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Download and Enjoy Postcard Designs for the Resistance

Download and enjoy a great group of Resistance-themed postcard designs by Beverly Stokes.

 

You’ve shown OTYCD that you love postcard campaigns. Beverly Stokes, an American singer-songwriter, has designed many great postcard and is offering them as PDFs that you can download for free (or for a donation if you wish).

 

You can also suggest ideas for new postcards.

 

Her designs showcase on-point phrases such as, “America is Great, But This Is Some Bullshit,” “Proud Snowflake,” “Facts Are Non-Partisan,” “Remember the Bowling Green Massacre? Yeah, Me Neither.”

 

Stokes also did a series of postcard Valentines for public officials, such as “Keep Crushing It, Kirsten,” for Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, “I Love the Way You Represent Me,” for Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and “You Can Be Mine When You Grow a Spine,” for Republicans who need to feel the heat of constituent disapproval.

 

 

See Stokes’s website, Progressive Postcards (look to the lower left to find the donation form; scroll down if you want to find the form for sending her a design suggestion):

http://www.progressivepostcards.com/

 

 

Learn what Stokes does with your donations (scroll down to subscribe to her e-newsletter):

http://www.progressivepostcards.com/news

 

 

See the ‘About’ page from the page for her musical career:

http://www.beverlystokesmusic.com/about.html

 

 

And! We spotted the Progressive Postcards page in the sidebar of Links at Speaking Truth to Power, a fine blog and friend of OTYCD, which you can check out here:

Patience and Persistence

 

 

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Community Activism · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Recruit Writers in Person for Tony the Democrat’s Postcards to Voters Campaign

This OTYCD piece originally appeared in April 2018.

 

Help Tony the Democrat grow the Postcards to Voters army by prepping and carrying ready-kits in your briefcase, backpack, or purse, and being ready to walk someone through how to join.

 

As we ready this blog post in mid-April 2018, Tony the Democrat is trying to grow the ranks of the Postcards to Voters army past 17,000 volunteers.

 

You matter, and you, yes you, are an effective advocate. One of the best ways to convince someone to become an activist is to personally ask them to join you.

 

If you fall into conversation with someone about Postcards to Voters and they seem interested in doing it too, don’t let them get away! You can close the deal, so to speak, by having a ready-kit of starter supplies with you that you can give to the prospective postcard-writer.

 

Here’s how to prep your ready-kit:

 

First, buy a pile of postcards from Collective Vision. They were designed for use by the Postcards to Voters army and they make your life easier by having the postcardstovoters.org site printed on the front, below the Be A Voter! roundel.

 

Collective Vision offers the cards at several different price points. The higher prices help underwrite production costs and costs associated with Postcards to Voters campaigns. If you prefer to hand-write ‘www.postcardstovoters.org’ on other postcards, you can of course do that instead.

https://www.collectivevision.us/order-postcards-to-send-to-voters

 

 

Also buy:

Postcard stamps

Pens (best to buy new ones, to be sure they’ll work)

Plastic sandwich bags

 

Put a pen, five blank postcards, and a string of five postcard stamps in a plastic bag to create each kit. Prep as many kits as you feel you might need.

 

Carry at least one ready-kit on your person, and maybe consider packing more if you’re attending a protest, a march, or an event where you think you might meet folks who would enjoy writing GOTV postcards for Democratic and progressive candidates.

 

If you get to talking about Postcards to Voters and your new friend shows interest, you can offer them your ready-kit on the spot. Point out the URL at the bottom left corner of the card and recommend they go to the Volunteer page on the website and fill out the sign-up form. Once they’re approved to write postcards, they can get to work using the gear you gave them.

 

Voila! You have helped recruit a new member of the Postcards to Voters army!

 

Postcard Campaigns · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Thank You Actions

Thank These Lawyers for Suing Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Numerous ethics experts and lawyers warned that Donald Trump’s business entanglements would place him in violation of the Constitution the instant that he took office as president.

On Monday, January 23, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought suit against the newly sworn-in president. Please send thank-you postcards to the team that is pursuing the case.

The New York Times story on the suit is below, and the addresses are below the link. Note this intriguing paragraph, which appears deep in the article:

“Mr. Eisen said the legal team intended to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Mr. Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Mr. Trump has received from foreign governments.”

