• Resistance Toolkit

    Use the media

New to resistance? Set up Google alerts for your congresspeople to stay updated.

Now check out some more actions below!

Read about your congresspeople (5 minutes)

  • Keep track of what your senators and representatives are up to. Set up Google alerts for your congresspeople to stay up to date on what they are doing on Capitol Hill and in your community.
  • Look for updates in your paper about where your congresspeople will be and where they’re holding events in your state.

Write a media advisory (15 minutes)

  • If you’re having an event, invite local press to increase the visibility of your actions to your congresspeople.
  • Need help? Check out our template media advisory, and reach out to us if you need help contacting the media. We’d be happy to help you draft your own.

Write a letter to the editor (30 minutes)

  • A letter to the editor (LTE) is a response to an article that’s been published within the last seven days, and is usually about 150 words.
  • An LTE should be direct. Keep your writing succinct and focused on one subject.
  • Always include your contact info and credentials, and check the submission guidelines of your local media outlet before submitting.
  • Check out our template LTE and talking points sheet for ideas about how to frame the issue of global reproductive rights and health.
  • Was your LTE placed? Let us know and we’ll help spread the word.

Write an op-ed (1-2 hours)

  • An op-ed is an opinion piece that is usually between 400 and 1200 words. Verify the submission guidelines of your local paper before submitting.
  • Op-eds are more likely to be placed when there is a lot of public debate about the issue or coverage of a particular issue in the news.
  • Emphasize a local/regional angle whenever possible for the best chance to get your piece published.
  • Read our template op-ed and talking points sheet for ideas about how to frame the issue of global reproductive rights and health.
  • Was your op-ed placed? Let us know and we’ll help spread the word.