Postcards are a quick, visual way to communicate effectively with lawmakers. A small gathering to write postcards and learn about the ERA provides an opportunity for people to get involved and reach their representatives.
HOW TO DO IT
- Be timely: session starts January 9th so from now through January 2, write postcards to your elected representatives, as well as House and Senate leadership, at their district office addresses. After January 2, all postcards should be sent to the Richmond address, which is the same for all elected officials (900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219).
- Personalize your message: thank representatives who have supported ERA legislation in the past for their votes. Craft persuasive messages to reach legislators who still need convincing to support constitutional equality. Remind Republican leadership that the ERA was originally a Republican issue when it was passed by Congress in 1972. Personal stories and anecdotes are particularly effective, whether it’s your own personal story or a close friend’s.
- Be disciplined in your messaging: the best way to build support for ratification is to keep communication positive, bipartisan, inclusive, and single-issue. Avoid conflating this with other issues you care about. Encourage legislators to support ERA ratification, rather than dwelling on past “no” votes.
- Have fun: Serve light refreshments and leave time at the beginning and end for socializing.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Holiday postcards will be available in key hubs around the state for as long as the supplies last. Find your local contact here.
- Postcard templates that you can print at home or at your local printer
- VAratifyERA simple postcard
- VAratifyERA postcard with full text of the ERA amendment
- Retro “ERA YES” version
- 38th State graphic that can be used to create and print your own postcards
- Holiday postcard campaign instructions
- ERA legislation supporters lists
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