PAPER IS POWER.
My name is Lauren Magnussen and I live in Virginia, right outside of Washington, DC.
I got the idea for this project after a few months of depression and dejection over the Election. It was traumatic and bewildering (it still is), but I got tired of sitting by. I had to do something. We all have to do something. Anything. Everything counts. There is no such thing as too much or too little when it comes to activism.
Currently, voicemail boxes are overloaded and full at the offices of many major U.S. Congresspeople. Phone lines have been bombarded by activists calling to protest everything: the Dakota Access Pipeline, the threats towards Planned Parenthood, the attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, and beyond. The White House has completely dismantled their comment voicemail box altogether. Emails and tweets can get lost in the shuffle. If the Administration doesn’t believe the media, then maybe they’ll believe US.
So stuff their mailboxes.
I will be writing a letter to every Republican member of the United States Congress, and will be posting them here as inspiration to others. Take pen to paper, use your hands. Make the resistance physical. Make it tangible. Show The White House and the Congress that your actions make an impact in a literal way. Be a marcher of words.
In the words of my role model, Rachel Maddow, I’m “…trying to increase the amount of useful information in the world.”
We cannot normalize tyranny.
Photography note: Every photo on the site is taken by me. All are scenes from life in D.C. and Virginia.
Inclusivity note: I am working hard to make my site friendly to people with disabilities. There is only so much I can control using WordPress, so I’m doing my best. I‘m trying to follow these guidelines for disability-friendly websites. Please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions.
Photo: The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.