Citizen Action Steps: Phase One
It’s time for some action.
This is the first phase in a plan that we’ve been working on — we’ve had some help from other blogs and from some political folks on this — and now it’s time to ask for the help of all of you. This is just Phase One, so be forewarned that there is much more to come.
The Rubber Stamp Republican Congress is about to get a wake-up call.
For Phase One: The Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding more hearings on the illegal domestic NSA spying without a warrant on Tuesday. They will also be holding hearings on Sen. Russ Feingold’s censure resolution on Friday. We’d like to get their attention, and let them know that illegal actions of the President and upholding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are issues about which Americans care deeply.
So here is what we want you to do:
We’re headed back to the FAX machines this morning. Please take some time to FAX the members of the Judiciary Committee and let them know how you feel about this issue.
But start with the following header, in big type, across the top of your missive:
U.S. Constitution: Do Not Shred
Big thanks to Digby for brainstorming on that one. I love it — it says everything in one neat, little phrase, doesn’t it?
Here are the FAX numbers for the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Arlen Specter, Chairman – Pennsylvania – Fax (202) 228-1229
Orrin G. Hatch – Utah – Fax (202) 224-6331
Patrick J. Leahy – Vermont – Fax (202) 224-3479
Charles E. Grassley – Iowa – Fax (515) 288-5097
Edward M. Kennedy – Massachusetts – Fax (202) 224-2417
Jon Kyl – Arizona – Fax (202) 224-2207
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. – Delaware – Fax (202) 224-0139
Mike DeWine – Ohio – Fax (202) 224-6519
Herbert Kohl – Wisconsin – Fax (202) 224-9787
Jeff Sessions – Alabama – Fax (202) 224-3149
Dianne Feinstein – California – Fax (202) 228-3954
Lindsey Graham – South Carolina – Fax (864) 250-4322
Russell D. Feingold – Wisconsin – Fax (202) 224-2725
John Cornyn – Texas – Fax (972) 239-2110
Charles E. Schumer – New York – Fax (202) 228-3027
Sam Brownback – Kansas – Fax (202) 228-1265
Richard J. Durbin – Illinois – Fax (202) 228-0400
Tom Coburn – Oklahoma – Fax (202) 224-6008
You can sign up for an eFax 30-day trial and fax for free here.
That’s it — just send out a FAX to these members telling them how you feel about the President’s illegal power grab, and the importance of them standing up for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the concept of balance of powers. Feel free to remind them about the President’s signing statement rejections of Congressional power. Or about their Constitutional responsibilities regarding the NSA mess.
But most of all, just tell them what you think about all of this. And that you are watching how they act — and what they do and do not do on this. That you vote — and so do your friends.
Don’t forget to start with U.S. Constitution: Do Not Shred. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in John Cornyn’s office when that came across the fax. Mwahahaha.
There is a lot more to come. This is just the first step. Thanks so much to everyone for taking it with us.
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