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Using Postcards for Political Action

Updated on January 24, 2018
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Politics affects all our lives. I made thousands of phone calls in the 2016 elections and now lead a group of women activists, all retirees.

Speak Up - Send a Postcard to Congress or to the White House

Postcards are an effective way to convey a message to Congress. Actual mail carries a little more impact than an email or phone call.
Postcards are an effective way to convey a message to Congress. Actual mail carries a little more impact than an email or phone call. | Source

Send Postcards to Congress and the White House

Many voters are resorting to postcards for contacting their representatives and senators and the people in the White House. Why? Because traditional contact methods aren't working.

The Republicans in Congress are often skipping town halls (afraid to face the voters) and letting their phones go unanswered. That's where the ordinary postcard fills the gap. It's fine for a quick message and you can make it eye-catching.

You can add a return address label or sign your name if you want. That isn't really necessary. Using travel postcards from your area work well too. You can also get postage-paid blank postcards at the post office.

Get started. Speak up. Use postcards to contact your elected officials and make your voice heard.


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You Can Use Political Art to Decorate Your Postcard

Postcards I made by printing out political memes from social media.
Postcards I made by printing out political memes from social media. | Source

You Can Make Your Own Political Postcards

Any postcard will do, but I'll show you how to make ones like you see above.

Cut some postcard weight cardstock into the traditional size. The maximum size is 4 1/4 by 6 inches. Don't go larger or it will require more postage.

Steps for Making Political Postcards

1) Save political memes from Facebook and social media

2) Print them onto photo paper (choose the fit to page option)

3) Use double-sided tape or glue to attach these to your postcard

4) Write your message and the address on the blank side, add the 35 cent stamp, and mail them

Here's an idea, get your friends together and have a postcard writing party.

Plan Out Your Message Before Starting to Write

Keep the message short, readable, properly spelled, and get your point across.
Keep the message short, readable, properly spelled, and get your point across. | Source

Hold a Political Postcard Party

It's hard to get the attention of your Congress-person or the White House. Regular mail gets delayed with security checking, voice mailboxes get overloaded, and emails often get ignored. Here's where the humble postcard saves the day.

Invite some friends to join you and write postcards about your political concerns. Here's a sample wording that's being used on Facebook.

Hey Friends, I just invited all of my neighbors to a political postcard party on Wednesday night. We will be writing Congressman ---- postcards about many issues we are questioning. May I encourage you to do the same with your neighbors? This is how you can make a difference. As the saying goes "The government belongs to the people who show up", so I'll see you there!!!

If you are in the ---- area on Wednesday night, feel free to stop by my home from 6:00-7:00.

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Use This Graphic to Announce Your Postcard Party on Facebook or by E-Mail

meme used for sharing political postcard parties on Facebook
meme used for sharing political postcard parties on Facebook | Source

Meet in Someone's Home or Gather at a Bar or Coffee Shop

Some Tips for Getting Started

Have the addresses for the White House and Senators and Representatives on a handout sheet.

Get creative and let people decorate blank postcards with political slogans and art. Rummage out some colored markers and make a list of political slogans.

Snacks and beverages are optional but why not add to the fun and bonding while you work on saving America. Cookies and tea. Wine and cheese. Whatever.

Have some plain cardstock to decorate or ask people to bring their own postcards. The minimum size acceptable for the U.S. postal service is 3 1/2 by 5 inches. The maximum size is 4 1/4 by 6 inches. Postcard stamps are 35 cents, but you can use a regular stamp if you don't have time to go to the post office.

You can even get pre-printed postcards with unique graphics from Zazzle. Just allow 2 weeks for printing and shipping.

Retired ladies gather for a potluck lunch and then write 100 postcards to mail to Alabama voters. They brought their own cards and stamps. Postcards-for-Voters provided the addresses. Great news - the candidate won!
Retired ladies gather for a potluck lunch and then write 100 postcards to mail to Alabama voters. They brought their own cards and stamps. Postcards-for-Voters provided the addresses. Great news - the candidate won! | Source

Find Out About the Latest Campaign on Facebook - Search for "Postcards for Voters"

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      Jill Spencer 7 months ago from United States

      These are great ideas, Virginia!

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