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Effective Activism and the Feeling of Ineffectiveness

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Here is a wonderful website with quotes from our founding fathers, politicians etc. These make excellent quotes for your letter and may support your statement:


(Please note that you might have to google this website, since the compiler wrote that it may not be on the web forever. So be sure to make a back-up copy! It's excellent).

Here a few tips for writing letters to the editor:

A) Keep them down to 250 words or less.

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B) Smaller, local papers usually don't mind being carbon-copied the same letter. But larger and more mainstream newspapers will want to be the only source to have printed your letter. So be sure to write a separate version to the larger papers, if you also choose to carbon-copy another version of your letter to the local newspapers.

C) Word-trimming tips:

Use all-encompassing words instead of wordy phrases, as possible

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Eliminate adjectives if you are out of space

D) All letters to the editor MUST have your name, address and phone number, which will only be used to verify your authenticity. Your address and phone number will not be printed.


A) Write from your heart. Heart-level makes itself felt. (But be sure to edit out angry words, which only turn people off. Fact-based content can make strong statements, and is instructive to your readers besides. Offer the facts and let people conclude what they themselves think/feel).

B) An opening statement with catchy wording, which contains or summarizes the main theme of your presentation, can do wonders when it is possible to do that. But it's not required.

C) Try to identify and rebut commonly-held beliefs in the mainstream public, such as "Just let them wiretap me: I have done nothing wrong, so I've got nothing to hide" or "It will never happen to me/you," etc. (Even these statements can make good eye-catching openers to your letter).

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D) Offer the hope. Depression governs our masses and to share the solution is key to spawning proactivity.

E) Always quote your sources, to give credibility to your statements.


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This quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul (more...)

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