Send "The Lorax" To Capitol Hill

$4,285 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 149 people in 23 months
***Updates to our Project***
We now have a website! Check it out at: We Speak for the Trees It is one stop info for all our projects and activities! Please visit it today! (7/8/17)
We are heading back down to D.C. for a second round of deliveries on June 16, 2017! If you are interested in coming or having letters delivered on your behalf, please contact us through our facebook page, www.facebook.com/theloraxtodc; or via email at theloraxproject@yahoo.com. We would love your participation! (5/23/17)

We have had an amazing experience working on this! We have reached our goal of books; however, after our first delivery experience, we have identified that we need more manpower in the distribution and funding for the delivery aspect (ex: renting a location to organize out of in Washington DC). With that in mind we our raising our goal to achieve completing the delivery (4/25/17).


***Original Story****
We have only one Earth. It is beautiful. It is amazing and we should protect it from those who do not seem to realize its value and importance especially  in light of the new administration. We have been taught that calls to action include phone calls to our representatives, organizing our efforts, letter writing to those in power, peaceful protesting and marching, and fundraising to support the belief in our causes. As a working mother, my time is valuable, and I want to make sure my voice is heard for my children’s sake; so, how do I stand out among the rest? I have been contemplating this very question since the Presidential election results were revealed.  How do I make my campaign unique?  How can I draw the most attention to my growing concerns regarding the potential impact to protective, environmental legislation?

My fundraising campaign is that each member of congress, the cabinet picks and the President and Vice-President should be given a used copy of one of the most beloved childhood books- The Lorax.  The books can be donated via contacting me through this application or you can donate as little or as much money as you like so that I can buy used copies of the Lorax. The copies of The Lorax would go to the 600 or so individuals who have an office in Washington D.C.

Each used copy of The Lorax will be delivered in person to Capitol Hill.  This is also a teaching moment for my  and your children that in order to make changes we must take action. Together, my boys and I, will write letters to our represenatives in Congress: Senator Toomey and Senator Casey and Congressman Meehan. As a parent, to teach my children to be civic activists and to ensure that those who don't have voices have equal representation, there must be someone speak for them. The earth cannot speak for herself- let's be her voice!

My goal is to get enough copies of the Lorax to have the books and letters delivered on the Monday after Earth Day, April 24, 2017. If you would prefer not to donate money but rather donate and extra copy of the Lorax or a used copy please contact me about how you can send it to me. Recycled books are the way to go to set an example while making a statement! Any funds beyond the amount needed to deliver the Lorax will be donated to the environmental organization Earthjustice which supports l justice on critical environmental issues in order to bring about positive change. More information can be found at www.earthjustice.org.

In Dr. Seuss's wisdom, even in 1971, he predicted the road we would travel and the unsuspecting victims of this path, but he also knew that "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." So, we have reached a time where we must care a whole awful lot about our earth and protect it with each and every voice there is.

So, while the support would mean the world to me- I would like to think it would mean the world to the Earth. As the Once-ler said, "I know it may seem small and insignificant, but it's not about what it is, it's about what it can become."

The project also has a facebook page! So be sure to follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/theloraxtodc

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I have been meaning to send you all an update! There is a lot going on! First, we are headed to DC again to deliver more books. The next delivery date is February 16, 2018 (President's Day weekend). We will be headed to the Longworth House office building. So far we have delivered over 200 books! Hopefully we will be able to deliver another 100 on this trip!

Second, Cathy Spahr, the founder of this endeavor, has decided to run for the Pennsylvania State House, district 160. This office is currently held by republican, Stephen Barrar, who has been in the office for over 20 years and is highly entrenched. He is anti-environment, anti-women, and a huge fan of Trump. This is going to be a very difficult run. There is another candidate who is also seeking to be the chosen democratic candidate to run against Barrar. Needless, to say, she would love your support- an endorsement is very meaningful! The link to her facebook campaign page is here: https://www.facebook.com/SpahrforthePeople/

This project will not be abandoned as Maureen, Alley, and Sara are on the team as well! For Cathy, this is the next step and protecting the environment and ensuring a future for all children!

