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    WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    A letter to the editor (LTE) is a short letter to a local newspaper or publication that gives your opinion on an issue, and calls on your lawmakers or fellow community members to take action.

    To find the newspapers in your area, visit this site and click on your state. Select the newspaper(s) that you would like to submit a letter to and search the newspaper's website for letter-to-the-editor submission guidelines.

    Letter to the Editor Strategies

    • Check the newspaper’s print guidelines – Most newspapers have a web site. Check the paper’s web site or the editorial page of the print version for information about submitting a letter to the editor. Some newspapers have an online submission form which you can use.
    • Keep it brief and to the point – Letters should be concise – typically newspapers have a word limit of about 250 words (about 3 paragraphs). Editors are less likely to print long letters.
    • Make your letter timely – Tie the subject of your letter to a recent article, editorial or column. Use that article as a hook for communicating your message. Small-circulation newspapers usually print many of the letters they receive. It is more challenging to get a letter printed in a major metropolitan newspaper, so don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t get printed.
    • Localize your letter – Explain how the entire community will be affected. Lend credibility to your letter by noting your professional experiences in the community that prompted you to write on this topic.
    • Be mindful of the tone of your letter – The tone of your letter can either support or overpower the substance of the message you are trying to communicate. Therefore, choosing and controlling tone is an important element of your communication.
    • Write about good news, not just bad – Thank the paper (when appropriate) for its positive and accurate coverage of a national security issue. Or thank a policymaker for being a champion for freedom and national security in the state or community.
    • Include your name, title, address and daytime phone number – Editors like to confirm that the letter was actually written by the person whose name is on it. Also be sure to provide your professional title and affiliation, as it lends credibility to your letter.
    • Consider other newspapers for publication – Many metropolitan areas have free weekly community newspapers that go to thousands of homes. Many cities also have newspapers for specific ethnic groups. Consider sending your letter to the editors of these other widely-read publications.
    • Mail a copy of your published letter to your state legislators and members of Congress – Policymakers subscribe to local newspapers in their districts. You can continue to build your relationship with them by sending copies of your letter.

    Opinion Editorial Strategies

    • Focus your message on one key point – Although there may be many elements to the national security issue you want to address, you will have more success if your editorial is focused and easy to understand.
    • Keep it short – Typically newspapers will accept op-eds of 500-800 words. Magazines may accept slightly larger pieces, but check the publication’s requirements before you submit your column.
    • Tell the readers upfront why they should care - Give voice to the citizen patriots, the regular Moms and Dads, and everyday Americans that aren’t often heard by telling readers why they should care.
    • Offer specific recommendations - “An op-ed is not a news story that simply describes a situation; it is your opinion about how to improve matters.” Make your call to action something concrete and realistic.
    • Make your op-ed timely – Editors will be looking for op-ed columns that are compelling and which engage readers in the public debate about a timely issue.
    • Review the opinion pages – By reading the opinion pages, you can get a sense of what is being covered and what is not being addressed. You can also get an idea of the types of op-eds that the editor publishes.

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  • a9114698-8341-42ad-aac7-01bd4b70eab5.pngThough the United States has traditionally allowed more refugees than any other nation, the responsibility of the U.S. government is – first and foremost – to its citizenry. 

    Allowing vast numbers of refugees from failed states such as Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan will place our nation at risk.  It will threaten the safety of our citizens, as well as the sustainability of our already fragile physical and financial infrastructure.

    It is not difficult to see how the tens of thousands of refugees who have entered Europe and other western countries recently are having a devastating impact in their host nations. Areas holding these refugees have seen an increase in rape, theft, gang activity, intimidation, and organized crime.  Media in Europe have reported that thousands of the refugees have disappeared – and are unaccounted for.  Terror groups such as the Islamic State publicly announce how they are using refugees as cover to infiltrate the West.

    Here in the U.S., the broken and outdated Refugee Resettlement Program is a direct national security threat. 

    Refugee arrivals by state from October 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016:

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    Top U.S. law enforcement and security officials have cautioned the U.S. Congress on the terror risks linked to the Syrian refugees.  They have acknowledged that background checks are not flawless, and that “there is no risk-free process” to vet these individuals.

    The refugee-generated chaos overseas is but a foreshadowing of what will take place in our nation, if our government does not address these dangers and protect its citizens. There must be a halt to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, unless and until all incoming refugees can be fully and accurately vetted.

    ACT for America has launched our Refugee Resettlement Working Group, a sub-group dedicated to working on this issue in your local communities.