So, this lawsuit might achieve another worthy goal, too–forcing Trump to release his tax returns, which his senior advisor Kellyanne Conway recently said he would not do, despite the fact that almost 600,000 people have signed a whitehouse.gov petition asking him to do so. (If you want to sign the petition, which closes on Feb 19, go here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance)

 

Please send thank-you postcards to:

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Norman Eisen

Deepak Gupta

Richard W. Painter

Zephyr Teachout

Laurence H. Tribe

c/o Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20001

 

 

 

 

Elections · Postcard Campaigns

GOOD UPDATE: Mail Postcards to GOTV for Democrat Karen Gaddis for the Oklahoma State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

GOOD UPDATE: Karen Gaddis won! And actually, there were two Oklahoma Democrats who won state senate special elections on July 11: Gaddis, and Michael Brooks-Jimenez. Congratulations to Gaddis and Brooks-Jimenez, thanks to all who helped her GOTV postcard campaign, and if you’re itching to join another, check the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ category on this blog.

UPDATE: Mail-by deadline for the Gaddis campaign is July 3, 2017.

Got another postcard campaign for you! Karen Gaddis, a Democrat running for the July 11 special election for the open state House of Representatives seat in Oklahoma’s District 75.

In 2016, Gaddis ran against the incumbent, Republican Dan Kirby, who won with almost 60 percent of the vote. He subsequently resigned rather than face expulsion from the Oklahoma legislature over accusations of sexually harassing a legislative assistant.

Gaddis spent 40 years teaching in Tulsa, Oklahoma public schools and pledges to address the damage done by tax cuts. She was the first Democrat to run for District 75 in more than 10 years, and she is game to run again. Her Republican opponent is Tressa Nunley.

To join her postcard GOTV campaign, you can text OK to 918.992.4434 or email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

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These three pieces of information should be on all postcards:

“Democrat Karen Gaddis is running for Oklahoma House District 75. The election is on July 11. As a lifelong Tulsa educator, Karen will fight to fund schools.”

 

If you have room, you can add something like:

Ask your friends and family to vote Democrat in this special election.

Voters like you know it is important to have an experienced educator at the table when school funding is taken up.

#Turn75BlueOK

When we vote, we win.

Thank you for your time and your vote!

 

You’ll want to get your postcards in the mail on or before July 4.

 

See Gaddis’s campaign website:

http://www.karengaddis.com/home

 

Read a diary entry on Daily Kos that lays out reasons why Gaddis’s chances are good:

https://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/9/1670282/-Karen-Gaddis-D-The-Comeback-Candidate-for-Team-Blue-Oklahoma-HD-75

 

 

Postcard Campaigns

GOOD UPDATE on the Postcard Campaign to GOTV for Democrat Karen Keys-Gamarra

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Update: Karen Keys-Gamarra romped to victory in the race for the at-large school board seat in Fairfax County, Virginia. She pulled in 41,519 votes to her Republican candidate’s 21,389. About 70,000 people voted, a number that represents ten percent of voters. Read more about the victory here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/democratic-backed-candidate-elected-to-fairfax-county-school-board/2017/08/29/ea401f3c-8d17-11e7-84c0-02cc069f2c37_story.html?utm_term=.17453fa8ac4f

http://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/karen-keys-gamarra-wins-special-election/801076351

Join Tony the Democrat’s postcard campaign to get out the vote for Karen Keys-Gamarra, a Democrat who is running for the school board in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

Tony’s postcard campaigns continue to yield good results, and the postcard-mailing army keeps growing. It’s 4,000 members strong, with volunteers in every state.

Tony and the team haven’t tackled a school board race before. Here’s some comments from the Facebook page on why the team chose to help Keys-Gamarra, and why she has merit:

“Democrats should compete in every single election, in every single filing available. When Democratic voters see qualified candidates who share their values running in all sorts of races, it will inspire greater participation. At the polls, sure, but also in the growing resistance. Local, municipal posts are stepping stones to higher office later. We have a better chance keeping a GOP conservative out of Congress altogether if they don’t get on the rising political star fast track in the first place.”

“[Keys-Gamarra] and her GOP-endorsed opponent could not be further apart on important issues. She is on record in favor of non-discrimination for all students and is against so-called bathroom bills. Karen is an attorney with a family law focus and is often court-appointed as guardian for children who rely on her advocacy of their best interests. She has earned a host of high-profile endorsements which are important for this At-Large seat in Virginia’s largest school district.”

