Action by: Lai Yi Ohlsen
Date(s) - 04/06/2017
ACTION: MAKE A PENPAL ACROSS THE AISLE
Individual voices matter. Empathy is the name of the game.
3LAM is a penpal project connecting people all along the political spectrum. To participate, you will commit to correspond three times with someone who feels differently about our President than you do. No specific topic, length, or format is required—only that your letters are handwritten and that you send them, one after another, within a 30 day period. Through these letters, let’s set the stage for the necessary conversations needed to move forward through the next four years. To participate email: 100Days.3LAM@gmail.com and wait for directions.
3LAM is inspired by ‘10LAD’ former President Obama’s promise to read 10 Letters a day from the American citizens. As reflected upon in the New York Times magazine, the letters provided him and his staff with the reminder that these were “people writing and you’re a person reading, and the president is a person.” The letters told stories. “Not pro-this or con-that, not screeds, not opinions about someone heard on N.P.R.” The mail-room message was: “Individual voices matter. Empathy was the name of the game.