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A Note From the Founders

The Bare Life Review is a journal of literary arts devoted to championing work by immigrant and refugee writers. Although deeply concerned by the present political climate, we seldom comment on current events. We founded the journal upon an unshakable belief in the power of art: to inspire a more expansive, compassionate worldview; to deepen understanding and appreciation for the diversity of human experience and history; and ultimately to bridge the rifts of parochialism and prejudice. Our authors, featured in the inaugural issue, possess strong and eloquent voices; their remarkable work and personal stories testify amply to the inalienable worth and dignity of migrant life.

However, like others of good faith, we are saddened and outraged by recent events. We at The Bare Life Review condemn, in the strongest terms, the redoubling of cruel efforts against immigrants and asylum-seekers in the United States and abroad, as exemplified in the recent Supreme Court decision on the Muslim ban, ethnic cleansing by means of family separation at the border, and new restrictions on migration in the European Union. We stand in solidarity with all those affected by these inhumane policies, and revere the brave souls who persist in the face of them.

David, Ellen, and Nyuol 

July 9, 2018

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