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Past U.S. Writing Campaigns and Topics

- Energy Secretary Rick Perry needs to be educated about fossil fuels and sexual assault. Let's educate him. Discussing fossil fuel use in Africa, Perry suggested that when the lights are on, light shines “righteousness” onto to sexual assault. Mr. Perry, sexual assault happens in the light, in the dark, at twilight, in the wee hours, in mid day, anytime, anywhere, every day, every night. To see Perry’s full quote go here.

Rick Perry
US Dept. of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington DC 20585


- Enough! Tell your Senators, President Trump, Ryan Zinke, and Sen Orin Hatch to stand up for Bears Ears and all the other National Monuments that may be made smaller. These are NATIONAL MONUMENTS and important places and natural areas. We need to, we must, preserve them. This absolutely does not represent public opinion. “A study found that 90.9% of Utahns who submitted comments opposed the review, along with 99.2% of commenters nationwide. Ignoring this, Sen. Hatch has already released a statement hailing Trump's approval of a monument-shrinking measure as a triumph for local voices.

Senator Orin Hatch
104 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Ryan Zinke
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240


- Let Betsy DeVos and the Dept. of Education know if you are outraged that they “rescinded 72 documents on the rights of students with disabilities, calling them ‘outdated’ and indicating that they are no longer necessary.” See this Think Progress article for more.

Betsy DeVos
Secretary
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202


- 'President Donald Trump's nominee [Kathleen Hartnett White] to be the White House senior adviser for environmental policy in 2016 described the belief in "global warming" as a "kind of paganism" for "secular elites.”' Read more at CNN.

If you find this attitude ignorant and demeaning please ask your Senators not to confirm her for this position.


- Tell your Representative you support HR669 Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. If Trump’s threats and taunts to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un frighten you and you fear Trump might launch us into nuclear war, please urge your Representative to get behind this act. Sponsored by Rep. Ted Lieu of CA (our thank you this week), “This bill prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike.” Read the full bill text here.


- We need scientists, not CEOs, in leadership positions at our scientific agencies. Trump’s pick to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Barry Myers, is the CEO of AccuWeather. His background in law and business is not sufficient for a science agency. Urge your US Senators not to confirm Myers. Let them know we want, need, and demand a scientist in this position.


- HR 3990, The National Monument Creation and Protection Act, is a misnomer. The end goal, states Outside Magazine, is to “stop the environment from getting in the way of oil and gas extraction”. Spearheaded by Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, “who has been trying to erode the Antiquities Act for most of his political career”, HR 3990 would make designating monuments more difficult and would make it easier to dismantle them. Read the Outside Magazine article that provides a short but thorough discussion of the drawbacks of HR3990.

Download the PDF currently being reviewed by the House Committee on Natural Resources (chaired of course by Rob Bishop).

Write the committee here:

COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
United States House of Representatives
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Or go here to email the committee.


- Tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions that it is wrong to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens. This so called “license to discriminate” would have devastating effects on the LGBTQ population. Using the rallying cry of “religious freedom”, under the new policy “a claim of a violation of religious freedom would be enough to override concerns for the civl rights of LGBT people and anti-discrimination protections for women and others.” Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
US Dept. of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001


- Tell Trump not to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. Trump plans to declare “the Obama-era pact not in US interests” which would launch “a congressional review period on the accord”. Many experts suggest that “the prospects for a better approach are bleak” Check out this blog post from the Cato Institute.


- Help Puerto Rico! Join the National Puerto Rican Agenda to rally Congress to provide relief and recovery NOW. Too much time has passed already.

Write your members of Congress today. Email them. Call them. This is a national tragedy and a national emergency.


- If you are a Wells Fargo customer and their financial backing of the Keystone XL pipeline is problematic for you, write them and let them know. Consider moving your accounts to a local bank. By transporting tar sands from Canada to the US Gulf Coast, the pipeline would “cut directly through Sioux treaty lands and near several other tribal reservations and the Ponca Trail of Tears” and these “Tribal Nations in Nebraska and South Dakota have not been properly consulted”. Ask Wells Fargo to divest. Sign the Sierra Club petition here or write your own letter.

