Start May Right with Writing

I’ll be kicking off May’s Action with free postcards and stickers at GREER, from 3:30PM to 5:00PM on Monday, May 1st. May has Mother’s Day and I think it’s time to thank those who help out mothers and how people chose to be mothers. We’ll be writing letters of kindness and love to women’s health centers, adoption services, and Planned Parenthood. You can write your cards with us at the store or take cards home to write.

Where: GREER, 1013 W. Webster, Chicago, IL, 60614

When: 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Hope to see you there!

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

Write for Human Rights in Chechnya

Ally David sent in this message. It is frightening and sickening and a letter is the smallest action we can take. Please join me in supporting this issue.

It has just been released that there is evidence of severe Human Rights violations  committed against allegedly Gay men in Chechnya. Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action Alert urging everyone to write to officials of the Russian Federation and Chechnyan government to investigate and stop these alleged atrocities.Other organizations are also urging Americans to rite to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

The U.S. Ambassador’s address is:

The Honorable Nikki Haley

American Ambassador to the United Nations

405 East 42nd Street

New York, NY. 10017

Salutation:

Dear Madam Ambassador

 

Paper Seahorse Social

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Tampa Bay Letter Writers Club Social
Saturday April 29th 9am – 11am
The Paper Seahorse, 211 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
This event is being held in honor of National Letter Writing Month.  We will be showing and sharing how you can write letters for positive change.  This can be to local representatives or any governing entities and organizations that can affect change.  All materials will be provided. 
I’ve sent them a pack of postcards and stickers to aid their cause. I love to see the activism spreading. Let me know if you’re doing any events for Stamp Out Hate or letters for a cause. I’d love to share them.

March’s Action in Review

I tend to throw myself headfirst at projects. I don’t consider them for too long because then I find that I become obsessed with little details and focus on perfection. Then, the project never happens because I can’t ever manage to make it live up to the version of itself in my head. With Stamp Out Hate, I took a suggestion and a turn of phrase and just ran with it.

You know what? I’m pretty happy with it. We had three events and sent out about 100 cards collectively. Sales of stickers and S.A.S.E.s keep coming in and I was able to send a donation to the Islamic Relief Fund. The goal going forward is at least weekly blog updates, two events per action, and a new action each month. I’ve already had to reorder stickers.

As always, thanks for your participation and support. I welcome your suggestions for new actions or other ideas in the comments.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

Stamp Out Hate at CHIRP Record Fair

Join me on Saturday for a full day of postcard writing at the CHIRP Record Fair. Stamp Out Hate is one of their “Other Delights.” Admission to the fair is $7.00 and supports CHIRP, the Chicago Independent Radio Project. As always, there’s no fee for participation. Just shimmy on up, write your postcard and pass it to me for free postage. Let’s send so much love together!

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

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Monthly Action: April 2017

Stamp Out Hate continues to send out messages of hope this month. We’re focusing in April on groups that support our LGBTQ community. Let’s make sure they know how much we appreciate what they do for all of us. Here’s some example organizations who could use a nice note from you:

The Center, 208 W 13 St., New York, NY 10011

Out Miami, 1521 Alton Road #787, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613

GLSEN, 110 William Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10038

PRIDE Institute, 14400 Martin Dr., Eden Prairie, MN, 55344

Rainbow Serenity, P.O. Box 9221, Highland, IN 46322

Finding mailing addresses for centers is a little challenging, but I had good luck through this site. I also recommend just searching “LGTBQ” in Google Maps and seeing what’s near you.  Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to understand why it’s a bit difficult to find the addresses.

If you wish, please share your letters on social media with the hashtag #stampouthate

As always, thank you for your support and keep writing happy letters.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

What to Write

It sounds so easy. Just send a note of support! But what do you say? Well, what I did was write up how I was feeling as a little paragraph.

“We should be growing closer to our friends, not farther. We are in this together. Thank you for the richness you bring to our community and the work you do on behalf of us all. You are welcome here. We will make sure there is a place for you.”

Then I used that as a prompt to write my cards. That way, not every card is the same. I don’t like the idea of scripted messages, and I recommend this method to get you started sending out your own feelings.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

Write With Us at Read/Write Library

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Join me on Friday, March 31st from 2PM-6PM at the Read/Write Library. You can come by and pick up free postcards and stickers to send your messages. There is also a list of suggested addresses available. If you write your notes at the library, postage will be provided.
This is the last day of the month and the action will change on April 1st to a new group. Let’s make sure we’ve sent out as much love and support as possible to March’s focus: local mosques and Islamic centers. They need us. We need them. Together, we will make a difference. Together, we can make things better. Thank you for joining us. Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.
Read/Write Library
914 N. California Walton Entrance
Chicago, IL 60622
When: Friday, March 31, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Postcard Pop-Ups on Women’s Strike Day

IMG_20170311_105340We had a fantastic time on March 8th for Women’s Strike Day at Spinning Js and Greer handing out postcards and stickers and our positive message. We were able to send out a bunch of cards and connect with people. Thanks for sending out your messages and spreading the word. We hope to have more pop-ups soon! Stay tuned to our Instagram and Twitter for news about events and more. As always, remember to be kind, try hard, and send hope.

-Donovan

Stamp Out Hate Stickers

img_20170304_092429I couldn’t decided on one color; so I picked all of them. We’re a rainbow, folks. You can get these for free or decide to purchase larger quantities over at the Letter Writers Alliance. At the end of each month, a portion of the proceeds from any Stamp Out Hate project sales will go to a charity related to that month’s action. This month’s recipient, for example, is Islamic Relief USA.

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. If you want more, please consider a purchase.

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