If you want to write to your state congresspeople, but don’t know what to say, here is a template to use. Revise it according to your own tone and style, or share it as is. If you don’t know how your state’s Representatives are, Google “who are the state Senate and House of Representatives members from the state of xxx” and you should get a full list.
City, State, Zip Code
Congressman’s Full Name
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Congressman’s Last Name,
I am writing as a concerned constituent from the great state of (Your State Here) to express my deep reservations about the allocation of my tax dollars towards supporting the Israeli government’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank.
The situation in these regions has been marked by profound suffering, and the restrictions on access to food, water, medical care, and humanitarian aid have led to a dire humanitarian crisis. Some would argue that the actions of the Israeli government in these areas may constitute what international law defines as war crimes. I unequivocally oppose my tax dollars potentially contributing to these circumstances.
However, it is imperative that I stress my unwavering support for the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas. This crisis is a tragic reminder of the human toll that conflicts exact, regardless of which side of the divide one resides. My call for a humanitarian approach extends to the innocent people of Israel and Palestine who are enduring immense pain and loss as a result of the ongoing hostilities.
I want to emphasize that my stance is focused on condemning the actions of governments and militant groups, not the individuals who are caught in the crossfire. It is crucial to distinguish between political leadership and the people who yearn for peace, stability, and a life free from violence. As my representative, I urge you to be outspoken in denouncing the Israeli government’s actions against Palestine while also condemning the acts of terror perpetrated by Hamas. Additionally, I implore you to call for the immediate release of Israeli hostages.
Equally vital is the need for careful consideration of the words we use. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia have reached concerning levels, and our language can significantly influence public sentiment and behavior. I request your thoughtful and sensitive approach to this issue in your public statements.
I kindly ask for your attention to these concerns, and I look forward to hearing about your actions in response.
Thank you for your service to our great state and our nation.
Amber Wardell is a doctor of psychology and author who speaks on women’s issues related to marriage, motherhood, and mental health. Subscribe to the free newsletter to get exclusive content delivered to your inbox and to never miss an upload.