 

To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229

 

If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards @ TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

And here are the rules. If you can’t comply, please find a different way to help.

General rules that apply to all postcard campaigns:

 

  • Handwrite your postcards legibly.
  • Use cards that are inclusive.  If you buy, print, or make postcards, the images/graphics/photos and wording/quotes/slogans should be issue-neutral/benign/safe.
  • Mail completed postcards daily and do your best to have all of yours written within 3 days of getting your list.
  • Only sign your first name or initials.  (Do not include your return address, email address, last name, or social media handle or account name.)
  • Only write to each voter once.  (Do not contact the voters again for any reason.)
  • Cover addresses before taking photos.  (If you share digital photos of your cards on social media, always cover voters’ addresses.)
  • Keep cards looking grassroots-like.  (Do not print the candidate’s campaign’s logos/graphics/images/photos on the cards.)
  • Stick to the talking points. 
  • Ask us if you have questions.  
  • Have fun!

 

 

Also–do not call the recipient a ‘Democrat,’ because the postcard could be headed for a mixed-voter household. Instead say, ‘Important Voter,’ ‘VIP Voter,’ ‘Esteemed Voter,’ etc.

 

The three things you need to say on each postcard:

Democrat Karen KEYS-Gamarra is running for Fairfax County School Board At-Large.
Election Day is August 29th.
Teachers have endorsed Karen because she is a strong advocate for children.

 

If you have room, you can add something along these lines:

I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Karen will protect after-school programs from Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.
As an attorney, Karen handles family matters.
She works as a court-appointed attorney representing the children’s best interests.
Karen is a Fairfax County Planning Commissioner and volunteers for NAACP and CASA.
This card and stamp are my gifts towards electing a progressive.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.
Thank you for your time and your vote!
#Keys4VAkids
Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Most postcard campaigns close, or are considered closed, no later than seven days before the election. Please get your postcards in the mail promptly. And thanks for pitching in!

 

Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause

Keep Demanding that Congress Investigate Trump’s Impeachable Offenses

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

 

Trump and his minions have done, or tried to do, any number of horrible things. Most of them demanded an immediate answer. Others demanded ongoing attention.

 

Several people are speaking up to say the daily shenanigans are distracting us from focusing on the two issues that have the power to force Trump from office: His financial conflicts of interest, and the Russian hacking scandal, which should shed light on Trump’s curious connections to Putin.

 

To be fair, these issues have not been forgotten, just overshadowed. A team of lawyers from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing Trump over his violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause. Jerry Nadler, a house rep from New York who sits on the house judiciary committee, recently filed a resolution of inquiry into Trump, an early step on the road to impeachment. Members of Congress are pursuing bipartisan investigations into the Russian hacking scandal, despite Republican attempts to keep such queries under its party’s control (which would let them soft-pedal the findings).

 

But the blogger behind The Liberal Yell rightly points out that it’s on us, the citizens, to keep pressing Congress to stay on the two issues that could end Trump’s presidency, and we should support their efforts to do so.

 

See the blog below.

http://theliberalyell.com/focus-people-there-are-only-two-things-to-demand-of-congress-in-regards-to-trump/

 

To summarize: TLY asks us to stay firmly on these two issues, regardless of what other evils Trump looses. No matter what happens, do not lose sight of the need to look into Trump’s Emoluments clause violations and the importance of getting to the bottom of the Russian hacking.

 

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for a great tool–a custom postcard demanding investigations into both issues, which you can download and print and mail and hand out to others.

 

 

Read about bipartisan efforts to investigate the Russian hacking scandal, and Republican resistance to it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/02/senate-panel-investigate-russian-election-interference/97411482/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/10/14220484/house-dems-bipartisan-probe-russian-hacking

http://www.snopes.com/mitch-mcconnell-blocked-investigating-russian-hacks/

 

 

Learn about New York House Representative Jerry Nadler’s filing of a resolution of inquiry into Trump, and its implications:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

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Join the Postcards for America Page and Keep Fighting Trump With Postcards

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

 

The OTYCD page on joining #TheIdesOfTrump–the effort to bury Trump in postcards on March 15–is the most popular in the young blog’s history.

