Being politically proactive is part and parcel of engaged citizenship! Therefore, we’re asking you to write letters to your Legislators – both Federal and State. Submit your letter though this form, reviewing the tips below. The MLK Day Committee will print and mail your letter on your behalf.
Write to your Federal Legislators
When searching for legislation, you can use keywords that represent your interests. Using the search term “civil rights” we found an example of a bill being introduced at the state level.
- Include a return address so the Congressperson knows you are from their state or congressional district.
- Introduce yourself and elaborate on your home community. You can always talk about matters affecting Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, as you are a Northfield resident, too!
- Use your own words rather than a template. Your voice and experiences matter!
- Be clear and concise about why you are writing. (In other words, have an “ask” ready.) Assistants and legislators will filter messages that do not have an ask that is supported by data and personal stories.
- After making your request, explain your stance on the issue. Consider using a personal story to convey why you care about this particular matter.
- Include some current, pertinent data to strengthen your argument.
- In closing out your letter, show how the issue impacts people in your area.
- Always be respectful