Tips for Writing to Your Legislators
Writing or emailing your own state senator or representative is an important way to support reforms you care about. The following tips can help:
- Keep your letter brief, polite and focused on the issue you are writing about.
- If you are writing to ask a legislator to help you with a loved one’s case, it is better to do so in a separate letter.
- If sending a physical letter, always type it out.
- Always include your full name, address and phone number, even in emails.
Justice Thru Storytelling has written a letter you can send via email or print and send by mail.
If sending a physical letter, address it thus:
The Honorable (Full name), State Senator, State Capitol, PO Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536
The Honorable (Full name), State Representative, State Capitol, PO Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.
If sending an email, find your representative or senator’s email address or the contact form on their website.
A sample outline for your letter or email
Keep it relatively simple and short.
Your greeting and first paragraph
Dear Senator/Representative (Last name):
- You are writing in support of an issue.
- You are a constituent/your business is in their district/you are a leader in an organization, etc.
- The issue is very important to you/your family/the state, etc.
Your second and third paragraphs
- Examples of how the issue has affected you, your loved ones or the state of Michigan, etc.
Your last paragraph
- Urge them to support Justice Thru Storytelling’s recommendations, the change you desire, etc.
- Ask them to respond back, letting you know how they plan to vote/take action.
- Thank them for their consideration of your request.
Your closing lines
Your full address
A phone number where you can be reached
The goal of this campaign is to convince our legislators in the state of Michigan to change People v Christel to model the California law in order to bring #Justice4Women.