The Action

Write Letters to the Editor

Writing letters to newspaper editors is an important and effective way to help raise public awareness and move public opinion.

Our goals are to educate the general public about the Electoral College while encouraging Electors to vote their conscience and protect the Constitution and the country from Donald Trump.

How to Participate

1. Write to your state's largest paper

  • Find your state in the list below
  • Write an email addressing your primary talking point
  • Send it in!

 

2. Write to a nationally circulated paper

  • Choose a nationally circulated paper from the list below
  • Write an email addressing your primary talking point
  • Send it in!

3. Write to your local city or regional paper

  • Find the contact info for your local paper
  • Search “submit letter to editor at [your local paper]”
  • Write an email addressing your primary talking point
  • Send it in!
Details
  • Send each letter in a separate email.
  • Include the letter in the body of the email. Do not send as an attachment.
  • Letters should be about 150 to 200 words long. 250 max.
  • Pick only one talking point for each letter.
  • Include your name, street address and phone number. Newspapers will not publish your personal information, but they may want to contact you to confirm you wrote the letter.
  • Write the letter in your own words

For more tips on writing letters to the editor, please visit http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/letters-to-editor/main

Talking Points

Donald Trump is a Threat to the Constitution

Donald Trump is unfit for office, due to his attacks on the Constitution, such as appearing to condone violence at public rallies, threatening to sue journalists who criticize him, and proposing that Americans register with the government based on religion.

He has also appointed many well-known extremists to his office and cabinet, including Attorney General and Chief Strategist. This is the kind of president the Electoral college was created to prevent.

Donald Trump is a Danger to the U.S.

Donald Trump is admittedly entangled with foreign governments through his business investments. Since being named president-elect, he has curried personal business favor with foreign governments. He has refused to release his tax returns, so the American public has no way of knowing who he does business with. This is the kind of president the Electoral College was created to prevent.

The Popular Vote

Secretary Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than two million votes. More Americans want Secretary Clinton to be president. The Electors have the Constitutional right to vote for her and support the popular vote winner.

Voter Inequality

By favoring small states, the Electoral College essentially gives certain Americans extra votes. This leads to the Electoral System undermining the popular will. The Electors have the Constitutional right to support the popular vote winner.

Tell Your Story

Tell your story or the story of someone who you know will be, or has already been, directly impacted by a Trump presidency. This is especially effective with local or regional papers. Whether a loved one, a friend, an acquaintance, or even a stranger who needs their story told, the goal is to help the electors see the actual human beings who will be hurt by Trump’s decisions. Some questions to consider: Who is this person? Why should people care about this person? How will a Trump presidency impact this person’s life?

Additional References

 

Find Your Paper

Newspapers

New York Times

letters@nytimes.com

LA Times

letters@washpost.com

USA Today

letters@usatoday.com

Wall Street Journal

letters@wsj.com

Miami Herald

Editor: Aminda Marques Gonzalez
@mindymarques
amarques@miamiherald.com

Submit via Email: HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com

Tallahassee Democrat

Editor: William Hatfield
@whatfieldTD

Submit via Email: letters@tallahassee.com

Athens Banner-Herald

Submit via email: news@onlineathens.com
(Subject: LETTER TO THE EDITOR)


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Editor: Tom Sabulis
@ajceditor
tsabulis@ajc.com

Submit via Email: letters@ajc.com

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Editor: Mark Loranda
@marklorando

Submit by form: http://connect.nola.com/user/nolatpletter/posts.html
Submit by email: letters@NOLA.com

Columbus Dispatch

Editor: Allen Miller
@amiller78
amiller@dispatch.com

Submit by form: http://www.dispatch.com/content/pages/opinion/send-letter-to-editor.jsp?cmpid=tplnnv
Submit by email: forum@dispatch.com

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Editor: George Rodrigue
@PD_Rodrigue
grodrigue@plaind.com

Submit by form: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/
Submit by email: forum@plaind.com

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer + Philadelphia Daily News

Editor: Bill Marimow
@bmarimow65
bmarimow@philly.com

Submit via form: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/Write_to_Us__Letters_and_Op_Eds.html
Submit via email: inquirer.letters@phillynews.com; oped@phillynews.com

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editor: David Shribman
@shribmanPG
dshribman@post-gazette.com

Submit via email: letters@post-gazette.com; opinions@post-gazette.com

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Editor: Luis Fabregas
@LuisTrib
lfabregas@triweb.com

Submit via Email: opinion@tribweb.com

The Patriot-News

Editor: Cate Barron
Editorial Editor: John L. Micek
@ByJohnMicek
jmicek@pennlive.com

Submit via form: http://connect.pennlive.com/staff/pennletters/posts.html
Submit via email: letters@pennlive.com

Austin-American Statesman

Editor: Debbie Hiott
dhiott@statesman.com
@dhiott

Email: views@statesman.com
Form: http://www.statesman.com/opinion/letters/form/

Dallas Morning News

Editor: Mike Wilson
@mwilstory

El Paso Times

Form: http://static.elpasotimes.com/lettertoeditor

Houston Chronicle

Editor: Jeff Cohen
jeff.cohen@chron.com
@JDCo

Email: viewpoints@chron.com

Houston Press

Form: http://www.houstonpress.com/about/contact?category=letters

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Editor: Tom Sabulis
@ajceditor
tsabulis@ajc.com

Submit via Email: letters@ajc.com

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