Writers Respond

WRITERS RESPOND: INAUGURATION ESSAYS


On the eve of the inauguration, we asked writers and journalists to share short essays of strength, hope, reflection, and resistance. These essays are part of a series that demonstrates PEN Center USA's continued efforts to defend freedom of expression.


WRITERS RESPOND: AMELIA GRAY

Opportunity in Crisis:
Fighting For Justice in Los Angeles

In light of the current news of the Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Los Angeles Author Amelia Gray gives us insight into the immigration crisis happening in the courtrooms. Gray witnesses first-hand ICE at work and tells us what we can do to fight for the voices of the immigrants isolated in the system. This essay is part of a series that demonstrates PEN Center USA's continued efforts to defend freedom of expression.


WRITERS RESPOND: BILL KONIGSBERG

On Showers, Bathrooms, and Shame:
The Right’s Obsession with LGBTQ Erasure

We asked Bill Konigsberg, winner of the 2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Literature, to write about the Trump administration’s recent rescinding of protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.


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