Write Letters and Emails
You can write letters or emails to your Texas senators and representatives, editors, newspapers, and/or your U.S. Senators and Congresspeople. Let us show you how.
Who to Contact
First things first, who do you contact? We encourage all Texas citizens to contact their Texas senators and representatives to encourage them to support a fair and open redistricting process. To do this, you need to know who your Texas senator and Texas representative are as well as the members of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees. Use these links to identify your elected representatives, their mailing addresses, phone numbers, and a mechanism to email them.
What to Say
Next, you want to figure out what to say in your letter or email. We have provided a sample letter that includes the proper salutation and a suggested text. Notice it is direct and courteous. Your letter should probably be less than one page. Read our sample letter to inspire you.
Write Members of the Texas House or Senate Redistricting Committees
Next, we hope you will write members of the Texas House and Texas Senate Redistricting Committees. You first need to know who to write. Here are links to these two committees:
Next, you need to know what to say. See the sample letter on the right.
Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Paper
Letters to editors have a long tradition in activism. Your newspaper will provide you with the address where you can write to it. Next, you need to know what to say. Learn the how, what and when to write an op ed letter.
Additional Information About Writing to Elected Officials
Writing a letter to your elected representative need not be intimidating. Learn how to do it at https://www.candyusa.com/advocacy/communicating-with-congress-an-overview/writing-or-sending-e-mail-to-your-senators-or-representative/
How to Write a Letter or Email
Read the American Psychological Association’s Guide to Advocacy on how to write or email your congressional representatives. This article includes the nine essential tips for writing your congressperson. Read more at https://www.apa.org/advocacy/guide/letter-email