Tell Congress to Act!
From January, 2005
Please circulate widely!
Let's Keep the Pressure On!
Welcome Congress Back with a Demand to Defend and Expand Democracy!
Last Thursday, January 6, history was made when Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Oh.) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) objected to the acceptance of the electoral college votes from Ohio because of the widespread disenfranchisement, suppression and fraud that pervaded the 2004 election. Organizing, protesting, lobbying and massive caller turnout led to their action, with support from over 30 Representatives and more than 12 Senators. And a public spotlight was shone on this critical issue.
None of this would have happened if not for the actions of literally hundreds of thousands of people who flooded Capitol Hill with emails, calls, faxes and visits.
We need to keep the pressure on. When Congress reconvenes to begin their work on January 24th, let's let them know all throughout the week that we are here for the long haul and urge them to:
-Establish a special "select committee" of the House and Senate to investigate voter disenfranchisement in 2004.
-Move immediately to put together comprehensive pro-democracy legislation. Tell them to enact the Voter Bill of Rights:
This time, we urge you to focus your primary attention on local Congresspeople with direct education and call-ins since they were not our focus in the last push. Contact your U.S. Senators as well. And spread the word to others in your area to do the same. You can find out contact information for your Representatives and Senators by going to: http://www.vote-smart.org or http://www.congress.org Or try calling the Capitol Hill switchboard at:
And let's keep reaching out to build a stronger and broader pro-democracy movement. Only the power of an organized and aroused people can make democracy real.