Letters to My Representatives 2-21-2018

I am not posting today’s letters because they are exactly the same as last week’s with one exception. I asked Rep. John Moolenaar to vote NO on HR. 620, an act that would remove protections from the ADA and thereby greatly hamper a person with a disability from recourse against discrimination and remove incentives for businesses to comply with ADA standards. He of course voted YES so that part was replaced with my opinions on that decision and a reminder that I will keep his constituents informed of his decisions.

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Letter to My School Superintendent Concerning School Walkouts

As many of you are aware there are several events in the near future planned to address the epidemic of gun violence that is devastating our schools. Here is the letter I wrote to my school superintendent concerning these events. Let’s hope I get a positive response.

I encourage all of you to address these issues with your own schools, but if you attend Midland Public Schools, I’ll make it easy for you. Here is the email address of the superintendent:

sharrowme@midlandps.org (Michael E. Sharrow)

And here are two more email addresses of the associate superintendents:

brutynbr@midlandps.org (Brian R. Brutyn)

cooperrg@midlandps.org (Robert G. Cooper)

 

Dear Mr. Sharrow,

As I am sure you are aware there are various nationwide events planned to draw attention to the epidemic of gun violence and our schools. On March 14th the Women’s March is sponsoring a school walkout, on March 24th the kids of MSD are sponsoring March for Our Lives (nationwide marches), and on April 20th a student from Connecticut is organizing another school walkout on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting. I would like to know what the school plans to do to facilitate the students in their right to participate in these walkouts. I know that high school, and even middle school kids, are quite capable of participating with or without the approval of the school, and I think after the students at MSD have proven, we will never underestimate our teenagers again. But I would like to be clear that I support theses students without repercussions to their decision and will be greatly displeased if any are perpetrated against them.

I also would like to ask if the school has given any thought in how the elementary age students could participate, or better yet, their parents. I have elementary age kids at Woodcrest and if the school devises a way to allow them to participate I will gladly help in that endeavor, but I do have hesitation about using our children to make a point when some may be too young to understand. I know my 4th grader would understand the concepts, but I have twin kindergarteners and I worry about how a protest of this nature (walking out during class silently) might affect them, though I would find a way to explain it to them if the walkout is possible. As an alternative I think allowing parents to gather outside the school at the time of the walkouts in solidarity for concerns of what needs to be done to prevent further tragedies would be a great way to still participate in this needed movement while not involving children too young. Having said that, I still think it might be a good idea to give the older kids an opportunity to participate if they so choose. If this issue is handled properly ahead of time, parents will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with their children so they can decide if they wish to participate.

In closing, I would like to say, if our children must participate in lockdown or active shooter drills to potentially save their lives one day, I think they should be able to participate in events that draw attention to the very problem that causes those drills.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 2-15-2018

Today’s letters aren’t long. I included a section on DACA, but there’s only one thing I wanted to talk about today: gun control. Enough is enough.

As always, check out It’s Time to Fight for scripts and information.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I demand that you sign onto Senator Feinstein’s Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act (S 1916), Assault Weapons Ban (S. 2095) and Senator Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act (S. 2009) if you have not done so already. The latest mass shooting in Florida is a reminder that gun violence is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. We need gun control reform, and these three bills will help begin to address the gun violence we are seeing almost weekly now. The Senate has it in their power to help reduce firearms access to those who would cause the general public harm. Please act immediately.

I ask that you vote NO on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill would potentially put law enforcement and the general public at risk, including allowing individuals from states with laxer gun laws, the ability to carry those firearms in states with stricter requirements. This could potentially cause genuine problems for public safety. Please do not support this bill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) can be fixed separately from this bill.

I demand that you work with your colleagues to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. I will accept nothing less and will remember whatever decisions you choose to make. Since the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end this week. Now the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, we demand you take the promises you made in the lead-up to that vote seriously, and figure out a solution for DACA. Please take this seriously.

It is unconscionable that thousands of people are dying every year in this country because of gun violence and our legislatures–specifically the GOP–refuse to do anything about it. Background checks, bans on bump stocks, magazine capacity limitations, more funding, research, and resources for the programs that deal with mental health, and counteracting toxic masculinity are all important parts to solving this problem. No solution will be fool proof, but doing nothing while our children crouch trembling in classrooms and closets for “lock-down” drills is the opposite of a solution: it is death sentence for those unlucky enough to be in the path of the next person with a gun and a grudge.

