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THE WASHINGTON FRONT [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

THE WASHINGTON FRONT The movie, All the President's Men, portrays "Deep Throat" speaking to Woodward early in the Watergate investigation with the advice: "you have to forget all about the things you have heard about the people in the White House. The truth is, they're not very bright," Similar advice should be given to anyone who is just beginning to get involved in the legislative process. "We have to learn to change the way we think about members of congress making decisions. For the most part, they are not exceptionally brilliant or well-read. They haven't done extensive reading or received special, classified information on which to base their decisions-. On most issues, they make decisions the same x-iray that you and I do. They read the morning; newspaper, they talk to a few friends, they consider their own self-interests* and they ifinally make a choice. There are relatively few issues in which they take personal interest or to which they can have their staff devote signific...

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS 'The legislative process begins when a bill is introduced into either the House of Representatives of the Senate. A "bill may be introduced by a legislator on his or her own initiative 5 it may be recommended by the President, it may be framed by Congressional committees, or it may be the result of proposals from citizens, lobbyists and interest groups. Once introduced in both House and Senate, the bill follows parallel paths: Most legislative work is done in Congressional committees. It is there that most of the debate about a bill is held and that the bill takes shape. On major bills, the committee holds public hearings at which interested parties are scheduled to appear to give testimony, both for and against the measure. After the hearings, committee members consider the facts and testimony, agree on the final wording of the bill (this process is called "Markup") and arrange for the writing of the commitee report. If at any time the committee votes to "ta...

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Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
LEGISLATION & APPROPRIATIONS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

LEGISLATION & APPROPRIATIONS One of the special characteristics of the legislative process at the federal level in the United States is its system of "checks and balances." This system is designed not only to ensure a balance of power between the President, the Congress, and the Judiciary, but also to prevent inordinate influence over the legislative process by either the heavily populated States (dominant in the House of Representatives) or by the smaller or sparsely populated States (more influencial in the Senate). This balance of power between the two houses means that every piece of legislation must go through the identical process twice: Committee hearings, "markup," amendment, and approval. (There are a relatively few exceptions where there are joint committees, as with Atomic Energy.) Moreover, in each chamber there are three separate stages in getting a bill actually funded. Any legislation can be changed significantly in these three funding processes. First of ...

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Source: Boston College
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THE "NEW" CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET PROCESS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

THE "NEW" CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET PROCESS SETTING NATIONAL PRIORITIES: IN THE PAST For years Congress made budget decisions in a piecemeal fashion with little regard to the broader question of national priorities. Each Federal department appeared before sympathetic members of Congressional committees whose support had been assiduously cultivated. Department requests were seldom rejected. In the case of the Department of Defense and the former Atomic Energy Commission, annual requests for new weapons systems and staff levels would often be increased beyond even the levels requested by the President. Money was assumed to be available to pay the bill from existing tax revenues or by increasing the National Debt. There was no real discussion about the relative importance of, for example, defense as against National Health care or education or housing or mass transit or environmental programs. Under this old system, the crucial decisions of which departments would actually receive the money...

Publication Title: Sisyphus Papers, The
Source: Boston College
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How to Write Your Congressman . . . and not have a machine write back [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

How to Write Your Congressman . . . and not have a machine write back by Richard M Neustadt and Richard Paisner [The following article is adapted from the New York Sunday News, March 28 3 1976 s and reprinted with their permission. ] If you write your senator to tell him your position on a major issue, here is what will probably happen. Your letter will be opened by a clerk who will stack it with others, pro and con, on that issue. Unless you are a VIP or writing on an issue so obscure there is no form letter, the letter will be carried to the member's mail room, where another staffer types your name and address, along with hundreds of other others, on a machine that produces a cassette. The cassette is inserted in a combina tion typewriter and computer (called a "robo" on Capitol Hill), along with another cassette which contains a letter on each current issue. The robo is told to write letter No. 71, and from there on everything is automatic. The machine uses a roll of computer pap...

