Sen. Russ Feingold recorded a message for all of you to say thanks for all of your efforts on the FISA bill:

The outpouring of support from you and across the country, in letters and e-mails and phone calls and the blogs has been absolutely fantastic. It really made a difference, as we mounted a challenge this week that almost nobody thought could work. We did stop this thing for now — it is delayed until after the July 4th weekend.

I teased some of my colleagues…I said, we can celebrate the constitution on July 4th, and when we come back maybe you’ll decide not to tear it up….I’m deeply grateful for your support.

Sen. Feingold has been a real leader on this issue, as he and Sens. Dodd and Leahy push to remove telecom immunity from the FISA bill in their amendment.

But so have all of you. Thank you so much for all of your efforts on this and on so many other issues every single day. My proudest moment as a blogger was being teased by Rep. Conyers about being the person who unleashes thousands of phone calls and FAXes on his office — which we couldn’t do without all of you caring about these issues so much and being willing to take action on them. So, thank you — on behalf of The Peanut and all the generations to come. Thank you so much.

We are cooking up some more action on this issue which we’ll announce later — but please also consider some of the ideas we’ve already discussed here, here, here and here.

Citizenship is something that we all do. The You Work For Us Summer Tour is about to swing back into action again…let us know what you are doing in your community to wake up the neighbors.

(H/T to Ilya Sheman for the heads up on the video. And to the folks at Progressive Patriots for filming it.)

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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