During the Rebellion Wave October 2019, the Comic Science group distributed pre-signed postcards among rebels, to be signed and mailed to elected officials.
This campaign involved the work of 6 people over as many days. At the end of the campaign, we sent roughly 650 postcards, to roughly 250 elected officials in the state of Berlin. Almost every elected official in Berlin received a single postcard, with some receiving as many as 6 postcards. We also were able to maintain a list of which politicians received how many postcards.
This campaign served two purposes:
It informed politicians that voters in their district, on streets that they recognize care about this issue.
It’s removed politicians’ plausible deniability about the environmental crisis.
For speed of distribution, and for accounting, we found it beneficial to pre-address postcards using sticky labels, and then to and to put them in envelopes, with a single envelope per district. These were then transferred to a tote bag or “kit”. Kits could be picked up by volunteers, who would walk around blockades and/or demonstrations distributing postcards.
During this action, people kits would generally approach seated protestors give them pens, and ask them to fill out cards from their neighborhoods.
For October Rebellion wave in Berlin, we made 4 “kits.” Each kit contained 14 envelopes. 12 of the envelopes were for Berlin’s 12 neighborhoods. 1 additional envelope was for filled out postcards. Another 1 additional envelope was blank postcards, which mostly went to the German Parliament.
In addition to this, we had 1 postcard stand, which averaged 12 postcards per hour:
One person with a kit could (get others to) fill out roughly 7 postcards per hour. Two people with a kit could fill out roughly 10 postcards per hour. The best place to do this type of action was at blockades during the day, when the light was good and people were sitting down anyway.
Because this was a legal and educational endeavor, we were able to secure funding to mail many of our postcards.
If we were to do this again, we might:
- …target onboardings and talks instead of demonstrations. This would result in more postcards per hour
- …set up a stationary stand at demonstrations, and let people walk to it. This would make volunteering easier
- …distribute un-labeled postcards, with instructions on them about where to find addresses. This would make the logistics much much easier, though it would prevent the collection of statistics