Monday, June 18, 2012

Letter to the President from Alia Hatch

President Obama,

I'd like to begin by thanking you for your efforts to improve life for the greater majority of us who often find ourselves at a socioeconomic and political disadvantage in this country. I'll be frank - beyond thanking you for your hard work, I had difficulty deciding what to say, share or address. In the interest of being concise, I'll say the following:

Please remember artists. We are keepers of culture and ambassadors of change. With so much arts funding being cut, so many children are adversely affected by reduced access to creative, constructive self-expression and discovery.

Please remember CeCe McDonald, a young transwoman from Minneapolis who has been imprisoned and unjustly, dangerously faces jail time in a men's facility. Her crime? Defending herself against transphobic, racist attackers, one of whom broke glass against her cheek. For more information on her case, please visit Please also remember countless other trans and gender variant/gender non-conforming people who face violence, discrimination, and imprisonment at disproportionately higher rates than their cisgender counterparts.

Please remember college students, graduates, and their parents who are riddled with crippling student loan debt and often have to choose between eating and making student loan payments.

In closing, thank you for dedication to the people, both before your presidency and now. I look forward to another four years with you and your beautiful family in the White House.


Alia Hatch

P.S. I'd be honored if you and the First Lady could check out You'll be able to learn more about me and my work there.

Alia Hatch
(phone and email included)

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