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

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.

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
Be kind. Try hard. Send hope.

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.

Monthly Action: March 2017

Stamp Out Hate was born from a letter. My friend Milly wrote to me that she had seen a report of hate mail being sent to mosques and Islamic centers around the country. She wondered if there was a way to help. Well, I think sending letters of hope and support is the best counter to that. I suppose it’s like fighting fire with fire, but our fire is the good kind of fire. Mail shouldn’t be used for hate.

As our first action, I ask you to join me in sending joyful mail to your local (or as local as the internet can find for you) mosque or Islamic center. I got my addresses by typing in “mosque” and my ZIP code into Google search. I also searched around the ZIP code of where I grew up in rural South Carolina. I figured the more letters to send, the better.

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.