I am Lauren George, currently a psychology graduate student at Stony Brook University. I am 22 years old, born and raised in New York; I come from a mixed background mainly Native American and Puerto Rican. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I am a firm believer on community service and education being a foundation for success.
What is your exact movement? explain to those who may not know.
The Signed Sealed Delivered Project is a movement that will engage people in contacting people within our government to make a change. To sum up the project each person participating will be writing letters (as many or as little as they like) to people within our government (both federal and local levels) on issues concerning inequality (i.e. gender, race, sex) in the United States. The goal is to be heard in a civil and peaceful way, a way that our youth can look up to, leading by example if you will. I am asking that the envelopes have “Signed Sealed Delivered Project” on them and also that within these letters we offer our concerns, views, and solutions to these pressing issues. Personally, I’ve decided to dedicate my first 100 letters to President Obama. Feel free to also use emails if you want to participate. I will be using the hashtag #signedsealeddelivered when I post a picture of the progress & ask that anyone participating do the same. Do not feel obligated to do all 365 days, that’s my personal goal do as much or as little as you’d like.
What made you come up with this idea?
I’ve had this idea for a while now, but I’ve been nervous about implementing it and how people would receive it. With everything going on recently (i.e. Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Eric Garner) I felt it was my duty to give people a constructive way of expression. Also I’ve seen way too many amazing ideas and beneficial knowledge on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; these are great for sharing but we’re not really reaching the people who can help. There’s been too much loss already; the violence on our end has to stop. Sure people know they can write a letter but some people need that little push.
What do you hope to come from this idea?
I hope that we are actually heard. I hope that people follow through with this endeavor instead of solely posting to social networks. I hope there’s a change.
How do you want people to respond to this movement?
Positively, even if our views are different all I ask is that you write to people who can actually do something about it. It can’t do any harm. At the end of the day, I want people to take it as a release.
How can people support this movement?
People can support this movement by participating in writing letters or emails, using the hashtag #signedsealeddelievered, and spreading the word about this movement.
What topics will you specifically be touching on in your letters?
Well, my first letter touched on how afraid I am for the future of little boys of color, the obstacles they’ll have to cross and discrimination they will face daily and all of my letters will have solution to the problem I discuss. Honestly, I never know what my letter’s going to be about, I take it day by day sometimes I might just draw something and not use any words. I’m not exactly sure how this is going to go yet, all I know is I’m excited to see how it unfolds.
Are you hoping to hear back from the President?
I am approaching this project with no expectations; honestly I didn’t even expect people to want to participate in this project. Of course, anyone would love to hear from the President, but I’m not getting my hopes up. That’s not my main objective.
Do you have any history or background in politics?
Nope none at all, and I have no plans to embark on politics either.
- Always include a return address
- Be concise, he is a very busy man
- Use the written address below or this email
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
God bless and happy mailing!