One of the tools to be used by the Global Kindness Revolution is Kindness Cards (©2007, Judith Trustone), postcard-sized documents that contain a message which acknowledges and encourages kindness in others. They were created by a partnership between anti-violence prisoners and Sagewriters.
Kindness Cards, which can be purchased by suggested donation in lots of 50, 100 or 1000 and more, are an attempt to distribute sprinklings of light in a world that seems to have forgotten kindness and civility. So much of our energies are anti-this and anti-that, defending against overwhelming despair and the lack of civility and the violence which affects us all. Kindness Cards are a tool for anyone interested in supporting a kinder, less violent world regardless of where they reside. As of this date, over 50,000 have been distributed by supporters in Jamaica, St. Croix, France, and several states in this country. Prisoners are taking leadership roles creating Kindness projects behind bars, and participating in our Virtual Kindness Circle every Saturday at 4:00 pm eastern.
We are partnering with many human rights organizations, churches, schools and community groups for support and sharing the Kindness Cards. Success will be measured by the number of Kindness Cards distributed, the response of the media, and the number of organizations and prisoners involved. In the process, hopefully voters will become interested in the anti-violence prisoners involved, thereby changing the faces of prisoners to the public and opening the door for discussion of prisoners and prison issues.