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.

General Letters Accepted

If you know of anyone working personally on this issue and would like to share an address, please contact me. If you don’t have a non-personal address to share, I will happily accept letters for them at my P.O. Box and then re-mail them. Hey, that’s a great idea, Donovan. Now, you can send general letters of support and kindness to the Letter Writers Alliance. Just mark them Attention: Stamp Out Hate and I’ll re-mail them for you.

Monthly Action: June 2017

June 1st is International Child Protection Day. In that spirit, this month’s action is to support immigrant and refugee families. There are numerous, heartbreaking reasons why children and families need to leave their homes in search of safety and continued survival. No one chooses that path without great care and the loss of their other options. It is up to us to open our hearts and minds, understanding that giving to someone does not take away from someone else. This is not the country I want to be, and that is not who I am.

Let’s support those children and families and say thanks to the organizations and people who are working everyday to help them. A quick Google for “immigration support services” will give you links to organizations in your area. Try also “refugee support services” and “child immigrant support” plus your ZIP code.

Some suggested addresses:

GirlForward, P.O. Box 607516, Chicago, IL 60660

KIND Headquarters, 1300 L St. NW Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, 2600 W. Peterson Ave, Suite 100, Chicago, IL  60659

Centro Romero, 6216 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660

HIAS Chicago, 216 W Jackson St, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60606

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

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
1700 WEST IRVING PARK ROAD, CHICAGO, IL 60613
773.360.8920 | mwitters@theyoungcenter.org

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AT HARLINGEN
806 MORGAN BOULEVARD, SUITE K, HARLINGEN, TEXAS 78550

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AT WASHINGTON D.C.
1342 FLORIDA AVENUE NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20009

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AT HOUSTON
1303 SAN JACINTO STREET, 9th FLOOR, HOUSTON, TX 77002

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AT NEW YORK
85 BROAD STREET, 29th FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10004

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AT SAN ANTONIO
300 CONVENT STREET, SUITE 1330 SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205

THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AT PHOENIX
7227 NORTH 16TH STREET, SUITE 236 PHOENIX, AZ 85020

As always, Be Kind. Try Hard. Send Hope.

Write for Women at Read/Write

I’ll be at Read/Write Library on Friday with postcards and postage and the POWER TO WRITE POSITIVE NOTES! And maybe some sternly-worded ones too. Please join me. I have lots of free stickers now! So many shiny, shiny stickers!

Read/Write Library
914 N. California Walton Entrance
Chicago, IL 60622
When: Friday, May 26th, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Also, there’s a newsletter for Stamp Out Hate now! Please subscribe if you’d like to keep track of the latest and greatest that’s going on here.

Write Rauner to Support for House Bill 40

Here in Illinois, the House has passed bill 40. It will ensure that access to abortion is protected in our state. Word on the internet street is that our Governor plans to veto it. He shouldn’t. We will tell him so. Write the power.

Here’s the addresses:

Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601

Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
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P.S. Image and great stamp by Paper Pastries.

 

April Action in Review

In April, we sent our metaphorical paper hearts to any LGBTQ supporters we could think of that could use a bright spot in their day. We wrote postcards at the CHIRP Record Fair and mailed messages from the Paper Seahorse for change. We told our ambassador that the human rights violations in Chechnya are abhorrent and need stopped.

Thanks to everyone for the continued support and energy behind these simple notes. We are all in this together. A portion of the sales from Stamp Out Hate stickers and postcards was donated to the Trevor Project. I hope your work on the May action is going well.

Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

Lucy Mail for Planned Parenthood

An artistic favorite of mine, Lucy Halcomb, is now selling her delightful designs. 20% of the proceeds from this envelope and card set go to support Planned Parenthood in NY. I can’t think of a better package to send your thanks to women’s choice and health providers during this month’s Stamp Out Hate action.

Also, if you’re in New York and looking for something rad and helpful to do tonight, may I suggest this event from Lady Parts Justice League.

Be kind. Try hard. Send Hope.

Monthly Action: May 2017

For May, I would like to encourage everyone to send cheer to centers that support women, women’s health, and a woman’s right to chose. Mother’s Day is May 14th for those of us based in the U.S.A., and I think it’s an appropriate time to take a moment to support the people and places that help women become mothers when the time is right for them. I include an adoption service among my addresses because I believe in choice without demonizing abortion or idealizing adoption. Women deserve the truth and access to all options. That’s the definition of freedom. Let’s celebrate it for everyone. Let’s remind those fighting for us that we care about the hard work they are doing.

Here are some suggested addresses:

Chicago Women’s Health Center, 1025 W. Sunnyside, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60640

GROUNDSWELL FUND, PO Box 71642, Oakland, CA 94612

Chicago Abortion Fund, 333 W. North Avenue, Ste. 267, ​Chicago, IL 60610

Adoption Center for Illinois, 5828 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

FPA, 659 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60661

FPA, 4341 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641

Women’s Medical Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 248, Madison, WI 53701

National Network of Abortion Funds, P.O. Box 170280, Boston, MA 02117

Planned Parenthood of IL,Administrative Headquarters
18 S. Michigan Ave., 6th Fl., Chicago, IL 60603
As always, a Google search for “women’s support health centers” and “planned parenthood” in your area will give you addresses more local for you. Thanks for your help in stamping out hate.
Featured image credit to @adamihasegawa
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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