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To Donald Trump, From Bay Area Women: Essays For The 45th U.S. President

In concert with this weekend's Women's Marches, the Express and KALW present a special collection of letters and radio essays.

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Me and my family are going to Washington for the march. We will do whatever it takes to show that we won't let you treat women or the American people the way you do. So please, resign. I ask you respectfully. It is so scary. It's like this, how would you feel if an ogre became president? Scared, right? It's basically the same (no offense). Please, either be our president or let it go. Because we need a president who represents everyone, and we are willing to fight.

'You Need Us'

Eva Des Lauriers, 32

Oakland

You don't care about me. I'm a woman, a social worker and writer, a mother, and a Californian whose grandparents immigrated from Mexico. You've made it clear from day one that everything that I am and that I stand for does not matter to you. To you, I am an object to be used and disregarded. With every neo-Nazi you employ, you disregard and oppose the very tenets of my profession, which call me to be a voice for the marginalized, the vulnerable, those at-risk and long oppressed. The deeply important work of motherhood is undercut by your blatant disinterest in raising a generation of loving, compassionate, sensitive, and empathic individuals.

With every promise, interview, and tweet, you keep telling me over and over again that I don't matter, that you won't take care of me, that you don't see me, my heritage, my experience, myself, as someone of worth. That I, an educated and loving young woman trying to make a nice life for myself and my family on a sunny hill in Oakland, somehow embodies everything the president stands against, both politically and personally, in my inherent existence.

This could all have me quite depressed, anxious, and cynical. Believe me, I've had my moments since November 8.

However, I live in the diverse, inclusive, endlessly fascinating and enriching city of Oakland. The Bay Area is the type of place that beckons and holds those our world needs most: optimists, healers, artists, activists, innovators — joyous, loving, creative, sensitive hearts. You may not care about us, but you need us. You may do everything in your power to subjugate and silence us, but we will carry on with kind words and open arms to spread joy, love, and warmth in your dark and shadowed world. Our corner of it will always remain bright. Our homes will always be havens.

But never forget that we are also warriors who aren't afraid of a challenge. We held hands around our local Lake Merritt to show you that we will stand against oppression, and we will do so with arms linked in solidarity and purpose. And we've only just begun.

You may not like us, you may not be interested in what we have to say, but get used to hearing from us, because the way you feel is the only thing that actually doesn't matter. So stop tweeting and start working. For all of us.

Lucille Hammes, 89, to Trump: “Your statements about increasing our nuclear power, and your appointment for ambassador to Israel, really cause me grave concern.” - PHOTO BY JON HERMISON
  • Photo By Jon Hermison
  • Lucille Hammes, 89, to Trump: “Your statements about increasing our nuclear power, and your appointment for ambassador to Israel, really cause me grave concern.”

'Part of the Human Family'

Lucille Hammes, 89

Davis

I'm 89 years old, and was not impressed with your words or actions during the campaign. In fact, I fear where you are leading our great nation.

On the international level, you are acting like a bully. Your statements about increasing our nuclear power, and your appointment for ambassador to Israel, really cause me grave concern. At this critical time, it is imperative to be thinking "we" instead of "us versus them," if our world is going to survive. Everyone living on this planet is part of the human family. Don't forget that!

'I Will Resist Your Ugliness'

Navdeep K. Jassal, 46

Oakland

My heart hurts every day, because sexism, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and hate won. This is not the world I choose to be a part of, and I will resist your ugliness. You goddamnmotherfuckingasshole, I hate you so much. I'm in the fight to hear the words "You're fired!" because justice prevailed.

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