Defying Trump

Here’s the letter I sent today to my Federal, State, county and city elected officials. Feel free to borrow whatever you want. Use this site to find addresses. Some you have to use the contact forms; others you can email directly. It takes a few minutes to set it up but then you’ll have it. Write. Call.  Do not sit idle.


As a 60- year old resident of Summit, NJ, a public school teacher for more than two decades, mother of three and grandmother of 8, I’m asking you to fulfill your responsibility and represent me.

My father is a first generation American whose parents escaped pogroms in Eastern Europe, arrived in the United States without money and no English and met in a sweatshop in New York City’s Lower East Side. They raised three children, who in turn produced 11 grandchildren. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren from that union represent many professions, from music to medicine, education to law, science to engineering, and more.

I implore you to stand up for America and resist the cruel and discriminatory policies of President Trump.

Here’s hoping you will promise to protect 30 million Americans who have health insurance thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Here’s hoping you will protect every citizen’s right to vote.

Here’s hoping you will protect free enterprise by encouraging free markets and free trade.

Here’s hoping you will protect your fellow citizens’ right to clean air and water and will advocate for alternative energy sources amid unprecedented climate change.

Here’s hoping you will honor Emma Lazarus’ words on the Statue of Liberty:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Here’s hoping you agree with President Thomas Jefferson that freedom of the press is essential to the American democracy.

Elected officials who fail to uphold our democratic process and institutions need only remember the Germans who ignored Adolf Hitler. By remaining silent, you show you’re complacent and complicit. It’s imperative that you put the interests of your citizens first.

Sincerely yours,

Lisa K. Winkler


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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4 Responses to Defying Trump

  1. robinstraus26 says:


    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


  2. Lisa, this is powerful, passionate and inspirational! Brought a tear to my eye. ❤
    Diana xo


  3. Great, with personal notes too! I just did the same about the ACA with my R legislator, and should keep telling the Ds we’ve got their backs!!


  4. Bravo, bravo!! I’m inspired!


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