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
- 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.
- Tell the Texas Board of Education that Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller should not be removed from the Social Studies curriculum. Clinton, a “former first lady, made history in 2016 by becoming the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major political party.” Don’t erase women from history! (From The Hill)
Commissioner Mike Morath
- Tell the Department of the Interior if you are opposed to the leasing of federal lands. “The Department of Interior is quietly preparing to offer hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for leasing to energy companies, a move critics have charged is being undertaken with minimal public input and little consideration for ecological and cultural preservation.” Tell Trump and Ryan Zinke if you are opposed. (From Yahoo)
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
- If you are opposed to Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, please contact our Georgia Senators. In addition, consider contacting Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) who might support women’s rights enough to vote against Kavanaugh. Implore them, as women, to stand up and vote no on Kavanaugh. There is nothing in Kavanaugh’s testimony thus far that suggests he would protect Roe v. Wade. Senator Kamala Harris asked during the Kavanaugh hearing, "Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Kavanaugh responded “I'm not thinking of any right now.” Abortion will always happen. The question is, will we keep it safe? Enough is enough. Stop regulating the female body. (From Business Insider)
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
- Write your representative and tell them to reject a second round of tax cuts for the rich. Has your paycheck been affected in a positive way? Let them know if you are disappointed in the reality of the tax cut in your own bank account.
"It’s been nine months since the tax bill was signed into law, and the rapid surge in investment promised by proponents of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has still yet to materialize. (From Economic Policy Institute.) This link also includes a form to send your letter and avoid postage.
"Democrats said the GOP’s second round of tax cuts would punish the poor and middle class, arguing they will provide a pretext for later spending cuts to entitlement programs that help the elderly. The richest 1 percent of Americans would see an average $24,130 cut from extending the individual tax cuts, compared to an average cut of $460 for those in the bottom 60 percent of the income distribution, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a left-leaning think tank." (From The Washington Post)
- The creation of a “Religious Liberties Task Force” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is, on its face, “laudable”; however, “in the hands of conservatives, the phrase [religious liberties] has morphed in meaning.” The Washington Post’s Jonathan Merritt states, “In the hands of the Trump administration, the phrase connotes freedoms and privileges granted mostly to Christians — specifically, the white conservative Christians who form a vital part of the Republican base. Instead of inclusive pluralism, it now stands for exclusive primacy of the Christian faith.” (From The Washington Post)
Since Trump already signed this, declaring “We are giving our churches their voices back”, we must urge Sessions to protect the religious liberties of ALL. ALL means ALL. Sessions should not be allowed to co-opt the phrase religious liberties to mean Christian liberties. This task force cannot be used to the detriment of transgender citizens, same sex marriage, abortion, and on and on. Please write Jeff Sessions and let him know your thoughts.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
- Can you believe it has been almost a year since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico? Ask our Senators to pass The US Territorial Relief Act of 2018, which aims to help Puerto Rico out of its debt after Hurricane Maria crushed the island in 2017.
CNN Quotes Warren: ”Puerto Rico was already being squeezed before Hurricane Maria hit, and will now have to rebuild under the weight of crushing debt," Warren said in a news release on the bill Wednesday. "Our bill will give territories that have suffered an extraordinary crisis a route to comprehensive debt relief and a chance to get back on their feet.” You can read the Act in its entirety here. (Note: this is a PDF download)
- According to a recent article in The Hill, many Texas schools are “reportedly violating the law by not giving eligible students the opportunity to register to vote.” This is no time to suppress voter registration - we should be making it as easy as possible for students. Read more about it here and please contact both the TX Secretary of State and the TX Commissioner of Education to voice your concerns. The first time a person votes should be a celebration and a milestone!
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos
Texas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12887
Austin, Texas 78711-2887
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701
- MA Senator Elizabeth Warren has called “to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works”. Warren, at a Boston immigration protest stated, ”This is ugly, this is wrong, and this is not the way to run our country.” Honor her by using her words to rally our own Senators and the President. Read more here.
- Call on our Senators to coerce Trump to step back on his imposed tariffs. Canada has imposed new tariffs onAmerican exports to the tune of $12.5 billon. In addition, ‘Last week, the European Union imposed additional tariffs of 25% on US products such as motorcycles, orange juice, bourbon, peanut butter, cigarettes and denim. Mexico has also imposed new tariffs on the United States.” (From CNN Money)
Harley-Davidson has moved some production out of the US due to the tariffs. It is possible that other companies will follow suit. GM states “Trump’s tariffs could threaten US jobs and undermine competitiveness”. (From The Independent)
Texas companies are worried that “tariffs and trade talk could disrupt 156.000 jobs”. (From the Dallas News)
At present, it is not clear if proposed auto tariffs will be actually come to fruition, but “If new duties on foreign-made autos were to be imposed, car buyers would see prices rise fairly quickly.” (From CNBC)
- By now we’ve all heard about ICE separating parents and children. This is draconian. This brings up images of children and parents separated during the Holocaust and during slavery in America. Children must stay with their parents. Please write your MOCs (Member of Congress) and Scott Lloyd (Director of Refugee Resettlement at the Administration for Children and Families at Health and Human Services) to demand a change in policy.
From NY Times
Dept. of Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
- The Arizona Board of Education is drafting changes to their science standards and making some outdated and misleading changes regarding evolution. For instance, they are removing the wording “the big bang” and changing the word “evolution” to “changes over time”. Some of the changes are subtle; however, we all know that small “changes over time” can have a huge impact in the long run! Let the Board know your thoughts. We must advocate for rigorous science education in our public classrooms!
Read more here and here.
Arizona State Board of Education
1700 W. Washington St - Executive Tower #300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Trump has instigated the beginnings of a trade war with our allies - Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and others. In fact, “President Trump appears prepared to unravel 70 years of painstaking effort that the United States has led to build an international system of trade based on mutually accepted rules and principles.” Read more here and here.
Let Trump and your Members of Congress know your concerns.
- It is time for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to go. He does not help protect the environment; in fact, he appears to be actively working against it. The latest ridiculousness involves the EPA paying $1560 for customized fountain pens for Pruitt, plus even more money for personalized journals. Please urge your MOC and Trump to rid the EPA of Pruitt. Read more here and here.
- As we’ve seen over the past year or so, science is beginning to take a backseat to politics and religion within our government. We hope you will urge Georgia’s candidates for political office to answer the science questions put forth by Science Debate. The web site Science Debate “is inviting all House, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates to answer 10 science policy questions prior to election day.” You can “select your state and read about the positions of those running for office where you live as they come in” or “find and ask them to respond!”
Past Public Comments
- 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)
- Help stop voter suppression in North Carolina. Sign the petition here. Then Tweet and Share on Facebook.
"Donald Trump has already attempted to use the lie of voter fraud to intimidate voters with his now-defunct commission. Now his administration is using United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert Higdon, an appointee of President Donald Trump, to issue subpoenas on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), requesting massive troves of voter data from state election officials and 44 North Carolina counties. ICE has no role in election administration and this request is clearly designed to intimidate Black and Brown folks in the state, and bury North Carolina’s election officials in paperwork.
This massive request would require our elections officials to produce millions of documents, including sensitive voter information — all with weeks to go before elections begin."
- The Department of Education and Betsy DeVos want to put guns in schools. Urge Congress not to arm our school teachers. This Everytown for Gun Safety petition make sit easy to have your voice heard.
- The EPA is proposing lowering the current lead dust acceptable standards. This will further erode environmental standards and potentially expose more children to lead. You can comment on this here. Go to the upper right corner and hit “Comment Now!”. Make your voice heard and help protect our children. Comments close on August 16, 2018 so make this a priority today.
For more information, read this March 2017 letter to Scott Pruitt of the EPA from the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, which states, among other things, that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children. Downloadable PDF
- “On April 30, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule, which was scheduled to close on May 30, 2018, until August 16, 2018.” Comment here.
Reading The American Lung Association’s letter to Scott Pruitt on this matter will fully explain the situation you as a voter and public commenter.
To comment, go here and click the blue bar that says “Comment Now”.
Past U.S. Postcard Campaigns
- 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!"
- Let's send a postcard to Kirstjen Nielsen reminding her of her lies. Something simple like "Option 3 - You Lied."
"Despite the fact that the memo makes clear that “Option 3″ would involve family separation, Nielsen for months maintained publicly that “this administration did not create a policy of separating families at the border” and avoided saying that the goal of the newly aggressive prosecutions was deterrence." Read more at The Intercept.
The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
- Send a postcard to the Senate Judiciary Committee encouraging them to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh. You can also Tweet them this message and/or send them a message on Facebook. (From Planned Parenthood)
"Stand with survivors. Hold an FBI investigation into the serious allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh."
Senate Judiciary Committee
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
- AGAIN, ask Melania to start her anti-bullying campaign at home with her husband. Her husband does not imbue her policy of “Be Best”. He is truly the worst of the worst when it comes to bullying. Trump’s recent tweet about Lebron James and CNN’s Don Lemon shows him to be both a bully and a racist.
See the tweet here.
Please see the “Thanks” section for ways to help LeBron James in his mission to help children.
The White House
Office of the First Lady
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Past Positive Notes
- 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
- Send a thank you Tweet to Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila who bravely confronted Senator Jeff Flake in the elevator on his way to the Judiciary Committee. He was going to vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh to a floor vote,but because of their stories, Senator Flake called for an FBI investigation before he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Tweet to Maria Gallagher
Tweet to Ana Maria Archila
- Thank Christine Blasey Ford for her courage in speaking out against Brett Kavanaugh. It isn't easy to be in the national spotlight. Her determination despite death threats and having to go into hiding is incredibly brave. Send her a letter of support via her lawyer, Debra Katz.
Christine Blasey Ford c/o Debra S. Katz
Washington DC Office
1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
- If you think it is time to invoke the 25th amendment against Trump, thank Elizabeth Warren for publicly stating it. Warren stated "If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment. The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the Vice President and senior officials think the President can't do his job. It does not provide that senior officials go around the President -- take documents off his desk, write anonymous op-eds ... Everyone of these officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It's time for them to do their job." (From CNN)
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4543
- Talk about spending your money wisely! Lebron James has started a school in his home community in Ohio called the I Promise School and it will work a bit differently from other public schools: hours are longer, as is the school year. In addition, there is an opportunity to earn a four year college scholarship. His aim is to “build a school for children like him growing up to not only provide better education but to provide better life infrastructure.” Read more here.
The President felt it was appropriate (see Postcard section above) to belittle this philanthropic hero. Let’s support Lebron and his vision. From the Lebron James Family Foundation: “If you would like to support the LeBron James Family Foundation 501(c)(3) and our mission to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives, please use the donation link below. Thank you!”
- Delaware is the latest state to ban conversion therapy for minors. This controversial practice of trying to convert sexual orientation and gender identity is slowly being outlawed. Let’s thank the Governor of Delaware for signing the bill into law.
Gov. John Carney
Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
or email at this link
- Judge Dana Sabrow “blasted the Trump administration Friday for its lack of a plan to reunify the remaining 572 children in its custody with their parents.” Of course the Trump administration would like someone else to fix their mistakes and wanted the ACLU to track down these missing children. Judge Sabrow said "All of this is the result of the government's separation and then inability and failure to track and reunite. And the reality is that for every parent who is not located there will be a permanently orphaned child. And that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration.” YES, put responsibly where it belongs. The Trump administration needs to find these children NOW and reunite them with family and make sure they are safe.
Thank Judge Sabrow for his fortitude and good judgement. Read more here.
Hon. Dana M. Sabraw
Courtroom 13A (13th Floor - Carter/Keep)
333 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
“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.
- 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
- If you think spanking children in school is archaic and ill advised, then please write the Principal of Georgia School For Innovation And The Classics and the Richmond County School Board and let them know. This charter school has implemented paddling in school (with parental permission). A form has been sent home with students: “A student will be taken into an office behind closed doors,” the form states, WRDW reported. “The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle.” (From the AJC)
Ga School for Innovation and the Classics
5073 Storey Mill Road
Hephzibah, GA 30815
Superintendant Dr. Angela Pringle
864 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
- Tommy Hunter, the Gwinnett Commissioner that was reprimanded for insulting Civil Rights icon US Representative John Lewis, is appealing again. What he should be doing is apologizing, not potentially dragging this to the Georgia Supreme Court! https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/gwinnett-news-tommy-hunter-files-another-appeal-ethics-case/S2CdnflWM0l29KffOuhfAJ/
If you are outraged by Hunter’s behavior please let him know.
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
- Last week the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners voted to put a Marta referendum on the ballot; however, not in November but in March. This begs the question, “why?”. The Gwinnett Democrats have this to say, “March you say? Why can’t they put it on the ballot in November? These are my questions also. There is plenty of time to put this referendum on the ballot for November and a March election would be costly. There is also likely to be a small voter turnout in March, which is what I think the commissioners had in mind.” Please click here to go to the Gwinnett Democrats page for ways to take action and ask/demand that the referendum be on our November ballot.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”