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Stock Up on Postcards and 35-cent Stamps

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

 

Stock up on postcards and 35-cent stamps.

 

When a Congressional representative from another state does something that delights you or annoys you, don’t call their offices.

 

Jamming their lines only makes it harder for their own constituents to get through, and they only listen to their own constituents.

 

Instead, see if you have friends in that state and urge them to contact their reps. Help them find their reps’ contact info if they need it (See the first blog post, ‘Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives’, for tools to help you do this.)

 

If you still want to say something to the out-of-state rep that made you happy or mad, send a postcard. Your opinion will show up in a physical way while leaving the rep’s phone lines free.

 

It also sets a price on your emotions: OK, you’re mad, but are you 34 cents’ worth of mad? Yes? Then have at it.

 

Good ‘happy’ example: Sending thank-you postcards to Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, Jack Reid, and John McCain for calling for a bipartisan investigation of the Russian hacking scandal.

 

Good ‘mad’ example: Sending a postcard to Ohio governor John Kasich, asking him to veto both of those Ohio anti-abortion bills.

 

IMPORTANT: When you write your postcard message, you need to leave room for your name and your full address. This is per Emily Ellsworth, author of Call the Halls. Initials and a zip code are NOT enough. If your postcard lacks a full address, the MoC’s office folk will probably trash it. If you can’t fit your address and your message on a postcard, best to send an email or a letter instead.

 

Here is a link through which you can purchase postcard stamps:

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This “Fanciful Flowers” stamped card is the closest thing to a pre-stamped postcard that the USPS sells:

https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=cards-envelopes&productId=S_222110

 

 

Many venues sell postcards. If you live in a touristy area, you’re set–try your local Visitor’s Center and souvenir shops.

 

You can also try stationery and paper goods stores; museum gift shops; big pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS; and any place that sells tchotchkes, knick-knacks, keepsakes, and assorted shelf-clutterers.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum Store sells postcard versions of his Freedom of Speech painting for a buck each (Item no. P057):

http://store.nrm.org/stationery/postcards/freedom-of-speech-postcard.html

 

The first action that the Women’s March organizers asked in their 10 Actions/100 Days campaign is to send a postcard to your senators about the issues that matter most to you, and say how you will fight for them. They included a postcard design that you can download and print:

https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

 

 

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If you’d like a fine, subtle, albeit pricey way to troll Trump, stock up on postcards of Titian’s painting of Danae.

 

Danae is a mortal princess from Greek mythology who was impregnated by the god Zeus when he visited her in the form of–no joke–a golden shower.

 

Here’s the link through which you can order the Danae postcards (warning–the company is in the UK, so the postcards and the shipping will be on the expensive side of things):

Danae

 

And here is the story of Danae:

http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Danae/danae.html

 

 

And if you’re crafty, visit Michael’s or A.C. Moore and buy card stock, paper cutters, and rubber stamps and make your own postcards.

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Use the Power of Postcards to #Turn32Blue and Break the Republican Super-Majority in the Georgia Senate

Mail postcards to help Democrat Christine Triebsch win the open state senate seat in Georgia’s 32nd senate district on May 16.

One of the Republicans who ran against Jon Ossoff in the April 18 jungle primary gave up  a state senate seat in Georgia to do so. The race to fill that seat takes place May 16.

Right now, Republicans have a super-majority in the Georgia senate. If Triebsch wins, she will break the super-majority and make a welcome step toward curtailing Republican power across America.

The organizers of the #Turn32Blue campaign are confident that a wave of handwritten postcards that ask Democratic voters in the district to come out for Triebsch should do the trick. Special elections fly under the radar, and that’s doubly true for special elections for state seats.

When you write your postcards, make them personal and heartfelt but don’t forget to include the following basic elements:

 

Mention the special election runoff on May 16

Ask the recipient to vote for Democrat Christine Triebsch

Ask the voter to #Turn32Blue and break the Georgia state senate’s Republican super-majority.

