Support Democracy Reform With a Letter to the Editor
Letters to the editor are some of the most powerful tools we have. They get our MOCs’ attention. And they increase public awareness about important issues.
Right now we’re continuing to push for democracy reform via three critical issues:
- Passing the For The People Act
- Eliminating the Filibuster
- Adopting D.C. Statehood
We’re gaining traction on all three, so help us keep the the pressure on. Set aside some time this week to write a strong, clear letter to the editor on one or more of these three topics.
If you missed our recent Spring Break Letter-to-the-Editor Party, we’re publishing the whole toolkit here on the website. So let’s get started!
- First, read about the For the People Act in our March Action Alert here. If you want to dive deeper, read the section-by-section summaries of the House version (H.R.1) and the Senate version (S.1)
- Next, review the Talking Points we’ve gathered for each of these three main topics.
- Then read our tip sheet on How to Write a Letter to the Editor for guidelines on writing a letter that will get published.
Writing & Submitting Your Letters
Ready to start writing? Dive in! Key points to remember:
- Start strong – Put the most important info up front.
- Cite supporting evidence – Include one or two reputable bits of evidence to support your claim.
- Use your own words – Even if you’re stating shared opinions or following suggested messaging, state your own thoughts in your own words.
If you’d like to review some sample letters to the editor first, read these examples of letters about eliminating the filibuster, adopting DC Statehood, and passing the For the People Act. All of these samples are 200 words or less.
Pull together your main points into a short coherent whole. Write. Edit. Cut for length if needed. And don’t forget to proofread.
When you’re ready to submit, be sure to follow the publication’s guidelines. You can find submission links and guidelines for the main Buncombe County and state publications here.
Let Us Know
When you get a letter published, let us know and we’ll share it with other Indivisible AVL activists.
Congratulations! Keep up the good work.