Too Many Issues for 1 Postcard

Yesterday after work, I headed to the neighborhood pub with my friends to have a beer and write postcards to my representatives, as part of the #womensmarch action list, 10 Items/100 Days. As I wrote my first postcard (to John McCain), I realized I had a lot more to say than a 4 x 6" card could hold. I wanted to be concise, so that the letter would fit on one page. So I wrote this. Please comment with additions, as there are so many troubling issues at stake.

Dear Senator/Representative,

Do you want to go down in history as someone who allowed tyranny and fascism to ruin the American democracy?

Do you want to be known as someone who could have helped thousands of immigrants fleeing terror find a safe haven in America, yet you sent them back?

Do you want to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans who have lost their healthcare?

Do you want to be known as someone who perpetuated racism, sexism, islamophobia and homophobia by refusing to acknowledge that all Americans DO NOT currently have equal rights?

Do you want to be known as someone who denies scientific fact and did nothing to help our planet?

Or refused to save lives in favor of unregulated gun ownership?

Do you truly want to condone the inhumane and ineffective use of torture?

Are you going to allow a president who did not win the popular vote, who is guilty of tax evasion, who has too many conflicts of interest to count, who lacks respect for our political system, and chooses Twitter over diplomacy, to threaten our democracy?

THIS WILL BE YOUR LEGACY. Your complacency is a yes vote for all of the above.

I urge you to stand up, be guided by your moral compass, and fight for the rights of all of us, not just the ones who have pockets full of money. This is not about resistance; this is about upholding the Constitution and defending our human rights. The only way that all lives will matter is if black lives matter, Native American lives matter, women’s lives matter, religious freedom matters, LGBTQ lives matter, the lives of those with disabilities matter, and all human lives matter to you. Many of the laws and ideals espoused by Trump and his appointees violate the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

It is imperative that you do the following:

1. Vote NO on any Trump cabinet nominee who is unqualified and/or has a history of racism, sexism, conflicts of interest, or other ethical issues. These include Ben Carson, Stephen Bannon, Betsy DeVos, Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry, Steve Mnuchin, Scott Pruitt, and Don Price.

2. Vote against any legislation that targets immigrants in exile or requires a registry of Muslims.

3. Do not repeal the ACA, make it even more affordable. If you do, many Americans with pre-existing conditions will die.

4. Continue funding the arts and culture in America by defending the NEA and NEH.

5. Defend the EPA, DOE, NSF, and other organizations that oversee the scientific enterprise in America. Trust our scientists who are researching ways to counter climate change and finding new methods for alternative energy to save our planet. Science is not a political issue; it improves people’s lives.

6. Defend access to clean, safe water for all. Do not allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built on Native lands, threatening the water supply of the Sioux people. Send Federal workers to Flint today; their water there is still poisoned with lead. Think of that as you comfortably sip water in your Washington office.

7. Protect our National Parks and other public lands from privatization.

8. Fix our public school system by investing in it. Pay our teachers a living wage and listen to them. Make higher ed affordable. No graduate should be saddled with thousands of dollars of debt when they join the workforce.

9. Reform the criminal justice system by holding police accountable for excessive use of force, providing more training for police officers (especially focusing on racial tolerance), revisiting the cases of 3-strikes prisoners, eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing, and getting rid of for-profit prisons (source: Movement for Black Lives platform).

10. Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. No one who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.

11. Make big banks, large corporations, and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes.

12. Allow women to have control over our bodies. Defend Roe v. Wade.

This is on you. This is a dark time, and the fate of our country, our way of life, our existence as we know it is on the line. We are watching.