Letters2020-06-05T13:50:47-04:00

Letter Urging Congress to Block Funding to Implement Schedule F Executive Order

Dear Member of Congress, The undersigned organizations are united in our commitment to inspiring public service and encouraging excellence in government for the betterment of the American people. In that vein, we write to urge you to block implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) 13957 in the next government [...]

November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Letter, US Government|

Letter in Support of Three FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act Amendments

November 23, 2020 The Honorable James Inhofe 205 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Adam Smith 2264 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Jack Reed 728 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Mac Thornberry 2208 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. [...]

November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Letter|

Letter to the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress in the 117th Congress

November 16, 2020   The Honorable Nancy Pelosi H-232, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy H-204, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Zoe Lofgren 1309 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable Rodney Davis 1216 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 [...]

November 16th, 2020|Categories: Congress: Legislation and Oversight, Letter|

Letter to Congress to Restore Lost Subpoena Enforcement Powers with Inherent Contempt Procedure

Bipartisan Coalition Urges Congress to Restore Lost Subpoena Enforcement Powers with Inherent Contempt Procedure October 21, 2020 Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives The Capitol, Room H-232 Washington, DC 20515 Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives The Capitol, Room H-204 Washington, DC 20515 Rep. James [...]

October 27th, 2020|Categories: Letter|

Letter to Representative Eshoo on Executive Branch Surveillance

October 27, 2020 The Honorable Anna Eshoo 202 Cannon House Office Building United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Eshoo: Thank you for your leadership investigating executive branch surveillance of protesters, Congress, and the Supreme Court of the United States. We share your urgent concerns about recent [...]

October 27th, 2020|Categories: Letter, Surveillance|

Letter: Center for Excellence in Higher Education Coalition to Secretary Devos

October 14, 2020 Secretary Betsy DeVos U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: We urge the U.S. Department of Education to promptly address issues raised by the recent Colorado state court decision finding pervasive fraudulent abuse of federal financial aid programs by institutions [...]

October 16th, 2020|Categories: Accountability, Higher Education, Letter|

Letter to NARA on Preservation of Presidential Records

October 8, 2020 Hon. David S. Ferriero Archivist of the United States 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20408 Re. Preservation of presidential records Dear Mr. Ferriero, The undersigned organizations write to urge you to publicly detail the steps that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is taking with [...]

October 8th, 2020|Categories: Letter|

Letter on Further Improving the House Committee on Appropriations

October 7, 2020 RE: Further Improving the House Committee on Appropriations Dear Representatives DeLauro, Kaptur, and Wasserman Schultz: We write to commend you for releasing proposals to further strengthen the responsiveness, transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of the House Committee on Appropriations. We applaud your energetic campaigns and your continued service [...]

October 7th, 2020|Categories: Letter|

Letter to National Archives and Records Administration on CBP Document Destruction Proposal

September 30, 2020 Records Appraisal and Agency Assistance National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 [email protected] Re: Comments to CBP Document Destruction Proposal (NARA-20-0017-0014; Control Number DAA-0568-2018-0001) Dear National Archives and Records Administration, The undersigned organizations submit the following comments to the National Archives and [...]

October 1st, 2020|Categories: Immigration, Letter|

Letter to National Archives and Records Administration on DHS Document Destruction Proposal

September 29th, 2020 Via e-mail and on the Federal Register Ms. Kimberly Keravuori, Regulatory and External Policy Program Manager, National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 [email protected] Re: Comments to DHS Document Destruction Proposal (NARA-20-0017-0014; Control Number DAA-0568-2018-0001) Dear Ms. Keravuori, We the undersigned submit [...]

September 30th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, Letter|

Letter to Congress on Office of Personnel Management Nomination

The Honorable Ron Johnson Chairman Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 340 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Gary Peters Ranking Member Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 442 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Peters: [...]

September 10th, 2020|Categories: Congress: Legislation and Oversight, Letter, Sign-on Letter|

Sign On Re: DHS Measures the Threaten Safety and Family Unity of Immigrant Children

June 16, 2020 Chad Wolf Acting Secretary Department of Homeland Security 301 7th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20528 Re: Recent DHS Measures That Threaten the Safety and Family Unity of Vulnerable Immigrant Children Dear Acting Secretary Wolf: The undersigned 122 organizations strongly oppose recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) measures [...]

Sign On: #ProtectBlackDissent & Defund Surveillance

Read the original letter here.  June 17, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy House Republican Leader Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Jerold Nadler House Judiciary Committee Chairman Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Jim Jordan House Judiciary Committee Ranking [...]

Sign On: Police Reform Bill

June 16, 2020  The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510  The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510  The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives  1236 Longworth House [...]

June 16th, 2020|Categories: Letter, Police accountability, Sign-on Letter|

Sign On: Policy Paper on Ending Gag Lawsuits

Read the original policy paper here. Ending Gag Lawsuits in Europe Protecting Democracy and Fundamental Rights The problem: gag lawsuits against public interest defenders The EU must end gag lawsuits used to silence individuals and organisations that hold those in positions of power to account. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation [...]

Letter to Philadelphia Leaders and Police on 1st Amendment Rights

June 5, 2020 Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Philadelphia City Council Dear Mayor Kenney, Commissioner Outlaw and the Philadelphia City Council: Over the course of several days, we have witnessed and documented multiple instances of police violence. This has included unlawful arrests of journalists and [...]

June 5th, 2020|Categories: 1st Amendment, In The News, Letter, Police accountability, Press Freedom|

Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of the CORE Act

May 26, 2020 Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of the CORE Act The Hon. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) The Hon. Charles Schumer (D-NY) United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Hon. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) The Hon. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Members of the [...]

Sign-On: Stimulus Transparency Accountability Letter

April 21, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker United States House of Representatives The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and [...]

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