Sample Letter to Send to Legislators
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Sample letter to the Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee
October 29, 2001
Dear Senator Montigny,
I am writing to you about my support of Senate Bill 1530. This is a bill that calls for the restoration and proper memorialization of state hospital cemeteries around Massachusetts. I am a registered voter in Massachusetts and I feel very strongly that it is a disgrace to have tens of thousands of former patients buried in forgotten cemeteries with only a number. There are people buried in these cemeteries! I know of pet cemeteries where animals are buried with more dignity than people from the Commonwealth's institutions.
Senate Bill 1530 does not call for an increase in taxes. It simply proposes that .5% of funds from the sale of state properties - such as state hospitals - go for the proper memorialization and upkeep of these cemeteries. It's time to do the right thing and give these people dignity in death. Please use all of your influence to pass Senate Bill 1530 through the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Sample letter to your local State Senator or Representative
October 30, 2001
Dear Senator X,
I am writing to you in support of Senate Bill 1530. This is a bill that calls for the restoration and proper memorialization of state hospital cemeteries around Massachusetts. I am a voting member of your district and feel this is a very important issue. It is a disgrace that former patients are buried in forgotten cemeteries with no names, only numbers. It's a very bad reflection on the Commonwealth and it perpetuates the stigma of mental illness and other disabilities.
Right here in your district there are two run-down cemeteries at Medfield State Hospital. Shamefully, over a1,000 people are buried with only numbers, no names. I repeat, these are people who were former patients at Medfield State Hospital. They deserve a dignified place of rest.
We will not have to raise taxes to restore the cemeteries at current and former institutions. The bill calls for .5% of the sale of state hospitals to go toward fixing up these cemeteries. I don't think that is too much to ask. Do the right thing! Use all of your influence to support Senate Bill 1530.
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