These are past writing campaigns. Feel free to use any of them for your current postcards and letters or to get ideas for upcoming campaigns.
Past U.S. Writing Campaigns and Topics
- There is a call for Alex Acosta the U.S. secretary of Labor to resign his seat for covering up the most vile human trafficking ring this century. "Last week, in-depth reporting from the Miami Herald revealed the truth behind Acosta’s role in covering up the alleged sexual abuse and rape of scores of underage girls by Epstein – who according to the police investigation trafficked as many as 80 girls as young as 13." (From Enough is Enough)
Read the Miami Herald article here.
Send him a message and let him know loud and clear - he is responsible and he must resign.
Secretary of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210
Sign a petition here. Don't forget to Tweet him, comment on Facebook, and even Instagram. Let's shed some light on these men so they know they won't get away with this anymore.
- If you have a few minutes, listen to the beginning of this podcast. If you have 45 minutes, go ahead and finish it. It's a good summary of what the Green New Deal could be. If you think it's worth fighting for, write to your Senators and your Representative. Write to 45. Write to other MoCs and ask them support and encourage this legislation next year. Our planet depends on it.
- Did you hear about EJ Bradford? He was the man killed in an Alabama mall on Black Friday. At first, the police claimed he was a mass shooter. Turns out he was trying to help and they shot him in the back three times, killing him. They won't release the body cam footage, but EJ was clearly murdered. He had nothing to do with the original shooting. Jefferson County has a brand new DA though. Let's send him a note to let him know he are paying attention. We want justice for EJ Bradford. (From Real Justice)
Jefferson County District Attorney
801 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Suite 105
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Danny Carr's Twitter
The DA Office's Facebook
- U.S. Border patrol agents shot tear gas ACROSS the border at migrants from the caravan. These are human beings. Please call, Tweet, and write your Senators and Representatives. We have to speak out. (From Telesur)
- Write to California Governor Jerry Brown and to the Department of Corrections to ask them to stop exploiting incarcerated people to fight wildfires. They risk their lives for $1/hour. Two of the deaths in the latest fire were inmates. They gave their lives to protect people and their homes and for what? What makes it worse is they can't even apply to be firefighters when released.
"Fighting fires is backbreaking labor--incarcerated workers are using hoes and chainsaws to manipulate the landscape and redirect fires in their tracks. It’s deadly work that incarcerated people are being forced to do. California Corrections makes every person in low-level security take aptitude assessments to determine where they will work--and if they’re eligible for the CalFire program, or to work at the lesser known CDCR Fire Department, they have no choice but to go to work.4 If they refuse, they will be hit with disciplinary infractions that could jeopardize their opportunity to be freed early or even send them to the hole, or isolation."
Color of Change is calling for some great reforms such as paying fair wages and allowing for a path to employment as a firefighter. Read more here and sign the petition. You can also Tweet both Governor Brown and the Board of Corrections.
Governor Edmund G. Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Or email here.
Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)
2590 Venture Oaks Way Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 445-5073
- Write to your Member of Congress and ask them to support a Green New Deal. It would put millions of people to work and eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We need to take climate change seriously. The planet will ultimately survive, but we may not. It's time for some real effort in the right direction. Read more at The Hill.
- Tell Google to demand a refund of campaign donations from Cindy Hyde-Smith, the Mississippi Senator who “joked” about sitting in the front row of a hanging. "Google recently issued a weak apology after it was revealed that the tech giant donated to the re-election campaign" Google needs to know we don't stand for this as a nation. She doesn't deserve to be a United States Senator.
Tweet to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
- Write your U.S. House representative and encourage them to support legislation by John Sarbanes (D-Md.) to protect voting rights.
