Letters to My Representatives 3-13-2017

Here is today’s letter. All three received the same one, though I removed a few things from Rep. Mitchell’s as they weren’t pertinent to his House duties.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Good morning! Here are today’s concerns:

I encourage you to call for and support a special prosecutor and an independent commission to investigate Flynn, Sessions, Trump and his entire campaign organization and their ties to Russia, both during the campaign and financial.

I don’t know what can be done about Pruitt and how he’s handling the EPA, but please keep those thoughts in mind going forward. I know you are already fighting the proposed budget cuts to funds that benefit the Great Lakes Region, so please keep up that fight. Also, I read that Pruitt had the phone line shut down that many people were calling in to complain about his comments regarding climate change. I hope you will condemn this act if it is true. The government CANNOT shut down communication with the American people or it is no longer a government for and by the people.

Please delay the confirmation of Gorsuch as Supreme Court judge. Use it as leverage to get an investigation into Trump’s Russian ties.

I am very concerned with Trump’s lack of interest in replacing and appointing qualified people, or any people for that matter, to many government jobs. I see this as a ploy to reduce the power others have in government so he can aggregate it around himself. It is dangerous to allow that man to change our government for his benefit.

Please vote no on HR7.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-8-2017

Here is today’s letter. All three received the same basic letter with a few small tweaks.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

My daily letter is a little late today because I delivered flowers to all the female staff at my sons’ school this morning in honor of International Women’s Day and in acknowledgment of a Day Without a Woman. I am a writer and a stay-at-home mom, so striking was not really a statement I could make, though I am refraining from using social media and making any purchases today. I am wearing red and doing what I can to promote awareness that all people need equality.

I would like to thank you for your continued stance to support and promote women. You are doing necessary work.

I would like for you to ask for or use influence to ask others for a CBO score for the AHCA. It is inappropriate that the GOP is trying to ram this bill through before Congress, health experts, and the American people are given a chance to analyze what this bill means. We need comprehensive analysis of something before we are forced to accept a GOP agenda that will damage Americans and their healthcare. I encourage you not to support this bill.

I am opposed to Trump’s newest Muslim ban, and yes I will call it that, because no matter what kind of mental gymnastics he and the GOP try to use to sell this, it is a Muslim ban. He insults the men and women who have worked tirelessly to protect our country and vet incoming immigrants and refugees by claiming the process is not stringent enough. And he violates human rights and basic ethics of our country. I encourage you to oppose this legally-questionable act.

Once again, I want to see a full investigation done into Trump’s ties including financial and any other to Russia, especially during the election. This includes a full investigation into Trump’s associates during the campaign such as Flynn, Kushner, Manafort, Sessions and others. The American people deserve to know the truth. Trump should not be making decisions that affect the American people while these questions are still unanswered.

I will not be writing letters tomorrow, as I will be using that time to thank woman on social media and in person for all that they do. I think it is important that we continue to make a statement about important issues affecting this country and I want you to know that I am doing my part to contribute to the narrative.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-7-2017

Today’s letters are about the new GOP health plan and how it will harm Americans:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am writing today to list my concerns with the GOP proposed healthcare plan:

Prohibiting funds through Medicaid to be paid to any organization that performs abortions. Of course, we all know this means Planned Parenthood, and we are also aware that NO Federal funds are used for abortions to begin with, but now we are punishing legitimate organizations that perform needed women’s healthcare such as providing birth control, cancer screenings and routine health checks just because they use other funds not connected with the government for abortions. This is wrong and detrimental to the health of millions of women across the country.

Prohibition of spending federal tax subsidies on health plans that cover abortions, thus shrinking the available plans for consumers in a transparent GOP bid to stop abortions. Legal and safe abortions are an important part of women’s healthcare and reducing available plans or forcing other plans not to cover abortions is detrimental to the health care of all Americans.

Removing individual and employer mandates will collapse the insurance markets. We need all people, young and old, sick and healthy, in the system to make it work for everyone.

Removal of federal mandates on essential health benefits like maternity care, hospitalization, and mental healthcare and leaving it to the states in 2019 could make these essential cares unavailable to many Americans and/or cost prohibitive.

Age-based premium subsidies will hurting working class families. The income based subsidies help those who need it most, and this will change that.

Killing Medicaid Expansion will make the neediest and most vulnerable suffer, ending the care they need to survive.

Repealing ACA taxes that help to support the system will only benefit the wealthy. I’m tired of this erroneous thought that tax cuts for the wealthy will boost the economy. It has never proven true and only makes the wealthy wealthier while removing needed funds for the ACA.

I am appalled at the callous disregard for American needs that the GOP has displayed. They are the party for the wealthy and the privileged, as they have demonstrated time and time again. This plan is unacceptable and I encourage you to fight it and find a better solution.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-6-2017

Here is today’s letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Gary Peters received a similar one:

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Good morning!

