What’s Next? Postcard Campaign #3 – The World is Watching

Vice President Harris at Homestead, Florida child detention facility and First Lady Biden at Matamoros, Mexico encampment at southern border.

What’s Next? Postcard Campaign #3 – The World Is Watching

Send your 4 postcards the week of Jan 19-22 , the week of the Inauguration.

Most of us are feeling incredible anticipation as we wait with baited breath for the inauguration of our new President and Vice President in less than two weeks. It is obvious that this is a very dangerous time and the danger will likely continue through the Inauguration and beyond. But we cannot lose sight of the thousands of people; good, kind people; who are stuck at the border holding their breath as hard as we are holding ours for this Inauguration. We must keep the pressure up on President Biden and Vice President Harris. (Yes, I purposefully called them President and Vice President and omitted Elect because they are acting presidential). So as we continue to be the voices of the voiceless we have our 3rd postcard campaign ready to roll out.

This campaign means that we each send out 4 postcards. That’s it – 4 (although there is an option with this and future postcards for sending 8). All 4 postcards are on one sheet of paper for easy printing. Print the sheet, cut the cards, write the simple and strong message, address, stamp, and mail. That’s it. Easy. (On the What’s Next? Facebook page there are links for all of the remaining postcards to make it easier for you to print them all at once if you need to.)

Why are we doing this? As our new President, Vice President, and Cabinet begin their service we need to continue to remind them of the injustices our policies and actions have on marginalized groups of people who have been severely harmed over the past few decades and particularly the past 4 years. We need to make our demands clear and heard. That’s what this postcard campaign is designed to do. Thousands of postcards, all with the same message, appearing on the desks of those in a position of power to do something about it. Thank you for participating in this action. It’s simple and proves to be effective.

Please once you print out your cards, share this campaign with your church, book group, family, friends, and anyone you can think of. We know that there are huge issues at the forefront of our country right now. Our Democracy is at stake. But this is part of our democracy and part of who we are. We cannot, should not, turn our backs on the thousands our inhumanity has harmed. So this is why we continue. It’s just that important if we are to become who we say we are.

Postcard link:
https://heartmessageshome.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/206de-postcard3.pdf

Writing Instructions for What’s Next: Postcard Campaign Postcard #3

Mailing January 19-22

The World is Watching

This campaign is being sent to President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Alejandro Mayorkas (nominated to head Department of Homeland Security). To make this a successful campaign, please follow these instructions for printing, writing and mailing your cards:

1. Download Postcard #3 (photo of Dr. Jill Biden at Matamoros and Kamala Harris at Homestead). You can find it above or here.

2. Print your postcards: Four postcards per sheet, double sided (needs to include the photo credit on the back) on card stock (around 60 lb is a good weight). You can purchase card stock and cut apart or Avery has postcard stock available that is perforated for separation (any of their products that are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 4 per sheet). If you do not have capability to print double sided, you can print single side.

3. Write your postcards. The theme for this card is A New Administration – the World is Watching. Talking points are suggested. Create your own way to hit one or more of these points.

a) The world is watching the new administration. We must restore our humanity towards those fleeing danger and asking for our help.

b) The previous administration seems to have forgotten that seeking asylum is legal.

c) Asylum-seekers, fleeing violence, have been subjected to abuse, deprivation, kidnappings and sex trafficking at our border.

d) Women have been subjected to forced sterilizations.

e) Immigrants who do not pose a threat have been jailed without cause, subject to infection from covid 19, and deported to countries they do not know.

f) To President Biden:– President Biden, you said during your campaign that you would end MPP on day one. – The First Lady visited Matamoros and witnessed the inhumane treatment of those subject to Trump’s policy.- You said you would undo the damage Trump’s presidency has done to our immigrants and asylum-seekers.- Children, even babies, have been cruelly taken from their families.- You said you would work to reunite them.- What’s Next for these victims of Trump’s cruel policies? It’s now in your hands.

Address to: The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20500

g) To Dr. Jill Biden:- You visited with children and their families, waiting at the Matamoros refugee camp while they try to apply for asylum.- They are subject to abuse, deprivation, kidnappings, sex trafficking. – MPP, Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy put them here.- Dr. Biden, you said this situation is “not who we are as Americans.” – What’s Next for the victims of MPP?

Address to: Dr. Jill Biden

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20500

h) To VP Harris:- The photo shows you standing on a ladder in Homestead, Florida, in June,2019, connecting with the children imprisoned behind the fences.- You called the treatment of innocent children seeking safety “a human rights abuse.”- You promised to close private detention centers.- You said America has made a commitment to “protect anyone fleeing or facing harm.”- Now you are in a position to make a difference, end Trump’s inhumane practices.- What’s Next for those seeking asylum?

Address to:

The White House – Office of the Vice President

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

e) To Alejandro Mayorías- The new administration has promised to reverse Trump’s worst immigration policies.- ICE raids, family separation, MPP, detentions are cruel and inhumane. – As Dr. Jill Biden said when she visited the refugee camps, “This is not who we are as Americans.”- With Trump gone, What’s Next for those seeking asylum?- Will you work to restore humane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers?

Address to:

The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary of Homeland Security

Washington, DC 20528

4. Apply a 35 cent postcard stamp to each card

5. Drop your cards in the mail between January 19-22.

EXTRA CREDIT – Several What’s Next? participants have asked for additional people to send postcards to. If you would like to run an extra sheet, others you can write to are listed below:

The Honorable Anthony Blinken

Secretary of State, US Department of State

2201 C St., NW

Washington, DC 20520

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Raul Ruiz

2342 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Speaker Pelosi

1236 Longworth H.O.B.

Washington, DC 20515

4. Apply a 35 cent postcard stamp to each card

5. Drop your cards in the mail between January 19-22.

Thank you. Together we can end the inhumainty.

In strength,

Mary, Karla, Julie, Glen, Patty, Nancy, and Margaret

 

3 thoughts on “What’s Next? Postcard Campaign #3 – The World is Watching

  1. Do we need to down load the photographs etc to make this post card or can we just use plain postcards with similar messages?

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    1. Hi Susan, Thanks for asking. While we prefer that everyone use the postcards shared, we also realize that printing is an issue for many. Sending a plain postcard with a similar message, as long as it follows the theme, works just fine. Better that than no postcard! Thank you Susan.

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