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Source: Boston College
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HOW TO MAKE YOUR LETTER TO A CONGRESSMAN COUNT [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

HOW TO MAKE YOUR LETTER TO A CONGRESSMAN COUNT [The New York Sunday News makes the following specific recommendations.] If you follow these five rules, you can maximize the impact of your letter. You may still get a form letter in reply, but what you have written will carry more weight. 1. Write the member of your district. (As a rule, only mail fron constituents is counted.) 2. If you are just sending one letter, write your representative. (Representatives get far less mail than senators.) 3. Write a personal letter that explains your views: the longer, the better. (That way the letter will look individual and serious, not like part of a campaign.) 4. Write on a subject handled by your representative's committee. (In the House particularly, most members cannot do much about anything else.) 5. Write early in the legislative process. (Later on, positions will have hardened, and there will be more mail on the subject.) [The fact- that the majority of the mail going to Congress is hand...

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Source: Boston College
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WRITING YOUR LETTER TO CONGRESS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

WRITING YOUR LETTER TO CONGRESS MAJOR POINTS TO REMEMBER: 1. Be specific: Refer to a particular bill by accurate title and, if possible, number. 2. Keep it short: no more than one or two arguments or reasons. Express your own feelings in your own words, and cite why it's important to you. Speak from your own experience. 3. Write as if you were writing a friend: feel free to write in long-hand, but be neat. Don't worry about formal style, but spell names correctly! 4. ADDRESS like this: Representative Senator House Office Building Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Representative : Dear Senator : 5. Ask specific questions: A well formulated question can express your viewpoint and can encourage more than a form-letter response. It may actually get aides in the office to do further research on the issue. OTHER SUGGESTIONS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR GREATER IMPACT: 6. It can help to include a copy of a report, a newspaper story or a local survey, to suppo...

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Source: Boston College
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OTHER WAYS TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

OTHER WAYS TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON TIMING IS THE KEY. Well formulated letters stating your position and requiring a specific response from a congressperson are the backbone of any legislative campaign. However s these letters are most effective during the beginning of the legislative process 9 before the congressperson has assumed a fixed posvtzon. Once that position has been it will perhaps be the volume of brief notes that will influence the congressperson rather than logical arguments. Only groups which are constantly monitoring the progress of a bill can keep you informed of which congresspersons need which approach. As a bill nears passage 9 there may be no time for either letters or notes. When lastminute "action alerts 1 ' are broadcast 2 Congresspersons are available by: TELEPHONE particularly useful at last minute before votes. 1. Dial 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator or Representative's office. You will be connected immediately. 2. Try calling person-to-person ...

Publication Title: Sisyphus Papers, The
Source: Boston College
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HOW-to-WRITE a LETTER to the EDITOR [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

HOW-to-WRITE a LETTER to the EDITOR [The following suggestions by J. Stuart Innerst are circulated by the Friends Committee on National Legislation: (FCNL—How-to Series, Number 1) 245 Second Street 9 N.E ti Washington, D.C. 20002] Editors of most newspapers make provision for the public to be heard through letters-to-the-editor columns. Readership surveys show that these letters are among the best read features in the newspaper. When a letter of yours appears on the editorial page 9 you probably have the largest audience you will ever address. Let's estimate its size. A small town weekly may have a circulation of 2,000. A metropolitan daily may have as many as a million or two. Multiply the circulation by 2 (this is conservative, the Hearst papers say 3) to get the number of readers. Now divide by 4, and you have the approximate siee of your audience. Your readers are a cross section of society s including all shades of opinion. A survey by Center for Practical Politics at Rollins C...

Publication Title: Sisyphus Papers, The
Source: Boston College
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VISIT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

VISIT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON [The following is another excellent guide adapted from the organizer's packet of the National Campaign to Stop the B-l Bomber.] A visit is probably worth a thousand words in letters. It's the one best way to make a strong impression on a Senator or Representative. Almost every Rep will find time to see constituents. Visiting with aides is also helpful, but try to see the Rep. people in Washington say that a HOME DISTRICT VISIT IS MORE POWERFUL THAN A WASHINGTON VISIT, because the Rep thinks s/he is talking to "regular voters" instead of "peace fanatics." And there's usually more time to talk back in the district. | THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT VISITS: GOALS: 1. To explain the reasons behind your own position on particular bills. 2. To determine exactly what the Rep's position is on the issues. 3. To MAKE SPECIFIC REQUESTS (vote for lower military spending ceiling May 15th, co-sponsor B-l cut-off, put an article or resolution in the Record.) 4. To reinforce Reps...

