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Should you write to your State Representatives?
by: Bridget Haina
When we start to consider our role in democracy outside of voting, the actions we need to take can become less clear, less quantifiable. I know I have heard my whole life that if I feel a certain way about an issue I should write to my Elected Representatives, that a letter from a constituent is worth 10 lobbyists. But when I look at the trend in policy towards corporate interests it becomes harder to believe that that action, or my voice, could make a difference.
My grandfather, Carl Streeter, inspired a different perspective in me. Out of all the people in my life, he is the only one I know that regularly writes to his representatives. His pen is relentless in the fight for accountability and fairness, and when he was younger, his presence at every public forum was one to be remembered. Every letter and speech held a dedication to the search for truth and a demand for the answers to difficult questions.
I can’t help but wonder if I was more like him if I knew more people like him, people who not only cared about but took action to ensure a fair democracy, what kind of democracy would we have?
We will leave you with this question and the actions below to ponder.
actions to take
Find your Senators. Who are they? What do they stand for?
Write your Senators to express your views on the upcoming impeachment vote
View a Sample Letter You Can Use to Start or Scroll to Copy & Paste
Explore Outreach Resources.
questions to consider
In what ways do you feel impacted by the actions at the Capitol on January 6?
How are you civically engaging outside of voting?
What barriers do you face when trying to engage with our democracy?
Check out After We Vote to learn what you can do to Demand Justice and Protect Democracy Now
Sample Email to Representative
EMAIL SUBJECT: Demand to Impeach. Time for action.
Dear Senator/Representative [LAST NAME]:
As a constituent, I urge you to find the courage to insist that Donald Trump be held accountable for the damage he has done to our democracy through impeachment and conviction. He must no longer, and never again, be President of the United States.
[Insert 2-3 sentences about how the actions of Donal Trump have impacted your life specifically.]
The depth of Mr. Trump’s corruption demands immediate action. From calling on a hostile foreign government to obtain and leak a rival candidate’s correspondence, to flouting the constitutional Emoluments Clause that bars public officials from being compensated in any way by foreign states, to boasting about actions that qualify as sexual assault (in terms that corroborate a string of allegations against him), Mr. Trump has violated countless standards of public integrity and personal decency. He is dangerously unfit to hold the presidency.
Article Four, Section 2 of the Constitution specifies “high crimes and misdemeanors” as grounds for impeachment. It is not restricted to offenses committed while in office, nor does it require criminal conviction. Mr. Trump’s offenses already meet this standard and will continue to do so through to the end of presidency. The Congress must act in the country’s best interests by impeaching him and removing him from office.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.