Inspired by Amnesty International letter-writing, envelope-stuffing get-togethers, I’m planning a letter-writing party in support of the Palestinians’ call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions to pressure Israel into dismantling its apartheid system of colonialism in Palestine.
I’m creating a Google Doc which allows people to enter in their contact information.
Then I’m listing as many campaigns as I can, with links to detailed information about each and a copy of the letter that will be printed out.
After entering in contact information, the guest may either choose to accept all of the campaigns or read about each one and decide in which ones he or she would like to participate. If the person chooses to accept all, the form skips to the end and the registration process is completed. If the guest wants to review each campaign, the guest can follow the link to read about the campaign and then read the letter which the host will print on the guest’s behalf. If the guest wishes to personalize a letter, the guest has an opportunity to add a postscript.
The Google Doc produces a spreadsheet (accessible only to the owner of the Google Doc) which a Microsoft Word document, using the Mail Merge feature, accesses to produce the pre-addressed envelopes and the pre-printed letters.
The BDS party is then simply a matter of signing the letters, sealing the envelopes and using the opportunity to have fun and plan further Palestine-solidarity events.
As of August 31, 2011, I’m still working on the technical details. But as soon as I have everything working, I’m planning to adjust the settings of the Google document so that guests’ privacy is maintained and to publish the MS Word document(s) used in the mail merge and a document of instructions.
Contact me if you:
- Like this idea and want technical support to get it moving in your city.
- See that a campaign is not listed and you’d like it to be listed or if there has been a change and information for a specific campaign is inaccurate.
- Have suggestions to improve the way I’m doing this.
My hope is that this can be used in every city in North America to strengthen our support for Palestinians.