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Source: Boston College
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OTHER ACTIONS TO TAKE [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

OTHER ACTIONS TO TAKE [The following two pieces are taken from literature of the National Campaign to Stop the B-l Bomber.j

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Source: Boston College
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How to generate letters [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

How to generate letters The letter seems to be the basic mode of communication in any legislative campaign! It's our tie to each other, and it's our main way to reach out to new people, including the Senators and Reps we want to join us. lie'll win more votes xdLth letters than any other way, because they are effective and because we have the ability to generate enough to count. In short, they are "cost effective!" However, letters can also be used as organizing tools: to move people from talk into action. SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO GENERATE LETTERS: 1. Start by finding 5 people who will each find 5 people to write a note to their Rep. You'll find more. 2. WORK THROUGH ORGANIZATIONS to multiply your own work. 3. Ask a group to take specific positions on legislative issues, and to send a letter to Congress. It doesn't have to be elaborate. (Send copies to newspapers, The President, leaders in Congress.) 4. Whether or not the group goes on record, FIND A GROUP MEMBER who will get 5-25...

Publication Title: Sisyphus Papers, The
Source: Boston College
Country/State of Publication: Massachusetts, United States
CHALLENGE the CANDIDATES [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

CHALLENGE the CANDIDATES IF ANY POLITICIAN WILL LISTEN TO CONSTITUENTS, A CANDIDATE WILL LISTEN. Here are simple ways for just a few persons to raise legislative issues on military spending: 1. The main thing is to ASK THE CANDIDATES THEIR STAND at every opportunity. Be SPECIFIC: "Will you vote to lower military spending by (5-10-20) billion dollars?" "Will you vote against the B-l Bomber?" "If you are elected president, will you terminate the B-l program?" Remember, POLITICIANS WANT TO GIVE YOU THE ANSWER YOU WANT TO HEAR. 2. WRITE TO CANDIDATES about their stand. Better yet, get your church or civic group or neighborhood association to write. 3. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR to say a right (wrong) stand is reason to vote for (agiinst) a candidate. 4. Find a friend or two to CARRY A SIGN at press conferences or rallies. Signs will be seen by many people and may appear on television or in the papers. 5. Insist on a position on military spending: it's controversial and any responsible...

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Source: Boston College
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SEE, HEAR, SEND FOR . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 August 1976

SEE, HEAR, SEND FOR . . . The following groups provide good material on current legislative issues that could be valuable for moving discussion groups toward political action. THE SISYPHUS PAPERS, Office of Social Ministries, Jesuit Conference, Suite #402, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., H.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. In addition to legislative action notes, "Sisyphus" gathers and reprints articles from little-known sources which would be of interest to politically active Christians. Subscription is $5.00 per year. NETWORK , 224 D Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Network publishes a monthly newsletter on legislative action plus quarterly and special reports which go into greater depth on the issues. The newsletter alone costs $B.OO per year. Subscritpion to both newsletter and quarterly reports costs $lB.OO. IMPORTANT: When you send in your subscription request, include also (1) the number of your U.S. congressional district, (2) a telephone number where you can be reached in the eveni...