 

Seeing as you all have such an appetite for sending postcards, we’re doing a post on one or our favorite Facebook activist pages: Postcards for America.

 

Its main goal is to encourage you to send postcards to your members of Congress about your fears and concerns. But it also alerts you to other postcard campaigns and suggests legislators who might benefit from receiving great wobbling piles of postcards that tell them they’re wrong, or in some cases, exquisitely correct and in need of thanks.

 

Apply for admission to the Postcards for America Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/postcardsforamerica/

 

Please note: Postcards for America is a closed group. You can apply to join and you will have to wait for an administrator to approve you before you are admitted.

 

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Action Alerts · Postcard Campaigns

Comfort Bresha Meadows with Postcards

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

Send messages of love and support to Bresha Meadows, a teenage victim of domestic violence who shot and killed her abusive father, and recently accepted a plea deal that will lead to her release.

 

Meadows was 14 in July 2016 when she killed her father, Jonathan, who had directed physical and verbal abuse against her, her mother, and her brothers and sisters for years. Meadows ran away several times but was returned home each time.

 

A public outcry, led by the #FreeBresha campaign, prevented the Ohio courts from trying Meadows as an adult, which could have yielded a sentence of 25 years to life. She spent nine months in jail after her arrest, which worsened her depression and her PTSD. In May, she agreed to a deal where she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for 60 more days at an Ohio juvenile detention center, followed by six months in a counseling center near her home and two years’ probation. Because she is under 18, she will have a chance to seal her arrest record and ultimately have it purged.

 

Meadows has been through a lot in her young life. You can cheer her by sending her postcards that reflect your love and support.

 

Mail them to:

Bresha Meadows
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
The IMG Center
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

 

#FreeBresha supporters also set up a GoFundMe campaign for her, to cover the expenses of the six months in counseling and other needs. It has reached its $150,000 goal, but is still accepting donations:

https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

 

 

Read more about Bresha Meadows and her case (Warning: Some stories include descriptions of the violence she witnessed and suffered):

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/bresha-meadowss-hearing-resulted-in-a-plea-deal

http://www.theroot.com/freebresha-bresha-meadows-accepts-plea-to-reduced-cha-1795440743

https://freebresha.wordpress.com/blog/

 

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GOOD UPDATE: Tell the New Hampshire Legislature to Boot a State Rep Who Founded the Woman-Hating Red Pill Forum on Reddit

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.

Update: Good news! On May 17, Robert Fisher resigned from the New Hampshire legislature. This was after some sideeye-worthy shens by the legislature itself (see the Time story below), but he is out of power and gone.

http://time.com/4782902/new-hampshire-robert-fisher-red-pill-reddit/

Original text follows.

Yes, you read the headline right. If you live in New Hampshire, call your state legislators and ask them to demand the resignation of state representative Robert Fisher, who has been revealed to be the founder of the misogynistic Red Pill forum on Reddit. If you live elsewhere, send postcards asking for Fisher’s resignation.

With any luck this post will be obsolete by the morning of April 28, but we’re writing it just in case.

On Tuesday, the Daily Beast web site revealed Fisher as the founder of Reddit’s infamous Red Pill forum, a cesspool of anti-feminism frequented by about 200,000 subscribers. According to the Daily Beast piece, Fisher launched the forum in October 2012 and has since stepped down as its lead moderator but still appears occasionally.

Fisher is also the New Hampshire state representative for Belknap County, District 9. (He’s a Republican, but he has run before, unsuccessfully, as a Democrat.) He was first elected in 2014 and won reelection last year.

The Red Pill forum paints men as the victims of feminism, and encourages thoughts and posts along those lines. If you want to get a clearer notion of how that can play out, and what Fisher has said about women and feminism, scroll down to click through to the Daily Beast piece. (Fisher has since claimed that several quotes in that article are taken out of context, or are otherwise untrue.)

Several New Hampshire legislators, including the current governor, have publicly urged Fisher to resign. (He has declined to do so.)

If you live in New Hampshire, please call your state legislators and ask them to urge Fisher to resign. If you don’t know who your state representatives are, plug your zip code into the web site below:

https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org

It is extra-important to pursue this now because New Hampshire legislators are currently mulling whether and how to strengthen the state’s rape-shield laws.

