Here we are. At a moment that will come to define our nation and our generation for countless years to come: the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Are you ready?
Are you prepared for what will be our collective lives under his authority and leadership? I am. I am very much ready.
With my hands hovering over my keyboard I am ready to fall in line behind countless Americans who have created beautiful and powerful art in peaceful resistance against unjust laws and authoritarian leaders who have for far too long wreaked havoc against the most vulnerable: Us. You. Me. Together we can forge through yet another uncertain time in our nation’s history and reflect the world as we see it and as it ought to be. We can reflect the actions of the world through our own poetry, music, paintings, drawings, essays, sculptures, and lyrics and resist.
So, I’ll ask you again. Are you ready? Are you ready to resist? This week, AltDaily is hosting a call for art from local poets, musicians, artists, or anyone who would like to join the chorus of people around our nation and the world who are all shouting that we have come alive and will not be silent. That this is the year we all got free. We are looking for protest literature and art renditions in reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration to be displayed on AltDaily in protest. Our hope is to raise the voices and give a platform to local artists who are actively resisting the presidency of Trump and oppression against people of color, women, immigrants, the disabled, and all others who experience aggression by Trump’s presidency.
Please submit your work via email to Ashley Barnett (firstname.lastname@example.org). All essays and poetry should be under 500 words. Any artwork may be sent via picture with a short description. Please send music via video or another way that can be easily embedded. Submissions will be accepted throughout the next month.
The theme of your submitted work should reflect our cultural moment in any way that you interpret it, especially around the title of this series: “The Year We Got Free.”
As the American Poet, Langston Hughes, wrote in his poem “Let America be America Again”
O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Our country and our ideals have never been fully actualized. But that doesn’t mean that we stop fighting for that dream. The dream where every person is free.
We look forward to seeing and reading the work that you submit as we all work together to resist that which wishes to suppress.