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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Act of Resistance 5-30-2018

I’ve decided to change the headings to my blog posts to Act Of Resistance instead of Letters to My Representatives. Though most of the time these posts will in fact be letters to my reps, they aren’t the only acts of resistance I participate in, so I decided a heading change was in order.

This week’s post will encompass the last three weeks, as I didn’t post the last two.

On May 16th I wrote Postcards to Voters. This time it was for Jesse Salinas, running for Yolo County Clerk-Recorder/Assessor in California. Please consider visiting their site and getting involved. It’s an easy way to help increase voter participation. Here’s my tweet thread on how it works.

Postcards to voters

Last week I sadly didn’t do anything specific besides sharing information on Twitter and Facebook. It’s not enough, but some weeks that’s all you have to give and we need to allow ourselves a break now and then.

But we also need to understand that even small acts of resistance are needed right now. People tweeting about Roseanne Barr’s comments about Valerie Jarret forced Disney and ABC to cancel her show. Maybe they would have done it anyway, but I doubt it. If everyone had just ignored the racist and disgusting comments Barr made, ABC would have ignored them too. It’s not like they didn’t know who Barr was from the beginning. They hired her to do a reboot of the show even knowing pictures like this were out there:

Barr

This week I wrote to my representatives and the letters will be below. As always, the scripts came from I Called My Reps and you can find more info and scripts on their website. If you are so inclined, I know they are just a couple of people keeping that site up and it’s a lot of work, so visit their Ko-Fi and show them a little monetary support so they can keep this up!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

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-illegal immigrant, could very well influence how he chooses to tackle refugee related-subjects.

I ask that you condemn Secretary Nielsen’s comments about separating families at the border, during her 05/16 testimony in front of Senate Homeland Security. I also demand that you vehemently oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to expand on the existing policy to separate families at the border. I am also concerned and would like an open investigation into ICE’s practices of abusing young kids and teens in their care. This has been going on for several years, and Congress needs to stop overlooking their practices.

I ask that you condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear deal based on false pretenses.  According to the IAEA and the Trump Administration’s own intelligence officials, there is no evidence of a nuclear program in Iran since 2009. They are in compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal, and Trump has been unable to clarify what he means by saying Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal. This decision was a dangerous, carelessly thought-out decision by the Trump Administration made on false pretenses. It will absolutely create further chaos in the Middle East, and I expect you to condemn the decision AND any further military action that may occur in the area.

I ask that you demand Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, verses defending his job. Of course he’s not very effective at doing his job either.

I demand that you take action on the gun control legislation stalled in the Senate, including Feinstein’s Act 21 changing the purchase age for assault weapons, and Senator Murphy’s S. 2009 /background check expansion act. The continued epidemic of mass shootings is a clear indication that action needs to be taken now! I also ask that you publicly declare that you will not support Concealed Carry Reciprocity as it is rumored that the Senate plans to take up this legislation this summer.

I object strongly to Trump’s aims to target abortion education.

Please support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Boons, Booker, and Graham. I fear Trump will attempt to end the investigation. The investigation has support from not only Democrats, but also prominent members of the GOP and we need to ensure that Mueller is allowed to do his work.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I ask that you condemn Secretary Nielsen’s comments about separating families at the border, during her 05/16 testimony in front of Senate Homeland Security. I also demand that you vehemently oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to expand on the existing policy to separate families at the border. I am also concerned and would like an open investigation into ICE’s practices of abusing young kids and teens in their care. This has been going on for several years, and Congress needs to stop overlooking their practices.

I ask that you condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear deal based on false pretenses.  According to the IAEA and the Trump Administration’s own intelligence officials, there is no evidence of a nuclear program in Iran since 2009. They are in compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal, and Trump has been unable to clarify what he means by saying Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal. This decision was a dangerous, carelessly thought-out decision by the Trump Administration made on false pretenses. It will absolutely create further chaos in the Middle East, and I expect you to condemn the decision AND any further military action that may occur in the area.

I ask that you demand Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, verses defending his job. Of course he’s not very effective at doing his job either.

I demand that you take action on the gun control legislation stalled in the Senate, including Feinstein’s Act 21 changing the purchase age for assault weapons, and Senator Murphy’s S. 2009 /background check expansion act. The continued epidemic of mass shootings is a clear indication that action needs to be taken now! I also ask that you publicly declare that you will not support Concealed Carry Reciprocity as it is rumored that the Senate plans to take up this legislation this summer.

I object strongly to Trump’s aims to target abortion education.

Please support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Boons, Booker, and Graham. I fear Trump will attempt to end the investigation. The investigation has support from not only Democrats, but also prominent members of the GOP and we need to ensure that Mueller is allowed to do his work.

I want you to support Senator Markey’s Net Neutrality petition, and to also encourage House leadership to take up and support the petition. 60-80% of Americans do not support the roll back of Net Neutrality regulations, and I am one of those constituents. I expect you to take a stand for the rights of their constituents.

Please support the DACA discharge petition. An overwhelming number of Americans support a permanent solution for DACA recipients, with 9 in 10 Americans polled in January 2018 in favor of legal protections for said recipients. Now is the time to act and I support the discharge petition. I expect you to do the same.

I hope you and the House are working on the much needed Farm Bill, but be assured if it contains anything regarding work requirements for SNAP or increased production on forest lands I will not support it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 5-9-2018

kept today’s letters short again. They were all the smae except in the letter to Moolenaar I took out the part on judicual nominees (House doesn’t vote on judicial nominees) and instead added:

I demand that work requirements for SNAP be removed from the Farm Bill.

Short and sweet. For more information and scripts visit I Called My Reps!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you vote NO on Engelhardt (5th), Brennan (7th), Carson (10th), Nalbandian (6th), Scudder (7th), and St. Eve (7th) as Trump’s judicial nominees.

Please vocally and vehemently oppose Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal and counter the lies he is telling. According to the IAEA there is no evidence of a nuclear program in Iran since 2009. They are in compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal, and Trump has been unable to clarify what he means by saying Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal. Moreover, President Rouhani has already said he will not renegotiate . We cannot risk having Iran exit out of the deal entirely. It would be better to follow France’s plan of seeing the deal as one branch of a new accord, while also preserving the deal as is.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 5-2-2018

Today’s letters focused on only one issue: protecting Mueller’s investigation. I think this is an important issue not only because of Trump, but what it can mean for the future of our democracy. All three reps received essentially the same letter, though Rep. Moolenaar’s was worded slightly different as he is in the House and not the Senate and therefore can’t actually vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. But I do expect him to voice support for it and demonstrate to his Republican colleagues in the Senate that he expects them to support it as well. I know, I know, it’s asking a lot for A Republican to actually stand up for anything these days, but I have to try.

As always, feel free to sue my letter for your own, and scripts can be found at I Called My Reps though I added a bit this time from my own perspective.

Keep resisting!!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller as introduced by Senators Tillis, Coons, Booker, and Graham. Following the Senate Judiciary vote it is clear that there is bipartisan support for efforts to protect Mueller’s investigation. While McConnell has stated that the bill will not go to the floor I urge you to speak out, reiterate the results of the Judiciary vote, and do what you can to push the majority leader for a floor vote. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating that they believe in Mueller and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then please encourage your Republican colleagues to advocate for the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to be considered and voted on as soon as possible.

