Write a Letter to the Editor


Letters to the editor can help you reach a wide audience quickly and effectively, encourage news editors to cover overlooked issues, and urge readers to support our cause.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Be timely: coordinate letter submission with important events and news.
  • Assume nothing: provide concise background information on the ERA and why its ratification is relevant in Virginia now.
  • 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 ratification, rather than dwelling on past “no” votes.
  • Get help: it always helps to have an extra set of eyes! Getting feedback from another ERA advocate can ensure that your message is clear. Send a note / copy to VAratifyERA.LTE@gmail.com and our team will be happy to help!
  • Let us know when it’s done! We’d love to share your success with other advocates, and add to our list of letters that have been published statewide.

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