Please make doing something about this situation a priority.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I demand that you support Senator Feinstein’s Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act (S 1916), Assault Weapons Ban (S. 2095) and Senator Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act (S. 2009) should either of them make their way to the House or start a similar bill of your own if your not too much of a coward to do it. The latest mass shooting in Florida is a reminder that gun violence is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. We need gun control reform, and these three bills will help begin to address the gun violence we are seeing almost weekly now.

I demand that you work with your colleagues, to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. I will accept nothing less, and will remember whatever decisions you chooses to make. Since the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end this week.

I urge you to vote NO on HR 620, when it comes to the floor for a vote. HR620 upends a key provision of the ADA by preventing people with disabilities from immediately going to court to enforce their right and to press for timely removal of the barrier that impedes access. HR 620 also removes any incentive for businesses to comply proactively with the ADA. I demand that you do not support a law that actively discriminates against those with disabilities.

It is unconscionable that thousands of people are dying every year in this country because of gun violence and our legislatures–specifically the GOP–refuse to do anything about it. Background checks, bans on bump stocks, magazine capacity limitations, more funding, research, and resources for the programs that deal with mental health, and counteracting toxic masculinity are all important parts to solving this problem. No solution will be fool proof, but doing nothing while our children crouch trembling in classrooms and closets for “lock-down” drills is the opposite of a solution: it is death sentence for those unlucky enough to be in the path of the next person with a gun and a grudge.

Please make doing something about this situation a priority.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 2-7-2018

Here are today’s letters:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you do what you can to bring the DREAM Act to the floor. The GOP has less than 2 days to prove they’re not posturing about DACA and that they are truly committed to helping the young people who were brought here and are currently enrolled in DACA. DACA recipients pay about $2 billion in taxes every year, contribute to the economy, and so with the full knowledge that they are ineligible for certain things like ACA coverage. Though I’d also like to point out that their contribution is irrelevant in my opinion as they were brought here as children through no decision of their own and this has become their home and it is the right and moral thing to do to give them a path to citizenship.

I ask that you take a stand against John Kelley’s abhorrent remarks referring to Dreamers as lazy. It is inappropriate for a member of the administration to make such remarks, and patently false.

I ask that you push for the Senate to consider disaster funding for Puerto Rico. The House passed H.R. 4667 in December, allocating a needed $81 billion to Puerto Rico, and it is inexcusable that the Senate has yet to also vote in support of the bill. I would also like to protest FEMA’s decision to end food and water aid to Puerto Rico. Approximately 20% of the island still does not have electricity, and access to fundamental utilities and needs. The island is still very much in a recovery stage, and it is too early to try and shift the focus to long-term development. I am also appalled to learn that a contracts were awarded to supply food packets to Puerto Rico and they were not fully met. If this is true I demand the government take action to get that food to Puerto Ricans who desperately need it.

I ask that you do everything in your power to support funding for community health centers around the country. These health centers serve 1 out of every 12 people and are an essential part of our community framework. Please find a concrete solution to provide funding for these centers.

I ask that you support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. The bills written by Senators Graham/Booker (S. 1735) and Senators Tillis/Coons (S. 1741) and their House equivalents (H.R. 3654/H.R. 4669) are all essential to protecting the integrity of the Mueller investigation particularly given the reports that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June of 2017. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller’s work, and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then pass the legislation introduced to by bipartisan members in the House and the Senate to protect his work.

I demand the Senate address Trump’s announcement that he does not plan to enforce Russian sanctions. The argument that the “threat itself is a deterrent” is ridiculous and another example of an administration that is unwilling to take a firm stance against the Russian government. Given that the congressional sanctions received firm bipartisan support – including enough votes for a veto-proof majority – this is again another example of the Trump Administration taking a soft stance on Russia, for reasons that are beyond understanding at this point. I demand that you take whatever action possible to protect against this move. This is an action that will only embolden Russia while continuing to harm our national interests.

I would like to express my concerns regarding a story published in the Washington Post re: Victor Cha’s ambassadorship to the ROK. The story suggests that Cha was taken out of contention when he objected to a limited strike on North Korea. I am calling to reiterate my opposition to any form of limited strike against North Korea, and would reiterate that it is important to work on diplomacy versus aggressive action.

I oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid and the new criteria that states can now add work requirements. The justification that work requirements will help Medicaid recipients live longer/become more productive members of society is based on flawed reasoning; many are already working. Those who are not have legitimate reasons for doing so. These work requirements are also not clearly thought out; there is no specific logic for how they would be enacted, nor the resources for the states to make it happen.