First, I’d like to thank you for being vocal and outspoken about Trump not releasing his tax returns and not disclosing his ties to Russia. I encourage you to continue to push for an investigation and bring the truth to the American people. I thank you for calling for the resignation of Sessions and ask that you continue to push for consequences to him lying under oath. I am appalled at Trump’s plan to cut EPA funding, especially for the Great lakes Region, and ask that you continue to push for appropriate uses of funding in protecting our environment as a whole, and the Great Lakes in particular.

Now to more specific concerns:

I encourage you to support an investigation with a special prosecutor into Session’s lies under oath as well as his contact with Russian officials during the campaign.

I encourage you to ask for an investigation into the Yemen raid, what led to the raid, was information obtained or is the administration lying to us, and what led to Chris Owen’s death.

I encourage you to support the Dreamer’s Act. I want to know what you’re going to do about ICE’s detaining Dreamers, what you are going to do to protect them, and also what are you going to do about the increased activity of ICE, their blatant disregard for humanity and Trump’s vision to build up law enforcement and military. I see these as dangerous steps of a man who seeks authoritative power and he must be put in check now while we still can.

I ask you not to support HR 610.

I ask you not to support SJRes 18.

I would like to know how you intend to address the increased violence and threats of violence against Jewish and Muslim centers across this country. Hate crimes have increased for many people and we must do something to stop it now.

I encourage you to delay Gorsuch’s nomination until a full investigation has been done into Russia’s tampering with our election and the Trump campaign’s contact and financial ties to Russia. If wrong doing has occurred we need to know because Trump’s legitimacy is in question and we need to halt this nomination.

In fact, I encourage you to read Charles Blow’s article, Pause this Presidency. He makes some very valid points about whether we should be allowing Trump to make decisions when his very existence as president is in question. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/pause-this-presidency.html

I am deeply disturbed at Trump rolling back protections for transgender youth and I ask you to continue to fight for our children. We cannot allow the GOP to alter the progressive fabric of this country and must stand up to every attempt to dismantle it.

Lastly, as I have indicated before, I call for a full investigation into Trump, Sessions, Flynn, Manafort, Stone (wikileaks back channel), Kushner and the Trump campaign as a whole. We need to know who had contact when, what they talked about and when they lied about it. We need to know all of Trump’s financial ties to Russia. It is imperative we know now what went on during the election and leading up to the inauguration. There are far too many issues happening for there not to be a full investigation. The very legitimacy of the presidency and our democracy depends on it.

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Here is today’s letter to Representative Paul Mitchell:

Dear Representative Mitchell,

Good morning!

I encourage you to support appropriate funding for the EPA, not the ridiculous cuts Trump has proposed. I ask this for the country as a whole, but specifically for the 97% budget cuts he proposes for the Great Lakes.

I encourage you to support an investigation with a special prosecutor into Session’s lies under oath as well as his contact with Russian officials during the campaign.

I encourage you to ask for an investigation into the Yemen raid, what led to the raid, was information obtained or is the administration lying to us, and what led to Chris Owen’s death.

I encourage you to support the Dreamer’s Act. I want to know what you’re going to do about ICE’s detaining Dreamers, what you are going to do to protect them, and also what are you going to do about the increased activity of ICE, their blatant disregard for humanity and Trump’s vision to build up law enforcement and military. I see these as dangerous steps of a man who seeks authoritative power and he must be put in check now while we still can.

I ask you not to support HR 610.

I would like to know how you intend to address the increased violence and threats of violence against Jewish and Muslim centers across this country. Hate crimes have increased for many people and we must do something to stop it now.

I encourage you to read Charles Blow’s article, Pause this Presidency. He makes some very valid points about whether we should be allowing Trump to make decisions when his very existence as president is in question. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/pause-this-presidency.html

I am deeply disturbed at Trump rolling back protections for transgender youth and I ask you to fight for our children. I will not stand by and allow the GOP to damage the progression we have made for civil rights. The moral arc of the universe bends toward justice. The GOP may put temporary halts to equality for all people, but it will not last and history has it’s eyes on you. It has never looked back kindly on people who stand in the way of human rights.

Lastly, as I have indicated before, I call for a full investigation into Trump, Sessions, Flynn, Manafort, Stone (wikileaks back channel), Kushner and the Trump campaign as a whole. We need to know who had contact when, what they talked about and when they lied about it. We need to know all of Trump’s financial ties to Russia. It is imperative we know now what went on during the election and leading up to the inauguration. There are far too many issues happening for there not to be a full investigation. The very legitimacy of the presidency and our democracy depends on it.

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-3-2017

Here is today’s letter. All three MoCs (Members of Congress) received the same letter, although in Representative Paul Mitchell’s letter I removed the reference to SJRes 16 because that is a Senate matter as the House has already passed their horrible version of the bill.

 

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I would like to call for a full investigation with a special prosecutor to investigate Jeff Sessions and his ties to Russia during the election and him lying about it under oath. The investigation should be held by an independent prosecutor who would fear no reprisals from the Trump administration. In my opinion, Sessions should not continue as Attorney General. Lying under oath is a pretty egregious offense. especially for the Attorney General. His legitimacy would always be in question.

