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Writing Opinion Editorials and Letters to the Editor

An Opinion Editorial or (op-ed) is a timely, provocative essay that expresses an opinion on an important issue. Letters to the editor generally respond to a previous article in the Newspaper. They can be useful and cost effective tools for advocates trying to get out a message. Most policy makers or their staff read these, as […]

How To Get Copies of Bills and Committee Reports

You can ask your legislators office to get you copies of bills and committee reports that you need, But it is faster to use THOMAS, the congressional website ( . Identify the bill or committee report you want by name and number. In the house, Bills are identified as H.R. ____. In the Senate, they […]

How a Federal Bill Becomes a Law (Or Not)

Anyone may draft a bill, but only members of Congress can introduce legislation, and by doing so become the sponsor(s). There are four basic types of legislation: bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. The official legislative process begins when a bill or resolution is numbered. H.R. signifies House Bill and S. a Senate […]

Visiting Legislators in Their Home Districts

Most legislators travel to their home districts often. They go home, in part, to meet with constituents either individually or in town meetings. You can set up a meeting with your representative or senator during one of these visits or attend a town meeting forum to ask a question about your issues. Requesting your meeting […]

Communicating with the White House

Sometimes you may want to call or write the White House to voice your opinion. The Administration uses calls and letters to the White House as a gauge of public opinion. To write to the White House, start your letter with “Dear Mr. President.” If you would like to call the White House in response […]

Tips on Writing Elected Officials

Think short, short, short. Limit your letter to one page. Identify the issue or problem in the first sentence, and state your position. Support your position with an experience from your family or community. Keep your sentences short and to the point. Call the congressional office and ask how to send your letter? By e-mail […]

10 Things to Know About Legislative Advocacy

1. Don’t be a stranger to your elected officials and their staff members. The most persuasive messages come from familiar faces. Know them by name, and make sure they know you by name. Anonymity is the antithesis of effectiveness. Invite officials to your community partnership programs for conversations and photos. When it comes to creating […]

Advocacy Toolbox

We encourage you to be an advocate for the cause of homelessness in Georgia. If you have ever worked with a teacher to improve your child’s education, you have been an advocate. Someone who looks out for the interests of another, someone who speaks up on behalf of another. Advocates identify a problem, an unrecognized […]