"The first bill Democrats plan to introduce and pass if they win control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 6 will be a comprehensive package of campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting and ethics reforms." Read more at the Huffington Post
- Trump's proposed restrictions on protesting near the White House include restrictions on signs, where one can protest, and even requiring fees be paid. "The Senate will soon vote on whether to confirm Trump's nominee Raymond David Vela as director of the National Park Service, which manages these areas." Before the Senate confirms Mr. Vela, we need an assurance that he will withdraw the proposed rule. Encourage your Senator to ask for that commitment or ask them to not confirm. (From the ACLU)
- Send a message to your Senators and Representative asking them to make a statement to reject white nationalism. Read more here. The website has links for you to Tweet or post to their Facebook pages directly.
- Everytown for Gun Safety has a new tool that helps you Tweet your members of Congress.
"Tweet at them NOW and tell them to #BreakThePattern of inaction and pass comprehensive background checks in January. Ask your lawmakers to make comprehensive background checks a priority."
- Write your Representative and ask them to stand with asylum-seekers and hold the President accountable in upholding asylum protections. You can Tweet about it too, use the hashtag
"On Thursday, November 8, the administration announced a blanket ban on asylum-seekers fleeing gang violence and persecution in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Asylum-seekers have a right to due process and to have their cases heard when seeking safety from violence." (From International Rescue Committee)
- Want to support transgender and nonbinary people? Here are a few unique ideas. Check out the link for the full list. From The Women's March
- "Raise the public profile of this ballot initiative by signal boosting on social media and make sure you include the words, “VOTE YES ON 3 to SUPPORT EQUALITY." Hyperlink, visit, and donate to FreedomMassachusetts.org. Use the hashtag, #YesOn3."
- "Follow legal organizations (like LAMBDA Legal, the ACLU, and Transgender Law Center) for updates on when you’re able to weigh in. They will give you templatized talking points and instructions for your convenience. For this measure, we expect the comment period to be in the next two months."
- "Follow trans journalists and signal-boost their work or sign up for their newsletters. And when you see articles about trans people appearing in mainstream media, hold them accountable by asking why a trans person didn’t write or appear in the piece."
- "This summer, Minnesota regulators approved one of the largest proposed pipelines in North America, the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline. This pipeline would carry more than 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada every day, making it just as big as Keystone XL – devastating our climate, threatening the Mississippi River, and violating Indigenous rights.
Enbridge Energy secured a permit in June to move forward with the project while ignoring the explicit objections of tribal nations, climate scientists, and even most of Minnesota’s state agencies. Our friends and allies in the Great Lakes have asked us to stand with them and send messages to their Governor, urging him to do everything he can to stop Line 3 during his short remaining time in office. As he retires and his replacement takes over in November, the next Governor will also be critical to win this fight.
Tell Governor Dayton to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and our planet by stopping the Line 3 pipeline." From 350.org. There is a script at this link you can use or adapt.
Office of Governor Mark Dayton
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
- "The Trump Administration is considering whether to grant a South Carolina request that would effectively allow faith-based foster care agencies in the state the ability to deny Jewish parents from fostering children in its network. The argument, from the state and from the agency, is that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act should not force a Protestant group to work with Jewish people if it violates a tenet of their faith.
The case being made by South Carolina is an extension of the debate around RFRA, which is more commonly associated with discrimination against LGBTQ people, but by no means applies exclusively to that group." Read more at The Intercept
The request has been sent to the HHS (Health & Human Services). You can send a Tweet to the secretary of HHS, Alex Azar, here.
Or write to him:
Secretary Alex Azar
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
- Did you hear about the student left out during an active shooter drill at Stafford County Middle School? Faculty didn't know how to protect the student because she is transgender. She was forced to sit in the gym while the rest of the students were taking cover and finally told to sit in a hallway by herself. This is an outrage!
Although this was a couple of weeks ago, more attention should be brought to this story. Share it on Facebook and Twitter as well as send an email to the superintendent. This can't become normal. It's bad enough we have to teach children what to do in the case of a school shooting, but to leave some children out as sitting ducks is beyond cruel. From Metro Weekly
Dr. Scott Kizner, Superintendent
- Effective October 8th - "President Donald Trump's administration began denying visas to the unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and officials and employees of the United Nations this week — making marriage a requirement to be eligible for a visa." (From USA Today)
Write a letter to Secretary Mike Pompeo demanding he reverse this decision.
