15 września 2020

Coque iphone 8 nala A Celebration of Free Expression

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A Celebration of Free Expression

PEN America’s Los Angeles LitFest Gala on November 1 was a night to celebrate some of the biggest names in free expression and the arts. Brown, the gala highlighted the grave threats to free speech and artistic liberty, but also the courageous voices that have emerged despite those threats.

“I wish I coque iphone 6 phych coque7iphone20831 could announce to you tonight that the state of our freedom of speech is strong,” said PEN coque transparente iphone 8 licorne America’s CEO watercolor moths coque samsung s10 antens102022786 Suzanne Nossel. “But it isn’t. Free speech is under attack by a poisonous political environment. Words are being drained of their meaning. People talk about truth and fiction as opposites, but coque samsung s9 plus fishing they’re not. Fiction, including the extraordinary stories we celebrate tonight, is a path to the truth.”

PEN America CEO Suzanne NosselRandy Shropshire/Getty Images for PEN America

“People iphone 8 coque cuir apple talk about truth and fiction as opposites, but they’re not. Fiction, including the extraordinary stories we coque samsung a8 cancer celebrate tonight, is a path to the truth.”

PEN America Los coque samsung s6 peluche Angeles office is part of the organization nationwide reach.

“More than ever, PEN America is committed to appreciating the written the black knight rises coque samsung s10 antens102028801 word, the power of the individual coque s9 samsung donald voice, and the courage of those who resist silence even under threat,” said PEN America Los Angeles Executive coque souple samsung s8 plus Director Michelle Franke.

PEN America Los Angeles Executive Director Michelle FrankeRandy Shropshire/Getty Images for PEN America

Comedian Kathy Griffin presented this year’s PEN America coque blindee samsung s8 Distinguished Leadership Award to attorney Theodore Boutrous, Jr. He represented Griffin in her own First Amendment battles, and he has since represented journalists coque iphone 6 design coque7iphone16813 who’ve been targeted by President Trump, including PEN America Members Jim Acosta and Brian Karem.

“It really is up to us, dillarddy kate spade coque iphone 6 coqueiphone139674 up to all of us, to uphold the rule of law and the First Amendment,” Boutrous told the crowd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “The whole point of the freedom of the press is to ensure that the American people get information they need to govern themselves coque pour iphone 8 blanc and make decisions about who their leader should be coque iphone 8 nala and what our policies should be.”

Kathy Griffin and Theodore Boutrous, Jr.Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for PEN America

Now in its 29th year, LitFest honors those who stand up for free expression but also creative professionals in the entertainment industry who tell vital stories. This year, actor Blair Underwood presented the Voice of Influence Award coque samsung galaxy s7 edge silicone 360 to acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

“A lot of people ask me, how does it feel to be an artist and activist How do you reconcile those two things” DuVernay said. “They ask the question so often, and I love that because I have a great answer for it. I say: to me, they are one in the same. To be an artist, you must imagine and create and world build. To be an activist you must be the same, because an activist has to imagine the world that isn’t there, and make it so. Activism is art, and art is activism.”

Ava DuVernayRandy Shropshire/Getty Images tenphone etui coque pour samsung galaxy a10 for PEN America

be an artist, you must coque tech 21 samsung s7 imagine and create and world build. To be an activist you must be the same, because an activist has to imagine the world that isn’t there, and make it so. “Maybe it will make someone feel less alone. Maybe it will make someone feel happy. Maybe it won’t. Maybe it inspires someone to make change.”

Chrissy Metz and Diane WarrenRandy Shropshire/Getty Images for PEN America

Honored with the Dan Eldon Courage Award in Journalism coque samsung galaxy s6 dragon ball and a standing ovation for her work exposing Jeffrey Epstein, Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald commemorated the award’s namesake, British Kenyan photojournalist Dan Eldon who was killed in coque strass samsung s10 Somalia working as a photojournalist in 1993.

“I’m honored to receive this award named for a passionate journalist, who risked his life to expose the human costs of war,” said Brown, “and was a courageous crusader for vulnerable people that the world often ignores. Journalists like Dan Eldon can only expose our world’s failures. It takes activists, lawyers, thinkers, leaders, and courageous individuals to bring social and political change. Now is the time for all of us in the media to stand up and call the sexual predators and their enablers into account.”

The evening was also a moment to reflect on giants of literature lost in the past year, including longtime PEN America supporter and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.

LeVar BurtonRandy Shropshire/Getty Images for PEN America

“My ultimate takeaway from the celestial gift that coque iphone 8 plus cils Madame Morrison was is this,” said Burton. “That if we can sit long enough in the presence of one another, and be open to the experience of hearing one another’s story, we can discover the things that we share in common with those who only moments ago we had considered the other, somehow unworthy of our time. The writing and creative team behind Netflix’s series “Unbelievable,” including Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Sarah Timberman, received the Award for Television Excellence…

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