 

You have two options for obtaining addresses. You can text the word HELLO to 678.498.5585 and follow the prompts to receive between five and 15 addresses.

 

You can also email

TonyTheDemocrat       at     gmail.com

 

Note that the gmail address will give you more than 15 addresses at a time.

 

Donate to Christine Triebsch’s Georgia state senate campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/committee-to-elect-christine-triebsch-1#rl1

 

Read a Daily Kos diary written in the aftermath of the April 18 jungle primary, which Jon Ossoff narrowly lost.

You have to scroll down to the update to see it but the diarist testifies to the value of the #FlipThe6th postcard campaign: “I heard several people happily mention the postcards they got urging them to vote for Jon.  That’s a really good grassroots way for people to make a difference from outside the district.  One of those is more effective than 50 slick professional mailers.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/4/18/1654213/-Notes-from-the-ground-in-Ga-06

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Thank-you Thursdays: Jeff Merkley; Any Senator Who Filibustered and Voted Against Gorsuch for SCOTUS: H. Scott Wallace of the Wallace Global Fund

Here’s a running tally of people, companies, and others to thank for pushing back against Trump. The most recent thank-you actions are at the top.

 

Thank Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley for fighting against Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by speaking on the Senate floor for more than 15 hours.

If you’re not college-age, doing anything for 15 hours is tough on the body, no matter what it is. Merkley is 60 years old. That is a feat, people. He deserves thanks.

Send him a thank-you postcard (remember to put your full return address on it or it will be junked):

 

Senator Jeff Merkley

405 East 8th Avenue, Suite 2010

Eugene, OR 97401

If you are his constituent, call him to say thanks: 541.465.6750

 

Read about Merkley’s epic filibuster-that-wasn’t-a-filibuster:

 

Did your senator vote against Gorsuch and support the filibuster? Thank them.

First, check this New York Times interactive list that shows how each senator voted:

…then, if you don’t have your senators’ contact info handy, consult:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com

…and find their office phone numbers that way. You’ll find it easier to get through to their district (state) offices than their Washington offices.

 

Thank H. Scott Wallace, of the Wallace Global Fund, for firing a law firm for enabling the chicanery of Donald Trump. The firm had evidently advised Trump on how to separate himself from his globe-spanning network of businesses in a bid to comply with the Emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Wallace took calm, clear aim at the firm with both barrels in his letter, saying, “We believe that the legal advice given to him by your partner is not just simplistic and ill-founded, but that it empowers and even encourages impeachable offenses and undetectable financial conflicts of interest by America’s highest official, and thus is an unprecedented invitation to corruption and assault on our democracy.”

Send a thank-you postcard to Wallace for doing the right thing, loudly and clearly:

 

H. Scott Wallace

Wallace Global Fund

2040 S Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009

 

Read the full letter, which Politico has posted:

http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015b-2115-d4bd-a5df-bbd77cd10001

 

Read a Slate story about Wallace’s letter:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/01/read_the_wallace_global_fund_s_scathing_letter_firing_trump_s_lawyers.html

 

Thank Illinois Senator Dick Durbin for calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. In particular, he said he felt that the ongoing probe run by the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t enough–that we need someone who’s explicitly independent to look into this mess. He suggested that someone such as Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, or the retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor would have the stature and reputation to lead such a commission.

Send Durbin a thank-you postcard here (please include your full return address):

Senator Dick Durbin

230 S. Dearborn St, Suite 3892

Chicago, IL, 60604

If you live in Illinois, you can call and thank him: 312.353.4952

Read a Bloomberg story about Durbin’s statements:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/durbin-wants-independent-russia-probes-as-trump-rejects-them

 

Thank former president George W. Bush for pushing back against Trump in public, on television. During an appearance on the Today Show, he defended the role of a free press, defended religious freedom, endorsed the notion of investigating Trump’s Russia ties (but stopped short of supporting the appointment of a special prosecutor), and refused to endorse Trump’s travel ban executive order.

