The events of the last month have many Americans feeling shocked and disoriented. So many issues are in flux and valued institutions in potential jeopardy.
Last May I joined PEN America in New York City and, to some gasps around the room, defended Donald Trump's freedom of expression. I said then that "his freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot."
Donald Trump has taken full advantage of his freedom of speech; it is now up to the rest of us to use ours.
PEN America is galvanizing a community of writers and readers across the US and the world to safeguard open expression, amplify the voices of the vulnerable, defend truth against lies, and counter hate speech. Never has this work mattered more than it does today.
If we don't speak now, we risk forfeiting our right to speak later.
I urge you to stand with PEN America. We will not go quietly and we are Louder Together!
Please make a gift to PEN America today and help keep America and the world safe for free speech.
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