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  •  Be A Constituent (3.00)
    Zip Code Lookup

    Sorry to stick this in here but this is important.

    Senators will listen to Constituents more than out of staters.

    Go to and look up a zip for the state that the senator is from and then your call will mean more.

    •  No! (4.00)
      We don't need to stoop to that.  We can win this cleanly.
      •  NO (4.00)
        I agree don't be fraudulent
        •  If line is busy, call their local offices, or fax: (3.00)
          You can look up local offices and fax numbers here:

          First : If she's not on the list above, also call Democrat Mary Landrieu who opposes Alito but also said she would oppose a filibuster. We must persuade her that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824  

          Second : Call your own Democratic Senator: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:

          Third : Unbelievably, three Democrats (Ben Nelson, Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd) support Alito! Tell them to either support filibuster or at least "don't get in the way." Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551 Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) 202-224-3954 Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842
          888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:

          Fourth: Call the "Red State" Democrats: (Message same as above -- "No" is meaningless) Tom Carper (DE)
          Kent Conrad (ND)
          Byron Dorgan (ND)
          Blanche Lincoln (AR) Mark Pryor (AR)

          Fifth : Call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans: (Message: A "Unitary Executive" is dangerous to balance of powers--please do not get in the way of a filibuster.) Lincoln Chafee (RI)
          Susan Collins (ME)
          Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
          Bob Smith (OR)
          Olympia Snowe (ME)
          Ted Stevens (AK)

          For extra credit, call all of the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators--Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Russ Feingold --and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or KISS YOUR SUPPORT GOODBYE. 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:

          You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).
          Polls and public opinion are another way to apply pressure -- get word out about why Alito needs to be filibustered:

          Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (Click here)

          People for the American Way has collected nearly 65,000 signatures to send to the Senate, please add yours: Save the Court Petition

          John Kerry has endorsed this anti-Alito petition, signers' names will be read into the Congressional Record:

        I agree, this is a national issue, and we don't need to be fraudulent. But that's not saying that you shouldn't make sure they know you are a voting constituent if you really are!

        I haven't seen this anywhere but it is one of those things that really scares me about Alito, one of the things John Kerry touched on in his speech on the floor today.

        It's Alito's brief in the case of TENNESSEE vs. GARNER
        From the American Constitution Society Blog, here.

        Basically the story is that in October, 1974 15-year old Edward Garner, 5'4" and 110 pounds, stole a ladies purse with $10 in it, was pursued by a policeman, and shot in the head and killed when he didn't obey the command to stop. The policeman could plainly see the youth was unarmed.

        Alito became involved in 1984 when he was working for the Reagan White House:

        In 1984, the Memphis Police Department and the state of Tennessee appealed the 6th Circuit's decision to the Supreme Court. Samuel Alito, then a lawyer in the Solicitor General's office, was assigned to help decide whether the Reagan administration should take sides. "I believe that the decision below is wrong," Alito wrote in a cover note, referring to the 6th Circuit's ruling. In a 15-page memo, he argued in favor of letting states give police the power to shoot to kill at their discretion whenever a suspect flees, whether or not he poses a threat. Alito's memo is written with his usual dispassion. But he's forceful in his belief that the Constitution has no role to play in a cop's decision about whether to shoot an unarmed suspect.

        The entire memo, which is rather interesting reading, is here.

        Now this is downright scary. Giving police the power to shoot to kill a fleeing petty theft suspect that poses no threat? That's way more ridiculous, way more damaging to personal security, than parsing the 4th Amendment to allow wiretaps under a "reasonableness" provision than a "probable cause" provision.

        Keep hammering on our Senators, letting them know we don't care if they vote no or don't vote on the cloture motion on Monday afternoon. Just please do not vote yes and put a man with such out-of-the-mainstream views on the Supreme Court, especially with all the issues regarding spying, monitoring of the Quakers and other peaceful protest groups, holding US citizens indefinitely by order of the President without a trial, etc. that are coming up right now and in the near future.

        Remember that in his first decision, in CVCC v. Katz, the supposedly more moderate Roberts immediately dissented in league with Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy. And that Roberts and Alito will be around for decades.

        And we have until 4:30 Eastern Time Monday afternoon to persuade them to do anything other than vote yes on cloture.

        "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

        by bewert on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:07:07 PM PST

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    •  I just sent this fax... (4.00) Schumer, Bayh, Biden, Byrd, Feingold, Feinstein, Nelson (NE), and Salazar:
      January 27, 2006

      Dear Senator ____,

      Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country.

      If you value our Constitution, and the system of government it established, please support a filibuster against Samuel Alito!

      A "No" vote on Alito without support for a filibuster is meaningless.

      [My signature]
      [My name]

      For Feingold, Biden, and Bayh, I added this:
      As a highly active Democrat, I am considering who to support in the 2008 presidential race.  So far, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have expressed support for a filibuster against Alito.  I hope you will join them.

      Fax numbers for all Senators are available here

      •   MaximusNYC (2.50)
        A one? Come on friend I am only trying to be helpful whether you agree with zip look-up or not.

        I'm new here so cut me some slack. I'd really appreciate it if you would withdraw your one rating - I don't need the negative mojo. Please. Thanks.

    •  We don't do fraud here. (none)
      ReThugs do more than enough.
      And welcome, noobie.  
      Your interaction, since 1/24 has been cool, except for this....have a 4.
      Keep yer nose clean. Sometimes hard in this snarky place.
    •  Baaaad idea , veeeery bad. (none)
      Read some of the posts already covering this territory.

      Practice absurdus interruptus - Support ePluribus Media.

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:35:41 PM PST

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    •  Not honest. (none)

      "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge" Bertrand Russell

      by donag on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:29:00 PM PST

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