PEN News: January, 2009

PEN News: January, 2009
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PEN is seeking interns for several positions.
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Help Free Liu Xiaobo
Last month, Chinese authorities arrested dissident writer and prominent PEN Member Liu Xiaobo on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.” If convicted, he faces a minimum of three years in prison. Join our efforts to speak out on his behalf. >> Take action now
PEN Relaunches Campaign for Core Freedoms with Focus on Restoring Rights
Serious human rights violations have taken place since 9/11. Restoring these rights will require broad and decisive action on the part of the new administration, as well as a national reckoning of our past. Visit to learn about PEN’s agenda going forward, what you can do to help, and resources for writers working to end the abuses. >> More
February 10:
Crossing Cultures, Changing Skins:
Writing Across Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Culture 
With: Helen Benedict, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Fatima Shaik, Cheryl Willis Hudson
Multiculturalism has become a buzzword in children’s book publishing. But what does this mean for the writers, illustrators, and editors who wish to create these books? >> More
February 11–14:
AWP Chicago
PEN is pleased to be presenting two events at this year’s AWP Conference in Chicago. >> More
      • Something to Declare? America’s Internal Border
         With: Stacy Leigh, Luis Urrea, Tyehimba Jess, Achy Obejas, Roger Sedarat
      • The Duty of a Writer
         With: Jackson Taylor, Marie Ponsot, Paul Muldoon, Sapphire
February 24:
A Benefit for PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers
With: Lydia Davis, Deborah Eisenberg, Janet Malcolm, Francine Prose, and more
Please come to the first ever reading in support of PEN’s award-winning magazine, PEN America, which aims to fight cultural insularity by publishing work that speaks across political, cultural, and linguistic boundaries.
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About reality

Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: This petition on Haiti disaster anniversary:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: This petition on Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts:,_native_american_acts,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: This petition on Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: This petition on Economically empower through advocacy:
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