Write a Letter to the Editor on the January 6th Select Committee Hearings

Trump and his MAGA allies have been waging an ongoing campaign to sabotage our elections and attack our freedom to vote.

They engaged in a criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election, and when their plans failed, they incited a violent attack on our country. More than a year later, the attacks continue.

The House Committee investigating the January 6th attack is holding public hearings to uncover the truth, demand accountability, and ensure it never happens again.

You can help by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about January 6 and the congressional hearings. Your letter is more likely to be published if it:

  • References a recent piece in the paper
  • Gets right to your main point
  • Establishes you as a caring member of your community and states your core values
  • Makes one key point
  • Ends with a punchy line

This tool will give you all the guidance you need to write a letter to the editor that's likely to run.

WHAT TO SAY

Here are some guidelines for what to say in your letter. Remember you only have 200 words, so it's important to be succint and clear. Please write in your own words. Do not copy and paste any of this.

1) Get right to your main point. State your thesis and keep it simple. Examples:

  • We all have a responsibility to tune in to the January 6 hearings. 
  • The hearings have provided overwhelming proof that Trump and his MAGA allies planned, promoted, and paid for a multi-step criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
  • Trump and his MAGA allies have been waging an ongoing campaign to sabotage our elections and attack our freedom to vote, and we must stop them.
  • We can't allow those responsible to cover up and continue a savage attack our our country.

2) Establish yourself as a caring member of the community and articulate your core values in one or two sentences.

  • Briefly introduce yourself as a member of the community. Say how long you've lived there or what you do, which makes you relatable to readers. Examples:
    • I've lived in (place) for (number) years...
    • I run a small business in (neighborhood)...
    • (Place) has been my family's home for (number) generations...
  • Articulate your core values or moral principles. Examples:
    • ...and I care deeply about our democracy.
    • ...and fair elections are the foundation of what makes our country free.
    • ...and we deserve the truth about what happened on January 6.

3) Use the next few sentences to make one key point. Remember, newspapers are interested in your opinion about what happened, not the details of what happened. You can...

  • State your opinion about January 6 or the commission's work
  • Share a key fact uncovered by the commission and why it matters
  • React to something in the piece you mentioned at the top
  • Highight how your senators or representative have responded (good or bad) and what you think about that
  • Call for action or a solution (don't focus on a bill -- instead emphasize what it will accomplish)

4) End with a punchy line to make your letter memorable. Try any of the following:

  • Use a rhetorical device like rhyme, alliteration, repetition, or an easy-to-understand metaphor with local flavor.
  • Sum it all up with a very short sentence.
  • If you can't come up with anything punchy, just end by circling back to your core morals and values.

If you're still unsure of how to write a good letter to the editor, check out the letters in your local paper for inspiration and examples. Most newspapers get lots of submissions and tend to run the best ones they receive.

Sample Letter:

[Remember to be persistent and polite when you submit it to make sure the editor sees it and runs it - you can remind them every few days (via emails and calls). Also, it's good to add in your own personal touches to your letter, and a reference to an article about January 6 from the paper where you are submitting the letter.]

The House Committee charged with investigating the January 6th attack has begun their public hearings to uncover the truth, demand accountability.

We’ve learned that Richard Donoghue, who served as acting United States deputy attorney general, said former President Trump pressured officials to declare that there was voter fraud in the election, Trump fought with a security agent to go the the Capitol, and that Trump wanted to go to the Capitol with the rioters as well. We’ve heard from voices of Republican elected officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Arizona Assembly Speaker Rusty Bowers who withstood pressure from Trump and his allies to lie about the outcome of the election, from a poll worker whose life has been altered forever by the conspiracy that Trump and his MAGA allies told about them; and learned of Vice President Pence’s stance against Trump and his allies pressure on him to overturn the election. 

Trump led a months-long, illegal and unconstitutional conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he knew he lost.  These efforts to sabotage future elections continue today as Trump and his MAGA allies change state laws, threaten state officials and pack election administration offices so that they can have the final say over election results – even when they lose.

In America, the voters decide the outcome of elections. The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans. We must be vigilant in our work to uphold it.

 

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