LETTERS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
"So what now? Well, first and foremost, we need to feel. We need to connect courageously with the rejection, the fear, the vulnerability that Trump’s victory has inflicted on us, without turning away or numbing ourselves or lapsing into cynicism. We need to bear witness to what we have lost: our safety, our sense of belonging, our vision of our country. We need to mourn all these injuries fully, so that they do not drag us into despair, so repair will be possible.
And while we’re doing the hard, necessary work of mourning, we should avail ourselves of the old formations that have seen us through darkness. We organize. We form solidarities. And, yes: we fight. To be heard. To be safe. To be free.
For those of us who have been in the fight, the prospect of more fighting, after so cruel a setback, will seem impossible. At moments like these, it is easy for even a matatana to feel that she can’t go on. But I believe that, once the shock settles, faith and energy will return. Because let’s be real: we always knew this shit wasn’t going to be easy. Colonial power, patriarchal power, capitalist power must always and everywhere be battled, because they never, ever quit. We have to keep fighting, because otherwise there will be no future—all will be consumed."
A first or additional step in this fight that we can all take is to share our stories and opinions with our representatives in government. We're so grateful to be bringing back our letter writing program after we lost access to our printer earlier this year, huge thank you to Copy Central Mission! With renewed printing capabilities, from now until October 2017, we are printing your letters and mailing them directly to our local, state and federal officials. The full list of officials we will mail to is below. Please, make your voice heard, stand with POC, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, refugees, women, our planet.
If you have any questions, comment, suggestions, or you would like to add a government official to the list, please reach out to Hannah at email@example.com
Please be aware that we will not mail letters that include intolerant or hateful language. Due to our attempts to avoid sending such content, your letter will be read before it is mailed. We will not edit or share your letter. An email confirmation with a photo of your letter(s) will be sent to you before it/they are mailed. Letters are printed on 100% recycled paper and mailed in 100% recycled envelopes.
This is a free service, but as a next step we encourage you to donate to / volunteer with the following non-profit organizations that work to defend rights for our communities and our planet:
Center for Reproductive Rights
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
National Resources Defense Council
International Refugee Assistance Project
The Trevor Project
Mujeres Unidas Y Activas
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
American Civil Liberties Union
Everytown for Gun Safety
Southern Poverty Law Center
Human Rights Campaign
National Immigration Law Center
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Center for Constitutional Rights
Council on American-Islamic Relations
350.org for Climate Justice
Citizens Climate Lobby
NARAL: Pro-Choice America
National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
National Women’s Law Center
The Movement for Black Lives
The UN Refugee Agency
National LGBTQ Task Force
She Should Run
Union of Concerned Scientists
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