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Death Threat Quilt Reveals Threats Authors Receive For Speaking Out: Critical Linking, February 18, 2020

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“At a Dignidad Literaria forum, Roxane Gay explained a problem that Stephen King fails to understand: being a writer in the United States, in particular one who is situated on the margins, makes one extremely vulnerable to threats of violence and death. Gay shared her experiences, stressing that she pays for a security service to monitor and protect her. This is the kind of thing that Americans often associate with “other” countries, countries like Mexico, but it is RIGHT HERE. Marginalized writers endure constant threats of violence for speaking truth to power. Such threats are also laced with racist and misogynist hatred. Flatiron books admitted during a meeting with Dignidad Literaria that Jeanine Cummins received no death threats. Meanwhile, critics of her work have been told they should be executed. Scroll through this death threat quilt to learn about this very ugly truth.”

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“This current campaign will see the bookstore host ‘action nights’ where customers will be encouraged to write postcards, make calls, and fundraise for voter registration drives in Arizona. The first is next Monday, February 17.

By the end of the year, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Indivisible and Changing Hands commit to:

  • Mobilize 1000 Santa Cruz County residents to take action to support efforts in Arizona before the presidential election.
  • Write over 5000 postcards to send to voters in targeted Arizona precincts.
  • Make over 5000 phone calls or text messages to voters in targeted Arizona precincts.
  • Recruit over 100 people to canvas with us this fall in swing districts.
  • Hold three high profile community-wide events, including a recruitment fair, fundraiser and canvas weekend, to support identified high needs in Arizona.

Protti said the store plans to share success stories with those who help in the effort and may organize a road trip to canvas voters in Arizona later in the year.”

California and Arizona bookstores team up to register voters and to turn Arizona blue.