Martin Richard Peace Stamp

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On April 15, 2013, Krystle Campbell, 29, Lü Lingzi, 23 and Martin Richard, 8, were killed by terrorists at the Boston Marathon.

While every murder is reprehensible, what made the death of Martin Richard especially poignant was the message he left for the entire world: “No More Hurting People. PEACE”

World leaders can’t seem to get us to a world free of war and hateful people can’t seem to find resolution or peace without deadly violence against innocent others, but maybe Martin’s simple message will help get us one step closer.

One of the most effective ways to get Martin’s message out to the world would be through the issuance of the Martin Richard Memorial Peace Stamp. A stamp displaying the handmade sign he created with his simple, to the point message. Imagine how many people handle a letter on its journey from sender to receiver, everyone seeing Martin’s message, having to think, even if only momentarily, about peace!

Stamps are considered and approved by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) which has two rules that could affect or prevent the issuance of a Martin Richard Memorial Peace Stamp.

The first rule states: The stamp program commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, culture and environment; therefore, negative occurrences and disasters will not be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps or stationery.

If the CSAC views this as a commemoration of the bombing it would classify it as a ‘negative occurrence’ or ‘disaster’ which would disqualify it.

The proposed stamp makes no reference to the bombing, so with this petition, we are asking the CSAC to view this in the positive light it is meant to be – a message of peace - through the lens of the most innocent among us - our children.

The other regulation that would affect this is the one regarding artwork. It states: Do not submit artwork or photographs for a stamp subject for consideration. Unsolicited stamp designs will not be reviewed or considered.

With this petition, we are asking the CSAC to make an exception, because the simple artwork of Martin’s own hands is an essential part of his message that no other artist could possibly illustrate better.

We respect the work and processes of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, however, we ask that they make whatever exceptions are necessary to approve the issuance of a stamp that truly deserves to become part of America’s story. - this image set the course, in the immediate days after a terrorist attack, toward a movement of hope, resilience and peace that helped a city and nation move forward in support of those who most needed it rather than turn toward hate and anger of those that acted out the heinous attack - this is truly is a representative symbol of the American way.

Please join us in our proposal for the creation of the Martin Richard Memorial Peace Stamp.


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