Tips on Activism Volume II: Writing an Effective Letter

Letter writing is often considered to be a lost art in a world of emails and text messages. However, the ability to write a competent letter is another skill that will be useful in all aspects of life, not just in activism.

AND, it’s a tried and true way to let elected representatives know what you’re thinking.

So, lets get to the good stuff.

Make it Immediately Clear to the Official Who You are Writing to That You are a Constituent of Their District

  • This is why they care about what you have to say!

Keep Your Letter Focused One Issue

  • This puts maximum emphasis on the message that you’re trying to project.
  • If you have more to say then write another letter!!!

Focus on Facts and Figures

  • Although emotional arguments are legitimate, facts generally make a more convincing argument.
  • Try to incorporate technical terms and bills and pieces of legislation.

Be Aware of Pre-Existing Positions

  • If you know that your congressperson has a view that opposes yours, incorporate it into your letter and use it to drive your points.

Follow Up

  • Request a reply!
  • If you receive a reply telling you that your legislator is supportive of your view, write back and thank them!
  • If you receive a reply telling you that your legislator is voting against your view, write again. Be persistent! Don’t give up!
  • If you don’t get a response or get a form letter that has nothing to do with the issue that you are concerned, write again!!

Remember, a well-written letter is one of the best tools to let legislators know what you’re thinking!
Know how to do it right.

Peace, Love and Active Activism

ps. Here’s another how-to!