Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Personal and Politics out the . . .

I am gradually down sizing.  Have found a person who I can donate bird cages to.  Sad but good.  Check out Barbie as Ursula the Sea Witch and 1999 Fairy of the Forest Barbie on my Facebook page.  I'm considering using Etsy to sell items, as it is already established, but need to take time to check it out first.

Politics below.

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As his adult children sobbed a few feet away, Dennis McGuire suffered for 24 long
minutes while Ohio used an untested drug to execute him.
A small group of
pharmacists are keeping executions running on experimental drugs after everyone else
has refused to participate.
Let's demand that the American Pharmaceutical Association bans their members from
participating, and end these cruel executions.
Sign the Petition
Two weeks ago, the state of Ohio executed a man using a method that witnesses say
was one of the most cruel and unusual in recent history.
Dennis McGuire suffered for 24 long minutes before finally passing away
 -- because Ohio decided to use an untested drug to kill him.
With doctors, nurses, and pharmaceutical companies all refusing to participate in
a small group of pharmacists are experimenting with untested, lethal injection cocktails
 to gruesomely kill people like Dennis McGuire and keep executions happening.
If the American Pharmaceutical Association would ban their members from participating
in executions, we could stop lethal injections
 and end almost all executions in the US.
Tell the American Pharmaceutical Association: Stop your involvement in executions now.
Electric chairs, gas chambers, hangings, and firing squads have been banned by almost
all states, leaving lethal injection as the only legal method of killing left. But
lethal injection by its very nature requires medical professionals to be involved.
Doctors and nurses have long since barred themselves from participating in executions
, and they haven’t participated for decades. More recently, all major pharmaceutical
companies have banned their drugs from being used.
So states have been been forced to turn to so-called “compounding pharmacists” --
who are not regulated by the FDA -- to develop untested cocktails like the one used
to kill McGuire.
Ahead of the American Pharmaceutical Association’s annual meeting this spring, let's
tell pharmacists in the US to do something that they should have done decades ago:
ban pharmacists from executions and effectively end capital punishment in most states.
American Pharmaceutical Association: Ban your members from participating in executions.
McGuire was injected with a lethal cocktail that a federal judge conceded ahead of
time was an "experiment in lethal injection processes".
As his adult children sobbed a few feet away in a witness room, McGuire suffered
for 24 long minutes
 -- calling out to his children and struggling loudly for air. It was one of the
longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
Without medical professionals, it would be impossible for states to produce lethal
injection cocktails. Doctors and nurses in the US are already banned by their professional
associations from participating in state killings. But some
pharmacists, a profession that is meant to help and save people, are participating
in these killings for a few extra dollars.
 Let’s call on pharmacists to ban their profeession from participating in capital
Call on pharmacists to take a stand against any involvement in capital punishment.
Thank you for all you do,
Angus, Kelsey, Martin, and the rest of the team at SumOfUs
More Information:
Ohio executes inmate using untried, untested lethal injection method,
 The Guardian, 16 January 2014
Did Ohio's New Lethal-Injection Cocktail Lead to a Cruel and Unusual Death For Dennis McGuire?,
 Slate, 16 January 2014
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Lots Happening

I've been making jewelry, some successful designs, some not.  Also, I've been cleaning up old vintage jewelry for sale.

Lots Happening

I'm trying to use Facebook each day, in a combination of teaching people some basics about some of us with disabilities, advertising, and gently asking some questions, like why are people with disabilities only valuable in utero?  On this blog I can be rude and just say "You can't have it both ways!"  But I was warned by a couple of friends that Facebook can get pretty nasty.  So, unfortunately, I don't just say what I think. 

Actually though, I really Would like to know how other people who disagree with me understand their world, Only If it doesn't turn into preaching a point of view or a put down contest.  I have never seen Anyone change their mind from an "argument for argument's sake".  To me that seems like a sport which too often degenerates into bitter and hurt feelings at the least, and the division of families at the most.  I'm not willing to play that sport.

I made a mistake about six weeks ago, adopting a shelter dog.  The mistake I made was I wanted to avoid facing future fear and pain.  My thirteen year-old dog ran away on an unusually nice day and I live near a very busy street.  As I sat on the porch shaking his pan and calling I was Terrified of hearing him get hit by a car and begin screaming in pain.  I got him back because he was wearing his colar with a rabies tag and his name plus my phone number on it!  But it took an hour and a half of my friend who saw him slip out the door with us looking. 