Corporate Offices
Wells Fargo
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104


- A bill was introduced into the Senate on 9/26/17 that aims “to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single state are not in interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973…” What does this mean exactly? If an endangered plant or animal is found in only one state, they would not be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Utah prairie dog, for example, is found only in Utah and thus would not be protected. Thousands of additional species would no longer be protected either. Tell congress NO on this.

See the full bill here.
Read more about it here.


- The Department of Health and Human Services is gearing up for several “maintenance” outages of the Affordable Care Act website - healthcare.gov - during the upcoming enrollment period. The period lasts from November 1-December 15. This appears to be simply another way to make signing up challenging. As you may recall, the advertising budget was also cut from $100 million to $10 million this year. Write Interim HHS Secretary Don J. Wright and let him know how you feel about this.

Don J. Wright
Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201


- Just for Fun - because we all need a constructive outlet. Nicholas Kristof of The NY Times is partnering with The Poetry Society of America to sponsor a Trump Poetry Contest. Hoping to “examine this historical moment through a new prism”, Kristof aims to print the winners in his column. His caution? “The Times can’t publish vulgarities and profanities.” Read more here: https://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/announcing-a-trump-poetry-contest/. Use the power of your pen to RESIST and maybe be published in the NYT!


- The SHUSH (Silencers Help Us Save Hearing) Act (S.1505) provides that silencers be treated the same as firearms accessories. The text of the bill can be read here https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1505/text. This Act would, “for the first time in 80 years” allow “felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill… to buy and possess silencers” for guns. Ear protection is a much better route to save hearing that allowing silencers into the hands of people who arguably should not possess them.

Read more here and decide for yourself https://everytownresearch.org/shush-act-dangerous-unnecessary-make-legal-convicted-felons-buy-silencers/.

If you think your Senators should not support the SHUSH Act, let them know.


- Tell Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in Atlanta, that it is not ok to silence scientists. Scientists should be able to speak with the press and share some findings with the public. Yes, we understand that some work there may need to be under tight control for safety reasons, “but individual scientists and researchers have generally been available to explain their findings – which, of course, often have major implications for public health and, therefore, tend to interest the public (also known as taxpayers).”

Read more here:
http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2017/09/12/cdc-to-scientists-shh/
https://www.axios.com/cdc-cracks-down-on-communications-with-reporters-2484371851.html

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald
CDC
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027


- It is time to defend DACA recipients. Since 2001 there have been attempts to legalize minor age immigrants who were brought here by their parents. DACA is a temporary, Obama-era order to protect the Dreamers until Congress passes the Dream Act. It is time to defend DACA recipients and pass the Dream Act. Encourage your MoC’s to attach the Dream Act to other must pass bills and to vote yes for the Dreamers! To learn more about the “Dreamers”, read this http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/01/unauthorized-immigrants-covered-by-daca-face-uncertain-future/

To read about an article about a Dreamer that previously lived and worked in Georgia, click here.


Current writing campaigns can be found here.

Past Public Comments

- Check out Write for Rights, sponsored by Amnesty International UK.
This campaign urges “you to write messages of support to people around the world who have suffered injustice, and show you how to support their campaigns for justice.” There are several ways to get involved - write an appeal letter, hold an event, write a message of solidarity, and online measures. Check it out.


- You have likely heard about a proposed fee increase from $25-30 to $75 per car entrance to National Parks. Here is your chance to make your voice heard on the issue. The NPS is seeking public comment. One thought: ‘"We should not increase fees to such a degree as to make these places – protected for all Americans to experience – unaffordable for some families to visit," The National Parks Conservation Association CEO and president, Theresa Pierno, said.

Go here to comment. Comments open until November 23, 2017.


- We cannot stand by and let Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services alter the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate in the name of religious liberty. As Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) stated, “This isn’t The Handmaid’s Tale”, references the book and Hulu series “about an authoritarian state that controls how women conceive and bear children.” This issue is explained, along with a video, at this link.

These new rules are subject to public comment. Go here to make your public comment.