Thank you for your support and we would love to have you on our next trip to DC on February 16th!
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So for Giving Tuesday we have put some of our We Speak for The Trees paraphernalia on eBay! Please feel free to check out our stuff, including our new T-shirts and our iconic Truffula Tree hats! By purchasing one of these cool items you are also supporting our cause: Inspiring kids to speak like the Lorax and teaching them how to engage in the democratic process by helping us send the Lorax's message to DC and PA! Here is the link to our eBay store: https://www.ebay.com/usr/wespeak4trees

Thanks so much! We would not have gotten this far without you! I know our message is being received- a friend met Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today and he told us "Hi!" So we are remembered- and that is what we want: Our message to be remembered!

with much love and appreciation,
Cathy
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Just wanted to send an update on our recent activities! On October 16, we went to Harrisburg and had great tour of the Capitol with Representative Stephen Barrar. We surprised Senator Daylin Leach by waiting for him in his office!

On November 4, we participated in an ACLU sponsored event, Resist Hate Fair! This was a fantastic event where we unveiled our new We Speak for The Trees t-shirts! They can be found here http://wespeakforthetrees.org/ourfunstuff.html if you would like to show your support!

On November 13, we went to DC for our 3rd delivery of books. We had a small but determined group. Julien and Charlie were joined by a set of triplets and were happy to show them the way! We delivered over 60 books, finishing off the Cannon House Office Building. We also managed to make it on the news- I woke up to NBC requesting to do a story on us!

Finally, we made sure to leave our legacy by joining the Sunrise Movement in Philadelphia on November 18, for the Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project. It was a privilege to leave the legacies of other groups as well: Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, a letter from Stratford Friends School 6th grade class, and a letter from the 3rd grade class at Media Providence Friends. Julien made the trek down to Philly and was careful to make sure everything made it in the time capsule. What will your legacy be?

Thank you for all your support in our efforts to protect the earth and teach the next generation how to Speak for the Trees! Please share what we do with your friends, and as always, everyone is invited to come with us on a delivery!

With much love and gratitude,
Cathy
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We are delivering books to Harrisburg on October 16! We want to know: Who is your Representative? We want to deliver them a copy of The Lorax on October 16th! Or come with us and you can do it yourself! This is a great educational opportunity for kids! Please share this and let friends and family know that for a small donation we will put their name in the book to highlight that it is coming from a constituent! Contact us for more info! We will also be doing this when we head back down to D.C. for our third visit on November 13th. Please share this everywhere! Our voices deserve to be heard- especially under this administration!

Thank you so much for all your support! Please check out our website, wespeakforthetrees.org and our Facebook page, facebook.com/theloraxtodc

Thank you,
Cathy
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Christine Bonnie Allen
19 months ago

Cathy, I hope you can present at the Swarthmore Indivisible meeting tomorrow evening. The leaders of that group extended an invitation to you!

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Francy Strathmann
21 months ago

Just ordered 4 copies!!!

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Raised by 149 people in 23 months
Created January 16, 2017
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$35
Mimi Frasciello
13 months ago

Keep up your great work! I love your clip on the news.

MF
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Mimi Frasciello
16 months ago

Keep up your amazing work! I am so happy to know that the next generation "gets" the importance of taking care of our planet.

MF
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Mimi Gallen Frasciello
17 months ago

Thanks for your dedication and hard work. "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Vincent Van Gogh

$30
Claudia Aldred
18 months ago

Thanks to Delcoindivisiblepa I learned about this. Thanks Kathy!

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Heather Beltran
18 months ago

I Love the Lorax!

JM
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Jamie Malley
18 months ago

Thank you!

Christine Bonnie Allen
19 months ago

Cathy, I hope you can present at the Swarthmore Indivisible meeting tomorrow evening. The leaders of that group extended an invitation to you!

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Francy Strathmann
21 months ago

Just ordered 4 copies!!!

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