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Vigil for Truth: #LouderTogether

PEN America and a group of literary and cultural partners will gather on Monday night, May 1 in Cooper Square to hold a candlelight vigil in defense of truth. On the strength of the Louder Together campaign and following the 2,500-strong Writers Resist literary protest on the steps of the New York Public Library in January, PEN America continues to document and condemn encroachments on press freedom, call out lies and safeguard the currency of truth.

The Vigil for Truth is a collective stand and community gathering featuring historic protest art and lighting designs by New York’s famous POEMobile, with selections by PEN World Voices performer Ani DiFranco. Poems and legendary protest signs will be projected onto the surrounding buildings of Cooper Union and come to life with spoken word and lights. Join us immediately following the opening night of the 13th annual PEN World Voices Festival, as we convene outdoors at twilight in Cooper Square to unite in the defense of truth, and mobilize for action and resistance. On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd, New Yorkers will lead the drive to ensure that freedoms and values the US has helped defend around the world are kept safe here at home.

Co-presented with City Lore and Bowery Arts+Science. Co-sponsored by Arts & Democracy, Asian American Arts Alliance, Bronx Writers Center, CLMP, Courage Campaign, and Words Without Borders.