"MAIL OUT MONDAY"
The number of times that Legislators and their staffers have said, "We don't hear about prison issues from our constituents" is too numerous to count.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!
For those of you who have been writing and calling your officials, keep it up and get someone else to join you!
Everyone still needs to continue contacting their Senators and Representatives. Most offices keep a tally of the number of calls or complaints they receive on the same topic. So every phone call and letter helps! However, our Governor has been silent on this topic, so we are suggesting that you target Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
Tell your story (keep it about 1 page, bullet points are always good, be meaningful, be respectful, and stick to the facts). Let them know how disappointed you are that last session's bills didn't pass and ask them for their support for the 2021 Legislative Session.
Be sure to include the words "8th Amendment violation/civil rights violation" in your letters. People tend to pay more attention when they see the Constitution has been violated.
Keep in mind that the e-mails you sent will only remain in their inbox for six weeks before being deleted, so consider sending both e-mail and snail-mail.
TPAA has partnered with Fammilies Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) for a quick and easy way to send your letter. Just click on this link, fill in your information and click send. The letter will go directly to your legislator. You can also modoify the letter if you would like to.
Do you need ideas for a personalized letter? To see our letters and letter templates click on the box below.
Officials and Celebrities pay attention to Twitter. So twitter is another great way to bring awareness to the issuses. So tweet it out! Not Twitter savvy? See the training from Latino Justice on our Facebook page.
Please follow us here and re-tweet TPAA's tweets to make the tweets go viral. Sign up for our email list to stay posted for our Twitter storms.
"GET PERSONAL WEDNESDAY"
Make this your day to make phone calls and visits
Tell your story (keep it short, meaningful, and to the point, about 5 mins).
We have materials that will help you when speaking with your politicians
"DOUBLE DARE THURSDAY"
Double Dare your Political Officials to make an unannounced visit to a Texas Prison during the summer months.
Double Dare your Political Officials and the TDCJ Administration to spend 15 minutes in a hot car on a day that's 100 degrees with no A.C. Please note; You may slightly crack your window or use a small fan.
Double Dare them to tweet about their experience.
"MAKE IT VIRAL FRIDAY"
Post it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram
Take the Hot Car Challenge and ask others to do the same (adults only please). On a day that's 100 degrees, sit in a hot car for 15 minutes. And share a video of yourself completing the challenge and explain how you feel about the heat in the prisons. Please note; You may slightly crack your window or use a small fan.
Write a short note on a piece of paper explaining how the heat makes you feel, how it has affected your family, etc. Be sure to write your city and state on the bottom. Take a picture of it, then post. (If you don't feel comfortable posting the picture, send it to us, and we will post it for you.
SPREAD THE WORD!
It is vital that we bring awareness to this problem. You may be surprised by the number of people that do NOT know about the conditions inside the Texas Prisons. We have documents geared towards both Families that have incarcerated Loved Ones and the General public. Help educate everyone.
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