Why should I write a letter?
How can my letter help?
Letters can make a huge impact! We've compiled a list of reasons and resources in regards to the importance of writing a letter. Click on the underlined text to read the article associated with the information. Thank you so much for taking action for cetaceans!
According to the Montana State Legislators website “A well-written letter is one of the best ways to let your legislator know your thoughts and opinions about a particular issue.”
An article from ThoughtCo states “Always send a traditional letter. While it is easier to send an email, and all Senators and Representatives now have email addresses, written letters get more attention and have more impact. The Senators and Representatives and their staffs get literally hundreds of emails every day. Emails from their constituents are mixed in with emails from fellow lawmakers and staff members and are thus easily overlooked or disregarded. In addition, taking the time to send a traditional, handwritten letter is the best way to show you “really care” about the issues you are addressing.”
Peggy Oki (Founder/Director of Origami Whales Project and one of the three contributors to cetaceans.org) recently delivered her letter to U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal. Peggy's letter was in regards to the SWIMS Act, cetaceans in captivity, and USDA concerns. This momentous occasion was captured on video so we could share the power of letter-writing with you!
Wonderful news - Congressman Carbajal has recently signed on to cosponsor the SWIMS Act!
Meeting your U.S. Rep in-person isn't always possible, but writing to them can make a BIG impact. Click the buttons below to watch the full video of Peggy meeting her U.S. Rep - and please join our letter writing campaign on behalf of cetaceans! We have created a sample letter and provided information about the SWIMS Act, captive cetaceans, USDA concerns, etc.
Click here to take action! 'Swims Act Cetacean Letter'.
Pictured: Peggy Oki discussing her letter with U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal
From the Maine House of Representatives: “Letters are extremely effective. Personal visits are also valuable. Personal postcards, phone calls, e-mails and well written letters all help. Be sure to tell your legislator why you support or oppose a measure."
The Congressional Management Foundation conducted an online survey between October 12 and December 13, 2010 on congressional staff on their opinions and practices related to constituent communications, including grassroots advocacy campaigns and social media. The survey found 96% of congressional aides reported that if the member of Congress was undecided on an issue, personalized letters would influence his or her position.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead