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Thanks for your interest in Noteworthy Thoughts. We are a community of people who are interested in connecting to others through handwritten notes. We write because we envision a less hostile time and because we believe that the mere act of reaching out is revolutionary. If you would like to join us, please contact us at Noteworthythoughts@yahoo.com and we will tell you about the next steps!

National Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama

On April 26th, in Montgomery, AL, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) will open the National Memorial for Peace and Justice to honor lynching victims and survivors.  In its report, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, EJI documented more than 4400 lynchings of black people in the United States between 1877 and 1950, including identifying 800 more lynchings than had previously been recognized.  More information:  https://eji.org/racial-justice/legacy-lynching.  This week, Noteworthy wrote to Bryan Stevenson, EJI’s Founder and ED, to acknowledge his vision and courage. 122 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.

The letter is below.
Jill

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April 13, 2018

Mr. Bryan Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director
Equal Justice Initiative
122 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

Dear Mr. Stevenson,

The work of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) for social justice is deservedly  known throughout the world.  On the occasion of the opening of the Memorial to Peace and Justice, we affirm your vision and courage.  You are tackling an extremely difficult subject with the tools of peace and justice, and we say, hope.  We congratulate you on the Memorial’s opening and on a truly inspiring career; you are a role model for many.  Thank you.

Noteworthy is a community initiative to recognize good deeds and to build bridges of human connection. Please connect with us on Facebook or at: Noteworthythoughts@yahoo.com. Check out our website:  noteworthythoughtsorg.wordpress.com.

With gratitude and on behalf of Noteworthy,

A Recent Note to Parkland, FL Students

Here is this week’s letter to a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS — feel free to use to make your own or copy.  It’s hard to imagine what these kids are experiencing, but I’m sure they need continued support from us.
If you’ve written, let us know please!  And, if you want to share your letter, please send along.
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Dear Student (Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS ) — We hope that you are resettling or resettled in your school and that it has been reassuring to resume your studies, You and your schoolmates are inspiring a nation to action and change. We continue to send you the best of thoughts and we are looking forward to the March(es) planned for 3/24.
Noteworthy is a community initiative to recognize good deeds and to build bridges of human connection.  You can find us on FB or write to us at: Noteworthythoughts@yahoo.com.

Notes to Parkland, FL Students

You may have seen that some teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are asking that letters, notes (not emails) be sent to the school. And, you might have already sent a note. In any case, here are two methods:

Ms. Wolk-Rogers
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, FL 33076

or

Any Student
Same Address

If you do write, please let us know.  Here’s to these kids and their incomparable courage.

Recent Notes

It’s a little more than a year since we started writing notes and we’ve written close to 100 notes.  Thanks to all who are writing — keep on writing and let us know how you’re doing — and thanks to everyone for your support.  Suggestions of recipients are always welcome!

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Luis Cortes Romero is an immigration lawyer in Seattle and he is also undocumented. The PBS Weekend News (2/3/2018) featured a day in his life.  You can read about him here. We sent him the following Noteworthy note. If you would like to write to him, please email us for his address.

Dear Mr. Romero:
Your story as presented on the PBS Weekend show was extremely inspirational. You are courageous and generous. Despite all odds, you rose up and got an education and are now helping others without much thought to your own circumstances. You are a hero to many people, and justly so. We need you here and hope that you are able to get your own documentation settled very soon. You are making an important difference and we are cheering you on!

A quote from Ghandi to help with navigating whatever comes this week.

“In this adverse time, stand tall; we are strong, we can live through this. ‘I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.'”

Pick up your phones, send your emails, or send a note to let your elected representatives in DC (assuming you have one that has a vote on the Hill) know what you are thinking. There are many issues on which to comment. Fight on!

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PBS News Hour recently featured the Appalshop.  It was refreshing (in the tumult of the weekly news) to hear about its work using arts, education, and media to tell the stories of people living in Appalachia — work that has gone on since 1969! Check out its website:  www.appalshop.org and see its mission statement below.  We are sending a Noteworthy card to Ada Smith, Institutional Development Director.  The life of a non-profit can be difficult but many of them keep pursuing their missions no matter the obstacles.  Kudos to Appalshop for its long life!

Recent Notes

This week, we’ve sent two notes. Dorena Bertussi was the first woman to file a sexual harassment complaint against a member of Congress, Jim Bates.  That was 30 years ago and she received a lot of (unwanted) publicity.  You can read about her here.

We also wrote to Jane Pittman, who retrieved her love of basketball after not playing for 43 years!  Needless to say, she was not a “spring chicken” when she started playing again in a competitive senior league in Virginia.  She is the subject of the film, “Coming Back to the Hoop.” There is a trailer for the movie here.

The stories of these two women are a good reminder that we all stand on the shoulders of the many people who came before us who made changes that benefitted us.

A Noteworthy Response

We received the following response from one of our Noteworthy recipients (printed with permission):

Dear Noteworthy,
After a long circuitous route I received your note today (from the college radio station where I worked 20 years ago)! I appreciate the kind words about my appearance on PBS to discuss the events in Charlottesville. The month following the rally was one of the oddest in my life, and I am grateful for the support. Luckily things are claiming down somewhat – for me personally if not for our country.
I hope this finds you well. Noteworthy sounds like a compelling initiative. Is there a website for it where I could learn more.
Recipient of Noteworthy Note