One of the most valuable things you can do for the Party is to make your voice heard! The possibilities for doing this are limited only by your imagination, but here are a few of the most common:
Talk to your friends – let your friends know that you’re interested in the issues.
Invite your neighbors over for a discussion – you don’t have to lecture. Have a coffee! Broach the subject you’re interested in talking about and let your neighbors express themselves. This is a great way to right the lies and innuendos–if your neighbors trust you, your opinion will matter to them.
Put up a yard sign – many people share your view but are afraid to bring up the topic. Putting a sign in your yard gives the signal that you are willing to talk. This can help you find the neighbors you want to invite over for a discussion.
Put a bumper sticker on your car – if you are worried about the sticker damaging your vehicle you can put it on glass.
Call in to talk shows – be polite but firm. Know in advance what you want to say.
Take advantage of the Internet – tweet, blog, Facebook. All are excellent ways to communicate with a larger audience.
Write a letter to the editor – it’s an easy way to participate!
To submit a letter to the Colorado Springs Independent, mail Editor, 235 S. Nevada Ave., CS, CO 80903 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips on writing letters to the editor:
Letters to the editor are a great way to make your voice heard because they:
reach a large audience.
are often monitored by elected officials.
can bring up information not addressed in a news article.
create an impression of widespread support or opposition to an issue.
Keep it short and on one subject. Many newspapers have strict limits on the length of letters and have limited space to publish them. Keeping your letter brief will help assure that your important points are not cut out by the newspaper.
Humor helps. If you can present your points with humor, you’ll stand a better chance of being published.
Use spelling and grammar checking. If you’re using email or a computer word processing program to write your letter, run the spell and grammar checking tools.
Send letters to weekly community newspapers too. The smaller the newspaper’s circulation, the easier it is to get your letter printed.
Send letters individually to newspapers. If you want to reach more than one newspaper, send the letter individually. Some newspapers won’t publish a letter that they know has been sent to multiple outlets.
Be sure to include your contact information. Many newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information, and will usually only print your name and city should your letter be published.
Make references to the newspaper. While some papers print general commentary, many will only print letters that refer to a specific article. Here are some examples of easy ways to refer to articles in your opening sentence:
I was disappointed to see that The Gazette’s March 10 editorial “School Vouchers Are a Bad Idea” omitted some of the key facts in the debate.
I strongly disagree with (author’s name) narrow view on women’s reproductive rights. (“Name of Op-Ed,” date)
I am deeply saddened to read that Congressman Doe is working to roll back affirmative action. (“Title of Article,” date)