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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stopping Alito! Just a click away...

REAL AMERICANS AND PEOPLE (male or female) WHO VALUE NOT HAVING TO USE A DAMN COAT HANGER: PLEASE REPOST THIS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!
	
Do you remember, back in 2004, when so many said that it was "the most important election in our lifetimes."? Well, here we are now, two years later, engaged in the Supreme Court confirmation process that was, more than any other thing, what made that election so important. 

We must not lose this fight. The confirmation of Judge Alito will turn the clock back on many of our most valued rights as citizens, and confirm the new and dangerous powers that have been seized by President Bush. We must STOP Alito! And the only way to do that is if the Democrats filibuster. And the only way the Democrats can filibuster is if they are able to show overwhelming opposition to Alito among the public, and if they can be convinced and convince others that he is a threat to our Constitution and liberties.

Here's how you can help...

First, if you don't have a lot of time, but want to help out, People for the American Way (PFAW) has a site where you can fill out a short form and very quickly send off a FAX to BOTH your Senators - and it's FREE!: http://www.savethecourt.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.asp... 

The Senators on the Judiciary Committee will meet to cast their vote (expected on Tuesday) on whether to send Alito's nomination to the full Senate. The Republicans will undoubtedly win this vote, as the numbers favor them. Nonetheless, it is important that all the Senators on the committee, as they cast their votes, are aware of the tremendous opposition to Alito among ordinary Americans.

Please contact these Senators to let them know your thoughts about Alito! 

There are three ways listed to contact most of the Senators on the list. Phone (you'll need to wait for offices to open on Monday), FAX (always a good option), and a direct link to the Senator's website email contact form. Most Senators no longer list an email address that you can use with your email program. You'll be asked to provide very basic information about yourself on the email contact form. A link to each Senator's website is also provided, for those who may want to compose letters targeted to the Senators' specific concerns - you'll find the info there. NOTE! Most of these web forms are set to show the Senator's state when you open the page, by default. This does not mean you cannot use the form to contact the Senator! Just select or type in your own state in the form and it will work just fine. Also, many say that they can't respond to messages outside their own state. That's OK, just email them anyway! 

Senate Committee of the Judiciary Members:

Democrats:
Patrick J. Leahy (Will vote "No")
(202) 224-4242
RANKING DEMOCRATIC MEMBER, VERMONT
Website: http://leahy.senate.gov 
email: senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://leahy.senate.gov/contact.html 
FAX: (202) 224-3595
FAX: (202) 224-3595

Edward M. Kennedy (Will vote "No")
MASSACHUSETTS
(202) 224-4543
Website: http://kennedy.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://kennedy.senate.gov/contact.html 
FAX: (202) 224-2417

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Has not announced - expected to vote "No")
DELAWARE
202-224-5042
Website: http://biden.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://biden.senate.gov/contact/emailjoe.cfm 
FAX: (202) 224-0139

Herbert Kohl (Has not announced - Kohl voted for Roberts and is up for re-election in 2006)
WISCONSIN
202-224-5653
Website: http://kohl.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://biden.senate.gov/contact/emailjoe.cfm 
FAX: (202) 224-9787

Dianne Feinstein (Will vote "No" - said to be unlikely to vote for filibuster)
CALIFORNIA
202-224-3841
Website: http://feinstein.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html 
FAX: (202) 228-3954

Russell D. Feingold (Has not announced - expected to vote "No")
WISCONSIN
202-224-5323
Website: http://feingold.senate.gov 
email: russell_feingold@feingold.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://feingold.senate.gov/contact.html 
FAX: (202) 224-2725

Charles E. Schumer (Has not announced - expected to vote "No")
NEW YORK
(202) 224-6542
Website: http://schumer.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/contact/webfor... 
FAX: (202) 228-3027

Richard J. Durbin (Will vote against Alito; has said a filibuster is a possibility)
ILLINOIS
202-224-2152
Website: http://durbin.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm#contact
FAX: (202) 228-0400


Even those Republicans who are strongly in support of Alito should be contacted to let them know just how much opposition to Alito is out there (they may be hearing primarily from the pro-Alito folks). You'll notice that two of the Senators are on the "Gang of 14," the group that worked out a deal to filibuster only in "extraordinary circumstances." It is very important to contact these Senators to let them know why these circumstances really are extraordinary! 

Republicans:
Arlen Specter (Expected to vote to confirm Alito - has high level of concern for constitutional issues, pro-choice)
CHAIRMAN, PENNSYLVANIA
202-224-4254
Website: http://specter.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://specter.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactI... 
FAX: (202) 228-1229

Orrin G. Hatch (Expected to vote to confirm Alito - highly supportive of him)
UTAH
202-224-5251
Website: http://hatch.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: 
http://hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Co... 
FAX: (202) 224-6331

Charles E. Grassley (Expected to vote to confirm Alito - highly supportive of him)
IOWA
202-224-0479
Website: http://grassley.senate.gov 
The Senator's does not appear to have an email contact page. Use phone or FAX to contact him. 
FAX: (202) 224-6020

Jon Kyl (Expected to vote to confirm Alito)
ARIZONA
202-224-4521
Website: http://kyl.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm 
FAX: (202) 228-1239

Mike DeWine (Expected to vote to confirm Alito - more moderate Republican Gang of 14 member, concerned about "activist judges")
OHIO
(202) 224-2315
Website: http://dewine.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: Senator DeWine does not offer a direct link. But it's easy: go to his website at http://dewine.senate.gov / Click on "Contact Information (on the left panel)," then click on the email link 
FAX: (202) 224-6519

Jeff Sessions (Expected to vote to confirm Alito)
ALABAMA
202-224-4124
Website: http://sessions.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm
FAX: (202) 224-3149

Lindsey Graham (Expected to vote to confirm Alito - more moderate Gang of 14 member)
SOUTH CAROLINA
202-224-5972
Website: Website: http://lgraham.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: 
http://lgraham.senate.gov/index.cfm?mode=contact 
FAX: No FAX listed

John Cornyn (Expected to vote to confirm Alito)
TEXAS
202-224-2934
Website: http://cornyn.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://cornyn.senate.gov/contact/index.html 
Note! The link above may not be working. If not, please try a phone call or FAX.
FAX: (202) 228-2856

Sam Brownback (Expected to vote to confirm Alito)
KANSAS
202-224-6521
Website: http://brownback.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm
FAX: (202) 228-1265

Tom Coburn (Expected to vote to confirm Alito)
OKLAHOMA
202-224-5754
Website: http://coburn.senate.gov 
Direct link to the Senator's email contact page: http://coburn.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.H... 
FAX: (202) 224-6008

And, just to show that our efforts are having an effect, the Arizona Daily Star (AZ is a red state), just this morning commented that their LTTEs about Alito were running nearly 5-to-1 AGAINST! So please, click through the links above and contact these Senators to let them know what you think. Urge them to support a filibuster. If you don't have time to do this now, bookmark the thread and come back later. This effort needs your help. I'll be posting additional chapters of the "Complete Idiot's Guide..." later.
For updates and info, contact scott at planttrees dot org.