The United States proudly stands as a haven for free expression at home and a champion of free speech abroad. The First Amendment’s protections for free speech, assembly, and association are the strongest in the world. PEN America works to ensure that the U.S. lives up to these principles and to promote the values of open expression, creative freedom, and a strong, independent press. Our U.S. work includes opposing efforts to ban books from school classrooms and libraries, defending journalists’ right to do their work—including national security reporting and covering public demonstrations—and promoting principles for free speech and inclusive dialogue on university campuses. PEN America also takes up digital freedom issues that implicate free expression, such as mass surveillance reform and net neutrality.