I oppose Secretary Zinke’s decision to open up our coasts to offshore drilling. Please oppose this in whatever way you can.

I protest Trump’s decision to enact tariffs against the solar panel industry and washing machines that are made abroad. This is a damaging decision, particularly to the solar industry, which is still growing and developing in states across the USA. There have been projections this decision could potentially cost the US thousands of jobs. I understand you can’t reverse these tariffs, but I expect you to vigorously protest them and to think of a solution that does not damage our solar industry.

I also ask that you support the SECURE Act. It’s a needed protection for those that cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act to protect these people.

Vote NO on Jim Bridenstein’s nomination for NASA Director.

Continue to vote for Net Neutrality. I am happy you have 50 votes but please continue to fight for more.

Please speak out against the reported decision trump has made to have a military parade. I do not believe that this is something that a stable, peaceful democracy does. it is saber rattling and childish and more on par for the likes of Kim Jung Un than a sitting president of the USA. It is an embarrassment and a sign that Trump is moving this nation closer and closer to authoritarianism, aggression, and isolationism in the sense that we will consider America’s interests and nothing else.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

Just your reminder that I will be reminding all of your constituents this year that you are opposed to the healthcare they need, opposed to Net Neutrality to keep their internet equal for all, and have supported Trump in everything he has done. And yes, your lack of coming forth to oppose him on anything is also support. Hopefully they will show you how they feel about all of this in November.

I would like to protest House Intelligence Committee’s partisan decision to release the Nunes memo. It’s a blatantly partisan decision designed to undercut Robert Mueller’s investigations, and a move that will also cause controversy and challenges with the Department of Justice. The very fact that the GOP members of the committee chose to invoke a rule that has never been used in the panel’s 40 year history to make this happen is evidence itself that this is a reckless move. I ask that you condemn the actions of your colleagues and make it clear to your constituents where you stand on this issue. I also demand that the House push the Trump Administration to release the Democratic answer to the memo. The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release the memo and it is the correct move.

I demand the House address Trump’s announcement that he does not plan to enforce Russian sanctions. The argument that the “threat itself is a deterrent” is ridiculous and another example of an administration that is unwilling to take a firm stance against the Russian government. Given that the congressional sanctions received firm bipartisan support – including enough votes for a veto-proof majority – this is again another example of the Trump Administration taking a soft stance on Russia, for reasons that are beyond understanding at this point. I demand that you take whatever action possible to protect against this move. This is an action that will only embolden Russia while continuing to harm our national interests.

I ask that you support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. The bills written by Senators Graham/Booker (S. 1735) and Senators Tillis/Coons (S. 1741) and their House equivalents (H.R. 3654/H.R. 4669) are all essential to protecting the integrity of the Mueller investigation particularly given the reports that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June of 2017. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller’s work, and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then pass the legislation introduced to by bipartisan members in the House and the Senate to protect his work.

I would like to express my concerns regarding a story published in the Washington Post re: Victor Cha’s ambassadorship to the ROK. The story suggests that Cha was taken out of contention when he objected to a limited strike on North Korea. I am calling to reiterate my opposition to any form of limited strike against North Korea, and would reiterate that it is important to work on diplomacy versus aggressive action.

I ask that you support the DREAM and SECURE Acts and vote YES if they should come to the floor. We still urgently need a clean DREAM Act; there has been no legislative movement to help Dreamers since the summer of 2017. They are running out of options and out of time. Please act quickly.

I also ask that you support the SECURE Act. It’s a needed protection for those that cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act to protect these people.

I am appalled that FEMA is withdrawing aid from Puerto Rico and that then Senate hasn’t approved the $81 billion aid package the House passed in December. These are Americans whose lives hang in the balance because of a government that has forgotten about them and probably never cared about them in the first place. We need to help Puerto Rico, and not just because of the hurricanes, but also because they are a neglected part of the United States that has been passed over for too long.

I oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid and the new criteria that states can now add work requirements. The justification that work requirements will help Medicaid recipients live longer/become more productive members of society is based on flawed reasoning; many are already working. Those who are not have legitimate reasons for doing so. These work requirements are also not clearly thought out; there is no specific logic for how they would be enacted, nor the resources for the states to make it happen.

I oppose Secretary Zinke’s decision to open up our coasts to offshore drilling. Please oppose this in whatever way you can.

