Tips how you can have an immediate effect on
legislation in YOUR community!!!
These are the actions we are taking to challenge our elected representatives.
Working together, across the country, we will take our country back!!
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These are some of the ways we have found helpful in keeping connected to your community and the political direction it takes. Your elected representatives DO LISTEN. But for them to hear you, YOU MUST SPEAK OUT!!
Here are some easy ways to do that -
- Familiarize yourself with your State Constitution.
- Familiarize yourself with your local elected representatives. All city council, County Commission, and State Legislative elected representatives, including sheriff, or any other elected representative that you may have in your state, including School Board trustees.
- Make a list of all your representatives, and all their contact information.
- Keep this list readily available.
- Make initial contact by introducing yourself as a voter who is paying attention. If you have a specific subject to contact them on, fantastic. If you don't, then just contact them to say hello, I'm a voter in your district and I am making you aware that I I'm paying attention to what you do and if its constitutional.
- Your local sheriff is your most important elected representative. Request a meeting to introduce yourself, discuss the constitution and let your position on the Constitution be known, and of your rally activities. Initiate a good working communicative relationship. Make friends!! Contact the Constitutional Sheriff's and Peace Officer's Association for assistance.
- We would like to see all Stand By Me members attending city council, County Commission, and State Legislative meetings. Familiarize yourself with the requirements and processes of your local governmental public meetings, and attend them. If your agency allows public comment, then use that resource to State your grievances during public meetings, regardless of what they are. Our goal, with the Stand By Me campaign, of course is to make our elected representatives aware of the Injustice is that led to Lavoy Finicum's murder. You might want to mention that, and ask what local representatives are doing to support the Constitution in your community. Remind them of their oath. Be respectful, be accurate, but above all....BE HEARD!! If we have every member of The Stand By Me campaign delivering these kinds of speeches to all their elected representatives on a weekly basis across the country, it's going to have an impact you cannot imagine.
- Request meetings with your local legislative representatives and discuss the Constitution and where you stand. Even if they disagree with you, they will be aware that you are there, watching, and SERIOUS!!
Again...be courteous and be respectful. But exercise your rights!!!
Tips and examples for writing elected representatives
Writing a letter is one of the most effective ways we can communicate with our elected officials. Most representatives and senators tally handwritten letters from their constituents to gauge public opinion, so the more letters we write, the greater influence we have.
-Be personal. Use your own words, and include a sentence or two about your
personal experience with the issue, or a sentence or two about the local impact of the
legislation in question.
-A mailed handwritten letter attracts greater attention than does a preprinted letter or card, or email. A postcard is also quick and effective. Identify yourself and the bill, say what you want your legislator to do, and mail it! They are cheap and easy! (Though they say hand written mail is most effective, I use email most often...volume!)
-If you are a constituent, say so. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, legislators pay 10 times more attention to letters from constituents than from non- constituents. Avoid mentioning that you "are a taxpayer," or "I am a voter." Instead say, "I am a constituent," or "I am a supporter of the legislation of (the legislators name)."
-Be sure to include your postal address on both your envelope and letter so your elected rep will know you are a constituent.
-Be concise and brief. Express your request clearly in one or two paragraphs. Identify specific bill or legislation (if applicable).
-Request specific action. Make a specific request when you write. You may want a decision changed, a vote cast in a certain way, or to communicate specific facts, but be clear about what you want.
-Be courteous. Rude comments in your letter make it less effective. You can be firm while still being courteous.
-Letters of encouragement and approval are just as effective as letters of disagreement and admonition. Positive feedback works too!
-Utilize letters-to-the-editor. If you get a letter-to-the-editor printed, send a copy from the newspaper to policymakers.
-Sign your letters. Include your name, address and telephone number, so the policymaker can respond to your concerns.
Contact your representatives and make your voice heard!
Format of Sample Letter to Elected Representatives
Your City, State, Zipcode
Your Phone Number
(Representatives title, i.e., Senator/Congressman/Assemblywoman, etc.) name
(Name of office, i.e., House of Representatives, United States Senate, State Legislature, City Council, etc.)
Dear (title, name),
(In your first paragraph, introduce yourself, include personal information, and point out common ground with representative).
(Paragraph 2, firmly include facts, and present as inarguable).
(State what you are asking for, refer to legislation if applicable).
sample letter to representatives
The following is my letter to my local elected representatives regarding the shooting of Lavoy Finicum and my Representative's involvement. I will use this letter for all my reps. It's a little longer than usual but this is urgent.
Commissioner Mary Beth Scow
Board of County Commissioners for Clark County, District G
500 S Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, Nevada 89155
Dear County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow;
I am a constituent in County Commission District G, for which you were elected to serve. I have lived in this district for 15 years, and have contacted you on many occasions in an attempt to partner with you in keeping our community aligned with the United States Constitution and the laws of our State.
Researching the Clark County Commission oath of office, this is what I found:
NRS 244.035 County commissioners required to take oath of office; effect of failure to take oath.
1. On entering upon the discharge of the duties of the office of county commissioner, each county commissioner, whether elected or appointed, shall take and subscribe to the oath of office as prescribed by law.
NRS 282.020 Form of official oath. Members of the Legislature and all officers, executive, judicial and ministerial, shall, before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe to the following oath:
I, ........................., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States, and the Constitution and government of the State of Nevada, against all enemies, whether domestic or foreign, and that I will bear true faith, allegiance and loyalty to the same, any ordinance, resolution or law of any state notwithstanding, and that I will well and faithfully perform all the duties of the office of ................, on which I am about to enter; (if an oath) so help me God; (if an affirmation) under the pains and penalties of perjury.
As your oath of office states, you swear to protect and defend the Constitutions and governments of both the United States and the State is Nevada. Though this oath swears to defend the governments, the US Constitution and Nevada State Constitution both state the purpose of government is to protect and serve We The People. I want to inquire on your plan of action to defend the Patriots who are now unjustly incarcerated at the hands of the Federal Government due to their involvement at the Malheur Wildlife refuge in Bend, Oregon, during January of this year. I'd also like to know what you will do to help the Bundy, Hammond, Sheahan, and Finicum families who have also been under attack by the federal government, up to and including the murder of LaVoy Finicum. There are many more across the country whom have been unfairly targeted and harassed by the federal government.
When the citizens of our country and state are under attack by our own government, we look to elected representatives such as yourself to uphold your oath of office and defend us. A common response of some elected representatives is that situations might be outside the realm of the duties of your office. However, your oath of office states that you will “defend...against all enemies, whether foreign or domestic”. Not just enemies within your county district. Additionally, as a public figure, you have influence among your elected peers. Please use that influence to free our patriots from the bonds of tyranny.
You might consider following the lead of Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, Nevada State Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton, and Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore, all three of whom immediately physically went to the defense of the Patriots at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge after the murder of LaVoy Finicum by the FBI, to ensure nobody else was harmed by our government. These Nevada State representatives set a stellar example of what it means to uphold an elected representatives’ oath of office and defend our citizens.
A man has died defending our freedoms. Please do all you can to ensure nobody else dies, and that freedom, liberty, and justice prevail.
I am imploring you now to honor your oath. Stand and defend our citizens. Against all enemies.
Thank you for your attention.