Sunday, January 17, 2010

Activity Request(s): Tuesday

All Members [Except those residing in Barney Frank's district] use the following . . . (202) 225-5931 (For Frank's district see below)

They will ask you of course if you are a Barney Frank constituent (a.k.a. live in his district), if you are, of course answer “yes” and if you are NOT (and are NOT timid) say that you can’t get through on the number given for the Financial Services Committee, but are demanding that YOUR voice be heard nonetheless. [WE MUST GET BARNEY’S ATTENTION ANY WAY POSSIBLE!] Put this number on speed dial and call it repeatedly Tuesday through Thursday this week!

Specific Messages for Barney:

* Since he took a total of $25 K from TransUnion, Equifax and Experian (the big 3 credit bureaus making millions off selling YOUR personal credit report to employers) in political contributions during his last campaign, we question his loyalty to “we the people” who are suffering by the millions in America due to the discrimination and invasion of privacy by employers who are forcing people to turn over their personal credit report just to be able to work.

* We now have boots on the ground in his district and are actively and passionately mobilizing to let his constituents know about the campaign contributions he accepted from the big three credit bureaus and more importantly to let them know they have been completely forgotten when it comes to passage of H.R.3149: The Equal Employment for All Act.

NOTE TO ALL MEMBERS IN BARNEY’S DISTRICT: We need your help to mobilize voters and voices in his district. If you reside in his district, please shoot us a quick note [use “I Live in Barney’s District” in subject line] to let us know and we’ll be in touch. Thanks!

For Barney Frank Constituents (ONLY) use following e-mail link:

You’ll need to have your full 9 digit zip code handy. Use the following link to look it up if you don’t already know it.

[Sample Barney Letter]

Dear Representative Frank:

Please read the Numbers and connect the dots, the numbers don’t lie . . .

Before I begin, let’s see if I have the story straight . . . we the American taxpayer bail out your fellow millionaires on Wall Street who’s GREED destroyed both the economy our credit reports. They in turn, in just the top 6 banks alone, are rewarded for their unhinged GREED with $150+ billion in bonuses. Then we the taxpayer who lent them the money to save their jobs – get locked out of the workplace because of our poor credit reports (destroyed the bad economy they created). Then as if this obvious class injustice were not enough to leave us feeling raw, chaffed and tender – YOU Mr. Frank took total of $25 K in PAC money from the big three credit bureaus, TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. Could that be why you continue to stall the passage of HR3149?

I also know the corporate heads, their lobbyists, Wall Street and the bankers are your good friends and fellow millionaires and I’m just your mere constituent – but even so, this exchange just doesn’t seem quite fair and equitable. I also know you’ve been really busy, working on health care reform 24/7 (because your staff gives me the same old line every time I call or write). So I’ve condensed the news you’ve been missing into numbers and bullet points for a quick read. Just trying to help . . .

* The economy has lost more than 7.2 million jobs since this recession began, 2 + million just since May
* For each rare job opening that does exist, an average of 6 humans vie for that one position with 15.3 million of them being unemployed
* 1.4 million bankruptcies were filed in 2009 and the number just keeps growing
* More than 20 million Americans received unemployment compensation in 2009 and BTW unemployment benefits don’t fix a damaged credit report
* Between 3 and 3.5 million more homes will enter foreclosure this year

Even though in Washington these look like just numbers - they’re NOT! These are human beings! Proud Americans that just want to work, aren’t looking for a bailout, charity or another stiimulus plan. We just simply want the right to work, that’s it! Even most HR professionals now freely admit (off the record of course) that discrimination via credit reports is just their convenient hatchet tool to quickly slice down their huge applicant pool and work load. It gets them out of the office at 5 sharp!

Why is it then that Congress and in particular your House Financial Services Committee just continues to stall HR3149 – as millions of American heads continue to fall from the corporate guillotines. A personal credit report was never intended as a convenient workplace hatchet blade. What’s more, a personal credit report has never been the least bit indicative of employment performance, worthiness or human character. Nevertheless to use it NOW, at a dramatically increasing rate, is just cruel, unjust and absolutely reprehensible! Are we proud Americans expected to “eat cake” while your fellow millionaires on Wall Street collect billions in bonus money?

Upwards of 90% of the American people (your constituents like me) agree that at a time like this, most especially, that someone’s personal credit report has zero bearing on their employment qualifications. Yet you continue to try and keep the legislation stalled in committee so your fellow millionaires can keep their boot on the throat of the American workforce. Such clear and undeniable class discrimination will NOT go unpunished. November will be here soon!

[End Sample Barney Letter]

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