The Postcard Project was born in response to an overwhelming need for students at The New School to express their fears, anger, confusion, but also their hopes and expectations the day after the 2016 presidential election.
12th Street staff had planned to gather in the University Center lobby the day after elections for what we thought would be an exciting day to promote our journal and invite students to submit. But early that morning, the news of President-Elect Trump gripped all of our hearts and our minds in an incredible way. We wondered if our presence and plan was even still appropriate.
After much thought, we decided to set up shop anyway. We brought our promotional postcards and bookmarks, a bowl full of candy too. Students were slow to stop by in the beginning, but as the day went on, students came over just to talk, to cry, to give and get hugs–to simply share space and solace with us and with each other.
Soon, our little table in the University Center lobby became a hub for comfort and expression, and we were struck with the idea to ask students, if it would help, to write down their stories, thoughts, and/or feelings on the back of a postcard. The response was breathtaking, and we realized that this was exactly where 12th Street needed to be and the platform 12th Street needed to provide.
The postcards we collected will be published here. And we would like to invite all students at The New School to share, to feel, and to express whatever they feel they need to express physically on paper during this time. Students who wish to participate in The Postcard Project can find postcards in the Writing Office at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Room 504. Students may fill out their postcard and place it anonymously in the box provided, or students can fill out their postcard and post it to social media using the hashtag #12thstpostcard, or upload a photograph of their postcard to our online submissions here with the title “The Postcard Project” to be published on our blog.