U.S. Department of State
2201 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20520
- The Violence Against Women Act is set to expire Decemeber 7th. Write to your Representatives in the House and Senate asking them to make sure this funding continues. "While President Donald Trump on Friday signed a larger spending bill to avoid a government shutdown — which included an extension of VAWA through Dec. 7 — some lawmakers have been pushing for more permanent action." Read more here.
- Don't forget there are still children being detained, separated from their parents. Let's keep the pressure on by talking about it on social media. Here's a good article to reference if you need some talking points.
- Write to the Dallas DA, Faith Johnson, encouraging her to file murder charges against Amber Guyger for killing Botham Shem Jean on September 6th. There is a lot that doesn't make sense about this incident, but what is clear is Bothem Jean was killed while watching t.v. in his own home by Amber Guyger. This is murder.
While you are at it, this same DA has bowed to mob pressure to charge four black youths as adults. "DA Faith Johnson will seek to try four teens accused of car theft and robbery as adults after the victims demanded “aggressive” retribution and organized more than two thousand people in Dallas around one goal: trying and locking up children as adults.
Vengeance doesn't work as a criminal justice policy. It will not make our community safer. We know that kids tried as adults are more likely to commit new crimes, commit them more frequently, and commit more violent offenses than kids treated like the kids they are. Children are fundamentally different from adults. Research shows that kids who commit even serious crimes can and frequently do grow out of intransigent behavior as their brains mature.
DA Johnson’s decision is not about justice or community safety. It is about obeying those who have the power and social capital to demand we throw away the lives of children. If these children were rich or white, would the outrage be as swift and the demands so damning?" (From Color of Change)
DA Faith Johnson
Frank Crowley Courts Building
133 N. Riverfront Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207
- "The Gwich’in people have lived in Alaska for more than 20,000 years. They consider the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge sacred. And they depend on the Porcupine Caribou Herd -- which uses the Refuge as a birthing ground.
A small company called SAExploration has applied for a permit to conduct seismic testing. This can have a devastating impact on the environment. And it could start as soon as December.
A small company like SAExploration isn’t accustomed to facing public pressure. So if you speak up, you can get its leaders’ attention and help protect one of our last wild places.
We need your help to show SAExploration that the public is watching -- and we don’t want them to do seismic testing in the Arctic!" (From Friends of the Earth - you can fill out the the form at this link as well.)
Contact SAExploration on their website.
Past Public Comments
- Saving the planet doesn't just happen within our borders. "Multinational mining company Adani has announced that they are planning to start work on their new mega mine in Queensland, Australia before Christmas. But the Australian government still has the power to still stop them" Here's a petition for the U.S ambassador to Australia reminding them that coal is NOT the future. Feel free to Tweet with the hashtag #StopAdani as well.
- "The public has just under 60 days to tell the Department of Education what it thinks about new guidelines recently proposed by Secretary Betsy DeVos. The new changes specifically address how college campuses should handle cases of sexual assault and harassment, replacing Obama-era policies on how to implement Title IX, which bars gender discrimination in schools receiving federal funds. Critics of the new guidelines say the changes will make it harder to convict offenders because the proposed changes raise the level of proof needed." (From NPR)
Read more here.
You can comment here. The comment period ends January 28, 2019.
- We've posted this one before, but there is still time to make a public comment. We have until December 10th. If you haven't already, please consider doing so now.
"If this change goes forward, immigrant families will be forced to forego the vital medical, nutritional, or educational services they need because they are afraid the use of these benefits will impact their immigration status or ability to reunify with family members." Read more at International Rescue Committee. They have some great information you can turn into points to comment on.
- "The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Trump administration is attempting to roll back critical protections for working people, attacking workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain. In a new proposed rule, the NLRB is siding with corporate interests―pitting business owners against workers." (From Economic Policy Institute)
They are trying to make it easier for corporations to avoid responsibility for violations of labor law and erode workers’ rights to collectively bargain. The public comments are open until December 13th.
