Community Legislator Letter Writing Campaign
The heartbreaking and unjust actions which led to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who came before them reinforce our need to immediately intensify our efforts to act for equality and justice. In the tradition of our Sacred Heart goals three and four, a social awareness that impels to action and the building of community as a Christian value, join us to create a cohesive voice to campaign for justice and an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
Below are tools and resources to email or call all of the legislators that work for you, from the President to your local alderman. We want to send as many messages to our government officials as we can so they know what the people who vote demand of them, or they will lose our support.
Follow the directions below to contribute to the campaign:
1. Find your legislators by entering your address here: https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative. Here is where you can find their social media links and phone numbers. For email addresses or to read about each representative’s stance on certain issues you can click on “Homepage” and “Contact” for the email.
2. Know and understand what it is you want to say to them. Focus on one issue and take a couple of notes of the things that stand out most to you:
https://populardemocracy.org/news/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-end-police-brutality - This explains 15 major social and legislative issues that directly or indirectly lead to systematic racism and police brutality. This provides stats and information about laws and practices that you can ask legislators to repeal or change.
https://ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do - Center for Constitutional Rights - Click on “What We Do” for a list of issues. Here you can further explore court cases, news stories, resources, and facts about each particular issue.
https://blacklivesmatter.com/ - Information and resources to support the Black Lives Matter movement and other similar causes and organizations.
3. Draft your message
Write your letter. Here is a sample letter sent to Chicago's Mayor (referencing “15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality” from section 2 above). You may use this and change the name and address to yours if you would like, or modify it to make it more personal.
4. Tell us who you contacted
Once you are finished, please fill out this quick survey so we can track how many messages were sent out, to whom, and for what. We will share our data internally with our community. Students and school staff/faculty
Thank you for helping to raise a united voice for our community!