I realized during that time how afraid I would feel and how lonely I would be without a dog.  Instead of just facing those feelings I decided to get another dog. 

He is a larger than Beagle sized Beagle mix and he's so happy all of the time he bounces like a dropped, uncooked, Bean, which is his name.  He's the colors of a raw pinto bean.

In the shelter he was the Only dog Not barking.  But whenever I walked past his cage even I could hear his tail begin thumping.  When I petted him it thumped double time.

My older dog is helping Bean with obedience training (Oh, so This is how you get a treat) which I knew would happen.

I was told Bean had never had an accident and was completely house broken.

For the First two weeks this was true.  In the third week he began peeing in the house, I Hate that!  I called the vet who said it was probably a behavior problem and maybe this was Why he was a shelter dog.

I only had four weeks to decide whether or not to keep this dog.  In the fourth week I took him to the vet and learned that his urine was far too alkaline.  Most common cause, urinary tract infection, fixable with antibiotics.  After the first week of meds. My time to return him was up, he was no better, but I had grown attached to him and the vet recommended stronger meds.  He has been on those for a week.

I don't know if he's better.  To clean up puddles I smell I have to Feel around the stinky area for them, oh joy!  I tried diapering him and he magically got out of the one I made with an old towel.  Dog diapers are Extremely Expensive!

So I got a spray for outdoor use to keep dogs and cats away from young trees and gardens.  I'm using it indoors, as it does nothing noticeable to the carpet, and Bean Hates it!  Yesterday I enjoyed my First Peeless day in Weeks!  Of course, I shut the door to room containing this computer and dolls, he may be braving the Ortho right now!  Hope Not!

Moral of that story, Face Down your Fears!

I'm working on a Native style outfit for one 18 inch doll, a Valentine's Day outfit for another, nearly finished.

Then there is OJ.  In 2005 I'd finished chemotherapy in June but was still tired and cranky at the end of August when there was a bird show in town.  Ann wanted to go and went.  She came back with a "rock 'n roll" canary who had been fed dyed food so that he was a Brilliant peachy orange.  We named him OJ.  I had no idea Ann might come back with a bird friend for me.  I expected she might pick one for herself.

But she spent time listening for one she thought I would like.  We stopped feeding dyed food, as it cuts a bird's live approximately in half.  But even after OJ became yellow (normal canary color) he had a peachy cast to his feathers.

I've already written about how OJ took the song of his finch buddy Rafi, and added it to his own song after Rafi died. 

After Ann brought OJ home we found him a girlfriend named Fuzhead because she had a top knot of feathers which drooped down around her head and face.  We had the feeling she wasn't well after a short while and took her to a bird vet.  The vet who is very good couldn't find anything wrong.

But it turned out that Fuzhead was carrying a disease called "canary pox" which is not curable.  When she went blind OJ was her Seeing Eye Bird.  She would call out and he would keep answering until she found him.

She died in 2010 or early 2011, I don't remember for sure.  Well this disease is transmitted to other canaries through physical contact.

I gave OJ medication in his water which helped him stay healthy and prolonged his life.  But somehow, probably because he was completely blind in one eye, he broke a wing. M He went to the vet Wednesday of this week and she said the only antibiotic which would target the bacteria infecting his wing would have to be given to him orally, twice a day.

This would mean catching him, risking more damage to his wing, and trying to get a tiny needleless syringe into his beak twice daily.  Ann had done things like this, I cannot.

The vet said euthanizing him was a serious consideration, given the circumstances, and after an inner struggle I agreed.

OJ was the last bird friend I had and the last bird Ann and I shared.  I have come to dislike Winter a lot since Ann died in it and the time of year she died is approaching. 

OJ and I whistled back and forth this week, whenever the sun came out.  I learned his song and Rafi's and whistled it back to him.  Sometimes we'd "sing" like that for forty-five minutes or so and I can't believe he was still singing when the sun popped out on the day he died.  That is why I did not know anything was wrong.  But the untreated infection would have killed him and I couldn't treat it.  And canary pox would eventually kill him, like it had his girlfriend.

