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How to write an advocacy letter Number 1 fts lt oh d o,ai “ er d o” tr e t This is a business letter. Address it correctly. Iiiaeet t ei rsy g D aE i r n t is acceptable. However, if you know the name of the editor (of a small newspaper) or the editorial page editor (of a large newspaper), use it, especially on the envelope and inside address of the letter. The name, and the mailing address, can usually be found on the editorial page of the newspaper. l e fc lsol e dr e a “ h H nr e nh nside address block, and then c d ia d Eet of ishu b adesd s T e ooal i t i s b” e by their title in the greeting (i.e., The Honorable George Jones, Dear Senator Jones). Number 2 t nh it a ga , lt h er a p e e hto w n( t o S 0”ad V e Get to the point. Wi it fspr r htlhm w ayu at“ o fr B10)n h ( cuet i aei s) b w y “eas iwlsv l e”l v . Number 3 Tell your story. The request for their help will be more effective if you can tell a personal story n oree “ nw h a gs fo co s bcue. )In tr I e v b ” i yu lt ( ko t r ae o t ac ue eas.. . the words of self-described opr e t y lr vl Ca ,So e m t o ee y r rs croa s rtl E e n l k“t i i prove communications of important messages because they touch the heart as well as the mind, and that emotional connection makes a message e oa e e yue m a t yt r s pr fth r n m o m o n xe ec, b. l o he t m m r l Whn o tl e s r, e ’a a o it te i s e f y w epr ne a m d i si e h ” and so the lesson stay wt m . Number 4 Stay on track. Stick with your key points and avoid bringing up side issues, especially in the itee Y u a w i aa ,udnto to r un yS m nw ppr i th r tr t n fslt . o m y re gi bto’d it f qet . o e e sae l it o e l sm e frequency of letters on a topic or from a writer. Policymakers can ignore too frequent correspondence from someone with whom they are not familiar, especially if the writer is not a constituent. Number 5 f os l ke t ee o s g aeB t o’c d h ae y s g ie e tr ne Keep it short. Ips b ,eph lt t a i lpg. u dntrw t pg b ui o e n tiny type or narrow margins. Make it visually easy to read. Many newspapers have a word count limit for letters to the editor. Number 6 Include your name and contact information. This is address and telephone number and maybe e-mail address. A public official may wish to respond or ask for more information. The newspaper may want to verify that you sent the letter.
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