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A group of nearly 50 nonprofits has launched a campaign to 'effectively end Facebook's current business model' in the wake of whistleblower testimony

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan A group of almost 50 nonprofits is trying to "stop Facebook" in the wake of multiple company crises. It wants a data privacy law "strong enough to effectively end Facebook's current business model." The effort was spurred by testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen last week. Dozens of human rights organizations have started a campaign calling for action against Facebook following a week of turmoil for the tech giant. The coalition of nearly 50 nonpr...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Senate, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook Instagram, PEN America, Mark Lennihan, Tech Insider, Sarah Jackson, Haugen, Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen

Hundreds Gather for PEN America Gala, Hosted by Awkwafina

PEN America held one of New York’s first major indoor literary gatherings since the pandemic began last year, as hundreds met Tuesday night for the organization’s annual gala to honor writers, community servants, political dissidents and such prominent public figures as Walt Disney executive chair Robert A.
Tags: New York, Walt Disney, PEN America, Awkwafina, PEN America Gala Hosted

Santa Cruz health officials honored for persevering in covid battle against tide of ‘denialism’

Two California public health officials who pressed forward with aggressive measures to contain covid-19 even while enduring death threats and harassment will be honored with the 2021 PEN/Benenson Courage Award from PEN America, the group announced Friday.
Tags: Health, California, Santa Cruz, PEN America

Three Iranian Dissidents to Be Honored by PEN America

Three imprisoned Iranian dissidents will be honored next month at Pen America’s annual gala.
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Yasmine Seale Wins 2022 PEN Grant to Translate al-Nabulsi

Translator and author Yasmine Seale has won a 2022 PEN America Literary Grant to support her translation of If You See Them Fall to Earth by Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi (1641-1731): PEN America today announced its 2022 literary grant winners. These grants aim to awards works-in-progress that “show the potential for lasting literary impact.” They write: “The following grant winners will be supported as they continue their important work, and we look forward to seeing these thought-provoking and ch...
Tags: Books, News, Israel, Earth, PEN America, Seale, Nabulsi, Yasmine Seale, Abd al Ghani al Nabulsi, al Nabulsi, PEN America Literary Grant

Nobelist Wole Soyinka to Honor Henry Louis Gates at PEN Gala

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka will be attending this fall’s PEN America literary gala.
Tags: Wole Soyinka, Henry Louis Gates, PEN America, PEN Gala

Amicus Briefs Against Florida’s Censorship Law (SB 7072)

Five amicus briefs were filed in support of the NetChoice/CCIA motion for a preliminary injunction against the Florida censorship law. Highlights: Internet Association amicus brief: The February 1, 2021 coup in Myanmar exemplifies the need for quick and nimble responses to rapidly changing conditions. One day after the coup, Facebook designated Myanmar a “temporary high-risk location” and announced that it would “remove ‘any calls to bring armaments’ and protect posts criticizing the country’s ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Law, Eff, Myanmar, Hurley, Miami Herald, Facebook Facebook, Authors Guild, Szabo, Veitch, PEN America, Potts, Esparza, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability

For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an external Supreme Court-like policy decision making group, will either restore Trump’s Facebook privileges or banish him forever on Wednesday. Whatever happens, it’s a huge moment for Facebook’s nascent experiment in outsourcing hard content moderation calls to an elite group of global thinkers, academics and political f...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Supreme Court, Social Networks, Minneapolis, Stanford, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Nick Clegg, President, Computing

Minneapolis writers win PEN America literary awards

Jonathan Slaght won for "Owls of the Eastern Ice," Kawai Strong Washburn for "Sharks in the Time of Saviors."
Tags: Minneapolis, Sharks, Washburn, PEN America, Jonathan Slaght

Philanthropist Craig Newmark on Ethical Communication

“My idea of ethical behavior is treating people like you want to be treated,” Craig Newmark said. Even while facing tough choices, “if you set that as your moral compass, it’s a really good start.” Newmark, who, in 1995, founded the online classified-ads service Craigslist before becoming a philanthropist, was the Feb. 4 guest for the “PRSA Storytellers Series: Leading With Ethics — A View From the Top,” a live webinar hosted by the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. In 2016, he fo...
Tags: Florida, Craigslist, Pr, Cnn, Ethics, The Washington Post, Thought Leadership, Forbes, New York University, Misinformation, University of Tampa, PEN America, Jay Rosen, Margaret Sullivan, Columbia Journalism School, Craig Newmark

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: Artists must sound the alarm

Poet and CNN contributor Tess Taylor talks with playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, who is now leading PEN America, about writing, outrage and the future of the arts in a time of crisis.
Tags: Cnn, Ayad Akhtar, PEN America, Tess Taylor

Minneapolis teen receives prestigious award for recording George Floyd video

Darnella Frazier received the 2020 Benenson Courage Award from PEN America in a virtual ceremony.
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Minneapolis teen who recorded death of George Floyd honored with PEN America award for courage

Darnella Frazier, 17, who captured the death of George Floyd on video was given an award for courage from PEN America Tuesday.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Minneapolis, America, Usa Today, PEN America, Darnella Frazier, George Floyd

‘Homeland Elegies’ offers brutal, often funny look at being Muslim in post 9/11 America

By Ann Levin An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half-century since it welcomed his parents’ generation of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan. It’s a work of autofiction narrated by a man named Ayad Akhtar who is best known, like the real Akhtar, for writing a hit Broadway play in which the lead character, a Pakistani American lawyer, expresses some sympathy for the te...
Tags: Books, California, David Letterman, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Pakistan, Broadway, Wisconsin, Muslim, Pasadena, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ayad Akhtar

'One Billion Americans' author Matt Yglesias on increasing immigration, encouraging larger families, and why he signed the 'infamous Harper's letter'

People recite the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in New York in 2019. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Vox cofounder's new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger," is a somewhat "off the wall" plea for America to think bigger. A lot bigger. Yglesias argues for massively increasing the population as the best method to maintain global economic dominance and to keep China from overtaking the US. In an interview with Business Insider columnist Anthony Fish...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, New York, Hollywood, Obama, Australia, China, Germany, India, New York City, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Canada, Atlantic

PEN America’s New President On Cancel Culture, Literature And Politics

Pulitzer-winning playwright (Disgraced, The Invisible Hand, Junk: The Golden Age of Debt) and novelist (the new Homeland Elegies) Ayad Akhtar: “I’m not convinced that literature is the best way to form political opinions. It’s the great form of nuanced intellectual discourse. We can have profound conversations about literature, but I’m not sure that political opinions — like who to vote for — are the purview of literature. But increasingly everything has become politicized, and I think an organ...
Tags: Art, Words, Ayad Akhtar, Pen, PEN America, 09.08.20

Nonprofit Report Slams Hollywood for “Normalizing” Self-Censorship of Films for China

A new report from the nonprofit PEN America slammed Hollywood studios and A-list directors for increasingly self-censoring its films “based on an effort to avoid antagonizing Chinese officials.” The report digs into the troubling signs that Hollywood self-censorship is become increasingly “normalized,” as the industry tiptoes around any subjects — like the erasure of Tibetan characters in Marvel movie Doctor Strange, or removal of scenes that paint China in a bad light in World War Z — that cou...
Tags: Hollywood, Tibet, Movies, Senate, China, Beijing, Chinese communist party, Tilda Swinton, Richard Gere, PEN America, Business and Industry News, William Barr, James Tager PEN

Calling for Greater Transparency, PEN America Slams Hollywood and MPA on China Censorship Stance

Nonprofit PEN America on Wednesday issued a moral clarion call to Hollywood to step up its efforts to resist Chinese censorship and increase transparency, singling out the MPA for appearing to defend free speech at home only when financially convenient. The New York-headquartered free speech advocacy group detailed the mechanisms by which China influences decision-making […]
Tags: Asia, New York, Hollywood, News, China, Global, Mpa, PEN America, Greater Transparency PEN America Slams Hollywood, Nonprofit PEN America

Myanmar has had an internet blackout for a year. Some of its citizens still don't know there's a pandemic.

On June 21 2019, Myanmar imposed a total internet blackout on mobile internet in nine cities and townships in the states of Rakhine and Chin. The blackout remains in place for eight of those areas and is so severe that some villages in the vicinity are completely unaware of the coronavirus pandemic, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Rakhine and Chin are conflict zones, and human rights organizations have called on Myanmar and the international community to end the blackout. Visit...
Tags: Asia, New York, Trends, Cnn, Bangladesh, World Health Organization, Myanmar, Human Rights Watch, Rakhine State, Phil Robertson, Buddhist, Chin, Robertson, Rakhine, Tatmadaw, PEN America

Myanmar has had an internet blackout for a year. Some of its citizens still don't know there's a global pandemic.

On June 21 2019, Myanmar imposed a total internet blackout on mobile internet in nine cities and townships in the states of Rakhine and Chin. The blackout remains in place for eight of those areas and is so severe that some villages in the vicinity are completely unaware of the coronavirus pandemic, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Rakhine and Chin are conflict zones, and human rights organizations have called on Myanmar and the international community to end the blackout. Visit...
Tags: Asia, New York, Trends, Cnn, Bangladesh, World Health Organization, Myanmar, Human Rights Watch, Rakhine State, Phil Robertson, Buddhist, Chin, Robertson, Rakhine, Tatmadaw, PEN America

Trump v Bolton: writers' groups file briefs opposing attempt to block book

Pen America and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press file amicus briefs ahead of Washington court hearingUS writers groups have filed amicus briefs opposing a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration in an attempt to block a book by John Bolton, the president’s third national security adviser. Related: Bolton's book makes it clear: Trump is the amoral charlatan we knew he was Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Media, Washington, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, US press and publishing, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, John Bolton, PEN America, Trump Administration

Juneteenth: US celebrates end of slavery as Trump claims to have made holiday 'famous'– live

