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Volunteers

Volunteer

 

South Dakota Right to Life thanks all of our volunteers who help us in so many ways. From working at fair booths to displaying the crosses, from helping with mailings to distributing pro-life pins, bumper stickers, etc., there is much to do.

Interested in lending a helping hand? Wondering what events are coming up in your area? Please drop us a note by emailing southdakotarighttolife@gmail.com.

Join or Start a Chapter

 

South Dakota Right to Life has 12 regions and more than ___ chapters. Join one in your area, or start your own!

Find out more here.

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Grassroots Lobbying

 

Members of Congress and state legislators need to know what you think about the issues. Letters, phone calls, e-mails, and personal visits are the main forms of voter contact and the prime source of constituency views.

 

Always be courteous, reasonable and respectful in all contact with the elected official and staff. Remember: they represent you! They pay attention when you pay attention to their voting record.

Citizen's Guide to Contacting Elected Officials

 

Lobbying by written letter, email, text, or social media:

  • Keep your letter short and to the point. Make it personal. Use your own words.

  • Be respectful. State your views courteously.

  • When writing about specific legislation, include the bill number.

  • Write legibly and sign your letter. Be sure to include your address in all correspondence.

  • Ask for a response. Please send a copy of any response you receive to South Dakota Right to Life. This helps us know what elected officials are telling the public.

  • Write a letter of appreciation if the legislator does something of which you approve. Everyone likes to get complimentary letters. They’re effective, too!

  • Be persistent. Do not be put off by a negative answer. Follow through. Write again and get others to write.

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Telephone pointers:

  • When calling a public official, you may either leave a message with his or her secretary, if the official is not available, or request your call be returned.

  • Ask your legislator to state his or her position on the issue. As a constituent, you’re entitled to know.

  • If the legislator asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to, don’t guess. Tell him you’ll provide that information later – and do so.

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Tips for visiting legislators during formal visits:

  • Make an appointment and be on time.

  • Familiarize yourself with the lawmakers voting record.

  • The initial visit should be one of introduction and explanation of your interest in the issue.

  • Be prepared to answer specific questions on legislation of interest and provide supporting material.

  • Listen carefully to the legislator’s views; don’t interrupt if you disagree. You can accomplish more by listening and mentally noting areas of accord and disagreement.

  • After this initial contact you have a base from which to contact the legislator again on specific bills.

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Casual visits:

  • Contact the local office for an itinerary of speaking engagements in the district by members of Congress and plan to attend.

  • Check your local newspaper for seminars, meetings and other public gatherings where lawmakers will be in attendance. Attend these functions and talk to the legislator about a particular issue.

  • This informal contact is extremely important and can be very helpful in establishing a good relationship with the lawmaker.