When the vet offered to send back his cage I Knew I didn't want to see that Empty cage.  She said sometimes people brought in injured wild birds and that this smallish cage would be good to keep these birds in while they healed.  That was a good way not to get the cage back so I told her to keep it.

I learned so much from living with little birds, about interspecies friendships among certain kinds of birds, about what I can only call their "feelings" (as when OJ made sounds for Fuzhead) and about how viciously they can fight over mates.

I won't know when the sun is out now, without going outside, my weather bird isn't here.  I keep hearing him in my mind in the mornings, and am both sad and comforted.  Haven't worked up the courage to wipe down the cart his cage rested on in front of the most sunny window in the house yet.  But since I can't care for birds properly alone, I am giving bird supplies away.  

It is thanks to Ann that I got to have the experience of having birds and thanks to her that when I can't hear the ones outside from indoors, she was interested enough to learn about them with me and agreed to bring some indoors for me to enjoy!

I could help scrub their cages, feed and water them.  But it was Ann who caught them, described for me what they were doing, (the introduction of a new bird, or the hierarchy of perches they slept on at night, top perch for king of the cage and "nonscrunchers") Scrunchers are birds who like to be touching other birds when they go to sleep.  And only Ann could give them medicine.  So I thank her and all of the birds who brightened my life and taught me.  I thank all friends who helped me care for them when Ann was gone!

A Chance to Be Heard?

A Chance to Be Heard?

This pipeline endangers American farmland, it makes climate change More Rapid, and though the argument for it is that it will create jobs, I've heard estimates which include jobs to be created like "dance teachers" in small rural towns.  Really?

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Monday, January 13, 2014

A Dreadful Piece of Work?

I was going to title this a Nasty piece of work.  Then I remembered Blogger wouldn't allow me to put "disgusting" in the title of a post and decided the word "nasty" would just be Too much for them.  But that's what I think this is!
Let's see if they allow "dreadful" instead.

I don't like the inflammatory language or all of the aims of this organization.  But if you think NAFTA hurt American workers, check out this "action page" and its links on the TPT (Trans-Pacific Partnership)!

And below this article is One example of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership could hold in store for all of us!

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Pacific Partnership up for the direct vote of Congress.
We Demand Full Committee Hearings On The TPP action page:
In doing so, they have disgracefully bypassed their own committees,
with a responsibility for considering and voting on any such
proposal. And yet the letter announcing this appears on the official
Senate Finance Committee web page, and as such on its face
constitutes gross abuse of their authority and duties as chairmen of
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What makes this all the more outrageous is their 3 man unilateral
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information." Do they mean that as some kind of cruel joke!? No
"trade" proposal before has ever been negotiated in such extreme
secrecy, with members of Congress forbidden to disclose what they
know about the TPP now, and journalists systematically excluded from
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And it is hardly any surprise why. From leaked documents we know,
among many other evil things, that the TPP as proposed purports to
establish new special rights for corporations to take precedence over
the laws of all the nation states involved, even to be able to
collect damages in lost profits if, for example, they not allowed to
pollute any way they like.
This is truly the sickest proposal ever to come out of a craven
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corrupt not to immediately stand up in vociferous protest.
Shame on any member of Congress who does not demand fully transparent
consideration and their full constitutional voting authority over the
TPP itself in the full and unhurried light of day. Any proposal to
cut Congress out of the loop by a deceptive fast track hustle must be
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And that's just the start. The TPP would make it easier to export
jobs to markets where labor is even cheaper than where they exported
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These are nothing but free for all labor exploitation deals, and the
TPP is the worst yet by an order of magnitude. If you want to turn
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Monsanto's friends are trying to strongarm Brazilian lawmakers to allow the sale
of GMO 'terminator seeds'.
These seeds can only be used once -- making them very bad news for cash-strapped
small farmers.
Tell Brazilian lawmakers to keep their ban on these dangerous GMO seeds.
Sign the Petition
Under pressure from big commercial farms,
 the Brazilian parliament is about to hold a vote that will allow companies like
Monsanto, Bayer, and others to start selling so-called ‘suicide seeds’ to farmers.
 The genetically modified seeds can only be used once, forcing small farmers into
buying seeds from Monsanto or others over and over again -- literally forever.
The use of these seeds is essentially prohibited under a UN treaty on biodiversity
which over 193 countries, including Brazil, have signed. But if Brazil overturns
its own ban then this will have huge consequences.
Poor, small farmers could be locked into a cycle of endless debt and dependency
 -- and the rest of the world could be handing control of the global food supply
to a handful of companies. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
The parliamentary proposal has already been approved by some key committees
 and is now hurtling its way to a full parliament vote, which could happen in just
a few weeks time -- meaning
we don’t have long to stop this proposal.
Sign this petition to Brazilian lawmakers urging them to reject any attempt to overturn the ban on terminator seeds.
If the ban is scrapped, huge commercial farms will be allowed to use super fast-growing
GMO crops, damaging neighbouring farms through cross-fertilisation. Small farmers
will have to use the same terminator seeds just to compete -- tying them into buying
seeds from the likes of Monsanto forever.
If Brazil allows these dangerous seeds to be used, it will spark a global domino
, as country after country race to change laws in order to stay competitive. Brazil’s
decision could set the stage for the global ban on terminator seeds to be overturned
when the UN treaty is renewed this year.
It’s absolutely vital that we stop this move in its tracks.
We’ve come together in the past to take on huge agribusinesses like Monsanto before.
 We’re fighting Bayer and Syngenta in their attempts to overturn Europe’s ban on
bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. We’ve taken on the might of Monsanto when we
campaigned to stop it receiving the World Food Prize. Now we need to demand that
Brazilian lawmakers reject attempts by giant corporate landowners and agribusinesses
to allow the use of these dangerous suicide seeds.
Tell Brazilian lawmakers that the world is depending on them to keep the ban on 'terminator seeds'.
Thanks for all you do,
Martin, Paul, Claiborne and the rest of us
More Information:
Unease among Brazil's farmers as Congress votes on GM terminator seeds
, The Guardian, December 2013.
Brazil contemplates using 'terminator seeds'
, TakePart, December 2013.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Personal News

