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
- Speaking of banks and climate change, JPMorgan Chase isn't the only one. Check out this video about HSBC from 350.org and please share.
- Write to your Senators asking them to support the Violence Against Women Act. We need to put some pressure on them because the NRA is lobbying against this reauthorization. It easily passed the House and now moves to the Senate. "Moving forward, the bill faces an uncertain future. With its gun control provisions, the bill would likely be dead on arrival in the GOP-held Senate."(From ABC News)
- Protect My Public Media is asking folks to email their Senators and encourage them to keep funding public media. The President's new budget calls for eliminating it. There is a link with a form you can fill out, but handwritten letters also go a long way.
- "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
Past Public Comments
- BlackRock is an investment management company with a big stake in Facebook. On May 30th there will be a shareholder meeting where investors will vote on Mark Zuckerberg for chair of the Board of Directors. Some major investors will be voting no. Write to BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink to ask him to vote No as well. Why? "Facebook hasn’t followed through on promises to clean up the hate driving white supremacist violence and the disinformation behind anti-Black voter suppression. Nor have they followed through on protecting users who trust the company with the personal details of their lives. And, as a recently published USA Today exposé demonstrates, Facebook continues to block Black users who speak out against racism."
Sign the online petition and letter here.
- The abortion ban in Alabama serves only one purpose. They deliberately passed a law that is unconstitutional so that it would make it's way up to the Supreme Court. Now the focus needs to be on getting our voices heard in the highest court. It's possible that Chief Justice Roberts will not want to hear this case, let alone put it to a vote. He has a legacy to protect, after all. If it goes to a vote, Roe v. Wade will very likely be overturned and Justice Roberts will go down in history as the justice who let that happen. So let's put some pressure on him. Let's remind him that the majority in this country are pro-choice. The petition is here. Share on Twitter and Facebook.
- This petition is to the major news networks asking them to call it a climate crisis. "Climate change is not just a buzz word or ploy to increase global recycling -- it’s a crisis transforming the Earth. Lethal heatwaves are the new normal. Stronger storms are continuously forcing millions from their homes. And kids across the country are leaving class for climate strikes midday so that adults understand that it’s their future at stake. But based on the coverage from major news networks, we’d think we have centuries to address the current emergency. The reality is quite different -- time is diminishing every day to address it -- we must act now."
- "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.
Past U.S. Postcard Campaigns
- Send a postcard to your Senators and Representative and tell them, "No to war with Iran!" First Trump says he doesn't want war, then he goes on a Twitter-spree saying it will be the end of Iran "If Iran wants to fight". Iran wasn't the one who left the nuclear deal, the U.S. did. We shouldn't be backing out of a deal and then threatening to destroy a country. This is John Bolton's war, not ours.
There are two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, that you can also mention on your postcards. Both aim to stop the president from starting an unconstitutional war with Iran. Ask your MOCs to support these bills.
- "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 letter to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak thanking him for signing into law a ban on using "gay panic" or "trans panic" as a defense in court. “I was proud to sign into law a bill to ban the discriminatory and bigoted gay and trans ’panic’ defense tactic, which can be used to excuse violent hate crimes against LGBTQ+ individuals,” says Gov. Steve Sisolak in a statement. “Amid a disturbing rise in hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community around the world, Nevada is reaffirming our commitment to justice and equality for all individuals.” Read more here.
Gov. Steve Sisolak
State Capitol Building
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
- 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
“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."
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”