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April 26, 2006

A Few Things to Write to Congress About

1. Space for Peace, not War
Women's Action for New Direction (WAND) is using their online letter-writing system to get folks to write to their Congresspeople to oppose authorization in the defense appropriation bill for a $5.7 million to fire a laser at a satellite. Click here to write to your Congresspeople via WAND.

2. Tell Congress People Should Count More Than Corporations
So Common Cause is doing an action for real ethics reform. You can sign an email to urge your Representative to vote against a piece of legislation in its current form. You can also re-write the letter. Here's how I amended (and shortened) their email to Rep. Rahm Emanuel:

The corruption and lobbying scandals in Congress threaten the heart of American democracy. I believe it is essential for the House to adopt strong, effective and comprehensive reform measures to address these scandals.

H.R. 4975, in its current form, fails to provide real and effective reform of the lobbying laws and congressional ethics rules. I urge you to vote against H.R. 4975 unless the bill is greatly strengthened on the House floor and turned into acceptable legislation.

I believe the change needed to reinvigorate our democracy is much larger than any bill or amendment. While I support the effort to defeat HR 4975 in its current form, I am more interested in your ideas to strengthen constituents' access to power and our ability to be part of the decision-making process. As long as corporations are treated as people in the eyes of the law, corruption and scandal will continue to plague the halls of Congress. It is a shame that their voice has more credibility than this email.

Click here to write to your Rep via Common Cause.

Posted by cj at April 26, 2006 8:23 PM


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