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Your Library Card, Your Business. Oppose the Patriot Act

What does your library card have to do with fighting terrorism? According to section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, even your library records can be spied on. The Patriot Act is a government spying law passed in 2001 that lets law enforcement wiretap and search in secret.

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Lobby in Person

Congressional staffers agree that lobbying in person is the most effective way to influence your member of Congress, whether at home or in DC.

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Work with Groups

Groups and coalitions can have a significant effect on members of Congress. Join or start a group in your area -- or help multiple groups work together to effect change.

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Speak through the Media

Local papers are major resources for congressional offices working to stay in touch with their districts. Naming your member of Congress in a local paper almost guarantees that they will read your position.

Learn how to write an effective letter to the editor.

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Call or email your member of Congress to address emerging issues and to take action quickly. Personalize your message by telling the office how legislation will affect you and your community.

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FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy

"Friends acknowledge the indispensable role of government in safeguarding the integrity of our society and the essential dignity of all human beings. Citizens have the responsibility to participate vigorously in making government more responsive, open, and accountable."

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