• Keep letters SHORT – under 250 words.
• Specifically state the problem and what should be done.
• Mention good and/or bad actions taken by your legislator on the issue.
• Submit letters with your full name, address, phone number, and whatever other information the newspaper requests.
• Do NOT use a form letter.
• Be aware they can take 2-3 weeks to be printed. If there is specific legislation involved, state when it is being voted on and ask public to write/call legislator on the issue.
• Be credible – cite sources, use specific information.
Send your ELCA Washington Office (email@example.com) a copy of your letter!Back to TopCall your elected officialHere are some tips when making phone calls to elected officials:
• You will speak to staff assistants who are responsible for recording the issues constituents call about.
• Making a call is simple, and will only take two minutes.
• Prepare your message, and keep your message short and to the point. One short paragraph is all you’ll have time to read, especially on a call-in day.
• Subscribe to e-Advocacy Networks to get notified when your call will make the most difference.
Back to TopMeet with your legislatorMeeting with your legislator is another effective way to advocate. Here are some tips for making the most of your time:
• In-district meetings are easiest
• Introduce yourself
• Thank the Member of Congress or staffer for his/her time
• Thank him/her for previous votes you liked
• Give your background
• Explain the issue
• Give a specific request or “ask”
• Keep it short – 15 minutes or so
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