“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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“Bedtime Stories For Our Future Selves” by Jeremy Bomberg

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Mr. President,

The catastrophic effects of climate change are very much a reality. Please, do not let the beauties and wonders of our world be left to the bedtime stories and imaginations of our children’s’ children.

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Response Received 3/10/18

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“Shutdown Gitmo DC Metro Tiles; Injustice Underfoot” by Gabrielle Preston

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Dear Mr. President,

American incarceration injustice is at its most heinous, abhorrent and ultimately ineffectual at Guantanamo Bay. Please continue Obama’s work to release prisoners and create greater oversight. Surpass his efforts by working to end ongoing illegal CIA torture operations at Gitmo. We’re not fighting terror or getting good intelligence (report after report has shown that information torture tactics at Gitmo don’t yield reliable or usable intel), we’re fueling terrorism by so flagrantly disregarding human rights and prisoner of war conventions (“war” undeclared by Congress).
#No to Gitmo

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drawing by Erin McGinn

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Dear Mr. President,
I would like you to know to not every incarceration gets the right criminal and not every criminal needs to stay locked in jail. However every incarceration destroys relationships, futures, and lives. They deserve to have the ability to redeem themselves and get their future back. Justice is redemption and forgiveness not punishment.

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“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