“Something to Hide” is a public education program designed to provoke reflection on the ways in which unchecked government surveillance threatens artistic and intellectual freedom. It aims to expand the constituency committed to protecting those liberties and to help build a broad movement for reform.

Modeled on a series of events first organized by the ACLU and PEN American Center, the “Something to Hide” program counters the oft-heard slogan that “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Through the words of Langston Hughes, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, and more, “Something to Hide” underscores why constant surveillance, an affront to human dignity and imagination, should worry us all.

This toolkit will provide you with the basic materials needed to stage your own “Something to Hide” event.