    If you'd like to be a part of this effort, sign up here.

    Purchase the Refugee Briefing DVD.

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      Thank you for visiting our “Open Eyes, Save Lives” campaign page! Below you’ll find just a few of the key tips and reminders from this very important campaign. Please be sure to sign up to receive our email alerts, which will include many more specific tips on staying alert of any suspicious activity.

      The string of jihadist attacks such as Fort Hood, Chattanooga, Boston, and San Bernardino were clear signs that the Islamist terror threat has long ago crossed the oceans and landed here in the U.S. Our leaders can no longer spin today’s terrorist attacks as something that is happening “over there.” U.S. law enforcement has been clear: they will not always be able to protect us from terror attacks, especially when jihadists are crossing our borders with such ease, and living amongst us as friends and neighbors. American citizens must help law enforcement by being extra eyes and ears for them — and we must never be afraid to report something seen as suspicious.

      Remember: One next door neighbor in San Bernardino, California could have saved 14 lives by speaking out when confronted by unusual and suspicious activity in and around the home of Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook. But political correctness caused that individual to remain silent. The result was devastating.

      That is why ACT for America, the nation’s largest national security-focused grassroots advocacy organization, has unveiled our #OpenEyesSaveLives campaign.

      It is imperative that we stay alert and understand what to actually look for.
       
      If you see or notice any of the below or additional suspicious activities, please contact the local authorities immediately. Remember, you can do so anonymously.
       
      Here are a few national security tips on what to look for, as well as a few important reminders:

      • Unusual clothing in a particular setting.
        • If you live in a warm state such as Florida or Arizona and see someone dressed in an overcoat or unusual clothing for the season and the place, they may be hiding or packing explosives or a suicide belt. Report anyone appearing unusual to the authorities immediately.
      • Backpacks, bags, and luggage left unattended. Be aware if a person strategically places and leaves a bag.
      • Unusual activity in or around your neighborhood. (You know best!)
        • The signs you heard about in the news in connection with the San Bernardino attack is the perfect example.
      • Take note of a person taking pictures or recording of a building’s side doors, loading dock, cameras and back alley.
        • This includes any sporting event, concert, stadium or arena.
      • Always trust your instincts
        • We cannot emphasize this point enough. Better safe than sorry. If you strongly feel uncomfortable about a situation or a person, please do not hesitate to call the authorities and bring it to their attention. This is critical.
      • You can send information to authorities anonymously. 

      If you do see suspicious behavior, do not confront the individuals involved.
      Take note of the details and remember “Salute”:

      S – Size (Jot down the number of people, gender, ages, and physical descriptions)
      A – Activity (Describe exactly what they are doing)
      L – Location (Provide exact location)
      U – Uniform (Describe what they are wearing, including shoes)
      T – Time (Provide date, time, and duration of activity)
      E – Equipment (Describe vehicle, make, color etc., license plate, camera, guns, etc)
       
      Suspicious activity is often recalled after an event. We must train ourselves to be on the lookout for things that are out of the ordinary and arouse suspicions.
       
      Staying alert is NOT about becoming paranoid. Staying alert is being aware of one’s surroundings. Be alert to indications of possible trouble.

      Stay tuned to ACT for America, the nation’s largest national security-focused grassroots advocacy organization, as we continue with our #OpenEyesSaveLives campaign. Political correctness is costing lives. Help us keep Americans alert and safe!

      We need you. America needs you. Be the eyes and ears America needs to help keep our country safe. YOU can be the difference.

      Join this campaign and help us share the message on social media by using #OpenEyesSaveLives on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram along with our website actforamerica.org.

      Please sign up for our emails today in order to receive specific tips, reminders, and articles on what to look out for regarding national security in our #OpenEyesSaveLives email series.

      Thank you for standing up and truly ACTing for America!

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    • A letter to the editor (LTE) is a short letter to a local newspaper or publication that gives your opinion on an issue, and calls on your lawmakers or fellow community members to take action.

      To find the newspapers in your area, visit this site and click on your state. Select the newspaper(s) that you would like to submit a letter to and search the newspaper's website for letter-to-the-editor submission guidelines.

