Writ­ers Re­sist at Counter Cul­ture Café

The right to read: Writ­ers Re­sist

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In the un­cer­tain po­lit­i­cal cli­mate of the United States, many cit­i­zens fear that demo­cratic ideals, such as free elec­tions and free­dom of speech, are at risk. Writ­ers Re­sist (#writeour­democ­racy) is a na­tional move­ment of writ­ers hold­ing read­ings on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in an ef­fort to fo­cus public at­ten­tion on what is at stake. Dozens of read­ings are planned around the coun­try for Sun­day, Jan. 15, as ex­ten­sions of the main event at the New York Public Li­brary, which is spon­sored by PEN Amer­ica. Each lo­cale was in­vited to pick its own area of re­sis­tance. The Santa Fe event, at Counter Cul­ture Café (930 Baca St. #1, 505-995-1105), from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., is called Writ­ers Re­sist: Vi­o­lence Against Women and the Earth, and is a read­ing-in-the round and fundraiser to sup­port Esper­anza Shel­ter for Bat­tered Fam­i­lies and New En­ergy Econ­omy. Writ­ers read orig­i­nal work as well as that of Dr. King, James Bald­win, So­journer Truth, and Adri­enne Rich, in ad­di­tion to pas­sages from the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence and the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States of Amer­ica. Read­ers in­clude Santa Fe poet lau­re­ates Arthur Sze, Valerie Martínez, Joan Log­ghe, and Jon Davis; Santa Fe Liv­ing Trea­sure James McGrath; and writ­ers Pam Hous­ton, Sher­win Bit­sui, Mary McGin­nis, Tommy Archuleta, and Ju­lia Gold­berg. Light re­fresh­ments and mu­sic by Con­suelo Luz, Vanessa Tor­res, and oth­ers are also on of­fer. Writ­ers Re­sist is not af­fil­i­ated with a po­lit­i­cal party — those in­volved pre­fer to by­pass con­ven­tional protest and ap­peal di­rectly to the hu­man­ity of oth­ers as a uni­fy­ing force. “We’re re­sist­ing the op­pres­sive, di­vi­sive tone in the coun­try,” par­tic­i­pat­ing poet Bar­bara Rock­man told Pasatiempo. “We’re for democ­racy, for jus­tice, and for com­mu­nity.” There is no charge for ad­mis­sion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.writ­er­sre­sist.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

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