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Act Now! A Collection of Protest Postcards

“We should all be feminists.” “I’m with her.” “Empathy is political.” These are just some of the powerful sentiments expressed in early 2017 during the Women’s March protests and beyond.

The Act Now! postcards extend the legacy of these signs and statements and transform them into ready-to-send letters to your elected representative, or to friends and allies for encouragement and inspiration. All proceeds from the cards go to the ACLU, a nonprofit organization that protects civil rights for all Americans.

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Sarah Soquel Morhaim | Los Angeles, CA

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Nathaniel Russell

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Hatnim Lee | New York, NY

It can be difficult to know what to write when you are reaching out to your elected officials—luckily, these handy postcards include a cheat sheet within the box, covering topics like what abbreviations to use, how to address your representatives, and even a letter template. Here are some tips to get you started:

Tips on Writing to Your Elected Official

• Keep it short. Do not exceed one page and limit to one issue.

• Introduce yourself and include your city and zip code.

• Make it personal. Explain why the issue is important to you. Include a personal story if it’s appropriate. Include your relationship with the elected official, like if you voted for them.

• Ask your elected official to take action, whether it is to support or oppose legislation or to suggest ways to help the community.

• Remember they are here to represent you. Be courteous, but firm.

• For the salutation, use “Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms” or “To the honorable ________”.

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You can find Act Now! Protest Postcards here—just start writing to make a difference.

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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  • judy h. November 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Wow! What an incredible and most useful gift for my young adult children just now dipping their toes into political activism. I can’t imagine a more inspirational gift for them! The bonus “Tips On Writing to Your Elected Official” will give them a head start by answering the how, what and whys of their first political discourses.

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  • Zona Sage November 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    What a fabulous gift this will be for all my friends, and to benefit the ACLU?? Even better!!

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