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Dear Mr. President,

If you play with our human rights, you will lose. Never forget, you work for us.

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“We’re Fired” by Tara O’Gorman

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Each and every day, you and your staff and your followers do unthinkable acts and by some way or another, come out unscathed. I feel like I’m in a crude dystopic novel; it seems so ridiculous it doesn’t even feel like reality anymore. The future of the world is now, more than ever, unpredictable and frightening.

As an artist, I seek to create work that is a commentary on our society. You are an easy target for my work, I relish in coming up with a composition that takes you down a notch, and hopefully causes disagreement. I will not silence under the oppressor, life is too precious to bow down to Tyrants.

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Erasure poetry & Redaction poetry by Hew Murphy

cards-600Dear Mr. President,

You speak a language of fear, hate, and ignorance when millions of children are listening. America’s children need more from you than jobs and walls. Please don’t lose your opportunity to be a positive role model.

a_million_people_will_speak-600original source url: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/29/daily-press-briefing-press-secretary-sean-spicer-31

Updated URL (as of 12-27-17): https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/daily-press-briefing-press-secretary-sean-spicer-032917/

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Updated URL (as of 12-27-17): https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-weekly-address-6/

believe_it_or_not-600original source url: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/11/record-press-briefing-comprehensive-plan-reforming-federal

Updated URL (as of 12-27-17): https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/record-press-briefing-comprehensive-plan-reforming-federal-government-reducing-federal-civilian-workforce/

id_like_a_conflict-ending_president-600original source url: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/19/press-briefing-press-secretary-sean-spicer-4192017

Broken Link (as of 12-27-17); archive of original text: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=123775

unleash_the_environment-600original source url: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/11/remarks-president-trump-strategic-and-policy-ceo-discussion

Updated URL (as of 12-27-17): https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-strategic-policy-ceo-discussion/

Follow HewMurphy on Instagram for regular postings of his redaction poetry and erasure poetry. [edit: Hew has created a permanent home for his poetry at @MakeTheMessageGreatAgain)

“Immigration” by Tammy Hirl

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Dear Mr. President,

Life is a series of choices. Sometimes the choices we make affect a large number of people, and sometimes just a few. What people don’t often realize is you can never make a decision that affects just you. You are in an extraordinary position to make choices that create change, not just change for the present but change for the future.

Read the rest of Tammy’s Letter