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It is vitally important that our cry for peace, justice and reason
be heard not just among us, but in the broader community as well.
As you may have already seen, the media is full of angry words,
calling for war and condemning those who seek peace. We must answer
these voices, not by ignoring them or attempting to shout them down,
but with public dialogue. You can make a
positive contribution by writing a letter of response to one of the
local school or community papers. It could be the most important
thing you do today.
If you'd like someone to read your letter, both
Jonathan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Suresh (email@example.com)
have experience as journalists and are happy to offer comments.
Several people expressed interest in tips for effective letter writing. Letter writing advice
is available on several activist and public interest organization websites,
including that of the ACLU. Combining some of these with suggestions from Mark Tulo of the Coalition for Peace Action, here are some ideas:
Letters to Newspapers
Letters to Newspapers are easy to write and very important. They:
TIPS for Letters to Newspapers:
- reach a large audience
- are often read by elected officials
- bring perspectives that are missing from news and editorials
- foster the impression of widespread support or opposition to an
- Can be emailed or typed
- Keep it short and on one subject
- Start with a hook that connects to something already recently covered
by the newspaper as a news report, editorial, op-ed, column, or picture
- use the first person
- Include your contact information, especially a phone number - if they
are considering publication, they'll call and verify the name on the
letter and the fact that you sent it in.
Newspaper Contact Information
|MSNBC's Michael Moran
|MSN News Feedback
|Newsweek (U.S. Print)
|CBS Evening Show with Dan Rather
|NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw
Links to Local Papers
Campus newspapers and newsletters
Writing to major national newspapers is also important, as is writing to
newspapers in other countries.
Letters to Elected Officials
Tips for letters to elected officials
- Hand-written (make it legible) is best, or typed on personal
stationary - it shows you care enough to take the time.
- Keep it brief ( no more than a page) and focus on two or three points
that are most important to you
- Make it personal, say who you are, a constituent, a party supporter,
someone who campaigned or voted for them, etc. in the first paragraph.
- Use a respectful tone but be firm
- Start with some kind of positive words connecting to official or
majority opinion or actions but make it clear in the first sentence that
you are writing a letter of protest - e.g. start with "While sharing...
I feel that...
- Include your contact information.
- If you receive a form-letter response, write another letter asking
for a serious, personal reply and staple the form letter to it. This
shows you are serious.
Elected Official Contact Information
President George W. Bush|
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Gen. Colin Powell|
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters, Room S-3800
New York, NY 10017, USA
U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine
Washington D.C. 20510|
Fax: (202) 228-2197
One Gateway Center, 11th Floor|
Newark, NJ 07102
FAX: (973) 645-0502
208 White Horse Pike, Suite 18|
Barrington, NJ 08007
FAX: (856) 546-1526
U.S. Senator Robert G. Torricelli
113 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington D.C. 20510
1 Riverfront Plaza
Newark, NJ 07102
FAX: (973) 639-0418
420 Benigno Blvd, Suite A1|
Bellmawr, NJ 08031
FAX: (856) 933-2711
List of all U.S. Senators and links to their websites
The Honorable Rush D. Holt - New Jersey, 12th
Washington, D.C. 20515
FAX: (609) 750-0618
Search for any U.S. Representative's contact information
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20543
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