- Where do you stand on nuclear power and the over budget Plant Vogtle project? At 11 billion over budget and years behind schedule, Georgia Power customers are paying increased prices to cover the cost of the expansion. South Carolina has scraped the construction at adjacent Plant Summer and Georgia should do the same. If this topic is important to you, either sign the Sierra Club letter here or email your elected Georgia Public Service Commissioners or both.

Find email addresses here.


- We need clean water! Scott Pruitt and the EPA are seeking public comments on removing the Clean Water Rule that essentially protects our drinking water and was put in place in 2015 by the Obama Administration. The Clean Water Rule clarifies water management under the Clean Water Act (1972), especially of streams and wetlands, which need to be kept clean. Public comment is open until September 27, 2017. You can comment here https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001


Current public comments can be found here.

Past U.S. Postcard Campaigns

- Urge President Trump to use diplomatic efforts with North Korea, rather than creating a more hostile relationship by tweeting and insulting. Even if you support a military approach, urge Trump to also use diplomacy to ease tension.


- Remind President Trump that we are guaranteed a free press! His fake news tweets about CNN are inappropriate and insulting. As Christine Amanpour tweeted in return, “At CNN we dodge bullets to bring you the news. Nothing fake about that. #FactsFirst”

Read more at the Washington Post.


- Consider a quick postcard to your Senator again urging them to oppose the current tax bill. It will not benefit the middle class. It will benefit the wealthy. Trickle down economics do not work. In addition, it might have extreme ramifications for health care coverage. Tell your Senator to say no and stand up for our diminishing middle class.


3. No! Just, No! Comparing Alabama’s Roy Moore’s situation to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in the bible is absolutely indefensible. This is likely to offend everyone - Christian, Atheist, Jewish, Muslim, it doesn’t matter. This is a ridiculous and offensive comparison. Defending an accused sexual predator with the Bible, or any religious text, is deplorable. Let Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler know if you find his statement offensive and inappropriate. Read the Time article here.

Jim Ziegler
600 Dexter Ave # S101
Montgomery, AL 36130


- Urge your Senator to vote no on HR2936. It passed the house on November 1 and was received in the Senate on November 2. It has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The so called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” would “prioritize our Eastern national forests for a single use—timber harvest—with no consideration of its impacts to other values, and would set a dangerous standard for ignoring public input.” Send a message to your representatives here.

Of course the House Committee on Agriculture has a wildly different assessment, staying that the Act “would expedite and improve forest management activities in federal forests.”

What do you think? A postcard with a simple message is easy: “Vote NO on HR2936” or “Save our Forests! Vote NO on HR2936”.


Current postcard campaigns can be found here.

Past Positive Notes

- The store TJ Maxx is continuing to pay its workers in Puerto Rico. They state, “‘Based on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Associates on the island,’ the company said in a statement to NBC Boston. ‘We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.’" (From 11 Alive)

Tell TJ Maxx thank you for supporting these Puerto Ricans in their time of need. Consider supporting TJ Maxx with your shopping dollars. It is refreshing when a corporation is generous to employees and does the right thing.

TJX Companies
770 Cochituate Rd
Framingham, MA 01701


- Let’s congratulate some of last week’s election winners.

Let’s start with Danica Roem, first openly transgender state lawmaker.

Friends of Danica Roem
P.O. Box 726
Manassas, Va. 20113

How about Booker Gainor, the first African-American mayor of Cairo, GA?
Post a comment on Facebook.
or
Mayor-Elect Booker Gainor
Cairo City Hall
119 N Broad St
Cairo, GA 39828

Jonathan Mccollar, first African-American mayor of Statesboro, GA!

Mayor-Elect Jonathan McCollar
City Hall
50 East Main Street
Statesboro, GA 30458

Ravinder Bhalla, first Sikh American to be elected mayor in Hoboken, NJ!
Website contact
or
Mayor-Elect Ravinder Bhalia
94 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030


- Send a thank you if you appreciate the level-headedness of Bernie Sanders and his willingness to demand “Congress do everything in its power to nullify a $300 million rebuilding contract between Puerto Rico and Whitefish Energy Holdings”.

