Dear Ms. Miller, You Don't Know Me But...
We were kinda worried for Judith Miller when we saw that the NY Times was encouraging her co-workers to write to her in in prison. (A NY magazine article last year had colleagues give her such glowing reviews as, “She’s a shit to the people she works with" and, "When I see her coming, my instinct is to go the other way.") Thank God, the Newspaper Guild of New York is also asking people who don't actually know her to write as well:
The Guild received a suggestion from several members that we publish the address of the jail where Judy is being held, and call on our members to send her a postcard of support once each week while she remains imprisoned. It's a great idea, and we urge everyone to take part in this easy and inexpensive way to help Judy get through her ordeal.We think she's going to grow as a person during this, we really do.
Full email after the jump.
Dear Judy... [Media Mob]
From: NY Guild - Human Resources
Sent: Friday, July 8, 2005 2:30 PM
To: NY Guild - Human Resources
Subject: Guild Local 3 Bulletin: Postcards for Judith Miller
Local 3 Bulletin
July 8, 2005
POSTCARDS FOR JUDY
As you are no doubt aware, New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been sent to jail after she refused to testify before a Grand Jury and reveal her source for a story she was working on, but never wrote, regarding the Valerie Plame case.
The Guild received a suggestion from several members that we publish the address of the jail where Judy is being held, and call on our members to send her a postcard of support once each week while she remains imprisoned. It's a great idea, and we urge everyone to take part in this easy and inexpensive way to help Judy get through her ordeal.
Here's the address:
c/o Alexandria Detention Center
2001 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Although Judy is allowed to receive an unlimited amount of mail, the prison's rules do not permit books, magazines, or newspapers unless sent directly from the publisher. All mail is examined for contraband. We suggest simple cards with appropriate personal greetings and words of support.
The Guild thanks all those who took part in the silent protest and rally in front of The Times this past Wednesday. We felt strongly that this sad day for journalism in our country deserved our attention.
The Guild also extends its support and gratitude to The Times for its unwavering backing of our member and the journalistic principles at stake.