March 12 Issues/Addresses

There is a LOT going on right now.

I sat down to do my usual Friday write-up of issues/addresses and had to keep working through Saturday because I couldn’t finish everything in one day.

So, here we go—lots to choose from. As always, use/share/distribute as you see fit. Skim to find what speaks to you. I’ve added page number, which should make things easier if you want to print things out selectively.

Blog Issues:Addresses 3.12.2018

Let me know if you use this! It always helps to know the work is paying off.

If you have different Congresspeople than I do, you can find them easily here.




The Big March List

Each month I compile a “big list” of issues and addresses that I bring to my postcarding group (which meets, not by coincidence, once a month). I post sections of this as I write it up over the month. Now—

The Big March List is ready!

As always, please use/share/distribute as you see fit.

It is a big list, so I suggest skimming it and just focusing on the bits that speak to you. I know that no one is going to do all of these.

Please let me know via comments if you do use the list. It keeps my spirits up.

Persistence. Resistance. Go the distance!

2018.3 March FINAL

Issues/Addresses Write-Ups

There was a LOT going on this past week! I’ve just finished up the weekly issues/addresses list for my postcarding group. Please use/share/distribute as you see fit. Some will speak to you; some won’t. Choose what matters to you.

2.24.2018 Issues:Addresses for Blog

A couple of reminders:

• I’m in California’s 20th District. If you’re not in CA or not in this particular district, you may occasionally want to write to your own reps, rather than the people listed here.

• Drop me a note in comments if you use any of these. It feels good when I know the work is paying off beyond my local group.

New Issues/Addresses for 2.17.2018

Yesterday was another day devoted to prepping issues/addresses write-ups for my postcarding group. It include 26 new items, 17 national and 9 California-specific.

Please use/share this in any way you’d like. The list is big, so I always encourage people to skim it and choose what most speaks to them.

If you do use these, please leave me a note in the comments. It is heartening to see this work being put to use.

Happy resisting!

Issues and Addresses 2:17:2018

Issues and Addresses, 2/16/2018

My postcarding group has its next meeting in early March, so I’m getting started on Issues/Addresses write-ups. You’re welcome to download the pdf for your own use, your group’s use, for distribution. There are 29 entries here on a range of topics. Choose what speaks to you and start writing/calling. You don’t have to do it all, but if we each do a little and a little and a little… think of your postcards as drops of water carving a hole into a granite boulder one drip at a time.

If you do use any of these, drop me a quick note in the comments section, please. It would do my heart good to know these materials are of use to people outside my own little postcarding circle.

2018 First issues addresses for March

Prepare Your Postcards: Long List and Short List

My monthly postcarding group meets later this morning, so I spent time Friday finalizing the full list of issues/addresses. If you’d like that document, you can download it here:

2018 February FINAL

If you’ve been using my lists already in the past month, all you’ll need is the installment of the full document, which you can download here:

2018 February Final Short

Be of good courage! Keep writing! Keep calling!

If you’d like me to email you the full list once a month, let me know in the comments. (You’ll have to include your email to comment, but it won’t show up on the blog.)

New Issues and Addresses

I’ve been plugging away at the issues and addresses info for when my postcarding group next meets at the start of February. However, everything I’ve written up is pertinent now, so I’m sharing what I have, instead of waiting until February to post. (It’s the “Blog.2.22.2018” link down at the bottom of this post; downloads as a pdf.)

There are lots of topics and the total document is long, so I suggest downloading it, then choosing the issues and addresses that matter most to you.

I’ve included

• Basic Decency

• Civil Rights

• Cybersecurity

• Education

• Elections

• Environment

• Ethics

• Health

• Immigration

• International

• Internet

• Judiciary

Blog 2.22.2018


More on Government Comment Pages (aka Keep Speaking Truth to Power)

So, did you click through to either of the government comment pages on my last post? If not, here’s another chance to give it a try. If you did, then you know how easy the process can be. Go for it!

Topic 1: Treatment of Animals Whose Eggs/Meat Are Labelled Organic.

You may think that animals at organic farms are treated better than animals at conventional farms, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, there are no specific rules for treatment of animals on organic farms. Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was scheduled to enact standards for treatment of animals at organic farm, but after multiple delays, the USDA plans to pull the rules that were set to go into effect. Let the USDA know that you think it’s appropriate to hold organic farms to a higher standard when it comes to the treatment of animals. You can comment here, but the comment period ends on the 17th, so act now!

Topic 2: Gun Control

Want to see “bump stocks” like those used in the Las Vegas mass shooting regulated they way we regulate machine guns? Click here to let the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives know.

Topic 3: Clean Power

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, which it claims are burdensome to industry. Step one in that process would be eliminating the current Clean Power Plan—even as the new (assuredly weaker) plan is hashed out. You can stand up for our planet, our children, and our lungs right here.

I’ll keep posting these as I find more. Feel free to add suggestions in the comment section.

Using the Federal Register to Speak Your Truth to Power

Many proposed federal rules cannot be enacted until after a  30-day period for public comments. Using the Federal Register will allow you to make these comments on a government platform.

Let’s look at two current public comment opportunities.

First, there’s the issue of nutrition regulations for children’s school lunches. This proposed rule change is titled “Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements.” If that word “flexibilities” strikes you as ominous, you’re on the right track. These rule changes would weaken school lunch program regulations allowing “flavored” (aka sweetened, with higher calories and no additional nutritional benefit) milk, the use of “whole” grains that are less “whole” than required by current guidelines, and loosened limits on the sodium content of school lunches. Click on the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button to go to the comment page and to let the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service know exactly what you think about feeding our children sweeter, saltier, lower-fiber lunches.

Second, there’s proposed expansion of offshore oil drilling with reduced safety regulations. Have some opinions on that topic? I bet you do! Click that green comment box and explain how you feel about opening up our coastlines to drilling and the potentially catastrophic spills that come with it.

Why does commenting matter?

• Commenting matters because these are rule changes that will have significant impacts on our daily lives, the health of our children, and the security of some of our nation’s most beautiful territory.

• You can bet that the vested-interests crowd is making comments and that they have sophisticated strategies for doing this.

Spambots. During the comment period on rules to end net neutrality thousands of posts were made supporting an end to neutrality and falsely submitted using the personal information of individual Americans. The state of New York is currently investigating these false comments—you can use a site they’ve set up to see whether any comments were filed in your name.

(Note: These are resources I’m just learning to use, so for the moment, I’m sharing two specific links. I’ll write more about using your own searches, etc., once I’m more adept at doing them. If you know more than I do and want to add information in the comments section on this blog, please do.)