With the constant deluge of nauseating news surrounding President Trump's appointments, nominees, and policies, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. I know I do. But I wanted to feel like I was doing something, so I decided to organize a postcard party to write to my representatives opposing Trump's myriad policies (like the temporary travel ban, repeal of the ACA, and the deregulation of environmental protection acts), and thanking others (like Elizabeth Warren) for constantly having our backs.
Let me start by saying I am a disorganized introvert. Throwing parties is not my thing; I never even have birthday parties because I still have that childhood fear that no one will show up to it if I do. To whit: A friend had sent me a stack of postcards after the Women's March, and day after day I told myself I would fill them out, but as each day passed, they sat untouched. I was feeling guilty and ashamed that I wasn't doing more. I mentioned this to a friend: "These postcards are mocking me," I said. She shared she was feeling the same way. "Let's turn this into a party," she suggested.
I sent a message to a group of friends asking them to come over Saturday for some wine, snacks, and activism. By the end of the evening we had written, addressed, and stamped more than 100 postcards. You can even download and print postcards to use from the Women's March's 10 Actions/100 Days campaign. And, we had an open forum to talk about our concerns with each other — an added bonus. Here's how you can organize your own party in seven easy steps.