Saturday, December 8, 2007

Want to write a letter?

Maybe you've heard of a human rights abuse case that really fired you up. Writing a letter to a politician may seem old-fashioned or pointless, but it's actually a good way to get your voice out there, and get your case heard. Politicians, especially local ones, rely a great deal on letters from the public when it comes to decision making. They obviously want to make you happy so they will be reelected (although we're not trying to dismiss the possibility they may actually care, too!) or for other reasons. In any case, they will be made aware through your letter of a case they might not have known about before, and that is the first step in creating change.

Here's a website you can visit to look up any US governer, senator and representative.

Here are some tips to help you promote your cause. If you scroll down, there is a separate section on contacting representatives. There are many more tips too, like information on meeting your Congressperson.

1 comment:

Art Collins said...

Just published--

Art Collins


Print version--$14.24.

Steve Mole was pronounced guilty of killing one person and seriously injuring two others while drunk driving. He was a fifty-ish computer programmer with sole custody of two teenagers—by all accounts a loving father. He was an avid churchgoer, conscientious worker; an everyday non-remarkable resident of Texas.
Despite having no prior convictions, the jury gave him a total of 30 years on the three separate charges. The judge ruled they be served consecutively. There would be no parole possibility until the 15 year halfway point.
Certainly the suffering he had caused was profound and no punches are pulled in chronicling the accident and its aftermath. But was the sentence just? Is society really achieving its intended results with its ever escalating “get tough on crime” mentality? If our anti-crime deterrents are so effective, why does the U.S. continue to have the highest per capita prison population in the world?
A Cautionary Tale takes us through the various settings of Steve’s dark odyssey, from the crash site and arrest through the trial and his current prison life. Given his circumstances, his attitude is startlingly optimistic and inspirational. He regards his new environment as a stage from which to live and demonstrate his faith.
His chronicle is part drama, part societal critique, but mainly a story of redemption. For many of us, it could also serve as a sobering “there-but-for-the-grace-of-God” warning.

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