How To Use The Calls and Letters
Each main post on this page is a letter you can send to your U.S. Representative and/or Senators, or a brief phone call script you can read to them or into their voice mail. We've tried to write them to be universal so if you just want to copy and paste, go ahead, but we recommend you customize them somewhat.
There are links on the sidebar to sites where you can find your legislators. You can send your letters by snail mail, or go to their websites and use the "contact" form to submit them, or call on the phone and read the letter into the voice mailbox, or send it by fax, or take it in person to their local office. None of them publishes an email address - you have to go through the contact form on their websites.
Write even if your legislators agree with you. It will enable them to say "I get dozens of calls and letters from my constituents about this every day." Help give them the ammunition they need.
Some background information: President Trump’s budget proposal, if passed, will cut the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by over 30%. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said that “”The core functions of the EPA can be satisfied — beyond the core functions — can be satisfied with this budget.” The EPA, like every government agency, posts its budget openly; decide for yourself. EPA’s annual report, laid out much like an […]Continue reading
This post is for Virginia voters. The Virginia General Assembly regularly receives legislation to amend the state constitution to change the way we do redistricting after the census every ten years. It regularly gets killed in committee. OneVirginia2021 lobbied the House Privileges and Elections – Constitutional Subcommittee the week of January 23, 2017. The committee will be voting on some of the legislation on January 30, early in the morning. Here are […]Continue reading
Stephen Bannon is your employee. His title is Counselor to the President of the United States. You pay him about $176,500. Unlike your elected representatives, he is not answerable to you and not confirmed by the Senate. He has the ear of your President but no accountability to anyone else. There is no website where you can send him a message, no published phone number where you can call him. […]Continue reading
I attended the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. I woke the next day to my president’s tweet insulting marchers, asking, “Why didn’t those people vote?” This is my response. Contact the White House Mailing address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500 President Trump, I write in reference to your tweet of 4:47 a.m. on January 22, quoted here for reference: Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression […]Continue reading
If you’re on this site, chances are you are deeply opposed to the philosophical positions of Betsy DeVos, nominee for Secretary of Education. This short missive is directed solely at her objective lack of any experience or education that would qualify her for the position. Call or write your U.S. Senators. I am calling to ask you to vote against confirming Betsy DeVos as my Secretary of Education due to […]Continue reading
On Thursday, January 19, the Senate Finance Committee will hold its hearing on the nomination of Steve Mnuchin for Secretary of our Treasury Department. Here are two paragraphs from the letter sent by Senators Menendez, Warren, Stabenow, Blumenthal, Franken, Markey, Van Hollen, Durbin, Hirono, Casey, Merkley, Gillibrand, Cardin, Brown, Sanders, Booker, Duckworth, Feinstein, Murphy, Peters, Hassan, Murray, Whitehouse, Baldwin, and Shaheen. to Orrin Hatch asking for outside witnesses to testify at […]Continue reading
Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced this bill on January 9, 2017, co-sponsored by 23 Senators and introduced by six co-sponsors in the House. It would require the President and Vice-President to divest all interests that create financial conflicts of interest, and place their assets into a true blind trust as already defined by federal law. You can read the full text of the bill here, and a fact sheet here. OGE […]Continue reading
This is short talk – about 3 minutes – that was given at the Fairfax County, Virginia General Assembly pre-legislative public hearing on January 7, 2017. It would be appropriate anywhere in Virginia when you have an opportunity to give such a statement to your state delegation. For other states, you’ll have to replace the Virginia statistics with your own state’s. November 2015 was Virginia’s most recent legislative election. There were […]Continue reading
Call or write today-here are names and numbers for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and what to say. This New York Times editorial lays out the case against a quick confirmation of Jeff Sessions, Mr. Trump’s nominee for Attorney General. Here is a link to the Alliance for Justice site detailing what’s missing from Mr. Sessions’ submissions to the Office of Government Ethics. The Times article has some additional links to reliable sources […]Continue reading
Our Constitution bans our President from accepting any gift, title or emolument from a foreign government. “Emolument” is a broad term that includes salary, fee, profit or reward. This is in the original document, not an amendment. Our founding fathers intended to shield the office of President from foreign influence. Mr. Trump’s financial disclosure form, which he signed, lists 515 organizations of which he is an officer, mostly “President.” It […]Continue reading