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We know you love mailing postcards. The organization Postcards from Kate scratches your postcard itch and lets you do good at the same time. From the PFK ‘About’ page (bold is theirs):
“Every day or once a week, we’ll email the names and mailing addresses of at least one person deserving of our wholehearted thanks for taking an action which reinforces or supports our progressive values. We believe in equal rights, access to healthcare, just and fair governance, and freedom. We don’t think any party owns American values. And we believe kindness is the best policy.”
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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):
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.”
Earn OTYCD style points for mailing Trump a postcard that features Norman Rockwell’s timeless Four Freedoms series image, Freedom of Speech. You can buy them for $1 apiece through the Norman Rockwell Museum Store online:
Earn double OTYCD style points for buying a 100-count roll of postcard stamps, a big mess ‘o postcards, and inviting as many like-minded friends as you can to join you for a postcard-writing party. Maybe plan it for January 20. Why not?
Encourage as many people as you can to mail postcards to Trump. The more, the better. If it appeals to you, go ahead and mail a postcard every day until he relents and reveals his tax returns. (Be warned that if you follow that path, you may need to buy more 100-count rolls of postcard stamps.)
If you have a Twitter account, you can tweet Trump at:
Be succinct, polite, and direct. Boring, even. Make your point and get out: “I care about your tax returns.” Include the hashtag #TrumpTaxes.
Tweet your message as often as you like and as often as your followers will put up with it, or until Trump reveals his tax returns.
This New York Times article contains a full transcript of the January 11 press conference. Scroll down about 40 percent of the way to find the exchange about tax returns:
This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.
Stock up on postcards and 35-cent stamps.
When a Congressional representative from another state does something that delights you or annoys you, don’t call their offices.
Jamming their lines only makes it harder for their own constituents to get through, and they only listen to their own constituents.
Instead, see if you have friends in that state and urge them to contact their reps. Help them find their reps’ contact info if they need it (See the first blog post, ‘Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives’, for tools to help you do this.)
If you still want to say something to the out-of-state rep that made you happy or mad, send a postcard. Your opinion will show up in a physical way while leaving the rep’s phone lines free.
It also sets a price on your emotions: OK, you’re mad, but are you 34 cents’ worth of mad? Yes? Then have at it.
Good ‘happy’ example: Sending thank-you postcards to Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, Jack Reid, and John McCain for calling for a bipartisan investigation of the Russian hacking scandal.
Good ‘mad’ example: Sending a postcard to Ohio governor John Kasich, asking him to veto both of those Ohio anti-abortion bills.
IMPORTANT: When you write your postcard message, you need to leave room for your name and your full address. This is per Emily Ellsworth, author of Call the Halls. Initials and a zip code are NOT enough. If your postcard lacks a full address, the MoC’s office folk will probably trash it. If you can’t fit your address and your message on a postcard, best to send an email or a letter instead.
Here is a link through which you can purchase postcard stamps:
Many venues sell postcards. If you live in a touristy area, you’re set–try your local Visitor’s Center and souvenir shops.
You can also try stationery and paper goods stores; museum gift shops; big pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS; and any place that sells tchotchkes, knick-knacks, keepsakes, and assorted shelf-clutterers.
The Norman Rockwell Museum Store sells postcard versions of his Freedom of Speech painting for a buck each (Item no. P057):
The first action that the Women’s March organizers asked in their 10 Actions/100 Days campaign is to send a postcard to your senators about the issues that matter most to you, and say how you will fight for them. They included a postcard design that you can download and print:
…and find their office phone numbers that way. You’ll find it easier to get through to their district (state) offices than their Washington offices.
Thank H. Scott Wallace, of the Wallace Global Fund, for firing a law firm for enabling the chicanery of Donald Trump. The firm had evidently advised Trump on how to separate himself from his globe-spanning network of businesses in a bid to comply with the Emoluments clause of the Constitution.
Wallace took calm, clear aim at the firm with both barrels in his letter, saying, “We believe that the legal advice given to him by your partner is not just simplistic and ill-founded, but that it empowers and even encourages impeachable offenses and undetectable financial conflicts of interest by America’s highest official, and thus is an unprecedented invitation to corruption and assault on our democracy.”
Send a thank-you postcard to Wallace for doing the right thing, loudly and clearly:
Thank Illinois Senator Dick Durbin for calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. In particular, he said he felt that the ongoing probe run by the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t enough–that we need someone who’s explicitly independent to look into this mess. He suggested that someone such as Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, or the retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor would have the stature and reputation to lead such a commission.
Send Durbin a thank-you postcard here (please include your full return address):
Senator Dick Durbin
230 S. Dearborn St, Suite 3892
Chicago, IL, 60604
If you live in Illinois, you can call and thank him: 312.353.4952
Thank former president George W. Bush for pushing back against Trump in public, on television. During an appearance on the Today Show, he defended the role of a free press, defended religious freedom, endorsed the notion of investigating Trump’s Russia ties (but stopped short of supporting the appointment of a special prosecutor), and refused to endorse Trump’s travel ban executive order.
It’s awkward for an ex-president to criticize the sitting president. It’s extra-awkward when both are Republicans. It’s also notable because Bush has said little on record about politics since leaving office in 2004, and he made his critical remarks on television, the only medium Trump seems to care about. Please thank Bush for speaking up.
Send a thank-you postcard to (and include your full return address please):
Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.
The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:
“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information. We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents. Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.
“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live. We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”
Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:
170 Westminster St., Ste. 200
Providence, R.I. 02903
401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)
Contact information for Tom Udall:
400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)
See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:
Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.
Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):
“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”
Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products.
Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.
Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.
Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.
Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.
Send birthday wishes to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turns 84 on March 15.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the queen of judicial badasses. She inspired the “Notorious RBG” meme. She’s served on the Supreme Court with wisdom and dignity since 1993, when she became only the second female justice appointed to the august body.
She turns 84 on March 15. Let’s show her some love, shall we?
Send letters and postcards (and include your full return address please) to:
Thank members of Congress John Lewis and Cory Booker for speaking out against Trump and his cabinet nominees.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against against Jeff Sessions, nominee for the United States Attorney General, during his Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this week. This was an especially brave act. It might be the only time that a sitting U.S. senator has testified against another sitting U.S. senator.
John Lewis, a civil rights hero who stands for Georgia’s Fifth District in the House of Representatives, also testified powerfully against Sessions at the Judiciary Committee hearings. Text for his remarks and a tape of Booker’s speech is below.
Side note: Know also that Lewis is under fire for saying on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd why he won’t be attending the upcoming presidential inauguration–the first he’s skipped since becoming a Congressman: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton… I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.” A clip of the appearance, in which Lewis speaks this quote, is below; the full interview airs on the morning of Sunday January 15.
Lewis has received a lot of support on social media, but he’s also getting flak from Trump and his nastier minions. (You read that right–Trump wasn’t smart enough to avoid attacking John Lewis on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.)
If either man is one of your members of Congress, call their offices on Tuesday to thank them. If they are not, send a thank-you postcard to these addresses (And if you’re upset about Booker’s vote against importing pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, send a second finger-wagging postcard–best to have one message per card) :
Senator Cory Booker
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07012
House Representative John Lewis
100 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
You can also tweet your thanks to Booker:
And you can tweet Lewis or leave a message on his Facebook page:
And here’s a nymag.com piece on the vote that Booker and 12 other Democrats took against the Sanders-Klobuchar amendment on importing prescription drugs. Twelve Republicans voted in favor. This occurred during the early-morning January 12 “vote-a-rama”.