Advocating with Policy Makers

Writing letters to public officials is a form of political advocacy for clients and social workers. For this Assignment, you will write an advocacy letter to public official about a problem and a policy. In addition, you will write a 1-2 page explanation of your letter. Your explanation will provide the rationale behind your chosen issue and the approach you took with the specific representative.

Assignment: In the same document, submit both Part I and II of the assignment (2-4 pages):

Part I: Letter to Representative

Your letter should include:

  • A description of the social welfare issue
  • An explanation of how you want the legislator to respond to the issue (vote, create legislation, hold public hearings, etc.) and why.
  • Support of your viewpoints with credible facts and research.

Part II: Explanation (1-2 pages, double-space, APA format)

For this part of the assignment, provide an explanation of:

  • Why you selected the issue
  • How the issue affects social work
  • The reason you chose the specific representative
  • The approach you took with the representative (consider the representative’s voting history, political affiliation, and any other factors you considered)

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