I protest Trump’s decision to enact tariffs against the solar panel industry and washing machines that are made abroad. This is a damaging decision, particularly to the solar industry, which is still growing and developing in states across the USA. There have been projections this decision could potentially cost the US thousands of jobs. I understand you can’t reverse these tariffs, but I expect you to vigorously protest them and to think of a solution that does not damage our solar industry.

I oppose the FCC’s change to Net Neutrality and ask that you do everything you can to reinstate it. I know that you won’t, but I am letting you know how I feel about that stance.

I ask that you do everything in your power to support funding for community health centers around the country. These health centers serve 1 out of every 12 people and are an essential part of our community framework. Please find a concrete solution to provide funding for these centers.

Please speak out against the reported decision trump has made to have a military parade. I do not believe that this is something that a stable, peaceful democracy does. it is saber rattling and childish and more on par for the likes of Kim Jung Un than a sitting president of the USA. It is an embarrassment and a sign that Trump is moving this nation closer and closer to authoritarianism, aggression, and isolationism in the sense that we will consider America’s interests and nothing else.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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Letters to My Representatives 2-1-2018

So I save all of my letters to my reps in a word doc and it looks like in 2017 I wrote 91 pages of letters to them comprising 43,445 words. Which is actually a little misleading since I send my Senators the same letter for the most part so I don’t keep a copy of most. That means I probably sent 65,167 words last year. That’s a novel!

2018 will probably be a little less since I was writing every few days in the beginning and now I just stick to once a week. But that also doesn’t include the phone calls I’ve made on time sensitive issues. Anyway, that’s a lot of words. But we have to keep up this momentum so we don’t get dragged down by the Trump Administration.

Here are today’s letters. They’re long today. There is a lot going on! Remember to visit It’s Time to Fight for scripts and info. My letters are generated from scripts available on their site. Keep up the good work and feel free to sue my letters to create your own.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I demand the Senate address Trump’s announcement that he does not plan to enforce Russian sanctions. The argument that the “threat itself is a deterrent” is ridiculous and another example of an administration that is unwilling to take a firm stance against the Russian government. Given that the congressional sanctions received firm bipartisan support – including enough votes for a veto-proof majority – this is again another example of the Trump Administration taking a soft stance on Russia, for reasons that are beyond understanding at this point. I demand that you take whatever action possible to protect against this move. This is an action that will only embolden Russia while continuing to harm our national interests.

I ask that you support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. The bills written by Senators Graham/Booker (S. 1735) and Senators Tillis/Coons (S. 1741) and their House equivalents (H.R. 3654/H.R. 4669) are all essential to protecting the integrity of the Mueller investigation particularly given the reports that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June of 2017. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller’s work, and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then pass the legislation introduced to by bipartisan members in the House and the Senate to protect his work.

I would like to express my concerns regarding a story published in the Washington Post re: Victor Cha’s ambassadorship to the ROK. The story suggests that Cha was taken out of contention when he objected to a limited strike on North Korea. I am calling to reiterate my opposition to any form of limited strike against North Korea, and would reiterate that it is important to work on diplomacy versus aggressive action.

I ask that you support the DREAM and SECURE Acts and vote YES if they should come to the floor. We still urgently need a clean DREAM Act; there has been no legislative movement to help Dreamers since the summer of 2017. They are running out of options and out of time. Please act quickly.

I also ask that you support the SECURE Act. It’s a needed protection for those that cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act to protect these people.

I am appalled that FEMA is withdrawing aid from Puerto Rico and that then Senate hasn’t approved the $81 billion aid package the House passed in December. These are Americans whose lives hang in the balance because of a government that has forgotten about them and probably never cared about them in the first place. We need to help Puerto Rico, and not just because of the hurricanes, but also because they are a neglected part of the United States that has been passed over for too long.

I oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid and the new criteria that states can now add work requirements. The justification that work requirements will help Medicaid recipients live longer/become more productive members of society is based on flawed reasoning; many are already working. Those who are not have legitimate reasons for doing so. These work requirements are also not clearly thought out; there is no specific logic for how they would be enacted, nor the resources for the states to make it happen.

I oppose Secretary Zinke’s decision to open up our coasts to offshore drilling. Please oppose this in whatever way you can.

I protest Trump’s decision to enact tariffs against the solar panel industry and washing machines that are made abroad. This is a damaging decision, particularly to the solar industry, which is still growing and developing in states across the USA. There have been projections this decision could potentially cost the US thousands of jobs. I understand you can’t reverse these tariffs, but I expect you to vigorously protest them and to think of a solution that does not damage our solar industry.

