Today's Downsizer-Dispatch . . .
URGENT ACTION NEEDED URGENTLY! (did we mention that this is urgent?):
The New Hampshire House has voted to NOT comply with the REAL ID Act! The governor has said he will sign this non-compliance bill if it comes to his desk! The matter now rests in the hands of the New Hampshire Senate -- a mere 24 people! If New Hampshire rejects the REAL ID program it could pave the way for other states to do the same. And the pressure could grow for Congress to repeal the REAL ID Act!
The New Hampshire Senate is set to vote tomorrow!
What happens in New Hampshire tomorrow affects not only the people in that state, but potentially all of us. It could mark the beginning of the end for the REAL ID Act. So we're going to do something a little different. Normally all of our efforts are aimed at the U.S. Congress. But now we want you to contact the New Hampshire Senate. We want you to encourage them NOT to comply with the REAL ID Act!
Non-New Hampshire residents -- people from Congress -- have already gone to New Hampshire to urge them to submit to REAL ID, so we can do the same for the opposite purpose. Tell the New Hampshire Senators they can lead the nation, and fire a "shot heard around the country," by being the first to reject REAL ID. Tell them you want the same to happen in your own state, and that this is more likely if New Hampshire takes the first heroic stand and lives true to its motto: "Live free or die!"
Here's how to do it . . .
New Hampshire has a true citizens' legislature, so there are no phone numbers to call. But there are email addresses you can use. But there's a problem . . .
The Downsize DC system does NOT send emails to legislators!
This will come as a surprise to people who mistakenly assume that's all we do. But in fact, it's something we almost never do. Instead, our system fills out forms on Congressional web pages. This is highly effective because Congressional offices pay attention to constituent communications through their web forms, and tend to ignore emails because of the spam problem.
We don't want you to GANG EMAIL the New Hampshire Senate. We want to encourage them, not irritate them. So instead, we want you to write them individual, personalized emails of encouragement, telling them how important it is to YOU PERSONALLY that they reject the REAL ID program.
* We've provided the names and email addresses of the Senators below. * You can use the same message for multiple Senators, but . . . * Mail to each Senator one at a time (not as a group), and . . . * Do as many as you can, but . . . * Don't just start from the top of the list and neglect the bottom, because . . . * If everyone did that we might lose crucial votes. * If you can't mail to everyone, pick a starting point at random, but . . . * Please try to mail all of them if at all possible.
I know this is time consuming, but it is SO IMPORTANT. We have a chance at an important victory here. The Senate subcommittee on this bill recommended it unanimously, but the leader of the Senate opposes it. So we need to encourage the Senators to do the right thing. The vote is tomorrow so please get started as soon as you can and contact as many as you can. Thank you so much! Thank you for being a DC Downsizer! (The list of Senators is below my signature line)
Jim Babka President DownsizeDC.org, Inc.
01 John Gallus Berlin, NH email@example.com
02 Carl Johnson Meredith, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
03 Joseph Kenney Union, NH email@example.com
04 Robert Boyce Alton Bay, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
05 Peter Burling Cornish, NH email@example.com
06 Richard Green 15 Nola Avenue Rochester, NH 03867-3316 No email specified
07 Robert Flanders Antrim, NH 03440-0001 firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Bob Odell Lempster, NH email@example.com
09 Sheila Roberge Bedford, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Thomas Eaton Keene, NH email@example.com
11 Peter Bragdon Milford, NH SenatorBragdon@Verizon.net
12 David Gottesman Nashua, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Joseph Foster Nashua, NH email@example.com
14 Robert Clegg Hudson, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Sylvia Larsen Concord, NH email@example.com
16 Theodore Gatsas Manchester, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
17 John Barnes Raymond, NH email@example.com
18 André Martel Manchester, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
19 Robert Letourneau 30 South Avenue Derry, NH 03038 No email specified
20 Lou D'Allesandro Manchester, NH email@example.com
21 Iris Estabrook Durham, NH firstname.lastname@example.org
22 Charles Morse 18 Brook Hollow Drive Salem, NH 03079-1866 No email specified
23 Margaret Hassan Exeter, NH email@example.com
24 Martha Fuller Clark Portsmouth, NH firstname.lastname@example.org