This act is not only in the interest of protecting the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, but also in the interest of protecting our democracy in that no one being investigated in our government should have any power to disrupt that investigation. The American people deserve to know that their elected officials are not breaking the law and are here for the best interests of the American people, and not a foreign power or themselves. We need to take back the integrity of Washington, which has been absent for far too long. This is not just a Trump issue. It’s a vital vaccine for our democracy against corruption and abuse. And I think it’s high time we had a few more shots to fix things.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 4-27-2018

Today’s letters are very similar to last weeks, but I sent them any way! It’s important to keep the issues in front of our representatives even if we’ve already voiced out opinions once. Please write your own letters or make your own phone calls and encourage your friends an family as well. You are welcome to use my letters, but you can also visit I Called My Reps for information and scripts!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Coons, Booker and Graham. The NYT’s latest report indicates that Trump considered ending the Russian investigation in the fall, the second time he has made such considerations. That move along with his continued rhetoric suggests Trump might try to end Mueller’s work sooner than later. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller and want to let him do his work. Please pass the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act as soon as possible. I would also like to ask that you reiterate that Rod Rosenstein cannot be fired as well.

Please vote NO on Ronny Jackson for Head of the VA and NO to Haspalo for CIA Director.

I want you to address the fact that our country has only taken in 11 Syrian refugees this year. If we are to seriously address the challenges being faced by Syrians, the refugee restrictions put forth by this administration need to be reversed.

I demand you call for Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The daily scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, versus trying to defend his job.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t singlehandedly decided by five people.

I support the FCC Inspector General case against Chairman Pai and I ask that you do as well. Chairman Pai’s potential connections with Sinclair Broadcasting need to be explored, particularly given the potential Sinclair-Tribune merge on the table. I also ask you to consider passing anti-trust laws, so Chairman Pai’s actions to help Sinclair in the merger process, cannot be repeated.

I am adamantly opposed to John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor, and demand you do everything in your power to protest this appointment. John Bolton has a track record for advocating for extreme foreign policy views, often to the detriment of the nation. It’s for that reason Senate Foreign Relations determined Bolton was unfit to serve TWICE during the Bush Administration, and why he’s still unfit to serve now. I understand that you have no confirmation power when it comes to Bolton. But I demand you push forward w/ other options, including pushing forward w/ the Markey/Lieu bill limiting POTUS’s ability for first strike.

I expect you to take a stand against the Trump Administration’s latest attempts to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. The administration’s justification for banning transgender  individuals is based on flawed, discriminatory research. Moreover, many active service duty members have already reiterated: this discriminatory act against potential/serving officers, only damages unit cohesion. It doesn’t improve it. I expect you to take a stand, and let your constituents know you are supportive of any and all who choose to serve.

I ask that you do what you can to defend Andrew McCabe from the administration’s latest attack. Firing him days before he’s scheduled to retire is, as Senator Hirono called it, “sadistic”. He will lose his pension, after a twenty-two year career at the Bureau. I encourage you to call to let McCabe retire and receive his full pension, and continue on with whatever investigations are needed at that point.

I want to know why Trump is meeting with Putin and why Russia made the announcement.

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I am demand you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I demand you work with your colleagues, to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers. Since the Trump administration has 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. Now the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, I 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. Please support a clean DREAM/SECURE Act for all then people currently in this country who need it, including 200k Slavadorans who will lose their protected status.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 3-22-2018

I missed a couple weeks because of life! To be honest, I almost didn’t do this week’s, but I buckled down and got it done. So here are today’s letters to my representatives. As always, check out It’s Time to Fight for scripts and information.

Also, if you are able, please find a March for Our Lives event near you this Saturday, March 24th.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I ask that you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I am in support of Senator Cornyn and Senator Murphy’s FIX NICS bill, with the understanding Concealed Carry Reciprocity can’t be attached, as it is in the House. I ask that Senators continue to push for debate and consideration of the other legislation available for gun safety, including Senator Feinstein and Flake’s Age 21 bill. Simply fixing NICS isn’t enough to address the gun safety challenges in our nation.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people.

I would like to express my concerns regarding Speaker Ryan’s decision to replace Matthew Masterson from the Election Admission Commission. The Speaker’s office has been unable to justify the decision to replace him, and Mr. Masterson’s state colleagues have been vocally against the move. Given the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia is clearly working to interfere in the 2018 midterms I demand to know 1) Why Mr. Masterson is being replaced before he has a chance to implement his recommended protection measures, and 2) who Speaker Ryan plans to replace Mr. Masterson with and when.

