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  • #39014
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    Ruth Feiertag
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    Dear LetterMo Community,

    I wonder if anyone has any idea how effective or ineffective it truly is to write to our representatives. I keep reading and hearing that phone calls are the way to exert influence, but I am much more articulate on paper. What experiences have other had? Any success stories?

    I found a few websites that might be of interest to those of us who hope our letters will make a difference:

    http://borgenproject.org/call-congress/

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/c/ht/00/07/How_Write_Letters_Elected0962932964.htm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/contacting-your-congressional-representative_us_582a0965e4b060adb56f8e95

    Ruth

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  • #39211
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    riftvegan
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    Dear Ruth,
    Awesome that you are looking into this!

    I have been a letter writer for Amnesty International for many years, and I encourage you and everyone here to check that out as well. And yes, Amnesty International does have cases to write for in the USA, especially right now.

    I am signed up with the US Amnesty International Urgent Action Network. They send me emails (you can choose the frequency) about a human rights problem and include addresses and writing points.

    Or if you go to the main Amnesty USA, you can go to any of the email petitions, and copy the text there into a letter to send to your representatives. This is easy and quick, and it’s what I’ve been doing lately!

    If anyone has any questions about the Urgent Action Network, please ask!

    Happy Day,
    rift

  • #39248
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    Sara Glassman
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    Wonderful, thank you both for the resources. I’ve been making some calls, but I have sent off one postcard to my Representative. I have much more time to send letters than I do to make calls due to my work schedule.

    Sara Glassman - * Postable: www.postable.com/saraglassman * website: www.medusaslibrary.com

  • #39693
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    Carrye
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    I’ve read various testimonials from former office aids that included the impact of physical mail as well as postcards or letters that were particularly inspiring or to which the staff connected going on bulletin boards.

    Someone, somewhere, pointed to this article on crafting a letter
    http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/06/17/how-to-write-your-congressman/

    I have several government officials who will be receiving thank you notes from me this February (which the above article also mentions).

    I am also holding a letter writing social on February 25th with the express purpose of writing to government officials.

    And personally, I’ve been inspired by the quotations chosen by — as well as the daily letter writing habit of — https://www.instagram.com/dear_mr_pres/

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  • #41191
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    Ruth Feiertag
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    Dear Carrye,

    I once visited that Art of Manliness site to get a recipe for Bay Rum when my son started to shave. The Bay Rum worked well, but I think the article of writing representatives is even more useful.

    And the dear_mr._pres link was impressive. Thank you for that. Wow —— a letter every day. I too find it inspirational. Please tell us how your social goes.

    Ruth

    Ruth Feiertag * www.postable.com/ruthfeiertag * http://www.penknife-editing.net

  • #41426
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    Carrye
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    @rfeiertag I do like that a site like The Art of Manliness exists. It’s a very interesting musing on gender and society.

    Isn’t that account amazing? @https://www.instagram.com/drizzle_mail is also part of the resistance mail efforts, but his feed is more all things mail than the same kind of mail commitment.

    I plan to post pictures of our social. I am hoping we have a pleasant day. We’ve been inundated with rain lately, and while that helps with my motivation for sitting down to write, it does not bode well for folks to travel. Fingers crossed!

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  • #41884
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    Oriole Harris
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    Years, and I do mean years ago, I had a boyfriend who wrote every President. I was very surprised to know that he go back official correspondence from the White House with the Presidents name and signature. I’m sure someone signed them but the paper and envelopes were beautiful. He framed them and they lined his hallway.

    Oriole Harris
    www.postable.com/orioleadamsharris

  • #42144
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    Lana Hayes
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    Oriole, going from the sublime to the ridiculous, years ago I wrote to Socks Clinton. Remember the Clinton’s tuxedo kitty? In fact, I don’t recall if *I* wrote or my calico did, but Socks wrote back. Yes indeed, I received a photo postcard of the First Feline that was “signed” with a paw. I kept it on my fridge for years until it was misplaced in a move.

  • #42298
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    Ruth Feiertag
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    Oriole,

    I think that’s actually pretty great collection to have.

    And Lana,

    What burning issue did your calico wish Socks to address?