I hope this turns out readable.  Usually I write in Word first, then paste here.  First, I am now on Facebook and can be found under or Teresa Myers 90038.  Is there any kind person who has honored me by reading this blog who does not use Facebook?  If so, I will keep writing on both.  The Facebook posts will be somewhat repetitious, about disability and dolls more than politics.  My purposes in using Facebook are to teach about living with disability and to work at promoting  My original purpose in beginning this blog was to cope with the death of my friend of thirty years and my room mate of twenty of those years, Ann.  Also, I simply Needed someone to "talk to".  You have honored me Very much by listening as my interests have become more political.  I have a Facebook post about the different reasons why people collect dolls.

It's going to be hard to teach about disability, promote And not make people mad with my politics.  Don't know if I can do it.  But I will have to try, a Challenge.  So, does anyone who actually Wants to continue reading this blog not use Facebook?  You have been so kind, to read what I have to say that I will write just for you, if it matters.
New subject:  Today I received actual evidence that, for the time being, the Mo. Family Support Division has restored my benefits.  I'm still going ahead with my down sizing plans.  Who knows when they will pop up again?  I was very afraid to make the call today to find out and didn't quite know what to do when I realized the two month long struggle of 1 to 2 letters (often reversing previous decisions) lost paper work which I'd previously submitted, long distance phone calls and letters of my own, for now it's Over!  I just bowed my head and said "thank you" over and over.
New subject:  One of the most annoying things about having to watch income carefully is Boredom.  I knew this but had forgotten it until I made a home made pizza.  I do not eat out.  One reason is that the cab fare to ggo anywhere is more expensive than a cheap meal.  Another is that since Ann's death, I haven't met a person who just likes to enjoy getting out of the house, sitting and sharing both conversation and food.  Working people don't have time, and not all disabled people like to sit, talk, and eat.  Ann and I used to eat home made pizza, a real treat!  But I haven't bothered to make one since she died, until this week, when I learned about pre-made pizza crusts.  I was Very surprised at how Happy I've been just to have something Different to eat!  I was nearly Joyful all of the first day I made the first one with lots of veggies and spices, and some deer burger!  Amazing what a Pleasant break in the routine can do.

Personal Is Political for Too Many

Political First, Then Personal

Political Is Personal to Daisy, please read.  Maybe I will save personal news for a different post.

