Monthly Action: October 2017

Gun control. Gun control. Gun control. Gun control. Gun control. Gun control.

This is not about statistics. This is not about “the right time.” This is not a debate.

Give thanks to those individuals and organizations who work hard every day to cure our collective conscious of the terrible disease of guns.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence / 805 15th St. NW / Washington, DC / 20005

Everytown For Gun Safety / P.O. Box 3886 / New York, NY / 10163

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence / 840 First St. NE, Suite 400 /
Washington, DC / 20002

Newtown Action Alliance / P.O. Box 3325 / Newtown, CT / 06470

Violence Policy Center / 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1210 /
Washington, DC 20036

Americans for Responsible Solutions / P.O. Box 51196 / Washington, DC / 20091

States United to Prevent Gun Violence / P. O. Box 1359 / New York, NY / 10276-1359

The good people at Let’s Go Postal have shared this link that catalogs those elected officials who claim to care about the lives of human beings all while accepting money from the NRA. Put them on notice. Maybe they aren’t your senator or representative, but they may have aspirations beyond their current borders. We see through their shallow rhetoric.

People contain multitudes. Mistakes can be made. Hearts can be changed. You can tell these people you appreciate their job is difficult, and also still hold them accountable. Additionally, if you see people doing good (shout out to Rep. Robin Kelly, just as one example) remember to say thank you.

As a bonus assignment for October, will you please send a nice note or letter to Weiss Kosher Bakery in Brooklyn. They got hate mail from some jerk. Let’s wash that nastiness right out of their mailbox. Write to them at:

Weiss Kosher Bakery / 5011 13th Ave. / Brooklyn, NY / 11219

Thank you all. Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

{Picture of Let’s Go Postal cards}

Postcard Party

Come to Read/Write Library this Saturday to join me and other postal crusaders in pushing the envelope. The focus is on support for DACA, but you can write to whomever you wish. There will be stickers and postcards and I’ll even supply postage.

Read/Write Library
914 N. California Walton Entrance
Chicago, IL 60622
When: Saturday, September 16th, 2 PM – 5 PM

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

 

Monthly Action: September 2017

Time to defend DACA, folks! Also, time to send thanks to those people and organizations who are supporting the Dreamers through this blatantly racist action by our current president and his spineless supporters. If you are at a loss for words, consider these from the open letter at the Protect DREAMers :

“Out of concern for children and the strength of our nation, we respectfully call on officials at the highest levels of power to address this issue in an urgent way. Students must be able to attend school and graduate with a clear path toward a productive future, and teachers who were brought here as children must be able to continue to strengthen our schools and our nation.”

Deportation of DREAMers is an offense to our humanity. In the words of Elie Wiesel, “No human being is illegal.” And to quote Ijeoma Oluo, “I will not exceptionalize our immigrant friends and family. I will not tell you about all the amazing things they bring to our society… I will simply remind you that they are human beings. That should be enough.”

United We Dream, 1900 L St NW #900, Washington, DC 20036

National Immigration Law Center, 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Border Angels, PO BOX 86598, SAN DIEGO, CA 92138

Immigrant Defense Project40 W 39th Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10018

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL—-MAIN OFFICE
6020 SOUTH UNIVERSITY AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL, 60637

Families for Freedom, 35 W. 31st Street #702, New York, NY 10001

As always, thank you for your support and compassion. Remember to write to those senators and representatives who are champions of DREAMers in thanks and to those who would dismiss them to urge them to change their minds.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope. Live dreams.

(Picture by @designsponge, print by Grapheme)

Handwritten Revolution

Handwritten Revolution is a site I admire a lot. Their Instagram is an inspiration. The resources they share are incredibly useful. They make it easy to have no excuse for not participating in letter writing for a cause. They have a coupon code active right now for their September subscription. Subscriptions come with postage-paid postcards and writing tips. Their September focus will be against white supremacy.

handwritten rev coupon

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

A Night of Songs, Laughter & Love

A night of Songs, Laughter, and Love at Read/Write Library. Music by Darren Hanlon! Comedy by Taco Takeover! Write a Stamp Out Hate postcard!
Suggested donation of $5 – $10

Join together to enjoy the company of friends and friendly persons in a spirit of good times and jolliness. My good friend Leigh is helping throw this shindig and she’s your cheerleader for the evening. I, sadly, work late on Tuesdays. However, this is not about me! It’s about love. Anyone can have a Stamp Out Hate event. I’d love it if you did!