It’s awkward for an ex-president to criticize the sitting president. It’s extra-awkward when both are Republicans. It’s also notable because Bush has said little on record about politics since leaving office in 2004, and he made his critical remarks on television, the only medium Trump seems to care about. Please thank Bush for speaking up.

Send a thank-you postcard to (and include your full return address please):

George W. Bush Presidential Center

2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

 

Read a story on Bush’s Today Show remarks here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/27/george-w-bush-critiques-trump-on-travel-ban-free-press/?utm_term=.2d353fc0da8f

 

Thank Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer for calling for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from Russia-related investigations of Trump.

Back on February 21, the Washington Post published an op-ed from Schumer in which he asked Sessions to disengage from any investigation into the actions of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions has since finally said he is open to recusing himself from DOJ investigations of Russia “if necessary,” but only after a few weeks of pressure that primarily came from Democrats.

Send a thank-you postcard to Chuck Schumer (make sure to include your full return address, even though it’s a postcard):

Leo O’Brien Building, Room 420

Albany, NY 12207

If you live in New York state, call him to say thanks: 518.431.4070

Read Schumer’s Washington Post op-ed asking for Sessions to recuse himself:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chuck-schumer-jeff-sessions-must-recuse-himself-from-the-flynn-investigation/2017/02/21/ddecef5c-f556-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.81c55fcd55fe

This is the same Bloomberg story cited above, but it includes an aside that quotes Sessions saying he will recuse himself from Russia-related investigations “if necessary”:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/durbin-wants-independent-russia-probes-as-trump-rejects-them

 

Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.

The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:

“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information.  We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents.  Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.

“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”

Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:

170 Westminster St., Ste. 200

Providence, R.I. 02903

401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)

Contact information for Tom Udall:

400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300

Albuquerque, NM 87102

505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)

See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-udall-call-on-republicans-to-end-trumps-rash-behavior-at-mar-a-lago

 

Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.

Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

Nadler’s contact information:

6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11219

718.373.3198 (Constituents only, please)

See the countable.us item on Nadler’s action:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products. 

Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.

Contact information:

Jason Chaffetz

51 S University Ave.

Suite 318

Provo UT 84601

801.851.2500 (Constituents only, please)

Elijah Cummings

754 Frederick Road

Catonsville MD 21228

410.685.9199 (Constituents only, please)

Read this Vox story about Conway’s ethical error:

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14569590/kellyanne-conway-ivanka-trump-chaffetz

See the bipartisan letter to the OGE:

Click to access Letter-to-OGE-re-Conway-Endorsement-FINAL.pdf

 

Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.

Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.

Please thank both of them for their bravery.

Lisa Murkowski

Federal Building

101 12th Avenue, Suite 329

Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.456.0233 (Constituents only, please)

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

207.622.8414 (Constituents only, please)

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DEADLINE IS PAST: Use the Power of Postcards to Help #FlipThe6th

Update: April 12 is the deadline for mailing postcards WITHIN Georgia.

April 13 is the deadline for mailing postcards within Georgia’s 6th District.

If you live outside of Georgia, time’s up. But rest assured we’ll be scouting for future postcard campaigns of this nature and we’ll get a blog post up right away.

 

Like to write and mail postcards? Want to help the Democrats claim the open house rep seat in Georgia’s 6th District on April 18? Join the Postcards to Flip the 6th Project.

When you email Tony, the organizer, you will receive five street addresses belonging to qualified Democratic households.

You agree to mail five heartfelt, hand-written postcards to Democratic constituents in Georgia’s 6th District, asking them to come out and vote.

As of April 8, more than 57,000 voters in the counties of DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb had received postcards from those who joined the project.

We apologize for not writing about this earlier, but we only learned about it on April 9. If you want to do this, email Tony TODAY and get to work on your postcards once you get your addresses.

IMPORTANT: This is a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort. The language on your postcards should urge the recipient to do just that–get out and vote. Do not mention any candidates by name. Don’t pick up your pen until you’ve read the Easy Rules and the Suggested Talking Points and have agreed to abide by them.

