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Your Voice is Power: A "How to" Guide in English & Spanish

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis and Marylia Kelley


Tri-Valley CAREs is pleased to announce a new publication tailored to help community members voice their concerns by writing clear, effective letters to newspapers and elected officials. The free "how to" guide can be downloaded, below, in English and Spanish.

The tips are based on decades of experience. Originally drafted for a workshop held last month in Tracy, we are happy to now release these tips more broadly.

You will learn how to grab the reade's attention with your opening sentence, keep your letter focused, say what matters most to you, and persuade others with a combination of key facts and just the right amount of personal experience.

You will find one section of the guide devoted to writing letters to the editor, and one for writing letters to your elected officials. The resources section that follows at the end will be expanded in future editions. We envision this publication as a growing, interactive project.

Let us know what you think of the guide, what proved most useful to you, and what else you might want to see included in future editions. And, check our website often for 2020 letter writing workshop opportunities in Tracy and Livermore!

Click here for a copy of the guide in English.

Clic aquí para una copia en Españól.