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.

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.

Send general letters to:

Letter Writers Alliance/Attn:Stamp Out Hate/P.O.Box 221168/Chicago, IL/60622

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
Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.
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.