WyoSayNo: Letter Writing Party

April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
@ 8:00 pm

Letters and e-mails sent directly to your elected officials are extremely impactful. At this session, we will work with you to craft the perfect letter, email or postcard. 

We will send letters to the Governor, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Instruction, State Auditor, and the State Treasurer with our friends at MEChA in the University of Wyoming's Multicultural Resource Center. These five elected officials have the power to approve or decline the build of MTC's proposed private prison near Evanston. 

Why write letters? 

Letter writing is an effective tactic. We know this because with the exception of those in leadership roles, most legislators have no staff. This means they’re the ones who are answering when constituents call or write emails. The amount of feedback a legislator gets on a certain issue can help determine its importance in their eyes. For example, if a legislator is getting a ton of e-mails and letters saying “vote NO on this bill,” it’s bound to make a big impression.

As with any other meeting or communication with your legislator, politeness the key to success. Be kind, be honest, and share your personal story. Facts are important, but personal and relatable stories can play a powerful role in changing hearts, minds, and votes. 

Please bring your personal laptops or devices to compose emails and notebooks for handwriting letters. 

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