Letters to My Representatives 2-8-2017

I feel like a broken record, but I’m going to talk about this again. And probably again. And then again. Because that’s what we need right now. Let me explain:

Losing the vote on Betsy DeVos is devastating. It’s one we thought we might actually have a chance of winning. But we didn’t. And we need to get used to that. We’re going to lose a lot over the next 4 years, but we can’t let it get us down. We need to be Resistance Automatons writing letters, making phone calls, having postcard writing parties, attending protests, and participating in boycotts. We have to try to put our emotions aside and do the work.

Because the work is exhausting. Decide how much time a day, week, month, you can give to the cause, and only do that. Don’t wear yourself out. Don’t care so much that your mental health suffers. We need to care, but we can’t let how much we care destroy our ability to do the work. That’s what they’re banking on. We will get tired and burned out and go home. So pace yourself for the long haul.

Next week I plan on taking a hiatus. I probably won’t write my daily letters, post on the blog, and I’m going to try to stay away from social media. I just need a teency break and to give some time to my kids. Then I’ll be back. I probably won’t even be able to handle a whole week off, but we’ll see. The point is, give yourself a day, a week if you need it. But keep fighting. Our government, Democrat and Republican, has never seen anything like this level of civic participation, and they are affected. We need to keep it up for 4 years!

Here’s my letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)-MI today. Senator Gary Peters (D)-MI will receive and identical one:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Good morning. Yesterday’s loss on the DeVos nomination was hard. I thank you for voting NO and speaking out against her confirmation. Thank you for working toward a bi-partisan effort to block a dangerous appointee from heading one of the most important departments in the country.

Also, I don’t know if you are speaking, or have spoken on the Senate floor about Senator Sessions yet, but I encourage you to speak out against him strongly and to vote NO. If he is too racist to be a judge, he is too racist to be the Attorney General. I do not believe he will execute that position with equity nor without bias. Please vote NO on Senator Sessions.

I was dismayed to see Senator McConnell invoke that arcane rule that prevented Senator Warren from reading Corretta Scott King’s letter. It is an effort to silence our dissenting voices, and just like Senator Warren, WE WILL PERSIST! If you have not had an opportunity to read it, here is a link to the full 10 pages:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259988-Scott-King-1986-Letter-and-Testimony-Signed.html#document/p1

I know I don’t need to say this to you, but I will anyway in case you need to hear it. The losses over the next 4 years are going to pile up, but we must not get discouraged. We must continue to fight, day after day, no matter the outcome. We must keep up the pressure and ensure that the GOP knows that we will not be silenced, we will not give up. They warned us to fall in line, and nevertheless, we persisted.

Thank you for your hard work protecting America. We will need your continued support and perseverance in the coming years.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Here is today’s letter to Representative Paul Mitchell (R)-MI 10th District:

Dear Representative Mitchell,

I would like to encourage you to support the Russia Review Act should it pass through the Senate and land in the House. If this does not occur, I encourage you to support and/or sponsor a similar bill to ensure that oversight occurs in any dealings between Trump and Russia as his previous comments and conduct have demonstrated he is neither impartial nor trustworthy to make those decisions without Congressional approval.

I would also like to reiterate yesterday’s letter in asking for full investigations into Trump’s business dealings (especially with foreign nations), his taxes, his “blind trust” with his children and their role in the administration, specifically Trump’s, his campaigns, and/or surrogates connection and contact with Russia and Russian intermediaries during the election. It is important to know that Trump is not compromised in any way for our own national security.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Just a reminder that you can contact your elected officials about any issue that concerns you. My husband tends to concentrate on environmental issues. As long as we are keeping up the steady stream of communication, no matter the issue at hand, they will know we are engaged and we are not backing down.

elizabeth-warren-persisted

 

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted!

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