Call for Submissions: #100DaysOfResistanceJan Christian Bernabe
Using the hashtag #100DaysOfResistance as the title of this project, CA+T will participate in the netroots activism that has brought together voices from all walks of life and geographic spaces by creating an online publication of art and writing.
The United States entered a new political regime with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President on January 20, 2017. Barely a day into his presidency, Trump faced hundreds of thousands of protestors during the Women’s March on Washington, around the country, and around the world. In the days that followed, Trump executed an Executive Order banning travel by people from seven predominantly Muslim countries—a de facto anti-Muslim law despite the White House’s claims to the contrary—that catalyzed protests at airports throughout the country. By the fourth week of the Trump presidency, the deportation of undocumented people increased as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials implemented directives. Moreover, Trump’s cabinet nominees have incited vociferous opposition by Democratic Senators and a public concerned about those nominations’ lack of qualification and overt hostility to public education, the environment, LGBTQ protections, and so on. Clearly, his first 21 days in office indicate that Trump’s world view does not accommodate those who have been historically marginalized.
Simultaneously, career civil servants employed by the National Parks Service and Environmental Protection Agency, in response to gag orders on official public communications and social media from their agencies, have developed alternative forms of resistance. These events, in conjunction with statements by White House representatives and the President himself, have prompted the fear that the U.S. has entered an Orwellian fantasy, where “alternative facts” determine the public’s sense of true and false, of reality itself. Indeed, the word “resistance” has taken on multiform meanings in this current political climate within various government agencies and communities on the outside writ large.
Those opposing the new political regime have taken to the streets, both virtual and literal, to resist the rewriting of reality and an administration that seems intent on undoing decades of social progress in favor of a corporatist destruction of rights and protections. This popular resistance to Trump and his agenda during his first 100 days in office—perceived as a harbinger of the president’s four years—circulates under the hashtag #100DaysOfResistance, unifying actions by vastly disparate and sometimes historically antagonistic groups.
Using the hashtag #100DaysOfResistance as the title of this project, CA+T will participate in the netroots activism that has brought together voices from all walks of life and geographic spaces by creating an online publication of art and writing of those resisting Trump’s political machine. CA+T will also publish this archive of #100DaysOfResistance in order to provide an alternative, safe space for artists and writers. CA+T seeks submissions from all communities that engage with the hashtag #100DaysOfResistance. Our platform can host a wide range of genres and media, from written or recorded poetry and prose to visual, aural, and performance art captured digitally. No more than five pieces for submission. For artwork or images, they should be sent to the address below as high-res files, 300dpi. We use WeTransfer.com if the files are too large for email.
For inquiries and/or submissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: May 15, 2017