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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976

THE SISYPHUS PAPERS September - 1976 Vol, V. # 1 Office of Social Ministries 3 Jesuit Conference Wm. J. Dzrector 1717 Massachusetts Avenue 3 Suite #402 Washington 3 D.C, 20036

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CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976

CONTENTS The View From Here . . . (white) GULF & WESTERN in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (pink) [Testimony given at a Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches 9 New York City 3 September 14 9 1976] (1) THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN GULF & WESTERN & THE GOVERNMENT of (blue) JOAQUIN BALAGUER: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST & PRESENT by Philip E. Wheaton (2) FILE ON GULF & WESTERN (Presented by Rev. Daniel Portes) (yellow) (3) DECLARATION BY THE PRIESTS OF THE EASTERN REGION OF THE (green) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (July 1976) POLICING the DOI4INICAN REPUBLIC (by Joseph E. Mulligan, S.J.) (pink) (Reprinted from: THE NATION 9 March l s 1975) See 3 Hear 9 Send For . . . (white) "I sit on a man r s back choking him and making him carry me 3 and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all possible means except by getting off his back. " Tolstoi

Publication Title: Sisyphus Papers, The
Source: Boston College
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THE VIEW FROM HERE [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976

THE VIEW FROM HERE In an issue of Sisyphus just before a national election, one might expect to find a special issue on the candidates or their issues. This another special issue, departing from our usual potpourri format. However, it is not on the candidates and their stated stands. We feel that the events of history are the best bits of information upon which to decide candidates. (Another issue of Sisyphus will follow within a week reprinting some specific camparison materials on the elections.) This special issue is on Gulf & Western in the Dominican Republic. But it really goes beyond that. It's about us and our institutions and our foreign policy and, if you want, our national elections. I would rather that Sisyphus continue to shed light on our policies in operation and invite readers to choose candidates in the light of events, within whatever limited options are currently presented for choice. This is not to ignore the morass of partisan politics or play down th...

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Source: Boston College
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GULF & WESTERN IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976

GULF & WESTERN IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC This "CIC. Brief" from the Corporate Information Center was written by Father Thomas E. ScheetZj S.J. It includes a history of G+W in the Dominican Republic and an examination of wages s living conditions 3 and relations with unions and the government. It was written last year as background information for our church-sponsored stockholder resolution. Fr. Scheetz (Det.) worked and studied in Peru for three years and is now studying Latin American economics at the University of Texas. He worked with the Inter faith Center on Corporate Responsibility during the summers of 1975 and 1976 focusing his research on G+W in the Dominican Republic. He also visited the Dominican Republic, interviewing government and company officials and workers on a fact finding mission. It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of Gulf & Western in the Dominican Republic. In the last ten years the company has become the country f s "lar...

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Source: Boston College
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[Testimony given at Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches, New York. City, Sept. 14, 1976] THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN GULF & WESTERN & THE GOVERNMENT OF JOAQUIN BALAGUER: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST & PRESENT [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976

[Testimony given at Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches, New York. City, Sept. 14, 1976] THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN GULF & WESTERN & THE GOVERNMENT OF JOAQUIN BALAGUER: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST & PRESENT by Philip E. Wheaton Any inquiry into the operations of U.S. multinational corporations in Latin America today requires political reflection as well as the presentation of factual data. This is particularly true in the case of the marriage between the Gulf & Western Corporation and the Government of Joaquin Balaguer in the Dominican Republic. In this unique case, we are not dealing with ordinary capitalist expansion abroad nor with exploitation through advanced technology and sophisticated management though Gulf & Western certainly can boast of such virtues. Rather, the story of G+W in the Dominican Republic since 1966 is one based upon U.S. military presence, high-level governmental privilege, a repressive internal polit...

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[Testimony given at Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches, New York City, Sept. 14, 1976] FILE ON GULF & WESTERN [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976

[Testimony given at Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches, New York City, Sept. 14, 1976] FILE ON GULF & WESTERN Presented by Rev. Daniel Portes INTRODUCTION In 1967 the Legal Council of the Sindicato Unido (United Union) of the Romana refinery disappeared. His disappearance which was never resolved coincided with the arrival in this country of the Gulf & Western Americas Corporation. His clear and energetic defense of the interests of the workers and his clash with the underhanded tactics which Gulf & Western had begun to employ were the cause of his disappearance. Eight years have now passed since the imprisonment and subsequent death of Dr. Guido Gil and it has also been eight years since Gulf & Western was established in our country. Eight years have been sufficient for this transnational firm built on North American capital to penetrate the foundations of our national economy, influence the spheres of political decision-mak...

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