      Letter to the Editor Strategies

      • Check the newspaper’s print guidelines – Most newspapers have a web site. Check the paper’s web site or the editorial page of the print version for information about submitting a letter to the editor. Some newspapers have an online submission form which you can use.
      • Keep it brief and to the point – Letters should be concise – typically newspapers have a word limit of about 250 words (about 3 paragraphs). Editors are less likely to print long letters.
      • Make your letter timely – Tie the subject of your letter to a recent article, editorial or column. Use that article as a hook for communicating your message. Small-circulation newspapers usually print many of the letters they receive. It is more challenging to get a letter printed in a major metropolitan newspaper, so don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t get printed.
      • Localize your letter – Explain how the entire community will be affected. Lend credibility to your letter by noting your professional experiences in the community that prompted you to write on this topic.
      • Be mindful of the tone of your letter – The tone of your letter can either support or overpower the substance of the message you are trying to communicate. Therefore, choosing and controlling tone is an important element of your communication.
      • Write about good news, not just bad – Thank the paper (when appropriate) for its positive and accurate coverage of a national security issue. Or thank a policymaker for being a champion for freedom and national security in the state or community.
      • Include your name, title, address and daytime phone number – Editors like to confirm that the letter was actually written by the person whose name is on it. Also be sure to provide your professional title and affiliation, as it lends credibility to your letter.
      • Consider other newspapers for publication – Many metropolitan areas have free weekly community newspapers that go to thousands of homes. Many cities also have newspapers for specific ethnic groups. Consider sending your letter to the editors of these other widely-read publications.
      • Mail a copy of your published letter to your state legislators and members of Congress – Policymakers subscribe to local newspapers in their districts. You can continue to build your relationship with them by sending copies of your letter.

      Opinion Editorial Strategies

      • Focus your message on one key point – Although there may be many elements to the national security issue you want to address, you will have more success if your editorial is focused and easy to understand.
      • Keep it short – Typically newspapers will accept op-eds of 500-800 words. Magazines may accept slightly larger pieces, but check the publication’s requirements before you submit your column.
      • Tell the readers upfront why they should care - Give voice to the citizen patriots, the regular Moms and Dads, and everyday Americans that aren’t often heard by telling readers why they should care.
      • Offer specific recommendations - “An op-ed is not a news story that simply describes a situation; it is your opinion about how to improve matters.” Make your call to action something concrete and realistic.
      • Make your op-ed timely – Editors will be looking for op-ed columns that are compelling and which engage readers in the public debate about a timely issue.
      • Review the opinion pages – By reading the opinion pages, you can get a sense of what is being covered and what is not being addressed. You can also get an idea of the types of op-eds that the editor publishes.
    • If you decide to write a letter or email, use this list of helpful suggestions to improve its effectiveness: 

      • Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g., House bill: (H. R. ____), Senate bill: (S.____).
      • Be courteous, to the point, and include key information using examples to support your position.
      • Address only one issue in each letter and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.

      This is an example of a letter to a Representative or Senator. In an email sent from your Congressman's website, you will fill out your contact information and submit the body of the letter in the message section. 

       

      Date

      The Honorable ________

      Office Address

      United States House of Representatives/United State Senate

      City, State, Zip

       

      Dear Representative/Senator ______________:

      I am a constituent, and am writing today to express my strong support to temporarily suspend all federal funding for refugee resettlement programs, until each and every refugee admitted to this nation can be adequately vetted — and until our physical and financial infrastructures can support them. This includes any funding in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus spending bill.

      In light of the disclosure that at least one of the Paris terrorists reached Europe as a designated refugee, it is very important that Congress act quickly to remove the immediate threat that this program presents, while working to implement substantial reforms and safeguards before it is allowed to resume.  It is time for Congress to assert its power of the purse and hit the brakes on the Obama Administration’s plans for Syrian refugees. 

      This issue is very important to me and many other constituents in your district. 

      I look forward to your response.

      Sincerely,

       

      Your Name

      Your Title

      Your Address

      Your City, State, Zip

      Your Phone Number

       

      Tips on telephoning Congress: 

      The phone numbers of the offices of your senators and representative are available on their websites. You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators' and/or representative's office.  

      Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment. 

      After identifying yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message, such as: "Please tell Senator/Representative (Name) that I support/oppose (S.___/H.R.___)." 

      You will also want to state reasons for your support or opposition to the bill. Ask for your senators' or representative's position on the bill. You may also request a written response to your telephone call.

      How to contact your member of Congress

      House of Representatives

      To write a letter or call your representative, visit this website and click on your representative's name to take you to his/her personal website. Search around for the "Contact Me" link and use this to either find the phone number for the office or the form to submit a letter.

      Don't know who your representative is?

