Voicing Your Opinion



Websites that help you voice your opinion 

We highly recommend this site.  They have done a great job and they make it very easy to take effective action.

We also recommend this site.  Started by Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, the site enables you to easily fax letters to your representatives. 

This site makes it easy to send email to your elected representatives.  However, they appear to be a commercial site, and have an annoying habit of trying to get you to pay $5 to have your message printed and "hand delivered".  It is true that a printed letter or FAX carries more impact than an email message, but we would prefer a more genuine desire to help, rather than their apparently commercial motivation.

Write or call your leaders!

If you live in Somerville, MA or Cambridge, MA, here are the folks you need to write to and call.  On its website, Citizens for Participation in Political Action (CPPAX) has good information about effective lobbying techniques  (CPPAX Lobbying Guide ). 

If you do not live in Somerville or Cambridge, see or CPPAX 2004 Congressional Directory  to find your senators and congressperson.

CPPAX does a good job of keeping you posted on Massachusetts congressional positions on Iraq.  See Positions and Statements from the Massachusetts Delegation .

President George W. Bush (INVADED Iraq)
Phone: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Senator John Kerry (SUPPORTED Iraq war authorization)
        Washington Office:
Phone: (202) 224-2742
Fax: (202) 224-8525
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2102
        Main District Office:
Phone: (617) 565-8519
Fax: (617) 248-3870
One Bowdoin Sq.
Boston, MA 02114

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (OPPOSED Iraq war authorization)
        Washington Office:
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Fax: (202) 224-2417
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2101
        Main District Office:
Phone: (617) 565-3170
Fax: (617) 565-3183
2400 John F. Kennedy Fed. Bldg.
Boston, MA 02203

Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA 8th; OPPOSED Iraq war authorization)
        Washington Office:
Phone: (202) 225-5111
Fax: (202) 225-9322
1232 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2108
        Main District Office:
Phone: (617) 621-6208
Fax: (617) 621-8628
110 1st. St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
(Does not use e-mail)

Write a "letter to the editor"!

Remember to include your full name, address, email address and phone number. Most newspapers require your phone number (which they do not print) to verify the authenticity of the letter.

Here are some in the Boston area:

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P.O. Box 2378
Boston, MA 02107-2378

Boston Herald 
One Herald Square 
Boston, MA 02106 phone:
fax: (617) 426-3000 

Boston Metro
Letters to the Editor
354 Congress St. 4th Fl.
Boston, MA 02210 

The Boston Phoenix
126 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-5390
FAX (617) 536-1463 

The New York Times

Somerville Journal (*)
617-629-3381 (fax)(weekly paper)

Cambridge Chronicle (*)
617-629-3381 (fax)   

Cambridge Tab (*)
617-629-3381 (fax)

Somerville News
617-666-2974 (fax)
monthly, next issue towards end of March, free paper and can print very little “gratis”   

*  Somerville Journal, Cambridge Tab & Cambridge Chronicle all under same “umbrella” – the guy I spoke to said “right on” when I told him they would be receiving a letter on Iraq!

Talk to friends and colleagues!

Ask them what they think.  Tell them what you think.  

Remember "freedom of speech"?  Democracy depends on it!  Stating your opinion is not only your right, it's your obligation as a citizen when your government is committing an international crime in your name.  Every citizen who remains silent becomes an accomplice. Speak out! 

Register to Vote

Please vote!  To do so, you must first register to vote in your state.