"Give Voice" Postcard Project
The “Give Voice” Postcard Project is a grassroots, multi-state, advocacy initiative organized by Eileen Jeng Lynch. Having occurred in New York, New Mexico, Illinois, and North Carolina, among other states, this nationwide postcard writing project has the potential to change the current political landscape. 40 artists created postcards to be sent to our Federal Senators and Representatives at their district addresses.
Make your voice heard by writing to Congress. Using artist-designed postcards, help advocate for the protection of civil liberties and human rights as well as other issues that matter to you: the arts; rights of immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ community; healthcare; the environment; natural disaster relief; gun control regulation; and tax reform, to name a few. Stamps and federal officials’ district addresses are included with the cards.
The combination of these extraordinary images and participants’ personal stories across the nation will be incredibly impactful. After all, there is strength in numbers.
Michael Alan, Janine Antoni, Trudy Benson, Jason Bereswill, Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank, Amanda Church, Zoe Crosher, Kevin Curran, David Dixon, Amy Feldman, Ben Godward, Justin Brice Guariglia, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Young Sun Han, Rachel Hayes, Jason Lazarus, Shaun Leonardo, Greg Lindquist, Natasha Mayers, Riad Miah, Joe Nanashe, Katherine Newbegin, Clayton Porter, Nathlie Provosty, Armita Raafat, Luisa Rabbia, Erika Ranee, David Reed, Daniel Rich, Alexis Rockman, Rachel Selekman, Rudy Shepherd, Edra Soto, Meg Stein, Dannielle Tegeder, Karen Tompkins, Sebastian Vallejo, Julia von Eichel, and Saya Woolfalk
Proceeds from sales support the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), or Planned Parenthood—a cause of the artist's choice.
The "Give Voice" Postcard Project is currently on view at The Franklin (3522 W. Franklin Blvd) in Chicago through early 2018. Hours: Saturdays, 2-5 pm and by appointment.
On Saturday, December 16, please join Neumeraki and The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation for an afternoon of activism and postcard writing at The 8th Floor (17 West 17th Street) from 3 to 6 pm. Please RSVP here.
Artist postcards are available online in the STORE. Postcards are sold in packs of 10, along with a blank card, stamps, and district addresses of your state's Federal Senators and Representatives. For assorted packs and signed postcards, please send an email to email@example.com.
A list of the Federal Officials by state and a link to locate their district addresses are posted below.
The Trump Administration's FY18 budget (October 2017 – September 2018), which has passed the Senate, proposes egregious cuts that would imperil key programs, including those that protect our civil liberties, women's rights, culture, and the environment; provide humanitarian assistance; and support scientific research and development, among many others. The Affordable Care Act enrollment is currently being discouraged by the Administration. We need Congress to pass gun control legislation.
Despite the initial budget cut proposals for the arts and humanities, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 budget, which includes funding of $145 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is still $5 million below the fiscal year 2017 level for each Endowment.
The House passed the tax reform bill, and the Senate passed its version. They need to merge the two into a bill that could pass both the House and Senate before December 25. The final budget is to be passed sometime this month. I hope you let your voice be heard throughout the duration of this administration and its policies.
Postcard writing events also took place at LMAKbooks+design at 298 Grand Street in New York, Chicago, and Santa Fe on May 21 and in Durham, NC on June 24. A revelatory exhibition of artist cards and works was held at LMAKbooks+design from July 20-28. See photos on the Give Voice Postcard Project Facebook page.
The "Give Voice" Postcard Project traveled to Beacon, NY on Saturday, September 9. The event was hosted by Nick Page, Frits Zernike, and David Dixon at 2 Way Brewing Co. at 18 West Main Street.
In collaboration with Rachel Selekman, the "Give Voice" Postcard Project participated at Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn from October 21 - 22. Postcards were set up in the entryway of Spaceworks at 540 President Street, and the benefit exhibition of original works were installed on the Project's wall in Rachel Selekman's studio #14 (GOS Map Number 34). See installation view at the bottom of the page. Stay tuned for upcoming events in other cities.
The "Give Voice" Postcard Project was at the Forward Union Fair, an annual social action info fair that brings together social activist organizations and artists, on December 2 and 3, 2017.
If you would like to be in touch with a Nationwide Committee member in Chicago, Santa Fe, or Durham, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in hosting a local event and would like place a bulk order of postcards, please be in touch.
If you already have postcards, feel free to grab those and write. Our voices need to be heard!
Nationwide Committee (in formation)
Jackie Maman (Chicago, IL - May 21), Clayton Porter (Santa Fe, NM @ THE Magazine - May 21), Meg Stein (Durham, NC - June 24), Herman Milligan (Minneapolis, MN - December 2)
DETAILS FOR POSTCARD WRITING
List of Federal Senators and Representatives by State
Locate your Federal Senators and Representatives' District Addresses
Facts and Figures
- 80 Programs That Would Lose Federal Funding Under Trump's Proposed Budget Plan (Bloomberg, March 16, 2017)
- Trump Budget Would Cut E.P.A Science Programs and Slash Cleanups (The New York Times, May 19, 2017)
- Trump's proposed budget sets up an 'epic battle' over government spending (Business Insider, May 22, 2017)
- Trump's Latest Budget Proposal Once Again Targets NEA for Elimination (Artsy, May 23, 2017)
- Here's How Congress Could Act to Save DACA (NPR, September 6, 2017)
List of Bills and Executive Orders (115th Congress, 2017-2018)
- H.R.1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. Title I, Sec. 103, states: "For one year, certain federal funds may not be made available to states for payments to certain family planning providers (e.g., Planned Parenthood Federation of America)."
- H.R. 244 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
- S.661 - CREATE Act of 2017. Introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D- NM) to assist entrepreneurs, support development of the creative economy, and encourage international cultural exchange, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3354 - Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- S.1615 - Dream Act of 2017. Introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
- H.R.3591 - American Hope Act of 2017. Sponsored by Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL-4)
- H.R.1468 - Recognizing America's Children Act. Sponsored by Representative Carlos Curebelo (R-FL-26)
- H.R.496 - BRIDGE Act. Sponsored by Representative Mike Coffin (R-CO-6)
- H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Sponsored by Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 11/02/2017)
(More coming soon)
"Give Voice" Exhibition at LMAKbooks+design from July 20 - 28
Selected works are available. Proceeds support the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Planned Parenthood. Contact Eileen Jeng at email@example.com with inquiries.
"Give Voice" Postcard Project and Exhibition
Gowanus Open Studios
Spaceworks Entryway and Studio #14
540 President Street, Lower Level