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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.

(Graphics love to Dark Black.  Isn’t this one fantastic?)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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