Contacting elected and appointed officials is important for promoting the policies you want implemented, whether it’s your federal, state, or local government. Written letters and phone calls comprise some of the most effective methods for persuading your officials. This video covers the best practices for getting your stories into the minds of people writing laws and creating policies.
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 Victor, D. (2016, November 22). Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators. The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/us/politics/heres-why-you-should-call-not-email-your-legislators.html
 Lapowsky, I. (2018, February 01). What It Takes to Make Congress Actually Listen. Wired. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.wired.com/story/opengov-report-congress-constituent-communication/
 Writing your Elected Representatives. (n.d.). ACLU. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.aclu.org/writing-your-elected-representatives
 Longley, R. (2019, October 02). Tips for Writing Effective Letters to Congress. ThoughtCo. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.thoughtco.com/write-effective-letters-to-congress-3322301
 How to Have a Productive Phone Call With Your Legislator's Office. (2008, July 17). Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/how-have-productive-phone-call-your-legislators-office
 Ruskin, M., Kang, E., Moharram, H., & Doherty, M. (2017, January 29). From Voicemails to Votes (1048284964 801011813 M. Seawell, Ed.) [Scholarly project]. In The OpenGov Foundation. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://v2v.opengovfoundation.org
Inspiration for the right to repair issue in the example letter:
Rosa-Aquino, P. (2020, October 23). Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground. The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/23/climate/right-to-repair.html