You Can Mail A ‘Dear Mr. Trump’ Postcard For Free In City Heights
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Aired 3/15/17 on KPBS News.
There is a national effort underway to send millions of postcards to the president, and local organizations are encouraging residents in one of San Diego’s most diverse neighborhoods to participate.
What would you say in a letter to Donald Trump? There’s a national effort underway to send millions of postcards to the president, and local organizations are encouraging residents in one of San Diego’s most diverse neighborhoods to participate.
The Ides of Trump campaign on Wednesday asks opponents of the president and his policies to mail a note to the White House on the same day, March 15. The event falls on the Ides of March, which is recognized as the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s assassination. The website states the goal is to let the president know “he’s fired!”
To mark the event in San Diego, the nonprofit City Heights Community Development Corporation is hosting the All Are Welcome Postcard Writing Campaign. The nonprofit is offering 300 pre-addressed postcards to anyone who wants to participate. Interested parties can visit the weekly international food market Fair@44 to ink their message for free. The corporation, City Heights Business Association and the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association picked up the tab for postage and printing.
City Heights Community Development Corporation Assistant Director Laura Ann Fernea said the aim of the event is to demonstrate unity with the neighborhood’s immigrant community.
“What can we do as people that are not threatened? I don’t have to worry about being stopped when a police car is behind me that I’m doing to be taken to a detention center,” she said. “So I need to speak up.”
But, Fernea added, people can write about any topic they wish.
“It could be the White House lawn is too big,” she said with a laugh. “Whatever it is, you can write about it and send a postcard.”
You can fill out a postcard from 12 to 4 p.m. at the corner of Fairmount Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard. A community gathering that includes music and an open-mic session will follow at 5:30 p.m. Fernea said a representative from the Mexican Consulate is expected to attend.
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