Tuesday, August 29th, 7pm
Read/Write Library
914 N. California
Chicago, IL 60622

Be kind. Try hard. Send love.

Monthly Action: August 2017

This month’s action was going to be support for the Trans members of our military given the disparaging statement by the President via Twitter. However, I was pokey about posting and the tragedy in Charlottesville has revealed a clear and present need for support to the following persons/organizations working against white supremacy. They need our help. They need our support.

Life After Hate, 917 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 212, Chicago, IL, 60607

Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL, 36104

Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, P.O. Box 1522, Charlottesville, VA. 22902

Stop Hate Project, c/o Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005

Additionally, I encourage you to write notes of thanks to any of your legislators who have spoken out condemning this hate crime. If your representative hasn’t made such a statement, send them a letter asking why. If they made a statement, but it wasn’t nearly good enough, they should be told that as well. Silence is violence.

Speak up. Be kind. Try hard.

Monthly Action: July 2017

This month, I’ve decided to tackle the hate mail problem a little more directly. I searched for “hate mail in the news” and was disheartened to get multiple hits. These people are dealing with hate mail right now. It affects them all differently; some are even channeling it into positive works. I think it’d be great if they got some good mail to encourage them, to wash away those bad feelings from checking the postbox.

First off, we have Zaman International. They are a non-profit organization committed to addressing the basic needs and empowerment of marginalized women and children. In May, they got a series of hateful letters alarming enough for them to call the FBI. That’s horrible. Send them a card or letter thanking them for their kindness and compassion. They are trying to make this world a better place and deserve our gratitude. If you have the means, they could also use your donations.

Write to them at:

Zaman International Administrative Offices
26091 Trowbridge
Inkster, MI 48141

 

Then there’s Özlem Cekic. She is one of Denmark’s first female Muslim MPs and is subject to a lot of vitriol. She’s taken confrontation of hate mail to a positive place and I find myself really inspired by her. I think you’ll be inspired to. Join me in sending her some accolades.

Write to her at:

Özlem Cekic
c / o Ubuntu
Købmagergade 43, 1st floor.
1150 Copenhagen K. DENMARK

Finally there is Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. She is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Since her keynote speech at the Hampshire commencement in May, she has been hounded by hateful people; so much so that she has had to cancel appearances due to death threats. This is unacceptable. While a card expressing thanks and support is nowhere near enough, I will still be sending her one. I hope she gets many more than just mine.

Write to her at:

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

c/o Haymarket Books

P.O. Box 180165

Chicago, IL 60618

May & June Donations

Though I have been quiet about posting, I have still be actively writing and working. Later this week, I’ll have three addresses to share for places and people who have received hate mail this past couple of months. The goal is to make their mailboxes a better place, and, you know, consequentially, the world a better place.

For May, I made a donation to Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

For June, I made a donation to Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

The donations come from sales of the Stamp Out Hate postcards, stickers and stamps. As ever, I’m so happy that people are working with me as we try to support a greater positivity in our world. I just added that word to my computer’s dictionary. I’m going to be using it a lot.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

Let’s Go Postal & Handwritten Revolution

My internet is full of awesome, and consequentially, my mailbox even more so. I wanted to highlight these two projects that supply postcards designed specifically to get your point across to lawmakers. The first is Let’s Go Postal. These firebrands sell postcards in packs geared for parties with your friends, but you can also order a $15.00 guest pack for individual activism. I LOVE their writing prompts and resources.

The next is a subscription service called Handwritten Revolution. You can sign up for monthly postcards designed by independent artists or purchase a three month gift pack. I find their address book especially useful.  I love seeing so many people taking to the mailbox to make their voices heard.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.