Whitefish just happens to be from the hometown of Ryan Zinke (Interior Secretary) but he claims he had nothing to do with it. In addition, Whitefish is charging exorbitant amounts for supervisors and journeymen linemen. Sanders said, “‘No.’ This is taxpayer dollars. Money has got to be spent cost effectively. The money should not go — excessive profits should not be going to into the hands of large companies. That money should be used to improve the lives of the people impacted.”

Sanders also visited the ravaged island of Puerto Rico to view the damage first hand. Thanks, Bernie! Read more at The Intercept.

Senator Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senate
332 Dirksen Building
Washington, D.C. 20510


- If you are pro-choice and support a woman’s right to choose, please read the linked article and let LeRoy Carhart know you appreciate his effort to provide medical care to women seeking an abortion.

“According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a little more than 1 percent of abortions in the United States occur after the 20th week of pregnancy, which is halfway through a woman’s second trimester. Carhart’s website states that the clinic’s most common reasons for providing later-stage abortions include ‘the very late diagnosis of a pregnancy in a woman with a severely compromising medical condition, very young maternal age, rape and incest.’” (From The Intercept)

Dr. Carhart’s website

Dr. LeRoy Carhart
1002 W. Mission Ave.
Bellevue, NE 680053


- Send a note of support to golfer Emily Nash (see above postcard campaign). Let her know you support her and are proud of her. Tell her if you have written to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association on her behalf. Let her know we know that GIRLS RULE and WOMEN’s RIGHTS are HUMAN RIGHTS.

Emily Nash
c/o Lunenburg High School
1079 Massachusetts Ave
Lunenburg, MA 01462


- If you appreciate Rep. Ted Lieu of CA introducing H.R.669 - Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, let him know.

Rep. Ted Lieu
236 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


- Instead of a thank you this week, let’s offer words of support to transgender youth in Georgia. Check out Bennett’s Project at Georgia Unites Against Discrimination.


- Thank you Elon Musk of Tesla for offering to help Puerto Rico get power back with solar. It is more sustainable. Currently, only 10% of the island has power. What a concept to rebuild the infrastructure with solar! Musk has also sent Tesla staff to Puerto Rico to aid them. These are the kind of CEOs we need in America. Tweet him at @elonmusk or write him at:

Elon Musk
Tesla, Inc.
3500 Deer Creek Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304


- The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, wore a shirt with “Nasty” on it, referencing Trump’s reference to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman”. This jab at Trump is on par, as he has mostly failed Puerto Ricans, our fellow Americans, in their time of need. Let Ms. Cruz know you support her and the island by sending her a postcard. If you are so inclined, donate to recovery efforts in her honor.

Carmen Yulin Cruz
Casa Alcaldía de San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901


Current positive notes can be found here.

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

-Madeleine Albright

Past Local Writing Campaigns and Topics

- A Rockdale County teacher, Paul Hagen, “is on administrative leave after he was caught on camera during class threatening to ‘put a bullet’ in a student’s head.” This is documented on video. Administrative leave? How about being fired and charged? Let the Rockdale County Department of Education and Rockdale Career Academy (where the incident took place) know if you think Paul Hagen should be fired immediately. There is no excuse to threaten children or teens this way. Read the AJC article here.

Rockdale Career Academy
Dr. Miki Edwards, Principal
1064 Culpepper Dr SW
Conyers, GA 30094
or email medwards@rockdale.k12.ga.us

Rockdale County Public Schools
Board of Education
954 North Main Street
P.O. Box 1199
Conyers, GA 30012


- Betty Price, Georgia state representative for the Roswell, GA area and the wife of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price suggested “quarantine” as a means to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS. She stated “I don’t want to say the quarantine word — but I guess I just said it”. Read more at the Patch. If this disturbs or offends you please let her know:

Betty Price
507-F Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30334


- If you are in Decatur, GA the Decatur Board of Education has “pledged to gather more public input about how it treats transgender students after some parents raised concerns about administrative guidelines that allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, among other practices.” See the AJC article.

Email City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Dr. David Dude at superintendent@csdecatur.net to express your thoughts.

Email addresses for the rest of the Board can be found here.

The next Board meeting is Tuesday November 4 at 6:30 at Central Office at Beacon, 125 Electric Ave, Decatur, GA 30030


Current local writing campaigns can be found here.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

-Frederick Douglass