Letters To My Representatives 4-19-2017

Good morning, fellow Resistance! Here is my letter for today! All three of my reps received the same one. Be sure to call/email/fax your own reps and check out It’s Time To Fight for more info!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

Good morning!

I would like to express concern that Trump called Erdogan and congratulated him on winning the referendum that awards Erdogan more power. This is a slide into a dictatorship for Turkey and it is very disturbing that Trump is congratulating another leader on acquiring more power. It also means we need to be very careful in curtailing Trump’s own power and guaranteeing that he doesn’t make a power grab in anyway.

I realize that our influence over this is limited, but I want to express strong condemnation over the reports that gay men are being held and tortured in camps in Chechnya. If this is true, it is a heinous crime and we need to speak out against it, and potentially do something about it.

I am very concerned about the developments in our relationship with North Korea. Mainly that Trump is in charge of our response and he has thus far proven himself to be ineffectual, reactive, and a liar. We cannot trust him. I don’t know what you or any elected official can do about this, but as a citizen, I fear to have that man in charge if any military operation.

Concerning the North Korean developments, I’d like to know how Trump can say he is deploying the USS Carl Vinson in an offensive maneuver against NK, but really it was heading to the Indian Ocean. How does our government lose track and/or not have their story straight on a carrier strike group? If it was a ruse, is this responsible governance to potentially spark an international incident? How horrifying for the families of those serving on those ships to think Trump was sending them into a volatile situation when really they were going to practice maneuvers. And what is the end game? Trump has no plan. He is reactionary and irrational. Does he want a regime change or for the DPRK to reduce their nuclear efforts? He’s made no coherent statements.

I am concerned that Stephen Miller has been tasked with working on women’s issues. To start with, he’s not female, so why is Trump placing a man in charge of women’s issues? Also, Miller has expressed a disbelief in the pay gap, argued against paid family leave, and has no experience working with women’s issues. This continuing absence of women from Trump’s administration and the role of men in deciding things for women is not just troubling, it’s downright criminal. We are going backward and I for one have no wish to live in the 1950’s.

I have concerns over the Buy American, Hire American EO Trump signed. While I can see some benefits, I think the prevailing mindset that we should only look at American products and people puts us into the position of becoming less competitive in the global market. We make ourselves better and more competitive by absorbing the best into our system. If we continue with this nationalistic and isolationist approach we will fall behind the rest of the world. America First is a policy for the past. We are a global community and need to act like it.

I oppose any measures to repeal, defund, or end the ACA. Please continue to work to support the ACA, as well as propose measures to fix some of its problems, because it is of course not perfect.

I am concerned about the cutting of federal jobs. While eliminating redundancy and making departments more efficient is a good thing and needed, I am concerned that our government is going to be running short handed and under-funded. This may be Trump’s plan, to make our government work less well so he can point out the problems and declare he needs more power to make things run better, so we need to be extremely vigilant in preventing him from doing this.

I am opposed to Devos rolling back Obama-era guidelines on student loans. Taking away these protections do not help our students.

I will continue to call for a bipartisan commission to investigate Trump and his campaign and their ties to Russia, both financially and during the campaign. I demand a full investigation into all of Trump’s surrogates and himself.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

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.

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

Letters to My Representatives 2-7-2017

Good morning, Resistance! Here’s my letter for today. This is addressed to Representative Paul Mitchell (R)-MI 10th District, but I sent identical letters to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)-MI and Senator Gary Peters (D)-MI:

Dear Representative Mitchell,

Good Morning!

I wanted to express my concern on a few things that I think directly relate to our national security, the legitimacy of the Office of the President and our economic interests. I’m sure you are aware that many people are concerned about Trump’s ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin. This is not only an economic issue (Trump’s business ties) but also a national security issue in what he might do to please Putin. There is also concern that Russia might have compromising information on Trump that might affect his decision making abilities. I feel it is very important to the interests of this nation that a FULL investigation be conducted into Trump’s business ties to Russia (including Russian investments in his corporations), his personal ties to Putin, any contact that he, his campaign, and surrogates might have had with Russia and/or intermediaries for Russia, and any information that Russia might have to influence Trump. I encourage you to support or sponsor any action to initiate these investigations immediately.

I also have grave concerns that Trump has not fully divested from his business dealings. His puppet show of files that “release” all his responsibility to his companies was farcical and an insult to the intelligence of the American people. His children (i.e. a direct link to him) not only running his businesses but also having a hand in the White House and running the country is a direct conflict. Any precedent that Trump and his administration sets in the next four years will be carried through our Democracy indefinitely. If we, as a people, do not unite in the face of the changes pressed upon us from this administration, then we are as responsible for the erosion of our Democracy as Trump. It is time to set aside the ideas of party politics. We are not Democrats, Republicans and Independents, nor House and Senate. We can not be Conservatives or Liberals. We need to be Americans and protect our Democracy and the position of President of the United States for all generations to follow.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

If you have questions, would like me to address a specific issue in a future letter or are looking for resources, please comment below. I will be creating a page of information for those who would like to become more politically active in the very near future!