CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Local activists have been sending a blizzard of postcards expressing frustration with the folks in Washington. So it is somewhat ironic that the impending snowstorm has – temporarily – put a halt to their efforts.
Soli Anne Pierce, of Cortlandt Manor, Susannah Johnston, and other organizers have been hosting "Postcard Tuesdays" at The Black Cow in Croton; other events take place on Tuesday at Green Growler, a craft beer store; and Tangine, a French bistro.
At Black Cow, pens, postage, mailing labels, talking points, and, of course, plenty of caffeine are available. There is a collection box for nominal fees to cover postcard costs. (You're on your own for the coffee.)
Folks can stay and write, or grab a bunch of postcards and go as quite a few were doing Monday afternoon, Pierce said.
"They all said that they wanted to do the postcards during the storm," she said.
The postcard party is still on for Monday, March 13, from 3-4:30 p.m. at The Black Cow Coffee Co., 4 Old Post Road South. The café can be reached by calling (914) 271-7544.
It is off for Tuesday, when the Big Blow hits, but will resume at the café on Wednesday, March 15, forever to be known, organizers said, as “The Ides of Trump.” The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Thursday, March 16, it is also set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Black Cow.
The postcards are designed by local artists Elana Goren, Louise Landry and Kathleen Corgan.
Pierce and Johnson say the postcard campaign is “a vehicle for citizens to express their concerns to elected representatives and exercise their cherished First Amendment rights.”
The intent is to “build bridges instead of walls,” something that can only happen, they said, “through informed, constructive exchange.”
They emphasized that the efforts are “pro-Democracy, not anti-Trump or anti-Republican.”
In February, some of the postcard writers addressed worries about saving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the need to denounce anti-Semitism. Others wrote about President Donald J. Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
But the president, who has an estate in Bedford, wasn’t the only target. Other postcards were addressed to Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The group averages 600 to 700 postcards a day and its goal is to have sent more than 10,000 by April.
The group posted rules of participation for “The Ides of Trump” event on its Facebook page.
- Whether it’s one card or a dozen, #TheIdes or #TheIdesOfTrump must be written on them somewhere.
- Take a picture of the card(s) and post them on social media (tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump or #TheIdes, please). This will help the group verify its numbers.
- “Spread the word! Everyone on Earth can let Washington know their opinion of the President. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail,” the group said.
On Wednesday, March 15, mail your cards to:
The President (for now)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
The postcards cannot contain any “threats of violence or insinuations of violence.”
“This is about being heard, via postcards. We understand that the ides of March has a history, but that's not what we are — in ANY WAY — calling for here,” the group posted.
To sign up to its official Facebook event page, which makes it easy to share with individual network, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1150707355055540/