1. Be personal & Respectful
2. State your request clearly
3. Make it real.
4. Follow up.
5. Since the anthrax problem at the Capitol, letters mailed to Federal Government offices can take as long as weeks. Most have now opened up email access. See Contacting Elected Officials for email addresses.
Dear <title & name>;
Thank you for all your hard work in representing our community in Congress.
I am writing to you because of my concern over certain governmental policies. At this time, I am specifically referring to our participation in the FTAA.
While I am a firm believer in free trade, I believe that this, and other trade organizations, represent a trend of globalization designed to dominate resources and use forced compliance in order to facilitate the transfer of constitutionally mandated governmental services and responsibilities to the corporate sector.
I am not in favor of this trend, as I do not believe it is in any way free trade, nor is it consistent with a commitment to the protection of freedom and democracy. Further, I believe they contribute to the climate of American attacks by our enemies.
I would appreciate knowing your stance on the FTAA, as well as what you're doing to provide leadership in protecting the rights of U.S. Citizens and our Constitution when these agreements, as well as "Homeleand Security" legislation, come to your attention for action.
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