Act of Resistance: 6-27-2018

Not going to lie, it’s hard to keep these letters going some days. After SCOTUS decision to uphold the Muslim Ban and siding in favor of the bigoted baker over the gay wedding cake, and knowing no one (okay, a few people) actually read the letters on my blog, and just feeling daily that there’s no winning with these people, it can be hard to continue.

But none of that is why I do it. I write letters because I need to hold my elected representatives accountable. I know they aren’t always going to do what I ask. I know some of them care more about their donors than they do their constituents. I know that GOP reps are NEVER going to listen to me. But if I don’t DO anything, I’m allowing them to operate unhindered. They need to know how we feel about the issues and if enough people speak out, things can change.

Slowly. Too slowly. But change does happen. And it won’t if we just sit around and be mad about it. We have to write, call, protest, run, share information, combat ignorance, and rest.

Rest is important. Last week I didn’t write letters. I did donate to Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages, a drive that’s raising money for RAICES which pays for lawyers and bond money for undocumented immigrants. It’s not much. It’s small. But it’s something. And in this landscape every act of Resistance helps.

And the biggest reason why I post my letters here and other actions is because it helps me when I see others resisting. When I see a bumper sticker or a T-shirt, or a blog post or Tweet it helps me keep going. Every protest brings tears to my eyes. Every community that bands together to stop unjust actions by this administration is balm to my heart.

So keep Resisting, no matter how small your act is. Because we need every single one to win. And we need to see them to keep going!

As always, see I Called My Reps for scripts and info. Most of my words came from these scripts.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am deeply saddened by SCOTUS decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban. It is a deep scar on the fabric that makes up America and will be regarded in the future to an erroneous decision much as the determination that is was acceptable to inter Japanese citizens during WWII was. Please speak out against this decision and continue to do all in your power to fight for what is morally just in this country.

I ask you to support Senator Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act. The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy is only harming families, adding a strain on the system, and causing incalculable emotional and physical damage to many of these young children. The fact that 658 children were taken from 638 parents during a two-week period in May, is unacceptable. This bill would ensure that families would only be separated in the most extreme circumstances, including situations where the child or children were at risk.

I ask that you support the opening of investigations into the DHS’s implementation of their zero tolerance policy for families at the border. Per journalists who are now touring facilites and writing stories about the policy, the practice of separating families is leading to children being jailed in detention facilities w/ limited access to fresh air, parents being arrested when they refuse to be separated from their children, and so many more horrific acts. These are horrific practices that are unacceptable, inhumane and need to be looked into ASAP. I am counting on you to push for investigations questioning these practices, and push for department and policy changes, to eliminate these acts.

I ask that you support Senator Corker’s bill S.3013 to limit the President’s ability to impose tariffs on the basis of national security. Trump’s most recent round of introduced tariffs are negatively impacting trade, international relations, domestic jobs and were justified using measures that were originally introduced for limited use/war time powers. Please support Senator Corker’s bill.

While I agree with the concerns about the efficacy of the UN Human Rights Council, I disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw entirely. We cannot influence the council’s decisions or stances if we are not part of the discussion. Please condemn Trump’s move in this regard.

Please push for Scott Pruitt’s resignation as director of the EPA. His ethics violations cannot be tolerated and if we do not condemn him now we are setting a precedent for all other officials of his stature in the future.

I ask that you take action on gun legislation stalled in the Senate including Senator Feinstein’s Age 21 Act changing the purchase age for assault weapons, and Senator Murphy’s S.2009\background check expansion act. The continuation of school and other mass shootings is a clear indication that action needs to be taken and taken now! I demand that you move forward with gun legislation and that you encourage your colleagues to do the same. I also ask that you strongly condemn Concealed Carry Reciprocity and vote against it should it come to the Senate floor.

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller as introduced by Senator’s Tillis, Coons, Booker, and Graham.

I ask that you vote against the Ronald Mortensen nomination to the State Department. Mortensen has been nominated to a position he knows very little about – he has little to no knowledge of refugees. Additionally, his demonstrated record of being anti-undocumented immigrant, could very well influence how he chooses to tackle refugee related-subjects.

I would like to know how you and the rest of the Senate plan to address continued support for Puerto Rico and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. I ask that you support hearings and investigations about how this situation could have been handled differently. I would also like to know how the government plans to handle 2018 hurricane efforts. Have things changed so that we do not experience the lax efforts we saw in PR in 2017?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am deeply saddened by SCOTUS decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban. It is a deep scar on the fabric that makes up America and will be regarded in the future to an erroneous decision much as the determination that is was acceptable to inter Japanese citizens during WWII was. Please speak out against this decision and continue to do all in your power to fight for what is morally just in this country.

I would like to voice my opposition to the Farm Bill, in its current form. Forcing work requirements on SNAP recipients, when the majority of SNAP recipients do work, is an unreasonable requirement that limits options to others. I am opposed to this bill, and ask you to take a stand.

I ask you to support Senator Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act. The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy is only harming families, adding a strain on the system, and causing incalculable emotional and physical damage to many of these young children. The fact that 658 children were taken from 638 parents during a two-week period in May, is unacceptable. This bill would ensure that families would only be separated in the most extreme circumstances, including situations where the child or children were at risk.

I oppose the House Budget Resolution that is attempting to repeal ACA and ask you to stand against it.

I ask that you support the opening of investigations into the DHS’s implementation of their zero tolerance policy for families at the border. Per journalists who are now touring facilities and writing stories about the policy, the practice of separating families is leading to children being jailed in detention facilities w/ limited access to fresh air, parents being arrested when they refuse to be separated from their children, and so many more horrific acts. These are horrific practices that are unacceptable, inhumane and need to be looked into ASAP. I am counting on you to push for investigations questioning these practices, and push for department and policy changes, to eliminate these acts.

While I agree with the concerns about the efficacy of the UN Human Rights Council, I disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw entirely. We cannot influence the council’s decisions or stances if we are not part of the discussion. Please condemn Trump’s move in this regard.

Please push for Scott Pruitt’s resignation as director of the EPA. His ethics violations cannot be tolerated and if we do not condemn him now we are setting a precedent for all other officials of his stature in the future.

I would like to know how you and the rest of the House plan to address continued support for Puerto Rico and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. I ask that you support hearings and investigations about how this situation could have been handled differently. I would also like to know how the government plans to handle 2018 hurricane efforts. Have things changed so that we do not experience the lax efforts we saw in PR in 2017?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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