It’s not the Million Man March. It’s not the Million Women’s March. In fact, it’s not a march at all, but it is a shot radiating from the Pink Pussy Hat March looking to now send one million pieces of mail — ideally postcards- to the White House the week of March 15. Why?
According to the Ides of Trump web site, the move is send a message to the White House that Americans are angry — some about health care, others about reproductive rights, still others about collusion with foreign governments. Many are just angry with falsehoods, accusations and lack of leadership. By flooding the White House with mail, they seek to demonstrate the size of the discontent.
The beauty of the campaign is its simplicity. Almost anyone can send one postcard on one day, especially those who, for various physical and other reasons, could not physically participate in previous marches. The goal is to have all the mail postmarked March 15th, the infamous Ides of March, from all cities, towns and villages across the nation.
The underside of the campaign is the analogy to the Ides of March, known for the assassination of Julius Caesar. Even campaign organizers stress the 2017 program is not about repeating history, writing:
THE ONLY RULE IS NO VIOLENCE, 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.
But, another positive is the concept that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” a line from a poem in 1839 to herald the value of a free and dependent press over public violence, and coincidentally as a means to “paralyze Caesar.” It is ironic that the current President, fighting a war with the more established free press, may soon be receiving lots of mail as a symbol of the first amendment freedoms and the power of the pen at the most basic of citizen levels. By writing thousands, if not one million postcards, people are exercising and relearning the lost art of hand writing a communication — if not to family, friends and business associates — at least to representatives, senators and the President in Washington D.C. The address, should you care to participate, is:
Office of the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
There is no one official postcard. Any plain or fancy postcard will do. Early planners created their own samples on VistaPrint.com and then paid a small price for a batch. Others downloaded and purchased various creative protest postcards on Etsy. For more information there is an official event Facebook page, Twitter site, a hashtag (#IdesofTrump) and all the other makings of grassroots consolidated effort.
If nothing else, the campaign may make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the previous mailing record appears to be 900,000 letters received by Hank Aaron in one year — much of it hate mail. This campaign seeks to get one million pieces of mail posted in one day!
If this is small action you want to take here are the steps:
- Get a postcard — any postcard.
- Write something about the issue of your choice on the back or left side
- Address it.
- Hold on to it and only mail it on March 15 — next Wednesday.
Some groups are holding post card writing campaigns. Others are writing more than one card, and sending several from their own post office. Some are passing on this one action in favor of more serious efforts, but others look at it as a clutter clearing effort getting all those old postcards out of the house for good use, and still others are participating just for the irony of it all.