Daisy Coleman is a brave teen rape survivor who spoke out to demand justice in her
case. Now, we need to show her we appreciate all she did to fight a culture that
permits rape.
Will you sign the card to Daisy?
click here
Click here

Daisy Coleman* is a hero.
In January 2012, when she was only 14 years old, Daisy was raped and dumped, unconscious,
on her front lawn in the middle of a freezing cold night.
She went to the police, but
instead of getting justice, she was bullied, harassed, and tormented by supporters
of her rapist
—a high school football player whose family has influential political ties. Her mom
was fired from her job.
Her house was literally burned down
Every step of the way, Daisy has refused to be silenced
. When her case stalled, she went public and told her story to the world. But the
harassment continued right up until last week, when Daisy tried to take her own life.
Yesterday, the unthinkable happened.
Despite video of the rape being passed around her school
 and a rape kit being performed the morning after the attack,
 a Special Prosecutor announced that no rape charges would be filed.
 Instead her rapist would face a misdemeanor charge and probation.
At this dark time, it is important to show Daisy that there are millions of us all
around the country who thank her for her bravery in speaking out.
As she recovers from her suicide attempt, let's fill her room with thousands of cards
from all over the country showing her support.
 It's easy to believe the world consists of only bullies and rape apologists, when
you've experienced the level of harassment day in and day out that drove Daisy to
want to take her life.
But Daisy and her family deserve to know there are thousands of us who think she
is one of the bravest people we know. That there are thousands of us who are not
giving up on fighting rape culture. That’s why we’re collecting thousands of personal
notes of thanks and support for Daisy. We’re printing them all and delivering them
to her in Missouri.
Can you add your note?
Sign the card to thank Daisy for speaking out.
Stories like Daisy's have tragically become an epidemic in this country. There was
Audrie Pott, a 16-year-old California teen who hung herself after pictures of her
rape were spread online.
 And 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who committed suicide after her 50-year-old teacher
raped her and a judge declared she was "as much in control of the situation" as her
 And 14-year-old Samantha Kelly of Michigan who committed suicide after she was harassed
for reporting a rape in 2010.
 And 17-year-old Canadian Rehtaeh Parsons, who just last year took her life for the
same reasons.
Stories from survivors who are blamed for their rapes, shamed and bullied into keeping
quiet, and ignored by authorities are too common. It's no wonder that only 3% of
rapists ever spend a single day in jail.
11 But
in a country where one in five women are sexually assaulted, we have to do something
about this
We have to change the culture that tolerates and even encourages rape. And by telling
her story, and demanding justice, Daisy helped do that.
Last fall, 75,000 UltraViolet members called for justice in Daisy's case. Now, we
need to support her one more time. Daisy and her family are stepping out of the public
eye and getting ready to move on with their lives. But as Daisy focuses on her future,
 we can make sure she knows that we all appreciate what she's done to help change
the culture that has allowed rape to become an epidemic
. Will you sign the card?
Sign the card to Daisy.
Thanks for speaking out,
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
*We wouldn't normally identify a sexual assault survivor by name, but Daisy and her
family have come forward publicly in pursuit of justice, and their names have appeared
in the media with their permission.
Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family
, Kansas City Star, October 24, 2013
2. Ibid.
Daisy Coleman, teen at center of Maryville sexual assault case, is recovering after suicide attempt
, Kansas City Star, January 7, 2014
Daisy Coleman rape case: Maryville teenager's case that divided town to be reviewed
, ABC News, January 9, 2014
Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family
, Kansas City Star, October 24, 2013
Maryville teen pleads guilty to endangerment; no sexual assault charge filed
, Kansas City Star, January 9, 2014
Sexting, Shame and Suicide
, Rolling Stone, November 17, 2013
Montana teen loved pit bulls, poetry before rape and suicide
, CNN, August 30, 2013
Teen Bullied After Rape Allegation Commits Suicide
, Hartford Courant, November 12, 2010
Rehtaeh Parsons wanted to go public before her death
, CBC News, October 3, 2013
Reporting Rates
, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted
, New York Times, December 14, 2011
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Monday, January 6, 2014

And You Thought NAFTA Hurt American Workers?

And you thought NAFTA hurt American workers?

I know we're all dealing with the struggles of life, income, moving in the Winter, the illness or passing of loved ones, mental health, and Weather.

