“Rise Up, Donald” by George Cottay

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Dear Mr. President,

It is never too late for even a mature man of great power to RISE UP.

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“Pussy Cat with Pussy Hat” by Wendy Sittner

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Hi Don,

I want to show you this artwork I made to commemorate my day at the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. I call this artwork “Pussycat with Pussyhat.” Some of the details in the artwork reference symbols and phrases with which you are familiar, such as the pussyhat and “I grab back.” But I will share with you some of the details that are specific to my family. I included in the artwork an image of the poster my sister made, and I included an image of the poster I made. I also attached an image of one of the official march parachutes that I helped to paint in preparation for the march. I am most proud of a note I included from Planned Parenthood; the note thanks me for the contribution I made in honor of my one-year-old nephew and three-year-old niece, prompted by your election to office. Finally, there is a photo in my artwork of some of my family members and friends who joined together to attend the march. This was in fact my sister’s first time attending a political march. So I thank you for igniting her motivation to engage in the political climate of our nation and for pushing her into the role of an activist.

You Are In My Thoughts,

Wendy

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“What’s Going On?” by Wendy Sittner

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Hi Don,

I wonder if Marvin Gaye knew just how timeless his politically charged song would be when he sang “What’s Going On?” I drew this illustration and pasted it around the streets of Washington, D.C., knowing that it would likely be well-received, especially given that Marvin Gaye’s hometown was D.C. In fact, the artwork was so well-received that while I was pasting it to city walls, one passerby volunteered to hold the image in place while I pasted, and another passerby asked me to take his picture in front of the artwork. I know you are a fan of social media, so I will share with you some of the comments that people posted on Instagram in response to work: -“What’s going on? A question still unanswered.” -“Preach, Marvin, preach.” -“Marvin. Can’t. Even.” -“You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin’ here today.” The artwork was also featured on two Instagram feeds based in D.C. that together have over 76,000 followers. This was my first experience creating street art and exhibiting it to the public. Thank you for giving me such contentious material for my illustrated commentary that turned out to be so popular.

You Are In My Thoughts,

Wendy

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“Target Fear” by Trace Logan

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Dear Mr. President,

We don’t fear you. You, yourself, are not powerful enough to fear. However, we are concerned about your fear of your own inadequacies just as we are concerned about your loathing of being perceived as weak. Your inadequacies and weakness could be worked around if you were able to acknowledge them but since you can’t we, the American people, have to suffer through childlike displays of actions that you believe makes you appear strong and capable. We worry that your inflammatory rhetoric makes our country vulnerable from within and we worry that your ignorance of history and cultures makes us unsafe from forces outside our borders. We fear the sycophants in the House and Senate who are too concerned with promoting an extreme religious ideology to care about our health and welfare as a people and a nation. We fear that your administration has encouraged a fringe element of our larger society to work towards the destruction of our country. But we, the people, ALL the people who didn’t vote for you (and even some of those who did) have another emotion in regards to your ignoble term too. For example, we hate that you don’t even care about what it means to be an American – that it’s all just props, tools of manipulation – so you can make a buck.

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“Ellis Island Redux” by Trix Rosen

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Dear Mr. President,

I chose this historic Ladies Room door, which I photographed at the Great Hall on Ellis Island in 1983, because Ellis Island is a national landmark, and a reminder of the hope for freedom and prosperity that the United States has traditionally offered to the “poor, tired, hungry, and downtrodden of the world,” (as proclaimed the 1991 federal legislation designating January 1, 1992 as National Ellis Island Day). As human rights issues like transgender bathroom access and gender equality can be decided by the President, the Courts and Congress, my update to the Ladies bathroom door for “Ellis Island Redux” extends a welcome message of hope, freedom and equality to people of all gender identities and is inclusive to all immigrants, regardless of their religion or country of origin.

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