The giveaway is closed, but read the comments for excellent, fun ideas for fitting action into your life.
When Erika Leaf, creator of Democracy Postcards at Collective Vision, sent me a pack as a gift, I loved them immediately. They’re full of inspiring, hopeful images of Americans speaking up for their rights and values. It makes me happy to use them.
We eventually met by phone and it turns out that we’re practically neighbors and kindred spirits in activism. We both believe in “going high” in our messages and staying encouraging. When she said was willing to do a guest blog post, I was thrilled.
Her story reminds me that you don’t need a lot of time, money, or even a cape and armbands to make a difference in the world. You just need a pen and the right address.
Finding time to get engaged in your democracy
Hi! I’m Erika, and want to first give a shoutout to Jen for her tireless work creating the weekly Action Checklist. These fabulous prompts have helped thousands of us begin to use our voices to impact policy decisions, thoughts, and actions.
But even with 90% of the work done for us, it can still be quite hard to carve out the time to actually make those phone calls and write those postcards, right?!?
Here’s what I do
These postcard packs are my activism of choice. When the shock of the election was threatening to drag me under, I needed to have something to turn to that felt positive and productive. So I took on a political action project of making it easier for people to speak out with postcards. Thus Collective Vision was born.
By mid-March, I had literally 24,000 lovely postcards with photos of the Women’s March in my basement! In addition to getting them out to many others to write, I figured I better practice what I preach and get going with finding my own postcarding groove.
Create a routine
I’ve hosted postcard parties with friends (very fun) and written a card here and there when I read an article or a postcard call to action that puts the fire under my feet. But mostly my routine is to collect topic info in a pile (and in open browser tabs) through the week and then when the Checklist arrives in my inbox on Sunday, I make myself a cup of tea, reach for my stack of postcards and stamps and have my own little speak out session in my living room.
I must say, it is very therapeutic to actually write and mail my thoughts to people who are in a position of power. Do you feel that too? It makes me feel less powerless and more content, knowing I’ve done my part and that there are literally hundreds of thousands of other people right now doing their part to help course-correct our precious country.
How do you fit political action into your life?
In this post, we’re going to create a brainstorm in the comment section to support each other in finding time, even just a few minutes, to be involved.
So think for a moment: What works best for you in your phone calling and postcarding? What strategies have you come up with to incorporate civic participation into your weekly routine?
I’m giving away ten free Democracy Packs containing 20 postcards and tips for effective postcarding.
To enter, just write a comment below this post describing your postcarding, phone calling or other activist habits. Then Jen will use a random number generating thingamajig to choose 10 people to win. :J
So, scroll down to the comment section below and tell us:
- How you make time to work through the Checklist or other actions?
- Do you work alone or in concert with others?
- Have you done creative direct actions?
- What helps you stay engaged?
Hopefully we’ll all enjoy this crosspollination of our ideas for making civic activism a routine.
It takes all of us
I invite you to take a look at my site, CollectiveVision.us for Tips and Resources on how to make the most impact with your postcarding, and an easy way to restock your own postcard stash or bring a bulk set to your next postcard party. Also if you or someone you know is an artist or a photographer, I’m in the process of collecting inspiring art and photos for the next sets of postcards, the Justice Pack and the Sustainability Pack.
Thanks for all you do. Together we are making a difference!