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MarchOnharrisburg volunteers like you are getting published around the state demanding reform and raising awareness about our grass-roots campaign.

 

want to get published too? Here’s what we need you to do:

 
  1. Modify one of these letter templates below, filling in your personal details.

  2. Email your draft to Emmie (media@marchonharrisburg.org)

  3. Email your article to your local newspaper.

  4. Post the published article to our Facebook page!

 

Click here for more information on how and where to submit a letter-to-the-editor to Pennsylvania newspapers.


Lobbying Template

 

Subject:

Letter to the Editor: Why I Traveled to Harrisburg to Speak with My Representative About Democracy

Introduction:

On Tuesday [or Wednesday], I traveled to Harrisburg to Citizen Lobby with MarchOnHarrisburg. [Include details about your journey.] I was inspired to make the trip because [write a couple of sentences about why you wanted to lobby on this issue.]

Background on PA + our bills:

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states with no limitations on what kinds of gifts lobbyists can give our legislators. The Electoral Integrity project of 2016 ranked Pennsylvania the fifth most corrupt state in the country.

Our team spoke to [name legislators,] about five pieces of nonpartisan democracy reform: Bills that would ban bribery by placing commonsense limitations on what lobbyists can gift our legislators, end gerrymandering by creating an Independent Redistricting Commission, and make voting more accessible by allowing for same day voter registration, open primaries, and no-excuse absentee ballots.

Your experience:

[Include a few sentences about your experience. How did you feel at the beginning of the day? At the end? What was the highlight of the day? What was the worst moment?]

Closing:

MarchOnHarrisburg will be lobbying at the Capitol every week until April. We will be marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg from April 27 - May 5, and demanding a vote on our bills. Especially when it is not easy, our democracy is worth fighting for.

Sincerely, Your name, City MarchOnHarrisburg Volunteer

Full Example:

Yesterday, I traveled to Harrisburg to spend the day talking with our state legislators about democracy. It’s not an easy thing to wake up bright and early, make the long, traffic ridden journey on 76 and then hop from meeting to meeting, sitting down for long conversations with legislators - many of whom are trained to distract and deflect. I’d never even been to the State Capitol building before! However, I made the trip because I believe that democracy is broken in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states with no limitations on what kinds of gifts lobbyists can give our legislators. We are the fifth most corrupt state in the country according to the Electoral Integrity Project.

Our team spoke to [name legislators,] about five pieces of nonpartisan democracy reform: Bills that would ban bribery by placing commonsense limitations on what lobbyists can gift our legislators, end gerrymandering by creating an Independent Redistricting Commission, and make voting more accessible by allowing for same day voter registration, open primaries, and no-excuse absentee ballots. At first, I was intimidated by the ornate golden domes of the Capitol building, the security guards, and the fancy lobbyists walking around in expensive suits.

However, after a couple of meetings with legislators, I felt more and more confident that this is what we need to do to make corruption illegal and take our democracy where it’s never been!

MarchOnHarrisburg will be lobbying at the Capitol every week until April. We will be marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg from April 27 - May 5, and demanding a vote on our bills. Especially when it is not easy, our democracy is worth fighting for.

 

Marching Template

 

Subject:

Letter to the Editor: Why I’m Walking 105-Miles for Democracy

Introduction/Hook:

It’s not an easy thing to do to wake up early on Saturday morning to spend the day marching a dozen miles, while chanting, holding banners and signs, and demanding action and justice from elected officials. It’s an even harder thing to wake up early and spend the day marching across a city, demanding action and justice from elected officials, and then do it again the next day. And the next day. For nine straight days and 105 miles. However, that’s what I’m going to do with MarchOnHarrisburg from April 27 - May 5 during the March to Make Corruption Illegal.

Background on MoH, Pa, or Our Bills:

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states with no limitations on what kinds of gifts lobbyists can give our legislators. The Electoral Integrity project of 2016 ranked Pennsylvania the fifth most corrupt state in the country.

MarchOnHarrisburg is advocating for five pieces of nonpartisan democracy reform: Bills that would ban bribery by placing commonsense limitations on what lobbyists can gift our legislators, end gerrymandering by creating an Independent Redistricting Commission, and make voting more accessible by allowing for same day voter registration, open primaries, and no-excuse absentee ballots.

Make It Personal:

[Why are you marching?]

Closing:

From April 27 through May 5, I’ll be marching 105-miles to Philadelphia to Harrisburg to show legislators that we want a vote on our bills now to end Pennsylvania corruption, so our government can make decisions not dominated by big pharma and other special interests.

Sincerely, Your name, City MarchOnHarrisburg Volunteer

Full Example:

It’s not an easy thing to do to wake up early on Saturday morning to spend the day marching a dozen miles, while chanting, holding banners and signs, and demanding action and justice from elected officials. It’s an even harder thing to wake up early and spend the day marching across a city, demanding action and justice from elected officials, and then do it again the next day. And the next day. For nine straight days and 105 miles. However, that’s what I’m going to do with MarchOnHarrisburg from April 27 - May 5 during the March to Make Corruption Illegal. The Electoral Integrity project of 2016 ranked Pennsylvania the fifth most corrupt state in the country because of policies like legalized bribery. Yes, in Pennsylvania, there are no limitations on what lobbyists can gift (bribe) to our legislators.

As a volunteer with MarchOnHarrisburg, we’ve spent two years lobbying for pro-democracy anti-corruption legislation that would end legalized bribery, end gerrymandering, and make voting more accessible. We’ve met with nearly every state legislator, yet, we still haven’t passed the democratic reforms PA desperately needs to be able to change other critical social justice issues, like taking on climate change and ending the opioid crisis.

From April 27 through May 5, I’ll be marching 105-miles to Philadelphia to Harrisburg to show legislators that we want a vote on our bills now to end Pennsylvania corruption, so our government can make decisions not dominated by big pharma and other special interests.