On January 20, 2017, one Donald J. Trump took into office as the President of the United States of America. In the 60+ days that he has been in oval office he has disrupted airports across the United States with his positions on immigration; has threatened (and failed) to revamp the Healthcare system established by his predecessor, and has filled his presidential cabinet with Wall Street’s finest. With less than 1400 days left in office, what else is in store for the citizens of the United States? Watching Trump’s executive process from the golden state of California, some 2000 miles away from Washington D.C, is still a little unsettling– even as his executive orders, and nominations crash and burn.

The first month was, a baltering tango danced to the tune of “Xenophobia in b minor.” Mr. President and his dance partner-in-crime, VP Mike Pence, ended up tangoing with The American Civil Liberties Union, and citizens across the United States as the administration signed an executive order which would called for a halt on all “refugee admissions for 120 days,” as well as a stop to all “refugee and non-refugee entries from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Syria for 90 days.”  Yes, national security, is important however, the order itself was crude, as it targeted migration from countries that have a dense Muslim population. Fortunately, the order was cited as unconstitutional, however, the it did disrupt the lives of many people during its short lifespan.

It seems as though the history is not without a sense of remembering, as 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Locally, the commemoration of the order was marked with the opening of “Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066,” at the Japanese American National Museum. The parallels to today’s cultural climate are uncanny, and serve as a historical reminder of what unchecked xenophobic legislation can produce. People will often refer to the Nazi death camps when speaking about the horrors of war, however, the United States has its own horror stories– including Jim Crow laws, more than a century of slavery, and more recently the fight for indigenous sovereignty at Standing Rock.


Amidst the headlines, Californians have taken a stance in opposition to the current administration: Santa Monica joined a coalition of cities in a collective effort to pursue legal action against the travel ban, while Los Angeles residents continue to gather in peaceful protest. At the state level Congressman Ted W. Lieu has stated that “President Trump doesn’t understand or doesn’t care that we need to act on climate now” and that he opposes the rollback of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations, including regulations on carbon emissions. With the 6th largest economy in the world, Californians are flexing their social, political, economic and cultural values; standing in support of diversity, ecology, and empowered citizens.

From California with Love,
Michael Ray


Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

I’m a social media whiz with interests in ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I enjoy reading and writing about plant-based living, and document it all through recommended readings lists, audio broadcasts and short films.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal. Curious about current projects? Want to schedule an interview? Contact me at MRDLA1111@gmail.com.

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