      Go to house.gov and put your zip code (9-digit preferred, but 5-digit OK) in the upper right corner of the page. 

      Senate

      To write a letter or call your senator, visit this website, find your senator and click on the webform link to submit a letter. If you want to make a phone call, click on the senator's name to go his/her personal website and use the "Contact Me" link to find the phone number for the office.

      Don't know who your senators are?

      Go to this website and on the top of the page, select the state you live in. 

    • Yes, I Want to Help Start a Local Chapter for ACT for America!

      Add your name to the group of thousands of people who have already applied!

      We need your involvement to ensure that ACT for America becomes the most formidable grassroots citizen action network in our nation.

      Chapter Leader Description: A person who has made the decision to use their unique set of skills and available time to pro-actively lead a local group of people ranging from just a few friends to hundreds of volunteers towards the protection of their families, their community, and their nation.

      Successful Chapters Leaders: Make a difference in their communities, by educating and engaging in the arena of ideas, and motivating their local members to do the same.

      Each Chapter Leader will be given a mentor for ideas and encouragement along with suggested chapter projects through action alerts, newsletters, and a Chapter Leader Manual. You will also be granted access to our secured Chapter Leader portal with all the resources you'll need to become a successful Chapter right from the start. Just remember, this is not a sprint, but a much needed marathon.

      The national office will vet each applicant before approval. Co-chapter leadership positions are also available and encouraged to enhance the strength and viability of new chapters.

      Thank you for your efforts! Due to the overwhelming response, please allow 3 – 14 days for us to respond.

      Please fill out the Chapter Leader Application form below.

    • rsz_bgstand.pngExclusive benefits for new members only!

      If you’re already a member, you can log in here.

      • For just $1 a week, you receive access to exclusive and behind-the-scenes national security information so you can help secure America!
      • Periodic members-only commentary from our founder and national security expert, Brigitte Gabriel and key members of the ACT for America staff;
      • Access to behind-the-scenes information, such as periodic Capitol Hill Updates from our Director of Government Relations; and reports from a variety of national security influential figures and organizations; 
      • Participation in national security-focused tele-town halls and conference calls with the ACT for America team and national security professionals
      • Unlimited access to detailed national security reports such as our Muslim Brotherhood Project;
      • Exclusive invitations to virtual and in-person briefings with Brigitte Gabriel
      • Special invitation-only ACT for America store discounts
      • Most importantly, your love and patriotism for America and commitment to stand up against political correctness, so that we remain vigilant at all times to keep our nation safe

      If you are a Patriot Partner and have not yet been granted access to the members-only site, please contact us at membership@actforamerica.org.

      If you're already or have been donating at least $5 per month, you are considered a premium member. Please contact us if you need access to the members-only site.

      Are you ready to help us secure America?

      Help make America safe again by joining the fight for just $1 a week. Let's do this!

    • Join the thousands of people who have already signed up to volunteer and decided to ACT for America! 

      Are you concerned by the news reports about the constant threat of terrorism, the growing threat of ISIS, and home-grown jihadists-in-training? Now there is an opportunity for you to do something by becoming a volunteer to truly ACT for America.

      Everywhere you go in life, there are people complaining about problems but not actually getting out and doing something to solve them. How would you like to be a part of an organization that not only educates, but is committed to effective action? ACT for America and its local chapters are consistently winning in the fight to strengthen our nation’s national security and began doing so almost immediately after our founding over 10 years ago by Brigitte Gabriel.

      This can also be a great way to find out what being a chapter leader is like if you are considering applying and you’ll gain valuable experience from working with a current chapter leader.

      Volunteers help assist the chapter leader in the important projects undertaken.

      Here are a few examples of work that needs to be done in local chapters:

      • Sending email invitations to an event
      • Setting up chairs for a meeting
      • Finding a meeting location
      • Working/staffing a booth at a county fair
      • Fundraising
      • Running a committee to increase membership
      • Training other members to use our system for emailing their congressman
      • Preparing refreshments for a meeting
      • Taking notes at a meeting
      • Creating and distributing promotional items for a rally
      • Mapping out the libraries in your area and helping them obtain our books
      • Examining textbooks in local schools for bias regarding terrorism, the crusades, Israel, the treatment of women under Islam, etc.
      • Organizing political activities to get local government fleet vehicles to run on natural gas and reduce the flow of foreign oil money to stealth and violent jihad
      • Helping maintain a list of member contact information 

      Please complete the form below and we will help connect you with a chapter in your area.

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