Another postcard template #guncontrol

Hi again! I’ve added another postcard template — this one is a design I created around a public domain photograph of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). She’s pretty amazing! You can read more about her here.

As I was thinking about how so many politicians (mainly Republican) accept money from the National Rifle Association (NRA), which has contributed to the mass gun violence recently through its fear mongering and manipulation, I was reminded of Shirley Chisholm. Her motto and autobiography title is Unbought and Unbossed, and I wish she was here today to help steer us out of this mess.

Please watch the video, so you can learn more about Shirley Chisholm and be inspired by her honesty and courage. And here is the link to the template for my gun control postcard. I hope Ms. Chisholm would approve of me using her image, but I cannot see how she would be opposed to stopping the NRA’s tactics. She stood for integrity and did not accept endorsements from “fat cats” or big-name celebrities.

You may have to print a couple of postcards to figure out how your printer does this — but I chose double-sided, flip on “short side.” Also, you might have to manually feed the cardstock. If you want to, you can also send this file to a print shop and pay to have it printed. Please send these out to as many Republican senators as you can and Joe Manchin, Democratic senator of West Virginia.

Free postcard template — stop gun violence!

If you’ve not yet heard, there was another school shooting yesterday. It happened in Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott and other lawmakers have repeatedly relaxed gun-ownership laws. I don’t have words to talk about this now — I can’t even begin to think about the pain those families are going through, the staff at the school, the other children… But all the more reason to ACT NOW!

If you live in the U.S.A., or even if you don’t, you can do one simple thing by letting law makers (mainly Republicans) know they are complicit in gun violence. I have created a very basic postcard template for those of you who have access to double-sided printers.

All you need is cardstock to print the postcards on. They are already sized and set up for the U.S. Postal Service. They are black and white because not everyone has access to color printers. When you are ready to print the pdf, make sure you select double-sided and “flip on short edge.” (This is what worked for me, anyway.) Then, cut them to size, sign your name somewhere on the card, and fill in the address.

Who to send to?

If you know who your Republican senators are for your state, they are a good place to start. You can look up their office locations here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm

If you don’t live in the United States, you can contact these key senators who are either standing in the way of passing gun-safety laws, or who may be persuaded to vote FOR them:

Joe Manchin of West Virginia (Democrat)
306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (Republican)

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

John Cornyn of Texas (Republican)

Washington, DC Office
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510

Susan Collins of Maine (Republican)

413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

James Lankford of Oklahoma (Republican)

316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Marco Rubio of Florida (Republican)

284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Angus King of Maine (Independent)

133 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

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