Jorge Ramos lecture, February 21, 2017

Univision Spanish-language news anchor and reporter Jorge Ramos is best known in the English-speaking world for being forcibly removed from a Trump press conference. On February 21, 2017, he made an appearance in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as part of the annual lecture series organized by the San Miguel de Allende Center of PENContinue reading “Jorge Ramos lecture, February 21, 2017”

David Lida on prejudice against Mexicans, and visiting San Miguel

Since I began to work as a mitigation specialist, it became clear to me that in many communities prejudice against, and racism toward, Mexicans was pretty much “our daily bread,” among at least some whites. It would be very clear when I interviewed white people in those communities — teachers and school administrators, for exampleContinue reading “David Lida on prejudice against Mexicans, and visiting San Miguel”

PEN resolution on the abduction of school-aged girls

This resolution was passed at the 82nd PEN International Congress in Ourense, Spain: —– Violence against women and girls has long threatened freedom of expression, and the wider global context of gender inequality continues to be a very serious threat to the participation of women and girls in literature, and to the education and literacyContinue reading “PEN resolution on the abduction of school-aged girls”

Failure of protection mechanisms exposed by murder of
third print journalist in Veracruz this year

Press release from PEN International: Federal and state authorities must strengthen their programmes to safeguard the lives of at-risk journalists following the shocking murder of a journalist supposedly under the protection of the Veracruz government, PEN International said today. Freelancer Pedro Tamayo Rosas is the seventh print journalist to be killed in Mexico this year,Continue reading “Failure of protection mechanisms exposed by murder of
third print journalist in Veracruz this year”

PEN Turkey declaration on coup attempt

Citizens We strongly condemn those who attempted a coup d’etat on July 15th. They staged an armed and bloody attack against the Parliament of our Republic of Turkey established thanks to the leadership of Atatürk. We once again emphasize that the principle of secularism, respecting the Constitution and laws as well as the separation ofContinue reading “PEN Turkey declaration on coup attempt”

The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago

by Nick Patricca with Katherine Kaufka Walts The forced use of a child in armed conflicts profoundly injures the person coerced and gravely insults the idea of the dignity of a human being—an essential value of our civilization and of our self-understanding. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 boys and girls under the age ofContinue reading “The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago”