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
- "Last fall, House Republicans tried to remove federal protections from all gray wolves and abandon them to hostile state wildlife management while gutting the public's ability to defend wildlife in court. Thanks to more than 46,000 of you who wrote letters and made phone calls in opposition to these congressional attacks on gray wolves, these bills didn't pass. So now, this administration is changing course and seeking to remove gray wolves' Endangered Species protections (delist) in the executive branch." Sign the petition to protect gray wolves here.
Tweet Margaret Everson the deputy director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Remind your MoCs that we want to keep the ACA (Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare) unless they'd like to replace it with something better. For example, they could support Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Medicare for All Act.
Trump's latest attack on the ACA is despicable. The citizens have been clear. The Senate couldn't even get the votes to end it. It's time for a real solution to the healthcare crisis in the United States.
- The Senate is actually considering some gun control legislation, or at least they held a hearing on it. Everytown for Gun Safety is encouraging us to write our Senators and ask them to support Red Flag laws. "These laws allow law enforcement, and in some states, relatives and other concerned parties, to petition judges in order to temporarily restrict access to firearms from people who may be a harm to themselves or others."
- Write to your Representative and ask them to support the EACH Woman Act. "By lifting the Hyde amendment and related bans, the EACH Woman Act would provide abortion coverage to those enrolled in Medicaid and other government insurance plans, and would prohibit political interference with abortion coverage in private insurance plans."
You can send them a handwritten letter or go to the ACLU's website and do it there. Remember handwritten and personalized notes have more impact.
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- Ask you representative to support the Dream and Promise Act. "The Dream and Promise Act (also known as House Resolution 6) allows Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status to contribute fully in the country they love by providing a pathway to U.S. citizenship."
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- The March recess is coming up next week (March 18-22). We won't be sending out any scripts or campaigns, but Indivisible has some good suggestions for keeping our MoCs on their toes between now and then. Don't forget to ask for and show up to town hall meetings and make your voice heard in person.
- Write our Senators asking them to support the Farmworkers Act. "Around the country, more than 2 million farmworkers work in fields harvesting the food that feeds us all. These workers are the backbone of our entire food system. But they are excluded from protections in the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.... As a result, they aren’t ensured to be paid overtime for their work.... The discrimination against farmworkers was wrong in 1938 and it is still wrong today. Farmworkers toil each and every day providing food for people like you and me around the country. But unlike most workers, they do not receive overtime pay -- completely undermining and undervaluing the work they do." Read more and sign an online petition here.
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- Write to your Representative and ask them to support the Raise the Wage Act. There might be a vote in the House next month. "The federal minimum wage has not received an increase in nearly a decade. At $7.25 per hour, it is now more than 25 percent below where it was in real terms half a century ago." Read more and sign an online petition here.
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- Indivisible is encouraging us to write letters to the editor of our local papers calling out the President and his fake national emergency. You can find talking points, writing tips, and samples at this link. Also, you can put in your address and find the best papers to submit your letter.
- Write to Senators Isakson and Perdue asking them to support S.J. Res. 7, A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. The Yemeni people have suffered enough. Read more here.
- Write to your Senators and Representative asking them to support ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019. Congress has been working to reverse the President's land grab.
"The Senate passed the largest public lands package in nearly a decade last week. Among other environmental strides, the landmark legislation would designate almost three-quarters of a million acres of Utah’s iconic San Rafael Swell and Desolation and Labyrinth Canyons as wilderness."
"A bill was recently introduced in the House that would expand the Bears Ears National Monument to 1.9 million acres, reversing Trump’s illegal decision in 2017 to slash the monument to a mere 200,000 acres and open vast swaths to polluters — the largest rollback of federally protected lands in American history. The bill would also help elevate Tribes' voices in managing their sacred lands — voices that Trump is desperately trying to silence."
The Antiquities Act would protect our water and land from further assault by this administration. Use this form if you like, and you can share on FB and Twitter too.
- "A new study by Friends of the Earth and allies found that breakfast cereal, apples, applesauce, and pinto beans made and sold by Kroger contain residues of toxic pesticides linked to a range of serious health and environmental problems. This is nothing short of alarming." The following chemicals were found:
- neonicotinoid pesticides
Write to Kroger and ask them to stop stocking and selling foods containing these chemicals.
Kroger Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website contact form
- Two women have come forward with allegations against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of Virginia. (From the NYTimes) Given that Governor Ralph Northam is also in trouble for a racist photo, and Mr. Fairfax would take over if he is removed from office, there is a rising call for the Lt. Governor to resign. Feel free to add your voice.
Office of the Lt. Governor
P.O. Box 1195
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Or use the contact form on his website.
While you are at it, you might want to write to Governor Ralph Northam and ask him to resign as well. He initially apologized for being in the racist photo, then reversed and said it wasn't him. Well which is it? (From USA Today)
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218
Email the Governor
- Call out Matt Gaetz for his behavior at a hearing on gun violence where parents of the Parkland victims were in attendance. Mr. Gaetz thought this was a good time to yell about "illegal aliens" and a border wall. (Read more here.) The link has contact information and a letter you can personalize to send.
- Remember a couple of weeks back when we asked you to write to Alex Azar to refuse to grant a South Carolina request to discriminate against foster parents based on religion? Well he did. This is a sneaky backdoor way to open this discrimation up all over the country. Georgia Unites is asking us to write our Members of Congress and ask them to support the Do No Harm Act.
"The Do No Harm Act clarifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is intended to protect religious freedom without allowing the infliction of harm on other people." Human Rights Campaign has a good breakdown of the bill.
- Write your Members of Congress and the President to demand government workers get back pay for the shutdown. According to the Washington Post, the lowest paid workers, the ones who need it the most, will not be likely to see their wages for those 35 days. And what will happen in a week if the governement shuts down again? This is so much more than a wall. This is real people not being able to buy medications, pay mortgages, and buy groceries. Read more here.
- Friends of Earth have a "campaign letter signed by more than 600 organizations with our policy demands" and a "cover letter outlining the 5 principles we’re asking all Members of Congress to publicly support". They are asking people to print them out and send them to their Representatives.
Link for the coverletter
Link for the letter
- According to a new government report, thousands more children may have been separated from their families at the border than was previously disclosed. In fact the true numbers are unknown. The United States stole children from their parents, did not track them, and they may never be reunited. It's hard to believe that sentence, but it's true. Write your Senators and Representatives. Demand action for these families. Read more at the NY Times.
- Women's reproductive rights are in jeopardy. Even without the Supreme Court taking and reversing Roe vs. Wade, there are still many states closing Planned Parenthood locations and other abortion clinics or enacting laws that make it difficult for women to get correct information and complicated hoops for them to jump through. In many places, if you are poor, it's already impossible to get an abortion. And did you know the Trump Administration is trying to limit access to birth control too? Let's stand with Planned Parenthood and freedom of choice. Write your Representative and let them know you support women's reproductive rights. Ask them to defend the Affordable Care Act and keep it funded properly when they get back to working on the budget.
- The government is open, but the fight isn't over. Write to your Congresspeople to ask them to refuse ALL funding for the wall. You can also Tweet and share on this message on Facebook.
"Congress should keep the government open & should NOT give Trump any more money to fund more detentions, more deportations, and agencies of hate & bigotry! #DefundHate"
- "This week it was revealed that a school nurse and vice principal at Binghamton East Middle School strip searched four Black girls because they were acting “hyper and giddy” at lunch. School authorities used the joy of these Black girls to claim they were under the influence of drugs. Normal behavior for 12 year olds was used to justify traumatizing four Black girls, three of whom were forced to strip down to their underwear in front of adults. The fourth girl refused a search and was served with an in-school suspension instead." Read more here. They school claims it's not true. Let's send the school district a message. We believe the girls.
Binghampton City School District
164 Hawley Street
P.O. Box 2126
Binghampton, NY 13902
- It's hard to believe the first writing campaign of the year is going to be about opening up the governement, but here it is.
Please write to both David Perdue and Johnny Isakson expressing your support for a clean continuing resolution (no money for a wall or immigration enforcement!) and reopening the government.
If you'd like some writing points, this blog post goes over who is most affected by the shutdown. Also Indivisble has a shutdown guide for more actions.
- Write to your Representative and ask them to support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019.
Full text of the bill (still pending).
"This week, Reps. Bobby Scott, Stephanie Murphy and Mark Pocan introduced the “Raise the Wage Act of 2019”, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. In 2017, EPI estimated that this would directly or indirectly lift the wages of 41.5 million working people―29.2 percent of the wage-earning workforce. This will generate $144 billion in additional income for families who need it most, including 23.1 million women and 4.5 million single parents." (From Economic Policy Institute. Link also includes a petition you can sign.)
- Write and ask your Representative to support H.R.8, which closes a loophole that "enables criminals, domestic abusers, and other people who aren't allowed to have guns to buy them with no background checks and no questions asked if they simply go to an unlicensed seller".(From Everytown for Gun Safety. Link also includes a petition.)
Full text of the bill (still pending).
Past Public Comments
- "The mid-1990s marked the start of a period of stagnating teacher weekly wages, while other college graduates did see some real wage gains—which led to a growing wage penalty. The weekly wages of public school teachers decreased by $21 a week from 1996 to 2018, falling from $1,216 to $1,195 a week when adjusted for inflation. By comparison, weekly pay for other college graduates increased by $323 from $1,454 to $1,777." (From the Economic Policy Institute)
Here are a couple of graphics you can share on FB and Twitter about teachers' wages.
The teacher weekly wage penalty hit 21.4 percent in 2018, a record high.
The weekly wages of public school teachers decreased by $21 a week from 1996 to 2018, falling from $1,216 to $1,195 a week when adjusted for inflation.
- "Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice decided to drop the appeal on a Detroit ruling that overturned the federal ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)."
"Washington is at risk of becoming an FGM destination state where girls are transported from states that have succeeded in criminalizing FGM. We need to close the federal loophole on FGM in the United States by lobbying for anti-FGM legislation at the state level: starting with my home state of Washington. Please join me in the fight to pass a law in Washington that criminalizes FGM."
Read more and sign the petition here.
And in case you missed it, Hilary Clinton tweeted about FGM and suggested calls to the Justice Department were needed.
- Help stop Pebble Mine. "If developed, the mine and supporting infrastructure would run continuously for 24 years, and (according to the current plan) could continue for generations. The Pebble Mine would destroy thousands of acres of wetlands and miles of salmon streams. It would include a one-mile-wide and one-third-of-a-mile deep pit and construct massive tailings storage facilities, treatment ponds, and dams and embankments and build a 270-megawatt power plant."
There is an open comment period until May 31st. Please consider adding your voice.
- Here in Georgia women are on the verge of losing their right to choose to have an abortion after 6 weeks. The bill has passed the state senate and is going back to the house. See our call script to make your voice heard.
Nationwide there is the gag rule. Title X was set up to provide women with affordable and safe reproductive choices. The gag rule would prevent doctors from informing their patients that these rights exist. The program is under attack. If you want to learn more and spread the word, go to protectx.org. They have a link to Tweet and an open letter you can sign.
- Sign the ACLU's petition to stop the FBI surveillance of black activists. "Black Identity Extremists" is a label the FBI is using to target unconnected people of color. It's racist and illegal.
- Did you know Flint still doesn't have clean water? Here's a petition you can sign and share.
- Sign a petition to close a loophole in the U.S. immigration system that allows for minors to sponsor immigration visas. "...it is perfectly legal for a child U.S. citizen to sponsor an immigration visa for a foreign-born spouse or fiancé(e), or for a U.S. citizen, regardless of age, to sponsor a child to come to the U.S. for the purpose of marriage. We are advocating a brightline minimum age of eighteen years old for marriage in our visa system." Click here to sign.
2. The ACLU has a petition to save a man from execution in Alabama. Read more, and sign the petition if you agree.
- United We Dream is asking us to Tweet and share on Facebook information about what to do if you encounter ICE or CBP.
You can also sign up for SMS alerts by texting HERETOSTAY to 877877. They have a website with downloadables as well.
Along these same lines, there is a petition for the release of 21 Savage, an Atlanta-based artist and father of three. His family brought him here as a child and overstayed their visas. He has been petitioning the goverment to extend his visa and has never hidden his immigration status. Right now he is being held in solitary 23 hours a day while he awaits deportation.
- Have you heard about the horrific attack on Jussie Smollett? Beyond his very real injuries the news media added further insults by refusing to call it out as a racist attack - full stop. Using words like racially charged isn't going to cut it. Racist homophobic attacks should be called exactly what they are. If you want to send a message to several news outlets, follow the link and let them know.
If you want to send him a note of support, there is a way to do so here.
- United We Dream is asking people to share their message against funding the border wall. It says, "Trump is the one who put our communities in danger by killing #TPS and #DACA and then blocking the #DreamAct. We do not want his wall. Congress has to pass clean permanent protections for immigrants & stop the #TrumpShutdown!" Feel free to Tweet and Share on Facebook.
- From Sierra Rise, "The Department of Interior has proposed severe restrictions on how it will interpret the Freedom of Information Act, which is the landmark law that protects the rights of journalists, environmentalists, and everyday people to obtain information about what their government is up to. These changes (detailed below) would make it far more difficult to expose corrupt actions by Trump appointees."
There is a public comment period open right now. The Freedom of Information Act is crucial to our country and the Interior Dept. is crucial for keeping our public federal land safe from destructive drilling and pipelines, etc. Here's an article from The Guardian explaining more.
Comment here before Jan 28th.
- 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.
Past U.S. Postcard Campaigns
- "This week another person died in ICE custody. This time a 16 year old unaccompanied minor." Let's send some postcards to our Senators, Representatives, and the President demanding they defund ICE and CBP. We won't want our tax money contributing to any more deaths! There are budget numbers and an unfortunate number of other deaths at this link, as well as a petition you can sign.
- Send a postcard to your Senators saying "No to Rao!" or "Reject Neomi Rao for the DC Circuit Court".
She's been nominated as a Federal judge to the DC Circuit Court by the President but her record on environmental issues is abysmal. "Rao has led efforts to roll back protections intended to keep our air, water, and public lands clean -- from the Mercury and Methane Rule to the Clean Power Plan.... If confirmed, Rao will surely continue to back Trump and the GOP’s agenda of undermining our critical environmental protections. But the Senate still has to confirm her -- and some Republicans are wavering in their support... The DC Circuit hears a vast number of cases concerning environmental and public health protections. But Rao’s record clearly shows that she’s more interested in rewarding the fossil fuel industry than upholding our environmental safeguards."
- Would you like 1 or 2 toxic chemicals in your water? The President says 2. "When an advocacy group reanalyzed federal monitoring data to include lower levels of contamination, it estimated that as many as 110 million Americans may be drinking water with levels of the chemical that could cause harm. The problem is particularly acute near military bases, more than 400 of which the Pentagon suspects to be contaminated with the chemicals."
Send him a postcard. Water is Life. The human body is 60% water, how much is toxic chemicals?
- Send a get well card to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She's a vital part of the Supreme Court and we hope for a speedy recovery from her December surgery to remove two cancerous nodules in her lung.
Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543
- Not necessarily a postcard, but there is a campaign to send a note to Jayme Closs. She was the girl who was orphaned and kidnapped. She managed to escape, but she's got a long road ahead of her. A P.O. box has been set up to send her messages of support.
Light the Way Home for Jayme Closs
P.O. Box 539
Rice Lake, WI 54868
- 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
- Send a thank you to Governor Jared Polis of Colorado who is about to sign into law an expansion of "access to driver's licenses for Colorado residences in rural areas who, regardless of immigration status, need to get to work and doctor's appointment, and provide for their families." In plain terms, this bill increases "the number of locations where state residents who are in the country illegally can seek driver's licenses". Read more here.
Governor Jared Polis
State Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax Ave., Rm. 136
Denver, CO 80203
- The Gag Rule on Title X was temporarily blocked by a federal judge. We need to keep the pressure on to eliminate it completely, but in the meantime you can click this link to send a message of thanks to all of the medical providers who take care of women's reproductive health rights through Planned Parenthood. Read more here about the decision here.
- Puerto Rico has banned conversion therapy and Colorado is poised to become the 16th state to ban it. Send thank yous to these governors for signing these bills into law.
Governor Ricardo Rosselló
P.O. Box 9020082
San Juan, PR 00902-0082
Governor Jared Polis
Colorado Governor's Office
200 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
- New Mexico's governor signed a college affordability bill into law last week. "The new law will cover at-need students, including undocumented youth, and allocate millions of more dollars toward state scholarships. This funding will provide relief to students who otherwise could not afford the rising costs of living and education." Consider sending her a note of thanks for listening to the immigrant youth in her state.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- "California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a moratorium on executions and a temporary reprieve for all 737 inmates on death row in the state." Though no one has been executed in California since 2006, this is an official stop. Send him a thank you if you agree.
As a side note, consider listening to the podcast, Ear Hustle. It might open your eyes about the incarceration system and the episode on death row is enlightening.
Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Have you been following the controversy over Ilhan Omar's statements about big donors and AIPAC fueling the pro-Israel policies such as the anti-BDS bill? She's getting a lot of flack over her comments. She's been condemned by both the right and the left. They are accusing her of anti-Semitic comments. What she said was: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” She also tweeted earlier (it has since been removed), but she issued an apology you can read here. Read more at The Intercept.
If you don't agree that Ms. Omar's statements are anti-Semitic and would like to send her a letter of support, you can write to her here.
Representative Ilhan Omar
1517 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
- Send a note of thanks to Atlanta's city council president Felicia Moore and the rest of the council for this fabulous resolution. "Atlanta will move to 100 percent “clean energy” by 2035, according to a resolution passed Monday by Atlanta City Council. The goal is to have Atlanta use renewable energy, like wind and solar, and move away from power sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear." Read more at the AJC.
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave, S.W.
Second Floor East
Atlanta, GA 30303-3584
- At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Senator Gillibrand said she would support a third gender option for government forms and IDs. Send her a note of thanks for her support. Read more here.
Washington, DC 20510
- At least 5 Democrats brought transgender military personnel with them as their guest to the State of the Union address. Send them a note of thanks for bringing attention to Trump's discriminatory military ban. (From NBC News)
Rep. Chris Pappas
323 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Washington, DC 20510
Rep. Jackie Speier
2465 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Rep. A. Donald McEachin
314 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
1236 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
- Let Attorney General Chris Carr know if you support his statement to honor Dr. Martin Luther King with a bell tower on top of Stone Mountain.
"Three days after the state’s largest tourist attraction was closed to avoid a confrontation sparked by a handful of white supremacists, Attorney General Chris Carr became the first statewide elected Republican to come out in support of telling a broader tale at what for decades has been considered a Confederate shrine." Read more here.
PO Box 724084
Atlanta, GA 31139
- New Jersey is our favorite state right now. Starting Feb 1st, they are now offering a gender-neutral option on birth certificates. And they are adopting a law that requires teaching LGBTQ history in schools. We think Phil Murphy, the Governor of New Jersey, deserves a HUGE thank you.
Office of Governor PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
There is a contact form on the website as well.
- New York is the latest state to pass a ban on conversion therapy. The bill is on it's way to Governor Cuomo's desk for his signature. He hasn't signed it yet, but here's a statement from his office.
Send a note of thanks to Governor Cuomo for protecting LGBTQ rights. (From HRC)
Fill out the contact form here.
- "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 FOX 5 I-Team has found historic artifacts and statues that have stood on the grounds of the Governor's mansion for more than one hundred years have been destroyed or damaged during work done by the state agency tasked with keeping up the Governor's Mansion." Shame on Governor Kemp for letting historic artifacts be destroyed on his watch. Send him a letter if this bothers you. Read about the artifacts and their treatment here.
Governor Brian Kemp
Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
- HB481, effectively a ban on abortion, has passed the state congress and is on Governor Kemp's desk. As a last effort, there is a petition asking that he veto the bill. It will be delivered to his office on Tuesday. Please sign and share.
- Two Shiloh Middle School teachers are back in the classroom after a 2-day suspension for making inappropriate comments about a student's sexual orientation. The student felt bullied by the teachers and is now being ridiculed by classmates. Read more here.
Send a message to Shiloh Middle's principal and the superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools and let them know what you think.
Shiloh Middle School
Principal Tereka Williams
4285 Shiloh Road
Snellville, GA 30039
Email Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks
- The Anti-Defamation League has information and links to write and call your state representative about Georgia's lack of a hate crimes bill. See this link for talking points and the link to write or call. Georgia Equality has a link to things you can share on social media.
- There is a meeting Monday, March 4th at 10am to reintroduce this discrimination bill.
"Yesterday Senator Marty Harbin (R-16) filed SB 221, so-called “religious liberty” legislation that is poised to bring economic backlash to Georgia for the sixth consecutive year. SB 221 would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers, among others, and would grant taxpayer-funded agencies a broad license to discriminate against LGBT youth, families, and other Georgians. The language mirrors federal language that was recently used by a government-funded foster care agency in South Carolina to justify discriminating against Catholic and Jewish couples looking to serve as foster parents.
SB 221 is similar to Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation vetoed by Republican Governor Nathan Deal in 2016. The 2016 RFRA sparked massive economic backlash, prompting the Metro Atlanta Chamber to predict a five-year loss of $600 million in convention and sporting events business, and three major movie studios to announce that they would move all future shoots out of state." Click here to get contact information to call and email your state legislator and tell them to reject SB 211.
- From Indivisible 10:
Write to our Georgia state senators and representatives encouraging them change to paper ballots in Georgia. They have examples for letters and postcards here. You can find addresses here.
- Write to your state senator asking them to support the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. "The effort is part of a national movement in support of adding a guarantee of equal rights regardless of sex to the Constitution. Georgia is one of several states working to ratify the amendment. Efforts in Virginia stalled last week, and activists in Arizona have started buying billboards supporting the ratification. Last year, Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the amendment. Thirty-eight are needed." Read more at the AJC.
- From Georgia Equality:
Use their form to email your state representatives about the following bills.
House Bill 158 (HB158) creates legislation that would require Medicaid to follow the Georgia AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) formulary for HIV medicines. This legislation would remove delays in accessing HIV medication for people living with HIV due to differences in the formularies.
House Bill 133 (HB133) creates legislation that would require that sex education and HIV prevention in schools be based on medically accurate data. This bill acts as a critical tool in preventing rising rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among young people.
House Bill 217 (HB217) allows for the legal establishment of hypodermic syringe and needle exchange programs and protects employees and anyone acting as an agent of these programs from being charged with possession of syringes or other injection supplies. This bill allows for increased availability of clean needles to aid in reducing HIV infection.
- "The S.A.F.E. Commission has recommended the E.S.&S. computerized voting machine system for Georgia, even though hand marked paper ballots cost 1/2 to 1/3 as much, and they're more secure. The Governmental Affairs Committee will vote on the E.S.&S. voting machine system some time before the end of March." Read about the remote access software they installed on election management systems.
Contact your state representative and ask them to not to support the E.S.&S. voting machines for Georgia.
- From Planned Parenthood:
In a landmark move, last week, the women of Georgia’s Senate introduced bipartisan resolutions that called for the ratification and adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would guarantee legal gender equality. This week, a conservative lawmaker revoked his support for the measure, because he says it would expand abortion access, which is a blatant mischaracterization of the law. Simply, the Equal Rights Amendment seeks to ensure that women are treated as equals in the eyes of the law. Any claim beyond that is just a thinly veiled excuse for not standing up for women’s equal rights.
Contact your (Georgia state) senators today and tell them you support the ERA and you expect them to do the same. Women's rights should be equal under the law - period. And if you're available, please join us next Tuesday, February 12th, for Pink Out the Halls, where you'll have the opportunity to lobby your lawmakers in person. Can’t make it next Tuesday? That’s okay - you can sign up for one of the other dates this Legislative Session!"
- Email your state representatives in a show of support for Black HIV/AIDS awareness. (From Georgia Equality)
"As a policy and advocacy organization, Georgia Equality understands the importance of advancing legislation to address issues and fight against policies that negatively impact people living with and those vulnerable to HIV acquisition. Join us in honoring National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by emailing your state elected official and urging them to amplify their commitment to black communities by creating innovative strategies that increase access to care, reduce stigma, promote testing and access to PreP, and affirms the science that individuals with an undetectable viral load do not transmit HIV."
- Last week we shared a link to a tool to send an email to state lawmakers about expanding Medicaid. This week there is a link to fill out a form that will go to your state senator, representative, the Lt. Governor and Governor. You can fill it out here.
- Several states, including Georgia, are using software to record and create a database of voices from incarcerated inmates AND the people who call in to talk to them. This seems like a huge breach of privacy for the inmates definitely, but what about the people calling them? Do they know and are they ok with their voices being recorded and catalogued? What is this information being used for? Who has access to it?
"...a review of contracting documents identified other jurisdictions that have acquired similar voice-print capture capabilities: Connecticut and Georgia state corrections officials have signed contracts for the technology (Connecticut did not respond to repeated interview requests; Georgia declined to answer questions on the matter)"Read more at The Intercept
If this is an issue for you, contact your state senators, representative, Lt. Governor, and Governor. You can find links to their contact info here.
- Georgia Equality and Cover Georgia are encouraging us to email state lawmakers asking them to expand Medicaid. Cover Georgia has a handy tool on their website to send the email. Just click the link! Ask state lawmakers to expand access to affordable health insurance.
- If you haven't already, you might want to follow ACLU of Georgia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They are going to be keeping a watch on the Georgia legislature as it ramps up for 2019. National change often starts locally, so following our state government is as important as federal. Their website is here.
Also, check out their Citizen Lobby Days. We'll add them to the calendar too.
- 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.
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