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CA Handwritten Letters to Legislators

Thank you for helping with the California Convention of States, Letters to Legislators, "Andy Dufresne" Project. To learn the story behind Andy Dufresne, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Many of our legislators are unfamiliar with Article V and the Convention Of States project. There are also many who need the support of their constituents before they themselves support our efforts.

As individual citizens, we can have a great effect on changing that. All it takes is regular communication with your local assembly members and state senators.

 

Here's How You Can Help

A commitment on your part to create and deliver these communications monthly will prove invaluable to the project. Even writing just one letter, or an occasional letter, when you have a moment, would have a huge impact on our progress here in California.

Can you imagine the impact it would have if each legislator was receiving letters from 10-100 of their constituents a month, every month, until the passing of our resolution?

 

Before You Get Started

Before you dive into the material on this page, it is important that we lay out some ground rules when writing to your legislators asking for their support of Convention Of States.

  1. Keep it short. No longer than a page
  2. Be respectful & polite. We will not tolerate rudeness or insults of any kind.
  3. Address the envelope & letter appropriately. The Docs below will show you how.
  4. Mail it to the District Office closest to where you live.
 
How to Address the Envelope & Letter Appropriately

There are some basic universally understood rules for how to appropriately address elected officials. If you are looking to make a good impression and wow them with your communication etiquette, then look no further than the examples below.

We want to make this as easy as possible for you to do. So we took the liberty of including the examples below with your specific Legislators' information and put it in an easy-to-download format.

  • Click the links below and locate your Assemblymember & Senator.
  • Click the link next to their name.
  • Download the document and share it with others in your community.
  • Write your letter with the appropriate opening and address on the envelope.
  • Seal it, stamp it, mail it! 

Assembly Member District Office Addresses & Envelopes

Senator District Office Addresses & Envelopes

 

Example Letter

Dear Honorable, Assemblyman John Doe,

As a constituent, I am writing to you because I am alarmed at the increasing overreach of the federal government into our states and our lives. Therefore, I am asking that you support a Resolution to call for an Article V Convention of States.

Respectfully,

Your Name
Your address
Your phone number
Your email address

Example Envelope

 

How To

The videos below will take you through the steps needed to

  • find your legislators' address (video 1)
  • structure the letter & address the envelope (video 2)
  • helpful tips to construct your letter (video 3)

Also, be sure to download the corresponding documents for Video#2 and Video#3.

Video#1 - Finding Your Legislators' Address

Video#2 - Structuring The Letter & Addressing The Envelope

PDF document here

Video#3 - Content Suggestions For The Letter

PDF document here

Thank you for your participation in this project and your continued support of Convention Of States!

 

More about Andy Dufresne 

If you have seen Shawshank Redemption, then you already know the story behind his letter-writing efforts. But for those of you unfamiliar with it, here's a rundown. 

Andy takes charge of the library at the prison and starts to send applications to the Maine State Senate for money for books. 

Some time goes by where he gets no response to his weekly letters. Then one day the Senate finally relents, anticipating that Andy will stop requesting funds now that his request has been answered. Instead of halting his letters, he starts writing twice as often.

His diligent continued communication results in a major expansion of the library's collection, and he also helps a number of prisoners earn equivalency diplomas, preparing them for life after parole.

Moral of the story... Even when you think your legislators aren't listening and all seems to be hopeless and a lost cause, keep persisting.

They hear you, they are listening, they will give in to the pressure. You will win. 

 

Click here to get involved!

Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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