Free Stamp Out Hate Stickers

img_20170304_092429These stickers proclaim that hate is not something you want in your mail, nor would you send it to others. You can request stickers for free.

To get your free stickers, follow these instructions:

Send us a S.A.S.E. to:

Letter Writers Alliance/Attn: Stamp Out Hate Stickers/PO Box 221168/Chicago, IL 60622

What’s a S.A.S.E.?

It’s a self-addressed stamped envelope. Put your name, address, and a stamp on any size envelope. Then stick that inside another envelope with our PO Box address & a stamp, and toss it in the mail. You’ll get 5 stickers for free to help inspire you and others.

Letters for Christchurch

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It was with wounded hearts we learned of  the terrorist attack against Muslims in Christchurch. The Letter Writers Alliance has an active presence within Christchurch, and while we didn’t know anyone directly affected, we do have many friend and pen pals in the area. One of our friends heads up the Christchurch Letter Writers Society and she reached out to us with her idea for showing support to her community. She’d been contacted by a few people from our international letter writing community regarding how best to send written messages of support. While she isn’t comfortable posting addresses of the mosques/local Muslim groups affected, she will accept any written messages of support via the Christchurch Letters Writers Society post office box. She will forward the cards and letters in a bundle via post, or possibly hand deliver them to the recipients.

The mailing address is:

Christchurch Letter Writers Society
PO Box 33036
Barrington Box Lobby
Christchurch 8244
New Zealand

The Christchurch Letter Writers Society unequivocally stands with our Muslim friends, neighbors, colleagues as does the Letter Writers Alliance. It feels terrible when these things happen, but I gain so much life back from actions like these. Be kind. Try hard. Send love. Stamp out hate. Feel free to share this message.

 

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P.S. Image from the P.S. Correspondence Society.

P.P.S. Christchurch Letter Writers Society has an Instagram as well.

P.P.P.S. Stamp Out Hate stickers are still available for free via S.A.S.E. and will be restocked soon.

12 Days of Love Letters

12 days of lettersIf you’re looking for a meaningful postal connection beyond just your annual holiday cards, I highly recommend getting involved with More Love Letter‘s 12 Days of Love Letters. Their’s is a project we at L.W.A.H.Q. wholeheartedly support and champion at any time of year, but we felt like this project in particular was a good highlight of the spirit of the season. They have selected twelve people in need of support and are posting an address a day. I find their Instagram page to be the easiest way to find out who to write. Our love goes out to all the letter writers and all the letter readers. Donovan

Thank You, Dr. Ford

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Thank you messages of support and gratitude and awe may be sent to Dr. Christine Ford at the following address:

Dr. Christine Ford
c/o Palo Alto University
1791 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94304
She has helped so many with her story. Thank her for not being silent. They can’t use our secrets to shame us if we stand in the light of the truth.

Power to the People Postcards

Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4The ACLU is providing postcards in their efforts to get out the vote for this November. You can sign up for postcards here. They want you to write about why you’re voting and encouraging others to vote as well. Then you send your completed cards to them, and they’ll mail them out to where they are needed most. You can sign up as a single person postcard writer or they also encourage you to have a postcard writing party! Here’s some handy messages and tips from their site:

  • I’m an ACLU Voter because our democracy is truly at stake. Will you join me and pledge to be an ACLU Voter?
  • Every single vote counts. I’m voting like my rights depend on it this year, I hope you join me!
  • I’m an ACLU Voter because our basic civil rights and civil liberties are on the line this election year. Will you join me?
  • I’m only going to vote for candidates that commit to defending and expanding our basic civil rights up and down the ticket. Will you join me?
  • [INSERT ISSUE] is motivating me to go to the polls this year. I’m sure you want to defend these rights too. Join me and be an ACLU Voter!

ISSUES

  • Abortion access
  • Families being separated
  • The Muslim ban
  • Disability rights
  • Net neutrality
  • Voting rights
  • Criminal justice reform
  • LGBT rights
  • Racial justice
  • Police accountability
  • Reproductive freedom
  • Right to privacy
  • Legalize marijuana
  • & more!

DO

  • Make it personal, share the civil rights issue you think are on the line and how it impacts you or your community
  • Send it back to us using the return label that came with your postcards
  • Sign your name and where you live
  • Remember your cards will be sent to voters across the country, so avoid writing things that are state specific

DON’T

  • Address the card
  • Write profanity and or explicit content
  • Refer to political parties or candidates. As a reminder, the ACLU doesn’t endorse candidates or parties.
  • Come at me in the comments

2018: A New Year

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

I am easing in to 2018. I still haven’t figured out if it’ll be a question year or an answer one. To that end, I’m not certain what the focus of Stamp Out Hate will be, but in the meantime, here are some recent projects that I thought it worth sharing. I hope you’re having a happy new year and are feeling up to the task of spreading postal love throughout the land.

Amy Heitman, a stationery company I like, has launched a campaign called “Cards for Cause“. You can get 10 sample cards of theirs for $10 and 100% of the proceeds get donated to Ink Foundation.

Handwritten Revolution is still going strong. I cannot speak more highly of what they are doing. I recommend following their Instagram for a drip-feed of inspiration and project prompts.

Lastly, I very much enjoyed this post on the Write_On blog about how to make written resistance part of your 2018 resolutions.

Be kind. Try hard. Send Hope.