert:

Barr has a history of extreme hostility toward the constitutional separation of church and state. It is clear that he would use the Attorney General’s powers to impose a narrow version of Christianity on our secular republic, and to place religious discrimination above the law....

While giving a speech to the Catholic League in 1992, then-Attorney General Barr blamed secularism for the nation’s “moral decline” and called for U.S. law to be based on “God’s law.” Barr attacked Americans who value a secular government: “the secularists of today are clearly fanatics.” He argued that removing forced prayers from public schools moved the nation away from a “Judeo-Christian moral tradition” and produced “soaring juvenile crime, widespread drug addiction, skyrocketing rates of venereal disease, [and] 1.5 million children aborted each year.”

If Barr had blamed crime, drug abuse, and venereal diseases on the immorality of Jewish Americans or Muslim Americans or African Americans, surely Congress would refuse to confirm his nomination. Blaming the same problems on secular Americans — and 24 percent of all Americans are nonreligious — should be similarly disqualifying. Demonizing this group simply because they are not members of Barr’s religion is beneath the dignity of any government office, let alone the highest law enforcement office in the land.

Wikipedia's summary of Barr's policy positions notes that "in a 1995 scholarly article for?The Catholic Lawyer, Barr states that American government is 'predicated precisely' on the Judeo-Christian?system." The article bemoans secularists' use of "Law as a Weapon for the Promotion of Secularization", in conflict with the "natural law" of a "transcendent moral order" that "flows from God's eternal law".

On a second topic, I told my Republican senator that the blame for the continuing government shutdown, despite bills that would reopen many departments, rests squarely on Trump and on Republicans in Congress; that the senator should be a leader, work for the actual interests of his constituents, and support those bills.

 

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