About the Twin Cities Event
#WRITERSRESIST is pleased to be collaborating with PEN America, an organization that champions freedom of expression, and the power of language to transform the world. On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the US and the world.
In the Twin Cities, local writer activists are attempting to bring writers, curators, and venues together in order to organize a series of events called Writers Resist: Voices United, benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, an organization committed to protecting the
freedoms of all MN citizens. For more information about ACLU – MN, please visit https://www.aclu-mn.org
Call for Submissions - Deadline December 17th, 2016
We are asking local writers, curators, organizations to join forces on January 15, 2017, to raise and unite our voices,
while raising funds for ACLU.
How can you get involved?
Writers and Poets – Participate in readings throughout
the Twin Cities.
Curators – Organize an event (see event guidelines
below). If you’re interested in organizing an event, please
let us know by Saturday, December 17th , so we can add
your event to our website.
Community – Help promote #WRITERSRESIST and
#WRITERSRESIST:VOICESUNITED events. And of course, attend events
Venues – We're looking for host venues. If you're unable to dedicate an evening of programming to #WRITERSRESIST, you can still co-sponsor the event by donating a portion of your performance
proceeds, or collecting donations to benefit ACLU.
To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, this
inaugural theme should be reflected in the setting and tone of the
events, with writers reading their own works as appropriate, but
particularly highlighting relevant readings from the Constitution,
along with a selection of diverse writers’ voices throughout history
that speak to the ideals of Democracy.
Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to
bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on
the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the
protection of Democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward,
individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to
be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that
which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles
of freedom and justice for all.
We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names
of politicians or adopting “anti” language as the focus for their
Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit
organizations, who are prohibited from political campaigning, will
feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.
We believe these events will coalesce and energize a widespread
network of writer-activists throughout the United States and in
other countries capable of becoming a consistently potent voice
and force for social good around the world.