PEN New England

PEN new england

 

“Literature is the best thing humanity has. Poetry is the heart of literature, the highest concentration of everything that is the best in the world and in man. It is the only true food for your soul.”  
Lyudmila Ulitskaya

 

 

We are a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression. We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

RESIST



NEWS, TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES

Suzanne Nossel, White House Barring of Major Media Outlets “Does Grave Disservice to the American People”  

Donald Trump’s Assault on the Enlightenment
IMMIGRATION BAN – Lasting Impact on Art and Global Politics
Daily ALERT on Rights and Free Expression
The NEA
Amy Siskind, "So you'll remember..."
Naomi Klein, "Get Ready" The Intercept
Renee Loth, Donald Trump and the NEA, Boston Globe
Michele Goldberg, "It's Bad" Slate

 

"When a movement is strong enough, it doesn't matter who is in the White House. What really matters is what people do. And what people say. And what people demand."

 
 
 

The Trump Administration's misconduct has been relentless, overwhelming, aimed at wearing down resistance, and creating fear, confusion, and chaos.  Expect it to continue.

 


protest

The Trump Administration will continue to abuse its power. They want people to feel powerless. Resist it. Get unshocked. Stabilize. Unite. Organize. RESIST.

In 2018 every member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 33 Senators, and 15 Governors are up for re-election. Plus many more on the all-important local levels.  Call them. Call them again, and keep calling. Remind them that there will be consequences and that we are paying attention. FiveThirtyEight has an up-to-date & time tally of Senate & House members' votes with or against the president.


Defend Free Expression

AND CAMPUS FOR ALL: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities  

AND CAMPUS FOR ALL: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities
 

 

Suzanne Nossel on Milo Yiannopoulos, Hate Speech, And Campus Protest, The Huffington Post
 

 
The ability to speak truth to power is a primary underpinning of a healthy democracy. It is also a core obligation for writers, journalists, and others who are committed to protecting free expression. This toolkit is part of PEN America’s #LouderTogether campaign to stand as a bulwark defending free expression, free assembly, the diversity of voices, and the force of reason. It's a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

The ability to speak truth to power is a primary underpinning of a healthy democracy. It is also a core obligation for writers, journalists, and others who are committed to protecting free expression. This toolkit is part of PEN America’s #LouderTogether campaign to stand as a bulwark defending free expression, free assembly, the diversity of voices, and the force of reason. It's a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

 

 

 

“Prepare yourself.”
– Masha Gessen

 

BILL OF RIGHTS
The First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." 


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