    Ruth

    Ruth Feiertag * www.postable.com/ruthfeiertag * http://www.penknife-editing.net

  • #42353
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    Anonymous

    My results so far:
    Mailed three letters on Feb. 1 to my state senators and representative (no reply yet).
    Sent two emails on Feb. 7 to both state senators. Received an auto-acknowledgment from one, followed by a standardized response letter within an hour that used my surname and mentioned the subject of my email in the first line (clearly a template geared for the topic).

    Many years ago, as a sixth-grade student participating in a class project to write to The White House, I was the only child who chose to write to First Lady Patricia Nixon; I thanked her for her role as the honorary national leader of Girl Scouts USA. Everyone else wrote to President Nixon and received the same form-letter reply (sans an inked signature), but I received a much larger envelope. Inside: an 8 x 10 color portrait of the Nixon family (including David Eisenhower, Julie Nixon’s husband) with a short message penned along the bottom by Patricia Nixon herself. I was stunned and thrilled!

    Toward the end of President Obama’s first term, I wrote a letter of thanks for his service. Last month, I received a letter of general reply (via email), thanking me and probably thousands of other citizens for writing. The content of that letter, while personalized only in the salutation, is remarkable in its thoughtfulness, candor, and concern.

    • #56064
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      bardbooks
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      Finally received a reply to one of three letters mailed Feb. 1 to my two state senators and state representative. Sen. Tim Scott sent an email reply that responded, somewhat, to the nature of my concerns.

      https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
      https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      • #56102
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        Carrye
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        @BardBooks I have a feeling many of the offices have no idea what to do with the inundation of constituent mail.

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  • #42599
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    Carrye
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    @lana-hayes I love that you wrote to Socks! Did you know Socks had a stamp issued? Wild!
    http://www.purringpost.com/2012/05/15/our-capitals-finest-felines-a-look-back-at-presidential-cats/

    I am curious how this administration will respond to paper mail. I am waiting to see if the @dear_mr_pres receives a response.

    @barbararohrer32gmail-com YAY Girl Scouts! Thank you for sharing responses you’ve received — both historically and lately.

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  • #43190
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    Lana Hayes
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    Ladies, I’m so sorry to derail this thread. I’ll just answer two questions and then lurk.

    Ruth, somehow I’d heard that Socks would send an official photo in reply to fan mail and so that’s the reason I wrote. I love cats. I also wrote to Queen Elizabeth about the same time and heard from a lady-in-waiting.

    Carrye, thanks for the link. That was such an interesting article and, no, I didn’t know there was a Socks stamp. Tfs.

  • #43309
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    Cooksterz
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    Thank you all for the great links and information. I was closing out my evening and that is on the TO DO list. I thinkk ill write Texas Lloyd Doggett. And the idea to write to a foreign government official is a great idea too! – Cookie

    "Get your Hand OFF that mouse, and write a letter!" ? But then use it to click over to G+ and see Letter Month Mail Art pics here: https://goo.gl/photos/jQuzB2o3QvjFKm8A7

  • #46986
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    Anonymous

    UPDATE: Yesterday, six days after sending an email to Rep. Tim Scott, I received (via email) a letterhead response to the specific issue I raised. Since only the salutation was personalized, I’m sure this was a template; however, the content was thoughtful and on target. There has been no response to the “real letter” I mailed to him on Feb. 1.

    Still no response of any kind from either state senator to real mail and none to my emails of last week.

    Phone calls are likely far more efficient and effective.

  • #48462
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    Carrye
    Participant

    The Well-Appointed Desk just posted an article about a political letter writing social happening in Kansas this weekend, as well as a resource for artist sponsored post cards to send to our representatives. Wanted to share the second resource …

    https://www.loveletteramerica.com/

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  • #49464
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    Penman
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    In order to be more effective in writing letters it might help to know what legislation is on the move. A good place for information is: https://www.congress.gov//. I think it is really important to make our thoughts known. I’ve sent emails but not with any great success if measured by responses. Perhaps a tangible letter will have more influence!

    • #52785
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      Ruth Feiertag
      Participant

      A friend turned me on to this resource:

      https://dailyaction.org

      If you sign up, you get a daily alert, a short message explaining the issue, and the option to be transferred to an appropriate representative. I’ve been using it, but have been frustrated by how often my elected officials have chosen to shut down their phone lines. That’s no fault of the app though.

