Postcard Campaigns · Thank You Actions

Subscribe to Postcards from Kate

Subscribe to Postcards from Kate, a nonpartisan project devoted to thanking politicians, journalists, and other public figures who do the right thing.

 

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.

 

Postcards from Kate is named for Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the song America the Beautiful.

 

Subscribe to the Postcards from Kate email list here:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org

 

 

Read its “About” page:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org/about-2/

 

 

Check out its free downloadable postcard designs:

https://www.postcardsfromkate.org/get-supplies/

 

 

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Postcard Campaigns · Save These Tools

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

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!

 

Action Alerts · Choose Your Core Four · Community Activism · Elections · Escape Your Bubble · Postcard Campaigns · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare · Save These Tools · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Learn to Help Friends and Family Who Want to Do More Than Register to Vote

Learn to help friends and family who want to do more than just register to vote.

 

Sarah Jane here. We at OTYCD have encouraged you to talk to friends and family about voting, and make it as easy and as painless as possible for them to register, learn where their polling place is, and plot how they will physically get to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

 

But what if they ask you about doing more than that? What if they’re excited, or concerned, or both about the direction the country is threatening to take, and they want to go beyond making sure they themselves are registered to vote?

 

May we humbly suggest you send them to this very blog?

 

 

Start by sending them to our page on The Most Important Thing You Can Do (we cheated, there’s actually four):

https://onethingyoucando.com/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do/

 

 

Also suggest they read the third entry in the Believe It: You Matter series, The Parable of Eating Less Meat. It’s about how activism is not a competition, and everything counts.

If you went from doing nothing to doing something, and you do that something consistently, you win. Doesn’t matter how big or small the something is.

Read Believe It: You Matter, Part III: The Parable Of Eating Less Meat:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/16/believe-it-you-matter-part-iii-the-parable-of-eating-less-meat/

 

 

And if you want to suggest that they subscribe to the blog, we won’t stop you.

 

 

Also encourage them to visit postcardstovoters.org and volunteer to write Get Out The Vote (GOTV) postcards, using their own supplies.

 

Of all the things I (Sarah Jane) have done to push back against Trump since November 2016, writing postcards to voters has been the most satisfying.

 

I can write postcards anytime Tony the Democrat and friends have a campaign going, which is almost always. (The few times when they’re between campaigns, I prep postcards for future campaigns by decorating them with rubber stamps.)

 

Writing postcards to voters doesn’t require knocking on doors, calling people, or otherwise approaching strangers, which is terrifying to an introvert like me.

 

Let’s be clear, though. I do all that stuff, too, and I recommend it, but writing postcards to voters is something I can do whenever I want, for as long as I want, and I can set it aside if need be. I call it my civic knitting–each postcard is a stitch that strengthens democracy.

 

Also? New research shows that hand-writing postcards to voters is just as effective at getting out the vote as canvassing (physically knocking on doors), and sometimes more effective.

 

For more, see this June 22, 2018 piece from Blue Virginia called The Mighty Pen Prevails: In the Digital Age, Handwritten Voter Contact Is a Powerful Secret Weapon:

https://bluevirginia.us/2018/06/the-mighty-pen-prevails-in-the-digital-age-handwritten-voter-contact-is-a-powerful-secret-weapon

 

 

If your friends and family are open to supporting candidates, point them to the OTYCD post on the Core Four Strategy:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Helping eager friends and family learn who’s running for election and re-election in 2018 and find candidates to support is pretty next-level, but if you have the time and energy to do it, we at OTYCD encourage you to follow through.

 

 

 

 

Community Activism · Postcard Campaigns · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends · Vote with your Dollars

Help Tony the Democrat and Postcards to Voters with a Recurring Monthly $20 Donation

Help Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters army by committing to a recurring monthly $20 donation to sustain its good work.

 

If you read One Thing You Can Do, you know about Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters army. We’ve written about it since the beginning, back in March 2017, before it was a thing.

 

Well, Postcards to Voters is definitely a thing now. As of mid-May 2018, it has more than 20,000 postcard-writing volunteers, who have helped more than 50 candidates in federal, state, and local races across America win runoffs, special elections, and general elections.

 

Recently, Postcards to Voters and Erika from Collective Vision, who creates and sells postcards designed with the Postcards to Voters army in mind, announced a new effort.

 

With the mid-term elections coming, Postcards to Voters needs to increase and strengthen its finances. It’s asking folks to commit to a sustained monthly pledge. The dependable funds will help Tony and friends recruit more postcard writers and accept larger address lists from candidates for office.

 

Erika at Collective Vision has a special offer for those who commit to a sustained $20 per month pledge by May 27, 2018.

 

If you sign on, you will receive a free, one-time gift of an 100-card set of a new, not-yet-released postcard design. (The rest of the world gets to see it and buy it in early summer.)

 

Some things to know about the $20 sustained contribution:

 

Committing to a sustained $20 contribution means you agree to give Postcards to Voters $20 every month, month after month, until and unless you cancel it.

 

Your pledge isn’t tax-deductible.

 

If you’re already giving Postcards to Voters $20 a month, you will receive the 100-pack of the new postcard design automatically.

 

You can’t do sustained donations through PayPal, sorry.

 

The 100-pack will be mailed to the billing address that you give on the donation page. If you need Erika to send the postcard pack to a different address, email her at postcards @collectivevision.us (but know also that she’s away between May 16 through 26, 2018).

 

If you offer a sustained donation of $40 per month, you will receive two 100-postcard packs, and for every additional $20 you can pledge monthly, you’ll get another 100-count pack.

 

You can cancel your sustained pledge at any time.

 

If you can’t commit to $20 per month, don’t feel bad! Every bit helps, even if all you can do is tell other people about Postcards to Voters and invite them to join.

 

 

See Erika’s offer to those who pledge $20 per month to Postcards to Voters.

 

 

If that link doesn’t work for whatever reason, see Erika’s post about it on the Collective Vision Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveVisionPostcards/

 

 

Set up your $20 recurring donation to Postcards to Voters:

https://postcardstovoters.givingfuel.com/welcome

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See the Postcards to Voters homepage:

https://postcardstovoters.org/

 

 

See the Collective Vision homepage:

https://www.collectivevision.us/

 

 

Follow Postcards to Voters on Twitter:

@DemocratWit

 

 

Like Postcards to Voters on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/

 

 

Follow Collective Vision on Twitter:

@write_congress

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveVisionPostcards/

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

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

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