I ask that you vote NO on Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and also NO on Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Both candidates are completely unfit for their positions, with Pompeo having little to no background in diplomacy, and Gina Haspel having spent a portion of her career both working on assignments involving torture and also possibly destroying tapes. Please vote AGAINST their appointments if/when they come to a vote on the floor.

I demand you work with your colleagues to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. Since the Trump administration has 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 that 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.

I am against Trump’s tariffs that will affect the solar panel and washing machine industries. This will debilitate both industries. Please do what you can to protest these actions.

I am strongly against Trump’s decision to end protection for Salvadorians seeking refuge in this country. Sending them back to an unsafe place is tantamount to murder. Please do what you can to protest and prevent this heinous measure.

Please work to stabilize the ACA in light of the current spending bill needed to be passed this week. So many Americans rely on ACA and we must do all we can to continue affordable coverage for those who need it.

I ask that you do all you can to protect the investigation being done my Robert Mueller. Please help ensure that he has the time and resources to complete this as well as protection from Trump’s petty vindictiveness. It is imperative that this investigation be concluded in an appropriate and legal manner to ensure not only that we protect America from outside influence, but also that we know the investigation itself was not tampered with.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding the firing of Andrew McCabe.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding Facebook’s involvement with Cambridge Analytics, as well as an investigation into CA itself.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you need volunteers during the 2018 Midterms I would be happy to contribute my time to your campaign.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I ask that you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I am in support of Senator Cornyn and Senator Murphy’s FIX NICS bill, with the understanding Concealed Carry Reciprocity can’t be attached, as it is in the House. I ask that Senators continue to push for debate and consideration of the other legislation available for gun safety, including Senator Feinstein and Flake’s Age 21 bill. Simply fixing NICS isn’t enough to address the gun safety challenges in our nation.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people.

I would like to express my concerns regarding Speaker Ryan’s decision to replace Matthew Masterson from the Election Admission Commission. The Speaker’s office has been unable to justify the decision to replace him, and Mr. Masterson’s state colleagues have been vocally against the move. Given the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia is clearly working to interfere in the 2018 midterms I demand to know 1) Why Mr. Masterson is being replaced before he has a chance to implement his recommended protection measures, and 2) who Speaker Ryan plans to replace Mr. Masterson with and when.

I demand you work with your colleagues to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers this week. Since the Trump administration has 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 that 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.

I am against Trump’s tariffs that will affect the solar panel and washing machine industries. This will debilitate both industries. Please do what you can to protest these actions.

I am strongly against Trump’s decision to end protection for Salvadorians seeking refuge in this country. Sending them back to an unsafe place is tantamount to murder. Please do what you can to protest and prevent this heinous measure.

Please work to stabilize the ACA in light of the current spending bill needed to be passed this week. So many Americans rely on ACA and we must do all we can to continue affordable coverage for those who need it.

I ask that you do all you can to protect the investigation being done my Robert Mueller and I strongly condemn the House Intelligence Committee’s decision to end their investigation. This partisan politics at its most damaging. Please help ensure that Mueller has the time and resources to complete this investigation as well as protection from Trump’s petty vindictiveness. It is imperative that this investigation be concluded in an appropriate and legal manner to ensure not only that we protect America from outside influence, but also that we know the investigation itself was not tampered with.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding the firing of Andrew McCabe.

I ask that you call for hearings regarding Facebook’s involvement with Cambridge Analytics, as well as an investigation into CA itself.

Do not support S.2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which passed the Senate. We are only a decade out from the 2008 economic crisis, and several months out from the Wells Fargo banking crisis. Wall Street and the banking industry have clearly demonstrated time and again, they need the regulations that were put into place by Dodd-Frank and the Volcker rule. Rolling back many of the safeguards implemented by Dodd-Frank, including those outlined in Section 401 may temporarily help banks now, but would also create a climate that might very well lead to another financial crisis in the future. Vote NO.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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