What is Juneteenth – and should it be a federal holiday?‘In 1921, a white mob burned “Black Wall Street” down. We still feel that legacy today’Juneteenth: activists inherit historic battle for racial justiceSign up to our First Thing newsletter 2.12pm BST The writers’ organisation Pen America has filed an amicus brief opposing the lawsuit brought by the Trump organisation in an attempt to stop the publication of a book by John Bolton, the president’s third national security adviser.“Pen Amer...
Tags: Protest, Race, US, World news, US news, US politics, US policing, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Tulsa, John Bolton, PEN America, US elections 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A Tulsa

Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump’s Hate for the Press Has Spread

Journalists have been attacked all over the world while on the job covering protests for years, but never like they were this week in the United States during the George Floyd protests.At least half a dozen incidences of arrests and attacks were reported in protests across the United States this weekend. Some were high profile, like the live-on-air arrest of CNN journalist Omar Jimenez and his crew Friday morning. Others got less attention, like Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske ge...
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, United States, Fox News, Associated Press, Denver, Los Angeles Times, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Trump, Phoenix, KDKA, Anti Trump, PEN America, Ian Smith

‘Turn back this wave of hate’: 100 writers call for an end to anti-Asian hostility

Reports of hate crimes and violence against the Asian and Asian American community have surged since early in the pandemic * Coronavirus – latest US updates * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100 prominent writers, including several top Asian American authors, have called for an end to a surge in anti-Asian hostility in the US which they say has been “egged on” during the pandemic by the Trump administration’s pandering to racist tropes.The joint...
Tags: News, China, US, Fbi, Ayad Akhtar, Trump, Midland Texas, Celeste Ng, PEN America, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alice Sebold, AAWW, Min Jin Lee, Asian American Writers ' Workshop AAWW, Riz Ahmed Another, Jafreen Uddin

Judge Allows PEN America's Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Over Retaliation Against The Media To Proceed (techdirt)

We've written a few times about the White House's unconstitutional retaliation against journalists it did not like, such as Jim Acosta and Brian Karem. PEN America, a key group fighting for free speech rights for journalists and writers, has now been allowed to proceed in its lawsuit against the President over his campaign of retaliation against journalists. PEN America had sued back in 2018, asking for declaratory and injunctive relief (basically the court telling the Trump White House to knock...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Washington Post, White House, Cnn, Cia, Doj, John Brennan, Trump, Mike Masnick, Trump White House, PEN America, Acosta, Jim Acosta, AT T Time Warner


PEN America, joining the ranks of cultural institutions and festivals changing their plans to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, has cancelled the 2020 PEN World Voices Festival These Truths, this year's edition of the United States' foremost international literary festival, which was slated to take place May 4-9 in venues across New York City. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: New York City, Theatre, United States, PEN America, BWW News Desk

Kerry Butler, Tom Stoppard, Candice Bergen and More Attended the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Hosted by Seth Meyers

Last night, PEN America spotlighted diverse voices and bestowed 330,000 of transformative support to writers and translators at the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards, hosted by Late Night's Seth Meyers at The Town Hall, the biggest venue in the Awards program's 56-year history. The show demonstrated the evolution of the Awards in recent years from a modest auditorium event for winners and their families into a preeminent gathering of writers and publishing luminaries, stars of the stage and scree...
Tags: Theatre, Seth Meyers, Meyers, PEN America, BWW News Desk, The Town Hall, PEN America Literary Awards, Kerry Butler Tom Stoppard Candice Bergen

Jeremy O. Harris, Lynn Nottage and More to Participate in 2020 PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL: THESE TRUTHS

PEN America will presentthe 2020 PEN World Voices Festival These Truths, celebrating literature's deep illumination of cultural, historical, political, and emotional truths in a complex moment when 'truth' is destabilized by the constant undermining of a common set of facts, 'objective' histories are being interrogated and upended, and radical candor about lived experiences is fueling powerful social movements. Today, PEN America announced highlights of the festival, which brings together fictio...
Tags: Theatre, America, PEN America, BWW News Desk, Jeremy O Harris Lynn Nottage

LETTERS LIVE is Coming to The Town Hall in April

Letters Live, a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence performed by agroup of renowned talent, will returnto The Town Hall 123 West 43rd Street Sunday, April 19 at 730 pm and Monday, April 20 at 730 pm in support of PEN America. A sensation since its 2013 London debut, Letters Live played to sold-out audiences at The Town Hall in 2018 and recently performed to a sold-out crowd at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: London, Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, PEN America, BWW News Desk, The Town Hall

A new play lets formerly incarcerated people tell their stories. Meanwhile, prisons are still banning books.

In January of 2018, I was hired by the Civic Ensemble of Ithaca, New York to take part in a fascinating playwriting opportunity. The company had started a ReEntry Theatre program in 2015, teaming with state social services to implement a theatre education curriculum to help people dealing with incarceration and substance abuse rehabilitation to transition back into society. In the past, the program participants had written their own monologues and brief scenes, along with learning some improv...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Prison, Incarceration, Censorship, Theatre, United States, Npr, Plays, Ithaca, PEN America, Rand Corporation, Ithaca New York, Broadway World, Prisoners Rights