“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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“Opportunity” by Chloe Irla

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Dear Mr. President,

I believe in equal opportunities for ALL. Senator Al Franken spoke recently about how in order to pull one’s self up by his/her bootstraps, one first needs the boots. Access to high quality, nonpartisan, secular education should be available to every person living in this already great country. Whether it’s pre-school or college, every person deserves the opportunity to learn in a safe, accessible environment. Sincerely, Chloe Irla

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“Albatross 2” by Darcie Abbatiello

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Dear Mr. President,

The plastic pollution problem the planet is facing is quite dire, as plastic never completely goes away but lingers in our environment causing death to our wildlife. Human consumption and our throw away culture has allowed this problem to grow. To help with this problem, I feel less disposable plastics should be manufactured; however we can also use less of it, and recycle as much as we can and use more sustainable materials. I ask that our politicians please make themselves aware of this problem and do the best to protect our environment, our wildlife, and ultimately ourselves.

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(untitled) by Diana Nicholette Jeon

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Dear Mr. President,

The sheer amount of smoke and mirrors used to cover the inhumane and illegal actions of the Trump administration make my head explode. You time for “on the job training” has long passed, and your proclivity for Russia and it’s government and banks only shows that they really do have you by the shorthairs. Please resign before you mire the country in years of hardship trying to recover from your short time in office.

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