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Youth Activism Basics

NAEC's guide to the basics of grassroots activism!

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WRITE: a letter to the editor

A Letter-to-the Editor (LTE) is able to reach large audiences. The LTE section of the newspaper is the most frequently read. It’s your chance to make your voice heard in your community.

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CALL: your legislator

Calling is a simple, easy way to convey your message. Don’t expect to have a lot of time to debate, its best to just deliver your message.

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EMAIL: your legislator

According to, members of Congress prefer to hear from their constituents by e-mail because its fast, easy to sort, and doesn’t present any security risks.

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TESTIFY: at a public hearing

Testifying at a public hearing is one of the most important ways to add your voice to a debate. Testimony is generally recorded. It is the forum that the government sets up to hear from the public.

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LOBBY: your legislator

There is nothing more powerful that person-to-person contact. If you have the opportunity to go and talk to your representatives in person, you can put a human face to your issue, have a conversation, and make a change!

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