Ithaca City of Asylum

Category: Human rights


Solidarity in times of crisis

We send you greetings in this time of collective isolation. We hope that you are healthy, safe, and supported by family and friends. Like many of you, we have been asking ourselves what we can do to pitch in, both…

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PEN America launches free speech campaign

PEN America, an important partner of Ithaca City of Asylum, has launched a campaign called Free Speech 2020 to “catalyze action across the country to defend press freedom, fight online harassment, combat disinformation, and uphold protest rights.” The initiative seeks…

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Exiled journalists share their stories

In an emotional discussion before a rapt audience, ICOA’s three most recent writers-in-residence shared their stories of adjustment and perseverance while living in exile in Ithaca. All three were forced to leave their home countries because of their work as…

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Coming events look at migration and exile

  Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is taking part in several community events in November. Each seeks to expand the local conversation on migration, immigration, displacement, and exile. Three are part of the monthlong exhibition and event series How Did We…

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“Literature provides shelter,” says Arundhati Roy at PEN World Voices Festival

Giving the 2019 Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at the PEN America World Voices Festival on May 12, Arundhati Roy asked the audience to consider the role of literature in today’s world. “As we lurch into the future, in this…

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Release of Myanmar journalists hints at power of public attention

We were thrilled to learn that Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed on May 7 after more than 500 days in prison in Yangon. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists had been sentenced to seven years in detention for…

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World Press Freedom Day shines light on threats to journalists

On May 3, Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) joins human rights and free expression groups everywhere in recognizing World Press Freedom Day. This year’s theme is the free press in elections. Through events, social media campaigns, and other activities, we call attention…

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