Monday, January 23, 2017

INEZ | What would she do? Write to the President?

If Inez Milholland Boissevain were alive today (she would be 130 years old), what would she recommend that organizers of The Women's March do now?

What They Did Then

Inez was pretty aggressive.

She was on the radical end (she pushed Alice Paul to let a black sorority participation in the 1913 "Procession" that she headed up on her horse) of the radical offshoot (what became the National Woman's Party) of the established women's group (the National American Woman Suffrage Association).

What they did in 1917, about seven weeks after Inez died, was to picket the White House, six days a week, until public opinion changed (especially after the DC police jailed women who were force-fed in prison).

Then Wilson changed his mind, supported a Federal Amendment giving women the vote. The 19th Amendment became law in 1920.


I am pretty sure that Inez would be in the face of the President.

Diana Chapman Walsh, former President of Wellesley (and Wellesley '66 classmate of my wife Alice), has suggested a way to be in the President's face without everyone making another trip to Washington. 

She suggests that everyone who reads this send in Tuesday's mail a very simple hand-written message to President Trump regarding the preservation of the Affordable Care Act. She suggests the following short letter. Written letters to the President must be opened, read and tallied. If everyone responds, it will create a mountain of mail and create a visually undeniable citizens' demand.

President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, D.C. 20500
“Don’t make America sick again. Improve Obamacare. Don’t repeal it.”

If 53 million pieces of mail go out that will mean about $25 million worth of postage stamps sold, which will help the solvency of the USPS.

I have done it and so has Alice.

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