But this is both Frightening and Important.  Please, I respectfully ask that you read this long article and write at least One letter.  I don't know what President Obama is doing, but when multi-national corporations are given the power to overturn national laws, I feel sold out!

Dear Friends and Activists,
As promised, tonight we launch a massive new letters to the editor
initiative against fast track treatment for the so-called Trans
Pacific Partnership, a proposal so bad members of Congress risk going
to prison if they even try to tell us what's in it. But from leaked
documents we know it's all about giving corporations veto power over
national laws on pollution, on labor, on privacy, and everything
For more detailed information on this issue there are numerous
supporting reference links on the action page itself.
As if the last session of Congress didn't get little enough done, the
first thing some members of Congress want to push for in the next is
to completely abdicate their constitutional duty to make trade
policy, by fast tracking the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership
without a second thought.
No Fast Track For The Trans Pacific Partnership action page:
Why should a member of Congress have to risk going to prison just to
tell us what is being secretly negotiated behind our backs? Why do we
have to find out only from leaked documents that they are trying to
give corporations veto power over the national laws of any country on
pollution, labor, privacy and everything else?
Thankfully, 151 wise and dutiful members of the House have already
signed the Rosa L. DeLauro letter, 22 members have signed the Walter
B. Jones letter, and 12 members have signed the John B. Larson
letter, protesting this fast track proposal. This is not a partisan
For the rest:
We, the people, demand that you immediately make a like commitment in
writing to oppose any consideration of the terms of the Trans Pacific
Partnership not conducted in the full light of day on the floors of
the U.S. Congress.
In particular, we, the people, demand that members of the Senate
demonstrate parallel leadership to put a majority of senators on the
record in writing opposing fast track for the TPP.
Did we mention, this is an election year?
No Fast Track For The Trans Pacific Partnership action page:
The above is the actual text of the petition sent by the link also
above. As you know from our last alert we have just freshly revamped
and updated our letters to the editor function, and there is a
special innovation on this action page we have created especially for
this campaign.
People write us and ask, "Why can't someone create an easy way to
track how members of congress have voted?" We've gone one better.
There is a special new button right on the action page which
instantly determines your members of Congress, and tells you where
they stand on this issue.
This same petition also goes directly to the Senate Finance Committee
and the House Ways And Means Committee, the first places we need to
make a stand against this. And as we hold their feet to the fire, we
will update the info so you can know exactly who is responsibly
representing you, and who just works exclusively for some big
corporate donor.
Now, please take a moment to continue reading why it is so important
for you to use the letters to the editor function, and how it works
exactly. A former congressional aide recently wrote that NOTHING gets
the attention of members of Congress more than when their NAME
appears in a letter to the editor.
Think about it. They might get 10,000 phone calls or 100,000 emails
in their offices, but who's to know? Who's to call them out on it?
But when there is PUBLICITY, that's what really gets their attention.
So we are asking you not only to add your personal comments, intended
as a free standing letter to a newspaper, to your action page
submissions, but make a special point of working in the name of your
members of Congress, and your feelings about their position on this.
In the case of the newspapers, keep in mind they will not get the
petition text, just your own words.
We must mention a couple more things that are VERY important for our
policy advocacy success together. Most newspapers like letters to be
no more than about 200 words, so this is a safe number to be in the
ball park of. Also, please do not include any internet website links
in your comments. Newspaper want to know what YOU have to say, not
publish links for people to just leave their own newspaper site.
And while a phone number is not required by our action page form for
regular congressional submissions, newspapers universally require one
so they can confirm you are a real person who authorizes publication
of your letter.
Then, after you submit the action page, feel free to request the must
have new "Expressway To Trade Hell, Trans Pacific Partnership" bumper
stick. Imagine a barren highway racing towards a horizon in flames,
with a sign post that tells you where this is going. This is the most
dramatic bumper sticker we have ever done, and you can have one for
no charge, not even shipping just by requesting one from this page.
Expressway To Trade Hell Trans Pacific Partnership bumper stickers:
Of course, if you can make a contribution of any amount, this is what
makes it possible for us to sent free stickers to anyone who cannot
afford to make a contribution right now.
Thank you for your faithful diligence in reading this alert to the
end. Every word in it is critical stuff you will need to know so that
we can win.
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