Our friends of the incredible Women Who Submit have released this statement:
There can be no literary justice without immigration justice. There can be no gender parity in publishing without racial justice. Breaking down submission barriers is not enough if border walls still stand, if prison walls still stand. How many rapturous, beautiful, soul-searing poems is the world being deprived of, because of racism and xenophobia? How many refugee children have dreams of growing up to be novelists or journalists, and are told, by our national policies and our shameful cultural attitudes, “You aren’t worth our time”?
Women Who Submit stands in solidarity with all grassroots organizing to support immigrants and reunify the families ripped apart by the racist policies of the Trump administration. We stand in solidarity with all efforts to abolish ICE, fight police brutality and the surveillance state, and dismantle the vast prison industrial complex that reaps massive profits from the incarceration of Black and Latinx people. We stand in solidarity with the fight against the Muslim ban, and the U.S. imperialist terrorism of Muslim countries.