      Ruth

      Ruth Feiertag * www.postable.com/ruthfeiertag * http://www.penknife-editing.net

      • #52827
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        bardbooks
        Participant

        I’m getting the daily alerts, too. Helpful.

        https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
        https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
        The White House
        1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
        Washington, DC 20500

  • #49820
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    Carrye
    Participant

    Thank you for the link, @penman!

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  • #52829
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    bardbooks
    Participant

    The White House “contact” page now reads:
    Call the President
    PHONE NUMBERS
    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414

    TTY/TTD
    Comments: 202-456-6213
    Visitor’s Office: 202-456-2121

    Write a letter to the President
    Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your message gets to the White House as quickly as possible.

    If possible, email us! This is the fastest way to get your message to President Trump.

    If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.

    Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.

    And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure your message gets to us as quickly and directly as possible:
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

  • #52897
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    Carrye
    Participant

    Also, there’s a post card movement being organized for March 15. Searching on “post card March 15” will return the details if you haven’t already heard about it.

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    • #53368
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      bardbooks
      Participant

      Carrye, I also plan to participate in the March 15 postcard blitz.

      Here’s the website, which includes a list of events:
      https://www.theidesoftrump.com/#theidesoftrump

      A group in Italy is hosting one of the events …

      https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
      https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      • #53520
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        Carrye
        Participant

        Italy? My goodness.

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  • #54151
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    Carrye
    Participant

    The Letter Social for Post Card Activism went really well! Fewer folks were able to attend, but the group who showed up generated 30 post cards. We decided to hold another event in April.

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  • #54227
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    Ruth Feiertag
    Participant

    Carrye,

    Well done! I’m collecting postcards to send for the Ides of Trump. I’m thinking one postcard per issue. I hope you’ll keep me updated on your socials. You’re inspiring.

    Ruth

    Ruth Feiertag * www.postable.com/ruthfeiertag * http://www.penknife-editing.net

  • #54257
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    riftvegan
    Participant

    https://www.theidesoftrump.com/#theidesoftrump

    Dear @mizlit and @barbararohrer,
    Thanks so much for informing us about this! I have not been able to attend the protests in my home town, but mailing some postcards?! This I can do… and then some!! 🙂

    I keep searching, but I’m not seeing any free printable postcards. So I made my own! I just uploaded the file at my website…

    #TheIdesOfTrump Free Printable Postcard

    Please let me know if you have any trouble printing these! And I’m happy to mail these postcards to anyone without access to a printer or print services! Message me!

    Happy Day,
    rift

    • #54382
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      bardbooks
      Participant

      @riftvegan Thank you for the beautiful postcard design.
      @mizlit Thank you, too, for more postcard images and inspiration!
      @rfeiertag In addition to Pinterest, you’ll find more images connected to #theidesoftrump

      https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
      https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      • #54396
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        Carrye
        Participant

        @bardbooks We inspire each other. Which is how it should be. 🙂

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  • #54259
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    Ruth Feiertag
    Participant

    Rift:

    Thank you! Those are fantastic. I just bought some more card stock and will print out your design for some more variety.

    Look here for some more options:
    https://resistancemail.wordpress.com

    Ruth

    Ruth Feiertag * www.postable.com/ruthfeiertag * http://www.penknife-editing.net

  • #54261
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    Ruth Feiertag
    Participant

    Those of you who are more tech savvy than I am:

    How can we create a place to share postcard images to share?

    Ruth

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  • #54264
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    Carrye
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    Thank you @riftvegan for the post card!

    There’s also a post card blitz planned for DeVos in defense of public Education.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/170552020111234/

    @Ruth I am currently using Pinterest for keeping track of my found free (political) post card images. They (along with articles) can be found here https://www.pinterest.com/mizlit/fight-face-2017

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  • #54627
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    riftvegan
    Participant

    Thank You @mizlit for the message about the Postcard Blast to the Department of Education… Those postcards need to be in the mail 28 feb, people: that’s TOMORROW! 🙂

    I’ve written two, and might dash off a couple more before the evening is done.

    I’ve also started writing postcards for the Ides Postcard Blast… because I intend to send a lot!

    Happy Day,
    rift

  • #54913
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    Carrye
    Participant

    @riftvegan Yay! Thank you for standing up for public education!

    I like the previously mentioned idea for Ides: A post card for each issue/concern.

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