I encourage you to ask for and support an independent and bi-partisan commission to investigate Russian hacking as it pertains to the election, Trump’s ties to Russia (financial and election related), and ties from all surrogates for Trump to Russia, including Flynn, Sessions, Manafort, Kushner, and others. There have been too many instances of Trump’s campaign having contact with Russia, and in many cases lying about it, to not conduct a full investigation into this matter. We need it resolved for our security.

I encourage you to ask for a full investigation into the Yemen raid. Trump administration claims seem dubious at this point and I think we owe it to Chris Owen to verify the accounts of what happened, what led to his death, and whether actionable intelligence was gained or if the administration is lying to us again.

I ask you to NOT support HR 610.
I ask you to NOT support SJRes 16.

If you have not already, please issue a statement condemning the bomb threats against Jewish centers in this country as well as arson against Mosques and other threats of violence against Jewish people and Muslims. We must stand strong and vocal against hate in America. What do you plan to do about it? Please ask for a national investigation of these incidents, rather than individual ones from the FBI. They need to be coordinated and determine if there is a common source.

I am vehemently opposed to trump rolling back protections against transgender kids in this country. Please stand for those students both vocally and with any legislation that might help them.

I am disgusted at the increase in ICE raids on undocumented residents. I am disgusted at the detention of Daniella Vargas, a Dreamer who has been in this country since she was 7 years old. This is not the America I know and love. This is reminiscent of Hitler’s SS: blaming others for our problems, detaining them, and removing them from the country, many end up in the hands of drug dealers and human traffickers. We need to stand strong against the advances of authoritarianism now.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Keep those calls and letters coming! We need to remain vocal for the next four years!

Letters to My Representatives 2-28-2017

I sent the same letter to all three of my elected officials today. I so often hear pundits, politicians, and everyday citizens claiming that all Muslims should denounce the crimes that terrorists commit in the name of Islam, yet I don’t see it happen in reciprocity. I’ll start today:

I denounce White Nationalists. They do not speak for me.

I denounce White Supremacists. They do not speak for me.

I denounce anti-Semites. They do not speak for me.

I denounce Islamophobes. They do not speak for me.

I denounce alt-Right Nazis. They do not speak for me.

If we want this country to hear us loud and clear, we need to speak and take action. We can’t assume they will know we are against the hate infecting this country and they will fill our silence with their perception of our acquiescence.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am writing today to ask you to stand against the wave of hate crimes that are plaguing this country. I encourage you to make statements, often and strongly, against the more than 90 bomb threats that have targeted Jewish centers across the country as well as the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and the threats of violence against Muslims, specifically the threats of violence against a mosque in the Atlanta area and the shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani because the shooter thought they were Muslim.

I encourage you to ask for a joint FBI/ATF investigation with a multi-state task force. We need a coordinated investigation, not multiple individual ones. If there is one on going I would like to hear an official announcement of such.

I would also like you to strongly encourage Trump to make an unequivocal statement denouncing these acts and any person or organization that perpetrates them or supports them, and also that he does something about this. Hate crimes are on the rise, largely in my opinion because of his hate-filled and inflammatory rhetoric.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

 

Letters to My Representatives 2-27-2017

Today I only wrote one letter to my House Representative, Paul Mitchell. It’s about an important matter regarding investigating Trump’s ties to Russia and is time sensitive, so please call today! They vote tomorrow. While you can call your own rep and ask them to support it, right now it’s in the hands of the House Judiciary Committee. If you have a rep on that committee CALL THEM NOW! If not, you can call the Judiciary Committee at 202-225-3951 and also your own rep. They need to hear from us. Below is my email to my representative.

Dear Representative Mitchell,

Good morning!

I would like to encourage you to please support Rep. Nadler’s resolution of inquiry, House Res 111. I believe that there are substantial questions that need to be answered both about the President’s potential conflicts-of-interest involving the Emoluments Clause, and the ties that both he and his associates have to Russia. I have talked many times about the need for a full bipartisan multi-agency investigation into this and this is the perfect opportunity for you, as a Republican, to show that you are firmly on the side of the American people first and party second. It is vital to the function of our government that a full investigation is conducted so the American people know the truth, and we can move on to other matters.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Here is the call script I’m using for the Judiciary Committee:

Hello, my name is ____________. I am calling in support of Rep. Nadler’s resolution HRes. 111. Are you tallying calls and emails of support? (Hopefully, the answer is yes) Great. Thank you!

If they say no, let them know you feel this is inappropriate as they are the voice of the people and should be listening to the people.

For more information on all of this please visit It’s Time to Fight! Don’t just take my word for it. Be an informed constituent!

So far the number has been busy this morning, but I plan on continuing to try throughout the day until my voice is heard. Keep up the Resistance!