Sat. 4/6: Three activities to share! Recycling for animals! Art contest for EJS! Postcard design contest for Virginia!

Action #1 – Recycle your used mascara wands! Really!

image.pngPlease do NOT throw away your mascara wands. These little wands are able to be upcycled to clean away oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites, infections, mud and other contaminants from wildlife and they work great for medical care and wound treatment. Instead, clean JUST THE WAND with soap (don’t send the other half!), place them in a ziploc bag, pick your wildlife refuge to mail to, fill out this donation form, and mail from your local post office so it’ll have the right postage:

  • Appalachian Wild, P.O. Box 1211. Skyland NC 28776  OR
  • Wildlife Wands, P.O. Box 1586 Southwick, MA 01077

(Please do not purchase new wands – the program is for recycling old ones. ​Instead, please donate food or supplies from the Wishlist omake a donation.)

They also have a great site for what to do if you find a wild animal (bird, mammal or reptile) that you think might need assistance. Find a wildlife rehabilitator here.

Action #2 – The Equal Justice Society is hosting the “Remembering 1619 – 400 years of Slavery” art competition. All CA art makers welcome. Deadline July 25th.


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The Equal Justice Society (EJS) is inviting submissions of artwork as part of “Remembering 1619“, a series of events and activities hosted by EJS throughout 2019 to observe the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. Selected works would become part of a one-night exhibition as part of an artistic performance at the San Francisco Jazz Center on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Theme: Works related to slavery in America, from its beginnings in August, 1619, when twenty Africans stepped ashore at Jamestown, Virginia, as “cargo” stolen by European pirates from a ship that had been bound for the West Indies, to the rippling, invasive, pejorative effects it has had and continues to have on our political, economic, and social systems, as well as the ongoing struggle, resistance, rebellion against it.

The Equal Justice Society will be commemorating this anniversary (

  • to remind people of our history and to acquaint people with the facts, reality, and feel of slavery;
  • to show the impact the enslavement of Africans has had on every part of our nation and how it has informed the present political, economic, and cultural moment;
  • to recognize our resistance and rebellion through non-violent protest, marches, boycotts, and legal action; and
  • to commemorate our resilience in the face of monstrous evil and attempts to crush our souls, our spirits, and our bodies.

Who can enter?: CA residents who are established artists, emerging artists, amateur artists, youth* and community members who make art as a process of personal, political or cultural expression and truth-telling.

Submissions requirements:

  • No more than two (2) images of artwork to be considered for the exhibition (only one (1) will be selected)
  • An artist statement about the work(s) submitted (not to exceed 300 words)
  • A short biographical statement (not to exceed 300 words)

All applications must be emailed to Ginger Johnson at by Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. More information at 415-288-8700 or (* Please note that if an artist is under 18 years old, consent is required from their parent or guardian in order to exhibit their work, unless special circumstances apply.)

What happens to the winning pieces?: Pieces will be offered for silent auction with 100% of the selling price to be donated to the Equal Justice Society, provided that the artwork is sold at a price equal or greater than the price determined by the artist. If your work is selected, it will be seen and recognized by many in the Bay Area social justice community who will be attending our event.

Action #3 – Postcard4VA  Postcard design contest – Deadline SOON! April 8th!

Postcards4VA works to flip Virginia blue by enabling folks in VA and all over the country to send handwritten get-out-the-vote postcards to VA voters. (#postcards4va)

In the run-up to the 2019 statehouse elections, Postcards4VA is teaming up with the Virginia Women’s Summit for Political Engagement to run a postcard design contest. Winning designs will be available for purchase online, with proceeds supporting the effort to flip VA blue in 2019.

image.pngPostcard Design Specifications

  • Horizontal or vertical designs accepted.
  • 300 dpi
  • Document Trim Size: 6.00″ x 4.00″; 152 x 102 mm; 1800 x 1200 pixels.
  • Full Bleed Size: 6.12″ x 4.12″; 155 x 105 mm; 1835 x 1235 pixels. NOTE: Please contact us if your design has a bleed)
  • Please insert the following disclaimer text on the front of the postcard. The font must be 7 pt or larger.
    Paid for by _____________________.
    Not authorized by a campaign.

Contest Rules

  • You can enter as many designs as you want.
  • There may be more than one winner.
  • The winning design/s will become the property of the Women’s Summit.
  • All winners will receive a free ticket to the Women’s Summit, acknowledgement on Women’s Summit material, and special prizes.
  • Submissions are due on April 8th.
  • Winners will be notified on April 29.

Submission Information

  • Accepted file format: pdf
  • Submit camera ready art (300 dpi)
  • To apply, email a pdf of your artwork to with the subject line: CONTEST
  • Submission Deadline: April 8, 2019

For questions or more information, email Robbin Warner at

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