Standing up to America for America

At least one of the members of this family of five risked their lives in Afghanistan to help our soldiers stay safe, but the whole family was detained at LAX for several days following arrival on Special Immigrant Visas, and then released on parole, pending interviews with immigration officials. On April 13th, they were granted permanent residency. They don't want to make their identities public, but we'd like to send them a welcoming message and a note of gratitude for making America keep her promises at a time when it sometimes seems we are defaulting on all commitments at home and abroad.

Read more about their story here, and then send a postcard to:

New Permanent Resident Family of Five
c/o Mark Rosenbaum, Director Opportunity Under Law
Public Counsel
610 South Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Dianne Feinstein: Career Hero

We'd be hard pressed to find a United States Senator that has accomplished more in Congress than CA Senator Dianne Feinstein. In her 25 years of service, she's introduced 4,654 bills focused on protecting our environment and natural resources, our national security, and our health by banning harmful chemicals in food, and strengthening gun control and helping law enforcement fight crime and human trafficking. The list goes on and on and although she's gotten a lot of flack lately for not taking a harsher stance against the new White House admin, we think she's pretty terrific. And did you know she was the first woman Mayor of San Francisco (1978-1988) and the first woman elected to the Senate in California along with Senator Barbara Boxer in 1992?

Read about her recent tangle with Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch here and then let's acknowledge her lifelong public service by sending a postcard of thanks to:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104

Nevertheless, Maya Lin persisted

Maya Lin was a 21 year old senior at Yale when she won the design competition to design a monument in honor of the soldiers that served and died in the Vietnam War. When it was first erected in 1982, some people criticized it loudly, and many still do, maybe because it does what a war memorial actually should do: With its simple lines and the list of the names of our dead, it demands we honor sacrifice thoughtfully, reflect on the justifications and their costs, carry that knowledge forward into our future endeavors. It was exactly what we needed, then and now. 

Since 1982, she's designed many other public works, including a Civil Rights monument in Montgomery incorporating smoothly flowing water which provides a visitor the opportunity to see how an action as small as touching a finger to the surface can alter the flow. Always, Lin creates objects which insist we reconsider our contemporary and historical surroundings, both in the physical and emotional sense. Lin could have had a perfectly uncontroversial career, but she chose to help us think about the world and our place in it. It's quite a thing. 

And she's still alive and getting mail, so today send a postcard to Maya Lin. Thank her for doing the work that she didn't have to do to help us do the work that we must do. 

Maya Lin Studio
112 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012