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In addition to making a phone call, a letter to your legislator can be very important.

To find out who your legislators are and obtain their contact information, click here.

You will also find the email form for the legislator on the above site.

Writing

When it comes time to write your letter, here are some quick tips:

  • Your legislator is likely getting a lot of mail right now. Keep the message short (no more than 1 page) and courteous.
  • If possible, send a handwritten letter. Time is of the essence this week so a digital letter will suffice.
  • Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent. If you use the online form your name and address is included with your message.
  • Clearly identify the topic you are discussing, such as 'Decision to keep or remove the Confederate Battle Flag on SC Statehouse Grounds'
  • State what you would like to be done, ex: "I would like to see the flag stay and the people of SC have a vote"
  • Personalize the letter including your own experience, references to your time here in SC and your heritage as well as how the decision will impact you personally.
  • Be sure to thank the legislator for their attention and for the job they do for us.
  • Avoid confrontational tone, remain kind and courteous.

Below is a link to a sample letter to an elected official from the American Library Association:
Download Sample Letter

Should you have any questions or concerns or need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Everyone should do all in his power to collect and disseminate the truth, in the hope that it may find a place in history and descend to posterity. History is not the relation of campaigns and battles and generals or other individuals, but that which shows the principles for which the South contended and which justified her struggle for those principles.

Robert E. Lee