Controversy after controversy in the first year of his presidency has proven that the behavior of Trump and his administration is deceitful, corrupt and abusive. Being persecuted and threatened by those in power meant to defend our liberties is nothing new to Americans who are racial, sexual or religious minorities. But the traumatic impact of a bigot ascending to our highest public office is undeniable. In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S Presidential, many of us were rightfully stunned, outraged and reactionary. When we opened submissions for We Make America Great, we received many powerful submissions dealing with the numbness, confusion and indignation of those first few weeks. But we have now had six months to reflect. It’s important that we continue to publish work that empowers people to speak out against injustices in our country.
For that reason we are re-opening submissions for We Make America Great. Send us your poetry, prose and artwork detailing your personal experiences with oppression, your ways of practicing self-care, of protecting yourself and others in a political climate notoriously hostile towards minority groups. We will publish these works alongside the initial response pieces to create a literary time capsule expressing what marginalized Americans are thinking and feeling at this crucial point in history. A reminder to ourselves and to the world that we exist and we matter.
We Make America Great will accept submissions until September 1st, 2017.