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What to Say
What should I write about?
If you're listening to the news or reading the paper and something you hear upsets you or resonates with you, that's a good topic to write about. Another way of sourcing ideas for what to write about is to subscribe to one of the many compilation lists of current legislation and the name and address of who needs to hear from us. See the Resources page for specific links and suggestions.
I have so much to say. How can I ever fit it on a postcard?
If you have a lot to say, you should write a lot of individual postcards with one topic per card! Covering multiple topics in one postcard may feel therapeutic, but it will most likely mean that when your card is read briefly by staffers, it will be discarded and not reported to the MoC.
How can I keep up with everything we should be vigilant about?
It's basically impossible to keep up with everything yourself. Remember that there are many many people watching and speaking out. So it's not all on any one of us to be vigilant about everything. Many hands make light work, so just do what you can do, when you can do it and keep yourself strong for the long haul.
How can I track bills as they go through Congress?
To understand the process that a bill must go through to become law, read the summary of how this works in our Resource Section. To check the current status of legislation or track the progress of a bill, sign up for alerts at www.govtrack.us
Is a general comment without a specific ask worth writing about?
As long as your general comment is categorizable by the staffers who will read it as either FOR something or AGAINST something, it will be logged and is worth writing. If you have a brief personal story about how this affects you then it is definitely worth writing.
How personal should my card be?
Telling a story of how an issue affects you will make your postcard have maximum impact. MoC's use stories to read aloud in their testimony, and it naturally affects their thoughts about an issue more than just a statement of opinion without any reasoning.