Sample script: “Dear State (Representative/Senator Lastname,) I am (calling/emailing) to ask you to join your colleagues in urging state representative Robert Fisher, the Republican from Laconia, to resign. Earlier this week he was revealed as the founder of the Red Pill, a woman-hating forum on Reddit. Governor Chris Sununu has said his resignation “is certainly in order,” and Shawn Jasper, the New Hampshire house speaker, has said his resignation would be appropriate. Please join them in asking Fisher to depart his post.”

Sample script if your state rep is Robert Fisher: “Dear State Representative Fisher, I am disgusted by the fact that you founded the Red Pill forum on Reddit, and I am disgusted by your comments about women, feminism, and rape. Your words and actions prove you are unfit to serve as a state legislator. I urge you to resign and refrain from running for public office in any capacity ever again.”

Sample script for contacting New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper: “Dear House Speaker Jasper, thank you for saying that you wish that state representative Robert Fisher would resign in light of the news of his connections to the woman-hating Reddit forum, The Red Pill. Thank you also for adding later that his words and actions rise to the level of conduct unbecoming a legislator. I appreciate your having made this statement and I support it.”

 

If you live outside New Hampshire, you can email or mail postcards to Robert Fisher, asking him to resign (sure, be forceful, but be unfailingly polite!):

Robert Fisher
92 Bowman Street
Laconia, NH 03246-3678

robert.fisher@leg.state.nh.us

And again, if you live outside New Hampshire, you can email or send postcards to state house speaker Shawn Jasper, thanking him for calling on Fisher to resign but perhaps urging him to find a way to do more (he says that it’s up to Fisher’s constituents to fire him by voting him out in the next election; he says nothing about encouraging constituents to ask Fisher to resign. Again, it’s ok to be forceful when phrasing your postcards, but always be impeccably polite).

 

House Speaker Shawn Jasper

83 Old Derry Road
Hudson, NH 03051-3017

shawn.jasper@leg.state.nh.us

 

Read the Daily Beast piece about Fisher:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/25/the-republican-lawmaker-who-secretly-created-reddit-s-women-hating-red-pill

 

Read the Snopes piece on the stories about Fisher and the Red Pill Forum:

http://www.snopes.com/2017/04/25/legislator-reddit-redpill-forum/

 

Read a Time piece that quotes Fisher’s refusal to resign, in which he said, “I am not disappearing. I will continue to stand strong for men’s rights and the rights of all.”

http://time.com/4756308/robert-fisher-new-hampshire-mens-rights/

 

Read a piece from Slate that talks about Fisher, and about how New Hampshire’s unusually structured state legislature is something of a double-edged sword:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/04/27/how_did_robert_fischer_of_men_s_rights_reddit_the_red_pill_end_up_in_new.html

 

Read a local newspaper piece on Fisher and the revelations :

 

http://www.concordmonitor.com/rep-fisher-red-pill-reddit-thread-9491637

 

Read an NHPR web site story that explains why the state legislature has few options for removing Fisher:

http://nhpr.org/post/despite-uproar-over-lawmakers-comments-house-leaders-lack-leverage-oust-him#stream/0

 

Read a story from the web site of WMUR, a New Hampshire television station, in which the governor, the state Republican party chair, and the state house speaker all denounce Fisher and encourage him to resign, and Fisher declines to do so:

http://www.wmur.com/article/state-lawmaker-admits-saying-some-injudicious-things-about-women/9562347

Postcard Campaigns

Join the Postcards for America Page on Facebook and Keep Bombarding Trump with Postcards

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

The OTYCD page on joining #TheIdesOfTrump–the effort to bury Trump in postcards on March 15–is the most popular in the young blog’s history.

Seeing as you all have such an appetite for sending postcards, we’re doing a post on one or our favorite Facebook activist pages: Postcards for America.

Its main goal is to encourage you to send postcards to your members of Congress about your fears and concerns. But it also alerts you to other postcard campaigns and suggests legislators who might benefit from receiving great wobbling piles of postcards that tell them they’re wrong, or in some cases, exquisitely correct and in need of thanks.

Apply for admission to the Postcards for America Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/postcardsforamerica/

Please note: Postcards for America is a closed group. You can apply to join and you will have to wait for an administrator to approve you before you are admitted.