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Exercise your Right to Free Speech


In a democratic society like the United States, the right to free speech is not just a privilege but a cornerstone of our freedoms. As enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it stands as a testament to the importance of open discourse, dissent, and the exchange of ideas. Yet, exercising this right is not always straightforward. It requires active engagement and participation in various forms. Here's how you can exercise your right to free speech and make your voice heard using these three simple elements of Write, Testify, and Contact.

Senator Bryant Richardson

Note: The following talking points have been provided by one of Delaware's finest senators, Senator Bryant Richardson.

WRITE: Crafting a Letter to the Editor
Write a letter to the editor

One powerful way to express your opinions and ideas is by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Whether it's about a community issue, a policy concern, or an observation on current events, your letter can spark conversations and provoke thought. Remember to keep it focused on one topic, adhere to word count limits, and maintain clarity and conciseness.

Here's are quick guides on how to structure your letter and where to submit it:

3 Points for Writing Compelling Letters to the Editor

8 Elements Your Letter Must Have in It's Format

How to Submit Your Letter

A Partial Publication List to Send Your Letter to

TESTIFY: Making Your Voice Heard Before Committees
Testify Before Committees

Another impactful way to exercise your right to free speech is by testifying before legislative committees. Whether you support or oppose a bill, your testimony can influence decision-makers and shape policy outcomes.

Here's how you can prepare and sign up to testify effectively:

Useful Tips

Sign Up to Testify

Make your Testimony Powerful

CONTACT: Engaging with Your Legislators
Email Your Legislators

Lastly, don't underestimate the power of direct communication with your elected representatives. Whether through writing letters, sending emails, or making phone calls, reaching out to your legislators allows you to voice your concerns, express your support for specific policies, and hold them accountable. Here's how you can effectively contact your legislators:

- Write personalized letters or emails outlining your views.

- Utilize official contact channels provided by legislative offices.

- Be concise, respectful, and specific in your communication.

- Follow up if you don't receive a response.

- Consider organizing or participating in grassroots advocacy efforts to amplify your message.

By actively engaging with your legislators, you play a vital role in shaping the laws and policies that affect your community and beyond.


exercising your right to free speech is not just a privilege but a responsibility in a democratic society. By opening dialogues, writing letters, testifying before committees, and contacting your legislators, you contribute to the vibrant exchange of ideas that is essential for a thriving democracy. So, seize the opportunity to make your voice heard and participate actively in shaping the future of your community and country.

Learn more at here. Visit here for Legislator's contact information.

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