When will my card be charged?
Your card will be charged on the 1st of each month. If you subscribe during the middle of the month, you will be charged for your first package on the 1st of the upcoming month. We then send packages out between the 2nd-4th, depending on when the next business day falls.
How do I cancel (or update my subscription)?
When you signed up, you should have received an email with a link to update or cancel your subscriptions - but emails get lost! So you can always find a subscription update button at the footer of the website where you can make changes at any time. When you click that link, it will email you a one-time link that allows you to update or cancel your subscription. If at any time you are having issues, please email us (though don’t send us your credit card number), and we are happy to help you out! firstname.lastname@example.org
Should I still subscribe if I don’t live in Portland, OR?
Yes! We realized quickly that our subscribers were not going to be limited to Portland so we select issues that are national as well as specific issues affecting different areas of the country at that time. in one psotcard you may be writing to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and in another you may be writing to the Governor of Kentucky or the Mayor of Deluth, Minnesota.
How did you decide on 6 letters?
We wanted the number of letters to feel significant but not overwhelming, in addition to keeping the cost of the subscription reasonable. We thought six was a nice number so that we could cover a variety of issues to meet many different interests, and also be able to include a couple “love letters.” There was really no science behind it; it just felt right.
Where do you get your prompts from?
We have to pick topics that will stay relevant for at least a few weeks to ensure we can get the packages to print, have them arrive in your mailbox, and give you enough time to write your letters and have them be received by the recipient. Issues are changing rapidly these days, so we are attempting to be nimble and responsive. Because we both have been long-time non-profit and public sector workers, volunteers, board members, and activists, most of our networks tend to contain those folks as well. So we follow their work, ask them what’s important, subscribe to their newsletters, and more! Here’s a short list of places we get our info from: Color of Change, Forward Together, The Bus Project, Small Victories newsletter, Shaun King’s Injustice Boycott, Sister Districts, Wall-of-Us, Women’s March National, The United State of Women, National Network to End Domestic Violence, Social Justice Fund, The Root, Everytown, We Are Ultraviolet, Young Women Free, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Marshall Project and the social media accounts of social justice activists such as Rachel Cargle, Shaun King, Desiree Adaway, Nalgona Positivity Pride, Latina Rebels, Unapologetically Brown Series, Ashlee Marie Preston, and many many many more... Click here and here to see some past inserts!
Why do you include “love letters” with your prompts?
We include 4 “Do Betters” and 2 “Love Letters” in our prompts, because we wanted to make sure that we were also elevating the good, solution focused work that’s been happening in communities and with elected officials for a long, long time. There are a lot of people who are working hard everyday for social justice, but are never recognized. So we wanted to acknowledge that hard work and send out some love. We also know that thinking and writing about challenging issues can feel hard and overwhelming. We believe that sending “love letters” can promote motivation and inspiration for our subscribers too! We have to keep hope alive - and therefore, the resistance.
Why don’t you provide email addresses?
Lot’s of folks send emails - and while they are better than nothing - phone calls and handwritten letters have a much bigger impact. There are a plethora of amazing groups, some new and some old, that you can find with a simple Google search that will provide you with ample opportunities for sending emails, signing online petitions, and tweeting. We are trying to do something a little different, and facilitate a form of resistance that has a high impact (as well as physical evidence). And we still do our fair share of petitioning, tweeting, and email as well!
How do I find out who my national/state/county/city reps are?
Oh my goodness! We are so glad you asked! We have created this handy Address Book where you can find the addresses and links to find the specific rep for your district. Check it out! Bookmark it! Make it your best friend.
Aren’t our legislatures already progressive? Why do we need to write to them if we already agree?
In Portland this is mostly true. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are pretty progressive. If you live in another state with progressive legislatures they might agree with you on a lot - but even when they do agree, it’s important for them to have communications with constituents that they can use to support their positions in national politics. And having personal stories of how their constituents are affected by national policies is even better. And when it comes to Oregon state politics...well, it gets more complicated. Oregon isn’t entirely progressive. We encourage you to look up your legislators and learn about their positions and voting record on issues you care about. No matter where you live, it’s important to know that even Democrats are landlords, real estate magnates, and have special interests. They also spend most of their day in meetings with lobbyists for corporations - not everyday people. It's worth figuring out where they stand on issues that matter to you. Oregon, like most states, is full of pockets of folks with all different points of views...some of them racist, sexist, and homophobic. So please, always share your opinion with your state, county, and city representatives.
I'm an artist - how do I design a postcard?
We choose art on a quarterly basis. We pay $100 and do not require the artwork to be new or unpublished. If you are interested email us a link to your website or 3 photos that you feel represents your style. We strongly encourage artists of all backgrounds and prioritize art from people of color, trans* and non-binary folks, and other under-represented groups.