- "A federal judge invalidated Trump’s "presidential permit" for Keystone XL, ruling that the Administration violated key laws when it approved the pipeline." Add your name to the petition against this pipeline and any others like it. Then share on social media.
- The Trump administration is trying to attack the Flores Settlement. "The Flores Settlement is based on a simple principle: all children belong free from detention and with family and loved ones who can care for them."
Specifically the proposal says, "Most prominently, the rule would create an alternative to the existing licensed program requirement for family residential centers, so that ICE may use appropriate facilities to detain family units together during their immigration proceedings, consistent with applicable law."
The federal government wants to build and approve more facilities to hold immigrants, including children, indefinitely.
Click here to comment before Nov 6th.
- Update with link and talking points. "The Trump Administration is proposing a federal rule that would make it so that immigrants who use public benefits could be deemed ineligible for legal status in the U.S.
Under the rule, using food stamps, receiving Medicaid, using housing vouchers or living in public housing could make it more difficult for some immigrants to obtain green cards or get admitted to the U.S. Those who utilize the Medicaid Part D program for prescription drugs would also be hurt by the rule.
The Department of Homeland Security says the rule would not apply to refugees and those who have asylum in the U.S. The Administration is proposing exceptions for those who serve in the armed forces." (From National Immigration Law Center)
To make a public comment go here. Talking points below. Under federal law, the Trump administration is required to read and respond to every unique comment before it can finalize its harmful regulation.
- Our lives in this country should be defined by how we contribute to our communities—not how much money we have. The new “public charge” regulation puts the wealthy ahead of families who have waited years for a green card.
-The regulation would make immigrant families afraid to seek access to healthy food, health care, and housing. This fear would extend far beyond people who may be subject to the “public charge” test. It would harm entire communities as well as the infrastructure that serves all of us.
- The regulation assumes you can accurately divide people into permanent classes of contributors and non-contributors. This is totally inconsistent with the history of immigration in our country.
-If it moves forward, the regulation will have ripple effects on the health, development, and economic outcomes of generations to come. (From National Immigration Law Center)
Read more here and here.
- Trump wants to erode our right to protest. Please click the link below to voice your outrage. "Now, the Trump administration proposes to dramatically limit the right to demonstrate near the White House and on the National Mall, including in ways that would violate court orders that have stood for decades. The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and open the door to charging fees for protesting." (From ACLU)
Click here to comment before October 15.
- 'Just a few short weeks ago, a federal judge ruled that the Trump Administration's review of Keystone XL was inadequate – now, Trump is back again with another sloppy review just 37 days later saying the impacts of the project would be "minor."
A truly in-depth study would take months, if not years to complete. This is an insult to our communities, our water, and our climate. We will not accept Trump’s shortcuts to help out his friends in the fossil fuel industry.
Releasing their 'new' environmental review opens a 45-day public comment period before they draft the final version. Submit a public comment to tell the Trump Administration they won’t get away with this sham review: No Keystone XL. (From 350.org)
Past U.S. Postcard Campaigns
- Send a postcard to your Senator telling them to support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act. On the postcard a simple "Stand with Mashpee" is perfect. The Wampanoag helped the pilgrims when they arrived and yet while we celebrated Thanksgiving, they were losing their land. Read about it here. Tweet your Senator as well and use the hashtag #StandwithMashpee.
- The bad news is the Trump administration is limiting access to birth control. The good news is we just elected in a pro-reproductive U.S. House. Urge your Representative join them in support of women. There is a form you can fill out at the link, but we'd encourge you to also send a postcard saying something like, 'Hands off our birth control.' (From Planned Parenthood)
- This one is from Planned Parenthood. Downloadable, colorable, shareable postcards to encourage people to vote.
"And, please, when you do use it, take a photo of your action and post it on social media with the hashtag #PinkOutTheVote. We want to see all the ways our supporters are using this tool to help get out the vote!"
- "The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law." Read more at NY Times
Let's send the President a postcard. "Transgender Rights are Human Rights!"
