Freedom of artistic expression is a fundamental human right and an indicator of a healthy and free society. But artistic freedom is under assault: autocratic regimes fear artists because they express cultural identity, advance new ideas, promote dialogue, and bear witness to inhumanity.
In the context of a nationwide movement to defund and abolish the police, students and teachers at colleges across the country are organizing to demand police-free campuses and to defund university-affiliated police departments. Since April 2019, inspired by and alongside New Haven organizers, BSDY has been working to reimagine what safety and community might look like in New Haven: organizing teach-ins, composing reports, and amplifying community actions aimed at lessening Yale’s participation in the oppression of local, particularly Black, residents.
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
A mass action of higher education professionals protesting racist policing, state violence against communities of color, mass incarceration, and other manifestations of racism.
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