The concept of using paper airplanes as a sign of protest originated with an art installation (see Backstory). It makes a statement about our United States Congress’s inability to get things done. As a nation, we face many complex, critical issues and need functional, representative government rather than political gridlock. Luckily, we can create the change we need.

The epicenter of change is the voting booth. In 2014, at a time when the U.S. Congress faced almost single digit approval ratings, Americans actually voted to return a shocking 96% of incumbents back into office!

Only by voting for candidates who will work across the aisle, can we begin to fix the situation. Remember, the people we elect are the ones we must rely on to improve laws regarding conducting and financing campaigns.

Start here:

  1. Check out your current representatives before you vote for them again. Do not send back to Congress any incumbent who does not “play nice.” The Lugar Center, in combination with Georgetown University, provides bi-partisan rankings of incumbents. Follow this link: http://www.thelugarcenter.org/ourwork-Bipartisan-Index.html On the landing page, select the tab for Senate or House. Scores above zero are considered good.
  2. If you do not know your current elected officials, go to: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
  3. To find addresses for all candidates (not just incumbents running again), go to http://www.uselections.com/uselections/  Scroll down the page to the map and click on your state. You will discover the candidates and links to their websites where you will find campaign office addresses.

You can simply email candidates, but it is much more fun–and more effective–to send paper airplane letters. Inundate their offices with paper airplanes!

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