Past Positive Notes
- "Rashida Tlaib, incoming congresswoman from Michigan, is planning a trip to the Occupied Territories, an unprecedented alternative to the AIPAC-sponsored trips to Israel hosted by Rep. Steny Hoyer." Let's send her a thank you for setting up a trip which will also show the plight of the Palestinian people in this region. From The Intercept
6th District, Detroit
685 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Or Tweet her
- Send a card of love and support through The Rainbow Cards Project to counteract discrimination in the LGBTQ+ community. From the site, "...The Rainbow Cards Project is a non-profit organisation aiming to combat the prejudice and discrimination that LGBTQ+ people face with kindness and human connection."
- Thank the Stone Mountain Memorial Association for denying a permit for a white supremacist rally at the park during the Super Bowl in February. There is a contact form on the website. (From the AJC)
Read more at SPLC.
- Pick someone who was recently running for office and send them a note. Maybe they won, maybe they came really darn close, but a letter of support and appreciation is a nice gesture.
- Federal judge Edward Chen has ordered the Trump administration to stop its plan to terminate TPS (Temporary Protective Status) for Haiti, Sudan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Read more at NPR. "The ruling is temporary but it allows TPS holders from the above countries to pursue other avenues to adjust their status. There is also time for Congress to get its act together and pass legislation that creates a pathway to permanent status for all TPS holders." (From UndocuBlack Network)
Let's send a thank you for Judge Chen for upholding these protections.
Judge Edward M. Chen
San Francisco Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
Past Local Writing Campaigns and Topics
The Georgia state legislature 2018 session ended March 29, 2018.
- On New Year's Even 2016, Dasha Fincher was arrested over a faulty test for meth during a traffic stop. The actual "contraband" was cotton candy. She spent 3 months in jail because she couldn't afford the $1 million bail. When the cotton candy was retested in March, it was determined to be just what it was, cotton candy. She's suing, but her arrest is still on the books. Let's see if we can help her by writing to the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and the Sheriff. (From BBC News)
Check out the links at the bottom of the article. Apparently those road-side tests are very problematic. How many of us can afford $1 million in bail over completely harmless items?
Board of Commissioners
38 West Main Street
P.O. Box 189
Forsyth, GA 31029
Sheriff Al Shackelford
145 L Cary Bittick Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
- There two run-offs coming up on December 4th. The first is between John Barrow and Brad Raffensberger for Secretary of State. The second is between Lindy Miller and Chuck Eaton for Public Service Commissioner. If you are so inclined, reach out the campaigns and see if you can help out.
- There is finally some national coverage of Brian Kemp's antics with pending voter registrations. We need to amplify the message. Use your social media accounts to keep spreading the word. The more coverage we get outside of Georgia, the better. (From CNN)
Follow Amy Siskind's example on Twitter for ideas.
- With elections coming up on November 6, 2018 consider helping out with a campaign. Stacey Abrams could become the first black female governor in the United States. Her general website is https://staceyabrams.com and the link to help is here.
In Georgia’s 7th District, Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux aims to oust Republican Rob Woodall. Volunteer to help this campaign here https://www.carolyn4congress.com
If these campaigns don’t interest you, find one that does! Search your local races and see if there is a candidate you support, then lend a hand, make some calls, canvas, be a support to the campaign!
- The upcoming high profile Governor race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp is in the national spotlight. Brian Kemp is currently Secretary of State and should not be allowed to oversee an election in which he is a candidate. Just this week it was reported: “Georgia's Secretary of State has a smartphone app that is designed to help voters register to vote and to track their registration status. But, some canvassers noticed that the social media links in that official state app, paid for with taxpayer dollars, redirected to pages that promote Kemp's campaign for Governor.” Though the link has since been removed, the fact that it was ever there is absolutely appalling and unethical. So there are ethical concerns already. Urge Governor Deal to appoint an independent commission or person to oversee the election.
Also, it is recommended that you go to the GA My Voter Page and make sure your voter registration is valid. Read more about the ethics issues here.
Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”