Spreading the Truth: Thank you… and a few resources

First, I want to thank everyone out there that work to spread the truth about Fannie and Freddie.  Thanks to everyone who host blogs and to those who contribute to those blogs. And thanks to all that traveled to DC last week to help spread the word in person.

I started this blog on November 10, 2014 after writing a 5,200 word piece, which was my take of the truth titled, “You Can’t Handle The Truth!”

At the time, I had no intention to start a blog, but the 5,200 word piece was too large to post on any other existing blog on FnF. So, I created the blog initially only for the “You Can’t Handle The Truth!” piece.  However, since, I followed up with nearly 50 posts…some better than others..!

My goal for this blog is to add to the dialogue and to help promote the truth.  I choose to remain anonymous for a variety of reasons…some obvious, some personal…

So, in a further effort to help spread the truth I pulled together a few resources that may help others, particularly as we continue to educate members of Congress and their staff.

The following are a few resources to consult as you spread the truth… no revelations…sites easily found in a web search, I just wanted to help make it easier for others… Good luck!!

http://www.opencongress.org/

“Enter a lawmaker’s name, issue area or bill number to search OpenCongress. Discover who represents you, find relevant legislation and learn how to take action.”

This OpenCongress website provides direct email address for members of congress as opposed to using a contact page.

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.shtml

“Contact the U.S. Congress and the White House.  Learn how to contact government officials.”

http://www.icba.org/advocacy/twitter_map.cfm#map

Interactive map that identifies Twitter accounts for members of Congress. However, it appeared to be not completely up-to-date when I checked today.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Phone numbers, fax numbers and contact links.

http://sunlightfoundation.com/

“The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all. We do so by creating tools, open data, policy recommendations,journalism and grant opportunities to dramatically expand access to vital government information to create accountability of our public officials.”

http://www.participatorypolitics.org/

“The Participatory Politics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. PPF develops free Web tools that create new opportunities for engagement with government. Voting is important, but we have a chance to go further and create a political process that is more participatory, creative, responsive, and accountable.”

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

“Find Your Representative.  Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member’s website and contact page.”

http://www.congressfoundation.org/

“Who We Are Citizen trust in an effective and responsive Congress is essential to democracy. The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) advances this goal by working directly with Members of Congress and staff to enhance their operations and interactions with constituents. CMF works directly with citizen groups to educate them on how Congress works, giving constituents a stronger voice in policy outcomes. The results are: a Congress more accountable, transparent, and effective; and an informed citizenry with greater trust in their democratic institutions.”

http://www.congressfoundation.org/projects/communicating-with-congress/perceptions-of-citizen-advocacy-on-capitol-hill

Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” That statement by Thomas Jefferson is a commentary on citizens’ right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Effective communications and interactions between citizens and elected officials are essential to the democratic process, both to sustain the credibility of government and to maintain a free flow of ideas which can be integrated into policy decisions.

http://www.congressfoundation.org/storage/documents/CMF_Pubs/cwc-perceptions-of-citizen-advocacy.pdf

Other resources:

https://twitter.com/cspan/lists/members-of-congress

https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress

http://stuffthought.com/blog/113th-congress-twitter-handles/

http://www.emailthecongress.com/

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/contactingcongress.html

http://letter2congress.rallycongress.com/698/

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