These are the days we've been training for.
I know, I know. It seems hyperbolic at worst, fatalistic at best. But it's also true. For anyone who has been politically or socially active in the last 60 years, it is clear that this is the time we have been training for -- that all our work (or lack of it) has brought us to now.
This isn't about pointing fingers. Goodness knows I do my share of calling out and calling in -- and I get called out and called in also. I'm grateful for opportunities to unpack my privilege and to learn and read about intersectionality and participate in the emotional labor necessary to move beyond White Feminism.
And so as I am moving into this next phase of activism (as I suspect you may be also), I wanted an easy tool for writing to my elected officials. Something clear, concise, and also honest.
Enter the postcard!
Since I wasn't sure where I might find inexpensive and awesome postcards, I designed one. It's created to print on 8.5x11" 110# card stock (available at any printers) and be cut into four. The back will be blank for you to include a message and the address of your elected official of choice. Slap on a postcard stamp (currently 34 cents) and drop it in the mail. You'll not only be expressing your views AND participating in the public exchange of ideas, but you'll be supporting the United State Postal Service as well. Now THAT'S democracy!
Once you've printed your postcards, take a moment to print off this worksheet from Jen Hofmann to find your Congressional Representative and your US Senators. Also consider signing up for her weekly action checklist on things to do NOW to stay aware and educated.
Now, get printing! If you have any questions (or need some moral support), let me know. I don't have all the answers, but I am happy to help and listen.