From a postcard resister who spoke with a staffer at her Senator’s office today. “I asked if they had received any postcards and the aide said they have received a lot and and are hanging them around their office as motivation and that they LOVE getting them.”
This got me to thinking. In my professional life, I am a government employee and public servant. If I was feeling dejected and in despair and fearful that my life’s work was going down in flames, I might feel a tiny ray of hope if I found a card in my mailbox from a stranger. I might even hang it on my wall. A card like that might inspire me to resist.
So. I looked around on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website to find an organizational chart. And then I chose an EPA department that might be feeling especially vulnerable right around now. The Office of Air and Radiation. This is what they do. They are the EPA folks responsible for climate change, pollution, air quality, etc. And then I wrote cards to a few of these public servants. Strangers to me, yes, but I’m guessing they need some encouragement right now. And I feel an odd sense of enjoyment when writing cards to strangers.
My cards are kind of long-winded, but they don’t have to be. You could just write: Thank you. Your work is valuable. Your work is necessary. Be courageous!
Here is an address
Elizabeth Shaw, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, Mail Code 6101A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C., 20460
And another one:
Paul Gunning, Climate Change Division, Mail Code 6201A, EPA Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20460