 

To receive your first five street addresses, email:

TonytheDemocrat     at    gmail.com

 

Read a blog post about the Postcards to Flip the 6th Project:

Change is possible.

 

Not convinced it’ll work? See this screenshot of mailed postcards and the reactions of their recipients:

Screenshot of reactions of people who received Postcards to Flip the 6th

Thank You Actions

Send Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Notorious RBG, Birthday Wishes on March 15

Send birthday wishes to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turns 84 on March 15.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the queen of judicial badasses. She inspired the “Notorious RBG” meme. She’s served on the Supreme Court with wisdom and dignity since 1993, when she became only the second female justice appointed to the august body.

She turns 84 on March 15. Let’s show her some love, shall we?

Send letters and postcards (and include your full return address please) to:

 

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court of the United States

1 First Street, NE

Washington, DC 20543

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Dump Postcards on Trump on March 15, #TheIdesOfTrump

Are you stocked up on postcards and 34-cent stamps yet?

Consider mailing a few postcards to President Trump on March 15, which organizers are calling the Ides of Trump.

The goal of the movement is to get more than a million postcards off to Trump on March 15, none of which have anything good to say.

Postcards should go to:

President Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington D.C. 20500

The Ides of Trump folks encourage you to take a photo of your postcard before mailing and put it up on social media. If you post to Twitter, use the hashtag #TheIdesofTrump

Here is a link through which you can purchase postcard stamps:

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While we at OTYCD urge you to be civilized, the postcard messages should make clear that you are not happy with Trump.

Some messages that could work:

“Nevertheless, we persist.”

“John McCain was much funnier than you on his episode of SNL.”

“Release your tax returns.”

If you’d like a fine, subtle, albeit pricey way to troll Trump, you can purchase postcards of Titian’s painting of Danae.

Danae is a mortal princess from Greek mythology who was impregnated by the god Zeus when he visited her in the form of–no joke–a golden shower.

Here’s the link through which you can order the Danae postcards (warning–the company is in the UK, so the postcards and the shipping will be on the expensive side of things):

Danae

And here is the story of Danae:

http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Danae/danae.html

Thank You Actions

Thank-you Thursday: Jerrold Nadler, Jason Chaffetz, Elijah Cummings, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins

 

Here’s a running tally of people, companies, and others to thank for pushing back against Trump. The most recent thank-you actions are at the top.

Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.

The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:

“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information.  We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents.  Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.

“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”

 

Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:

170 Westminster St., Ste. 200

Providence, R.I. 02903

401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)

 

Contact information for Tom Udall:

400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300

Albuquerque, NM 87102

505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)

 

See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-udall-call-on-republicans-to-end-trumps-rash-behavior-at-mar-a-lago

 

 

Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.

Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

 

Nadler’s contact information:

6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11219

718.373.3198 (Constituents only, please)

 

See the countable.us item on Nadler’s action:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products.

Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.

 

Contact information:

 

Jason Chaffetz

51 S University Ave.

Suite 318

Provo UT 84601

801.851.2500 (Constituents only, please)

 

Elijah Cummings

754 Frederick Road

Catonsville MD 21228

410.685.9199 (Constituents only, please)

 

 

Read this Vox story about Conway’s ethical error:

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14569590/kellyanne-conway-ivanka-trump-chaffetz

 

See the bipartisan letter to the OGE:

Click to access Letter-to-OGE-re-Conway-Endorsement-FINAL.pdf

 

Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.

Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.

Please thank both of them for their bravery.

 

Lisa Murkowski

Federal Building

101 12th Avenue, Suite 329

Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.456.0233 (Constituents only, please)

 

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

207.622.8414 (Constituents only, please)

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask Your House Rep to Back a Bill to Revoke Steve Bannon’s Access to the NSC

ICYMI: Call your House rep and ask them to support H.R. 804, Florida rep Stephanie Murphy’s bill to revoke Steve Bannon’s access to the National Security Council (NSC).

The NSC is a forum where high-ranking officials debate, argue over, and generally kick around exceptionally sensitive national security issues, such as whether and when and how to go to war.

