Resources for Speaking Up

UDHR Article 21, Clause 1 states, “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his/her country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.” 

We’re building this page as a collection of information and resources for knowing the oaths of office of the U. S. President and your elected U. S. Senators and Representatives, accessing the content of the U. S. Constitution, as well as how to contact your representatives, along with effective ways of making your views known.  We hope these are helpful and put to good use! (Also see Resources to Be Well Informed and  Before You Act, Do This)

Source Documents:

President of the U.S. Oath of Office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Source: National Museum of American History: http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/1b2.html

Oath taken by members of the U.S. House of Representatives:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Source: http://history.house.gov/Institution/Origins-Development/Oath-of-Office/

Oath taken by U. S. Senators:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
Source: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Oath_Office.htm#3

U.S. Constitution https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

Articles:

How to Make Your Voice Heard in Washington,” former Congressman George Miller and Washington veteran John Lawrence offer practical advice, Los Angeles Times

5 Ways to Contact Your Elected Officials and Make Your Voice Heard,” USA Today

Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators,” New York Times

The Best Way to Contact Your Congresspeople, From a Former Staffer,” LifeHacker

Apps Making Pestering Congress So Easy Politicians Can’t Keep Up,” WIRED

Don’t Think of a Rampaging Elephant,” Paul Rosenberg interviews linguist George Lakoff on framing the debate, Slate

 

Communicating With Your Elected Representatives

Resource pages:

How to determine your elected representatives, local to national:
https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

How to determine your elected Representative to Congress by zip code:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

How to learn more about the House of Representatives:
http://www.house.gov/content/learn/

How to learn more about the U.S. Senate:
https://www.senate.gov

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