Hosting a letter writing party is easier than it sounds. Writing a letter only takes a few minutes, and if you provide the materials needed to write it, including a sample and some talking points, it’s even easier!
Start with who you want to invite — this can be people we know, like our friends, family, and neighbors, or people from our community at large, like students on campus or folks stopping by their local coffee shop.
If we’re going to target people we know, we can host the event at someone's home or another private space. If we’re going to target fellow community members that we might not know, we’ll want to go where the people are — like a happy hour at the local watering hole, a high-traffic area on a college campus, or even posting up at the library. If you’re doing this in a public place, you’ll want to get permission from the establishment to host your event there.
Gather materials. Everything needed above is the same, you just need more! Handwritten letters carry more weight than typed letters. You might want to get clipboards or something else to write on if nothing is available. The cost of postage to mail a letter is $0.49. You might consider asking for $0.50 donations during your letter writing party to cover the costs!
Take pictures, tweet them at your senators using #DearSenators, and tap one person to drop the letters in the mail. Be sure to follow @DearSenators on Instagram for more.