Political strategists like Bannon don’t normally sit in on NSC meetings, and when they do, it’s generally understood that they are to hug the wall and stay quiet. Trump just restructured the NSC to allow Bannon to attend regularly.

Washington Post humorist Gene Weingarten is all too correct when he describes Bannon as someone who “spent his career creating divisions.” He is precisely the wrong person to admit to meetings of the NSC. Precisely. The. Wrong. Person. His involvement with the shambolic executive order that created the Muslim ban is Exhibit A on why he should never take a seat in council meetings.

Murphy, who represents Florida’s seventh district, introduced H.R. 804 on February 1. If passed, it would withhold NSC meeting access from anyone whose “primary responsibility is political in nature.” Scroll down to see a Florida paper’s story on the bill as well as Murphy’s press release.

On a related note about what Congress can and cannot do–you might have heard that Bannon might need Senate confirmation to gain access to the NSC. That does not appear to be true. Scroll down to a link to a Lawfareblog post that explains why. (Short answer: The White House found a loophole.)

In addition to calling in support of Murphy’s bill, you can call your Senators to complain about Bannon and ask them to help remove him. Hearing complaints from constituents about Bannon does help your members of Congress. They will know that we think Bannon is a problem, and they may be able to come up with ways to address the matter, just as they are drawing legislation to nullify the executive order that created the Muslim Ban.

For example, Republican Senator John McCain has already voiced concerns about Bannon’s new role on the NSC, calling it a “radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” (Scroll down for the CNN story that quotes McCain.) Constituents and citizens who call and say they share his concerns should reinforce his opinion.

Other anti-Bannon actions are springing up. Graduates of Bannon’s alma mater, Virginia Tech, have asked the president to remove him entirely. (Scroll down to see the Washington Post story on this.)

Is your senator on the Committee for Homeland Security? Then it’s extra-important that you speak up. Please check the link below before calling. If these senators do not represent you, please target them first when sending postcards about this issue.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/SSGA

 

Sample script: “I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I’m calling to ask Representative (Lastname) to support House rep Stephanie Murphy’s new bill that would revoke Steve Bannon’s access to the National Security Council. Political strategists should not have routine access to the sensitive information discussed in NSC meetings, and Bannon, in particular, should not because of his support for white supremacy and his appetite for fomenting chaos and strife.”

 

Here is the link to H.R. 804 on Congress’s web site (thanks to Greg Cooksey for the headsup):

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/804/

 

Here is the newspaper story on Murphy’s bill and also her office’s press release on it:

http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/02/01/stephanie-murphy-files-bill-that-would-remove-stephen-bannon-from-national-security-council

http://stephaniemurphy.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=17

Here is the Lawfareblog piece that explains why Bannon does not need Senate confirmation to gain admittance to NSC meetings:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/does-steve-bannons-role-principals-committee-require-senate-confirmation

Below are a few articles about Bannon, and about the NSC, and about why Bannon should not be on the NSC:

Here is the CNN piece that quotes John McCain, followed by an NPR piece with a longer version of the McCain quote:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/29/politics/susan-rice-steve-bannon/

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/29/512295108/with-national-security-council-shakeup-steve-bannon-gets-a-seat-at-the-table

More people who know what they’re talking about comment on Bannon’s new role on the NSC:

https://lawfareblog.com/notable-reactions-president-trumps-national-security-presidential-memorandum-national-security

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/01/steve-bannon-is-on-the-national-security-council-that-sends-a-big-signal/?utm_term=.345bd31a6971

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/30/two-theories-about-why-steve-bannon-midwifed-such-a-bad-executive-order/?utm_term=.9503e3f25c99

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/01/30/sinister-and-reckless-thousands-at-virginia-tech-call-on-trump-to-remove-political-strategist/?utm_term=.4df461a1727c

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/questions-multiply-over-bannons-role-in-trump-administration/2017/01/29/2abbf2dc-e644-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.882b25b14858