Tips for Writing Impactful Letters to the Editor

One of the core goals of Indivisible is to influence policy by shaping the way that representatives get media attention, and a simple and powerful way to do that is by writing an op-ed in local or regional newspapers.

Tips for Writing

  • Keep it short and focused
  • Refer to a specific article or letter, if possible
  • Put the topic in the headline (bonus points for mentioning Indivisible Yolo) 
  • Be accurate and specific
  • Make the letter as personal as possible
  • Write like you speak
  • Avoid using bold fonts or capitalization for empahsis
  • Follow submission instructions carefully 
  • Don’t worry if your letter isn’t published! If many people are writing letters about one thing, you’re increasing the chance that the news organization will publish something with a similar viewpoint

Submission Guidelines

Davis Enterprise:

  • Include name, address, and phone number for verification (personal details will not be published)
  • Email correspondents should expect a confirmation call from staff
  • Limit letters to 350 words
  • Anonymous letters will not be accepted
  • Letters may be edited for “brevity and clarity”

Submit to the Davis Enterprise here!

Sacramento Bee:

  • Include your real name, address, and phone number
  • Include the headline of the article you’re responding to, the date it appeared, and the page number (if applicable)
  • Limit letters to 150 words 
  • If more words are needed, email viewpoints@sacbee.com
  • The Bee does not respond to all inquires about letter status
  • Letters may be edited for “clarity, brevity, and content”
  • Letters may be rejected if the author has been published within the last 30 days

Submit to the Sacramento Bee here!

Woodland Daily Democrat:

  • No posted submission guidelines
  • Rarely published

Call for more information (530) 406-6230

Winters Express:

  • Deadline is noon on Mondays for publication that week
  • Limit letters to 500 words 
  • Do not use all capital letters
  • Letters must be signed by the writer, but the Express will withhold names from publication for legitimate reasons

Submit to the Winters Express by email here!

This guide was made with help from the Dean Johansson for DA “Letter to the Editor Packet.”

Make a hanger to protest Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

With Kennedy’s retirement the Trump administration has a chance to ensure their regressive ideals are upheld for decades to come.

We need everyone deck for this one. Calling our Senators is important but we also need to demonstrate our outrage publicly. Many people are not paying attention, many feel a false sense of security that cases like for example women’s right to choose is settled.

Help sound the alarm about #WhatsAtStake in the Supreme Court battle and activate your community to fight back. It’s easy. Attach your message to an ordinary clothes hanger. Card stock folded over the hanger and stapled on both sides works great, but be creative. Do it your way. Hang in a public place. Take a photo and post or tweet with #TheHangerProject.

Learn more about the Hanger Project on the Facebook page

Trump has made his pick for Kennedy’s replacement on the Supreme Court. His choice is made to ensure a judge on the court that will not only end Roe v. Wade but who has stated that a President is exempted, while in office from “criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel.” Let’s contact our Senators and make sure they fight this nomination as hard as they possibly can.

Tell Senators to Protect our future, fight Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m very glad to hear that {PERSON} plans to vote against Brett Kavanaugh. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality.

Trump picked the judge that has explicitly said that a president can’t be subject to criminal investigation or prosecution, we can’t let him tear down the checks and balances.

I want {PERSON} to use every tool at her disposal to stop Kavanaugh from getting on the Supreme Court.

 

Children are still separated from their parents at our borders and there are multiple examples of parents being deported leaving the children behind. Tell our Representatives to not forget this issue until every child is back with their family. 

Tell MoCs to not forget: Families Belong together and Free!

Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m calling today to thank {PERSON} for speaking out against Trump’s cruel zero tolerance policy and the resulting separation of children from their parents at the border. I do also ask that {PERSON} oppose any efforts to create family detention facilities and oppose any funding for such facilities or staff. Please keep a spotlight on the cruel separation of families and keep the pressure on until the practice is stopped and all families are reunited. Families belong together and free.

 

BONUS ACTION: California is making their own net neutrality rules to compensate for the corporate take-over of the federal government. The bill already passed the State Senate, call your State Representative to make sure it passes the house too. 

Tell Hon. Aguiar-Curry to Support Net Neutrality

Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code].

I’m calling today to ask Assemblymember Aguar-Curry to restore Net Neutrality protections in California and vote YES on SB-822.

SB-822 restores Net Neutrality protections in California. Not only that, we’re a large enough state that having protections here could help deter ISPs across the country from taking advantage of the weakened state of Federal Net Neutrality protections.