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Dear Donald Trump: "We may have lost the presidency, but we didn't get our asses kicked."

G. Billie Quijano
A self-portrait by G. Billie Quijano.

This Saturday, millions of people will take to the streets in cities across the country in concert with the Women’s March on Washington.

Here in Oakland and San Francisco, more than 140,000 people have RSVP’ed on Facebook for local marchesto “stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

In response to these marches, KALW and the East Bay Express invitedwomen from throughout the Bay Area to send us their “Letters to Trump.” We received several dozen thoughtful, moving, personal essays from women from all over Northern California. Read the letters at EastBayExpress.com.

Crosscurrents is also broadcasting a selection of essays Jan. 17 through Jan. 23. Listen to two of them by clicking the audio player above. 

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Madelyn Weiss

You'll hear an essay from Madelyn Weiss, 54, a pediatrician and married mother of two daughters. She lives in Berkeley. Read Madelyn's full letter here

WEISS: Will you respect my constitutional right and the right of all Americans to speak and assemble freely even when we criticize you?

Credit G. Billie Quijano
A self-portrait by G. Billie Quijano

You'll also hear from G. Billie Quijano, who lives in Oakland. She’s 63, a photographer and artist, and identifies as a progressive and a feminist. Read G. Billie's full letter here.   

QUIJANO: President Cheeto may be in the White House, but we will have the power to make change, to maintain our rights.

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.