While the Postcard Project is currently on hold, we’ve had a lot of fun with it and sent hundreds of Postcards! It’s likely we’ll get back to Post-carding after the Midterm Elections.
The Postcard Project was created to support and thank individuals and organizations that defend and forward our nation’s ideals. The project strives to focus on thanking people for their positive actions, and encouraging them to stay the course. The resistance movement can feel overwhelmingly dark and heavy; those on the frontlines need to know they are supported and appreciated.
The original idea formulated soon after the presidential election when the Media were portrayed as the “Enemy of the People”. We wanted to thank the media for their investigative writing, their dedication to reporting “real” facts and their stand to hold the front line of democracy. The postcard committee came up with the first mailing list – each member naming the Media organization they wanted to thank. The mailing list was created with reporter’s names and addresses and the first postcards were created. Stamps and postcard printing were all donated. The committee decided to send the postcards out all at once to have the biggest impact. They also made individual packets of ten with the mailing list to hand out to individuals. The first breakfast writing session occurred on April 2, 2017. About 9 people came to write, laugh, and eat soda bread. Many more took postcards home to write on their own time.
The process was duplicated on May 6, 2017 – this time targeting local and alternative media outlets. About 15 people attended the 2nd breakfast and packets were handed out. Both the Seven Days and VT Digger recognized us when they each received their batch of postcards (add links?).
The 3rd campaign consisted of two postcard-writing events to thank our women Members of Congress and ADAPT, the disability rights group that so publicly defended the ACA repeal. The first event was a Wine and Cheese party on August 24, 2017 with 10 people writing postcards. The second was another breakfast on August 26, 2017. Coincidentally August 26 is also Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the day women won the right to vote in the United States in 1920.
The committee plans to continue sending batches of thank you postcards about every two months. Everyone is welcome to join one of our events, no need to be an IndivisibleCalais member. If you want to start your own postcard project we’ve provided our resources for you to use. If you have any questions or would like to donate stamps or money for printing postcards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some of our favorite postcards, all set as PDF’s for you to download, print on card stock, and send out!
Here are some pictures from our Postcard Events!