25 February 2015

Bayard Rustin Postage Stamp

Don't overlook a hero!
'The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent 
tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect 
for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.'

Wikipaedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin
Tell them to print a postage stamp to honor a great organizer. Here is a sample letter:
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
C/O Stamp Development 
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

To whom it may concern,

I write to commend one of the most significant and yet 
unsung heroes of the civil rights movement for the honor 
of a commemorative US postage stamp.

This person is Bayard Rustin, the chief organizer of 
the 1963 March on Washington, who was an openly gay man 
and an LGBTQ activist.

In 2013, Rustin was posthumously awarded the Presidential 
Medal of Freedom. In awarding the medal, the President said, 
"For decades, this great leader, often at Dr. King's side, 
was denied his rightful place in history because he was 
openly gay."

Now we have the chance to help right this wrong. 
With this commemorative stamp, we can give Rustin 
the public awareness and recognition he deserves. 

It’s time to honor a true hero of the 
on-going fight for civil rights.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours faithfully,

06 January 2015

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

An Indian border girl displays a mortar shell allegedly fired from the Pakistan side of the border at Bainglad village in Samba sector, about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. Channi Anand AP Photo