You can find your local MP’s contact info at writetothem.com (make SURE you’re emailing your MP instead of your city councillor or another rep, only MPs can petition for you in parliament!).
Remember to include your full name, phone number, and postal address so that your MP can reply to you, and so that they know you are a constituent. If they reply, follow up! If they don’t reply, follow up!!
It is important to vary the letter in some way, in case it gets caught in spam filters/deleted because it is copy and pasted. Personalize it with your own feelings or research! Feel free to use and share this letter template, there’s no need to credit me for writing it!
I hope this email finds you well. My name is ______ and I am a constituent of _____________.
I am writing today to ask that you campaign in parliament to suspend the sale of tear gas, riot shields, and rubber bullets to the US, where they are being used against peaceful protestors who are asking only for their civil rights and humanity to be respected. Amnesty International has already made a similar request, and I add my voice to theirs.
I also ask that the UK government publicly condemn Trump's use of force against his own citizens—behaviour like this is fascistic, cruel, and anti-democratic. It sets a dangerous precedent, stokes violence, and makes the innocent afraid. It is wrong, and we must say so.
Finally, we must stop pretending that racism and anti-blackness are issues that only exist outside of Britain. The report on BAME COVID deaths must be addressed actionably and immediately. Collecting statistics about inequality is not the same as actively fighting to end inequality, and the government must step up to protect the communities being hit hardest by this pandemic. We must do more to ensure the health, safety and well-being of BAME people during this pandemic and after it. One important place to start is justice for Belly Mujinga and her family, and adequate coronavirus protection for key workers, including her colleagues at Govia Thameslink Railway.
There is so much work to be done. I would love to hear any other concrete steps you and your fellow MPs have been taking or plan to take to combat anti-blackness in the UK and to move towards a more enlightened and equal society, and if there are other ways everyday citizens and voters like myself can get involved with your efforts.
I am sure this is not the first email of its kind you have received today. I hope you and your colleagues will do your jobs, and fight on behalf of all those campaigning their elected officials for justice and parliamentary bravery in these troubled and frightening times.
Thank you and all the best,