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With mounting threats to press freedom, breakdowns in civil discourse, and the continued suppression of specific voices, PEN America has a vital role to play in defending free expression in communities throughout the United States. That’s why we’re engaging PEN America Members, writers, and allies across the country to build new locally-led opportunities to defend a free press, promote dialogue across differences, and foster deeper learning on a range of free expression issues.

PEN America is providing resources to support a vibrant array of press freedom initiatives, literary events, workshops and civic forums, advocacy for local news outlets, and more. We’re working with individuals in urban and rural settings, from state to state, and across divisions of ideology and experience. Visit our upcoming and recent events to find out about opportunities in your community and go to our resource section to learn more about how you can become involved. ​