Contact Your Representative – The Why & How

Hi all.

As some of you may know, I encourage writing to your state and local representatives often.

This is because I believe if enough people tell government what they want (especially if the writer is a registered voter) then the law official just might be swayed.

How are our representatives going to know how to represent them if we don’t tell them? Voting is one way, but most ballots do not touch on every concern specifically, and you can only vote less than a handful of times a year.

For the most part the letter writing is easy. Here’s a VERY brief outline you can follow every time you’re writing to government:

Hello,

My name is ____. I am a registered voter in ____ and my address is ____. I would like to urge you to support/oppose ____ because ____.

Thank you.

Obviously this is bare bones and you can add as much as you want, but I’d recommend still keeping it short and to the point because, like most, these people are busy.

The hardest part of this is locating your representatives and their contact information. Once initial leg work is done, though, you’re good to for a few years.

For contacting local representatives my favorite tool is www.commoncause.org

For national leaders, use www.house.gov

When we affect what happens in government buildings, we affect what happens in our neighborhoods, on our roads, in our lives. Let them know what you care about!

If you have other resources you like to use, please let us know in the comments! And, if you do reach out to officials, let us know, too. You might just be an inspiration to someone to do the same.

In Soil We Trust,

Tiffany

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