Vote NO on Jim Bridenstein’s nomination to head NASA.

Please continue to use your position to fight for Net Neutrality.

I ask that you do everything in your power to support funding for community health centers around the country. These health centers serve 1 out of every 12 people and are an essential part of our community framework. Please find a concrete solution to provide funding for these centers.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

Just your reminder that I will be reminding all of your constituents this year that you are opposed to the healthcare they need, opposed to Net Neutrality to keep their internet equal for all, and have supported Trump in everything he has done. And yes, your lack of coming forth to oppose him on anything is also support. Hopefully they will show you how they feel about all of this in November.

I would like to protest the House Intelligence Committee’s partisan decision to release the Nunes Memo. It’s a blatantly partisan decision designed to undercut Robert Mueller’s investigation, and a move that will also cause controversy and challenges within the Department of Justice. The very fact that the GOP members of the committee chose to invoke a rule that has never used in the panel’s 40 year history to make this happen is evidence itself that this is a reckless move. I call on you to take a public stand against this rushed, reckless move. Condemn the actions of your colleagues and make it clear to your constituents where you stand on this issue. At the very least ask for a full conference discussion of this issue in advance of any release. You must protect the interests of government and the separation of powers.

I demand the House address Trump’s announcement that he does not plan to enforce Russian sanctions. The argument that the “threat itself is a deterrent” is ridiculous and another example of an administration that is unwilling to take a firm stance against the Russian government. Given that the congressional sanctions received firm bipartisan support – including enough votes for a veto-proof majority – this is again another example of the Trump Administration taking a soft stance on Russia, for reasons that are beyond understanding at this point. I demand that you take whatever action possible to protect against this move. This is an action that will only embolden Russia while continuing to harm our national interests.

I ask that you support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. The bills written by Senators Graham/Booker (S. 1735) and Senators Tillis/Coons (S. 1741) and their House equivalents (H.R. 3654/H.R. 4669) are all essential to protecting the integrity of the Mueller investigation particularly given the reports that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June of 2017. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller’s work, and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then pass the legislation introduced to by bipartisan members in the House and the Senate to protect his work.

I would like to express my concerns regarding a story published in the Washington Post re: Victor Cha’s ambassadorship to the ROK. The story suggests that Cha was taken out of contention when he objected to a limited strike on North Korea. I am calling to reiterate my opposition to any form of limited strike against North Korea, and would reiterate that it is important to work on diplomacy versus aggressive action.

I ask that you support the DREAM and SECURE Acts and vote YES if they should come to the floor. We still urgently need a clean DREAM Act; there has been no legislative movement to help Dreamers since the summer of 2017. They are running out of options and out of time. Please act quickly.

I also ask that you support the SECURE Act. It’s a needed protection for those that cannot return to their countries of origin because it could very well cost them their lives. Please act to protect these people.

I am appalled that FEMA is withdrawing aid from Puerto Rico and that then Senate hasn’t approved the $81 billion aid package the House passed in December. These are Americans whose lives hang in the balance because of a government that has forgotten about them and probably never cared about them in the first place. We need to help Puerto Rico, and not just because of the hurricanes, but also because they are a neglected part of the United States that has been passed over for too long.

I oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid and the new criteria that states can now add work requirements. The justification that work requirements will help Medicaid recipients live longer/become more productive members of society is based on flawed reasoning; many are already working. Those who are not have legitimate reasons for doing so. These work requirements are also not clearly thought out; there is no specific logic for how they would be enacted, nor the resources for the states to make it happen.

I oppose Secretary Zinke’s decision to open up our coasts to offshore drilling. Please oppose this in whatever way you can.

I protest Trump’s decision to enact tariffs against the solar panel industry and washing machines that are made abroad. This is a damaging decision, particularly to the solar industry, which is still growing and developing in states across the USA. There have been projections this decision could potentially cost the US thousands of jobs. I understand you can’t reverse these tariffs, but I expect you to vigorously protest them and to think of a solution that does not damage our solar industry.

I oppose the FCC’s change to Net Neutrality and ask that you do everything you can to reinstate it. I know that you won’t, but I am letting you know how I feel about that stance.

I ask that you do everything in your power to support funding for community health centers around the country. These health centers serve 1 out of every 12 people and are an essential part of our community framework. Please find a concrete solution to provide funding for these centers.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin