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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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.
Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”