How to contact Congress when the phones are busy

Lifehacker has a great article today on how to get through to your senator or representative when the phones are constantly busy. The summary: 1) Try all their district offices 2) use your representative’s online web form instead, and write a short, heartfelt note 3) Try sending a fax to their fax line or even just calling it.

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Steve Bannon can recommend extrajudicial killing of US Citizens

Yesterday, the President downgraded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. They will now attend on an ad hoc basis. They have been effectively replaced with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.

This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.

What You Can Do:

– Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.
– Spread the word about this news to your networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now.

Call your Senator about Betsy DeVos

The vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was delayed due to outpouring of resistance. The hearing will now be held at 10 AM on Tues., Jan. 31st to give Republicans more time to gather votes. It’s time for us to act now! Please call AT LEAST one of the key Republican Senators below to express your opposition to this disastrous appointment. We must convince no fewer than 3 of these senators to block DeVos’ nomination. Don’t email. Don’t tweet. Please call them! Also, PLEASE SHARE WIDELY (cut and paste):
(If you live in one of the states represented below, PLEASE call YOUR Senator.)

Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129..&..202.224.4944
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343