A Brief Acknowledgment Of What’s Happening In The World And What We Plan on Doing About It

There is no subtle way to say this.

The Escapery, your queer-owned, woman and NB-operated Writing Unschool, is a cooperative of writing artists who are COMPLETELY AND ENTIRELY AND FIERCELY in opposition to Donald Trump and the evils his candidacy represents, including racism, homophobia, sexism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant action, utter lack of human empathy, complete absence of imagination, and deplorable lack of style and humor.

All of us, separately and together, each of us in our own way, have been mourning and processing. We have also, separately and together, and each in our own way, been taking to the streets, writing letters, sending money, and looking out for each other. We stand with Black Lives Matter. We stand with Standing Rock. We stand firmly with the growing protests here and across the country to defy, deter, and disrupt this presidency. We stand with all those of us whose lives have suddenly been endangered by these events, including but not only women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, artists, LGBTQIA folks, and artists. We stand with our planet, which does not have time for this fuckery.

We consider the making of art, the standing as artists, artistic play, and the creation of stories that enlarge the world, and the holding of MORE writing spaces, to be part of a balanced breakfast of resistance. More creativity, laughter, imagination, and play, not in ignorance, but in defiance.

If there is a way we can support you through this time, please let us know. If you would like to join us at a protest or know of one we’ve missed, please let us know. If your eyes are on this, we need you now, more than ever. If you donate to a cause such as Black Lives Matter or if you send supplies to Standing Rock or contribute to their legal fund, we will deduct the amount of your donation from your workshop price.

We are not sailing to port. We are raising the pirate flag high. We need writers now, more than ever. We need writing spaces now, more than ever. We see you and we need you.

Thank you for being part of our writing adventure.

Stay tuned for an announcement of our upcoming workshops very, very soon.


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